Eating healthy doesn't not need to be complicated.
If you don't have the time or desire to follow a recipe . . . then don't.
For today's lunch I simply filled a pot with a couple inches of water and turned on the stove burner. As the water was coming to a boil, I placed brocolli florets, some mushrooms, and a few quartered tomatoes in a bamboo steamer basket. Read More
Gardening is making a comeback.
In my parents' generation--and generations before them--gardening was an essential part of surviving the Great Depression and wartime. During World War I and World War II, "victory gardens" or "war gardens" were necessary in order to support the war efforts. Citizens were encouraged to plant gardens in backyards, empty lots, city rooftops, and even public parks. Read More
My 21-year-old son died by suicide several years ago. The following post was written primarily for those who want to support a family through suicide loss but don't know what to do or say. (This information may also be applied to any sudden, tragic death.) Read More
I grew up on a farm. My dad always planted a large garden every spring. It produced a bountiful harvest, and my parents preserved green beans, tomato juice, tomatoes, cabbages, beets, carrots, corn, and pickles . . . enough to feed a family of seven through the winter months.
Many farmhouses had a “summer kitchen.” It was a second kitchen—a large room away from the main part of the house—that was used for the hot process of canning jars of fresh produce. An old, gas stove sat in the corner of the room. My mom taught me from an early age to respect the hidden pilot light underneath the burner that remained continuously lit . . . Read More