Use these word prompts as the starting point for developing a character from being a wooden puppet into a real live person.
Everyone shares the advantages of home vegetable gardening, but what are the disadvantages. Here we'll discover what those disadvantages are and we'll describe a plan to make vegetable gardening more enjoyable.
So why should you have a home vegetable garden? There's more reasons than just better nutritional value!
Over the years I have seen numerous vegetable gardening styles. This is not an exhaustive list, but here are several of which I am familiar.
In just fifteen minutes every evening, you can define your goals and make and adjust the plans needed to achieve them in just 10 easy steps.
How can we purchase organically grown foods when they are more expensive than commercially produced foods? Here are some examples of how to stretch the food dollar and still protect the planet by eating organic foods.
No one ever seems to have enough time to complete everything on their to-do list, but by creating routines of our daily transitions, we can decrease the stress of getting it all done.
Are your mornings a series of stressful events? It doesn't have to be that way! I'll show you how you can start your day the night before and exponentially decrease your morning stress!
St. Patrick's Day isn't just for Ireland. St. Patrick's Day is held around the world from Great Britain to Canada to Russia to the US to Switzerland and even to Japan.
Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. Every year people around the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Who was he and where can we go to learn more about this beloved saint?
On March 5, 1770 the incident on King Street in Boston Massachusetts known by Americans as the Boston Massacre became the powder keg that that exploded into the American Revolutionary War.
Every year on February 2 in the US and Canada, the Groundhog tells whether winter will end or if it will continue for another six week. What is the story of this holiday?
Everywhere we look we see advertisements that suggest rapid weight loss is wonderful. However, could slow weight loss be a better alternative for becoming a healthier individual?
Have you ever thought about writing your memoirs but wondered why you should write them? Writing them may not make you famous, but writing them may help if you do!
Mint plants have distinguishing characteristics. The leaves offer a cooling taste that can be used in cooking, used as companion plants in the garden, and in wildcrafting.
Adding small amounts these herbs to food and drink for added flavor or nutritional value may have provide the added benefit of reducing pain and inflammation.
Though here in western culture we have a lot to learn about discovering the meaning of your spiritual life. Here are 12 steps to do exactly that.
Why would you want to get rid of your autumn leaves when you can use them in your own backyard?
A couple you know is getting married and you want to get them a unique wedding gift. Here's a five tips on how your wedding gift will be unique and memorable.
Not all insects in the garden are bad. Here are a list of several bugs that are actually good to see in your garden.
In as little as 10 minutes per day, you can learn a new language while at the same time helping translate online books and articles into that language using Duolingo.
If you're a foodie interested in discovering local cuisine of Springfield, Missouri, sample Springfield Cashew chicken, Mexican Villa's Tex Mex, and Andy's Frozen Custard.
What if we decided that the way we thought was wrong? Imagine we valued others and learned to cooperate rather than competing with them for what the world has to offer?
Think you don't have the time or space to garden? Where there is a will there is a way. Here's a few tips to successfully use the time and space you do have for gardening.
If like me you are sick of yo-yo dieting, the diet pills, and exercise equipment that promise quick weight loss, but don't deliver, consider developing these healthy habits that trump dieting.
Would you know a common garden insect pest from a beneficial insect? Discover the top ten insect pests found in the United States and how to deal with them organically.
Love spinach but can't seem to be able to grow enough of it in your own garden? Here are a few tips to help you get a more sustainable spinach harvest.
If you can grow tomatoes, you can grow this relative of the tomato. Grow and enjoy a bountiful eggplant harvest this season.
Musclun is another, but fancier name for mixed green salad found in your local grocery store. Plant small quantities through the gardening season for a sustained almost year round crop
What could be more satisfying than growing your own pumpkins to make your homemade from scratch Thanksgiving pumpkin pie this year? It is not as difficult as you might think.
Low calorie nutritious summer squashes add various shades of green and yellow to the summer garden table.
All types of winter squash varieties are grown basically the same way. Growing your own winter squash adds satisfaction when making squash recipes like hearty stuffed squash.
If you have had sweet corn minutes fresh from the garden, you know why you should be raising your own sweet corn. Its not as difficult as you might think.
Many people use bush beans in their garden, but adding pole beans to a garden plan is a good way to increase output in a garden bed and provide your home with homegrown beans throughout the year.
Very few people in the US grow Chinese cabbage, but because they have few insect pests, they are actually easier to grow than tomatoes. In stir fry, they are quick and easy to cook and serve.
Turnips, Parsnips and Rutabagas grown in your backyard can be stored over the winter in a refrigerator, root cellar or even in the ground in which it grows
Gaining in popularity, kale provides nutritious and delicious health benefits including lowering cholesterol and preventing cancer. Best flavor when grown in fall garden.
