“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth–and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up– that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross As the temperatures start to … More Our Changing Times…
Herbs for Every Season… Did you know that herbs are versatile and can be used throughout the year? With a little preparation and know-how, you and your family can enjoy the wonders of herbs even in the middle of winter. Of course herbs offer great flavor for the dinner table, but these wonderous little plants … More 2017 Fall & Winter Workshop Schedule
” America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” – Harry S. Truman In honor of our nation’s 240th birthday, I wanted to dedicate this blog to some of the traditions and virtues from the past and present, all of … More Happy Birthday, America!!
Did you know that herbs have been used (and depended upon) for centuries for flavor, health and home sanitation? Our ancestors utilized a ‘kitchen garden’ of herbs outside their door for adding flavor to their basic menus and knew the value of herbs for keeping their family and home healthy. Why not discover how to unlock … More 2017 Summer Workshop Schedule-The Usefulness of Herbs
“Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear________. Happy Birthday to you!” How many times have you had the above song sung to you by friends and or relatives? How many times have you sung it to others? The singing of the ‘Happy Birthday’ song is one tradition followed by many of … More Celebrating Traditions…
I found this article in with the many poems and stories that I have collected over the years. As Father’s Day will be celebrated this weekend, I think that now is the perfect time to share it on this blog. The role of ‘Dad’ is greatly under-rated in our society. But the fact is, a … More The True Value of a Dad…
A simple pleasure that delights the eyes and ears of gardeners everywhere is the arrival of the hummingbird in the spring. In central Illinois, it is usually the ruby-throated hummingbird that makes its presence known. These tiny birds seem like they have an endless supply of natural energy and pep. They do, however, (like us) … More The Humble (?) Hummingbird
Every gardener either already knows or soon finds out that Mother Nature can be quite a challenge to get along with. When you till and plant the earth, you must learn how to strike a balance between the results you want and what the varmints and conditions of nature will allow you to have. This … More Friend or Foe?
Stepping outside yesterday, the wind was howling, snow flurries were sporadically falling and it was difficult to believe that Spring will ever make an appearance. But Spring IS coming and gardeners like me know it is possible to jump-start the growing season while the snow is still falling. Of course I am talking about starting … More Getting a Jump on Spring!
If you really want to learn how to savor your dishes and enjoy your food more, flavor is the answer. … More Forgotten Flavors?