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Early spring seed sowing

Garden

With two days of rain in the forecast, and warmer weather on the horizon, the perfect combination was in place to begin planting the spring garden. It’s exhilarating to be back in the cool soil after another long winter. Although traditionally St. Patrick’s Day has been the benchmark for an initial planting of peas, there’s […]

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14 Fun facts about Peeps

Food

Forget groundhog shadows and tulips. The first real signs of spring are bright yellow Peeps stocking the shelves at your local grocery store. Marshmallow Peeps are everyone’s favorite non-chocolate Easter candy — they even outsell jelly beans! Americans will eat 1.5 billion Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies this spring, but what do you really know about these […]

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Easy Tie-Dye Easter Eggs

Food

When Easter rolls around, everyone wants to get in on the fun of dying eggs. It’s a much-anticipated spring holiday tradition for many kids and families. Some treat it lightly, purchasing the dye kit at the grocery store, happy to apply some soft colors to those crisp, white eggshells. Others, like myself, take the tradition […]

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9 Genius food-related inventions created by women

Food

From frozen pizza to coffee filters, women inventors throughout history found it difficult to get the patents — and the recognition — they deserved. But these nine brilliant women, and their inventions, persevered and helped advance the food industry. Today, of course, women’s contributions to the industry are immeasurable, but in honor of National Women’s […]

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Spring gobbler tips from the Turkey Man

Outdoors

Turkeys took Eddie Salter all over the map in the past five decades, literally. He’s hunted the birds in 33 states. But then, his life has revolved around the birds forever it seems. The Greenville, Ala., native – known as “The Turkey Man” — started hunting turkeys at age 8 and killed his first at […]

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Releasing fish so they live to breed, fight again

Outdoors

You’ll feel good. Not outright heroic maybe, but certainly noble to at least some degree, believing you’ve done right by conservation and fishing. And maybe you have. Releasing fish you’ve caught can help sustain wild populations and, in the case of stocked fish – like all of those hatchery trout being released in so many […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip on bobbers

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Eat ‘N Tool Company: CRKT Gear type: Utensil Product description: When it comes to backpacking, where weight it so important – shoot, some people cut most of the handle from their toothbrush to save an ounce – equipment that serves multiple […]

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Firefly Hydrangea

Garden

Dan Benarcik was handing out little cuttings of a fascinating variegated climbing hydrangea he introduced called ‘Firefly.’ It was at a convention of garden writers more than 15 years ago and looking down at the little plant wrapped in plastic that I became obsessed with the variety, falling in love with the stunning spring foliage […]

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Camping when campfires are prohibited

Outdoors

They’re as dramatic as they are rare. Lightning strikes are magnificent in an otherworldly, catastrophic way. They’re all power and speed and destructiveness. Some even cause wildfires. But, in that regard at least, they’re far outdone by the mundane, the ordinary, the common. Or, the all too common. Across the Northeast, lightning strikes account for […]

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Musky fishing tips from a Hall of Famer

Outdoors

It seems like a simple recipe, really. Joe Bucher — longtime host of “Fishing with Joe Bucher” and a 2002 Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame inductee – believes there are just three ingredients to consistently catching big muskies. They are knowledge, skill and effort. “It’s isn’t luck,” said the Wisconsin founder of Musky Hunter […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip for bike preparedness

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Melee Company: Booyah (www.booyahbaits.com/) Lure type: Bladed jig Sizes and colors: Available in 2 sizes – 3/8- and ½-ounce – in black/blue, brush fire, green pumpkin, river killer, royal pumpkin, white and white/chartreuse. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass. Technique: The […]

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Super Simple Shepherd’s Pie

Food

A 20-minute dinner doesn’t get much better than this classic Irish comfort food. It’s perfect for your St. Paddy’s Day celebration, but it’s plenty delicious enough to make all year long. Shepherd’s Pie is one of those foods you’ll find on any March 17 restaurant menu. You’re practically required to eat it at some point […]

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Planting for Pollinators

Garden

Last summer I had the pleasure of watching a fat bumblebee joyfully buried deep in the center of an orange tithonia blossom, covering itself with pollen. The insect was oblivious to me as I moved in closer and closer to photograph the spectacle while standing in the garden barefoot on soft green grass. I’ve been […]

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Thompson Center Venture Predator a real shooter