Although Collards is usually considered a southern vegetable, collards are not only heat tolerant, but cold tolerant as well. These leafy cole vegetables grow well in raised beds.
Grown in the spring, fall and sometimes winter, broccoli can produce up to three crops per year. This highly nutritious, vegetable provides A, C, B and K vitamins and calcium and iron.
Most greens bolt in the heat of summer, but if you're looking for a green that does not quickly go to seed during the heat of summer, plant beautiful, nutritious Swiss chard.
We either love them or we hate them. If you love them, homegrown can't be beat in their flavor. Beets do well in beds when planted with certain other companions.
The perfect vegetable for new gardeners, radishes add color to eat in your green salad in as little as three weeks.
Johnny Appleseed had the right idea about planting apple trees throughout the country. An apple tree in every back yard would add to the sustainability of any home or community
If you like hot peppers, they are not that difficult to grow in your garden. In addition, you can use hot peppers medicinally or use protect other plants in your garden from pests.
For a continuous vegetable supply from your garden from early spring until well beyond the first frost, lettuce is an excellent choice for a beginning gardener.
Sweet peppers and basil make great companions both in the garden and in the kitchen. Plant sweet peppers and basil plants in late spring and once fruiting, you'll have peppers until frost.
To grow the best harvest of sweet tasting carrots, plant in light, organically prepared soil with companion plants.
Onions of all kinds can easily be grown in one of three basic ways. You can grow them from seed in the garden, as plants transplanted into the garden, or by growing from sets.
Okra, a relative of the hibiscus, known for its contribution to southern dishes, can be grown anywhere corn is grown. This vegetable has few predators or diseases. Its seeds easy to save.
Three sisters gardening is an age old technique that utilizes the synergy between corn, beans, and pumpkins or winter squash.
Cucumbers are an easy vegetable to grow. When grown up a fence, two square feet in the garden plot is all that is needed for a season full of cucumbers.
For years I procrastinated finishing my writing projects. I kept thinking that it was because life got in the way. These five steps helped me avoid procrastination for good.
We talk about patriotism, but what does it really mean to be patriotic and where did the term originate?
Learn to be in the moment, enjoy smelling the roses along your journey through life. Discover how you can become more mindful.
The Average American eats almost twice as many calories than we need. Understanding the causes can help discover the solutions to the national epidemic of obesity.
I'm good at starting things and not finishing them. This year I have determined that I will spend the year finishing what I have started and I am doing it using this simple time management system.
Lucy Flucker Knox, born as a daughter of the Royal Secretary of the Providence of Massachusetts, gave up her privileged life to marry a book store owner turned artilleryman.
How long has chewing gum been around? How is chewing gum made? Is it dangerous to swallow chewing gum? What is the best way to discard gum? How do I get gum out of the carpet?
There is a revival in the craft of "canning" or "bottling" as Australians say it. Finding enough canning jars is easy enough, but here are some new sources of "recycled" glass jars.
Much confusion exists concerning GMO, Hybrid, and heirloom seeds. Some would have use believe that GMO seeds have been around for centuries, but distinct differences do exist.
Authors are often thought of as a one man (or woman) show. This is a myth. Although an author wears many hats, an author still needs other people to help make their book writing ventures successful.
Most cities, towns, and rural areas in the United States are contained within counties. However, some cities are not contained within counties but are, in fact, independent cities.
Making peanut brittle with this microwave recipe is easy. Just a few simple ingredients, an oven safe bowl, microwave and a cookie sheet and you can make perfect peanut brittle every time.
This fudge is so simple and so rich, that your family and friends will think you bought it at a high end candy store
If you have been looking for a craft for children to do for holidays, there is nothing like decorated sugar cookies. Children love the decorating process and eating their creations afterwards.
soft Caramels are not difficult to make. With just a few simple ingredients, you too can make homemade caramels.
In recent years, great strides have been made by colleges and universities for including online courses of study. What are the advantages to an online education? What are the disadvantages?
Looking for something warm and wholesome for your next family breakfast ? This made-from-scratch streusel coffee cake is sure to be a hit.
Born in New England, John Chapman was real man with a vision to plant apple seeds every where his feet touched in the Midwest. His legion lives on in a festival celebrated annually in California
There's nothing like a good chicken noodle soup whether trying to get warm, fighting a cold, or because you're simply hungry. The addition of lentils in this soup adds flavor, fiber, and protein.
In the autumn of 2012 I received a phone call from my sister telling me that she had cancer. The way she lives her life has prepared her for the biggest battle of her life.
