easy lamb tagine recipe

Easy, Hearty One-Pot Lamb Tagine Recipe

I love lamb. It’s a beautiful meat. And slow-cooked lamb that just falls apart is undeniably moreish. But it’s hard to find a really good, really simple lamb recipe that’s easy enough for a weeknight dish, so I’m sharing my outrageously tasty take on a slow cooker lamb tagine recipe. You can just prep it […]

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10 Fascinating Facts About Slugs

Slugs. An absolute menace in the vegetable garden. The swines will devour just about anything. None of our fruit or vegetable plants are safe. Controlling them naturally is a continual battle and you can find out how by checking out “How to Control Slugs Naturally“. Slugs are, however, pretty interesting little critters. Frustrating and intensely […]

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Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Review

After our recent walking boot buying guide, we got quite a few questions about our recommendations for the best walking boots. So, we decided to write a review of the Salomon Quest 4d 2 GTX midweight backpacking boots. While they aren’t our one and only choice, they are a damn fine pair of all-rounders, good […]

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Easy, Tasty, Healthy Orange Chicken Recipe

Our family adores orange chicken, but here’s the rub: one of us is gluten-intolerant, another of us can’t eat much fat, and none of us like eating poorly anyway – we dislike the low, drained, “bleugh” feeling that sets in for a day or so after eating junk. But we love flavorsome food. Nobody wants […]

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Real Self-Sufficiency’s Complete Walking Boot Buying Guide

Now originally, I had planned on writing some scrumptious recipes and some seasonal organic growing advice this week, but then something happened: Mother-in-law, a sprightly 70-year-old, broke her leg whilst out with the dog when she lost her footing in the woods. This was largely due to inappropriate footwear. Yes, she was wearing walking shoes, […]

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How to Control Slugs Naturally

Slugs are an absolute nightmare in the vegetable garden. They’re bad enough in your ornamental garden, but among your fruit and vegetable plants, these little mollusks are the gardener’s nemeses. The rasp away at your plants and can devour entire crops in short order. Young, tender seedlings are often the victims of the insatiable appetite of an […]

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Fall Gardening Tasks to Make Life Easier Next Spring

The autumn garden is bitter-sweet. You’re drowning in gluts of beautiful fruit and veg like apples, pears, and squashes, which is, of course, wonderful. And, if you preserve them properly – whether you’re a master canner or you’re the queen of dehydrating, your bountiful harvest will see you right through the winter and into spring – […]

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Fall/Winter Dessert Recipes: Happlebacks

With an abundance of apples coming off the trees, you’ve probably got all the apple sauce you can handle and likely think you never want to see another apple pie ever again. But apples are a fabulous seasonal fruit and, if you store them properly, they’ll carry you right through the winter, too. Combine them […]

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Ants Farming Aphids & What to do About It

Ants farm aphids. They care for them, offer protection, and literally “farm” them – much like humans farm their livestock. Picture ants wearing the frayed straw hat, dirty blue dungarees or coveralls, and the good ol’ fashioned wellies. This prime example of mutualism is fascinating, annoying, and often brutal. And it can be exceptionally troublesome […]

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How to Control Aphids Naturally

They’re a menace. A total nightmare in ornamental and edible gardens alike. The bane of many gardener’s lives, these tiny pests wreak havoc, and can weaken or destroy huge numbers of crops. But don’t despair and reach for the expensive, harmful, and pretty useless chemical pesticides just yet – we’ve got quite a few different […]

12 Best Herbs and Flowers for Companion Planting With Vegetables

Two of the main challenges we face when we grow our own food organically are controlling pests and maximizing our crop yield. Knowing the best companion planting combinations helps you solve both problems without resorting to nasty chemical solutions. You can of course further optimize your crop yield by using any of our homemade organic […]

Companion Planting – The Three Sisters

Whether you’ve got a sprawling rural ranch or a tiny urban yard, growing your own organic food is definitely worth the work you put in. But, if you can grow your own organic food, and get a higher, healthier yield per foot, that makes the whole process even better. As long as you’ve got 4 […]

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Dehydrator Review: Excalibur 3926TB

If you’ve been toying with the idea of dehydrating, or you’ve been doing your dehydrator research, or, in fact, if you already dehydrate food stuffs, you’ve most likely heard of Excalibur, and probably heard that it’s the bee’s knees of the home dehydrator brands. Excalibur is known for its quality and durability, but its models […]