home + garden

ReUsable Swiffer Cloth Alternative

I like Swiffer for quick cleaning of wood floors around our house. When dust-bunnies threaten to take over, it's the first weapon I grab. What I don't like about Swiffer is there’s something else to purchase and toss away after it gets used. The cloths can be reused a few times but eventually, they have… Continue reading ReUsable Swiffer Cloth Alternative

entertaining · in the kitchen · recipes

Crust-Less Pumpkin Pie

This “Crust-Less Pumpkin Pie” is basically the classic pumpkin pie recipe on the can of “Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin” but lightened up, spiced up, and crust-free – which also makes it gluten free for those of you avoiding gluten (waving “Hi” to my mom!). With less sugar, non-fat evaporated milk, and more spices, you’ve got… Continue reading Crust-Less Pumpkin Pie

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America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook Winner

The winner of the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook winner is…. Amy with comment number 34! Amy writes, “Love that show and have several of their cookbooks.” So excited for you, Amy! Thank you to everyone who entered. I think I’ll try to get a tour of Ree’s kitchen (The Pioneer Woman) next. Wish me luck!… Continue reading America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook Winner

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America’s Test Kitchen Tour and Cookbook Giveaway

With our home swap trip to Boston this past summer, one of the highlights was a tour of the actual test kitchen, on “America’s Test Kitchen." Without cable TV, our cooking show viewing is pretty limited but we - the whole family - do watch Christopher Kimball and his gang on“America’s Test Kitchen" since it’s… Continue reading America’s Test Kitchen Tour and Cookbook Giveaway

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Automatic Dishwasher Detergent That’s Sort of Homemade

When I began this “get rid of our toxic cleaning supplies” and consumer products journey, I thought that I would be making all of our cleaners. What I’ve found is that there are products out there that meet my first two criteria: good for you and good for the environment, but they didn’t always hit… Continue reading Automatic Dishwasher Detergent That’s Sort of Homemade

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Christopher Kimball Ticket Giveaway

The month long 3-year Blog-i-versary celebration of Go Gingham continues! This giveaway is for 2 tickets to see Christopher Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen fame speak at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. Mark you calendars because the giveaway winner will receive 2 tickets to the event! Who… Continue reading Christopher Kimball Ticket Giveaway

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Kitchen Tip: How to Use a Mortar and Pestle

If there’s one item I use almost daily in the kitchen, it’s my mortar and pestle. I didn’t even know what it was for when I first got it and it sat in my cupboard collecting dust until I tried to make salad dressing. Once I mashed that garlic with salt, that was my AHA!… Continue reading Kitchen Tip: How to Use a Mortar and Pestle

home + garden

Cleaning and Detergents Follow Up

Ever since I became enlightened and began to pay attention to what’s in our cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, and consumer products, thanks to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) website, I have completely turned our house upside down with what we use and no longer use. It’s never easy getting used to a new routine and… Continue reading Cleaning and Detergents Follow Up