Temperatures are dropping daily and the daylight hours seem like they will never come back. Being chased inside by the cold is always the harsh wakeup call that fall is here and winter is just around corner. Spring seems like an eternity away but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming about it. Continue reading
New Orleans, LA: Art & Music & Sights in the Big Easy
We recently took a trip to The Big Easy; New Orleans, LA. While I’ve been to this bustling city as a child, there was no way to prepare myself for the fun, excitement and good times that keep on rolling in this high-energy metropolis. A city with a rich history and checkered background, today it’s a huge cultural hub where those who like to party, learn about history or explore a unique area that people visit in droves. Continue reading
Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day! (June 11th)
What are you up to this weekend? Going to the forest this weekend is FREE!
Celebrating the great outdoors is a great option since this Saturday, June 11th is National Get Outdoors Day. In honor of the event, the U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at day-use recreation sites in Washington and Oregon. Continue reading
Life’s Most Recent Beautiful Things
I love to focus on the beauty in life and recently have really appreciated how spring has been treating us so far. The warmer weather is a nice comfort after a cold winter and our plants and animals are waking up each day full of excitement about the sunshine, and life in general. Here are some of the wonderful moments I’ve photo-captured recently: Continue reading
Egg + Bacon + Potato Breakfast Bakes
Does anyone else besides me love breakfast for dinner? Since I start work early in the morning, I don’t usually get a chance to cook breakfast, but love the experience of cooking and eating this comfort food. So, breakfast for dinner makes an appearance in our kitchen quite often. This evening’s delicacy is an easy egg, bacon, potato breakfast bake. Here’s the recipe: Continue reading
Baby Chicks at the Farm!
Chirp Chirp! The sounds of spring! We are in the first year of starting a small farm, so we haven’t been as active here as we’d like to be. Our farm planning has taken up lots of time and it’s finally time to put those ideas into action! One of the first things we did this season was start our flock of chickens—we purchased more than 20 baby chicks and they are so cute! Continue reading
Aquaponics Spotlight: Pest Control
Aquaponic systems bring many aspects of life to flourish around it. Plants grow better, fish get a nice healthy environment to live in and healthy bacteria populations explode as they scrub out the water. One problem that may arise is when too much life is brought in for your area.
When little bugs or pests start bouncing around your system it is best to combat them as swiftly and safely as possible. This is especially important if they system is in a highly trafficked area, such as a kitchen, office or work space. Here are some suggestions on how to handle the incoming invasion. Continue reading
How to Have an Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day
For those looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day to its fullest without making a big impact on the environment around you, there are many options! By foregoing the classic fixed-price meal at a fancy downtown restaurant and shelling our hundreds of dollars, you’ll have a great V-Day with a purpose. Celebrate and save the world with these tips. Continue reading
Peanut-Free Pad Thai with Chicken
Those with peanut sensitivities often can’t enjoy one of the best and most classic Thai dishes around: Pad Thai. This peanut-free recipe substitutes hazelnuts or almonds in place of peanuts and has a creamy kick that anyone will enjoy. Continue reading
Thai-Inspired Coconut Squash Curry
The rapidly chilling weather has be dreaming if warm and spicy meals from afar. With an abundance of squash from our farm, I decided to create a squash curry that was spicy and hearty. A perfect pairing with Pad Thai and some cilantro white rice, I invited a couple of friends over to enjoy it with us. Cue the perfect Thai-inspired night. Continue reading