Holiday





6/15/2016
Make this unique mouse pad using natural materials - perfect for a Father's Day gift!
6/10/2016
Blogger Wendy Akin makes the most of cherry season with these recipes and tips.
6/10/2016
If you’re looking for a special, one-of-a-kind gift for Father’s Day, this hand-painted coffee mug might be the DIY project idea for you.
5/14/2016
If people knew how easy and delicious homemade salad dressings can be, store-bought dressing sales would plummet. You, too, can make your own salad dressings without having a culinary school degree or cooking experience. Learn to make Oil and Vinegar with Tarragon and Homemade Ranch with Roasted Garlic here.
5/11/2016
For this huge celebratory feast, invite a dozen or more of your best friends. Stock up a supply of your favorite beverages, including iced tea, lemonade and some adult drinks, and get ready to party!
4/26/2016
Beautiful salads are a festive choice for special days. Make the Marinated Shrimp Salad for a Mothers’ Day luncheon, and then a variation with chicken and freshly picked snap beans for a hot summer day. Both salads are made well ahead and then marinate in the refrigerator until serving time.
3/3/2016
Native to 35 states and 3 provinces of Canada east of the Mississippi, Partridge Berry is rarely seen in the trade. I fail to see why, as it's very easy to propagate by rooting cuttings or from seed. In fact, it forms adventitious roots as it gently winds its way around the garden. It could never, by any stretch of the imagination, be considered aggressive or invasive.
12/24/2015
Back in the early 1950s, my family moved to northern Kentucky. We had the great fortune to live just down the street from Louella Schierland, one of the contributing authors of the iconic Joy of Cooking. Mrs. Schierland gave my mother this recipe and I remember that these bourbon balls were stored in a coffee can in the refrigerator. I’ve made some changes to the original to avoid today’s GMOs. Makes about 40 treats.
12/22/2015
Let’s go to Germany for great lebkuchen (aka, gingerbread)! Aside from great beer and sausages, you will find that this is one of the country's ancient but addicting Christmas treats.
12/15/2015
Looking for alternatives to store-bought gifts? Check our these eco-friendly holiday gift ideas. Green your holiday season by making your own gifts, gifting experiences, or giving plants- the gifts that keep on giving.
12/9/2015
Gifting is more enjoyable when you know that the gifts you are giving are environmentally conscious and a lot of fun, plus the recipients will be totally in love. VivaGreenHomes.com released its annual eco-friendly gifts list this year with everyone in mind: men, women, children and pets.
12/9/2015
If you love shortbread — and a lot of people do — this is the cookie to make. The colorful cranberries make them really pop at Christmas time. This delightful recipe comes from "Christmas Cookies: Dozens of Yuletide Treats for the Whole Family" by Monika Römer.
12/8/2015
The work of growing, hunting, and shopping natural comes together to bring an epic dinner for friends together for Thanksgiving.
12/8/2015
Repurpose small treasures into magnets you can look at every day!
12/5/2015
Authentic stollen is moist, buttery and crammed full of dried and glace fruits and nuts.
12/3/2015
After three weekends with no harvest or animals seen, Kiara finds out they were probably right in front of his face.
11/27/2015
The local environment and pests place obstacles in the way of the project, much like the Pilgrims had to face.
11/25/2015
If you fall asleep or can't think straight at holiday gatherings, don't blame it on the turkey (or your relatives)! Research indicates that carbon dioxide is not only a greenhouse gas, but elevated levels of it are detrimental to human health and cognition. Learn how improving your indoor air quality will increase your health and stamina during holidays.
11/24/2015
Dinner guests force a slight change to the menu of the The First Feast Project.
11/24/2015
We all are thankful for the things in our lives, but are we thankful for the right things? Tim Rohrer encourages us to consider things that we might not normally consider thanks-worthy.
11/23/2015
The First Feast Thanksgiving Project runs into its first obstacle as guests quibble about eating foods harvested directly from nature.
11/20/2015
How am I going to grow all these vegetables for Thanksgiving when I don’t own land? Easy — with a community garden.
11/19/2015
What exactly was the menu at America's first Thanksgiving feast between the Pilgrims and Indians? It’s not what you think, or have been told!
11/13/2015
Mincemeat is one of the best ways to preserve an abundance of fall pears. This delicious conserve makes a New England traditional spicy holiday pie. But it’s not just for pie — the chef of a Bon Appetit Top 50 Restaurants asked me for a quart of this to use as a garnish for a very special dinner. Consider a spoonful to garnish any pork or game entrée.
11/12/2015
Have you ever wondered what was served at the very first thanksgiving feast? If the question has ever crossed your mind, follow Kiara Ashanti as he answers the questions and describes how he creates the First Feast for Thanksgiving 2015.
11/10/2015
It’s easy and very economical to make your own almond paste. You’ll use this to fill pastries, cakes and your special Christmas Stollen. This makes 2 pounds, 2 ounces — as much as six of those pricey little cans — and you control the quality.
11/4/2015
Take notice of your environmental footprint over the festive period and follow our guide for a greener Christmas.
