Browsing category: Reader Questions

Can Credit Cards Be Used Responsibly?

Reader question… “Would you share your thoughts about the cash envelope system versus the use of credit cards? I read today that any use of a credit card is irresponsible and that anyone using a credit card will end up spending more money than if they used only cash.”


My Favorite Methods for Cooking the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

Reader question… “I’ve been asked to make a large quantity of potato salad for a family reunion this weekend. I’m not looking forward to cooking so many hard boiled eggs because I usually have problems getting the shells off cleanly.”


Overcoming the Paralysis of Too Much Analysis

When you are faced with an important decision, it’s always a good idea to gather information about the possible options and to use that information to evaluate the possible consequences.


One In, One Out vs. Purging for a Reason

Reader question… “A friend told me that I should always purge an item if I buy something similar, even if the item to be purged is still in good condition or if I am still using or wearing it…”


When Christmas Isn’t So Merry

Reader question… “I’m dreading Christmas. With everything we buy costing more, financially we’re just barely getting by now and I know there isn’t going to be much money for buying gifts. Our kids aren’t the problem. The problem is my relatives…”


Things I Have Learned About Cooking & Baking with a Wood Stove

I have found that it’s really a continual learning process, because cooking or baking with wood requires a different rhythm and a different timing than cooking with gas or electricity.


How To Make Sweet Pickles One Jar At A Time

Reader question… “I am wondering if you have a recipe for sweet pickles that I can make and keep in the refrigerator like with your dill pickle recipe.”


How To Save Tomato Seeds For Planting Another Year

Saving tomato seed is a little more complicated than the usual “dry and store” process for seed saving. Each tomato seed is encased in a gelatinous capsule that actually prevents the seeds from sprouting, and that capsule must be removed before the seeds will germinate.


The Biggest Obstacle to a Simpler, Truly Fulfilling Life

“From your experience, what would you say is the biggest obstacle that people have to living a simpler, truly fulfilling life?” A reader asked me this question a few days ago, and I think my answer would have to be one word… “inertia.”


Blue and White Soap Dish — Greenwood China Company

Reader question… “I am writing to ask about the small oval dish in the photo in your post about drying seeds.”