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Monday, June 20, 2016


If you have a vegetable garden, or even a few pots of edibles, one of the best parts about summer is being able to step out the door and snip or pick fresh produce for meals. Salads, especially, are one of those staple main or side dishes that are perfect on hot days when you don’t feel like cooking.

Today I have a great guest post for you from Tara Nolan, the author of Raised Bed Revolution. She is going to teach you how easy it is to turn an old table or desk into  a funky cool raised bed for growing your own salad!

Carissa

One of the projects that I knew I wanted to build for Raised Bed Revolution was a salad table. I’d seen one in a DIY book years earlier and loved the simplicity of building a basic structure for one type of crop. Lettuces and other greens can grow in a pretty shallow environment, so I though I would search for a set of four funky table legs and then build an easy DIY wooden tray to secure on top of them. I found sets of two and three legs, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find four in the same style.

So, I adjusted my plan and started looking for tables. I found one with a top that was unattached. I nodded as the antique seller tried to tell me how easy it would be to nail back in place, but I knew I didn’t need that tabletop. When I got the table home, I tossed it aside and got to work on my salad table. 

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016



I'm sure I'm not the only mom who gets to the end of the school year and feels kind of liberated. I mean, yes, now I have to figure out what to do with my kids for 30 more hours a week than during the school year. BUT I get to be the one in charge of the schedule now - no more being a slave to the clock and the demands of school hours, clubs, teams, etc. Whew!

The slower pace of summer is a great time to get back to the basics of some great health habits that are easy to forget when things get crazy. Here are five healthy habits that are super easy to implement but that your body will thank you for!
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Saturday, June 4, 2016



Last summer, my family spent seven weeks in France.  While we were there, we ate a number of meals from farmer's markets that lined the rivers.  They had wonderful, fresh produce that we thoroughly enjoyed, but the most delicious thing we ate from the markets were the strawberries.  They were so ripe, juicy and definitely the best strawberries I have ever tasted.  

My parents came over for a visit while we were there, and my mom commented that she had never had a strawberry that was so red all the way through.  They were heaven on earth.  

Due to the way large growing operations grow, manage and pick strawberries, you probably won't find such fresh and luscious strawberries at your local large chain grocery store. Instead, head to your local farmer's market, farm or produce stand to find the ripest, juiciest berries this summer.

Regardless of where you shop for berries, here are my best tips for choosing the most delicious, juicy strawberries, and storing them so they stay fresh as long as possible.  

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Friday, June 3, 2016




The school year is almost over! The weather is (finally) cooperating! It's time for all of us to get outside and start thinking about hosting an outdoor party. Probably not together in one huge group, because there are too many of us for my backyard, but we could all do it simultaneously and it would be just as fun. I did some looking recently and found a lot of easy, creative DIY projects and recipes that will help us pull off the ultimate outdoor get-together. It's all here--decorations, games, food--so kick back and start planning.
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Saturday, May 28, 2016


Have you made a fairy garden yet? You can check out the fairy garden I made last year, here. This year, I'm upping my fairy garden game and I made my own fairy house. But not just any house. This house is made from recycled materials AND it's solar powered! The solar powered roof collects sunlight during the day - and then at night, the windows will glow! Sweet!

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Friday, May 27, 2016


Have you ever needed to have a party for your gluten free, grain free, dairy free, processed food free friend or family member and had NO IDEA what to do? Or maybe you're the one with dietary restrictions and you are tired of not having dessert. Whether you or a friend is a vegan, paleo, or gluten free, you can still make a fun "cake" that everyone will enjoy. It has the added perk of being no-bake, which means no heating up your home during the summer!
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Friday, May 20, 2016

 
I don't remember when I first heard about the pazookie, but clearly it has stuck with me, because it is just about one of my favorite desserts now. It is a cookie the size of a pizza (almost), very soft in the middle, served with several scoops of ice cream on top (basically the most divine dessert out there).  The ice cream on top starts to melt, because the cookie is straight out of the oven, and as it melts, it runs into the cracks and holes left by your spoon, making it a gooey, chocolatey, ice creamy mess that will make your tongue sing!   

I debated on how to add the peanut butter when I came up with this recipe.  I don't love peanut butter cookies, because the peanut butter generally makes the cookie crumbly and kind of dry, so instead, I made a delicious chocolate chip cookie, and put a peanut butter chocolate filling in between two layers of the cookie dough.  That way the cookie dough is not compromised, but you still get the peanut butter goodness.  

It is just about the most decadent, delicious dessert that you could possibly want.  Also, it is great for an intimate gather of friends or family, because it only serves a few (in this case, six).  I am not going to pretend that this is a super healthy dessert, but it is one of the most delicious desserts that you could possibly have!  Make it and you definitely won't regret it.  


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016


I write about gardening a lot. I've been growing things since I was a child and having a garden saves my family a lot of money on our grocery bill every spring and summer. Even though I've got lots of great beginning gardener tips, some people feel like they need a little extra help in the gardening department.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Recently, a lot of shocking and horrifying information has come out about non-stick cookware.  Carissa wrote a very informative article about why you should get rid of any non-stick pots and pans that you own.  You should go read it now, and then throw yours out immediately.  

I decided to toss mine a few months ago, because I had a small metal frying pan to supplement the non-stick one, but honestly after trying to use it as a replacement for a few weeks, I realized it just wasn't cutting it.  

Thankfully, a few weeks after mine got thrown away, my mom sent me this beautiful Lodge cast iron skillet.  It was a perfect replacement, because cast iron develops a non-stick surface over time if properly cared for.  

Also, it looks WAY better in photos than my old half-broken frying pan did.  I now want to cook everything in it, just so I can photograph it!  

Whether you are thinking about replacing your non-stick pans and aren't sure how to care for a cast-iron skillet, or you already own one and are struggling to keep it looking beautiful, look no further!  

Cleaning and seasoning will keep your cast iron skillet functional and beautiful for years to come!  
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Saturday, April 30, 2016



As the weather warms up and you're able to get outside with your kids, make crafting part of your adventure! There are lots of fun crafts you can do with the natural elements around you or that will let you enhance your yard or garden.

This Earth Month, TurfMutt and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute's Education and Research Foundation are partnering with Creative Green Living to help spread the word about their educational website featuring TurfMutt and the Outdoor Powers. Check it out here!


Friday, April 29, 2016


If you could save money shopping online and divert waste from landfills at the same time, would you do it?

For example: Would you want to save 75% on power tools by buying one that came wrapped in bubble wrap instead of its original box?

Um, let me think...YES! Of course you would. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Are you looking for a healthy, protein-packed lunch recipe? These tuna stuffed avocado cups will not disappoint! This recipe is simple and delicious - and it's Whole 30 compatible to boot. That's a win all around!
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