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One Simple Thing: Homemade Mayonnaise in Less Than Two Minutes

One Simple Thing: Homemade Mayonnaise in Less Than Two Minutes

| December 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Following on last week’s mustard revelation, one of the best things I started to do this year was to make my own mayonnaise.  We don’t use a lot of it, mostly tuna sandwiches, sandwich spread, and cold salads, but one look at the ingredients panel of most mayonnaise containers makes me shudder.  And to add insult […]

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Garlic Harvest: A National Holiday…or Just Mine…

Garlic Harvest: A National Holiday…or Just Mine…

| July 26, 2015 | 2 Comments

I have often been pegged as a geeky gardener type.  Although I HAVE been seen pulling weeds in the moonlight in my pajamas, and my fingernails never quite come clean from April to November, I have to confess that I am really too lazy to be one of those über-gardeners who never set foot in the produce section. […]

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Five Unorthodox Reasons Why You Should Grow Some Your Own Food (A Little…or a Lot)

Five Unorthodox Reasons Why You Should Grow Some Your Own Food (A Little…or a Lot)

| June 23, 2015 | 5 Comments

In no particular order: When you grow your own stuff, you can tell Monsanto to shove it. In September of 2014, GMO giant Syngenta Crop Protection LLC asked the US Environmental Protection Agency to increase the legal tolerance for neonicotinoid pesticides on crops. Neonicotinoids, as you may have read, are now widely regarded as the […]

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Happiness and Hedonism: Nudging Yourself Toward a Happy Life

Happiness and Hedonism: Nudging Yourself Toward a Happy Life

| April 15, 2015 | 10 Comments

People ask me why I write about what I write about.  At least one person in my life gives me a hard time for “glorifying hedonism,” as though I’m advocating for naked drunken reveling with the Rockettes in a posh Gold Coast mansion (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I wonder about it sometimes.  […]

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Friday Freedonist: What’s Free in YOUR Town?

Friday Freedonist: What’s Free in YOUR Town?

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

We like to have fun, but our greenie life can be expensive sometimes, and that money has to come from somewhere (have you priced really good local cheese lately?)  So we’re always on the lookout for free things to see, do, and learn. We live near Denver, which is hardly L.A. or New York or […]

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One Simple Thing: No-Brainer Organic Bread (even gluten free!) for Less Than a Buck

One Simple Thing: No-Brainer Organic Bread (even gluten free!) for Less Than a Buck

| February 7, 2015 | 3 Comments

Time: A trip to the thrift store. Cost: $7.00 – 10.00 investment maximum. Benefits: Health, Money, Deliciousness This is the first in what I hope is a lifelong series on small, super-quick, easy things you can do to live better, eat better, have fun, and green up your life…all at the same time.   I […]

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Friday Freedonist: Combining 5 Luxurious Home-Made Indulgences for a Personal Spa Day

Friday Freedonist: Combining 5 Luxurious Home-Made Indulgences for a Personal Spa Day

| January 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

It’s been a hard week, or to put a more positive spin on things, I should say an industrious week.  Work days that stretched into the evening hours, long workouts to try to start shedding some holiday weight, and too little time left over to just sit and take a deep breath. So I thought […]

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Looking Forward to 2014: Five Things to Do Differently Next Year (to have more fun, live even better, and do more good)

Looking Forward to 2014: Five Things to Do Differently Next Year (to have more fun, live even better, and do more good)

| December 29, 2013 | 5 Comments

I don’t generally make New Years resolutions, and fear not, I am not going to start today.  But the end of the year usually finds me gnawing on a straw in a coffee shop somewhere, staring off into space and mulling over what I may want to change up in the coming year.  (Yep, it’s […]

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I NEED vs. I WANT: How Do You Tell the Difference?  On Happy Moderation, or Finding the Just-Right Life

I NEED vs. I WANT: How Do You Tell the Difference? On Happy Moderation, or Finding the Just-Right Life

| November 26, 2013 | 6 Comments

It’s coming on winter in the Rockies now, and I’ve shifted from making icy-cold, fizzy concoctions in the Sodastream to preparing round after round of hot beverages during my work day. The day almost always starts with coffee, then around 2:00 I switch to tea or cocoa (fair trade, dontcha know) for the rest of […]

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The Grocery Store Puzzle: Local, Organic, Cruelty-Free, Non-GMO…Who Has Time for This?

The Grocery Store Puzzle: Local, Organic, Cruelty-Free, Non-GMO…Who Has Time for This?

| November 1, 2013 | 3 Comments

I will, from time to time, stop into Costco to buy a few things.   99% of what they sell are things we will never eat, most in the processed food aisles.  But they also sell great things like organic olive oil in huge quantities, healthy meat and seafood, and organic frozen produce.  So on a […]

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