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Top 10 Easy Care Plants for Shady Gardens

July 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Top 10 Easy Care Plants for Shady Gardens

Do you suffer from sunny garden envy? When I lived in my first house, my tiny yard was shaded by a large Norway maple that made it impossible to grow the flamboyant, brightly-colored perennials of my dreams, but I learned to love my tranquil retreat once I discovered just the right plants for a shady [...]

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Perfect Blueberry Crumb Bars

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Perfect Blueberry Crumb Bars

  Many times when we try a new dessert, Mr. President will say, “Ugh mah gahhd” with his mouth full of the first bite, “this is the best dessert you’ve ever made.” Accepting compliments is never easy for me. I often say something like, “Thanks, but…” or “Oh, don’t be silly!” But, when Mr. P [...]

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Meal Planning: Reduce Food Waste and Save Money

July 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Meal Planning: Reduce Food Waste and Save Money

If you get my monthly planning calendar, you know that each and every Friday, I list “Plan meals for upcoming week.” Even though some of you get the message loud and clear, I continue to include this task because I think it’s so important. If you’re not getting my planning calendar that tells you what [...]

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Lemony Summer Bean Salad

July 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lemony Summer Bean Salad

Summer is a time of lazy meals at our house. Winter is long gone and only distant memories remain of snow days spent entirely in the kitchen trying new, ambitious recipes and making elaborate desserts because there is simply not much else to do. Summer is about being outside working in the garden or lounging [...]

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Fall Gardening: Planning and Planting

July 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fall Gardening: Planning and Planting

How dare I even mention the “F word” on a day like today! How can I be thinking of fall?! It’s sunny, hot, and I’m sitting poolside with an icy cocktail…looking at a winter seed catalog from Territorial Seed and dreaming about fall gardening. Mr. President says I’m not very good at forethought since I [...]

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Tomato Envy Online Shop is Here!

July 3, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Tomato Envy Online Shop is Here!

You know how some things can turn out really great even though you had to stray from your master plan? When I created Tomato Envy, I had a clearly defined path in mind about how things should go. I knew that “one day” I wanted to add products to my site that I use in [...]

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Top 10 Ideas for Preserving Food

July 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Top 10 Ideas for Preserving Food

Eating seasonally and locally means that not everything is available all the time, and we’ve grown accustomed to this in our home. Personally, I have come to enjoy the routine – leafy greens and asparagus in May, cherries and peas in June, blueberries, corn, beans and squash in July, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers in August [...]

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Vegetarian Meatballs

June 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Vegetarian Meatballs

  Vegetarian meatballs are simply awesome! For those of you rolling your eyes, we’ll have to agree to disagree. I was a vegetarian for many years, but unlike my vegetarian friends, I never liked the meatless versions of so many things that are supposed to be…meaty. I always felt like these “products” were making a [...]

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10 Easy Care Perennials for a Sunny Garden

June 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
10 Easy Care Perennials for a Sunny Garden

I remember buying plants for my very first perennial border and being completely overwhelmed by all the choices available. Everything in the garden center was vying for my attention. I made the mistake of  buying plants based on looks alone, barely even reading the plant tags! Months later, some of the more exotic plants didn’t [...]

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Compound Butter: Making Butter Better

June 20, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Compound Butter: Making Butter Better

Even though the weather is warming up finally in the Northeast, I have recent memories of our persistent and long-lasting winter when I was craving something, anything that was fresh, green and local. The refreshing taste of fresh herbs would have really hit the spot – and not the kind that cost $3, come from [...]

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