How to Freeze Zucchini

The other day, I went out to the garden and discovered two gigantic zucchini hiding under the leaves. Of course, I already have several zucchini in the refrigerator just waiting for me to make something delicious with it. During the summer it seems like everywhere I look I see tons of zucchini and it is incredibly cheap to buy. It makes sense to learn how to freeze zucchini so that when winter rolls around you can still be eating locally raised zucchini instead of vegetables imported from overseas. Once you learn how to freeze zucchini you will … [Read more...]

Today’s Garden Update and Gardening Tips

Every year I plant an amazing array of plants in my garden with high hopes of providing my family with a plethora of fresh produce. Then, come July, I have become stressed out and depressed over my LACK of garden produce and the incredible amount of work that is required to grow it! Mother Nature has not been kind to Georgia this year and we are now 14 inches over average rainfall for the year. And with the thunder rolling in right now, I am thinking that number will be going up another inch before morning. I decided to share a few gardening … [Read more...]

Tips for a Successful Organic Garden

This post sharing tips for a successful organic garden is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own.We all want to supply our families with nothing but the best when it comes to food. However, providing organic fruits and vegetables for your family can become quite expensive when you visit the grocery store on a weekly basis. Although raising your own produce can be a little tricky, it is much more cost effective. Over the years, I’ve learned that gardening is one of those hobbies that can take a few seasons to really … [Read more...]

Organic Gardening: What Do You Need To Know? #DigIn #Ad

This organic gardening discussion is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. All opinions express here are my own.If you have been following my blog for the last couple of months, you will have seen several articles about my ongoing organic gardening experience with The Home Depot. I have been organic gardening for the last several years, with some plants and growing conditions being more successful than others. I am always on the hunt for new organic and heirloom plants and this year I ordered the Bonnie organic plants … [Read more...]

An Update On My Organic Garden #DigIn #ad

This post on maintaining an organic garden is sponsored by Home Depot but all opinions expressed are my own.Here in Georgia, our summer planting season starts around mid to late April so we have a fairly long growing season. In fact, we have multiple growing seasons here in the Atlanta area. Cool weather plants can be planted in February, summer plants go in around late April and then we can also plant in late August for a fall crop. Needless to say, I find myself quite busy maintaining an organic garden for 6 to 8 months every year. I have … [Read more...]

6 Must Have Gardening Supplies for Comfortable Gardening #SummerSolved #spon

I spend a lot of time in my yard during the spring and summer tending to my garden. Between building the garden beds, tilling soil, putting in plants, nurturing them, and (hopefully!) harvesting my crop I wish I got paid by the hour! It is a time consuming but enjoyable way for me to get exercise and provide food for my family. However, it isn't always easy or fun. It can be hot, sweaty, buggy, and downright irritating at times but I keep doing it anyhow. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment! I have found, over the years, that there are many … [Read more...]

Tips for Organic Gardening Success #DigIn #Ad

This organic gardening article is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. All opinions expressed here are my own.If you are trying to go green and get healthy, one of the most enjoyable ways I have found to do this is to grow your own organic fruits and vegetables. You do not have to be a master gardener or have a super green thumb to be successful at growing your own food. You just need a few tips for organic gardening success and some basic supplies. I spend a lot of time out in my yard during the spring and summer … [Read more...]

Preserving Wild Foods

I was provided one copy of Preserving Wild Foods at no charge in order to facilitate my review by all opinions expressed are my own.  Preserving Wild FoodsTitle:   Preserving Wild FoodsSubtitle:  A Modern Forager's Recipes for Curing, Canning, Smoking, and PicklingISBN:  978-1603427272Authors:  Matthew Weingarten, Raquel PelzelPublisher:  Storey Publishing, LLC (November 6, 2012)Format/Length:  Paperback 256 pages From the Publisher: Crab apple mostarda. Instant samphire pickles. Sweet … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Organic Food #DigIn #Ad

This organic food article is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.Organic food is not cheap. Unfortunately, many people are discouraged when they go to the grocery store and see the price tag on organic food and end  up buying something else. Gardening organically is an enjoyable way for me to provide my family with organic food without going broke. Is organic gardening easy? Nope, not in the least! I spend a lot of my summer sweaty, dirty, and picking bugs off of my plants by hand. I guess I must be slightly nuts but … [Read more...]

Earth Day Craft Idea: Make a Tin Can Bird Feeder!

Earth Day is fast approaching and I am a huge fan of getting kids involved in our efforts to go green. If you think about it, children are the future of this planet and if we do not teach them how to be good stewards of the Earth, it will not survive for THEIR children to enjoy. This Earth Day craft idea is a great way to get kids involved in repurposing a tin can while also providing food for the birds in your yard. You can try hanging the bird feeder from a suction cup on the outside of the window so that you can get an up close and personal … [Read more...]