Two signers of the Declaration of Independence, Dr. Benjamin Rush and Benjamin Franklin, also contributed to helping bring freedom to individuals of mental illness.
If you have a garden growing, lambs quarters may be growing in it right now. This "weed" gives truth to Hippocrates' quote, "Food is Medicine."
When you've got a lot of apples, but not a lot of time, making applesauce with the apples you have is a productive and quick solution to what to do with them.
During the holidays families come together. This dessert, Holiday Pumpkin Rolls, is a wonderful pumpkin alternative to pie. Make it a tradition at your house this next season.
Sweet potatoes are easy to grow. Grow them easily in tires and enjoy them throughout the winter months.
According to the canning guide that comes with a pressure canner, dried beans cannot be canned in jars in a pressure canner, however, with a few precautions, it can be done.
Just as there is a story arc, and there are character arcs, each scene of your novel needs an arc to effectively move your story forward and keep your reader turning pages until the end.
Most of us consider dandelions as a noxious weed. What we don't realize is the powerful medicinal uses that dandelions have.
Jokes are made about how prolific zucchini is in the garden. Don't be the butt of a cruel joke and learn how to use zucchini in many different ways.
Next to plot, character creation is one of the most important aspects of novel writing. Design characters that are three dimensional.
Even if you think that you have a "brown thumb," the bush green bean is so easy to grow that even a beginner can grow them successfully.
After the French and Indian war, more than two million native-born Americans lived in the English colonies and more immigrants were arriving daily. Then King George decreed no more western expansion.
This delicious decedent pie is just what the doctor ordered when you want to make something special for that special occasion.
Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate. Pesticides, mites, and lack of nutrition are likely reasons. Plant Bergamot Monarda as a source of bee nectar.
Basically, three types of chickens exist: the egg layers, the meat birds, and the dual-purpose birds. The dual-purpose birds are the best for raising in the backyard, including Barred Rock and Rhode Island Red.
As an author who is serious about making writing your career, creating an author business plan forces you and the rest of the word to take your career seriously.
"How do you eat an elephant." Answer: "One bite at a time. In the case of a novel however, the answer is in "writing one scene at time".
Most gardeners garden from last spring frost to first fall frost. Plant two sugar peas seasons per year, and you can extend the gardening season beyond both ends of the gardening season.
Yankee Doodle is perhaps the most well known of songs of the American Revolution, but there are other not so well know that commemorate the period as well.
What can be better than a nice fresh piece of homemade banana bread fresh from the oven? Homemade banana bread served the next day, but it usually doesn't last that long at our house. It is too good!
What is jewel weed and how is it used medicinally? The most common way it is used in the treatment of poison ivy.
Where do you want your writing to take you? Where you want your writing to go in the end is your vision.
Goats don't like to live alone so we wanted more than one, but we couldn't afford to buy more than one adult milking goat in the beginning. This trick solved that problem in addition to several more.
Indigo was South Carolina's primary export prior to the American Revolution. The crop was brought into the colony by an unlikely young woman, Elizabeth Lucas Pinckney
The traditional date of New England's imitation of England's manorial system. The meal bore very little resemblance to today's modern Thanksgiving.
For a sustainable tomato harvest year after year, learn to grow heirloom tomatoes from seed and then save their seed.
You can make Jeff's Canned Hamburger Soup ahead of time to have on hand when you need a quick wholesome meal.
The English countryside was turning into a wool empire driving disinherited villagers, debtors, second-son victims of a system that gave all to the first born son, and free thinkers to the new land.
Red raspberry is a widely eaten sweet berry. This tasty berry's leaves, berries and fruits have been used for numerous medicinal uses for centuries.
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Egg and chicken costs have risen almost 9% in the past two years and this is largely due feed costs. For the home grower the situation can be worse. however, ways exist to lower home grower costs.
When grown intensively, potatoes can produce more calories per square food than any other vegetable. Potatoes are not usually grown from seeds, but grow from other potatoes making them sustainable.
Spring is a busy time in the garden, sometimes too busy. Lighten your spring gardening chores by getting a head start this fall.
Making bread from scratch doesn't have to be hard, and you don't need any fancy equipment, either. Make this recipe one day and then store it in the refrigerator for homemade bread or rolls anytime over the next three days.
Blackberries taste good, are good for you, and you can use them medicinally to treat common maladies.
As an author, your mission statement is not just an exercise. Your mission statement should reflect you personally, so that it can become a source of inspiration every time you review it.
In a whodunit, a red herring is a literary device leading the protagonist and reader to false conclusions leading them on a literary adventure. Learn how to develop red herrings for your own whodunit.
