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Homemade Hand Lotion Recipe

Ethel Stillwell reminds readers of a MOTHER EARTH NEWS homemade hand lotion recipe published in the magazine back in the 70's or 80's.

8 Natural Bee Sting Treatment Options

To get fast relief, here are eight natural bee or insect sting treatment options you can use at home. You likely have what you need in the kitchen cupboard!

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Green Patios, Walkways & Driveways of Porous Pavement and Pervious Concrete
Consider one of these innovative and attractive options instead of old-fashioned concrete.

Install Your Own Windows
Reduce the cost of new windows by putting them in yourself.

Eco-friendly Roofing Options 
Choose from a variety of durable and environmentally friendly roofing materials.

Serious Energy Savings With Passive House Design
If you’re dreaming of a home that’s the ultimate in energy efficiency, take a look at the Passive House standard.

Your Green Dream Home: First Things To Consider
Before you hire a contractor or start building, read this expert advice.

Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Home Improvements that Pay Off
Here are some commonly agreed upon suggestions for relatively easy and low-cost home retrofitting projects.

Go Solar and Save Big
Every homeowner needs to know that passive solar design results in huge savings on energy bills.

Essential Advice for Owner-Builders
Here’s what you need to know about building codes before you build a house.

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POLE BUILDING/SHOP/GARAGE E-PLAN

  • Width: 28'-0" Depth: 40'-0"
  • Building height - 19'-6"
  • Roof pitch - 4/12
  • Ceiling height - 14'
  • Two 10' x 10' overhead doors
  • One 12' x 12' sliding door
  • Designed for easy maintenance
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Designed for easy maintenance, this multi-purpose building stands 28 feet wide and 40 feet tall, complete. E-plan includes complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


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INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$250.00

3 CAR GARAGE WITH WORKSHOP E-PLAN

  • Width: 32'-0" Depth: 28'-0"
  • Standard Foundation - Floating Slab
  • Alternative Foundations - Slab
  • Building height - 13'-3"
  • Roof pitch - 4/12
  • Ceiling height - 8'
  • 9' x 7', 16' x 7' overhead doors
  • Handy workshop space for hobbies
  • Side entry door provides easy access
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information: 530KB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$250.00

It's been 10 years since David Lebovitz packed up his most treasured cookbooks, a well-worn cast-iron skillet, and his laptop and moved to Paris. In that time, the culinary culture of France has shifted as a new generation of chefs and home cooks (most notably in Paris) incorporates ingredients and techniques from around the world into traditional French dishes.

In My Paris Kitchen, Lebovitz remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents 100 sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today. You'll find soupe à l'oignon, cassoulet, coq au vin, and croque-monsieur, as well as smoky barbecue-style pork, lamb shank tagine, dukkah-roasted cauliflower, and salt cod fritters with tartar sauce. Serve up the wheat berry salad with radicchio, root vegetables and pomegranate. And of course, there's dessert: warm chocolate cake with salted butter caramel sauce, duck fat cookies, bay leaf poundcake with orange glaze, French cheesecake ... and the list goes on.

Lebovitz also shares stories told with his trademark wit and humor, and lush photography taken on location around Paris and in Lebovitz's kitchen reveals the quirks, trials, beauty and joys of life in the culinary capital of the world.

$35.00

FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL

From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.

Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture" and profiled in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the best-selling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, understands what food should be: wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn't stop there. From child-rearing, to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller's knack for the revealing anecdote.

Salatin's crucial message and distinctive voice – practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure – make Folks, This Ain't Normal a must-read book.

$25.99

MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD, 2ND E-BOOK

Mother Earth News Guide To Growing Your Own Food, 2nd Edition E-book

This year, enjoy the benefits of growing and eating your own food! The latest installment of the Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food E-book will help you save money and improve your health. Covering growing, harvesting, feasting and everything in between, this guide can help you save money with a wealth of gardening projects, plans and ideas.

Tired of needing a science manual to understand a list of ingredients? Fed up with being dependent on rising food costs? Now you can control what you eat with the Mother Earth News: Guide To Growing Your Own Food, 2nd Edition E-book. Learn how to maintain healthy garden soil. Find out the secret to growing the best berries. Read the four key strategies for a weed-free garden! And more!

$6.99