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I love to cook but I hate the phrase, “mom, what’s for dinner?” I am always searching cookbooks, web sites and others for inspiration. Recently, while visiting my son in Minneapolis, I reversed roles and asked him that very question-“son, what’s for dinner?” I don’t get to the city often and on this trip, we […]Read more »
Hops (Humulus Lupulus), is a vining, perennial plant native to most Northern temperate regions, with three varieties native to North America. I was surprised when I recently discovered that it is related to stinging nettle, though I had already heard that hops and cannabis (including hemp and marijuana) are cousins, both being in the family […]Read more »
Have you noticed yourself lately in the mode of going, going, doing, doing doing and then crash because you are OVERDOING? Most women take on more than they possibly can, or at least we THINK we can do it all, and sometimes we can, but realistically we are not superwomen! When we try to do […]Read more »
Salad dressing is something I have not purchased in a very long time. Back when I did purchase it, the ingredient list, no matter how “organic”, always contained something I had concerns about. As a result, I began making my own dressing and will never turn back. It is so simple and one of the […]Read more »
“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan Some of the roses grown in my garden include: Row 1: Constance Spry, Alchymyst, Paul’s Himalayan Musk Row 2: Rugosas: Therese Bugnet, Rubra, Alba Row 3: Konigen Von Danemark, Eglantine (leaves smell like green apples!), Mary Row 4: […]Read more »
Chive Flower Vinegar Collect a good 2-3 cups of fresh chive flowers. Place in a quart jar and cover flowers with white vinegar. Be sure to use white not apple cider. Seal the jar with a plastic, not metal lid as it will leach vitamins and minerals from the vinegar. Set in a sunny window […]Read more »
Incorporating herbs as condiments is great way to add flavor as well as nutrients to your diet. Condiments can be made with fresh or dried herbs and can be sprinkled on or added to salads, soups and really anything you are eating.If you look the word condiment up in the dictionary it is described as […]Read more »
Lemongrass (Cymopogon citratus) Have you ever grown lemongrass? Have you smelled or tasted lemongrass? There are so many amazing benefits of using lemongrass whether medicinally, in food or as a pest deterrent. We grow it but ONLY in small amounts because getting it out of the ground at the end of its season is well….think […]Read more »
Are dandelions taking over your “lawn”? Dandelions are healthful and pretty darned tasty. Forage your lawn – one that has NOT been sprayed with any chemicals. Betty Fikes Pillsbury shows you an easy refrigerator pickle recipe for the buds of dandelions. Here’s a video showing how to make Pickled Dandelion Buds…delicious!!Read more »
This week my dandelions opened their flowers for the first time this spring. Most people hate these “pesky weeds” always at the ready to eradicate them from their lawns but not me. Dandelions are fond memories of childhood. I picked fists full of dandy’s for my mom who proudly placed them in a jelly jar […]Read more »