Collards with corn meal dumplings is a very traditional dish here in eastern North Carolina. I learned to make it from my mother, who learned it from her mother. My grandmothers and great-grandmothers all made collards this way, served with corn meal dumplings and sometimes potatoes. Cooked on the stovetop, this dish will take a few hours to make. The longest amount of time is spent cooking ... Read More about How to make Collards with Corn Meal Dumplings
Hands down, my son's favorite homeschool garden project when he was little was when we decided to make a red wiggler worm habitat. It was a super cheap project that yielded almost immediate results and it had a visible positive effect on the health and wellness of our garden. If you have a clear gallon jug with the top removed, you can create your own little worm habitat and get them ready to ... Read More about Homeschool Project: Make a Red Wiggler Worm habitat
Although a gallon of distilled white vinegar only costs a few dollars, the uses are virtually endless, making it a must-have commodity in any home. Here are a few of my favorite uses of vinegar: Keep berries fresh longer Rinse berries in a bowl with a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water. Drain and refrigerate. This will help prevent molding and mushiness, prolonging the freshness of ... Read More about Ten Amazing & Unexpected Uses of Vinegar
Learning how to make seed tape for small seeds can be a great project for the kids, but it's a rewarding endeavor for the grown-ups, as well. Plus, it'll save you money if you typically purchase store-bought seed tape. My first time making seed tape was prompted by my desire to get my son, Isaac, then eight years old, out in our garden helping to plant vegetables. I had initially recruited him ... Read More about How to make seed tape for small seeds
How would you know if you were getting enough Vitamin D? Would it make a noticeable difference if you were deficient? What if that bad mood or those aches and pains could be improved by increasing your intake of the Sunshine Vitamin? There is a key component to good health that many people are intentionally avoiding. Whether it's because we're shackled to our desks for work or we're worried ... Read More about Are you getting enough Vitamin D?
You can make sourdough starter by catching wild yeast. No need to buy yeast from the store! It's super easy. All you need is a clean quart jar, some flour, and some water. Here's what you do: Get a clean quart jar. (If you don't have any jars, you can also use a plastic food container, but nothing metal. Ideally something that is about the size of a quart jar, nothing smaller.)Add equal ... Read More about Make sourdough starter by catching wild yeast
You've decided you want to start a garden, but you're wondering what you can grow without buying seeds. You might be surprised to know there are many things you can grow from your own kitchen. Here is a quick list of things you can grow without buying seeds: Dry beans You probably have some of these in your kitchen right now (What about that 15-Bean Soup Mix you've had in your pantry for ... Read More about No seeds? No problem. Food you can grow without buying seeds