Author Archives: Sandra Long

How to Make Yogurt in the Desert

making yogurt at home

Making yogurt at home is an amazingly simple, inexpensive, and fun thing to do on a hot summer night. Some people use thermometers, special double boiler pots or fancy yogurt heaters, but not me. Who says there aren’t advantages to living in the desert? I used just two ingredients: 1 quart of whole milk (for a creamier yogurt), and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt from the store. It really is easy-just make sure … Continue Reading »

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Why I love My Portable Far Infrared Sauna

far portable infrared sauna

Portable Far Infrared Sauna: A Whole Body Spa Vacation Are you ready to sweat out some toxins and get in shape? Or maybe you’re like me and you just crave a little effortless warmth in the winter. I have been so happy with my new Far infrared sauna. I’ve been researching various types of portable saunas for many years now. For me, part of the challenge was affordability; I wanted an affordable luxury, … Continue Reading »

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Wasabi, Spicy Green Goo or Really Good for You?

homemade wasabi sauce

Wasabi sauce-that strange green spicy pile of goo that you always get when you go out for sushi and usually throw away (at least I usually did-since less than a grain of salt’s worth of the stuff makes my head feel like it’s about to come apart at the seams)—well, I had a bad cold which I think turned into an upper respiratory infection and had a real hankering for some sushi one … Continue Reading »

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Food Safe Fissler Smooth Edge Can Opener Review

smooth edge can opener from fissler

I just wanted to take a quick moment (while my bean and ham canned soup is cooling down) to share that I love love love my new Fissler Smooth Edge can opener! It took a few minutes when I first got it to figure out how it attaches to the can because a smooth edge can opener is not like your traditional can opener that has plier-like grips – I just remember that … Continue Reading »

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My Water Kefir Recipe: a Fermentation Experiment

water kefir grains for making water kefir

I went to a local fermentation meetup group about a year ago, eager to learn more about how to make kombucha tea at home, and in the process I stumbled across a “new” (at least to me) type of fermented drink called water kefir. Water kefir has actually been around for thousands of years and goes by many different names including Japanese water crystals. The girl who had brewed this tasty lightly carbonated … Continue Reading »

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Indoor Worm Composting in Small Spaces with the Worm Factory

indoor worm composting

My adventures in Worm Composting in a small apartment begin today! Are you tired of throwing perfectly good food scraps, junk mail, cardboard, and coffee grounds into the trash? I certainly am, but for a long time being wasteful just seemed like one of the unavoidable evils of living in a small apartment and having no yard to speak of. Despite this setback, I’ve been researching different compost options all summer long, hoping … Continue Reading »

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Why I Like Bamboo Towels Better than Cotton

bamboo towels

I encountered my first bamboo towels nearly 5 months ago, strolling around the gift shop of an exotic Chinese Garden in Vancouver Canada. The bamboo fabric was remarkably soft – so soft in fact I was determined to buy it then and there despite the high price tag of $70. I have always been a soft towel nut; unfortunately, my experience with cotton has always been a disappointment. I’ve been told, “you have … Continue Reading »

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