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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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