May I Offer You Pumpkin Spice Pancakes?

Dear friends,

Has autumn arrived in your area? We had a big cool-off here in Colorado this weekend, and I pulled out my favorite flannel shirt and cooked a batch of pumpkin spice pancakes.

These flapjacks are rich with pumpkin-y goodness, and have the comforting, homespun flavor and aroma of pumpkin spice. This recipe appears in my cookbook . . . → Read More: May I Offer You Pumpkin Spice Pancakes?

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Win a Natural Pest Control Kit

Dear friends,

What comes to mind when you think of mothballs?

My grandma Eliza Seely at 97

For me, the scent always reminds me of my sweet grandmother’s closet. Not that she was a stereotypical mothball-type grandma. Eliza Seely was a lovely, active, funny, sociable grandma who lived to be 99 and was always beautifully dressed.

But if you . . . → Read More: Win a Natural Pest Control Kit

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

The Simple Joy of Puttering

garden bouquet

 

Dear friends,

This morning I woke up grateful for the slower pace of a three-day weekend, and the sweet luxury of down time to do some small things around the house and garden.

Do you feel that way about unstructured time, too?

I love puttering — and isn’t it the most perfect, descriptive word? September is here, and although the . . . → Read More: The Simple Joy of Puttering

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Free Giveaway – Small Bites Cookbook

 

Today is Launch Day for my newest cookbook, Small Bites!

This book was a joy to develop and write, because appetizers are my favorite. I especially love hors d’oeuvres that feature great flavors and fresh ingredients in just a bite or two.

The 75 easy recipes in this book include skewers, sliders and bite-sized snacks. They all have . . . → Read More: Free Giveaway – Small Bites Cookbook

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Finding What I Lost in the Classified Ads

Me, my mom and sister at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, After.

 

I can divide my adolescence in two parts—Before and After.

The break happened when I was thirteen, on what began as a normal day. I was at a girlfriend’s house when my mom called and asked me to come home. Opening the front door I discovered . . . → Read More: Finding What I Lost in the Classified Ads

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Enter this Giveaway to Win a New Gardening Journal

Garden journal

Yesterday I posted about how writing in a gardening journal helps me keep track of plant and seed ideas, frost dates, tasks to be done, and so much more.

If you’d like a place to record your gardening thoughts, you could win the new gardening journal pictured above. This pretty volume is 8 1/2 by 11 inches, . . . → Read More: Enter this Giveaway to Win a New Gardening Journal

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

7 Things I’ve Been Writing In My Garden Journal

Gardening journal

 

Dear friends,

It’s been a funny growing season in our Colorado garden this year. We had a snowy spring, a particularly late hard frost, two serious hail storms, and six weeks of mostly hot, dry days. This year I’ve discovered which plants in our yard and garden are truly hardy.

Because every growing season is unpredictable, I love . . . → Read More: 7 Things I’ve Been Writing In My Garden Journal

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Facing My Worst Self in the Grocery Line

Photo: Andrew Storms

Every few weeks, I drive to my local Sprouts store and buy a couple bags of organic Guatemalan coffee. They have a machine where you can grind the roasted beans on the spot, and the coffee is soooo good.

This particular Sprouts store is a rather, shall we say, relaxed establishment where long lines . . . → Read More: Facing My Worst Self in the Grocery Line

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

For the Love of Good Quality

My coffee maker is 20 years old this week. I know this for a fact, because it was a wedding present two decades ago. I hope it doesn’t sound wrong to mention that the appliance has lasted twice as long as the marriage.

By my estimation, this Krups coffee maker has produced more than 24,000 cups of . . . → Read More: For the Love of Good Quality

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.