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Plant-Based Weight Loss Challenge

Plant-Based Weight Loss Challenge I had such a good time creating and implementing the Whole-Foods Plant-Based Budget series, I decided to take it a step further.  This challenge is a plant-based weight loss plan to drop pounds after Christmas (or anytime).  On the budget plan I lost 5 pounds without even trying.  This new plan…

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Make a Lawn into Garden with Cardboard

Make a Garden Out of Lawn Using Cardboard Give up the grass!  Grow veggies instead.  Or wildflowers.  Or herbs.  Or make a butterfly garden.  Or plant fruit bushes. In the 10 years I worked as a Landscape Gardener I got plenty of experience manually digging out sod to make garden beds.  Its not fun.  Don’t…

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12 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient

12 Ways to Become Self-Sufficient I dream of making my little homestead into a closed-loop system.  Nothing comes in, nothing goes out.  Now THAT would be self-sufficiency. Alas, there are things I can’t produce or grow here.  For example, its much too cloudy in the winter for solar panels.  The climate won’t allow me to…

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Whole-Food Plant-Based Budget: Finale

Whole-Food Plant-Based Budget:  Week 4 Since I only had $18 left in the budget, the plan for this week was:  Shop in My Pantry and Freezer. Some meals from Week 3 lasted into Week 4 so I only needed 10 lunches and dinners plus 7 breakfasts this week.  (Plus I have to admit, I bought…

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Whole-Foods Plant-Based on a Budget: Week Three

Whole-Foods Plant Based on a Budget:  Week Three Progress Report Week 2 was a success!  Once again I felt nourished and satisfied and STUCK TO THE BUDGET! I’m finding that by only shopping once a week its easier to resist temptation and only buy what’s on my list.  This works if the foods that are…

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Sweet Potato Burgers with Cashews & Smoked Tofu

Smoky, garlicky, and full of flavor. The tofu in these burgers absolutely MUST be the smoked kind, otherwise the flavour will be bland. Sweet Potato Burgers with Cashews & Smoked Tofu Makes 6-8 burgers Ingredients 2 medium-large sweet potatoes or yams (the larger the potato the more patties you’ll get without having to adjust any…

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Is Homesteading Sexy?

First off – this is not a picture of me. You see, I do make an effort to dress neat and tidy when teaching yoga and fitness (my other jobs), but most of the time, while I’m on the homestead, I look quite, let’s see, umm …rustic ….homespun ….organic? Nonetheless, I still feel qualified to…

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DIY: Natural Mouse Repellent

Homemade Natural Mouse Repellent Pouches I have no desire to kill mice.  For one thing, handling dead mice is no pleasure.  For another, I do my best to treat all creatures with compassion.  That said, I had a hard time feeling compassion for the mouse that was scuffling around inside my wall, obviously making itself…

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Whole-Food Plant-Based on a Budget: Week Two

Whole-Foods Plant-Based Eating on a Budget:  Week 2 Week One went well.  I stuck to the meal plan, didn’t buy anything extra, and ate some yummy, yummy foods.  I’ve been eating heaping bowls of soups and stews at each meal  – pretty much stuffing myself without overeating.  I’m feeling nourished and satisfied. This diet includes…

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Artisan Fair: Local, Handmade, Recycled

Christmas Artisan Fair in Nelson, British Columbia, November 2013 The Nelson Artisan Fair was chock full of stuff I love.  Dedicated, creative, and talented artisans lovingly crafting items made from nature and recycled materials.  Plus, lots of tasty treats. Here I’m featuring some local artisans and including their websites (when they have one) so you…

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