{Food & Gardening} The Great Pumpkin


It finally feels like autumn here in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves are changing colors, pumpkins are appearing on my neighbors’ front porches and my family is planning our annual trip to a local pumpkin patch. I’d like to take a minute to think about the humble pumpkin. To many, it’s just a yard decoration. [...]

[Food & Gardening} Basil- Going Beyond Pesto


Ahh, September. The weather hasn’t yet turned cool and gardens here, in North America at least, are in their full glory. Besides the usual tomatoes and overabundance of summer squash, I found myself with a ton of fresh basil this September. Well not a ton, but over 5 pounds and considering how light basil leaves [...]

{Food & Gardening} Homemade Popsicles


Popsicles! I don’t think there’s a more welcome treat when the weather gets hot and we have had some hot weather lately. You don’t need anything fancy to make a good popsicle, just a container to freeze it in, a stick so you can hold it and a liquid to freeze, but here are some [...]

{Food & Gardening} Creating a Backyard Habitat


Now that we’re well into summer a lot of talk about backyard plants revolves around those in our vegetable and flower gardens. Tomatoes are getting bushy, heads of lettuce are filling out and blooming flowers provide pleasing pops of color. As nice as vegetables and flowers are, our backyards, patios and other outdoor spaces can [...]

{Food & Gardening} Budget Friendly Bulk Buying


At my house, when we’re out of rice, or I’m short a cup of sugar for the birthday cake I’m baking, I just head to the basement and scoop some more out of the large food storage containers we store in our downstairs pantry.  We buy as much food in bulk as we can and [...]