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.

Easy Blackberries and Cream Pinwheel Pastries Recipe

 

These pretty pastries, which are featured in my new cookbook Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes, only look difficult to make. Flaky puff pastry pinwheels are anchored with a sweet, creamy filling and topped with blackberry jam, fresh berries, and a sprinkle of sparkling sugar.

They’re prepared from time-saving frozen puff pastry. You can easily thaw the pastry sheets . . . → Read More: Easy Blackberries and Cream Pinwheel Pastries Recipe

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.

How to Attract Hummingbirds and Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar

Photo: S. Sompop

 

I always love hearing the thrilling, trilling sound of the first hummingbirds here in Colorado. According to Audubon, hummingbirds beat their strong, tiny wings 90 times per second. Their energetic metabolisms burn up calories fast, which is why they typically eat half of their weight in bugs and nectar every day and visit 1,000 to 2,000 flowers a day.

We . . . → Read More: How to Attract Hummingbirds and Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar

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 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.