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“The Best Edible Flowers to Grow In Your Garden”

A handful of edible flowers sprinkled over a summer salad is a sensory experience. Tossed into a cocktail, it elevates a summer evening. On a creamy panna cotta, it is pure magic. So don’t neglect to plant flowers in your garden this year—just make sure they are edible ones! Here are some beauties to consider, which in my opinion are the best edible flowers to grow in your garden this […]

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“How To Create A Vertical Garden”

If you live in an urban area or a dwelling without any land, you have more space than you might think. Is your rooftop flat and easily accessible? Does the fence along your building have a little bit of dirt to plant some pole beans? Does your fire escape have space for a planter box or a few round containers? How about your windowsill or driveway? There are plenty of options […]

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“The Best Herbs to Grow In Your Garden This Spring”

Fresh herbs absolutely transform any dish. Even a humdrum frozen meal can be made into something worthwhile with a scattering of fresh herbs on top. And there is something about picking your morning brew for tea fresh from the windowsill that sets a good tempo for the day. They will also add vibrancy to very plain, repetitive foods, and are thus useful to dry and store to have on hand, […]

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“How to Build a Raised Bed”

A raised bed is simply a mound of well-prepared soil, ready for planting, that is raised above the ground. Raised beds are especially useful when the garden soil is not ideal. You can even add a raised bed where there was no soil to begin with, on a patio or driveway where the beds can be contained with wooden boards or rocks. Planting vegetables and fruits this way can be […]

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“Wine Wednesday: Practical Tips for the Everyday Wineo”

Editor’s note: It’s our favorite part of the month, #WineWednesday with Marissa! This time she’s back and you’ll definitely want to bookmark it. She’s packed this post with all kinds of amazing tips to elevate your wine drinking in the most practical sense. Check out this edition of Wine Wednesday: Practical Tips for the Everyday Wineo. Wine Wednesday: Practical Tips for the Everyday Wineo: One of the things I love when […]

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“What You Need to Know Before You Go Backpacking”

Spring is here and this beautiful weather has us longing to get out and get adventuring. At the top of our lists this year is backpacking. Backpacking can be a truly awe-inspiring experience. One that tests your limits and allows you to truly to learn to trust yourself and gain confidence in your ability and instincts and really connect with your inner pioneer and all the skills you have to offer. […]

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“How To Mix Your Own Soil”

We’ve been talking a lot about gardening here lately, and for good reason — hello Spring! From garden designs to getting your yard ready and breaking down exactly what you should grow, none of these is really possible without the proper nutrient dense SOIL. When it comes to soil it is definitely not a one size fits all case, and when it comes to living a self-sufficient lifestyle you need good soil […]

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“Announcing My 2018 Adventure Getaway”

I’m excited to announce my next Adventure Getaway in partnership with the The Montana Land Reliance​, a conservation organization working to permanently protect agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space. It is the largest state-based land trust in the country, and has protected over 1,000,000 acres in Montana since 1978. This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime trip, with the best trout fishing in the world and a full day […]

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“Unexpected Things to Do In New Orleans”

One of my 2018 Adventure Getaways is in New Orleans, so I thought it was time to share some of the Unexpected Things to Do in New Orleans for when you come on this trip with me! For as long as I have been alive, my memories have been defined by what I ate during those experiences. I couldn’t always tell you the name of the person I was with during that […]

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“How to Backyard Glamp”

We lust over all those beautiful glamping (glamping= glamorous camping) scenes we find on Pinterest and Instagram, and while we’d love to jet off to a luxurious glamping site it is usually pretty costly or doesn’t work with our schedules. Rather than booking a pricey vacay, we decided to get resourceful and bring a little luxury right to our own backyards with things we already have on hand. We love […]

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