Halloween Must-Haves

Sparkly Halloween sign

Earlier this week I wrote about the proliferation of Halloween-themed stuff in the stores. Here at the urban homestead we’ll put out our carved pumpkins and some cool green round squash that my sister grew, but all I have to do is watch one episode of Hoarders and . . . → Read More: Halloween Must-Haves

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.

Resisting the Halloween Spending Spooks

Next month I’ll be starting a new weekly feature, “Holiday Must-Haves.” It’ll showcase some of the myriad holiday-themed items retailers try to sell us. I’ll be posting a special Halloween edition later this week, but here’s a sneak peek at one of the items every tricked-out house should have. You do have special Halloween soap . . . → Read More: Resisting the Halloween Spending Spooks

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 Stop Delivery of Unwanted Phone Books

When I arrived home today, an evil surprise was waiting for me – a yellow plastic bag with a Denver metro area telephone directory inside. Since I just recycled another vendor’s unwanted phone book two weeks ago, I was not especially tickled to receive this book. I keep the Dex white and yellow . . . → Read More: How to Stop Delivery of Unwanted Phone Books

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 Sweet, Easy Autumn Apple Cake

As promised, today I’m going to share one of my very favorite apple cake recipes. Years ago I found the first part of the recipe in an old cookbook,”Maxine Mulvey’s Hello Neighbor Book,” from Maxine’s cooking show that aired on KOA Radio in Denver back in the early 1960s. I can’t . . . → Read More: A Sweet, Easy Autumn Apple Cake

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 Celebration of Apples at Cider Days

This weekend we went to Lakewood, Colorado for the annual Cider Days festival. It’s become something of an October tradition for our family to attend this old-fashioned event — now in its 35th year — which celebrates so many of the things we love: old cars, tractors, antiques, homesteading skills demonstrations, arts . . . → Read More: A Celebration of Apples at Cider Days

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.