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Romertopf oven turned kitchen counter compost container. © Liesl Clark

DIY Kitchen Compost Container

By Liesl Clark My new favorite kitchen thing is a thing I’m reusing for something else. This thing can be used, now, in 2 ways! What am I talking about?? Ta da! My new kitchen counter compost container! It’s a Romertopf oven turned compost collector that actually looks nice on the kitchen counter and it […]

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Simple, lightweight stovetop toaster. © Liesl Clark

Off The Grid Toast

The Stovetop Toaster You Always Wanted By Liesl Clark Our toaster oven stopped working last week and coincidentally I found a camp stove toaster a day later. I’ve wanted one of these for years. They’re the foldable lightweight stovetop toasters that enable you to toast your bread right over your burner. Coleman makes them and […]

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Use rhubarb leaves as insecticide. © Liesl Clark

5 Uses For Rhubarb

By Liesl Clark Rhubarb has been around a long time. By some accounts, it has a 4,700-year-old history whose origins lie in a couple of remote regions in Tibet. I’ve simply known rhubarb as the weird-looking sour stalk with an enormous leaf that makes its presence known around Mother’s Day when we bake our family […]

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Chives and Mint Work Together For Salsa

Chive Salsa

In which chives and mint are combined to make a stunning salsa. By Liesl Clark I’m not one to follow recipes to the letter so feel free to add and subtract as you see fit for your tastebuds. We have a lot of chives in the garden at the moment and since this is the […]

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Dry your laundry and water your plants at the same time.

Drip Dry Your Laundry & Water Your Garden

This one’s simple. 1) String a laundry line over your tomato plants (or basil or really anything you’re growing that needs watering.) We tend to water our tomato plants and tomatillos as they don’t need much water and our grape vine digs it, too. 2) Wash your clothes but don’t do a spin cycle. It […]

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Purple Onion Skins

8 Onion Skin Uses

By Liesl Clark Just like garlic skins, onion skins have some unique uses. They’ve even been touted as the new “superfood!” After reading our select list, if you’re looking for ways to get your hands on onion skins, just collect them with a few onions at your local store. They’re always in the bin with […]

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Backyard Bunting

40 Ideas For An Upcycled Summer Party

By Liesl Clark Outdoor Party Decor: 1) No Sew Bunting: Here’s an easy outdoor no sew bunting for a flutter at the party. 2) Leaf Coasters For Your Party: In the theme of the outdoors, use leaf coasters so wow your guests. Cheap, pretty. 3) Wine Glass Candle Lamps: Have some etched wine glasses? Save […]

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Garlic Skins Have Some Use Beyond the Compost Bin

8 Uses For Garlic Skins

By Liesl Clark Don’t toss those papery white skins! Use them up: 1) Save them in your freezer and use for your vegetable or chicken stock. I also throw them in my slow-cooked beans to add more flavor. 2) Compost them. 3) Keep the skins on your garlic when you roast it and the protective […]

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Magic Yeti Book Delivery Day in Tsarang © Liesl Clark

Thanking You For Their Books

By Liesl Clark The girls at Tsarang’s ani school want to thank you deeply for the books you’ve donated to our Magic Yeti Library in their beautiful school. This is a well-loved library and put to use each day. Bringing new boxes to the girls is one of my family’s greatest joys and among the […]

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DIY Sun Hat

Ever find yourself stranded out on a hot sunny day without a sun hat? Here’s a trash hack we saw in Nepal, in the town of Dumre, worn by a construction worker. Find a square piece of cardboard from a box, approximately 15″ X 15″. In the center, cut out an oval shape a little […]

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