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Someone burned beehives in Texas and killed more than half a million bees

Police want to know who burned dozens of beehives in a town just south of Houston. One of the beekeepers said the losses are truly staggering. “We’re looking at 500,000 to 600,000 (bees) that have been destroyed out of that environment,” Steve Brackmann, who sells beekeeping supplies and queen bees, told CNN affiliate KTRK. “It’s bad enough to think in today’s world this would happen but dumping them over and then setting fire to them is beyond comprehension,” the association...
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Gartending: Refreshing Summer Herb Garden Cocktails

Ah, summer. It’s the perfect time of year to relax outdoors with a drink, whether at an event like a wedding or shower, a small dinner party with friends, or just a warm evening on the patio. Take your summer cocktails to the next level by becoming a gartender and adding garden-inspired flavors to your beverages this season. These herb garden cocktail recipes use ingredients fresh from the garden for a new twist on some classic drinks.My Favorite...
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The best sweet potato soup

I wasn’t planning on sharing ANOTHER soup recipe so soon. But then again, it’s raining today and I got drenched in a matter of seconds ….. so soup for dinner it is 🙂 My love for sweet potatoes is growing stronger by the week. They are so versatile! Roasted, mashed, made into a dip, or soup, or hidden in a dessert – possibilities are endless and delicious. This soup is perfect for winter or when you have the sniffles. Or...
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Create an Organized Home Apothecary

Choose Herbs That Meet Your Needs The most important place to begin with any home apothecary is to accurately assess your home health care needs. If you know your family will need winter health support, then herbs to strengthen immunity will be the place to start. If you have a tendency to get colds that settle in the lungs, you may wish to have several lung-supporting herbs and expectorants on hand. Identifying the key areas where you need home...
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Tips for Arranging Home-Grown Flowers

Have you ever wanted to grow your own cut flower garden? Imagine a garden packed full of deliciously colorful blooms whose only purpose is to adorn bouquets and will provide material for gorgeous and fragrant displays for years to come. Horticulturist and writer Louise Curley shares all you need to know about creating an economical and environmentally-friendly cut flower patch in her book The Cut Flower Patch: Grow Your Own Cut Flowers All Year Round. In her book you will find...
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Hammered Flower Print Cards

I love to send a little bit of my garden when sending a thank-you note. It’s not always practical for flowers or preserves to be sent across the country or even to a different country, but a flower print will do! Printing cards using garden leaves and flowers is a simple and personal way to send a sentiment to someone special.MaterialsMake it!Start with some plain card stock. I like to use plain white to see all of the...
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Cheesy fried polenta squares

I LOVE polenta – either baked or fried or fresh with stew. If you’ve never tried it (or if you tried it and don’t think much of it), this recipe is a perfect starting point because it’s nice and crispy on top and soft and cheesy in the middle. Who doesn’t like a good, cheesy, fried thang?! There’s also wonderful aromas from the fresh herbs and the garlic which lift it from yum to super yum. These squares are...
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The Best Ever Deli-Style Sour Pickles Recipe. Ever. Seriously.

If you like old-fashioned fermented sour pickles then you will want to learn this recipe. Real deli-style pickles cost around $7 per jar in my area, but I can make 10 pounds of organic sour pickles for just $20! I did not invent this recipe, but it seems to be the most commonly used methodology out there and it works every time without fail. The pickles are garlicky, crunchy, and delightfully sour.Many years ago I acquired some beautiful...
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Eggplant and butter bean dip

Who doesn’t love a good, rich, smooth spread that goes perfectly with a slice of sourdough rye. I know I DO do do. I know opinions on eggplant are divided – you either love it or hate it, but here on this blog, I’m on team eggplant. I grew up with it and love it still. Though I did now grow up with tahini – that was a love I developed later in life. So after I got my...
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The Simple Way to Dry Hydrangea Flowers and Retain Their Color

Hydrangeas are a beautiful shrub with an old-fashioned appeal, yet they fit into the modern garden seamlessly. With so many varieties, colors, and even bloom shapes, you’d easily be able to find a hydrangea that suits your garden (as long as you are lucky enough to have the right climate, of course!). Possibly the best thing about hydrangeas is preserving the colorful blooms. This is the simple method that I use to dry hydrangea flowers and keep their hue.Dried Hydrangea...
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When two Angelenos buy a farm—they make a must-see documentary about it

Eight years ago, after they were evicted from their Santa Monica apartment, John and Molly Chester bought 200 acres of land just outside of Los Angeles with the dream of becoming full-fledged farmers. But 2011 would mark the beginning of a six-year drought, and the property was already eerily reminiscent of Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. Instead of nutrient-rich dark soil, John Chester, a director, and producer, would hold dirt in his hands that resembled sand; it would blow...
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The best vegan dhal

Friends! Make. This. Dhal. Seriously tho, this is the most delicious dahl I have tasted and I tasted a lot. It is packed with beautiful veggies and spices and is absolutely perfect for cold nights and couch snuggles. I have been making it religiously over the past month and it is making my tummy very happy every time. Big thanks to my chef-buddy Kat for the recipe inspo! The best vegan dahl Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 sweet potato, chopped small 1 regular potato, chopped...
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