Category: General

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 […]

October 7, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
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
DIY Calendula Oil for Great Skin

DIY Calendula Oil for Great Skin

How amazingly pretty are these little orange flowers? The sunny good looks of  these edible calendula flowers belie their very serious benefits for dry, damaged skin. When you combine these benefits with those of a super nourishing oil, you tell your troubled skin, “I mean business.” Benefits of calendula for the skin Calendula, an annual flower sometimes […]

August 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zucchini Oat Bread

Zucchini Oat Bread

Do you know people who consider zucchini bread to be almost as good as eating the vegetable itself? I do. I know people that use this sweet bread as a way to disguise zucchini so their kids will eat it. That’s all ridiculous. Let’s just call zucchini bread what it is: cake. Zucchini bread of course […]

August 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Miso Sweet Corn Soup

Miso Sweet Corn Soup

Maybe it’s because my garden’s tomato harvest hasn’t yet begun to overwhelm me or maybe it’s my tendency to hoard food for winter, but when I saw the recipe in Bon Appetit for this soup, my first thought was, “I need to make big batches for the freezer!” My urgency to make this miso sweet […]

July 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cherry Browned Butter Bars

Cherry Browned Butter Bars

Spring and summer bring a barrage of fleeting treats after long winters of eating mostly root vegetables and whatever I was able to squirrel away in my freezer or pantry from the previous summer. First, I eagerly wait for asparagus, then that magic time when asparagus and morels overlap for about two weeks, then it’s […]

July 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Your Ideal Life and the Big Picture

Your Ideal Life and the Big Picture

This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for months. I’ve had the ideas swirling around inside and I’ve been putting words to those ideas while I work, walk the dog, do the dishes, work in the garden, cut flowers, and wash my hair. I’m sure none of it will come out as eloquently as I’ve […]

July 1, 2016 | By | 6 Replies More
The Perfect Lawn and Why You Should Ditch It

The Perfect Lawn and Why You Should Ditch It

Walking Lucy the other day was an exercise in patience at a time when I had little. I was on the first week of my new job where I am very fortunate to work right at home. During my lunch break, I wanted to enjoy at least some outdoor time with my girl, but I […]

June 14, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Smoky Skillet Shrimp with White Beans

Smoky Skillet Shrimp with White Beans

Here’s something many people would not consider a gift: I left my corporate job back in December and have not worked full-time since. I admit, I have thoroughly enjoyed the gift of not having my days be super-structured and having more time at home. In the beginning, I had visions of finally this year having the […]

May 25, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Cooking Oils Demystified

Cooking Oils Demystified

I get great blog post ideas from readers, and because I respect your privacy, I will not say exactly who gave me the idea for this post a long time ago. A friend whose name starts with “C” and rhymes with Marilyn and I have discussed cooking oils and we agree that it can be confusing. […]

May 18, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More