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Apricot Pinwheel Cookies

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It just wouldn’t be Christmas without these dainty, bright orange apricot-filled cookies brightening up the table. The melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese pastry dough and light fresh, apricot filling are too good not to share this holiday season. I remember my grandmother saying these cookies were an Italian tradition, yet, much like the handful of Italian slang […]

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3 Fun napkin folding ideas for your Christmas table

Food

The holidays are the perfect time to kick your table decorating game up a notch. You’ve spent hours scouring Pinterest to help you create the perfect holiday menu. You’ve dropped serious dough on extra serving platters, and you’ve cleaned corners of your house you never knew needed cleaning. Now is no time for holding back. […]

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9 Things you never knew about eggnog

Food

It’s that time of year when people everywhere get a hankering for holiday eggnog. You already know it’s delicious, but did you know it was responsible for a riot at West Point? Or that it was prescribed as medicine by doctors in the 1800s? Read on to learn more about everyone’s favorite way to imbibe […]

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Gifts for Gardeners

Garden

As panic sets in during holiday shopping season, here are some ideas for your favorite gardener. We’re actually pretty easy to shop for. One thing we always need is another set of good pruners. Dramm ColorPoint Compact Pruners are one of my favorites. They are sharp, indestructible and the colorful handles are easy to find […]

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Gardening with Kids

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When sharing our love of gardening with children, there’s always hope that it will bring them the same happiness we get from working with plants. My kids had their own little garden patches when they were little and loved it. Now that they are grown with their own homes, I’ve seen them embrace gardening. It’s […]

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Crayfish research leads to exciting finds

Outdoors

This isn’t like white-tailed deer, or brook trout or red-tailed hawks. Hunters and anglers and bird watchers seek those species out, all the time, and have lots of success finding them. They’re common enough that it takes s special specimen to even generate much talk. It’s not so with burrowing crayfish. At least not in […]

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Fish and wildlife are economic engines

Outdoors

Consider your guilt assuaged. Mine is, too. Despite what your mother said – not to do something just because others are – it’s OK, at least in this case. Everyone’s in the same boat, or at least the same kinds of boats, or hiking shoes, or hunting coats, or fishing waders. And it’s healthy. Outdoorsmen […]

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Gardening Q&A with Doug Oster

Garden

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. Larry: When should I cut down my […]

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Porcupines and the winter woods

Outdoors

They are one of the slowest moving creatures in the northern woods, generally waddling along at a seemingly carefree pace. Yet they are difficult to catch sight of much of the year. Now is the exception, though. If you want to lay eyes on a porcupine, winter offers your best chance. It’s a matter of […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a squirrel hunting tip

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Lil’ Corky Clusters Company: Yakima Bait Co. (http://www.yakimabait.com) Lure type: Imitation egg sac Sizes and colors: Available in three sizes – 11/32-, 7/16- and 9/16-inch – in 30 colors, including sherbet, rocket red, pink clown, luminous green, black, chartreuse flame, glitter […]

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In the Dirt – December (Seed Catalogs)

Garden

Planting the seed Cold-weather months are a great time for scouring catalogs for seed-starting purchases. Making grand plans for spring is invigorating thinking of what might be once the weather breaks. Those of us who extend the season are still enjoying the fruits of our labor. Cool weather veggies are tucked away under glass, plastic […]

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The Art of Healing

Garden

Sue Abramson’s beautiful black and white photos of the forest are dramatic studies in light, each one evoking a mood and offering a window into the artist’s life. She has spent much of her time in the woods photographing the beauty of nature. The photographs are part of her book “A Woodlands Journal.” It chronicles […]

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Gardening Q&A with Doug Oster

Garden

Garden Q&A Bette: I took your advice and have been planting bulbs all fall. I got a little carried away at the end of the season and bought a lot of them. You always say they are on sale in the winter, and I’m like you, I can’t resist a bargain. I’m not sure if […]

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Outdoor reading for the naturalist, survivalist, hiker, hunter, more

