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Inviting water to stay: Two ways to summer savings at home

Jul 29, 2012

Inviting Water to Stay: Two Ways to Summer Savings at Home A Design Aside It’s summer and I’ve had water on my mind lately. Camping minus water makes it a little more precious, brings my personal water use into sharper … Continue reading →

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Southwest trip day 5: Tucson, AZ

Southwest trip day 5: Tucson, AZ

This morning we got up early and were at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum shortly after they opened at 7:30am. We wanted to get most of our outdoor exploring done before the heat of the day, reserving indoor activity for late morning. As it turned out,...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Come and gather helpful tips at Harvest Day

Seeds: Come and gather helpful tips at Harvest Day

Want to know about vermicomposting? That's one of the popular topics at the annual Harvest Day event, to be held next Saturday.Not all compost is created equal. Chuck Ingels of the UC Cooperative Extension's Sacramento County office discove...

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Southwest trip day 4: Sedona & Tucson, AZ

Southwest trip day 4: Sedona & Tucson, AZ

On our way south from the Grand Canyon to Flagstaff we climbed to 8000 ft., saw many stands of aspen, and experienced our first real rain. We had a nice breakfast at Brandy’s Restaurant in Flagstaff (their bagels were delicious as were the pastries w...

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Things to do in Sacramento and beyond
See bug-eating plants at Sacramento show

Some plants can turn the table on bugs - they "eat" them. Find plants with a real difference this weekend at the 42nd annual Sacramento Bromeliad and Carnivorous Plant Society Show and Sale at McKinley Park's Shepard Garden and Arts Center. Admission ...

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Southwest trip day 3: South Rim, Grand Canyon

Southwest trip day 3: South Rim, Grand Canyon

This morning we spent a few hours on the Bright Angel Trail, the most beloved—and used—trail in the Grand Canyon. We didn’t make it all that far because we stopped many times to gawk in awe at the ever changing views. I imagine most people only d...

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Southwest trip day 2: Needles, CA to Grand Canyon, AZ

Southwest trip day 2: Needles, CA to Grand Canyon, AZ

We left Needles, California at 8:30am and soon crossed the Colorado River into Arizona. We were greeted by beautiful clouds and spiky mountains that reminded us of Mount Doom in Lord of Rings. Mount Doom-like mountains just across the Arizona bor...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
There’s nothing more pleasing than watching a hive at work

There’s nothing more pleasing than watching a hive at work

Beehive Display: California State FairThis just happens to be one of my favorite lines that sprang from manning the "Bee Booth" at the California State Fair this past Monday. Though it was a Monday afternoon, and things were a tad slow on the fairgroun...

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Southwest trip day 1: Davis to Needles, CA

Southwest trip day 1: Davis to Needles, CA

We left Davis at 7:30am, and the first photo I took is of this sign on Interstate 80 in Sacramento. I love freeway signs that give the mileage to some far-flung place on the other side of the country. It always makes me want to step on the gas and just...

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Awake at the Whisk
Recipe: Green tomatillo salsa

Jul 24, 2012

Salsa! America’s number one condiment is a fabulous way to use summer’s bounty. As tomatillos and peppers ripen, throw a fast batch in the food processor and you’re minutes away [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full ...

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