Summer Tradition- Granola Bars

“What’s that recipe for granola bars?” – my hair stylist asked me. (She’s the best!)

Ok I’ll share! Enjoy…. I make these for most camping trips (whether camper camping or backpacking.) We eat them during the summer and it has become a summer tradition of sorts. I love that my family expects them and […]

Shanty? Fort? Survival shelter?- Complete Brilliance!!!

This last Monday my kids were free! Yes, our homeschool year is complete and I, Kathy, am working hard on the Urban Homemaker! So freedom abounds for the Marsh Trio who are full fledged 2nd grade graduates!

This week has been full of rain, but that is not a deterrent for the kids. They set […]

Rhubarb Cream Pie

Rhubarb is now in season! Here is a delicious, unusual twist on the traditional rhubarb pie since it contains eggs.

Now is the time to harvest rhubarb and freeze 1″ slices in 2 cup portions for quick and easy fruit desserts this summer or later in the winter. Try the no-fail pie crust – it […]

Which Ranch Dressing Tastes Best?

At our last Mentoring Moms, I did a blind taste test with three different versions of Ranch Dressing. I’ve noticed the commercial, bottled Ranch Dressing is getting prohibitively expensive and I hate the soy oil and MSG in it, so I decided to stop being lazy and make my own.

Our blind taste test included […]

Local Foods to Local Markets

Do you LOVE Farmer’s Markets and participate in your local market as a producer or a consumer?

Today I want to talk about ways you can help promote and support your local agricultural economy especially in Colorado. If passed, Colorado would join nearly 20 other states (plus 5 pending!) who already support cottage industry […]

The Urban Homemaker's Daughter Reminisces

Laura, my oldest daughter and her husband Brandon

Ed Note: Laura wrote some memories for me last week about being The Urban Homemaker’s daughter that made me cry, and I’m just now getting to posting the article.

I hope her reflections will encourage all parents who think they could have done […]

Child's Play

Ed Note: This article is written by my daughter Laura, a new mother and originally was posted to her blog: thecoblecolumner. I wish I had been as resourceful as Laura when I was a young mother. I hope this encourages young moms to enjoy their babies, because babies grow up very quickly! Reprinted by […]

Exciting News from The Urban Homemaker

Nearly two years ago, in July of 2009, I wrote that it was time for The Urban Homemaker to have a “facelift”! It was as clear to me then as it is today that I am entering a new season of life as a widow and that I need to focus my […]

Spring Holidays Call for Old World Breads

Would you like a change from your daily whole grain bread? Spring holidays call for old world breads.

Challah is the traditional Jewish Sabbath bread, (except during Passover), it has no season but is particularly appropriate for a spring brunch, because its egg-rich dough will easily work into the traditional braid. Try serving it […]

Making Bone Broth Video Demonstration


Today I’m going to talk about the time-tested process of making bone broths in your kitchen to restore your health.

Today’s busy lifestyles, wide use of antibiotics and nutrient deficient foods have pre-disposed many children and young adults to unhealthy gut health resulting in sinus problems, gluten […]

New Give-Away – Shower Filter

Multi-Pure Shower Filter – $59.95 Retail Value

This Give-Away is now closed. The winner is #29 Debbie. Please email me at to claim your prize.

I have been talking about the health benefits of drinking pure filtered water for nearly 20 years. Most municipal water sources […]

Solutions to Higher Gas and Higher Food Costs

Remember the old adage: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!

With the current employment conditions, skyrocketing fuel and food costs, we all need hundreds of practical ideas and steps to reduce budget strain and save money.

My friends at Living On A Dime have made a great […]

It's Possible to Reverse Food Allergies – read on

Reversing Food Allergies

Tired of living with gluten intolerance, dairy sensitivites, arthritis, eczema, and children with learning disabilities? Until now, I didn’t know there was a scientifically based diet that does more than control allergies by food avoidance, but actually reverses allergies and other health problems by healing the gut. […]

Prepared or Paranoid? – Eyewitness report from Japan

Ed Note: I received the following eyewitness perspective from Navy wife Tanya, living about 240 miles from the nuclear site. I found Tanya’s perspective refreshing and encouraging as she and her family are learning to live with drastically less power and water in the aftermath of the earthquake. I hope you will […]

Wisdom to Prepare

In my newsletter I usually talk about steps to practical preparedness like food storage etc. Today I talk about the spiritual side of preparedness. I hope you will read on and share your thoughts with me!

Proverbs 21:20 says: “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a […]