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Herb Harvest

Garden

I can’t get enough of certain herbs. One of my absolute favorites is thyme (right foreground). I love the flavor, and I love that it has such depth and pungency; it holds up to slow simmering while is also perfection in uncooked preparations like cold pasta salad and salad dressing. My only regret with thyme […]

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A Safer Transformer Oil?

Green Up

Transformers fall into the category of necessary evil. How else to describe something which makes it possible for us to power our homes yet sometimes explodes, leaks, catches fire, and spills toxic chemicals? This is not only the case for those transformers located overhead on a pole like mine, but also those pad-mounted and buried […]

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Transformer Explosion Update

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Back in April, during a thunderstorm, lightning apparently struck the electrical transformer in our yard. I didn’t even know transformers contained oil. The smell was the first clue; a strong petroleum odor. Then I saw the oil sheen on the puddles of rainwater. I didn’t know where it came from, but when the repair crew […]

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REAL Smoked Almonds

Main Dishes

Mmmmm, smoked almonds.  And not the kind with “smoke flavoring added.”  The real thing. You will need: 2 lbs raw almonds 6 Tbs Worcestershire sauce 3 tsp Onion Powder 3 tsp Garlic Powder 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper 1 tsp Sonny Salt 1 tsp ground mustard 4+ dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce Mix wet and dry […]

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How-To: Passionflower Tincture

Herbalism

Besides being appreciated for its fantastical blooms, passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is used medicinally to calm anxiety and improve sleep. It’s thought to increase levels of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid). GABA regulates the excitability of neurons in the brain. GABA is also suspected to regulate the production of melatonin, which is related to healthy sleep. And, since […]

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Home Farm Deals and Neat Stuff

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Links to deals and cool stuff I’ve run across the web this week related to home farming and sustainability. Check out this collection of seeds to plant to grow your own chicken feed; corn, sorghum, chard, millet, pumpkin, peas, and more. Made in USA privacy/windscreen attaches to your 6′ chain link fence. $41.98 plus shipping […]

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