Wax on Cucumbers: Can it be Removed?


    I grow my own cucumbers so there’s no wax on them to remove. But if you buy them from the store, most of the time they have a waxy coating, except for the English cucumbers which are wrapped and I don’t think they have any coating at all. Anyway, here’s the deal: If you …

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Chopped Salad to tote for Memorial Day Picnic

Each Thursday I chat with Anna Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show at Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods & herbs.  Today we talked about cucumbers, which were such a valuable commodity during Bible days that people supposedly guarded them in watch towers. Back then, what we know as the snake cucumber was grown. It’s a …

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Homemade Vegetable Stock Easy to Make

Vegetable stock

  HOMEMADE VEGGIE STOCK Adapted from All Recipes site. Grapeseed or olive oil 1 very large yellow onion – add peel to stock for color and nutrients 2 stalks celery, including some leaves OR 3 stems lovage with leaves or cutting celery (see photos below) 2 large carrots, unpeeled 4 large cloves garlic, peeled and …

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Tips and Tricks to Make Gardening Easy On Your Joints

                 Prevention & Wellness Events Ron Wilson and I will be doing our annual presentation for the Christ Hospital Wellness event. Here’s the details – and I sure hope you can join us this Saturdaya May 20 at Natorp’s at 1:00 PM.  No kidding, everyone who attended last …

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Sad News


My sweet sis, Judy, passed away this week, so I won’t be posting for a few days as we gather family and friends together for a celebratory mass.  She was my idol when we were kids and just a year older than me. Thoughts and prayers are much appreciated. Blessings, Rita  

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My Mary Garden in Spring


  In the south corner of my herb garden sits a statue of Mary. She is surrounded by significant herbs and flowers. Here’s a photo taken today. More on the flowers later!

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Reader Favorite: Always Ready Refrigerator Bran Muffins

Always ready bran muffins

For Betsy, who lost her recipe for this.  “Several years ago you published a bran muffin recipe in the Northern Hills Journal.  The batter can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.  I have used this recipe many times using various fresh or dried fruits, nuts, added flax meal and different grains as add …

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Special Class at Turner Farms with Rita and Ron

Vitamin Water

Only a few spots left! This is a one of a kind class and I hope you can come. Here’s the deal:   The Yardboy and the Cook present: The Alchemy of Herbs and Edible Flowers, Plus Tips for Carefree Landscape and Gardening Monday, May 8th: 6:30-8pm Join renowned herb expert Rita Heikenfeld and Ron Wilson …

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Try Seasonal Asparagus in this Tart

Kathleen's Asparagus Tart

Today I chatted, as I always do with Annie Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show Sacred Heart Radio. The topic was asparagus, which we grow. Her’s some fun Biblical facts about asparagus and a wonderful, easy tart, perfect for Mother’s Day!   ASPARAGUS Not mentioned specifically in the Bible, Asparagus has been used as a …

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Best Tres Leches Cake

Averie's Tres Leche Cake

The Best Tres Leches Cake This recipe and photo is from Averiecooks.com. She adapted it from the Pioneer Woman site, so you know this is a winner! Ingredients Cake 5 large eggs, separated 1 cup granulated sugar, divided 1/3 cup whole milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 …

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