Outdoors

I admit it: I’m a sucker. For good books that it. My library is large, varied and always growing, with new books added to the collection often faster than I can keep up with reading them. Doesn’t matter. Whenever I see or hear or read of a book that sounds interesting, it gets added to […]

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Gardening Calendar for January

Garden

January Before you bundle up and read all those seed catalogs, see if any of your leftover seeds are still viable. Count out 10 seeds and fold them into a moist paper towel. Put the seeds and paper towel into a Ziploc bag and close the bag. Store the closed bag somewhere warm and in […]

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Hunting accidents on decline, but even one too many

Outdoors

There’s no sugarcoating it. Every time a hunter dies in the woods, by his own hand or that of another, it’s a tragedy. Some family is forever changed. That’s the case in Michigan this year. According to a story in the Detroit Free Press (https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/11/16/hunter-shot-helena-township-michigan/2024774002/), earlier this month 38-year-old Justin Buetel was hunting on private […]

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PA bear hunting season lives up to billing

Outdoors

Christmas morning should deliver this well. Before the 2018 statewide firearms bear season began, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials predicted hunters could kill a lot of bears, and perhaps even conceivably set a new harvest record. They also said there were lots of big bears available for the taking. Check and check. Final bear harvest numbers […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a product for processing game

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Game processing kit Company: Meyerco (https://www.everybodyshops.com/meyerco-game-processing-set.html) Gear type: Butchering set Product description: It’s estimated that about half of all hunters who shoot a big game animal, such as a white-tailed deer, process it themselves at home. There’s no estimate on how […]

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Gardening Calendar for December

Garden

December When thinking about gifts for gardeners, check out the Everybody Gardens web site for some great stuff. Every gardener can use another pair of hand pruners. Check out the “I wet my plants” T-shirt. It’s one of the more popular items. Something else to think about is a gift certificate to a seed catalog […]

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How to open a pomegranate

Food

Pomegranates have deliciously tart seeds called arils that peak in season from August to January in the Northern Hemisphere. Their bright color, elegant arils, and complex flavor make them a popular addition to holiday recipes. They can top smoothies, salads, or other veggie side dishes, or try them as a delicious fresh centerpiece on your […]

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Holiday Ornament Rice Krispie Treats

Food

Rice Krispie Treats might already be your go-to when you need a quick treat for a kid’s birthday party or snack for the class, but this holiday season, dress them up a bit for a brand new take on the old classic. They’ll look just as good in your kid’s lunchbox as they will on […]

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Favorite Plants – Christmas Rose

Garden

Looking down at the Christmas rose in bloom — when just about everything else has gone to sleep for the winter — brings back lots of memories. Helleborus niger is the Latin name, and it came to my garden in the most unusual way. I became gardening friends with Marie Elium while we worked together […]

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Gardening Advice for November

Garden

November Make sure shrubs and trees, especially when newly planted, get plenty of water before the ground freezes. Once that happens, the plants can’t uptake any moisture and without enough water some plants will experience winter kill, often on the tips of branches. Mulch after the ground freezes. The first rule of mulching is not […]

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A holiday gift guide for those who love the outdoors

Outdoors

Mick Dombroski had a daughter, a crossbow, a desire to film her first deer harvest, but just two hands. So the Burrell, Pa, elementary school teacher did what he had to do. He invented the GameStick (https://www.gamestickllc.com/). It’s a device that turns any smartphone into an action camera. It’s one of the products we’re featuring […]

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Geocaching a way to add a new twist to outdoor adventures

Outdoors

The appeal remains the same as ever. From the days of Pirates – and probably even before that – to now, treasure hunting is a thrilling hobby. Finding the X on a map that represents prizes and glory is a thrill, just as it ever was. Of course, you need not carry a broadsword and […]

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Doug Oster’s Garlic Lovers Soup

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Recently I was part of Soup for a Claus, a soup crawl in Greensburg, Pa., to benefit Operation Santa Claus. The campaign provides a complete holiday dinner for thousands of less fortunate families in Western Pennsylvania. I teamed with students from Seton Hill University to make five gallons of 40 Clove Garlic Soup. Of course […]

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