Looking Back and Pressing Forward

December sunrise

 

Another year winds down.

Perhaps 2017 was a really tough year for you. Or maybe the year feels pretty positive overall, or perhaps it’s a mix of blessings and hardships. Isn’t it somehow freeing to have the promise of a fresh, clean slate ahead?

For me, this annual transition from ending to beginning . . . → Read More: Looking Back and Pressing Forward

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.

Holiday Giveaway: The Apron Book

 

Dear friends,

Just in time for holiday baking, I’m excited to give away a brand new copy of EllynAnne Geisel’s charming new book to one lucky reader.

The Apron Book: Making, Wearing and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort—an updated edition of Geisel’s original award-winning book published by Andrews McMeel—is a heart-warming . . . → Read More: Holiday Giveaway: The Apron Book

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.

Make Your Own Homemade Cranberry Sauce and Other Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Dear friends,

Happy Thanksgiving week! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and as we count down to the big day I wanted to share a few of our favorite dishes with you.

The first is an easy-to-make cranberry sauce. You can use organic ingredients and tweak the recipe with any flavorings or spices . . . → Read More: Make Your Own Homemade Cranberry Sauce and Other Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

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.

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?

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Dear friends,

Has autumn arrived yet in your area? We had a big cool-off here in Colorado this weekend, and it was the perfect excuse to cook a batch of pumpkin spice pancakes for breakfast.

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.