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Super Awesome Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn Cupcakes

Out here in the country, we live too far apart to make door-to-door trick or treating feasible for the local kids. So this weekend a dozen or so houses held our annual Treat Street event, where homeowners in the area pick one street to set up candy tables so that the kids and parents can go candy hunting safely.

Last year we had a pretty big turnout and I ended up…

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Added by Lucy Clark on October 28, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Adventures in Drip Irrigation

It’s not that we needed drip irrigation in our vegetable garden. I think spraying down the plants with a hose in one hand and a glass of lemonade in the other is a perfectly acceptable way to spend a summer afternoon. However, the furniture business was going slow and I don’t idle well.

So we went to Home Depot and picked up a…

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Added by Lucy Clark on July 3, 2013 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

My First Experience as a Farmer’s Market Vendor

So my friends Gene and Maggie are vendors at our local farmer’s market. They’re dairy farmers by trade, but they also grow snap peas, zucchini and tomatoes on their land that they like to take to market. It doesn’t earn them a whole lot, but they enjoy doing it and at their age, who am I to complain? This week, Gene and Maggie had to go out of state to their son’s wedding. Being the friend that I am, I volunteered to man the stall in their stead. They weren’t in danger of losing the house or…

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Added by Lucy Clark on May 21, 2013 at 11:20am — 2 Comments

Why Every Farmer’s Market Should Accept Cell Phone Payments

A funny thing happened at the farmer’s market yesterday – I forgot to bring cash. I had totally forgotten that I gave my daughters all my cash to see a movie over the weekend and it never occurred to me to re-up at an ATM before hitting the weekly produce bazaar downtown. So imagine my surprise when I find myself standing at the checkout counter with a bag full of red onions and two whoopee pies and nothing in my wallet but plastic.

But then a funnier thing happened – the merchant…

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Added by Lucy Clark on March 12, 2013 at 11:53am — 4 Comments

Getting Kids to Eat Their Vegetables: Easier Said Than Done

My husband and I love to eat healthy, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for our kids. My girls, now pushing those dreaded teenage years, are finally starting to expand their palates to include salads, snap peas and hummus. However, they were absolute terrors when they were younger. As toddlers, their favorite food groups were grease and sugar - and heaven help you if you tried to get them to eat anything else.  We could get them to gnaw on carrots and…

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Added by Lucy Clark on February 20, 2013 at 11:11am — 4 Comments

Softening Our Water to Save Our Plants?

In this week's edition of First World Problems - we have hard water.

This isn't exactly a breaking development. We knew the house had hard water before we moved in. We didn't think it was going to be a big deal. Both my husband and I had grown up in houses with extra minerals in the water. We'd gotten accustomed to the taste and didn't consider the extra cleaning required to remove the residual scale to be a particular hardship.

We had to use more detergent and…

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Added by Lucy Clark on January 23, 2013 at 2:35pm — 2 Comments

My First Farm Grown Winter Barbecue!

People in Texas have it easy.

That's what I've come to realize after visiting my husband's family in the Lone Star state for a few weeks. Since we didn't get to see anyone over the holidays, we took a few days off as a family and flew to my husband's uncle's house for some good old fashioned R and R.

Uncle Bob lives on a small farm in the hill country about an hour outside of Austin. It's a gorgeous place, especially considering how nice the weather is…

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Added by Lucy Clark on January 15, 2013 at 1:23pm — 3 Comments

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