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If Nothing Else, Grow Herbs

I love cooking with fresh herbs. They add just the right touch of flavor to bring a dish from decent to sensational. Not only are herbs delicious, but they also have numerous health benefits when used both internally and externally. Even if you don’t have space for a garden, you can still grow herbs on the patio…

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Freshly Harvested Tomato Basil Bisque

If you suddenly have a plethora of ripe and too-ripe tomatoes like I do, you may be wondering what you can make with them besides the delicious but perhaps worn out salads and pastas. What started out for me as a recipe for marinara from fresh tomatoes serendipitously became a culinary adventure into bisque-land. However,…

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Baked Sweet Potato and Kale Frittata

Over the past year or so, I’ve had this personal challenge of trying to make a decent frittata. I know it sounds silly, but I made a really good one once, and then I kept screwing up every time after that.  I couldn’t figure out what I’d done right the first time. Well, thanks to…

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The Lion of Flowers

My first Russian Mammoth Sunflower has bloomed, just in time for my birthday month. Sunflowers, with their bold, sunny presence and golden, lion-like mane have always been at the top of my favorite flowers list. Not only do they have a pretty face, but they attract pollinators, can make great borders for beds, privacy screens, or…

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Granola Girl

I love my mornings with these things: coffee, tangy yogurt, the honeyed, crunchy spice of this homemade granola with fruit, and something good to read. Homemade granola is easy, healthy and delicious… it’s also fun because you can customize it to your taste.  I usually just see what I have in the cupboard and improvise.…

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Invigorating Orange Sugar Scrub

It all began with my addiction to Trader Joe’s lavender sea salt scrub. I was going through it like crazy until I decided to make my own, and I then proceeded to give it to all my friends for Christmas (and a birthday or two, I may have worn that one out a little). I…

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DIY Sea Salt Texturizing Spray

A couple of months ago, while I was moving, I came across a bottle of Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray that I had stashed away. I’ve been using it ever since and loving it. My hair is SUPER straight and fine, but sea salt spray gives it body and beachy waves. Naturally, when I ran…

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