{Food and Gardening} Never want to see another zucchini? 2 recipes to help you manage a bountiful harvest.

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Every gardening year I greatly underestimate the producing power of Zucchini.   The seeds look so small and innocent in their pretty little package, and lets face it, in May aren’t you just dying for the taste of something ripe and fresh from the garden? Now that October is here and the last of the garden […]

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{Food and Gardening} Zucchini Bread

The Crazy Zucchini The thing about zucchini is the craziness of its’ nature.  If you sow only one zucchini plant, it dies of loneliness.  If you plant two zucchini plants, you die of zucchini overload.  It is most difficult to find a happy medium with the ubiquitous veggie.  And if you have so foolishly and exuberantly […]

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[Food & Gardening} Basil- Going Beyond Pesto

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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 and Gardening} Up to Your Ears in Sweet Corn? 2 Recipes to Manage the Bountiful Harvest

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Gardening is a beautiful thing. Turn soil. Plant seeds. Weed a little. Water a little. Chase away rabbits. Pick vegetables, pick more vegetables, pick vegetables again. Here in the Northeastern United States we are enjoying an abundance of our favorite vegetables. Tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, basil, and Summer’s own special treat sweet corn. Sweet corn […]

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{Food and Gardening} Hibiscus: A Little Red Magic

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I have always been a huge fan of herbal teas, particularly the sharp tasting “zingers”  that are commercially available. All of these zingers have in common a very special, magical ingredient – hibiscus flower, which grows in many corners of the world, hence its popularity. What is so magical about hibiscus? For a start, the […]

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{Food & Gardening} Homemade Popsicles

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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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{Guest Post} Changing Our Lifestyle Choices to Improve Our Health

I’m 39 years old, my husband, Matt, is 36.  Generally speaking we’re both healthy people with little need for doctor visits or medications**.  We rarely get sick, not even colds.  But recently we got a wakeup call from a silent killer and we need to make daily changes before it’s too late.  My husband was […]

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{Food & Gardening} Making Gourmet Jam

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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} Rhubarb Compote

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While reading old Classic Winnie the Pooh stories to my children, Rabbit was always discussing rhubarb in his garden and in his pies. My little gardeners didn’t know what it was, so I put it on the grocery list, and over the last few years rhubarb has woven itself into our kitchen for special occasions […]

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