Raise chickens sustainably. Start with eggs in an incubator, move the chicks in a brooder and finally adults in an adult pen and start over again to sustainably raise chickens year after year.
Easily grow zucchini, one of the most prolific producers of the summer vegetable garden, then save the seed for a sustainable harvest.
7% of students are considered bullies and 10-20% of students say that have been bullied. For too long, victims have been hel responsible for preventing bullying activities.
In late summer nothing beats the best Blackberry Cobbler filled with juicy, fresh picked blackberries, covered with a rich flaky crust, topped with whipped topping or ice cream.
This easy-to-grow drought resistant herb, Echinacea Purpurea, also known as purple coneflower is often used as an alternative-treatment for colds, the flu, and other respiratory infections.
What are the advantages of preserving food by canning, pickling, drying, and smoking? What are the disadvantages?
This article details the advantages and disadvantages of home food preservation. We will explore food that is fresh, root-cellared, and frozen.
This member of the onion family, (allium sativum) has a distinguished history, packed with nutrients, provides a powerful antioxidant, and contributes deliciously to a meal.
Any gardener can grow garlic, and gardeners should consider garlic a staple in their gardens. Simply prepared and planted at the right time of the year, garlic will grow without problems.
Not able to get a traditional mortgage in our current economy? Perhaps a contract for deed is the answer to financing the home of your dreams.
A healthy garden is not a bug-free garden, but is a garden where the bugs are in control. Here are some methods to manage garden pests naturally.
Don't throw those bread crusts away! Save them and try this delectable dessert!
The benefits of diatomaceous earth in my home and garden include controlling bugs in my garden, home and yard. It protects my stored grains, pets and farm animals from infestation.
If you have apple trees or know someone who does who is willing to share, you can make your own pectin and save even more when making your own jams and jellies!
Quick, easy, delicious, and healthy does not have to be oxymoronic. This delicious, heart healthy granola can be made in a couple of hours and last a couple of weeks.
With so many different emergency situations, how do we know where to start in preparing? Here is a suggestion on where to first put your emergency preparedness dollars.
Does buying in bulk, couponing, gardening, and your home food storage really save you money?
We can each do our part in fighting the war on Global Warming right from our own backyard.
What is active listening? Active listening is the a conscious effort to hear and understand the message that the speaker wants to convey.
Many Native American tribes grew Indian corn. This is the history of the Iroquois and their way of growing corn.
Learning to read is easier than toilet training and every child should have the opportunity to learn. By beginning the process when my daughter was born, she could read before kindergarten.
According to the 80/20 rule, 80% of our results come from 20% of our efforts. By making a plan, reevaluating that plan, and revising this plan, I can achieve optimal writing success.
No matter how much I would like to, I really cannot do everything that I would like to today, therefore, I have created strategies for getting what I really want to get done.
We don't get a manual when our children are born, however, there are places we can go to discover the information we need to raise healthy, happy children.
Start, Organize, Focus, and Finish or SOFF is a discipline that will change the way you work and will increase daily productivity.
Write reviews to develop the two most important skills an author needs to develop and build an online author platform at the same time.
Don't wait until the end of the year to make new goals. On July first, make your goals for the second half of the year for optimal success.
Getting our ideas written down is the first step toward creating a list of things that we want done today.
Never have writer's block again! Write great fiction by asking questions, about about your characters and their situations and avoiding getting into the editing process too soon.
You can eat pears fresh or you can home can them to use later in the season. If you need another way to use them, making pear butter is another way to use that bumper crop.
Inns were rare in the American Frontier in 1800. Most people lived rural areas and when traveling one choice was camping outdoors. The other was to accept the hospitality of strangers.
Revelation Chapter 3 tells about Laodicea the last of the 7 Asian Churches. How is Laodicea like the today's church?
I went to my deep freeze and discovered that the freezer's temperature was too high to keep things frozen. Because I hate wasting anything, I used other preserving methods to save my food.
In the 1600s French Priests barely were able to get to know this tribe that lived along the shores of Lake Erie. By 1660 the tribe was totally wiped out and not by the white man.
Tempt your family with a sit down breakfast featuring hearty and healthy but fluffy whole wheat buttermilk pancakes made from scratch.
You've happily worked in your garden. First you worked the soil and got it ready for planting, then you planted, watered, weeded, mulched, and fertilized. What do you do with all this produce?
Next time during a weekend breakfast or lunch, share this story with your family, friends, or co-workers.
Letters found in the mail that are fraudulent should not just be thrown way. Alert your local Post Office about these suspicious letters to prevent someone else from being scammed.
Did you ever wonder why in America we call the American dollar "a buck"? The answer to that question goes back to the 1750s when Americans traded in furs.