Leslie Smith

Edible Flower Recipes That Celebrate Sunny Days

Edible Flower Recipes That Celebrate Sunny Days

Flowers have been used in culinary applications for centuries. They can be put in nearly any food or beverage, used as garnishes and can be candied or added to sugar for a delicate, naturally sweet touch. Flowers that are truly edible must not be treated with any preservatives or pesticides, and be certain they are actually consumable and not poisonous. Edible flowers can normally be found at specialty stores, bakeries or gourmet food shops. Typically the flowers found from florists are not of a consumable nature. You can also try growing your own culinary flower garden. Cut flowers will last… read more

Old Meets New

Old Meets New

Sometimes a renovation can include obvious additions that may stand out, or may even overrun the original character of a home. Villa CP from Zest Architecture is a restoration project that shows how to seamlessly blend old with new. The updated historical farmhouse building nestled in a gorgeous lot in Girona, Spain is laid back, sustainable and high on style. The stone structure is rugged and rough, but also refined and refreshingly modern. Construction plans kept the old design but gave the home a solidly modern look. It was opened up to eliminate a closed in feel, including the addition… read more

What If You Can’t Afford To Buy Organic?

What If You Can’t Afford To Buy Organic?

Organic produce and food items may be preferred by many, but they are also unaffordable by many, too. Often times, selecting organic means that you will pay more at the checkout. Much more. When you are buying for a household on a budget, sometimes choosing organic isn’t a choice at all. So, what are the options if organic items are out of range? It is still possible to make the most of healthy and conscious food selections while staying on a budget. To start, incorporating tips that stretch a dollar will allow grocery money to go further, which will let… read more

Beautiful Sustenance

Beautiful Sustenance

Seeds are one of nature’s many miracles that may often go unnoticed, though their importance is paramount in sustaining human life. One look into some of the issues surrounding the seed industry is called Open Sesame The Story of Seeds. This film discusses a growing seed movement, but also brings focus to the significance of food supply preservation. To start your own seed supply or to enhance a home garden, check out seed conservation tips from Native Seeds, a nonprofit organization. From pollination to storage, their instructional page will provide an idea of some of the basics of caring for seeds. Try… read more

A Seaside Home Built For The Seasons

A Seaside Home Built For The Seasons

Seaside homes are normally impressive, just due to their location. Residing in a home with gorgeous water views would be a welcoming lifestyle. One home located in Bulgaria that provides an interesting take on coastal living is called the Equinox Passive House​. With a focus on natural light and temperature maintenance, the residence from Ignatov Architects takes into account seasonal progressions and their effects on interior warmth and lighting. The architects created the home constructed in concrete and stone to be a low energy design. The positioning of the home’s foundation was a significant consideration in obtaining the most power from… read more

Science Fun For Energetic Minds

Science Fun For Energetic Minds

Children’s curiosity allows them to catch onto a concept and wrap themselves up in the idea of it, generating experiences that naturally invoke learning. The following are a few ways for kids to learn and apply real world technical applications that will enhance their knowledge while being science literate and having fun. Code.org is a computer science based site that offers online classes and educational resources for a range of ages. The site features games, videos, tutorial apps as well as lessons and advice from guest lecturers. Users can test out different skill sets, like learning JavaScript, creating and performing commands and… read more

Concrete Structures That Double As Energy Savers

Concrete Structures That Double As Energy Savers

Concrete designs are durable and can hold numerous possibilities due to its functionality and flexibility as a material. When combined with sustainable features, concrete can offer interesting elements for homes and commercial applications. Casa la Estadía from REC Architecture is constructed mainly of concrete and glass and has a curious look. The exterior was formed into an interesting shape that also provides several benefits. The concrete walls make up the structural base for the home and also enables several sustainable features. The design makes use of a passive energy system and is able to capture up to 85% of the home’s energy. The… read more

Books Designed For The Senses

Books Designed For The Senses

Books captivate the senses in a way that is original to any other material. The written word, illustrations and emitted feelings provided by pages that are crafted with creative intent and skilled work can be like no other resource for developing knowledge and furthering the imagination. Several visually and aromatically stimulating circulations have been produced that heighten the page-turner’s experience by truly embarking the senses to go along for the journey. Dating back to 1692, Traité des Couleurs Servant à la Peinture à L’eau from artist A. Boogert is an unbelievingly detailed illustrative guide to colors and painting techniques. It… read more

The Niwa System Makes Homegrown Easy

The Niwa System And App Combo Makes Homegrown Easy

Not everyone has the time or space for gardening. Picking your dinner straight from the backyard plot or container garden is definitely rewarding and healthy, but it does require a designated area and continual maintenance. For horticulturists that want to have all the benefits of fresh grown produce but without the worry of weeds, insects or having to keep up an outdoor area, hydroponic growing can be a perfect option. One indoor system has covered all the bases when it comes to a home hydroponic garden. The Niwa is a kit that works along with an app to grow fresh produce simply,… read more

Shrimp Is The New Plastic

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A solution to the world’s plastic overload may have been found in a shrimp. Or actually, in the shrimp’s composition. A research team from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University are on to something huge. They have developed an interesting procedure for making bioplastic that is completely biodegradable and could someday replace commercial plastics that are not sustainable. The process uses a substance called chitin, which is an abundant natural source that can be collected from certain shelled organisms. Examples of the organic material can be seen in the protective coverings on shrimp and other crustaceous… read more