August 19, 2014

If your herb garden is giving you the gift of too many fresh herbs at once, drying them is such a wonderful option because you can enjoy them for months as you cook with them. I was a little overwhelmed the other week when I noticed that my little herb bed was overflowing and in need of a major haircut. I’ve been cooking with these tasty fresh herbs like crazy … More

August 15, 2014

Join me tomorrow for International Can-It-Forward Day, a time to celebrate home canning! The event is hosted by Jarden Home Brands and is taking place in New York, at Brooklyn Borough Hall Farmers Market. There will also be special events taking place in Canada, Australia and South Africa. Whether you are a new or experienced canner, there will be something for you at this event! It will be filled with canning … More

August 14, 2014 | 43 responses

With our garden and farmer’s market overflowing with the delicious tastes of summertime this month, we’re in the midst of a canning frenzy to preserve the bounty before it’s gone! If you’ve ever canned your own harvest or received precious jars of goodness from a loved one, you know that it’s such a gift to enjoy the summertime flavors in the middle of the winter. Spreading some homemade blueberry jam … More

August 12, 2014

We planted plenty of extra tomato plants this year with high hopes of having a bumper crop to can. We’re excited to have a pretty good harvest, even though we didn’t have quite as much luck as we did with cucumbers (we ended up with quite a few beautiful jars of bread and butter pickles and pickle relish!) Between our garden and our local farm who has so kindly given us … More

August 11, 2014 | one response

Every year I savor the precious month during the summer when we can eat juicy, sun-warmed tomatoes right off the vine. We’ll enjoy that quintessential flavor in the wintertime when we cook with our garden tomatoes that we canned, but nothing quite beats perfectly ripened, fresh tomatoes! The type of tomato that has been most plentiful in our garden this year is the Siberia. It’s 2-3″ in diameter and has … More

August 8, 2014 | 4 responses

My girls have had so much fun in the garden this year! They’ve been by my side helping ever since we put in our 9 raised garden beds. They helped plant seed potatoes and garlic, and then helped plant seeds when we started them inside last winter. It was so much fun watching their excitement when the seeds sprouted, and when we planted the seedlings outdoors. Of course, the absolute … More

August 3, 2014 | one response

A couple of weeks ago in our CSA share, we had some of the best tasting butter bibb lettuce we’ve ever had. It was the perfect kind for making these delicious Thai-inspired lettuce wraps. If you often have moments where you crave Thai food, and like me, do not have a real food Thai restaurant in your area, I think you’ll love to have this healthy recipe for quick tangy … More

July 28, 2014 | 4 responses

Before you toss your glass bottles into the recycling bin, check out how pretty and functional they are in the garden! I’ve been looking for the perfect garden markers for a while. I have a set of beautiful metal markers, but they are expensive if I want to buy enough for my large garden. Painted stones are a wonderful idea for garden markers, but my little girls love to play … More

July 22, 2014 | 2 responses

We’re still harvesting our bumper crop of cucumbers. Thank you, bees! If it’s been a good summer for cucumbers in your garden, you probably have way more than you can possibly eat at once. Here is a wonderful, classic homemade sweet pickle relish to help you preserve your harvest! One of my most favorite and satisfying parts of gardening is canning the harvest to enjoy throughout the following year. Whenever … More

July 21, 2014

Swanson Health Products is one of my go-to stores online where I find healthy, safe products for my family, at great prices. No matter where you are in your journey to live a healthier lifestyle, you’ll definitely find something at that fits your taste and budget. When you’re shopping for safer products for your body and home, I’ll say that it is convenient and economical to have a few … More