Qualitites of a Good Outdoor Room

...ould be concrete or wood) A place to sit Art, objects, i.e. some human touch With these ideas in mind, how can I improve the outdoor spaces in the photos in this post? On the front porch I could add a small table to hold a book and a glass of beer. The space with the stove needs shelter from the sun during the morning (in another year the grapes will cover the arbor but until that time maybe I need to string up some shading). The earth oven we...

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How To Dry Food With the Sun

...e plywood version. I’ve never built one of these, but am interested in hearing from anyone who has. Eben Fodor Solar Food Dryer Photo from Simply Resourceful This design is by Eben Fordor, and is described in a book by Fodor called  The Solar Food Dryer: How to Make and Use Your Own Low-Cost, High Performance, Sun-Powered Food Dehydrator. I have not seen one of these in person, but the folks at Simply Resourceful built and blogged...

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Thrive: How Doughnuts Can Save The World

.... This is precisely the sort of delusional thinking that John Michael Greer has warned will show up when oil and food start to get scarce. It’s also the same feel-good philosophy that Barbara Ehrenreich critiques in her book Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America. You can find this cult of positive thinking on all sides of the political spectrum, both left and right. And it has, apparently, survived the 2008 economic mel...

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Saturday Linkages: From The Woodsman Workout to Crafting With Your Cat

...ww. foodinjars.com/2012/09/fresht ech-jam-and-jelly-maker-review/  … Cats ‘n Crafts Catification: Creative Table Leg Cat Scratcher http:// jacksongalaxy.com/2012/09/08/cat ification-creative-table-leg-cat-scratcher/  … Book on Crafting With Your Cat: Kitty Jones Kitty Crafts link Fitness The Woodsman Workout | The Art of Manliness http:// artofmanliness.com/2012/09/19/woo dsman-workout/  …  Things to worry about Warmer Temperatures-New US...

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Barefoot Running With Ken Bob Saxton

...o above shows Ken Bob running with his distinctive bent-knee style (the music reflects his sense of humor). I gave the Keb Bob running style a try this Sunday and it was pretty amazing. I had less knee pain and I found myself booking along. It will take me some time to get used to, so I’m going to take it slow for a few weeks. Bending the knee also, according to Ken Bob, applies to walking. I gave walking with a gently bent knee a try this...

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Saturday Linkages: How to Wrap a Sari, Scotts Behaves Badly and America’s Finest Bathrooms

...his Lost Wife | Inhabitat – Sustain.. http:// bit.ly/NYOjks America’s best public bathrooms: http:// boingboing.net/2012/09/07/ame ricas-best-public-bathroo.html  … The history and science of meringue, from a new book by Linda K. Jackson and Jennifer Evans Gardner: http:// boingboing.net/2012/09/04/the For these links and more, follow Root Simple on Twitter:  Follow @rootsimple...

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How to Juice Prickly Pear Fruit

Joseph working the thrift-store mill I always know it’s prickly pear fruit season when questions start coming in on a recipe I did for a prickly pear fruit jelly. Unfortunately, the mucilaginous and seedy texture of the fruit makes it difficult to work with. The only tested recipe I could find, for a prickly pear marmalade in the Ball Blue Book, says nothing about how to seed or juice the fruit. With the assistance of two fellow...

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Vital Farms: Pasture Raised, Organic Eggs at Whole Foods

Image from the Vital Farms blog. Over the weekend I attended the Natural Products Expo West, a massive health food industry convention. Yes, indeed, Fabio was in attendance selling some sort of powdered supplement and I may have seen Ziggy Marley packing up his own bottles of “Coco’Mon” coconut oil. Such are the indignities one encounters on the downward arc of a career in reggae music or romance book cover modeling. O...

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