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Summer Vegetable Garden Update

July 29, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Summer Vegetable Garden Update

Although it came later than usual, summer is finally here with all of its heat, humidity, bugs, and fresh garden bounty. Maybe when I’ve been gardening for many years, I’ll get over my sense of wonder at how my baby vegetable seedlings grow up to produce food that’s far superior than the perfectly staged produce at Whole [...]

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Crispy Refrigerator Pickles to the Rescue

July 25, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Crispy Refrigerator Pickles to the Rescue

Here’s a stupid first world problem: I have too much fresh food. One of the biggest successes of my garden this year is the Satsuki Midori cucumber. Now that they’ve kicked into high gear, it’s not uncommon for me to harvest ten of these beauties at a time. When I planted my garden this spring, [...]

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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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