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Storage Solutions: My Mom’s Bright (and Admittedly Good) Idea

Storage Solutions: My Mom’s Bright (and Admittedly Good) Idea

Storage Solutions and How to let the sunshine in on a window shelfMy mother is not one to sit idly by. After her last visit to my house, she pretty much had me and the place shipshape in a matter of days. When she asked, “What […]

The Best Way to Cut Corn Off the Cob

The Best Way to Cut Corn Off the Cob

The best way to cut corn off the cob begins with a cake pan. Fresh corn kernels, good as gold in my book. Even as I child I loved fresh corn. Commandeered by my grubby little hands, the ear was destined for a spinning log […]

Summertime and the Pittin’ is Easy: A Better Way to Pit Cherries

Summertime and the Pittin’ is Easy: A Better Way to Pit Cherries

An inexpensive tool and better way to pit cherries Did you know that Washington state grows more cherries than any other state? Yep, this is the time of the year when the streets of the Northwest are paved with pits  and 747 cargo jets at […]

How to Make a Garden Fountain

How to Make a Garden Fountain

My fountain built in 2005, algae aged and still running. Garden Fountain: An Earthly Delight What’s my sign? (I thought you’d never ask.) As a card-carrying, water-bearing Aquarian, my home is not a home if not within sight or sound of water. In 1888 with […]

How to Make a Trellis for Your Potted Plants

How to Make a Trellis for Your Potted Plants

Trellis in a pot and some towering support Every year I lose potted plants to freezing temperatures. Like Charlie Brown, I never learn.  Just as Lucy convinces her favorite blockhead that she won’t pull the football away as he runs to kick it, gardening sources […]

How to Peel Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds

How to Peel Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds

As a big fan of Saveur.com, I’m here to spread the word, sharing their video on how to peel garlic in less than 10 seconds. The technique works but it does make Boz and Gracie bark and me don my earplugs.

Lilies: How to Make Lily Flowers Last Longer

Lilies: How to Make Lily Flowers Last Longer

Boz and I share a love of lilies; me for its beauty and perfume; Boz for its vertical nature. Lilies, Oh Won’t You Stay Just a Little Bit Longer… August is the month when my garden really goes full-on Victorian, a color explosion of old […]

Vermiculture: Tom’s New Can of Worms

Vermiculture: Tom’s New Can of Worms

How to Make a Cheap and Portable Worm Compost Bin Black Gold, Tall Clover Tea: Homegrown worm castings and compost are in your grasp My interest in worms began at an early age when I realized the creatures had special powers; they could make my […]

How to Make Ketchup & Blue Ribbon Redemption

How to Make Ketchup & Blue Ribbon Redemption

As good as it gets: homemade ketchup from homegrown tomatoes via some lessons learned. My culinary redemption is complete. As some of you may recall, my last attempt to make ketchup did not end so well; my kitchen looked like Freddy Krueger had stopped by for lunch.  (Witness the tomato carnage in How […]

Tasty Odd Couple: Strawberries & Balsamic Vinegar

Tasty Odd Couple: Strawberries & Balsamic Vinegar

There are two types of strawberries: those grown locally and those at home in a plastic clamshell. Local berries: soft, juicy and bruised by a simple indiscretion. Store-bought strawberries: large, structurally sound and able to be dropped from tall buildings and remain unscathed. Unfortunately what the latter offers in transportability […]