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Easy Healthy Recipes

Easy Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Have you ever made pesto before? How about a pesto that isn’t just basil, garlic, and pine nuts? If you want to try using up excess broccoli from your garden or refrigerator, this broccoli pesto pasta is just the ticket!

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Container Gardening

How to Make DIY Plant Containers from Recyclable Materials

I have a confession. I get a major thrill when I repurpose something I have lying around the house. So when it comes to homes for my plants, I’m all about that DIY plant container life. What’s even better, is when I can repurpose plant containers out of recyclable materials. Because it’s basically free AND I’m using sustainable materials! I’m willing to bet that if you looked around the room you’re sitting in right now, you’ll be able to find at least one bit of recyclable material that could easily be turned into a DIY plant container.  Here are some tips and ideas to remember when making your DIY plant containers from recyclable materials.

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Composting

How to Keep an Odor Free Compost Bin in Your Home

Composting used to scare me. I should say, compost bins used to scare me. I had heard all the great things about composting: that it was a super sustainable and a great cost-effective way of boosting nutrients into your soil. But, I was afraid of the stink of it all.

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Easy Healthy Recipes

New England Lobster Roll Recipe with Lemon and Tarragon

If you didn’t think you could have your cake and eat it too, then you clearly haven’t had what I consider the ultimate New England lobster roll recipe. See, in these parts, some people look at lobster rolls in black and white. Either you get it with mayonnaise (Maine style) or you get it with […]

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Food Preservation

7 Foolproof Tips for Pressure Canning Apples

When it comes to buying or picking apples, I always end up with way more than I actually need. The giant basket of apples taunts me from my countertop, knowing that I will never get through them fast enough before they start to go bad. Freezing fresh apples is one way of keeping them from going bad, but I also love pressure canning apples and storing them in my pantry for later use in pies, breads, apple butter, and apple sauce.

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Easy Healthy Recipes

Homemade Strawberry Chocolate Chip Sorbet

In the northeast, strawberry season begins in June, and if you’re lucky, lasts through August. I’ve always been envious of those who live in warmer climates and can simply garden year-round and make a recipe like this strawberry chocolate chip sorbet whenever they want. I love having four seasons, but that still sounds like utopia to me!

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Indoor Gardening

Tips for Growing Root Vegetables Indoors in Pots

You’re right. Growing root vegetables indoors isn’t exactly on the cover of Garden Glamour magazine. (I just made that up. It’s not a real magazine. But if it was, indoor root veggies probably wouldn’t be on the cover.) Sure, you’ve got your ornamental kale, your hydroponic leaf lettuce, and your indoor herb garden. I’m all […]

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Spice & Herb Gardening

3 Ideas for a Whimsical Kids Herb Garden

No matter the weather, my daughter wants to be outside all day long, running, jumping, and usually getting quite dirty. As a toddler, she is a total sponge and loves to watch what I do in the yard and then practice it herself. When it comes to gardening tasks, it’s definitely a “monkey see, monkey do” situation. Choosing to plant a kids’ herb garden was a no-brainer for me, especially after I saw these adorable kid gardening gloves.

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Food Preservation

Are You Storing Onions the Wrong Way? Learn How to Store Every Variety

All hail the mighty (and versatile as heck) onion! From subtle flavors to sharp zings, onions can add so many dimensions to your recipes. Being able to use your own homegrown onions all winter long is the ultimate Little House on the Prairie dream. It’s also super cost-effective and adds peace of mind knowing that you’ve grown and stored your onions without chemicals or other variables coming into the mix.

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Garden Design

10 Vertical Vegetable Garden Design Ideas for Small Spaces

My first apartment had a porch the size of a thimble and a backyard with only 10 square feet of green space. At the time, it didn’t occur to me that I could grow a thriving vegetable garden. Looking back, I see the missed opportunity and wish I could time travel to give my former self some vegetable garden design ideas for my small space. (I would also advise myself to steer clear of side bangs and gaucho pants, but that’s a tale for another blog!)