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Ode to Butternut Squash

Butternut squash has a special place in my heart, both due to nostalgia and practical reasons. When we first moved into our new home, we were on a limited budget and between jobs. So here we were with a house we outright owned, but not quite sure how we would pay the other bills. Of

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Autumn Musings

There is no doubt it is autumn now. Warm days, cool nights; garden spiders among the tomatoes; box elder bugs huddling together, seeking warmth. The tomatoes and Brussels sprouts are flourishing. Broccoli and squash are winding down. We’ll transplant the peppers soon and keep them growing indoors throughout the winter. Of course, this is where

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And there is salsa!

Salsa! After waiting for my husband to do it, it is, well, done! Look at this beautiful stuff! How We Make Salsa First, there are the tomatoes, of course, which are diced and mixed with whatever else is going into it. Here my husband added cilantro, onions, jalapenos and habaneros peppers from our garden. After

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Tomatoes Everywhere!

Those who know me know I absolutely despise tomatoes. I hate everything about them – both their taste and their texture. Over the years, many people have tried to get me to eat a tomato, thinking I was exaggerating my loathing and disgust. But I assure you, I abhor them. I’ve sampled tomatoes as both a

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Renewing Our Prosperity Jar

When we moved here in the summer of 2013, we had it rough. I mean rough. We struggled to get settled in and that included financial challenges. A realistic food budget for us was $50 a week, if that. So while we penny-pinched and tried to make the most of what we had, we also

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The Harvest Continues

Harvest time is here! In addition to the usual plethora of cucumbers, summer squash, and zucchini, the butternut squash is now ripening. We will use that in many dishes throughout the fall and winter. In fact, odds are we’ll be tired of it by January. But for now it’s an exciting addition to the bounty

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Don’t Want to Live As an Untold Story…

Life is too damn short. Today I asked one of the social workers where I work how a patient of hers is doing. Last month, I had the opportunity to watch this social worker make this woman’s dream come true. Hearing that the patient still talks about that day and also hearing that she is

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If I could just stay home…

If I could just stay home, I would. I’d stay here, building block castles with my daughter or weeding the garden. If I didn’t have to worry about later, like saving for retirement or college, I’d live for now. Siding the workshop, mowing the lawn, teaching my son how to do the chores. Those are

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