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What’s Your Mantra?

Mantras come and go while others stick. What’s your mantra? When I began writing Pass The Pistil I was filled with ideas — ideas spurned on by a deep seated desire that didn’t yet have...

Superfoods: Grow & Eat a Rainbow of Colors

Superfoods straight from the garden? Yes! Grow a rainbow of colors with amazing health benefits and choose from varieties you commonly find in your favorite recipes. We typically equate superfoods with more exotic edibles like...

Grow What You Love Book Trailer

 The Grow What You Love book trailer is just a small taste of what's in store for readers and anyone looking for simple ways to live life a little differently and a little more...

Personal Notes on Goal-Setting (& other everyday magic)

Does the new year mean a new you? Possibly. But I think we’ve been thinking about the business of goal-setting (aka New Year’s Resolutions) all wrong. Somewhere along the way between my first bike...

Small Good Things: Toyon & Mistletoe

It was a perfect December day for a walk. The sun was out, the day in front of us, and we were ready for an adventure (which is code for spending the day outside)....

Getting Away Can Make You Less Stressed & Happier

  You know the routine. Wake up, put the tea (or coffee) on, shower, make lunches, look everywhere for the match to the last pair of clean socks, somehow get the kids to school with...

Mom’s Brown Stew

  Fall is here and so too is my mom’s brown stew. The seasons are like that, reminding me of foods I may not have considered since the year before. Days on the calendar pass,...

Preserving Herbs: Make Your Own Herb Infused Vinegar

  Have fun with your harvest -- and don't let a single leaf (or flower) go to waste. Thoughtfully stored herbs stretch the flavors of spring and summer into the darker days of the year, and with...

10 Best Kitchen Garden Herbs

  Imagine a garden that elevates everyday living, is a dose of medicine with every bite, and doubles as a pollinator haven. If you grow one thing -- or, in this case, a handful of plants...

How to Grow & Forage: Miner’s Lettuce

  Miner’s lettuce is in full swing here in California, especially after a much awaited for rainy winter. It’s growing with a zeal I’ve not seen in years and popping up in places I’d forgotten...
In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!

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