mygardenanswers
Apps, Resources, Website

myGardenAnswers Review

myGardenAnswers App Review   I like plants, and since you’re reading this review, I bet you do too. While weeding, I can’t help but wonder at the story behind the weeds. Even though I’m pulling them up, they’re still plants that come with a history. For instance, I recently learned that Lambsquarter, a plant only… Continue reading myGardenAnswers Review

naranjilla
Container Gardening, Fruit, Gardening, Vegetables

Growing Naranjillas

Growing Naranjillas Have any of you ever heard of naranjillas? I confess that I hadn’t until The Llama and I were leafing through seed catalogs reading the descriptions to each other. Baker’s Seeds described them as having a “sweet and sour taste,” “nectar of the gods,” and “the most delicious [thing] that I have tasted… Continue reading Growing Naranjillas

mint tea

Mint Tea: Brewing From Dried Leaves

Tea is a wonderful drink. It’s so versatile; delicious steaming hot or chilled with ice. You can drink it black or add cream and honey or sugar. Tea is great for breakfast and is always there for waiting for you to walk into the door after a long day to brew a calming cup. Mint… Continue reading Mint Tea: Brewing From Dried Leaves

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Mint Tea: Brewing From Dried Leaves
How to brew a calming cup of mint tea using whole, dried leaves.
mint tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
mint tea
Instructions
  1. Boil water in a kettle or pot.
  2. While water heats, crush dried leaves or chop fresh leaves, and place the in teapot or tea ball.
  3. Pour freshly boiled water over the leaves.
  4. Allow tea to steep for 10 minutes.
  5. Sip and enjoy!
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pollinators
Flowers, Gardening, Herbs, Landscaping

Attracting Pollinators with Powerhouse Flowers

I have a tiny porch garden without much room, but I still want to help my plants be as productive as possible. Part of keeping them happy is making sure that they get plenty of visits from butterflies, bees, a maybe even hummingbirds. Since space is at a premium, I don't have the space for… Continue reading Attracting Pollinators with Powerhouse Flowers

yogurt recipe

Simple Homemade Yogurt

Simple Homemade Yogurt I made homemade yogurt as my first local living experiment. I’d like to say I was motivated by lofty goals like cutting ties with corporations or eating food made by hand with high quality ingredients. It wasn't. It was a last ditch effort to get the volume of yogurt I needed to… Continue reading Simple Homemade Yogurt

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Simple Homemade Yogurt
Simple homemade yogurt that's the perfect addition to every breakfast.
yogurt recipe
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 1-2 Hours
Passive Time 8-12 Hours
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 1-2 Hours
Passive Time 8-12 Hours
Servings
quart
Ingredients
yogurt recipe
Instructions
  1. Heat milk until it reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Allow milk to cool to 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Gently add yogurt to cooled milk until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Ladle milk into cleaned containers. Place uncovered containers in incubator (with warm water if necessary), and allow yogurt to sit undisturbed for 8-12 hours.
  5. Chilled finished yogurt with lids on in refrigerator for 2-3 hours before serving.
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farm market
Sustainability, Sustainable Food Tips

Why You Should Join A CSA

Why You Should Join A CSA (Even If You Already Have a Garden) What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. The first CSA began in the 1980’s with the idea of creating a system that would allow consumers to directly support local farms. The venture did so well that you can now find… Continue reading Why You Should Join A CSA

Barbara Kingsolver
Books, Resources

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver

Book Review Since it be quite a few years before I have land of my own, I’ve taken to living vicariously through the books of authors who’ve decided to try life as a small scale farmer. Not only am I able to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee and relax… Continue reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver

mint
Container Gardening, Gardening, Herbs

How to Harvest and Preserve Mint

How to Harvest and Preserve Mint I love mint so much. It’s delicious in homemade ice cream, spring rolls, or in a cup of tea. This herb is so low maintenance, it’s almost impossible to kill. You can almost plant it and forget about it. It roots easily so you’ll never run out of cuttings… Continue reading How to Harvest and Preserve Mint

edinburgh castle
Journal

Introductions – It All Started in Scotland

Let me introduce myself. My name is Alice. I love books, coffee, and apples, and I'm about to try something very new for me. I'm starting a blog. Why? I’m not entirely sure, but it all started a few months back. I was in Edinburgh, Scotland with a group of students from the University where… Continue reading Introductions – It All Started in Scotland