Tips for Growing Green Beans

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The great thing about green beans is, you don't have to have a green thumb to be able to grow them. They are easy to grow, fairly hardy, and just about fool-proof! Just give them plenty of room, water, and sunlight and you're off to a great start. Here are some tips for growing green beans. Pole Beans vs Bush Beans Before choosing a type of green bean to plant, you'll have to decide on whether you want pole beans or bush beans. This will depend on a few things; the amount of space you have available, how many beans you want to harvest, and what resources you have at your disposal. Pole beans produce a lot of beans in a small amount of space, but will need a pole, fence, or trellis to ... read more

Make Your Own Kitchen Mixes

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Over the past few years, I've been switching many of my favorite kitchen ingredients to homemade kitchen mixes and more natural ingredients. Any time we can avoid processed foods, it's better for us. But, I also want it to be as simple, easy and convenient as possible. Mixing Your Own Spice Blends from Food Renegade We eat a lot of Mexican dishes so naturally, a homemade taco seasoning mix makes sense for us. You can mix it as needed or you can mix a large batch ahead of time to last through several meals. Homemade Coffee Creamers from Mom Prepares There are some really good coffee creamer recipes for every taste that we can make at home and skip the dairy case. Flavored or ... read more

How to Colorblock in Your Garden

Add striking colors to your garden by colorblocking. Photo: Morguefile

It's bold, it's beautiful, and it could come to visit your garden. Colorblocking is the art of taking complementary colors and placing them together. You can colorblock your home, your clothes, your party food, and yes, you can colorblock your garden. Why Colorblock Your Garden? Why would you colorblock? If you're trying to add visual interest to your front yard or add a particularly beautiful area to a back patio, you could add striking colors. If you have a boring concrete deck or patio space and you want to add some visual engagement, color blocking can help. When you add striking colors to your garden, you add to all of the other features that make your garden beautiful, functional, ... read more

Cooking Meat Dishes in the Crockpot

how to make meat dishes in a crockpot

In the colder times of year we like the warmth of comforting food out of the crock pot, in the warmer times we love that we don't have to run the oven. All year long we love the convenience of using a slow cooker. We often think of soup and stews in the crockpot, but slow cooking meat in the crock pot is just as easy - and yummy. These first five recipes can easily be gluten free as long as you check the sauces [like barbecue] that you put on the meat. Crockpot Pot Roast from The Crepes of Wrath Great for the first time pot roast cook! If you want a crock pot pot roast recipe with great instructions and pictures then this is for you. Crockpot Roast Chicken ... read more