Monthly Archives: March 2013

Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies existed before the introduction of the Waring blender in 1935, but they were little more than a combination of fruit, juice and ice. Not so smooth. It wasn’t until Waring perfected and marketed the first modern blender, designed to … Continue reading

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Cook Up Some Hot Cross Buns

One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns! – Traditional nursery rhyme. The Easter season is loaded with traditions. Although a religious holiday, many secular observances are now commonplace: colored eggs, baskets full of candy, parades and bonnets. One of … Continue reading

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Backyard Chickens: The Egg Eater

I have a new chicken. When I dropped by my brother’s place last weekend, this caged and cranky bird was waiting for me in the driveway. It only took a moment for me to see why she had been removed … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Flock

“Before I got chickens, I tried to wrap my head around the farmer mentality,” says illustrator and author Lauren Scheuer, recalling her decision to raise backyard chickens. “I thought I’d raise some chickens and when they got old, I’d cut their heads off,” Scheuer … Continue reading

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Create a Cold Frame for Your Garden

Spring can’t get here soon enough. Garden planned, seeds purchased and a trowel at the ready. Waiting for that frost date to arrive is an exercise in patience. Sudden temperature swings in the North Carolina piedmont are not uncommon and … Continue reading

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Keep Snakes Out of Your Garden

According to legend, Ireland had a snake problem. In a land overrun by sinister, slithering serpents, St. Patrick rose up and drove the scourge into the sea. Some say he used his shepherd’s crook to frighten them away. Others say … Continue reading

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How to Find a Four-Leaf Clover

Four-leaf clovers are an accepted symbol of good luck around the world throughout the year. But the four-leaf clover’s association with Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day is steeped in rich tradition. How much do you know about the legend of this uncommon clover? Check … Continue reading

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