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Shepherd's Pie - Italian Style

I got the inspiration for this Italian Style Shepherd’s Pie out of the same magazine that inspired this Rustic Coconut Rutabaga Mash.<p>Again, it was a …

Recipes

Hardscaping 101: Decomposed Granite

With a remodel <i>and</i> a garden design project underway, I’ve been researching how to simplify garden maintenance and cut back on water usage. And I keep …

Landscaping

Ten of the world's best off-season adventures

Avoid the crowds and bag a bargain by travelling to the world’s best bits when everyone else isn’t. Here are 10 reasons to resist travel during high season, straight from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures</i>.<p>'Green season' safari, Botswana<p>Hippos in Botswana by Mazzali / CC BY-SA 2.0<p>Botswana is …

20 Reasons to Drop Everything and Go to Spain

<b>1.) The Mediterranean coast is paradise</b><p>Spain's long, sandy Atlantic beaches and cozy Mediterranean coves are rightly famous throughout Europe. That most get over 300 days of sun a year doesn't hurt either. (Photo by Naxos).<p>See more photos of beaches in Spain<p><b>2.) ...and the mountains are just around</b> …

A Southern Christmas Menu

Roasted fresh ham, biscuits and buttermilk-lemon pie make this the ultimate Southern menu for Christmas dinner

Cooking

How to Buy, Store, and Cook Brussels Sprouts, In Season in December

Cooking

Better Than Bacon: 25 Pork Recipes, From Chops to Tenderloins

From lean and tender pork loins to tasty pork shoulders to a classic pork chops, we've compiled 25 of our favorite recipes that puts a pig to good use.

Cooking

Why Some Of South America's First Eco Lodges Are Still Its Best: Inkaterra Hotels In Peru

Deep in the Amazon jungle, in a spot so remote it’s reached only by boat and where the mosquitos outnumber the humans by about a million to one, the bread is homemade, the pisco sours are topped with perfect heads of egg-white froth, and the service is just-so. Outside, a resident tapir (named …

Escaping the Recession by Boat

ANCHORED IN AN AQUA LAGOON, surrounded by a necklace of thin coral beach, the 32-foot cutter Saltbreaker has a tight below-decks cabin that smells like mildew, body odor, and, just now, a strip-mall dollar store. The space is a catastrophe of new T-shirts, cheap baseball hats, sunglasses, ballpoint …

Sailing

24 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook

Cooking

Krist Novoselic on Kurt's Writing Process and the 'In Utero' Aesthetic

'There is imagery on there that I would never express to people,' he says<p>"I listened to a lot of Nirvana lately," bassist <b>Krist Novoselic</b> says one …

Rock Music

Book Review: "Against All Grain" by Danielle Walker

<b>I think this may be my new favorite general-purpose paleo cookbook.</b> There are a lot of paleo cookbooks out there. Some are more paleo than others and …

Finding the right Greek island

With more than 2000 islands, from tiny atolls to Crete, maritime Greece is unmatched for sheer variety. Beaches, history, walking, cycling, water sports, festivals, food, ecology: chances are if you want it, they’ve got it. Here are just a few of the incomparable offerings Greek islands hold.<p>The …

how to freeze parsley, chives and other herbs

Shares 11K<p>I HATE PAYING a couple of dollars for a bunch of organic parsley in winter (or chives, or cilantro, or sage, or…). As summer starts to heat …

Recipes

Before and After: Transforming a Tangle into an Elegant Entry

The first time they saw the Spanish-style stucco house on a quiet side street, LA-based landscape designers Joel Lichtenwalter and Ryan Gates of Grow …

Landscaping

Easy riding: exploring the USA by motorcycle

Maybe the best decision I’ve ever made in my life was to go along with a bunch of friends on a two-week, 3000-mile motorcycle trip from Portland, Oregon, to Knoxville, Tennessee, on tiny vintage bikes and shoestring budgets. We took the smallest roads through the smallest towns, camping most of the …

Rocky Mountain National Park

Roundup: Recipes for the Perfect Picnic Menu

It's picnic season. That means packable food taken to your favorite outdoor spaces and enjoyed under the glistening blue sky or twinkling stars. The …

Awe-inspiring ancient sites

Taken from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>, may we present a bevy of BC (or thereabouts) beauties that have stood the test of time without losing any of their ability to drop your jaw.<p>Pyramids of Giza, Egypt<p>Egypt’s a country rich in both World Heritage sites and tourist clichés, and at the …

Roundup: 10 Unexpected Things You Can Grill

Grilling season is in full swing, but if you're tired of the same old slab of meat fare--or if you're a vegetarian--you might not be as thrilled with …

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks Recipe

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Pesto<p>We’ve been grilling out a lot this week. It’s too hot to turn on the oven and we are enjoying sitting on our …

Recipes

Recipe Hack: Momofuku’s Cereal Milk Ice Cream

For our next take on ice cream, we turn to one of New York’s most iconic foodie empires: Momofuku. If you haven’t heard of Momofuku, it’s time to either buy this book or hop a plane to the Big Apple. Not only do they make amazing noodles, but they turn things like miso into a soft serve flavor, …

Baking

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How to Put in Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting

To make your backyard or garden pop this spring and summer, install some low-voltage lighting to illuminate fences, flower beds, and other features.<p><b>Landscape lighting describes a large and</b> varied family of outdoor lighting fixtures. These versatile, weatherproof lights can be used to illuminate …

Landscaping

9 Cheap Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Instead of buying party lights and tiki torches for an after-dark outdoor affair, make your own lighting such as oil lamps, string lights, citronella …

Homesteady | Inexpensive Outdoor Party Lighting Ideas

Lighting is a must for any outdoor party after dark. Options abound, depending on how temporary you want the lighting to be and your existing decor. …