A Visit to Phipps Conservatory’s A Splash of Brilliance – Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show

Living in Pittsburgh our family has been members of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for years.  I especially love going to Phipps this time of year (February) when we’re in the dead of winter and yearn to be around nature, greenery, and in outdoor spaces.  We don’t just visit Phipps in the winter, the showsContinue reading “A Visit to Phipps Conservatory’s A Splash of Brilliance – Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show”

Product Review – Back to the Roots Mushroom Farm

First the disclaimer.  I am in no way affiliated with Back to the Roots or their products and I’m not making money through this review.  I’ve been curious about these kits for some time and have really wanted to try it.  Finally, a couple weeks ago I picked up a kit, and it delivered!  WithContinue reading “Product Review – Back to the Roots Mushroom Farm”

Recado, or recao, or recaito. A seasoning blend/marinade that is a great way to use fresh ingredients to give your food great flavor.

This blend can go by a lot of names. My mother in law sometimes just calls it “una mescla” or a mix. It can also vary in ingredients and quantities based on taste or availability. This is how we made it recently, but you can add/adjust according to your preferences and what you have. WithContinue reading “Recado, or recao, or recaito. A seasoning blend/marinade that is a great way to use fresh ingredients to give your food great flavor.”

Homemade Hot Sauce

With a wealth of homegrown cayenne peppers, I decided the best thing to do with them would be to make hot sauce.  I’ve never made hot sauce before, and I’ve also never canned anything before, so I bought a couple of canning jars and figured this would be a good way to learn the canningContinue reading “Homemade Hot Sauce”

Do-Nothing Farming

There are a lot of philosophies out there in regard to agriculture, gardening, and food production.  I’m enjoying learning about each of them, everything from permaculture to the square foot gardening method to biodynamic gardening.  I had not heard of Do-Nothing or natural farming until I came across this article on healyourlife.  The story ofContinue reading “Do-Nothing Farming”

The clock is ticking, what do you do?

I love growing cilantro.  Well, I love part of it, but I hate it when it bolts. If you’re not familiar with growing cilantro, “bolting” is when the cilantro flowers, and it changes the leaves’ texture and taste, and pretty much renders it disgusting to eat.  Not all is lost.  The seeds can be harvested,Continue reading “The clock is ticking, what do you do?”