{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 [...]

{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 [...]

{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 [...]

{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 [...]

{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 [...]