Healthy lifestyle · Money savers · Recipes · Sustainable food

How to make kombucha

What is kombucha? An effervescent fermented tea made from regular black/green tea, sugar and the starter culture, also known as the Scoby. What is that alien-looking thing and why do I want it in my tea? Scoby is actually an acronym for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast”. The bacteria is Acetobacter (a genus of acetic… Continue reading How to make kombucha

Healthy lifestyle · Homesteading · Sustainable food · Urban skills

Grainy indoor yogurt

Usually, yogurt making is fool-proof. This week I made nine pints of yogurt using my food dehydrator, since the outdoor daytime temperatures aren’t anywhere near 100°, which is necessary for porchgurt. I have an Excalibur 4 tray dehydrator like the one in the image here. I take out the trays and there’s just enough space… Continue reading Grainy indoor yogurt

Healthy lifestyle · Survival

Remembering the Fifth of November

The Fifth of November. It’s a significant date in my life. “Remember, remember, the Fifth of November” is familiar thanks to V for Vendetta, in which a masked revolutionary works to bring down a corrupt British government of the future. The date was chosen to evoke memories of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot when Guy Fawkes… Continue reading Remembering the Fifth of November

Healthy lifestyle · Homesteading · Money savers · Urban skills

Detergent-free household

I did it. As of this week, I have no detergents in my regular cleaning lineup. Instead, I am using a combination of natural soaps and other products. Laundry detergent:  Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Castile Liquid Soap, borax and washing soda. Shampoo: Kiss My Face Olive Oil Bar Soap (I was using “shampoo bars” but discovered… Continue reading Detergent-free household

Coexisting with nature · Healthy lifestyle · Primitive/wilderness skills

Once you climb a mountain, it’s all downhill from there

Guadalupe Peak. At 8,751 feet it’s the highest point in Texas, about 3000 foot elevation gain over 4.2 miles from the base. And it was my destination this past weekend. Climbing a mountain wasn’t ever anything I thought I could do. In fact, had you asked me even a year ago if I could envision… Continue reading Once you climb a mountain, it’s all downhill from there