The Photos I Didn’t Post on Instagram This Week

 

I love looking at everyone’s pretty pictures on Instagram. When I scroll through the feed, it’s like a little vacation for my soul. And when I look back through the collection of images I’ve posted, it’s like viewing a scrapbook of memories and lovely sights.

Instagram isn’t a reflection of my real life, though — not by a long shot. . . . → Read More: The Photos I Didn’t Post on Instagram This Week

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.

Remembering the Puzzling Days of the Dandelion

 

“In today’s history lesson, we’ll examine a very strange time in human history – the early 2000s.

During this troubling period, humans on the planet Earth had collectively decided that this flower was a scourge:

 

 

Taraxacum, more commonly known as dandelion, was a perennial, herbaceous plant that grew on Earth. It had long taproots that helped naturally aerate the soil. The . . . → Read More: Remembering the Puzzling Days of the Dandelion

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.

A Reader’s Decluttering Dilemma

 

Occasionally you readers write and ask me for advice.

When you query me about topics like cooking, gardening, simple living, and Greek yogurt, I always feel a mixture of flattery and terror—honored to be asked, and scared to death I’ll steer you wrong.

Curiously, you never ask me for dating tips. What’s up with that?!

Anyhoo, a lovely reader named Leah wrote . . . → Read More: A Reader’s Decluttering Dilemma

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.

Yummy Easy Homemade Meatballs

 

My favorite technique for preparing homemade meatballs also happens to be incredibly simple. These are my three tips for delicious meatballs that are browned on the outside and tender on the inside:

Secret #1: Most meatball recipes call for raw onion to be added to the mixture, but I prefer to saute the onion in butter first along with a little . . . → Read More: Yummy Easy Homemade Meatballs

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 Classic Clothes

Dear friends,

I own a silk blouse that I’ve been wearing and enjoying for 16 years. I don’t even remember where I got it, but the blouse fits perfectly and the cut is flattering. The sleeves are just the right length, and the collar is neither too narrow nor too wide. I hand-wash the blouse, and because it’s made . . . → Read More: For the Love of Classic Clothes

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 Secret to Cooking Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

 

I love hard-cooked eggs, but too often this seemingly-simple recipe has led to frustration — undercooked yolks, or worse, yolks tinged in green from over-cooking.

And the peeling! Peeling hard-boiled eggs has nearly driven me to madness, especially when I wanted perfect specimens for a nice plate of deviled eggs.

Fortunately, there is a simple secret to making perfect . . . → Read More: The Secret to Cooking Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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.

Book Giveaway: The Suburban Micro-Farm

 

This month I’m excited to give away a brand new copy of Amy Stross’s terrific book, The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People ( Twisted Creek Press, $24.95). Amy blogs over at TenthAcreFarm, where she writes about permaculture gardening and urban homesteading from her tenth-acre yard in the suburbs of Cincinnati.

For those of us who are stretched for time but still would love to yield abundant harvests in . . . → Read More: Book Giveaway: The Suburban Micro-Farm

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.

Looking Back Over 500 Blog Posts

Dear friends,

My blog software tells me that I’ve now written 500 blog posts — five hundred musings about my quest for a simpler lifestyle. Gosh, somehow I thought I’d have more things figured out by now.

Did I even have a goal when I started this blog? I don’t remember. I think I hoped that if I wrote about simple . . . → Read More: Looking Back Over 500 Blog Posts

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.

Unfinished Business

I’m an early bird.

Most mornings I awaken early enough to sit in my favorite chair with a cup of coffee and spend a quiet hour reading, praying, meditating, and writing. Oh, how I treasure those quiet moments. As the sun comes up, the light filters through the sheer curtains in the living room and casts shadows through the . . . → Read More: Unfinished Business

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.