How to Dry Herbs in a Dehydrator

Buying herbs always leaves me with sticker shock, so I try to grow as many of my own as I can. This time of year we pick herbs as we need them …

Basil Plant

A few basil leaves for tomato sauce …

Fresh Dill

A big handful of dill for our salad dressing …

Sage Plant

A couple sage leaves to season a chicken or turkey …

Fresh Oregano

It’s a wonderful way to eat, but it’s not something that we can do during the winter months. So, I also dry our herbs. The process couldn’t be easier. [Read more...]

How to Dress for Blackberry Picking

Blackberry picking – it’s no beauty pageant. If you want to have a good time doing it, you have to dress for the occasion, and that means leaving your house in a crazy get up. If your neighbor’s don’t raise an eyebrow when they see you heading out, you’re doing something wrong. It’s as simple as that.

Over the years, I’ve perfected my blackberry picking look. It isn’t pretty, but it does a good job of protecting my family from the thorns, chiggers, ticks and poison ivy. My youngest daughter was kind enough to model it for you (quite generous given her fashionista tendencies). I now present, the key ingredients to a good blackberry picking outfit:


Long pants and tall boots are a blackberry-picking must. They’ll protect you from chiggers, ticks and poison ivy, too. I recommend a pair of galoshes. They’re tall enough to tuck your pants into.

Blackberry Picking Sleeves

Wild blackberry canes are thorny, and you’re bound to get a few pokes and scratches along the way. Protect your arms with a long-sleeved shirt or make yourself a pair of blackberry-picking sleeves out of an old pair of cotton tights. Just cut the top and feet off of your tights, and you’ll be left with a set of sleeves. These are great because they allow you to wear a short-sleeve shirt, and they’re thicker (read: better protection) than most shirt sleeves. The elastic in the tights ensures that they stay in place while you pick. I consider these a must-have accessory for kids, but it wouldn’t hurt to make yourself a pair, too.

My husband also likes to wear a glove on his left hand (he’s a righty). This allows him to grab a briar with one hand, while he picks the berries off of it with his other hand.

Baseball Cap

A good hat is my final must-have accessory. It helps to keep the ticks off, and provides some much-needed protection from the sun.

John Deere Hat

Bonus points if it’s a John Deere hat :)

Once you get home from picking, I’d also recommend jumping straight in the shower to wash off any bugs or poison ivy oils that may be hanging out on your skin. An ounce of prevention, and all that good stuff.

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Make a Hands-Free Berry Picking Bucket

How to Make a Hands-Free Berry Picking Bucket

Picking berries with two hands is a lot faster than picking with one. That’s just some of that real-world math that I’ve learned along the way. If you have a berry-picking mission in your future, take a minute to make yourself a hands-free berry picking bucket before you head out.

Blueberry Picking

It couldn’t be easier. Just rinse out a gallon milk jug; cut off the top; thread a belt through the handle, and secure it to your waist.

Picking at a Blueberry Farm

This will give you a handy, spill-proof container for your berries and full use of both of your hands. Plus, it’ll be really easy to keep up with how many gallons you’ve picked.

Printable Trip Pack List

Printable Trip Pack List

Packing for a trip is never fun, and neither is discovering that you left something important at home. So, I created a free trip pack list to make the packing experience less painful. It lists 124 commonly packed items, and includes room for you to add your own. Use it to get your next trip started off on the right foot.

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Printable Pre-Trip Checklist

Printable Pre-Trip Checklist

There are so many things that you have to do to get ready for a trip! Use this pre-trip checklist, so you don’t overlook anything important.

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