Category Archives: Gardening

Container Gardening: Building A Raised Vegetable Garden

At the end of last year I decided that my 8×8 Vegetable patch needed some work. It was floor level and although we added a fence to keep the dogs out, it was hard to manage due to the size … Continue reading

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Recycled Shoebox Seed Storage

A friend of mine posted this Seed Storage idea on Facebook, like a good and slightly obsessed pinner (aren’t we all?) I pinned the link for future use. This year my veggie garden received a facelift in the form of … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Crafts: Pinecone Bird Feeders

Spring is pretending to arrive around here. Our family of three is slowly becoming comfortable with being a family of four. I’m still home with Monkey and Bear for a little bit longer. Monkey is loving it. She still goes … Continue reading

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Kitchen Sink Cooking: Snow Pea and Sesame Rice Pilaf

I am now starting to be able to walk down to my veggie patch and harvest some fresh veggies for dinner. The other night it was kale and tonight it was snow peas. Summer has finally decided to to show … Continue reading

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Dear Spring – My Toddler Requests Your Presence

It’s the second Saturday in March and outside we have a number of feet of snow. What a great year to move to Chicagoland… Monkey’s cabin fever is multiplying by the day and last night she started to cry when … Continue reading

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Managing the Working Household: How to Remain Sane… Hopefully (The Basics!)

I have a wonderful hubby… have I mentioned that before?  I am terrible about telling him (always seem to harp on the negatives…) and really could not do anything without him.  Before you ask, he is not for sale or … Continue reading

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Kitchen Sink Cooking: 104 Ways to use Basil

Okay, so maybe not quite 104 ways, but certainly quite a few ways.  We have had a very, very healthy crop of regular and purple basil this year, but what on earth to do with it all? There are the … Continue reading

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Kitchen Sink Cooking: Slow Cooker Chili

Fall is certainly in full swing here.  The leaves are changing, NFL is into week six (and the Fins are on a bye week), the nights are cool… time for chili! Chili is always better the following day, so I … Continue reading

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Kitchen Sink Cooking: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

The garden did amazing when it came to everything except zucchini… oh well, a neighbor had an abundant zucchini patch next the the savanna (guessing that is why, enough water). This year my Mum decided to grow large yellow tomatoes … Continue reading

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Lovely herbs in little space!

I love to use fresh herbs in various meals.  Dried are always a great option in a pinch, but I prefer to walk outside and just pick what I need.  Herbs from your garden, when cared for, will continue to … Continue reading

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