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Diary of a New Homemaker

Nov 24

In Which I Am Burned Out of My House

On November 13th, at 2:30 in the morning, we ran for our lives from my home of 27 years.

Sep 22

Me on Family Finance at Mint.com!

I was interviewed on Mint.com!

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

Gotta Love Garlic!

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Garlic is wonderful, and part of the wonderfulness is, it's pretty easy to grow. The main difference from many other crops is, this is one to plant now, in the fall, and to winter over.
Fall planted garlic builds a strong root system, and when spring rolls around and the ground warms again, it kicks into a growth spurt, well ahead of spring planted cloves. (Still, if time got away from you, or your cloves arrived late, spring planted cloves will grow. You'll get a more modest crop, but even a modest crop of garlic is something good to have.)

From Our Archives

Building Routines

Oh, I'm not telling you how, I'm ASKING you how! Routine has been my greatest stumbling block as a homemaker. I am SO BAD at it. I have undiagnosed but pretty obvious ADD and I just don't get the whole building a routine thing, gods know I've tried.

Now, this may sound like a cleaning topic, but for me it's a family topic. I want more routine for the girls' sake, especially for Louisa, who's also pretty obviously ADD, perhaps the most ADD of us all--we all have it in varying degrees.

An easy and cheap natural cleaning product
Brag books with a global reach: Photo blogs. Here's how to set one up, keep it up, and give your family access, with a few tips on safety.