Dye Easter eggs naturally using common pantry ingredients. Beautiful hues are achieved with these helpful hints!

How To Naturally Dye Easter Eggs

Is it just me or does it seem like Easter is arriving super early this year?  I'm totally ready for it because it means spring is officially here with warmer weather, flowers blooming, and bees buzzing! Have you ever tried to dye your Easter eggs with natural items you might already have in your pantry?  If you're looking for a safe, easy, and fun way to dye eggs naturally for the holiday, look … [Read More...]

Fruit curd is a delicious intensely-flavored spread that’s a perfect alternative to traditional jams usually served with breads, muffins, and scones. Traditionally made with butter, I wanted to create a healthier alternative using olive oil. What I didn’t expect was how much the olive oil would actually improve the taste and overall texture of the curd. Recipe and How-To.

Olive Oil Lemon Curd

Happy spring!  On the first day of spring here in my neck of the woods it snowed.  6 inches!  Really Mother Nature?  Is that how you want to play? It was, however, probably to prettiest snow of the entire winter.  Light and fluffy, it flocked the … [Read More...]

Help us pick a color for the chicken coop and garden cottage! Will it be an earthy brown? How about a crisp white? Maybe a warm red? Help us choose from these three colors!

Help Us Pick A Color For The Chicken Coop & Garden Cottage!

I need your help!  You've heard we’re getting chickens, right?  I know, I know — I’ve only posted about it here, here, and here.  Well, the chickens are going to live in this super cool coop but we need to paint it — well, actually stain it — to … [Read More...]

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Luck Of The Irish Giveaway!

Feeling lucky?  How would you like to win some green?  In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, I've teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers from around the country to offer you the chance to win big! Between today and St. Patrick's Day on March … [Read More...]

During the winter months, I always try to keep something green and spring-like growing. Wheat grass is one of the easiest things to grow and in the spirit of the season, I planted some seed in egg shells.

Spring Is Almost Here — Are You Ready To Garden?

Although you wouldn’t know it looking out my window, Spring is finally almost here.  The days are getting a little longer and I swear under all that snow out there, the grass is starting to green up a little. I’m supposed to be at the Garden … [Read More...]

Roll cake into tablespoon-size balls, drizzle with chocolate, sprinkle with toasted almonds and enjoy!

Red Velvet-Almond Cake Ball Truffles

In my opinion, no meal is complete without a sweet treat at the end and that’s especially true for Valentine’s Day.  When my friends at Colavita asked me to create a special meal for Valentine's Day, I knew it had to be special.  I also wanted to … [Read More...]

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, nothing says I Love You more than a delicious home cooked meal. First up is Involtini di Manzo. Involtini means “little bundles” and these little bundles are simply amazing!

A Delicious Taste of Italy: Involtini di Manzo

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, nothing says I Love You more than a delicious home cooked meal.  First up is Involtini di Manzo.  Involtini means “little bundles” and these little bundles are simply amazing! The dish is basically … [Read More...]

The secret to growing herbs indoors is simple: Ample sunlight, constant pruning, and not too much water. Many home cooks grow herbs indoors during the winter months when the garden is hibernating, but you can grow herbs inside any time of year by following a few easy tips.

Garden Primer: Grow (Healthy) Herbs Indoors

If you're like me, this time of year I'm craving anything green and living.  After a couple of months now of snow and grey sludge, I'm ready for spring.  I know some of you are lucky enough to live in warmer climates and if this keeps up much longer, … [Read More...]

Exterior renovation at Kraemer House. This Old House magazine, March, 2015..

Here We Go Again: Kraemer House in “This Old House” Magazine! | March, 2015

Here we go again! If you’ve been following the renovation, you know the house has appeared from time to time in a few different magazines.  Most recently, This Old House magazine was here for a photo shoot last summer and the results have been … [Read More...]

Rodale Institute — the birthplace of organic agriculture in North America. The Rodale Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. Set on 333 acres in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, the Institute offers comprehensive programs serving a range of people from farmers to educators to community leaders to children. Chickens, gardens, and a bee conservancy are just a few of the many things you'll discover there!

A Visit to Rodale Institute

Since snowmageddon is making its way way to us here in Pennsylvania, I thought it would be a great day to do some virtual gardening in case I get buried in the white stuff for a few weeks!  By this time of year, I have a big stack of seed catalogs … [Read More...]

Quick pickled beets never tasted so good! Simply roast first to bring out the sweetness. Easy Pickled Roasted Beets | GreenThumbWhiteApron.com

Easy Pickled Roasted Beets

I love roasted beets. I love anything pickled. I've pickled beets. I've roasted beets. But never have I PICKLED ROASTED BEETS. Until now! Beets are so versatile and easy to prepare and you can eat them leaf to root. I love baby … [Read More...]