Tuesday Garden Party 5.19.15

Tuesday Garden Party Features 5.19.15

How are your gardens doing, guys? I’m literally drowning swimming in lettuce with some type of salad on the menu most days and the peonies finally started blooming, so I’ve got my first bouquet on the mantel. Sigh. (hint: you can see it if you follow me on Instagram) We were in Portland over the […]

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Pantry Basics: Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Make this pure, easy chocolate syrup and you'll never want to buy it again!

Note: This was originally published way back in March of 2009 and again illustrates of one of AOC’s core philosophies: creating “pantry basic” foods instead of buying them is easy, good for you (you control the ingredients), and saves money. Oh, yeah – and chocolate? That’s a staple food right there, and so this deserved a […]

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Three Things 5.16.15: Mom’s Day, Matching Lamps, Perfect Tea

Matching Lamps_Instagram

Happy Saturday! It’s our weekly ‘Three Things” post is where you’ll find a peek into my week and some things that are making me happy. And yep, that’s more than 3 things- I’m simply using 3 as a way to organize these weekly updates. Let’s get started! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always.) […]

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Where Hope Grows Movie: An Inspiring Story That Treats People with Special Needs in a New Way

Watching Where Hope Grows Movie

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Godspeed Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #wherehopegrowsmovie​ h​ttp://my­disclosur.es/OBsstV So, just from the title you may be thinking, “What? She’s talking about a movie? What’s that got to do with recipes, DIY or gardening?” And you’d […]

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Tuesday Garden Party 5.12.15


Happy Tuesday! Isn’t May just a crazy month for gardening? It’s like, everything needs to be done at once – where do you start? I do have my list, which helps, but I’m always thinking “if I can just get the beds papered and mulched before the weeds get bad it’ll be so much easier.” […]

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May Garden Chores

Garden Chores by Month: May - An Oregon Cottage

Note: For 2015 I’m republishing our lists of monthly chores, ’cause you can never have too many reminders, right? May is probably the busiest month in the garden, both for vegetable and flower beds and May garden chores consist of lots of planting, some weeding, and the start of the need for watering. In the […]

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