Check It Out: Craftsy’s Complete Knife Skills Course

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My new favorite website is Craftsy, an online education site for crafters, cooks, bakers, woodworkers and gardeners who want to learn or improve their skills. The classes are categorized by type of craft/activity and by level of experience required (beginner, intermediate, advanced). A few of my favorite things about Craftsy include the: ability to view projects that other students completed for each course BEFORE signing up for the course. knowledgeable instructors who are almost always great instructors. communication with other by following and comments on their projects. many free courses and that courses frequently go on sale. ability to add courses to a wish list to …

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Blueberry Pecan Pancakes

blueberry pecan pancakes

This morning I woke up and I wanted pancakes. Not just plain old pancakes — blueberry pecan pancakes. I absolutely love blueberries, but I must confess that I’ve never made blueberry pancakes from scratch. Really no pancakes from scratch. Ever. No, really. Today, I finally made my first pancakes and added blueberries and pecans like a boss. And it was worth it.

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Kale Apple & Date Salad

kate apple date salad

I’ve eaten kale a few times in salads, but I can’t say I’ve really been a fan. However because kale is so good for me, I wanted to figure out how to make it more tasty. This recipe does just that. The earthiness of the kale, olive oil and almonds, the sweetness of the dates and honey crisp apple, the saltiness from the cheese, and the acid from the lemon juice had me curling my toes with each bite. Because kale is such a sturdy green, the salad also held up well in the fridge. I had it for lunch …

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Container Gardening Update: Lettuce, Tomatoes, Basil & More


Container gardening is an activity that I really enjoy. What I enjoy most is my wild attempt to try to grow as much as I can in a small space. Let me tell you, it’s amazing what you can grown in a 3 x 6 space and smaller. This year I have a lot of veggies and herbs in small to large pots, but to keep some floor space I moved some of the pots to a large plastic shelf tucked in a corner. But enough about that… Since I started my seed in early April, I now have ever-growing tomatoes, cilantro, …

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