Outdoors

Shoot it? Heck, for a while it wasn’t certain I could load it. The folks at Thompson/Center sent me one of their Venture Predator rifles in .223 Remington to test and review. The gun has been around for a while now, and I’d been a fan from afar, having seen them when they first came […]

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Fishing license fees and an olive branch

Outdoors

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners are trying to meet angler sand state lawmakers halfway. Or, well, at least 30 percent of the way. Commission executive director Tim Schaeffer recently delivered his agency’s annual report to members of the House of Representatives game and fisheries committee. Much of his commentary – not at all surprisingly — […]

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So, corned beef isn’t really all that Irish

Food

Dig your “Kiss me I’m Irish” T-shirt from the drawer, get ready to guzzle pints of green beer, and crank up your Crock Pot for corned beef and cabbage because St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Wait… what’s that you say? None of these things are actually Irish? You would be correct. They’re […]

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Outdoor Extras, including an outdoor photography tip

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Hunt X10D Company: ElimiShield (www.ElimiShieldHunt.com) Gear type: Scent control spray Product description: Hunters, and especially those who need to get close to game, like archers, know all about the need to control scent. Well, here’s a product that claims to be […]

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Colcannon is the traditional Irish dish you must try

Food

Lots of foods have become synonymous with Ireland or St. Patrick’s Day — Soda Bread and Shepherd’s Pie, to name a few. But have you ever heard of colcannon? It might be lesser-known on a global scale, but to the Irish, it’s a true taste of home. Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made with mashed […]

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5 Irish Foods You’re Basically Required to Eat on St. Patrick’s Day

Food

If you’re decking yourself out in green from head-to-toe and heading out to a local pub this St. Patrick’s Day, you might as well enjoy the foods most associated with Ireland. Shepherd’s pie Shepherd’s Pie was born of frugal housewives looking for ways to repurpose leftovers their husbands would otherwise turn up their noses at. […]

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Weeknight Broccoli Chicken Divan Casserole

Food

Retro dinners are making a comeback. That’s because so many of them were quick, easy, and tasted great. While some recipes will never make it to our tables again (We’re looking at you Tuna Salad mixed with Lime Jell-O), others fell out of favor but are coming back in a big way — just reimagined […]

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Grasshopper Brownies

Food

These easy Grasshopper brownies are super chocolatey, minty, and ridiculously delicious! A fudgey brownie base is topped with a thick layer of mint frosting, and a thin layer of dark chocolate on top. The flavor combo is inspired by the famous vintage “grasshopper” cocktail made with crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and fresh cream — […]

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Easy, sweet, and tangy crock pot honey mustard chicken

Food

Sweet and tangy flavors are so on trend this year. Everywhere you look, popular chefs and major food companies are coming out with incredible new items  inspired by the combo: Think Sriracha honey or sweet chipotle. This honey mustard chicken recipe is right on the mark. It’s a delicious combination of sweet honey and tangy […]

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Magnolia Plantation Tells Two Histories

Garden

Herb Frazier has spent a lifetime telling important stories, first as a newspaper journalist and now as public relations director for Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s America’s oldest public garden, founded in 1676 by the Drayton family. It opened its doors to everyone in 1870, becoming Charleston’s earliest tourist attraction. “Working […]

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Bannock connects outdoorsmen and women across time

Outdoors

There’s a timeless connectivity to exploring the outdoors. Eras, circumstances, situations change, of course. The technology hunters, anglers, birders, hikers, backpackers, campers, paddlers and bikers use in the woods and on the water now is much different than what their forefathers carried centuries – shoot, even just decades — ago. Comparisons are shocking. Imagine what […]

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Debating how best to combat chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania

Outdoors

It’s always been a matter of when not if, given the events of the last few years. It’s when. Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is now in Pennsylvania’s elk range. To be clear, no one has yet detected the always fatal ailment that affects deer, elk, moose and other cervids in a Pennsylvania elk. But […]

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Outdoor Extras, including the lure of the week

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Elite Company: Steelshad (https://steelshad.com/) Lure type: Blade bait Sizes and colors: Available in a 2 ¾-inch, 3/8-ounce model in five colors: gold, sexy shad, silver, white shad and yellow shad. Target species: Largemouth, smallmouth bass, walleyes, northern pike, muskies, lake trout […]

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