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essentials

Creating Well-Rounded Eaters

At a local farm event, the kids learned how to take a bean seed and plant it. We then walked into the greenhouse and saw those seeds in each of their different stages of development, from sowing to harvesting. Their eyes lit up. read more

kitchen

DIY Projects That Won’t Break Your Back or the Bank

We are the ones who live by the highway with a huge triangular garden, big enough for the rototiller to turn up between peat-moss rows of carrots and corn - its tassels like golden flags - plump raspberries and bright red strawberries which stain my boys' lips. read more

kitchen

DIY Cheese Plate

Cheese is one of those things that pairs well with so many things – and can seem so elegant and fun. This DIY cheese plate breaks down everything you need to have the cheese plate everyone will be talking about! read more

honestly

Spreading Love in 8 Ounce Servings

That Christmas my friends and family were treated to beautiful, delicious, homemade and—most importantly—inexpensive jars of pear-and-rosemary preserves. What I once worried would be seen as a cheap excuse for not buying presents has since turned into a much-loved tradition. read more

home

A Happy Hostess

My mom used to get something we called PPS (Pre-Party Syndrome), similar to PMS but only rears its ugly head on the eve of a hosting engagement. I refuse to let this family curse get me and created this recipe for happy hosting. read more