Tips and tricks for morel mushroom hunting by Matthew Dybedahl

It’s about that time of year again. The snow is finally melting and the temperature is starting to rise. While the warm temperature is nice, there’s something even better about spring…morel mushrooms!If you’ve never eaten or heard of morel mushrooms, they’re a rare treat that only bloom once a year. You’ll rarely find them in your local grocery store either, and if you do, you’ll pay a small fortune for them....more
I keep thinking about getting out morel hunting, but I haven't made the time yet.  Thanks for ... more

Sweet and Spicy Swiss Chard Wraps

These Sweet and Spicy Swiss Chard Wraps are MacGyver’s signature dish. They are beautiful and delicious, can be made raw or cooked (both discussed below), are flexible and easily adapted to what you have on hand, and just happen to be vegan. This delicious vegan dinner idea is just about as nutritious as you can get and has a flavor both kids and adults love. Depending on what you choose to fill them with, cooking time is next to zero, though there is a lot of chopping and assembly time involved....more
James Struthers Thanks for the positive feedback!  I can't really take the credit, since the ... more

Am I Not a "Mama" Too?

I am the middle child of two other sisters. The three of us are very different from one another, but very close. When we were growing up, my mom used to ask us what we wanted to be when we were older and according to her, I always replied, "A mama." Now there were phases I went through where I would say a circus performer, a fashion designer, or a zoologist, but at the core, I always wanted to be a mama. ...more
You are definitely a mama!  More so even than many who have given birth.  For 7 years I have ... more

I Used Charcoal to Whiten My Teeth

Being a chemical/toxin free house is an ever growing chore ... between foods, beauty products, and cleaning products, practically everything needs a second look to determine if it's safe or not.Tooth-whitening treatments are no exception.I tried a commercial at-home tooth-whitening system a while ago, but it literally stripped layers of skin in my mouth away. After rinsing, I could peel a layer of skin off of the inside of my cheeks. Gross, and seriously painful.I didn't get past two days....more
This is a great idea, and I like the results.  I would rather have a more subtly whitened ... more

Should I Monetize My Blog?

     With a recent and persistent increase in the popularity of my blog, I find myself wondering whether I should "monetize," or add paid advertisements. ...more
@Karen Ballum That's good to know.  Since I've never considered ads before, I am not even ... more

In Defense of Non-Custodial Mothers

Recently, The Huffington Post ran an article that featured a mother's regret for leaving her children with their father post-divorce. She explained that the divorce left her feeling emotionally and psychologically fragile and she chose to live with relatives for a few years in order to regroup. She went on to explain that she regretted the decision, but it was the best one she had at time. ...more
This is such an incredibly difficult topic for all parties.  Until recently I worked as an ... more

The Birds and The Bees...And That Fishing Pole Goes Where??

When I was a kid, I remember being given a book that described how two large round cartoon people made a baby. I also remember that somewhere in the middle of the book it suggested that you ask your mom and dad to stand next to each other naked so that you could observe the differences in their bodies. Fortunately for me and for my parents, I had enough common sense to know that this was a terrible, terrible idea....more
Oh my gosh, I have such clear memories of that episode of Punky Brewster!!   I did a lot of sex ... more

Keep Sliced Apples from Turning Brown: Lunchbox Hack

      This is one of those "Why didn't I think of this before?!" super useful life hacks. Keep apples from turning brown in lunchboxes with this super simple trick that saves the wastefulness of plastic baggies and the dishes generated using containers....more
@herdaily I know what you mean!  It's so obvious once you know, but not something I ever would ... more

20 Things Every Girl Dating In Her 20s Should Know

Last week, the viral hub Buzzfeed ran "27 Things Every Girl In Her Twenties Should Really Have By Now," a listicle that pretty much reduced women in their twenties to superficial creatures who can hardly take care of themselves. I think the twenties are a wonderful time full of discoveries and level-ups, so I made my own list....more
I love this.  The 20's really is an amazing time for self-growth and knowledge.  Excellent list. more

Easy Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe

My Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer has got to be one of my all-time favorite recipes. And I couldn't be more excited to roll it out again this year having finally moved back to a climate with an actual fall! I can hardly wait for sweaters, colorful leaves, and apple cider. For now, I'll be taking a break from tea in the morning to spice my coffee up with some Vegan Pumpkin Spice Creamer. ...more
Thank you all!  I will get to work on eggnog and peppermint mocha versions right away.  MacGyver ... more