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Canning 101: How to Make Apple, Banana and Pumpkin Butters

During the fall months, I look forward to going to our local orchard and purchasing some fresh fruits and vegetables. After I get home, I enjoy getting out my water bath canner and canning supplies, and making up a few batches of various butters. Canning is a lot easier than it sounds and making butters …

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October 5th Birthday Love: Bing Xin

Mother, if you see a tiny white paper boat in your sleep Mother, if you see a tiny white paper boat in your sleep,Do not wonder how it has entered your dream.It was folded by your loving daughter, with tears in her eyesWho begs it to carry home her love and sorrow, over the endless …

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October 4th Birthday Love: Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı

I Want a Country I want a countryLet the sky be blue, the bough green, the cornfield yellowLet it be a land of birds and flowers I want a countryLet there be no pain in the head, no yearning in the heartLet there be an end to brothers’ quarrels I want a countryLet there be …

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Halloween Treat Recipes: Candy Apples & Popcorn Balls

Halloween is a great time for all kinds of treats—and they’re definitely not hard to find!  Starting in August and September, most grocery stores and convenient stores put bags and bags of candy assortments up for sale.  Everyone has a favorite traditional, store bought treat, but why not take your Halloween offering to the next …

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October 2nd Birthday Love: Wallace Stevens

Infanta Marina Her terrace was the sandAnd the palms and the twilight. She made of the motions of her wristThe grandiose gesturesOf her thought. The rumpling of the plumesOf this creature of the eveningCame to be sleights of sailsOver the sea. And thus she roamedIn the roamings of her fan, Partaking of the sea,And of …

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3 Halloween Inspired Starbucks Drinks

Happy International Coffee Day! Here are three coffee concoctions to help celebrate the day and usher in the season. Starbucks has some tricks up their sleeves and here is how you can get in on all their treats! Below is a list of Halloween beverages you won’t find on their menu. To unlock the true …

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October 1st Birthday Love: Julie Andrews

“Mandy tidied the weeds and pulled out some of the summer flowers. It saddened her to do so. She was parting with beloved friends.” -Julie Andrews Edwards, Mandy

Plant Garlic in Autumn for an Abundant Summer Crop

If you want large bulbs bursting with flavor, plant your garlic in the fall. You will have to wait until the next summer to harvest, but it is worth the wait. Garlic belongs to the onion genus species and is closely related to chives, leek, onions, and shallots. It is cold-hardy, which makes fall-planting favorable …

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September 29th Birthday Love: Miguel de Cervantes

“Destiny guides our fortunes more favorably than we could have expected. Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them, so with their stolen booty we can begin to enrich ourselves. This is nobel, righteous warfare, …

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Bathing A Cat: 10 Survival Tips

All cat owners dread bath time, just like parents with toddlers do. Bathing a cat can be a traumatic and life-endangering prospect for you and your beloved pet. While Fluffy may seem sweet and demure 99% of the time, all bets go out the window when you hold them in your arms and approach a …

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