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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Herbs & Veggies
Whether you’re an old hand at gardening but have never grown edible plants, or you’re new to gardening all together, here is a list of plants that are well suited to people who are considering growing something they can eat
Plant these popular herbs in your garden and enjoy some fresh-from-the-earth taste at your dinner table.
Container gardening with herbs, is a great way to offer beauty and color to your entry or patio area. Here are my choices for the 5 best herbs to grow in containers.

Take Time for Sunday...Organic Soul

Urban Sunflower
Hours that slide into days easily slip away from us, and sometimes weeks can go by and we are left wondering what is to be gained from time’s persistent passage.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Vivian Smallwood, WSU Food Safety Program Assistant, will present the basics of water bath canning, plus ways to use this technique to make unique holiday gifts.

DIY Craft Projects using Old Shutters, Organic Soul...
Laura is covering a whole wall in old shutters. You can see the entire project, inspiration, and process on her blog here. I am loving this project, and I want to try a similar project in my booth space. Thanks Laura for sharing.
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Can food actually help with depression? Let's take a look at how diet may be a key in fighting one of the most rampant problems in the United States.
Spinach Fights Depression

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Homemade Organic Pasta Sauce & Canning it...

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In Italy, a sauce should never overwhelm the taste of the pasta or dish; instead, it should only complement it. Here’s a quick recipe for a simple and healthy homemade pasta sauce. It combines fresh basil, garlic, Roma tomatoes, and the spices of Italy. Enjoy! Serves 6-8 Ingredients 6-8 clov...

Oh, and if you want to can it, here's a PDF file:

Fun at the Bate's Clan Farm...

Organic Farming, Recycling, & Pickling...
Learn more about Organic Farming in this informative video!
We all know we should be recycling, but do we always follow through? Here are 6 simple ways to make sure you're making the most out of that can.
I haven't learned to appreciate pickles yet. :) (My grandmother had a pickle relish recipe that I keep meaning to find and make for my dad sometime...)However, I grew up camping around there. My grandparents lived a bit further north, but they used to take us camping around that area. I love red...
My Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup with Garlic Bread...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cultured veggies, water and milk kefir, feta cheese workshop; recipes; more!
There are many things we can do in life to help protect our health and homes. From focus on air and water quality to commitments to the reduction of energy use, we can all help ensure the longevity of our bodies and our planet.

Cultured veggies, water and milk kefir, feta cheese workshop! Sunday, Sept. 18th, 1-5 pm. $65.
Goat ricotta, balsamic vinegar, black pepper ... not your typical dessert ingredients but oh, what an alluring combination! This is what you make when you have a handful of ripe summer cherries and a craving for something special yet not too sweet.
Now beware this does take awhile but it’s definitely worth it! The rich raw chocolate sauce blends perfectly with the coconut pudding, granola-cookie crunch and the sweetness from the raspberries. It’s the perfect parfait, each bite is so wonderful and satisfying, before you know it, your glass is e...
Making your own natural bath and body products can be a fun hobby. You don't have to sniff through aisles of products filled with unnatural ingredients and artificial fragrances; instead, you are in charge. You can mix up your own custom blend that soothes your senses and saves the sinuses. If yo...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

This 'n' That...
As summer’s produce harvest peaks, it’s time to find ways to preserve the bounty for the long winter days ahead. Pickling, which can be done to vegetables and fruits, is a great way to do this.

Dutch Oven Mexican Chili with Cornbread - Yum!
(Yup, this is mine!)
Today, nearly all foods in American grocery stores are genetically modified, treated with some type of synthetic pesticide and artificial fertilizer, or both. Here are a few ways to get around that.
The four items on this list are sure to help prevent, sooth, and protect against sunburns!