Tips To Keep Your Garden Healthy #SCJgreenerchoices #sp

This article about how to Keep Your Garden Healthy is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine alone. Keep Your Garden Healthy With spring finally here,I decided to get a head start on my garden this year. Gardening is a great hobby and form of exercise, but also benefits the environment. The greatest challenge I have when it comes to gardening is trying to keep my plants healthy. Come check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few things to consider when you are planning this year’s backyard … [Read more...]

Getting Excited for Outdoor Projects with Home Depot! #DigIn #sp

This outdoor projects post is sponsored by Home Depot but all opinions are my own.Spring is officially here and while it still may be a bit chilly outside, I have begun mentally planning my outdoor projects for the season. My family spends a lot of time outside between playing, gardening, and just hanging out by the fire pit. I love having our backyard space as a place that is both functional and attractive. Over the past few years, the exterior of the house and the yard have gotten a bit neglected. A lot of our time, effort and money has … [Read more...]

Beekeeping Book: Homegrown Honey Bees #sp

Disclaimer:  This beekeeping book was provided to me at no cost by Storey publishing in exchange for my honest review.My husband and I have been wanting to get our own bees for years now but don't feel that we live in a good location. Between the kids and the dog and the close by neighbors, we have finally admitted to ourselves that it will have to wait til we move out of the burbs. However, we keep doing research on beekeeping so that as soon as we are ready, we know what to do and where to buy our beekeeping supplies. I recently … [Read more...]

Book Review and #Giveaway: The Weekend Homesteader

I have always been fascinated with the concept of living a self sufficient life. The idea that I could feed my family on what I grow in my garden or bake in my kitchen is appealing, although I seriously think we would all starve if that were the case! I am an avid gardener but my yields are terribly low. I love to bake but my homemade bread comes out so dense it is almost a lethal weapon if you chuck it at someone. Clearly, I need a little bit of help in my effort to become self reliant! That is where The Weekend Homesteader comes in! I … [Read more...]

Say Yes To Natural Parenting with These 5 Easy Steps

When I first learned that I was pregnant many (many!) years ago, I was thrilled but also terrified. I was responsible for a tiny little life growing inside of me and all of a sudden everything that I did or ate had me thinking "is this good for the baby?". Within months of finding out I was pregnant I was at my local health food store looking for organic milk because I read about a study that suggested the hormones in conventionally raised dairy cows may cause early puberty in children. That was just the very first step of my campaign for … [Read more...]

Preserving Your Organic Foods for Use Throughout the Year

During the spring and summer, it is relatively easy to find organic and local produce at inexpensive prices. Grocery stores, gardens, farmer’s markets, roadside stands, and pick-your-own farms are practically overflowing with fruits and vegetables until the cold weather starts to set in. When October and November roll around, you will see a huge spike in prices so you need to start learning how to preserve your organic foods to save money and still use local produce all your round. Come check out my latest article on the SC Johnson Greener … [Read more...]

Organic Herbs and Spices Right from the Garden (#SCJgreenerchoices)

 Cooking with fresh herbs and spices really livens up a meal. It is also a great way to reduce your salt intake since flavorful foods need very little salt to make them taste better. However, if you have ever gone into a food store and checked out those tiny bottles of organic seasonings, you may have gone into a bit of sticker shock—some can be very costly! Come check out my post on the SCJ Greener Choices blog to learn more about growing and preserving your own organic spices.Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the … [Read more...]

Well, hello! You are NOT a snow pea!

I went out to the garden today to pick some snow peas and discovered somebody living in my vines! He was just so cute I had to snap a picture and share. Can you see my little garden friend? Right where the arrow and my finger are pointing?I am hoping he is in there eating caterpillars! I love these little anoles...they are about as plentiful as cockroaches here in Georgia. They change from green to brown depending on camouflage needs and are a great little garden helper when it comes to eating pests!  … [Read more...]

It’s short, it’s round, it’s red…it’s a carrot!

 While I am out in the woods for a few days living on trail mix and granola bars I thought I would share a few of my past articles with you! Pray the tent doesn't leak and the bugs don't find me!Think About This ThursdayWhat color are carrots? Simple enough question, right? You, like most of the world, would answer 'Orange'. And yes, in today's society you would be right 99% of the time. But,the first carrots were white, purple, red, yellow, green and black. Think about this: there were originally NO orange carrots!  So, what happened? How did … [Read more...]