12 Ways to Have a Simpler, Happier Christmas

 

Dear friends,

What if this year, our holidays were a little easier?

What if we did fewer things, and enjoyed the season more?

What if we spent less, and didn’t take on even one dollar of debt?

What if we felt rested and content, instead of tired and stressed?

These are some thoughts . . . → Read More: 12 Ways to Have a Simpler, Happier Christmas

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.

Our Short, Happy Simple Vacation

Dana Point Marina

 

Dear friends,

Last month my son and I enjoyed a three-day getaway to Dana Point, California. Even though it was quick, we packed in a lot of fun and returned feeling rested and rejuvenated.

Some of my goals when we travel are to stretch our money, stay somewhere nice, maximize . . . → Read More: Our Short, Happy Simple Vacation

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 October of my Soul

Autumn maple trees

The maple trees, from our kitchen window.

“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.”- Lee Maynard

 

Oh, my friends.

October started so hard.

On October 1st, during what should have been an evening of fun and . . . → Read More: The October of my Soul

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.

May I Offer You Pumpkin Spice Pancakes?

Dear friends,

Has autumn arrived yet 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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 . . . → 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.