6 Easy-to-Grow Herbs That Will Have You Saving in Style


When it comes to pinching pennies, if you can do it yourself, you should. We all know this. However, time is frequently a pretty big factor in whether or not the DIY approach is really an option. Herbs are one of those places that many folks feel it’s easier just to buy at the grocery…. [Continue Reading]

Giant List of Ideas for Gifts in a Jar (More Than 26 Unique Ways to Show You Care!)

Gifts in a Jar

In addition to creative lamps and simple blender drinks, one of the most popular uses for canning jars is to use them to house homemade gifts. Gifts in a jar are affordable, thoughtful and a great activity for the kiddos to be involved in. In short, they are incredibly useful when trying to be generous… [Continue Reading]

Best Gift Cards and Restaurants for Vegan Fast Food

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With more and more people being directed to a plant-based diet by their doctors these days, and the†demand for cheap, fast food moving ahead with gusto in North America, vegan fast food options are becoming more of a priority.

Give the Gift of Reading Any Time of the Year

gift of reading

Whether itís graduation time, Fatherís Day, Christmas or a loved oneís birthday, itís always appropriate to give the gift of reading. Young learners, and lifelong readers alike appreciate presents that celebrate the written word.

From Grilling Aprons to Kitchen Tongs, the Best Grilling Gifts for Backyard Cooking Enthusiasts

Grilling at summer weekend

Grilling gifts are the perfect choice for backyard cooking enthusiasts. Whether itís a set of his and her grilling aprons or a pair of kitchen tongs (more on why I prefer them to BBQ tongs later), having the proper grilling tools keeps things streamlined and efficient. If youíve got presents to purchase this summer, and… [Continue Reading]

Classy Presents on a Budget: Consider a Wine Club Gift

Cellars Wine Club Picture

If youíre looking for a gift idea thatís above par yet meets your budget requirements, consider a wine club gift. They come in all price ranges, including one I just found that sends your friend or loved one a new and interesting variety every month for less than twenty bucks per bottle. The wine club… [Continue Reading]

Five Homegrown Pet Toys


Dogs and cats are a lot like children. Buy them a new toy, and they’d rather play with the box. Keeping that in mind, there are some easy options in your home for entertaining your pet without spending a fortune… or anything at all, in some cases. The first is tug toys. Most dogs like… [Continue Reading]

Spiced Roasted Almonds

roasted almonds

Need a great hostess or holiday gift and donít have a ton of money to spend? Try these roasted almonds as an alternative to the usual sugary fare.

Some Different Ideas for DIY Christmas GIfts


Homemade gifts are not just the less expensive option for ‘trying times’. Speaking for myself, I truly appreciate a handmade gift. It doesn’t matter if it’s edible, wearable, or displayable. I appreciate the thought and effort that goes into a homemade gift.† The converse is also true. I’d rather make gifts than scour the malls… [Continue Reading]

Crispy Dill Pickles

Dill Pickle

Dill pickles rock. Well, pickles rock. I have a small garden, and the bounty varies. When I get enough cucumbers to make a batch of pickles, and my tastebuds say ‘dill pickles’, this is the recipe I use.† I’ve tried several that offer up good flavor, but this one gives nice, crispy pickles and good… [Continue Reading]

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies


As far as flexible foodstuffs, nothing beats the pumpkin. It does everything — soups, main dishes, appetizers, side dishes and, my personal favorite, dessert.† The Whoopie Pie is an extremely popular dessert here in Maine. It comes in many permutations besides the most popular chocoate.† It didn’t take much to make the Pumpkin Whoopie Pie… [Continue Reading]

Red Corn Relish


I discovered this recipe one year when I received a windfall of both corn and tomatoes and wanted a way to use both.† It’s a lovely relish, an abundant recipe, and a very tasty condiment. A pint of red corn relish is a big hit as a hostess gift, and is great for Christmas giving… [Continue Reading]

Tomatillo Salsa Verde


One summer, I was gifted with about 5 pounds of tomatillos. I’d seen them before, but never actually eaten or cooked one. I found this recipe when trying to figure out what one does with tomatillos. This is an extremely tasty salsa verde. One of my favorite uses beyond the standard is to slow cook… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Chamomile


Chamomile is a lovely smelling and looking flower whose primary use is for a nice, calming herbal tea.† I was given the gift of chamomile jelly once.† I was a tad skeptical, but the first taste made me a convert.† This light aromatic substance is a small piece of heaven. It is delicious.† I can… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Rose Hips


As often happens with me, I stumbled onto rose hips as food quite by accident.† While walking on a beach in Maine, I found a remarkable patch of Sea Spray roses that had progressed to the rose hip stage. The hips were huge and looked like crabapples.