• ELDER CARE

    help for the caregiver

  • CRAFTS

    knitting, sewing and more

  • RELATIONSHIPS

    keeping them healthy and whole

  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZED

    for a sane and happy home

  • MANAGING MONEY

    saving for the good times and the bad

  • HEALTHY LIVING

    information and home remedies

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  • HOME COOKING

    simple ingredients, simply prepared

  • FAMILY

    where it all starts

  • HOME DECOR

    everyday style

  • GARDENING

    growing your own

  • HANDS AT HOME

    crafting a beautiful living space

  • MAKING CONNECTIONS

    our communities, our friends and ourselves

Diary of a New Homemaker

Aug 16

How to Keep Up with a Tomato Vine

We had a garden this year, for the first time in many.

Jul 8

Top 5 Reasons I'm Choosing Sleeveless This Summer (Despite My Arms)

I've never liked my upper arms. I've been overweight most of my life, and I've always been ashamed of my body.

Newest Article

10 Truly Multi-Purpose Kitchen Tools For A Clutter-Free Kitchen

If you're looking around and wondering how you wound up with 15 spatulas, 12 wooden spoons, eight or so ladles and six kitchen electronics (half of which you have no idea what they do), then it's time to break open some drawers, clear off some shelves and take your kitchen down to its useful and clutter-free basics.

In our kitchen, which is comfortable for one person but a tight squeeze for two, we've narrowed it down to tools -- outside of essentials like pots, pans and mixing bowls, of course -- that are not only used on a regular basis, but serve at least two purposes, if not more.

Autumn, Back to School and Halloween

Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream

If you associate pumpkins only with Halloween and Thanksgiving, think again. Fresh pumpkins are available throughout the winter and its use extends beyond the jack-o-lantern, seeds and pie filling. In spirit of its cold weather harvesting, whip up pumpkin ice cream. What makes pumpkin pie so irresistible is what makes pumpkin ice cream so sweet and delicious-the soft orange flesh (which is packed with Vitamin A). Depending on your patience and time, there are two ways to get the main ingredient: roast it or buy it canned.

From Our Archives

Where Do I Start?

Is your house cluttered? If you answered "are you kidding?" you're not alone. I have what I call a horizontal filing system--stacks of papers, magazines, photos, lists, and catalogs that cover almost every table and countertop in my house. It's a constant battle, and it's one I wage in minutes stolen between naps, meals, and play. If you're not sure where to start in your home, try one of these quick ways to battle the clutter.

Organizing the clutter before it takes over the house
Voluntary simplicity by the numbers