Category: Home and Garden

Book Review: Big Magic

Book Review: Big Magic

I am not a “resolutioner” when the new year rolls around because I have been a frequent victim of goal overload. However, I do look at each January as a time for reflection, introspection, and inspiration. If you need some of that right now, have I got a great read for you! I recently finished […]

January 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Can Growing Food Save You Money?

Can Growing Food Save You Money?

During the spring of 2014, my first year with the Tomato Envy garden, one of our most successful crops was lettuce. A crisp organically-grown green salad was part of almost every dinner. The Prez joked that every one of those salads cost about $50. Being in the banking business, he’s always pulling out the calculator to […]

January 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Bible

Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Bible

There are few things I love more in winter than diving into a great book while lounging on the sofa wrapped in a blanket and, every so often, taking a break to peek out the window at the softly falling snow and taking a sip of heavy red wine. This year in the Philadelphia suburbs, winter […]

January 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
DIY Lip Balm with Vanilla and Cardamom

DIY Lip Balm with Vanilla and Cardamom

Winter, also known for me as the official season of dry skin and chapped lips, is finally here. The air outside is cold and dry and cranking up the heat in the house makes the indoor air just as dry. The result can by ashy, dry skin and perpetually parched lips. Before you grab that tube of commercial lip […]

January 2, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Cleaning Schedule: Housekeeping Made Simple

Cleaning Schedule: Housekeeping Made Simple

I am in the middle of a subtle shift in my life and priorities. Recently, I pondered whether frugality and the everyday decadence I love so much can co-exist. I am starting to feel certain they can. When I think about my busy career, some things strike me as ironic. For instance, people work hard to buy late-model […]

December 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Cooking Basics: Mise en Place

Cooking Basics: Mise en Place

Picture this: you’re trying a new and ambitious recipe, there are lots of ingredients required and they are all strewn about your kitchen, you’re sauteing the onion hoping to get the garlic chopped and coriander seeds crushed in time to add them before the onion gets too brown. Oh, and your hair is a mess, you have […]

December 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Expert Tips for Digging and Dividing Dahlias

Expert Tips for Digging and Dividing Dahlias

I suspect that one of the reasons I love gardening is that there is always something new. If you’ve conquered growing petunias in a pot, now you can move on to growing herbs. Getting good at growing perennials? Maybe you want to try growing food. My brain works in such a way that when I try […]

November 11, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
2015 Vegetable Garden Lessons Learned

2015 Vegetable Garden Lessons Learned

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow! This sentiment rings true in the Tomato Envy garden since our yard gets closer each year to being the edible landscape I envisioned long ago. I’ve dreamed, visualized, planned and planted to get where I am today, but there are always new garden lessons to be […]

October 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Smudging: Another Way to Clean House

Smudging: Another Way to Clean House

There are times in life when most everything seems to be unlike it was before. Maybe it’s a change in location, home, family, career, relationships, or health that has your life turned upside down. There are some changes happening in our home right now, mostly we anticipate they’ll be positive. That doesn’t mean those changes […]

October 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Garden Pest Alert: Cabbage Worms

Garden Pest Alert: Cabbage Worms

Cool-season gardeners know it all too well: the case of the disappearing brassica. You did everything right from monitoring your soil temperature to amending your soil. Your kale, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli plants were all so perfect in their infancy. Before you could even harvest enough to make a respectable kale caesar salad or cabbage […]

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