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Let's all stop being coy and fess up, shall we? The truth is, even those of us who work with cookbooks, write about cookbooks, collect cookbooks — heck, even write cookbooks ourselves — don't actually cook from cookbooks. At least not nearly as frequently as we'd like to/promise ourselves we will/tell others we do.
If you had driven past my house in recent days, you might have thought you were watching a movie in reverse. There I was, opening trash bags, dumping out leaves and spreading them over the ground.
n this undated photo, a gardener spreads leaves beneath a row of dwarf apple trees, where a leafy mulch keeps weeds from growing and stealing nutrients and water from small trees in New Paltz, New York. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)
Take in the beauty of the Sonoran Desert as you wander along the paths of the Desert Botanical Garden amid 8,000 hand lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and vibrant works of art. Live music, Dickens Carolers and food and beverage options compliment the experience.
Trains and holiday traditions go together for several in the East Valley and across the Phoenix metro area.
Among the most beautiful and spectacular Christmas displays in the Valley—with hundreds of thousands of colorful lights, uniquely illuminated palm trees and flower gardens, an inspiring, European-crafted nativity scene, and more—is at the Mesa Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Compost or mulch? People often confuse the two, although each fulfills a different function in gardening.
Leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving. The next best thing are the Christmas light displays that pop up as soon as the last piece of pie is gobbled down. Here are seven local light displays worth a look.
Maybe it’s the relaxed attitude or the wide-open spaces. Whatever the cause, Westerners are the most likely people in the country to enjoy their neighbors (72 percent in the West, compared to 67 percent nationally) — despite being the worst about knowing their names.
Preparing a Thanksgiving feast ranks high on the entertaining stress-o-meter. Expectations, traditions and a home full of guests can make even the most seasoned host lose sleep.
This Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 photo shows a mulch volcano, or shredded bark piled high against the trunk of a tree in Langley, Wash. Too much mulch mounded against a tree eventually will rot the bark, deprive the roots of oxygen, attract insects and reduce the soil’s ability to dry. Instead, mulch should be spread two to four inches deep in a ring around the tree, leaving some space open near the base for water to penetrate and the tree to breathe. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)
This Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 photo shows arborist chips, a back to nature mulch in Langley, Wash. Like many other organic materials, the chips help maintain soil moisture, prevent weeds from sprouting and keeps soil temperatures relatively constant around plants. They can rob soil of nitrogen, however, and fertilizer should be added as a supplement. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)
You needn’t have subjected your stuffed animals to tea parties as a child to enjoy Ballet Etude’s Nutcracker Sweet Tea with your own kiddos.
The home office, it seems, is going the way of the fax machine.
PHOENIX — When Twitter and Facebook first began to catch fire, so did food trucks. Mobile kitchens in cities like Los Angeles and New York branded themselves, using social media to gain foodie followers. But the gourmet meals-on-wheels trend was slow to hit Phoenix streets.
Mariposa Memorial Gardens in Mesa will host a third death café meeting for people interested in discussing the afterlife on Nov. 16.
With tickets on sale Nov. 11, the countdown begins to the New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill. After a one-year hiatus, the longtime East Valley bash is coming back with a bang and a dash of family-friendly programming.
Home beer and spirit-making have become popular hobbies. Bars and beverage stores feature a growing range of artisanal spirits and craft brews. Cocktail parties are back in vogue.
Get ready to rock - Rock the Block that is. The annual fall festival is Saturday, Nov.9, in Downtown Chandler and features a street fair with two live performance stages.
Mariposa Gardens has scheduled an event to honor people who have or are serving in the military to occur on Veterans Day.
Mesa Arts Center’s Out to Lunch Concert Series returns this month, featuring free concerts on Thursday afternoons in the Wells Fargo Garden performance area on the Shadow Walk. Starting Nov. 7 and ending Dec. 19, the concert line up features Pete Pancrazi Quartet, Desert Bells International and Harmony Rain.
Allergies can put a serious crimp in gardening: A runny nose, itchy eyes, or a wheezing and persistent cough can drive allergy sufferers indoors during the growing season.