Category: Enviable Ideas

Cooking Basics: Mise en Place

Cooking Basics: Mise en Place

Picture this: you’re trying a new and ambitious recipe, there are lots of ingredients required and they are all strewn about your kitchen, you’re sauteing the onion hoping to get the garlic chopped and coriander seeds crushed in time to add them before the onion gets too brown. Oh, and your hair is a mess, you have […]

December 2, 2015 | By | More
Smudging: Another Way to Clean House

Smudging: Another Way to Clean House

There are times in life when most everything seems to be unlike it was before. Maybe it’s a change in location, home, family, career, relationships, or health that has your life turned upside down. There are some changes happening in our home right now, mostly we anticipate they’ll be positive. That doesn’t mean those changes […]

October 14, 2015 | By | More
How to Make Homemade Fire Cider

How to Make Homemade Fire Cider

Sometimes the stars line up just right and something that’s fun to make is also easy, delicious, and good for you. Last winter, Mr. President and I got hooked on fire cider, which is a concoction of apple cider vinegar that’s been infused with all sorts of fiery goodness like fresh horseradish roots, hot peppers, […]

September 18, 2015 | By | More
Make Your Home Staycation-Worthy

Make Your Home Staycation-Worthy

It happened again just a few weeks ago. We had a friend over to the house for a pool day. After just a bit of time in the water surrounded by the garden in full bloom, icy-cold beer in hand, and buoyed by a pair of Super Noodles, she said, “If I had this, I’d […]

September 9, 2015 | By | More
DIY Hand Soap

DIY Hand Soap

On the continuum of green living, Mr. President and I are somewhere in the middle. When I began sharing with you my dreams of living more sustainably, I reasoned that it’s the small changes we make that, cumulatively, can have a big impact on our world. I am keenly aware of my still-too-big environmental footprint, […]

June 23, 2015 | By | More
Top 10 Reasons to Shop a Farmers’ Market

Top 10 Reasons to Shop a Farmers’ Market

It’s been many years since I’ve shopped for food at conventional, mega-grocery stores and now I find them depressing with their fluorescent lights and aisle after aisle of packages and boxes that are mostly devoid of identifiable food. Thankfully, I’ve discovered my local farmers’ markets. Between my garden and these markets, my trips to the […]

May 5, 2015 | By | More
Magical Immune Boosting Tea

Magical Immune Boosting Tea

Here I am, days away from what will be a challenging business trip requiring this 42-year old to exhibit the stamina of a 25-year old. It’s the kind of event where your face starts to hurt from the forced smiling and your feet hurt from all the standing. And, I’m getting sick. I can feel […]

March 27, 2015 | By | More
Growing Air Plants

Growing Air Plants

Show of hands: who thinks they always kill houseplants and therefore, have none? If you raised your hand, I’ve got something for you. Plants add life and color to your home, but some can be a challenge to care for. Not so with air plants, or Tillandsia. There are more than 500 species of Tillandsia […]

March 3, 2015 | By | More
7 Reasons to Take the Meatless Monday Pledge

7 Reasons to Take the Meatless Monday Pledge

What if I told you that you could help save more than 1 billion animals from a tortured factory farm existence each year, reduce climate change, save money, and improve your heath all with just a tiny little lifestyle change? Would you be interested? Well, all it takes is for you to eliminate meat from […]

February 24, 2015 | By | More
Planning a Cutting Garden

Planning a Cutting Garden

When I started Tomato Envy, I wanted to share ways to help you create a “deliberately decadent” lifestyle – the simple little things that add up to everyday luxury. One of my favorite everyday luxuries is fresh, colorful flowers throughout my home. Flowers are a special touch that will make you feel like you’ve escaped to […]

January 6, 2015 | By | More