10/1/2015
Twenty-five years ago, my daughter and I treated ourselves to New Orleans' famous Jazz Brunch at the Court of Two Sisters. One dish impressed me so much, I begged for the recipe. Our server took my plea to the kitchen and the chef actually sent down a copy! I have made some minor changes and offer it here that you, too, can enjoy this comforting eggplant dish.
2/18/2015
During a quiet, pre-dawn moment, an owl hoots softly. Is this connected with the bounty of mice and a big harvest?
12/26/2014
Use olive oil, garlic, oregano and more to create an appetizer that is both savory and satisfying. Easy to make, these seasoned crackers will be a hit at your next holiday gathering.
12/19/2014
Reclaim the joy of the holiday season with homemade gifts that aren't too late to make.
12/15/2014
What gifts are we going to give this holiday season?
11/26/2014
Celebrate those gardeners and birders in your life by making them homemade holiday gifts this year.
11/19/2014
Just in time for the holidays, here's a list of recommended garden tools made in the U.S. by family-owned companies.
5/12/2014
Chocolate peanut butter cups make a lovely Mother's Day present. They're all the better when you can make them organically, inexpensively, and sustainably.
2/17/2014
Candlemas is an ancient midwinter holiday, when people would take inventory on their stock of candles, pantry food storage and hay in the barn to get the homestead through the second half of winter.
12/20/2013
Potica is a light and delicate Slovakian holiday bread stuffed with a brown sugar and nut filling. This recipe makes two loaves, one to eat now and one to save for Christmas morning brunch.
12/17/2013
The Yule Goat is an ancient Scandinavian tradition which predates Christianity. Learn about how our oldest farm animal became the symbol of Christmas.
12/13/2013
HOMEGROWN.org unwraps its 2013 holiday gift guide, featuring lots of homemade presents, as well as a few stocking stuffers for under $20.
12/11/2013
Need gift ideas? Check out these 10 natural beauty products, including lip balm, face wash, body wash, nail polish and more.
12/11/2013
There’s no reason not to “go green” when picking up a game for a young loved one. Despite the abundance of “Made in China” plastic toys and games that line the aisles, some companies have made it their business to create amazingly fun toys and games for children in ways that protect, preserve or restore the planet.
12/5/2013
Are there any bread bakers on your holiday list? Now you know what to to give them. Delight them with these helpful gifts.
12/2/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and homesteader Rachel, of the Bay Area's Dog Island Farm, shares her method for cooking the very best Thanksgiving turkey ever.
11/26/2013
A Garden Planner subscription is a budget-friendly gift that offers the satisfaction of spending the chillier chunks of the calendar plotting the bounty ahead.
11/26/2013
Ilene Freedman and her family reshaped their Chanukah tradition to feature family activities instead of presents.
12/17/2012
Christmas is just about upon us, and here's a very easy, quick and simple fudge recipe. You can embellish it any way you want with several options for fruits, nuts, and liqueurs. Your taste buds will thank you (not to mention friends and family).
12/11/2012
An index of previous posts that have referenced green products. These posts have covered building- and home-related products, as well as chocolates, books, and other types of goods. Many of the products mentioned in these posts would make good gifts.
12/7/2012
We offer you some helpful tips on how to have a green holiday this year.
11/28/2012
Experiments in making an all natural body scrub.
12/22/2011
Former editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares the lessons of holiday simplicity she learned as a young, busy, working mom.
12/20/2011
A great recipe for the holidays or any time of the year!
12/16/2011
Protect children's health and the environment by choosing responsibly made toys that are free of lead and other toxins.
12/13/2011
Try these easy and unique homemade gifts--from your kitchen and from nature--for your loved ones this year.
12/6/2011
Reuse burnt-out lightbulbs to make this adorable, unique DIY holiday wreath.
12/5/2011
The vegetables and herbs that are still available in our Southeast garden make for delicious, festive and surprisingly varied holiday fare.
12/1/2011
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
11/20/2011
17 ideas to lower the cost of holiday gifting, entertainment, decorating and office parties.
11/9/2011
More tips, ideas, and considerations for choosing green gifts. A sequel/supplement to last year's article!
3/10/2011
This bread hearkens back to a time when Irish soda bread was a more rustic, country affair — not all gussied up with mostly white flour. We're talking about a somewhat large, delicious, nutty tasting loaf made with wholemeal flour and yes, a little bit of white flour to lighten up the texture. Get your St. Patrick's Day celebration off to a great start with this authentic, Irish Wholemeal Bread.
12/18/2010
Mia Birk's new book weaves together personal and professional history to illustrate the transformative power of bicycling.
12/21/2009
The holidays are upon us. What traditions do you faithfully observe each year?  
12/10/2009
Does your family celebrate the season in a non-traditional  way? Please tell us about it.
11/27/2009
Oxfam America Unwrapped allows you to give the gift that keeps on giving. Help end poverty, hunger and injustice worldwide this holiday season.
12/24/2008
Wish your friends and family happy holidays with our free, fun and animated e-card.
11/26/2008
Shopping and lack of shopping is a hot topic right now with the economy, but it's also a question of what your holidays are all about. What would your celebrations be like without (or without so many) presents?




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