Home & Garden

11/15/2016 - 2:25am
Soup Cleanse Cookbook: Embrace a Better Body and a Healthier You With the Weekly Soup Plan

A soup cleanse is a modern alternative for expelling antioxidants from your body. In Nicole Centeno’s Soup Cleanse Cookbook: Embrace a Better Body and a Healthier You With the Weekly Soup Plan, you can establish a meal plan yourself with delicious and nutritious soup recipes that are all plant-based.

11/02/2016 - 2:09am
Forgotten Ways for Modern Days: Kitchen Cures and Household Lore for A Natural Home and Garden

In Forgotten Ways for Modern Days, Rachelle Blondel (coauthor of Granny Chic) offers an array of natural household recipes to maintain a nontoxic household environment.

Blondel emphasizes that having a lifestyle that is free from harsh cleaning products improves your life as it flows day to day. When you use these recipes, there is no risk for anyone in your family (children and pets included) will inhale toxic chemicals.

11/01/2016 - 7:05am
CRRL Guest Picks: Kickshaw's Kathy Craddock

"I certainly never imagined that when I opened Nourishing Traditions at our local library almost nine years ago that in less than a decade I would open the doors to a natural foods store, but I am certainly glad that I did."  — Kathy Craddock, owner of Kickshaws Downtown and Kickshaws Kitchen

Kathy lives in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, with her husband, two kids, chickens and three dogs. She and her husband, Richard, own Kickshaws Downtown Market and Kickshaws Kitchen in downtown Fredericksburg, focusing on local, organic products and foods for special dietary needs. Here, she shares her thoughts on some of her favorite books:

10/31/2016 - 9:29am
We Have a Butterfly Garden!

“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” ― George Carlin

In May 2016, Master Gardeners Pat Brown and Annette Leach, along with England Run Branch staff members, prepared soil and planted a butterfly garden. We included both nectar and host plants to attract butterflies and support their life cycles. The nectar plants feed adult butterflies, and, just as important, the host plants support the caterpillars that will turn into butterflies. Stop by, and take a look! The garden is located near England Run Branch's drive-up window. The picture below was taken in the England Run Branch garden. Our garden includes:

09/01/2016 - 9:15pm
Getting Organized with Linda Clevenger

Linda Clevenger is a professional consultant who works with homeowners, business owners, entrepreneurs and mompreneurs to organize their space and lives.

Linda lives in Spotsylvania with her husband and oldest granddaughter. She has been married to her husband Marty for 33 years and has three grown children. Grandchild number five will arrive in November.

Why did you decide to start a professional organizing business?

After several decades of working in corporate America, I decided that it was time for me to do something for myself. So, I took the combined 30 years of experience of traveling with my husband’s Marine Corps career and my management experience in the financial planning, as well as international unions, and decided that it was time to do something that I loved—organize.

For the last nine years, I have been assisting local area businesses and residents to cut through the physical and mental clutter that causes stress and anxiety and overwhelms.

I am currently a certified LinkedIn profile writer, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), and 5S certified.

07/21/2016 - 10:59am

The arts of food preservation go back to civilization's beginnings. In ancient Mesopotamia, families saved their produce for lean times. They dried dates, apples and figs. Their meat might be smoked, dried, or salted meat. Softer fruits could be preserved in honey. Now we have cane sugar, pressure cookers, refrigeration, packaged pectin, and so much more to make the process easier. Preserves and pickles have gone gourmet and exotic with exciting flavor combinations to enjoy and share with others.

05/05/2016 - 1:08pm
Dream Big, Live Tiny

Tiny houses are all the rage, and now you can see why for yourself. A model tiny home will be set up at the Salem Church Branch on  Monday, May 16, from 4:00-7:00 for you to tour, courtesy of Tiny House Building Company. Staff will be on site to answer questions. Explore how living with less can be comfortable, rewarding, and economical. Complete your visit by checking out some of our books on tiny houses!  

10/21/2015 - 3:16am
Drink the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas, and Ciders

Sometimes, there is more in the garden or orchard than you can use up at the dinner table. The same might hold true if you tend to go a little wild at farmers’ markets or on your co-op order. What to do with the oceans of apples, bunches of mint, or the bushels of berries? Sure, there are pies, preserves, and other delightful things that might be made from the bounty, but another possibility is to take at least some of your harvest and bottle it.

07/21/2015 - 10:05am
The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams

A life-threatening health condition led Dee Williams, author of The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir, to make some unorthodox life decisions. In seeking the traditional American dream of being a homeowner, she buys a house—one with great potential, but in need of extensive TLC. Dee, a farm girl, is not intimidated by hard work, and gradually she transforms her fixer-upper into charming digs, complete with a lavish garden. Between maintaining her abode and traveling for her job as a state hazardous waste inspector, she has no time to simply luxuriate in little day-to-day pleasures. It’s not until she is diagnosed with heart failure in her early forties that she realizes how vital it is to change her priorities. She is no longer content to be a slave to house and yard work.

07/22/2015 - 12:28pm
The Comfort of Home: A Complete Guide for Caregivers by Maria M. Meyer with Paula Derr, RN

It’s something people don’t want to think about—until they must. When friends or family members have debilitating conditions, so much so that they must have help on a daily or even hourly basis—it is time to sit down and figure out what can be done. The Comfort of Home: A Complete Guide for Caregivers is a plainly written manual for those who wish to keep their loved ones at home.

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