Curb Find: Kitchen Cupboard

Antique Kitchen Cupboard

Last night, we had a few minutes to kill before picking our youngest daughter up from Girl Scouts, so we decided to curb shop our way there. So glad we did because this antique kitchen cupboard was sitting in someone’s curb pile. Seriously, who throws something like this out?

Antique Cupboard - Corner Closeup

The current paint job is a bit sloppy, but look at all the pretty molding at the top.

Cabinet Latch

Based on the style of the latch and a few other details, I think it probably dates back to the 1920s.

Antique Cabinet - Inside

And check out the inside. I was so excited when we opened the cabinet for the first time and spotted all of that gorgeous bead board …

Bead Board Back

and all of those shelves! It totally made up for its beastly weight. Old growth wood – it’s no joke. After loading it onto the top of our car, I didn’t feel the least bit guilty about skipping my push ups that night.

We stuck it in the basement, until we decide what to do with it. It’s big enough that it could be used as a standing cabinet, but I think I want to hang it, and return it to its former glory.

Organic Pest Control

Organic Pest Control

People gardened long before pesticides existed, so how did they deal with pests? By working with nature, instead of against it. Here’s a look at some of the organic pest control measures that I have in place in my garden.

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How to Handle a Broody Hen

How to Handle a Broody Hen

The hormones have hit the hen house, folks. Last week, when we went out to collect eggs, we were met by a broody hen. See the crazy stand-up feathers? That’s her puffing up to protect the eggs that she’s sitting on. That lovely look also came with a not-so-lovely screech.

Feathered Nest

Upon closer inspection, we discovered that she’d also been pulling out feathers to feather her nest for the chicks that she thought she was going to have. Quite the optimist, considering that she’s never so much as laid eyes on a rooster.

Since this was our first broody, I did some research to decide how we wanted to handle the situation. [Read more...]

Coupons for Real Food

Coupons for Real Food

People say you can only find coupons for processed foods, but that just isn’t true. Check out this list of coupons for real foods and real ingredients, and see for yourself:


  • $1 off any two Brother’s-All-Natural Disney 5-packs
  • $1 off any two Brother’s-All-Natural 6-packs
  • $1 off any two Brother’s-All-Natural 1 oz. resealable bags



  • $1 off three Dole canned fruits
  • $.50 off Star vinegar
  • $1 off any Wholesome Sweeteners brand Organic Sugar, Agave or Honey
  • $.55 off any one C&H Quick Dissolve or Pourable Brown Flip Top package


  • $1.50 off one Tate + Lyle Fairtrade Certified Sugar product
  • $.55 off on one Domino Sugar Quick Dissolve Superfine or Pourable Brown in a Flip Top Dispenser
  • $.55 off any Florida Crystals Natural or Organic Sugar Product
  • $.75 off on one on bottle of Domino Organic Blue Agave Nectar
  • $.75 off on any two Domino Sugar products, 2 lbs. or larger

Common Kindness

  • $1 off Alter Eco Unrefined Mascabado Cane Sugar
  • $1 off Alter Eco Thai Sticky Purple Rice
  • $.75 off any Clover Stornetta Farms product
  • $.75 off any Country Choice organic canister oats
  • $.50 off any Uncle Matt’s organic 12 oz. juice
  • $.75 off any Uncle Matt’s organic 59 oz. juice
  • $1 off any Woodstock Frozen Fruit or Veggies
  • $1 off any Woodstock Organic or Natural Nut Butters

  • Click “Sign Up Now.” Register for a free account, and print a coupon for $1 off any fresh pork product

Like this list? I’ll be updating it weekly, so be sure to check back.


How Long Can I Keep Holiday Leftovers?

Holiday Leftovers Storage Times

Holiday leftovers provide a welcome break from cooking, but how long do you have to eat everything? Print a copy of my holiday leftovers chart, and use it as your guide. Then, add it to your recipe book, so you can refer to it again, the next time a holiday takes over your fridge.

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