{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. […]

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[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 […]

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{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 […]

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{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 […]

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{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 […]

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{Food & Gardening} Making Gourmet Jam


I picked the first ripe strawberry from my yard just yesterday. After splitting it 3 ways so the kids could each get a taste, I only had a tiny bite that left me wanting more but in a few weeks I know there will be fresh fruit everywhere! Summer is canning season at my house […]

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{Food & Gardening} DIY Pantry

Mayonnaise ingredients by Flickr user RJL20

Across America, the average family’s pantry looks something like this, though maybe not as neat and tidy. (Photo above is by Flickr user Mullica) Shelves and cabinets are crammed full of cans and boxes of prepared and quick-cooking food. Canned soup, jars of pasta sauce, boxes of macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, mayonnaise, salad dressing […]

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{Food & Gardening} The Case for Clover

Photo by Flickr user iantmcfarland

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! In honor of this day, I thought I’d start us off with a photo of some clover, though it’s no lucky 4-leaf variety. Just ordinary clover. You know- that pesky weed that pops up all over our pretty lawn, ruining the infinite landscape of tall grass blades that most American […]

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{Food and Gardening} Choosing Seasonal Food at the Supermarket


The last several times I’ve gone grocery shopping my 4 year old daughter has begged me to buy grapes. While I’m happy to fill the cart with all sorts of other fresh fruits and vegetables, I’ve firmly denied her request for grapes. Why? This time of year they come all the way from Chile, over […]

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