The Best Flowers and Plants for April

and The best flowers and plants for April… April ushers in a time of renewed energy, motivating us to organize the garage, pack away winter mittens and clear out corner cobwebs. April is also a perfect time to give the garden extra attention before the rain descends.

Where Do Apples Really Come From? calls New Hampshire home, and with fall coming up fast, that means two fun activities for New England: leaf peeping and apple picking! Our neighbor state, Massachusetts, is home to Johnny Appleseed himself, the legendary pioneer who brought apple trees and nurseries to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. There is nothing… Read More >

Trail Mix – Healthy Snack or Secret Saboteur?

Is trail mix healthy? Trail mix is a popular snack among hikers and campers. It’s small, portable, and can be incredibly nutrient and calorie-dense, making it a great way to keep your energy up as you hike over that mountain! But, is it healthy?

How Fresh is Your Fruit?

How fresh is your fruit? Thanks to the global marketplace we live in, shoppers can buy just about any fresh fruit or vegetable at any time of the year. Strawberries in February? Sure! Fresh tomatoes in April? Why not! But when you buy a fruit or vegetable off-season, it has to travel around the world… Read More >

May Day Baskets

It’s that time of year, for May Day Baskets. Every May 1st, or the first Monday in May, is a holiday that children celebrate here in the Midwest with the sweetest custom: they make homemade baskets. They fill them with flowers and candy and deliver the baskets to neighbors. The gift is anonymous. It’s also… Read More >

Chill Out with Calming Foods

Email is down. Deadlines are passing. Errands piling up. Book group coming. I am s-t-r-e-s-s-e-d! The go-to solution? Haagen Dazs dulce de leche or maybe a bag of Twizzlers or a handful of my daughter’s cookies pulled out of the freezer and shoved into the microwave for a quickie defrost. All of these treats are… Read More >

Health Benefits of Watermelon

We count summer in watermelons at my daughter’s house. On any hot day, she makes a giant bowl of watermelon chunks or slices (which will not turn mushy when put on top of a vegetable steamer placed in the bottom of the bowl).

Picking Blackberries Off the Vine – Blackberry Cake Recipe

I picked blackberries the other day. Nothing unusual about that. Most every day I go to the local fruit and vegetable mart, and ask, “Blackberries good today?” and then I decide whether to pick a small container or a large one.