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Summer of Survival

The free webinar "Summer of Survival" has inspired me to think about Summer emergency preparations.  Time and distance from any event will enable you to complete tasks to do in advance of impending chaos.  Planning prevents panic, so here is a list to help your hearth and home

Plug in  any Electric Generators

Charge Phones

Complete the Laundry

Bake the Eggs

Hydrate the House with Citrus Peel Water…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on June 11, 2014 at 7:09am — No Comments



With this blast of bitter air we are reminded that Spring is officially here and we have been germinating for weeks in our kitchen window gardens, sheds and cold frames.  In honor of Heather Tallmans bold decision to have a second act to this play called life, I salute those busy women who still find time to put coconut honey rice pudding in their crockpots and sing, write, and paint their well being into a meaningful life purpose.


Keepers of the hearth plan a garden…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on March 25, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A Green Move

The cardboard boxes are an expense … upcycle your move with an acquisition strategy that reuses the excess of the food industry.  Boxes are plentiful when you are a wholesaler buying by the case.  I suggest choosing rectangle boxes like corn chip boxes and egg boxes with handles.  Look for boxes already inked with fragile and recycle them into your plan.  Boxes that are unmarked are likely to end up in your urban garden or permaculture patch as we squash the grass and prepare for the season…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on February 3, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Falling for a green transition

A great big temper tantrum for my transition to fall! In with a cold, head congestion and many toss and turn nights the thought of turning my home for the season was the last thing from my mind. But fall marches for no woman like the brisk wind from the North. So in honor of the days ahead the season of light here are my favorite green transition in this season of orange and…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on October 14, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments



Seeking serenity on a budget has always meant a 45 minute to 1 hour and 15 trip to a state park or the Hoosier National Forest.  It seems those in Beverly Hills are just learning how glamourous camping can really be...for your wallet.

Glamping is not all smores with champagne "champs".  Here is my list to make camping glamourous

1.  Arranging Floral and Fauna at the camping site.  Centerpieces add an elegant touch to an all ready natural scene.

2.  Sandbar…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on April 22, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Kitchen Garden Musings


This is just between you and me, but I love to "drive" thru my kitchen garden and plucking the celery for a quick snack under the shade of the leaves of the oak tree.  It thrills me when the brown beans have sprouted and the gherkins are growing vertically up to the sky. 


If people were only so easy to read as a ripe tomato or a firm pear on the tree, I would know when to pick this vendor or that advertiser.  My truth while building this farm means creating…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on July 15, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

A Green Summer Home

The tender green seedlings have found their way into the raised beds to embrace the summer.  Growing into a drive by food resource as each day passes.  The Kitchen garden is supplying the necessary fresh herbs to support my home and community. 

Merchandizing your manor and stage your home for what is to come. SUMMER!  Think of your home as if you are preparing for a parade, swim at the lake, quick day trip to a municipal or state park. There are lots of adventures that are low…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on March 5, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Goodbye 2010

Today is a day for articulating deliberateness, full of gusto and intention. I love new calendars, new lists, hope, promise and anticipation.

What used to be: I love Christmas music, movie soundtracks, new releases, and most of all “Soul Cake” by Sting.

What has been: no fm radio, no mp3 technology, no iPod touch, a quiet life with music finds from the dollar bin or thrift store and an occasional purchase through amazon.com.

What has become: a musical-kindred-spiritedness that… Continue

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on December 31, 2010 at 11:20am — No Comments

A tomato cage Christmas

While staging the garage for the next growing season, I spied the tomato cage in a new way. The cone lended itself for a holiday repurpose. Gathering bits of garland and silk poinsettas, this charlie brown Christmas tree has given me a little joy in the corner of the porch. A simple plastic pot and some floral foam anchor the new "tree" and a leftover brick protects it from being blown away. Lighting the way to celebrate the season from a gardening point of view. We can all do…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on December 7, 2010 at 8:36am — No Comments

Green Gift: #EcoMonday

Change your thinking and lead the thought revolution. Let’s vote with our dollars and show that we buy locally and…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on November 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

A green day of gratitude

The beautiful gifts of gratitude begin in nature

so today, I invite you to be steward of the earth

in your own body,

in your own consciousness,

in your own loving heart

A caregiver of nature.

the thanksgiving treasures of your life:

the opportunities that you have been given,

the ones that have effortlessly opened up for you this year.

Reflect upon the ground you…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on November 25, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Swimming through the Holidays

As we buckle up for the economic turbulence ahead, let’s remember Steinbeck’s message: we can remain who we are, as long as we’re willing to be surprised by who that is.

Every day we can…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on November 13, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Black Friday: Go big or don't bother

Black Friday was actually the second day of hearings by the House subcommittee, which had been going around the country holding public investigations into Communist infiltration of…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on November 8, 2010 at 2:18pm — No Comments

10 Secrets to a GREEN Christmas

Here are a 10 of my favorite ideas for greening your christmas.…


Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on September 1, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Indiana Strawberry Preserves

From the Ball Blue Book of Preserving comes a pectin free recipe for preserving Indiana Strawberries

Change your thinking. Try Canning to make a greener Indiana. Start a thought revolution.

Heirloom Strawberry Preserve Recipe (Page 40)

1 1/2 Quarts Strawverries

5 cups sugar

1/3 cup lemon Juice

Combine strawberries and sugar in a large sauce pot. Let stand for 3 to 4 hours Bring slowly to a boil stirring until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice… Continue

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on June 12, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Age of Hyper Hygiene

Change your thinking. Prevent panic and put into place a prevention plan for the summer and the upcoming flu season. You can lead the thought revolution. 7 tips to prevention.

1. Don't share towels; Designate a color for each member of the household,

choose to monogram or mark with a fabric pen.

2. Shower after physical activity and review your body for open sores, wounds or insect bites

3. Treat and cover your open sores, wounds or insect… Continue

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on June 1, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Bikini Bare

With the swimming pools opening accross Indiana this memorial day it is time to ponder a greener razor. Change your thinking. Try a recycled razor. Lead a thought revolution one dollar at a time.

An innovation in shaving, the Preserve® Triple Razor provides an eco-friendly shaving option that doesn't sacrifice performance. With our titanium-coated blades and lubrication strip for comfort, Preserve's Triple Razor delivers a clean, close shave for both men and women. Available in four… Continue

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on May 21, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Gestures of Gratitude

After what feels like a scouring of literature on the thoughts on deliberate living I have arrived at a point of enlightenment. Your exchange of ideas on this forum www.agreenerindiana.com are valued and appreciated. Change your thinking. Be present and focus on the next 24 hours and plan for the next 48 hours. What we do each day does matter. Lead the thought revolution. What will you do tomorrow to change the world?

To this end it is… Continue

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on May 13, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Affluenza Cure: It's all in the Journey

Voluntary simplicity is experiencing life directly with our hearts, minds and bodies. Certainly, this is a motivation to tune up our bikes and re-inflate the tires from a winter’s rest. One major challenge to a greener Indiana is the miles of commuting for employment or provisions. Change your thinking and take a fresh look at how you travel from one place to another. You can lead a thought revolution.

Describe the pleasure of transportation

Think about the costs of personal… Continue

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on May 11, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hyper-Hygiene: in the age of swine flu

The current public concern both nationally and internationally regarding swine flu (HINI) is strangely similar to the public service campaigns of 1976. How do you change your thinking about how you will prevent viral infections in your green home?

This hoosier has a thought; reocurring action gives you the reassurance of vigilance. Change your thinking. Lead the thought revolution.

1. Re-introduce food fermentation into your kitchen and life.

2. Wipe all hard… Continue

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on May 5, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

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