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“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.”
– Dr. Seuss

Edible Flowers – 10 Fun and Fabulous Books for Your Personal Library Collection

Edible Flowers – 10 Fun and Fabulous Books for Your Personal Library Collection By Annie St. Francis Edible flowers include citrus blossom, clover, daisies, dandelions, hibiscus and honeysuckle. Enjoy lilacs, mums, nasturtiums, pansies, and roses. Dream on culinary ideas for calendula, borage, sunflowers, sage, zucchini blossoms, and violets. You’ll be tickled by these delicious additions to soups, salads, teas, jams, and candied deserts. Scroll down through the titles here to a delightful recipe! Edible Flowers: Desserts & Drinks By Cathy Wilkinson Barash Barash provides general gardening advice including detailed background and culture information for each of the 67 flowers featured in her book, and showcases 280 recipes using edible flowers from herbs, ornamentals, and vegetables. Highlights include recipes from 12

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Grow Your Own Salad Greens – and 9 Books with Recipes to Top Your Salad Plates with Sensational Salad Dressings

Grow Your Own Salad Greens – and 9 Books with Recipes to Top Your Salad Plates with Sensational Salad Dressings By Annie St. Francis Grow your own salad greens, and have some fun with creative ideas as you plan your gardens. Salads aren’t just for iceberg lettuce, after all! Be adventurous, and try new and flavorful combinations of salad greens and herbs. Add color and texture to your salad, and amazing tastes. Dream on Lola Rosa or Red Oak Leaf lettuces. A sampling of Frisee is always delightful. Red-veined Sorrel adds a beautiful leaf to the salad plate. There are so many possibilities! Bibb and Butter Crunch. Endives. Escaroles. Radicchio and Romaine. Dandelion. Add the snap of finely chopped cabbage

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Book Review – Durable Trades By Rory Groves with Foreword by Allan C. Carlson

Book Review – Durable Trades By Rory Groves with Foreword by Allan C. Carlson Durable Trades: Family Centered Economies That Have Stood the Test of Time. By Annie St. FrancisRory Groves has produced an outstanding work that will inspire individuals, families, and communities. Beautifully written, and timely, Durable Trades is philosophical and practical. It’s historical and current. It’s contemplative and guiding. In addition to the careful research given to each of the Durable Trades described, Groves also shares thoughtful perspective, personal insight, and sage wisdom hard won. The result is surely to be a connection with readers who seek a simpler, more sustainable, and grounded direction in the career choices that will govern their working and even their family lives. Organized around three

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Tip of the Hat to Hat Makers – 10 Titles Celebrating the Fine Art of Making Hats!

Tip of the Hat to Hat Makers – 10 Titles Celebrating the Fine Art of Making Hats! Hat-making, also called millinery, is the design and creation of hats worn throughout history, around the world, across cultures, and by people of all ages. These might be feathered or furry. Straw, felt, fiber, or leather. Hats may be practical or imaginative, functional or fun. They may have ribbons, bows, and other fanciful adornments. Hats are worn by those presenting themselves in official capacities, attending formal engagements, or otherwise celebrating festive events. Berets, bonnets and beanies. Fedoras, flat caps, and fascinators. A Gatsby, Glengarry, or Garrison. Peach basket hats, the wide brimmed picture hats, pillbox hats, and pilgrim’s hats. There are so many

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Book Review: The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! An excellent source of inspiration and ideas for anyone just starting out, and seriously interested in the self-sufficiency of a small scale homestead. Editor Carleen Madigan shares great tips for success in every aspect of a small homestead from garden planning for maximum plant diversity and production to the summer fun of making your own ice cream.  Lots of extras are built into each enjoyably readable chapter. Recommendations for raspberries includes region specific recommendations for variety selections. Her chapter on fruit trees includes primers on pollination, pruning, and a recipe for old-fashioned

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Handmade Books, Book Binding and Repair

Handmade Books, Book Binding and Repair By Annie St. FrancisWe find meaning in books, and the stories told within their pages. Creating the book structures that will cradle those pages, and the heartfelt inclusions we place within them makes our books even more personally meaningful. Cover and bind a personal journal, preserve a collection of favorite photos, record historical events or the stories of your family tree, write beautiful poetry, narrative prose, or tell fantastic tales of travel. The book made by your hands is the perfect repository (fun pun intended) for any of these ideas, and there are many more. Choose the materials, color palette and design for your cover. Add ephemera. Wrap each signature collection of pages with

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8 Suggestions for Learning Morse Code – The Universal Language of Telegraphy

8 Suggestions for Learning Morse Code – The Universal Language of Telegraphy by Annie St. FrancisMorse code is a way to communicate using dots and dashes to represent letters and numbers. It’s a universal language, and was developed by Samuel Morse, and used as an effective way to communicate via telegraph. First used in the mid-1840s, Morse telegraphy transmitted communications by making indentations on a paper tape in response to electrical signals. Clock style mechanics moved the paper tape along as the message was being received. This is a fascinating part of communications history. Still used today by amateur radio operators, Morse code is an especially useful tool for communicating during times of emergency and poor radio conditions including sunspots

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6 Tips and Tricks to Producing Your Own Gardener’s Gold – The Art and Science of Composting

6 Tips and Tricks to Producing Your Own Gardener’s Gold – The Art and Science of Composting By Annie St. FrancisHere are 6 Tips and Tricks to Producing Your Own Gardener’s Gold. You’ll discover that composting is both an art and a science, and there’s a lot to learn. The more you know, the better your odds for great results in the garden. We are wishing everyone success in their growing endeavors, and are always delighted by stories of home grown fresh produce – delicious, nutritious, and lots of it! 1) Choose a location for compost processing near a water source like a hose bib, and be sure your hose and nozzle will comfortably reach your compost pile. You’ll want

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Book Review: Back to Basics – Third Edition, Edited by Abigail R. Gehring

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills – Third Edition Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills is a concise and yet detailed encyclopedia of information important to the basics of self-sufficient living. Learn to bake bread, build a stone house, develop a water supply, and spin yarn. Raise a barn. Braid your own rugs. Craft a dulcimer. In an age where so much of what we need comes to us ready for use and just in time, it is more important than ever before that we rediscover and practice the skills truly fundamental to life – those that help connect us to the hands-on experience of living each day, across the seasons, and through the

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Summer Vacations – Road Trip Family Fun and 4 Tips for Traveling with Kids

Summer Vacations – Road Trip Family Fun and 4 Tips for Traveling with Kids Summer vacations are just around the corner, and families are planning for the fun of road trips together! We have a few suggestions for ways your kids can join in the great adventure with neat travel activities, relaxed learning opportunities, and the building of wonderful memories and family relationships. 1) Share news of family travel plans with your kids, and include them in conversation. Ask for their ideas, and questions. Giving kids the opportunity to participate will help them organize their own thoughts about the exciting journey about to unfold. It will also be an opportunity for you as a parent or grandparent to see the

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