Top 15 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy and Eat Organic

March, for me, always signals the start of spring. Cut daffodils start appearing in the grocery store, along with baskets of ripe strawberries and bundles of tender asparagus. The produce may look gorgeous, but according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C., certain conventionally grown foods retain . . . → Read More: Top 15 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy and Eat Organic

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.

Warm, Just-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies All Month Long

To survive a month-long money diet, we’re going to have to find plenty of opportunities to spoil ourselves. One of my favorite ways to indulge is to make a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough, roll it into balls and freeze some of the unbaked dough so that we can have ‘on demand’ . . . → Read More: Warm, Just-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies All Month Long

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.

Can You Compost a Poinsettia?

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Dear Ms. Homesteader,

Now that the holidays are over, my poinsettia is dropping its red petals and becoming less attractive by the hour. My wife suggested throwing it in the compost pile, but I thought I remembered reading that poinsettias are poisonous. To compost or not . . . → Read More: Can You Compost a Poinsettia?

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.