• Hometown Harvest Organic Carrots

    Hometown Harvest

    Hometown Harvest is a blog sponsor, which means they are compensating me for things like referrals, sharing product info and talking about my experience using their services. In a nutshell, for spreading the word! As always, all opinions are my own, and I only choose sponsors whose missions I support. Pretty exciting news over here on the sponsor front! Those of you that like my Facebook page already got a sneak peek last week when I announced that Hometown Harvest has become a blog sponsor! Back in January I started a recurring delivery of a small fixed bag every other week, after hearing about Hometown Harvest from a friend. Ironically,…

  • Vegetarian Kale Salad

    Vegetarian Kale Salad

    Kale. It’s a leafy green whose preparation seems to stump so many people! And yet, it’s so freakin’ versatile. My sister uses kale regularly, and she offered to share her very favorite vegetarian kale salad with me. Yay! We’ve received kale in our last two small bag deliveries from Hometown Harvest, so I’m in need of some great go-to recipes myself. This one fits the bill. Before we get into recipe specifics, let’s take a look at some notes Josie sent me with the recipe: We make this salad at least once a week in our house. It’s the best because it’s good right after you make it and really…

  • I'm a Stonyfield Ambassador

    I’m a Stonyfield Ambassador

    I’ve been hooked on Stonyfield products—especially their whole milk yogurt—since 2005! As a Stonyfield Organic™ ambassador, I am being compensated. All opinions are always my own! I first discovered Stonyfield Organic yogurt in 2005 when my daughter was about six months old and moving into the world of eating solids. My mother made her own yogurt, but I felt overwhelmed by the mere thought of what’s involved with making homemade yogurt (which I’ve since learned isn’t terribly difficult with the proper tools). I’ve grown a bit in the kitchen since then, wouldn’t you say? Anyway, standing in the supermarket isle, staring at the rows and rows of yogurts, Stonyfield’s YoBaby banana…

  • friends and farms, friends & farms

    My Friends & Farms Basket Arrived!

    If you haven’t already heard of Friends & Farms, they’re a regional CSA program out of Columbia, Md., that runs all 12 months of the year. Most CSA programs only run 8 to 9 months out of the year, so a full year is pretty unique and awfully nice. They source produce, fish, meats and bread from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina (even Georgia in some cases), and sign-up is by way of a subscription with different payment schedules and basket sizes. It’s like a traditional CSA program on steroids. Last week, Friends & Farms reached out to see if I’d like to try one of their weekly baskets…. My answer back…

  • Eating locally is an easy way to strengthen your local economy, as well as pick the healthiest of food options!

    The Importance of Eating Locally and Gardening with Your Children

    Are you new to healthy living? Do you fully understand the impact of teaching children to grow their own food? Locally grown foods refer to crops grown in nearby communities opposed to their far traveled counterparts. These seemingly simple acts have the ability to strengthen local economy, clean up the environment, enhance your health and inspire a new generation. Better for the Environment Unlike crops that travel thousands of miles before making it to your plate, locally grown meat and produce have less negative impact on the environment. Less CO2 is emitted in their transportation and smaller local farms often do not use quite as many harmful chemicals and pesticides…

  • farm eggs, eggs, chickens, farm to table

    Collecting Fresh Farm Eggs

    My faithful readers are well aware that my parents have a flock chickens on their small farm, and most weeks I’m able to get a dozen fresh farm eggs to stock our fridge.   If you’ve never had eggs directly from a local farm, you’re missing out. They’re nothing like the eggs you buy at the grocery store, which makes you wonder about those store-bought eggs (and perhaps even a little frightened).   Real eggs, as we’ll call them, are produced in a variety of different colors ranging from white to pale blue to light beige (and a rainbow of colors in between), and some of them are speckled. They’re…

  • How to build a vertical garden

    Vertical Garden Project: Final Thoughts #DigIn

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.   After finishing the last of my vertical garden project the other day, I took a couple minutes to sit down and vlog my thoughts.   You’ll see that overall, I give this project a thumbs up and the best part was seeing the flowers and herbs in place!   However, I definitely think the written instructions could be better improved to cater to building novices like me. I also think the material list could be reworked, taking care that all the building pieces are listed together for ease of purchase. We found that some weren’t…

  • How to make a vertical garden

    Vertical Garden Project: Putting it Together #DigIn

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. Materials purchased, it was finally time to put my vertical garden together, and we planned to spend Mother’s Day afternoon getting everything constructed. As you might remember, my husband offered to build the vertical garden, and I happily obliged – I mean, he’s handy like that. (And I’m not, really.) Lucky for him, he had a helper for the 15 minutes that the 4 year old attention span lasted….     The instructions I printed off were a little hard to follow at times, a bit like a run-on sentence broken up by bullets. I’m not…