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Best DIY summer moisturizer

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 […]

August 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Your garden, your story

Your garden, your story

When I go on vacation, I usually return home with fewer than a dozen photos. It’s not that I don’t like photos, it’s that in the moment, I’m too busy enjoying the experience to be bothered by snapping photos. If I’m standing barefoot in the wet, cold sand of Pfeiffer Beach in January and the […]

June 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Gluten-free carrot pancakes

Gluten-free carrot pancakes

How do I know when spring has sprung? Some of my personal tell-tale signs include: not being OK with the unacceptable appearance of my feet, rushing to do basically everything outside even though it’s still too cold, feeling overwhelmed with all the gardening chores that need to be done and my desire to stop eating […]

April 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Olive oil: the real deal

Olive oil: the real deal

A great book can change your life or at least part of it. I recently read (and reviewed!) a book like that called Real Food, Fake Food by Larry Olmsed. It reminded me that great food can also be life-changing, especially when you know exactly what it is you’re eating and you are getting what you […]

March 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Apple Dutch Baby

Apple Dutch Baby

Tonight, the temperature here is going down to 7 degrees. Seven. For us here in eastern Pennsylvania, that’s unusually cold even in the dead of winter. Everyone’s face gets all scrunched up when they’re outside because it hurts. I don’t mind winter or the cold so much at all, as long as I have my […]

January 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Book Review: Real Food Fake Food

Book Review: Real Food Fake Food

I have often said my life would be easier if I wasn’t informed about food and if I didn’t care deeply about eating good, honest, sustainable and humanely raised food. There is nothing convenient about my quest for food. There is no one-stop shopping since I need to visit several places just to get everything I […]

November 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Spiced Roasted Eggplant with Bulgur Salad

Spiced Roasted Eggplant with Bulgur Salad

As in years’ past, the leaves on my garden eggplants look like Swiss cheese this October. Once again they are the unfortunate victims of flea beetles I simply didn’t take the time to battle. There was even a big fat tomato hornworm I didn’t have the heart to kill. It was huge by the time I […]

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DIY Natural Skincare: Winners and Losers

DIY Natural Skincare: Winners and Losers

If I could hold my head up high and proudly look you square in the eyes, you’d see that my skin is looking great. I’m slightly ashamed to tell you it’s not because of the plethora of DIY natural skincare concoctions I’ve been trying on my face. For more than a year starting with my […]

September 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tomato cucumber salad with quinoa and grilled sourdough

Tomato cucumber salad with quinoa and grilled sourdough

This is that magical time of year for food when all things come together to produce an embarrassment of riches, a “stupid first world problem.” In the Tomato Envy garden, there is so much fresh food it’s hard to know what to do with all of it. That’s when I turn to my trusty collection of […]

September 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Summer Gazpacho

Summer Gazpacho

Someone reminded me the other day that although it’s September and photos of other peoples’ kids heading off to school with their new backpacks flood my Facebook feed, it’s still NOT fall. That doesn’t come until September 22nd this year, the autumnal equinox. So while I might be so over the heat and hard work […]

September 2, 2016 | By | Reply More