Soup, Soup, Beautiful Soup

Now that November is here the weather has enough of a chill in it to make hot soup a favorite for lunch or dinner. Whether your soup is made from scratch or poured from a can, there are some quick ways to “soup it up.” When making soup from scratch, select ingredients with color in mind. We eat with our eyes almost as much as we eat with our mouth. If all your vegetables...


Potpourri For Fall Fragrance

The sense of smell can evoke powerful memories. One whiff of a familiar aroma can transport us to another place and time. Researchers have found that when we first smell something the information is stored in our brain’s memory cortex. It’s also passed to the brain’s limbic system that controls emotions, memory, and behavior. With our sense of smell’s ability to touch our inner self, it’s no wonder that the mixture of scented botanicals...


When Is an Annual Not an Annual?

As we move from summer into fall, certain garden activities start appearing on our To Do list. We think about dividing overgrown perennials, planting spring-flowering bulbs, and generally putting the garden to bed for the winter. These activities often bring with them the question of what to do with some of our annuals such as basil and cilantro. Should we pull them up and add them to the compost pile or can we “cheat...