Category: Stories

It’s True! Gardening Makes You Happy

It’s True! Gardening Makes You Happy

I’ve always called my garden my “happy place.” When the garden’s in full swing, it’s the first place I want to go each morning. I take a stroll through with a cup of coffee and see what’s coming up, marvel at the hummingbirds coming to visit the feeders and the flowers, and get centered for […]

May 1, 2015 | By | More
Big Sur Forager’s Festival

Big Sur Forager’s Festival

As a passionate lover of learning new things, my mother was not surprised when, on our recent vacation together in Big Sur, California, I declared, “Mushrooms are going to be my next big thing!” Months ago, I learned about the Big Sur Forager’s Festival on social media, and knew immediately that I had to get there. […]

January 27, 2015 | By | More
Is Goal Setting Making You Miserable?

Is Goal Setting Making You Miserable?

Beware the thought-provoking book read while you’re relaxed enough to be open minded – it just might change your life! Or it could at least make you seriously doubt conventional wisdom. This happened to me recently. I am trying on a new attitude and I wish to share it with you during this time of […]

December 31, 2014 | By | More
Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays: What’s the Big Deal?

Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays: What’s the Big Deal?

It was several posts on Facebook over the last several weeks that got me riled up. It happens every single year at this time, people sharing Christmas-themed images declaring proudly, “I say ‘Merry Christmas!’” For so many years, people have either been tip-toeing around the appropriate holiday greetings or shoving them down our throats. So, […]

December 16, 2014 | By | More
Real Women Grow Tomatoes: Defining Feminism

Real Women Grow Tomatoes: Defining Feminism

If I had a nickel for every time my mother expresses her astonishment that, as an adult, I enjoy making a decent scone, growing tomatoes, or canning plum jam, I would be able to end world hunger with enough money left over to buy a sweet new pair of hiking boots. She’s surprised because, growing up, […]

October 24, 2014 | By | More
Growing Food and Independence

Growing Food and Independence

As I get older, I get more reflective – I suppose we all do. I spend time looking back at chunks of my life, and I recognize common themes. Those themes teach me a great deal about myself. I’ve noticed that during the times I’ve been the least happy in my life, I’ve also felt too dependent […]

September 26, 2014 | By | More
CONTEST! Guess the Tomato Envy Tomato Harvest and WIN!

CONTEST! Guess the Tomato Envy Tomato Harvest and WIN!

**The 2014 contest is now closed. Good luck to all entrants! The winner will be announced in October 2014 and we’ll do it all again next year!**   I wasn’t always good at gardening. In fact, growing tomatoes proved the most challenging. Based on my past failures, I really over planted the tomato beds in […]

August 13, 2014 | By | More
Tomato Envy Online Shop is Here!

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 […]

July 3, 2014 | By | More
Lessons from my Farmer’s Market Debut

Lessons from my Farmer’s Market Debut

In my day job, I’ve had the experience of attending lots of professional conventions and trade shows over the years, always as an exhibitor. The exhibitors are the ones standing in their booth, feet swollen, back aching, and with a somewhat disingenuous smile plastered on their tired faces. The exhibitors stand and wait for someone, anyone to […]

June 17, 2014 | By | More
Epic Dinner Fail: What To Do When Disaster Strikes

Epic Dinner Fail: What To Do When Disaster Strikes

Murphy’s Law dictates that your most perfectly roasted chicken, most succulent fish, or most delightful chocolate cake will be the one you make when no one’s looking, or tasting, but you. Invite guests for dinner or host a special occasion, and your most reliable recipes could fail. It happens to everyone, really it does. Quite […]

April 4, 2014 | By | More