Maybe it was that quirky TV sitcom from the seventies; The Good Life, that led to my hankering for a life of self-sufficiency. It’s a hankering that’s existed for the longest while and one I feed frequently with articles about growing your own fruit and veg, preserving it through the winter and stocking your own pantry with all manner of […]
When you start a new endeavour you typically need to invest a lot of time and money initially. But as time passes you become more accomplished and informed, and more efficient and affective, and more economical in how you spend your time and your money.
I am completely blown away by the skill of the amazing Linda Miller Nicholson, a mum from Seattle who dyes her own pasta with natural colours creating edible works of art. I think these would make amazing presents if you were able to get the hand of them, plus the ingredients aren’t expensive so what […]
Okay, I’m going to admit straight out that I think giving teachers gifts at the end of the year is a joke! If everyone got a gift for doing their job well the world would be drowning in crap that no-one wants. I think a verbal thank you or simple handwritten note is more than […]
I was recently filmed for the news on our National TV station RTE. The segment was about the use of brown bins (compost bins) in Ireland, which apparently is on the decline. The piece equated food waste with brown bin usage but i made the point (which was edited out) that if someone is doing […]
For the life of me i cannot find palm-oil free crackers in compostable / recyclable packaging so I’ve had to learn to make our own and would you believe it’s dead easy, and quick!
I was thrilled with how my son’s birthday cake turned out this year. I’ve been making cakes for my kids birthdays for the past 5 years and I think I’m beginning to get the hang of it now. I adore the How to Cook that videos by Ann Reardon, who is a complete cake and […]
Becoming a Zero Waster can seem like a daunting task but breaking it down into steps and just tackling a few a week can get you where you want to be relatively painlessly. Here is a short list of steps inspired by my journey towards Zero Waste. Every Zero Waster’s list will be different so […]
We make homemade pizza once a week in our house. We do this for two reasons, to avoid the chemicals in shop-bought pizza and to limit the amount of non-compostable / non-recyclable waste that we generate. We’ve managed to crack the pizza base, but for a long time struggled with the mozzarella. Then I stumbled […]
Found on Left Brain | Craft Brain I know Hallowe’en was originally a Celtic ‘New Years’ celebration and believed to be a time when departed souls would return to their home and were visible, but for most kids now it’s about two things; costumes and treats! Every year I like to have a Hallowe’en party […]