The Secret to Stress-Free Gardening

The Secret to Stress-Free Gardening: BrownThumbMama.com

Growing your own food doesn’t have to be a headache. There’s a secret to stress-free, easy vegetable gardening that you may have not thought of. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Come discover the secret with my guest post at Kitchen Stewardship, where I’ll share how you can… 

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Why Your Kid Needs a Detox Bath

Why Your Kid Needs a Detox Bath: BrownThumbMama.com

I can hear you now, through my computer screen: “Detox bath? Isn’t that what they do at the Betty Ford clinic? What the heck would a kid need to detox from?” Unfortunately…a lot. Toxins are chemicals or poisons that have harmful effects on the body. They are in food and… 

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Perfect Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Make Cinnamon Swirl Bread: BrownThumbMama.com

Let me explain up front why I needed to make this from scratch: I don’t like raisins. Maybe it’s a texture thing; I don’t really mind their flavor. But they certainly don’t belong in my bagels, my oatmeal cookies, or in my cinnamon swirl bread. If you feel differently–well, I… 

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10 Reasons Why I Don’t Have Backyard Chickens

10 Reasons Why I Don’t Have Backyard Chickens: BrownThumbMama.com

Image credit It’s become quite chic to have chickens in your city backyard. There are clubs, activist groups (some places forbid livestock within city limits), and all sorts of discussions online. Several people have asked me if I would like to keep chickens, and to their surprise, I always answer… 

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Crisp, Refreshing Watermelon Limeade

Watermelon Limeade: BrownThumbMama.com

This is the perfect drink for a picnic! It’s cool, refreshing, and not too sweet. Ingredients: 8 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed (I used half of a seedless watermelon) 1 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice 1/2 cup sugar Working a little at a time, puree the watermelon in a blender until… 

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Keeping Bees in the City: The First 30 Days

Keeping Bees in the City: BrownThumbMama.com

The conversation goes something like this: “You have BEES? In your BACKYARD?” Then I get the questions, all in one long breath: “Whatiftheystingthekids! Whatiftheygetinthepool! Whywouldyoudothat?” Well, it’s been a month now, and I am happy as a clam that I have bees in my backyard.  Hubby is still unconvinced. Some… 

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