Ground Cherries, Borage, Malabar Spinach, Okra and Winged Bean

It’s never too soon to start planning a garden. Around here, including in the dead of winter, we’re growing year round! To make it even more fun, we’ll be creating a new garden this winter and spring at an elementary school in North Texas. As you can imagine, the seeds used in a school garden Read More

Homemade Pesto with Walnuts, Basil, Sage, Oregano and Garlic

Looking for a new way to use your herbs?  A fresh take on pesto?  Something you can serve with pasta, crusty bread, salad or all those wonderful heirloom tomatoes? Try this nutty pesto recipe with a more complex flavor profile. I threw these ingredients in a blender as an experiment and boy was I pleased Read More

Roasted Chickpeas – Way Easy and Chock Full of Protein

A crunchy, satisfying snack food that’s got plenty of vitamin B-6, protein and fiber. More often than not, our kids don’t get enough protein to ward off hunger, repair damaged tissues and build new cells – basically to grow up healthy. Here’s the simplest recipe on earth for a healthy, crunchy snack baked at home that appeals to adults and Read More

Jack and the Borage Stalk

Wow, this is our borage (starflower) this year. It grew so tall and full  there is enough for the kids and the bees!  Our girls feel like they are in another world poking around the borage bush. Read More

Learning about Lavender

I like the video series by Sarah Bader on lavender. I easily remember her tip for pruning. Cut two inches above the start of the soft wood. If you don’t do this in the spring your lavender will end up scraggly and won’t create a nice mound like it’s supposed to. I have Spanish Lavender and Read More

The Best Campfire Fish

There’s nothing like campfire fish. Cooking it in foil (or parchment paper inside foil) keeps it moist and flaky. Here are a few tips for success: 1) Add some crushed Mediterranean olives on top of the fish to give it a fresh punch of flavor. 2) Cook the packets on a grate instead of directly Read More