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 screaming my name.  I always carefully thumb through them, earmarking pages of interest, and then start my list.  I like to check out the new varieties … [Read More...]

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

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...]

There are 2 different kinds of garlic: Hardneck and Softneck. The names are a little misleading because softnecks store well thus remaining hard for much longer. This kind of garlic your grocery store sells and if you ever see braided garlic, it’s from a softneck variety. Hardnecks, on the other hand, do not store very well. The cloves are generally larger than the soft necks and easier to peel. They do, however, produce wonderful flower stalks or scapes which are delicious to eat. These get removed to encourage the garlic bulb to

Garden Primer: Garlic 101

I love this time of year in the garden.  Even though I’m ready for spring and can’t wait to get out there and dig in the dirt, the winter break gives me time to reflect and plan.  While it appears the garden is slumbering through the cold winter in … [Read More...]

Building recommendations and suggestions for building your own backyard chicken coop. How Does Your Garden Grow? | Early WInter, 2015 |

How Does Your Garden Grow? | Early Winter, 2015

It’s only the second snowfall of the winter and I’m already dreaming of spring’s warmer weather.  I know the garden needs this time to relax and recover from the past seasons, but I’m ready to get out and dig in the dirt. This time of year my … [Read More...]

Step-by-step instructions for making this recipe for Salted Caramel Baked Banana Hand Pies created for the Chiquita Banana Cooking Lab Contest.

Salted Caramel Baked Banana Hand Pies

I love hand pies.  You don't have to use a plate or utensils --- but you may need a napkin for these because inside is a bit of gooey cream cheese and caramel just waiting to ooze out.  These Salted Caramel Baked Banana Hand Pies are best when warm … [Read More...]

Step-by-step instructions for making this recipe for Crème Caramel Banana Bread Puddings created for the Chiquita Banana Cooking Lab Contest.

Crème Caramel Banana Bread Puddings

A few weeks ago I entered the Chiquita Banana Cooking Lab Contest.  Since I love bananas, I knew this would be a fun contest.  Each week there was a different challenge featuring a few must-use ingredients.  Even if my experiments were a disaster, I … [Read More...]

A few simple ingredients come togeher to make a delicious quick bread. All packaged up for holiday deliveries! Quick Cranberry Nut Bread |

Quick Cranberry Nut Bread

This Quick Cranberry Nut Bread is just that:  Quick!  The term "quick bread" refers to any bread that uses leaveners like baking powder or baking soda instead of yeast.  As a bonus, quick breads require no kneading or rising time. With me so far?  … [Read More...]

Red Velvet-Coconut Cake Ball Truffles Moist red velvet cake is encased with white chocolate and sprinkled with flaky coconut. Perfect for the holidays!

Red Velvet-Coconut Cake Ball Truffles

My friend Jannine mentioned her big stack of magazines she needed to go through.  I can totally relate because I get in the mail just about every food, lifestyle, decorating, and home renovation magazine currently published and I have a big stack … [Read More...]

Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Salsa --- A few simple ingredients come together to pack a delicious punch. Made with fresh cranberries, brown sugar, cilantro, red onion, garlic, and jalapeño pepper

Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Salsa

I love a good dip or salsa. Sometimes I even double dip when no one's looking.  Guacamole.  French onion.  That dip made with cream cheese and marshmallow goo --- I can eat that one by the spoonful! Love.  Love!  LOVE! But what about one … [Read More...]

10 Minute Spiced Pretzels are made with just 5 ingredients and bake in less than 10 minutes. Super easy recipe!

10 Minute Spiced Pretzels

This time of year the sweetest gifts of all are the ones you make yourself. We’re all crazy-busy enjoying the holidays but if you have 10 minutes to spare, this little addictive recipe for "10 Minute Spiced Pretzels" might be just what you … [Read More...]

Parmesan & Pepper Shortbread Cookies | | Recipe for savory cookie with Parmesan cheese and pepper

Parmesan & Pepper Shortbread Cookies | Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap Part 2

If you missed Part 1, click here! Cookie Lover + Food Blogger = Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! I am so excited that I got to participate in the 4th annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap this year.  Hosted by Julie from The Little Kitchen and … [Read More...]