What Should You Do This Month? Throw a Backyard Solstice Party to Celebrate the Start of Summer

Backyard Solstice Party

While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don’t get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there’s no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!                

 For these summer solstice party ideas, I wanted to spotlight some of the things that are better in summer than any other part of the year. Continue Reading

10 Different Ways To Preserve Fruits and Vegetables For The Winter

Photo: Foodie Factor

I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Continue Reading

Roundup: 15 Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice Recipes for the Holidays

A quick visit to Pinterest will remind you of the fall season in a heartbeat, and one of the things that I love most about the fall season (and holidays) are all the great pumpkin recipes. So, to get a head start on all the cooking and baking coming up, I thought I would share a handful of yummy pumpkin and pumpkin spice recipes to inspire you in the kitchen.    

1. Pumpkin doughnuts with buttermilk spiced glaze 

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Roundup: 10 Gourmet Campfire Cooking Recipes

Your taste buds don’t have to suffer just because modern conveniences aren’t available in the woods… you’ll want to go camping every weekend after you try some of these amazing recipes!   


1. Stay healthy by packing a salad in a jar. Find out how to make one here. [Photo: Redbook]

2. Tilapia piccata with snap peas wrapped in foil is an easy (and delicious) dinner. Click here for the recipe. [Photo: Carolyn’s Recipe Box]

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Roundup: 15 Sweet and Savory — and Oh-So-Spooky — Halloween Treats!

created at: 10/25/2012

In case you hadn’t heard, Halloween is right around the corner! We’ve decided to eat our way to the finish line with some of these sweet and savory — and oh-so-spooky — treats! Happy haunting!     

1. Frankenstein Baked Peppers

2. Fruit Mummies

3. Wicked Witch Cupcakes

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4. Creepy Coconut-Kiwi Eyeball Panna Cotta

5. Meringue Bones and ‘Blood’ Jam

6. Brain Cupcakes

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7. Eyeball Soup

8. Apple Smiles

9. Melon Brain

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10. Hummus with Carrot Fingers

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Roundup: 11 Fresh Summer Recipes

created at: 07/01/2012

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I rounded up the 7 sweet treats of summer? Well, I have another one for you, but instead of sugary sweets, we’ll head more towards the savory side for this one.   
This season is all about fresh flavors and light bites in the scorching temperatures, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in this yummy Foodie Fridays roundup.
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20 Edible Weeds

created at: 04/09/2012

Instead of battling weeds this growing season, how about eating them? Care2 has a list of seven fairly common weeds we might have growing in our yards right now. They include:

  • Yellow Dock/Burdock
  • Lamb’s Quarter
  • Dandelions
  • Nettles
  • Amaranth
  • Plantain (weed not banana)
  • Purslane

Old Fashioned Living chips in some suggestions too. Theirs include:

  • Cattails
  • Century plant
  • Chickweed
  • Chicory
  • Epazote
  • Garlic Mustard
  • Goldenrod
  • Horseweed
  • Kudzu
  • Milk thistle
  • Prickly lettuce
  • Sheep’s sorrel
  • Shepherd’s purse

OFL also has an edible weed salad recipe and a caffeine free coffee substitute using hickory and dandelion as well as a list of medicinal uses for weeds. Continue Reading

Roundup: 12 Easter Treats to Bake

created at: 03/26/2012

If you thought Christmas was the highlight of the baking year, just look at these Easter treats! Colorful and full of life, I can’t think of a better way to usher in the season. 

Pops…is there anything cuter? Certainly not if we’re talking about Bakerella’s sweet creations. Start with her basic pop recipe and then go here to find out how to make chickshere to make bunnies and eggs and…

Easter Cake Pops

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Roundup: 8 DIY Laundry Room Hacks, Tips, & Ideas

created at: 03/19/2012

Getting the laundry room ship-shape for spring will be a SNAP with these very clever hacks. There's something for everyone too. Woodworkers can go all out with Ana White's Laundry Basket Dresser plan, pictured above.

If you'd rather keep your tools in their chest, check out this super simple idea from Craft Blog. A 'blob' of hot glue was used to attach clothes pins to a tiled wall to hang dry those little items that get stuck in the dryer and come out damp. Continue Reading