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TAG : Carole Coates

Slow Cooker Winter Squash Chili Recipe

When the harvest nets this much winter squash, you need more in your recipe repertoire than pumpkin pie. Photo by Pexels/mathiasp.r.Do you still have winter squash or sweet potatoes from last fall’s harvest patiently waiting in your root cellar? I do and I want to be sure to use them before ...

Summer-Squash Recipes for Casserole, Bread, Cobbler and More

 Summer squash blossoms No matter how well we try to plan our garden, we always end up with a superabundance of summer squash. Our go-to cooking method is saute them with onion in a bit of olive oil. Sometimes we throw in some basil to punch things up. But after awhile, we yearn for something ...

Turn Your Garden into an Oasis with Flowers and Fun Varieties

 The smart gardener chooses to fill the garden with vegetables and fruit the family wants to eat. But if that’s where things stop, family gardeners are missing out on the fullness of gardening joy. Around here, we employ a couple of tricks to make gardening even more of a pleasure than it ...

5 Easy Vegetables to Grow

 A basket of easy-to-grow garden goodness. Photo by Carole CoatesIn my last article. I shared gardening tips for novice gardeners, and I promised a follow-up outlining some easy crops for gardening newbies. Some are not only easy; they are fast growers, too. Let’s face it. Some plants are ...

Grow it Yourself: My Advice to Beginning Gardeners

 My garden gateAs we are jarred by headlines warning us of coming food shortages, more and more people are ready to turn their hands to gardening. Of course, there is more to growing than can be covered in one short article, but I have some ideas that can get you started.The most important ...

Easy No-Bake Energy Ball Recipe

 Everybody wants to have a quick snack on hand. Even better is a snack that’s also healthy and will also give you that much-needed burst of energy mid-morning or afternoon. I've come up with a yummy recipe that's a big hit in this household. It's a bit of a mash-up of two recipes I found ...

Landscaping Inspiration from Public Gardens

 Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Tallahassee, Florida. Photo by Carole Coates.When my husband and I escaped our cold climate for a week in Florida’s panhandle in early February, one of our first stops was the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee. Since the Maclays made ...

No-Sew Heavy-Duty Curtains

My daughter-in-law's drop cloth curtains.Did you know painters’ drop cloths can be used to make super-simple but classy curtains? This inexpensive DIY decorating hack looks anything than cheap. My savvy daughter-in-law hung drop cloth curtains on her screened porch and they look fabulous. ...

Nature Crafting with Children

 Children love interactive projects and they love doing things with the adults in their lives. Engaging children in craft projects is a great way to connect with the children in your life. My personal favorites are nature crafts. They cost nothing or next to nothing, get children out of ...

When Age and Illness Invade the Homestead

  A bench in the garden provides a handy place to rest and rehydrate. You love living close to Mother Earth, digging in the dirt, hand making gifts, building your own structures. So, short of chucking it all in, how do you cope when long-term illness or a chronic health condition, even just ...