Cancer doesn't care if you're a food blogger or a mommy blogger or a craft blogger...

Remember when I used to blog about cancer a lot? No? Well that's ok, I almost can't remember that far back either. But it's true, I used to be a health blogger and I blogged about cancer several times a month. My feedreader was filled with women who were blogging about surviving cancer, blogging about loved ones who weren't surviving cancer, and blogging about how to prevent cancer. When I think about what caused me to stop blogging about cancer, I realize that I unsubscribed to most of the cancer bloggers I'd been following because it got to be too much. Yea. ...more

It will be nice to read other people's experiences with this disease.  I'll be in touch with you ... more

Recycling: Good / Reusing: Better

Turning over your recycling to your town every week is great and everything, but think before you fling your more useful trash into the recycle bin.  Recycling still swallows resources and some materials may have plenty of remaining life before they progress on their spiritual path toward reincarnation.  Here are some ideas for getting extra mileage out of your food packaging through creative repurposing. ...more

Jennifer: Hmmm, I have a similar mystery person.  I think you're right about the caps.  The ... more

How to Get the Most from Your Local Farmers Market

Spring's arrival means the return of flip flops and short sleeves but for the 'foodies' among us, spring means the much-welcome return of fresh vegetables and fruits at our local farmers markets. With so much emphasis on frugal shopping, healthful diets and local, organic eating, more and more farmers markets are -- ahem -- cropping up. With the new markets come new shoppers, many first-time visitors. I've been shopping at farmers markets since the early 1980s and love to visit new markets when I travel. So I thought I'd pass along a few strategies for shopping at farmers markets. ...more

The wait is excruciating, but it makes me appreciate my farmers even more. more

I Heart Artichokes

Contributing Editor Alanna has already started us down the path of the artichoke this spring, but this thistly edible could use some extra press.  One post to plant the seed, another to coax you on, and maybe a few more before you’re convinced to actually cook them if you’re new to their preparation.  After all, they’re intimidating with their thorny leaves and foreboding, though easily subdued, choke.  But they’re also delicious and, once you learn how to handle them, fun to eat. ...more

Amy: So glad your kids enjoyed them, too.  My kids remain unconvinced, but I'll break them ... more

The Verdict on Meat: Less Cowbell

Findings from a study published last week in the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that regularly eating red meat increases the odds of premature death.  Pork, too, was lumped into the red meat category, unfortunately for me. ...more

Sally K: Exactly.  One of these days, they're going to do a study that proves conclusively that ... more

A Is for April, Asparagus, Artichokes & Arugula

Goodbye, March, just shut that door tight on your way out. Hello, April, the no-foolin' start of spring, the month of fresh starts, new growth and spiritual renewal. Let's make it a Triple AAA, A+++ month with three of spring's vanguards, A-sparagus, A-rtichokes and A-rugula. ...more

Yup, I'm a stuffed artichokes girl.  They're so much fun to eat.  And asparagus?  Sauteed in ... more

Picky Eater Pick-Me-Ups

I used to think I was an excellent parent because my kids would eat turnips.  Then they stopped eating turnips and a whole bunch of other vegetables, and I had to wipe that smug expression off my face.  I guess it wasn’t so much that they had liked the turnips as they hadn’t formed an opinion about them, yet.  And when they finally did, forget it.  Many years and many vegetables later, it’s been like a never-ending game of Sorry.  We take 7 steps forward, 4 steps back, and just when you think you’re in the safety zone, you get bumped back to Start.   ...more

Elaine: Glad to meet another proponent of the one-bite rule!  It warms my heart when the kids ... more

Bartering is Back

Now that the First Lady has announced the creation of an organic vegetable garden on the White House lawn, I’m feeling empowered.  Like maybe it was my BlogHer post on the subject that may have tipped the scale in our favor.  So now I’m wondering what else we can revive, preferably a well-established idea onto which I can just piggyback at the last minute.  I know.  Bartering! ...more

swatchchick: Good idea.  I've noticed that a lot more local companies have become willing to ... more

What’s on Tap: Maple Syrup

Sugar maples.  Who would have thought that a simple tree could provide us with one of the most amazing gifts in the whole wide world?  I mean, besides paper.  Oh, and shelter.  Shade.  Oxygen. No, I’m talking about maple syrup.  The real stuff.  Liquid gold.  ...more

MamacitaG: It is pretty amazing, isn't it?  Something to sweeten the pot when winter has ... more

Asparagus: Too Cool for School Lunches?

When it comes to the health of our children, people can usually put aside their differences for the common good.  Except maybe not when it comes to the issue of school lunches.  An op-ed co-written by Alice Waters in the New York Times has sparked an interesting debate, and highlighted some differences of opinion when it comes to the best way to revamp public school cafeteria offerings. ...more

It's hard because by the time you see the cause and effect of some of the choices you make, it's ... more