Category: Stories

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 | 4 Replies 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 | 2 Replies 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 | 1 Reply 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 | 11 Replies 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 | 4 Replies 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 | 3 Replies 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 | 1 Reply More
Real Food, Decadence, and Your Health

Real Food, Decadence, and Your Health

People are always asking me about my eating habits. Some of the recipes on Tomato Envy are quite decadent and even more so when they’re washed down with a couple glasses of wine or prefaced with a glass of chilled champagne. People sometimes wonder how it is that I am not unhealthy or overweight given […]

March 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Start a New Year’s Eve Tradition

Start a New Year’s Eve Tradition

I’m not sure at what age I, and all my friends, started referring to New Year’s Eve as “amateur night,” but for quite some time, I’ve hated the thought of braving crowds, cover charges, and icy city sidewalks while wearing a dress that leaves my cleavage exposed. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything that the […]

December 6, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Law of Attraction and Errant Tomato Plants

Law of Attraction and Errant Tomato Plants

Whether or not you believe in the Law of Attraction, the belief that your thoughts control your world, I have personally seen it at work in my life for years in everything from my marriage, my home, my career (be careful what you wish for!), and the people surrounding me. Now that I’m more aware of […]

October 10, 2013 | By | Reply More