spoonful beef stew bowl
 On soup: “The transformation that occurs in the caldron is quintessential and wondrous, subtle and delicate.” – I Yin, 239 B.C.E. Spring is technically here although temperatures feel more like early summer than spring. But, hey, when is weather ever reasonable here in the Mid-Atlantic? In the seventies this week […]

Soup’s On, Souping’s In – Menu Mainstay Gets Fresh Treatment


vertical gardening
Do you live in an urban area but still want the benefits of a rural garden? One of the biggest problems with having an urban garden is the space limitations. Many gardeners have less than an acre of land to work with, some may only have a few hundred square […]

How Does Your Garden Grow? – Vertical


DIY Moisturizer
Skin so dry that it looks like a dried riverbed at high noon? Welcome to winter. Although these cold temperatures bring relief from many allergies, risk of heat stroke and clammy skin, they also reduce the amount of moisture in the air. For many, this causes a season of misery […]

Winter Skin Care




Cacao beans and powder
On the food calendar, there are days for celebrating chocolate in various forms: dark (February 1; the whole month is devoted to chocolate and has multiple observance days), cake (January 27), candy (December 28), to name a few. This Friday, October 28, is a general yay-for-chocolate day. In recent years, […]

National Chocolate Day


raised garden beds
Raised garden beds are extremely popular these days, however, some beginning gardeners ask themselves why they need raised beds at all. At first glance, they do not seem to offer much advantage over planting directly into the ground. If one conducts a quick search on the internet to try to […]

Raised Garden Beds: Pros, Cons, and Alternatives



dog in bathtub with DIY shampoo
In this article, we will make a really luxurious homemade dog shampoo. Using some simple ingredients, one can craft a very high quality dog shampoo that smells wonderful, cleans effectively, and moisturizes your dog to cut down on itching. You will want to use it on your own hair and […]

Homemade Dog Shampoo: Luxurious Cheap and Easy