Category: Home and Garden

Common rose pests: controlling them naturally

Common rose pests: controlling them naturally

Roses are perhaps the most beloved of ornamental garden plants. Easy-to-grow hybrid roses such as the popular Knock Out rose has made it possible for even beginning gardeners to enjoy roses in the landscape. Even so, several common rose pests can make keeping plants healthy long enough to be rewarded by the fragrant and showy […]

May 25, 2018 | By | More
What switching to plant-based meals taught me

What switching to plant-based meals taught me

I like lofty goals. For a long time, one of those lofty goals was switching to plant-based meals. I am not vegan, but I just wanted to eat like one more often. Since the new year, I gave it a shot, and I’ve been eating 100% plant-based foods for nearly every meal. Vegan eating has […]

May 12, 2018 | By | More
Best vegan cheeses to try now

Best vegan cheeses to try now

Years ago, I would have raised a skeptical eyebrow at the thought of eating vegan cheese. I’ve always been a purist when it comes to food. Even as a kid, I would request the real butter in restaurants when they tried to give me margarine for my dinner rolls. I snubbed anything but the full […]

February 11, 2018 | By | More
Gardening for year-round interest

Gardening for year-round interest

People who know I’m a gardener are usually surprised when they find out that autumn, not summer, is my favorite season. Sure, spring brings new life and summer brings an embarrassment of riches with both food and vibrant color. But fall…the air is clean and crisp and the sometimes gaudy colors of summer give way […]

November 13, 2017 | By | More
Homemade pizza with Pizza Camp!

Homemade pizza with Pizza Camp!

Mr. President and I prefer staycations over vacations and homemade dinners over meals out. But, Philadelphia has such a wonderful food scene, so how can we make sure we’re not missing out? Buy the restaurant cookbooks, that’s how! This summer, we’ve been working our way through two cookbooks that were born right here at Philly’s […]

August 27, 2017 | By | More
Growing and harvesting your own dried beans

Growing and harvesting your own dried beans

Every year at this time as I walk through my overgrown vegetable garden, I question my sanity. My spring self gets overzealous about planting time and I overdo it, screwing royally my summer self. My garden doesn’t look good, and I struggle to keep up with the harvest. Once I finally harvest, the next project of making sure […]

August 18, 2017 | By | More
Best DIY summer moisturizer

Best DIY summer moisturizer

I have a love-hate relationship with DIY beauty products. After my extreme experiment of making nearly everything I put on my skin with lackluster results, I went back to using a mix of store bought, as-natural-as-possible products and luxurious DIY concoctions based on what works best for me. I first saw this recipe in the Mountain […]

August 8, 2017 | By | More
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 | More
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 | 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 | More