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Winter Vegetable Garden Update

November 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Winter Vegetable Garden Update

Isn’t this just about the last thing you’d expect to be reading about here in late November? Me too! I wasn’t so sure how successful my foray into fall and winter gardening would be and although winter is not “officially” here just yet, the weather says otherwise. Last week, temperatures here in suburban Philly plunged into […]

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Enviable Gift Giving

November 18, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Enviable Gift Giving

The holiday season is once again upon us, and with it, all the reminders about what we’re supposed to be doing, buying and feeling. I’m not the first person to notice the irony of how Americans take part in a holiday that’s all about gratitude on Thanksgiving, and the very next day, we’re road raging […]

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Potato Leek Soup

November 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Potato Leek Soup

When I search out new recipes for soup, I’m usually drawn to spicier preparations or those that  are full of chunky vegetables. I skip over those that have a list of less flavorful ingredients that I can’t imagine coming together to make something great. Potato leek soup is one of those recipes that I tend […]

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Enviable Houseplants with the Smart Soil Separator

November 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Enviable Houseplants with the Smart Soil Separator

Ahhhh, it’s fall. Finally, the garden and its massive harvests are slowing down. I’ve made just about everything I can think of using my nearly 250 pounds of tomatoes. I’ve canned jam, pickled nectarines, and made applesauce. Could it be that now I can rest for a bit? Nope. While all of that was going […]

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Garden Tool Maintenance and Care

November 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
Garden Tool Maintenance and Care

Before you start thinking that just because I’m a passionate gardener, all of my pruners and trowels are gleaming, sharp and clean enough to eat with, I need to confess to you that this is so, so far from the truth. To me, the biggest buzz kill of a successful day in the garden is […]

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Bold Beef Chili Featuring the Power Trio

November 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bold Beef Chili Featuring the Power Trio

  You can’t very well have a blog that talks about  food and not have your own beef chili recipe, especially with winter coming. Beef chili recipes are a dime a dozen, and everyone thinks theirs is the best. I’ve made several chili recipes over the years and I’ve taken the best from each of them to […]

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Winter Bird Feeding

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Winter Bird Feeding

One of my favorite things to do in winter is snuggle up with a cup of coffee in our sunroom and watch the birds at our feeders. It’s one of those activities that can lower my blood pressure on the spot. We also get a kick out of watching our cats watch the birds. They are endlessly […]

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Real Women Grow Tomatoes: Defining Feminism

October 24, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Real Women Grow Tomatoes: Defining Feminism

If I had a nickel for every time my mother expresses her astonishment that, as an adult, I enjoy making a decent scone, growing tomatoes, or canning plum jam, I would be able to end world hunger with enough money left over to buy a sweet new pair of hiking boots. She’s surprised because, growing up, […]

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Homemade Applesauce is Awesomesauce

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Homemade Applesauce is Awesomesauce

I had the pleasure recently of volunteering a morning to work (if you really want to call it that!) at the Ambler Farmer’s Market. My assignment? I was paired up with Torrie Frecon of Frecon Farms, the local farm that feeds my fruit obsession each and every week while the market is open. Torrie was […]

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21 Ways to Use Fresh Tomatoes

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
21 Ways to Use Fresh Tomatoes

I have a confession. Although I love eating and growing tomatoes in my summer garden, I’m completely OK with the thought that, until next year, I will not see any more fresh tomatoes stacked up on my wide windowsills or piled precariously in oversized bowls on the counter. In fact, I have already pulled out […]

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