July 2011

Saturday Links and Giveaway Winners!

by Ivory Soap Z

The three winners of this week’s giveaway are: 134 Sasha Haywood 22 Jordan 46 Gingerskeeper   Congratulations to our winners! Please email us at littlehousemail@gmail.com so we know how to contact you with further instructions. Thanks to all of you for your participation and hope to see you next week when we will be conducting […]

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Bitter Melon

by Daisy Garden

When I saw a plant labelled “bitter melon” (at Lowe’s, of all places), of course I had to get it.  Who could resist? It’s grown very slowly so far, but it does have one fine “melon” to show for it: In researching momordica charantia, I’ve been overwhelmed by all the great nutritional benefits listed for […]

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It’s a Giveaway!

by Ivory Soap Z

This giveaway is now closed.  Stay tuned for next week’s giveaway!   This week three lucky winners will get three different bars of homemade soap and a hand-knitted dishcloth!  (Be sure to thank TL as I had nothing to do with making these.)  We’ve got peppermint-rosemary with green clay (on bottom), honey with litsea cubeba […]

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How To Make a Patio Pond in a Day

by Ivory Soap DIY

Have you had your eye on an expensive water feature for your back yard patio? Water features are a great way to add visual interest to your back yard, and can help provide a calming oasis for you and your family to relax next to after a long day. Water features, however, don’t have to […]

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Practically Green: Transition to cloth diapers fraught with hang-ups

by Ivory Soap DIY

My 4-month-old is watching me as I write this week’s column. On her adorable behind is my first foray into cloth diapers. I confess that I didn’t join the cloth diaper brigade for green aspirations alone. Or even primarily. After three other children, I am simple tired of buying disposable diapers. I’m also tired of […]

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Giveaway Winner and Saturday Links

by Ivory Soap Z

The three winners of this week’s giveaway are: Molly (#39) Annie (#26) Heather Anne (#61) Congratulations to our winners!  Please email us at littlehousemail@gmail.com so we know how to contact you with further instructions.  Thanks to all of you for your participation and hope to see you next week when we will be conducting another […]

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How to Prune Blackberries

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Pruning holds a mystique for me.  It’s the purview of the elite, experienced horticulturist, not a bush-leaguer like me; a craft bordering on art in its extreme forms, and it scares me. My first experience with pruning, other than hacking away at overgrown hedges, was with roses.  I read all about forming a bowl shape, […]

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It’s a Giveaway!

by Ivory Soap Z

******Congratulations to our winners, Heather Anne, Annie, and Molly************* This week, our giveaway is from Health, Home, Happiness where Cara designs fabulous meal plans for grain-free, traditional food diets. These plans not only fit people on the SCD and GAPS diet, but work for the Paleo diet or anyone who wants to increase the nutrient […]

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Breakfast Slow Cooker Baked Apples

by Ivory Soap Breakfast

This post comes courtesy of Cara at Health, Home, Happiness, this week’s giveaway provider. Even if you are a morning person, waking up to a hot cooked cinnamon-sweet breakfast is a welcome treat! For those who are not morning people, having something ready to serve the kids first thing is decadent! Slow Cooker Baked Apple […]

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Grain-Free Tortillas, Wraps, and Tostadas

by Ivory Soap Breads

This post comes courtesy of Cara at Health, Home, Happiness, this week’s giveaway provider.  And I have to tell you, we use her recipes every day around my house, especially this one!  These versatile wraps work fantastic for tacos, fajitas, and rolled sandwiches. Soft Tortillas Makes 8-12 six-inch crepes Ingredients: 12 eggs 4 T coconut […]

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Harvesting Basil

by Daisy Garden

Next to tomatoes and peppers, fresh basil is arguably the best thing about the summer garden.  We’ve been luxuriating in it.  Everything tastes better with basil in it, even dessert.  I spread some basil butter on zucchini bread and almost fell out of my chair. I planted LOTS this year and it’s time to go […]

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Saturday Links

by Ivory Soap Z

Most weekends, we hope to use the Saturday Links to announce Giveaway winners, but that won’t start until next week. Dry Your Laundry Like You’re in Italy ::  Small Notebook The Secret of Success for Work at Home Moms ::  Simple Mom Coconut Flour Cheddar Drop Biscuits :: Heavenly Homemakers No Hemstitch Crochet Edge Receiving […]

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Breakfast Zucchini Recipe

by Ivory Soap Breakfast

Got too much overblown zucchini?  Then like me, you’re looking for anywhere to use it.  Here’s my new favorite. Egg in a Zucchini Basket 1.  Slice overgrown zucchini very thickly. 2.  Cut seeds out of the center and cook over med-hi in olive oil. 3.  When almost tender, crack an egg in the center.  Cook until browned. […]

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How to Plant an Outdoor Potted Herb Garden

by Ivory Soap Beginner Gardens

 Committing to plant placement gives me the willies.  Thankfully, my neighbor had the solution.  A potted herb garden! 1.  Gather a selection of interesting pots. 2.  Fill them almost to the top (about 4 inches shy) with potting soil. 3.  Place one perennial herb in each pot:  oregano, thyme, rosemary, chives, french tarragon, and mint are […]

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What We’ve Been Up To

by Daisy Z

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you may have noticed we’ve seemingly dropped off the planet lately. If you were wondering, we’re still here.  We’ve just been expecting company. You know what it’s like when people are coming over.  You want everything to be perfect.  You want everything to reflect your best side.   […]

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Backyard Cotton

by Daisy Garden

I was born in the proverbial land of cotton, but have little experience with anything but the finished product.  I do remember as a child my mother teaching me how to pick the seeds out of middle of the dense bolls to eat them, but the plants themselves were no more than a green, then […]

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