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Common rose pests: controlling them naturally

May 25, 2018 | By | More
Common rose pests: controlling them naturally

Roses are perhaps the most beloved of ornamental garden plants. Easy-to-grow hybrid roses such as the popular Knock Out rose has made it possible for even beginning gardeners to enjoy roses in the landscape. Even so, several common rose pests can make keeping plants healthy long enough to be rewarded by the fragrant and showy […]

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What switching to plant-based meals taught me

May 12, 2018 | By | More
What switching to plant-based meals taught me

I like lofty goals. For a long time, one of those lofty goals was switching to plant-based meals. I am not vegan, but I just wanted to eat like one more often. Since the new year, I gave it a shot, and I’ve been eating 100% plant-based foods for nearly every meal. Vegan eating has […]

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Make-ahead breakfast chia seed pudding

April 29, 2018 | By | More
Make-ahead breakfast chia seed pudding

If, every once in a while, you realize you’re in a breakfast rut or, worse yet, you don’t even eat breakfast (gasp!), you need this. I’ve been making this chia seed pudding each and every Sunday for months so I have something ready to eat before I start my Monday work day. Poor hated Monday, […]

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Best vegan cheeses to try now

February 11, 2018 | By | More
Best vegan cheeses to try now

Years ago, I would have raised a skeptical eyebrow at the thought of eating vegan cheese. I’ve always been a purist when it comes to food. Even as a kid, I would request the real butter in restaurants when they tried to give me margarine for my dinner rolls. I snubbed anything but the full […]

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Gratitude, self love and the new year

January 7, 2018 | By | More
Gratitude, self love and the new year

The temperatures are even colder in Philadelphia right now than in Alaska! Being cooped up inside this first week of 2018 has been perfect for my typical new year reflection and goal setting. Mr. President and I are big on thinking about things like ideas, dreams, plans – both personal and professional – and strategies […]

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Gardening for year-round interest

November 13, 2017 | By | More
Gardening for year-round interest

People who know I’m a gardener are usually surprised when they find out that autumn, not summer, is my favorite season. Sure, spring brings new life and summer brings an embarrassment of riches with both food and vibrant color. But fall…the air is clean and crisp and the sometimes gaudy colors of summer give way […]

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Grilled Moroccan beef skewers

September 19, 2017 | By | More
Grilled Moroccan beef skewers

When I dutifully asked Mr. President what he wanted for his recent birthday, I already knew his answer. His answer has been the same every single year I’ve know him: except for his milestone 50th birthday when he wanted to have a few friends over for dinner, he wants to stay home, just us two […]

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Homemade pizza with Pizza Camp!

August 27, 2017 | By | More
Homemade pizza with Pizza Camp!

Mr. President and I prefer staycations over vacations and homemade dinners over meals out. But, Philadelphia has such a wonderful food scene, so how can we make sure we’re not missing out? Buy the restaurant cookbooks, that’s how! This summer, we’ve been working our way through two cookbooks that were born right here at Philly’s […]

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Growing and harvesting your own dried beans

August 18, 2017 | By | More
Growing and harvesting your own dried beans

Every year at this time as I walk through my overgrown vegetable garden, I question my sanity. My spring self gets overzealous about planting time and I overdo it, screwing royally my summer self. My garden doesn’t look good, and I struggle to keep up with the harvest. Once I finally harvest, the next project of making sure […]

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Best DIY summer moisturizer

August 8, 2017 | By | More
Best DIY summer moisturizer

I have a love-hate relationship with DIY beauty products. After my extreme experiment of making nearly everything I put on my skin with lackluster results, I went back to using a mix of store bought, as-natural-as-possible products and luxurious DIY concoctions based on what works best for me. I first saw this recipe in the Mountain […]

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