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Feeling Overwhelmed? This Too Shall Pass!

April 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Feeling Overwhelmed? This Too Shall Pass!

There are times in life when you feel unstoppable. Maybe you’re accomplishing more than you ever thought possible at a faster rate than you ever imagined, maybe you’re close to achieving a big goal, or maybe you’re finally getting good at enjoying life. What about the other times – when you feel like you’re barely […]

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Perfect Music Playlists with Robbie P

April 11, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Perfect Music Playlists with Robbie P

When I first started dating my husband, Rob, it’s fair to say that we didn’t have an instant connection. The only thing I felt sure about is that he, like others, would make only a fleeting appearance in my life. It’s true! It’s all chronicled in the comments below pre-marriage photos of us on Facebook. […]

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Homemade Salad Dressing: Ditch the Bottles Forever

April 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Homemade Salad Dressing: Ditch the Bottles Forever

  I have a list of foods that I never, ever buy prepared from the store. The long list includes things like hot chocolate mix, pancake mix, mayonnaise and many, many more. But, topping the list is salad dressing. I have shunned the store-bought stuff for years, and you should too. Even the most basic commercial […]

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Epic Dinner Fail: What To Do When Disaster Strikes

April 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Epic Dinner Fail: What To Do When Disaster Strikes

Murphy’s Law dictates that your most perfectly roasted chicken, most succulent fish, or most delightful chocolate cake will be the one you make when no one’s looking, or tasting, but you. Invite guests for dinner or host a special occasion, and your most reliable recipes could fail. It happens to everyone, really it does. Quite […]

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Seasonal Eating and What to Eat Now

April 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Seasonal Eating and What to Eat Now

Seasonal eating is one of the most important things you can do for your health, your wallet, and the environment. It simply means that your diet is composed of foods that are naturally available in your area at a given time. Mr. President and I try to eat seasonally, with a few exceptions. For example, […]

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Book Review: Grow Cook Eat

March 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Book Review: Grow Cook Eat

I’m a sucker for gardening books. Peruse my book collection, and you’ll find no shortage of garden inspiration, homesteading how-to, and landscape design primers. My garden inferiority complex and unrealistic expectations came about when I started reading gardening books crammed with artsy photos of perfect gardens that are likely unattainable for someone who can’t spend […]

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Real Food, Decadence, and Your Health

March 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Real Food, Decadence, and Your Health

People are always asking me about my eating habits. Some of the recipes on Tomato Envy are quite decadent and even more so when they’re washed down with a couple glasses of wine or prefaced with a glass of chilled champagne. People sometimes wonder how it is that I am not unhealthy or overweight given […]

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Mushroom Lentil Pot Pies: Winter’s Last Hurrah

March 21, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Mushroom Lentil Pot Pies: Winter’s Last Hurrah

This has been one persistent winter! Just when you think it might be over…BAM! Another 30-degree temperature swing and inch or two of snow. It happened again this past weekend, and we took the opportunity to just savor it, making a fire to use the last of our firewood, lounging around in sweatpants and indulging […]

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Vegetable Garden Update: Spring 2014

March 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Vegetable Garden Update: Spring 2014

OMGOMGOMG…!!! I’m soooo excited about this year’s vegetable garden. At work, I daydream about fresh salad greens, homegrown kale for my morning smoothies, hot Tunisian peppers I’m growing just to make harissa, and of course, an abundant harvest of the most beautiful heirloom tomatoes in history. It will happen because I’m willing it to happen. […]

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How to Plant a Butterfly Garden

March 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
How to Plant a Butterfly Garden

Attracting wildlife to my yard was one of the many reasons why I got into perennial gardening years ago. Besides adding color, animation, and life to the garden, hummingbirds, songbirds, buzzing bees, and butterflies provide a connection to nature that’s often lost if you live in a city or even the suburbs. Of all the wildlife […]

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