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 17th you can earn UP TO 40 entries to win $100 PayPal Cash and a Keurig K45 Elite Brewer ($100 value).  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only … [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 |

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...]