Category: Home and Garden

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
Don’t Just Buy a House:  How to Choose a Home

Don’t Just Buy a House: How to Choose a Home

Do you know how to choose a home that really suits you? Is it a feeling you get or is it a matter of simple requirements that must be met? Years ago, my husband and I decided to casually look for another home and move only if we found the “right” place. This was, at […]

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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
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
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
10 Fall Crops to Grow Now

10 Fall Crops to Grow Now

I have mixed feelings about late summer. I wait all winter for spring because I love getting my hands in the soil and harvesting the first fresh food of the year. All summer, I work constantly to keep up with harvesting food, cooking  or preserving it and making sure it doesn’t go to waste. Now as […]

August 26, 2016 | By | Reply 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
Garden Pests: Controlling Leaf Miners Naturally

Garden Pests: Controlling Leaf Miners Naturally

Maybe you’ve seen evidence of these dastardly garden pests on the once-perfect leaves of your spinach or chard. Leaf miners have all but ruined some of my leafy greens in the past, but last year I vowed that it would never happen again! To control garden pests without harmful chemicals, you need to first get […]

May 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Growing Potatoes in Containers

Growing Potatoes in Containers

The first time I tasted homegrown potatoes from our garden, I was hooked on their superior texture and flavor. Growing potatoes is great for many reasons, not least of which harvesting them is like unearthing treasure as a much-earned reward for your hard work in the garden. Most varieties come late in the summer, after months […]

May 1, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Euphoric DIY Lotion Bars

Euphoric DIY Lotion Bars

Mr. President says I bite off more than I can chew because I’m always getting into multiple new hobbies at once and looking for my next new obsession. I can’t even keep up with my own interests. So many potential hobbies, so little time! That’s what happened when I first started playing around with essential […]

March 23, 2016 | By | Reply More