The largest native fruit in North America, the Pawpaw, has seen a resurgence of popularity in the last few years. However, along the Potomac River in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, I’m sure the pawpaw has never left the public eye.
l want to begin this week with an apology. I have been drying flowers, especially hydrangeas, for over 25 years and even had a business in Charles Town selling dried and fresh flowers.
Last Monday morning, I was placing my breakfast dishes in the dishwasher when our oldest daughter came out of her bedroom, took one look at me, and asked, “Why are you dressed already?” I answered, “I have to go to work.”
On their 40th wedding anniversary, my dad presented my mom with a ruby necklace that he’d picked out and purchased all by himself. Our entire family was speechless.
Mornings are busy for most households. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who skip breakfast, consider this: many studies have shown that both adults and children who eat breakfast weigh less than their breakfast-skipping counterparts.
Summer is in full swing and many gardeners are finding their gardens overflowing with summer squash varieties. There is no more versatile vegetable this time of year than squash, and its taste and texture can be adapted to many different types of recipes.
These are lazy days in the garden, spent mostly gathering the harvest and staying cool. This is a good time to look through your catalogs and decide which spring bulbs you need to order.
In the 1990s my husband and I liked the song, “Peaches,” sung by the alternative rock band, The Presidents of the United States of America. It starts off with the lyrics, “Movin’ to the country. Gonna eat a lot of peaches,” followed by, “If I had my little way, I’d eat peaches every day.”
Sweet corn on the cob may be one of the most quintessential summer foods. Corn is one of the few vegetable crops that originated in the Americas. American Indians originally developed sweet corn by selecting for sweetness qualities.
We have been going out to the garden to water the plants in the morning. It’s been too hot and humid to do much of anything outdoors during the day and the evenings aren’t cooling off much either.
Everyone is tired of staying home. After all these months, it seems it should be fine to go out and socialize again, but this virus is not done with us yet.
This summer, we’ve spent quite a few days on the river. Our 2 older children each take out a kayak, while my husband, youngest daughter and I float in our canoe.
You don’t have to stop enjoying this summer’s fresh produce as soon as the season passes. Preserve the taste of hard-earned fruits and vegetables with canning tips from experts at the West Virginia University Extension Service.
Early on the morning of July 4th, before I could even pour my first cup of coffee, our 2 youngest Savages treated me to a rousing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
As temperatures rise, so can the risk of illness from improperly stored or cooked foods. Let WVU Extension Service, the USDA and other government agencies guide you to a healthful and happy summer meal.
As I mentioned last week, Weber’s is having their half-off sale through July 5 and it’s time to fill in any bare spots. We seldom go out these days and don’t even have the hanging baskets on the deck that we normally have, but we will mask up, keep our safe distancing and get some plants. We…
When we had our house built 15 years ago, one thing I really wanted was a great big wrap-around front porch. I envisioned it like my very own Cracker Barrel, a place where I’d sit and rock while waiting to be called in for supper.
If you haven’t heard, billionaire Elon Musk is a brand-new dad to a bouncing baby boy he named, “X Æ A-12.” Unfortunately, for the SpaceX founder, California law prohibits the use of numerals or symbols on birth certificates, so the newborn’s name was officially changed to, “X AE A-Xii.”
We have just passed the longest day of the year, our gardens are growing and we are seeing the results of our labors. Whether it’s flowers or veggies, things are looking good in the garden.
There are many words that start questions, like, “who, what, when, where, and how.” Yet, as a parent, I’ve found that the hardest to answer questions almost always start with the word, “why.”
I always get a big smile when my husband begins offering insight to our teenagers with the line, “When I was in high school, we.” Before they can mutter “OK, Boomer,” under their breaths, I try to lovingly remind him that he graduated from high school in 1984. He’ll usually acknowledge, “I g…