Pam Farley

Pam Farley Pam Farley is the author of the blog Brown Thumb Mama.

Web Site: http://www.brownthumbmama.com/


My 4 Favorite Frugal Living Books

Mar 20, 2014
My 4 Favorite Frugal Living Books

As I’ve mentioned before, Hubby and I have never exactly been rolling in money. As newlyweds, we were rice-and-beans poor–and then we bought a small business! Crazy, I know…but starting out frugal gave us the skills to bring the business through the recession, and survive my layoff without losing our minds. Here are the...

The Secret to Perfect Pie Crust (Plus Recipe)

Mar 10, 2014
The Secret to Perfect Pie Crust (Plus Recipe)

What’s the secret to perfect pie crust? It’s not lard. It’s not frozen butter. It’s not special flour. It’s vodka. Really, I’m serious. The vodka evaporates readily and prevents gluten from forming, so you end up with a tender, flaky crust. Give it a try–you’ll love it! Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon kosher...

18 Amazing Orange Recipes

Mar 6, 2014
18 Amazing Orange Recipes

These tasty recipes will add some zest to your day. In fact, they’re so appeeling that you won’t be able to resist them. Pithy remarks welcome in the comments section. Orange you glad you stopped by? Orange at breakfast Traditional Orange Marmalade: Living Homegrown Orange Julius Recipe: Food Renegade Orange Strawberry Smoothie Delight: Good...

How I Beat The Flu in 24 Hours, Without Medicine

Mar 4, 2014
How I Beat The Flu in 24 Hours, Without Medicine

Reminder: I’m not a doctor, and this information should not be considered medical advice. Do your own research and use good judgement! Now that I’m in my 40s *cough* I’m starting to learn a few things: Ice cream tastes better than skinny feels. My kitchen will never look like a magazine. My body knows...

Off The Shelf: The Ultimate “Make It, Don’t Buy It” Ebook

Mar 1, 2014
Off The Shelf: The Ultimate “Make It, Don’t Buy It” Ebook

It’s no secret that I like to make things instead of buying them. I’d rather spend a little extra time in the kitchen and know exactly what I’m feeding my family. Have you looked at the ingredients in Heinz ketchup? It has high-fructose corn syrup AND corn syrup in it, for crying out loud....

5 Best Container Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners

Feb 26, 2014
5 Best Container Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners

Friends, it is DRY here in California. We just learned that the Central Valley (where more than half of the country’s fruits and veggies are grown) is not getting any irrigation water this summer. This means that prices are going to skyrocket. Don’t grumble…fight the power! Start a garden! Even if you only have...

20 Things I do to Save Time

Feb 20, 2014
20 Things I do to Save Time

Lots of you have asked me how I find time to do the things I enjoy, like baking from scratch and gardening, while working all day and parenting in the evening. Here are 20 things I do to save time. As I clear the dinner dishes, I package up any leftovers for my lunch...

20 Things I do to Save Money

Feb 12, 2014
20 Things I do to Save Money

People ask me all the time: “How do you do it?” I’m not talking about how I balance the demands on my time, but rather how we make ends meet with an income that many Americans would consider modest, at best. Acknowledging that we have plenty is part of it–but there are many more...

Rich, Hearty Sandwich Bread

Feb 9, 2014
Rich, Hearty Sandwich Bread

I was going to tell you about my trials and tribulations in developing a bread recipe that’s good enough to share. I considered telling you how we’ve suffered through several attempts at french bread, the rectangular hockey puck that was 100% whole wheat bread, and some really blah versions of sandwich bread. But once...

Make a Car Bag for Emergency Preparedness

Feb 2, 2014
Make a Car Bag for Emergency Preparedness

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about emergency preparedness. (Catch up on those posts right here.) With all the bad weather across the country and especially the stories coming out of Atlanta, it’s time to make a car bag. This is different from a bug out bag, because those are stored in your...

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