Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around an old cider mill that we would go to every year when the air got crisp and the leaves were turning. Not many flavors remind me of the season like fresh apples and cider. Cider served warm or cold is good for any day of the year, but especially for fall through the holidays. Enjoy the flavors of the season with these 5 Amazing Spiced Apple Cider Drink Recipes + One for Adults Only. [Read more…]
I tried to grow lavender as one of the first herbs I planted in my garden – and promptly killed it. Since then I learned to pay attention to what the plants need instead of where they'd look nice in the yard. In this post I'll share easy tips for helping your lavender plants to thrive, and some of my favorite lavender uses. It's a great garden plant for bees, and has a rich history of use as food and medicine. [Read more…]
Summertime may bring many wonderful things but the extreme heat is not one of them. For many using air conditioning is not affordable nor available. Here are some tips for keeping your house cool in the summer heat, with or without AC. We use these techniques in steamy South Carolina to reduce our air conditioning bill.
Edible flowers such as roses can be used fresh or dried. Whether you're nibbling edible petals or cooking up buds, flowers you can eat add fun to any table. They are eye catching, nutritious and delicious. Some restaurants use edible flowers in place of parsley as garnish and they are sold in the produce isle. We also use flowers for essential oils, medicines, dyes, art, decoration, beneficial insects and skincare.
In this post we'll talk about which parts of flowers are edible (such as edible petals), nutrition value, how they taste and how to use them. The top ten list of edible flowers includes those that are most commonly used and easily identified. For the adventurous eaters, we've also added over 60 more flowers you can eat. Just ask if you'd like one featured in a future post! [Read more…]
It's very frustrating when you have tomato flowers but no fruit, or big, beautiful tomato plants but no tomato flowers at all. Thankfully, most of the time you can get your tomatoes producing with a little extra TLC. In this post, we'll look at two tomato flower problems – no flowers at all, and tomato flowers but no fruit. [Read more…]