How To Use All Those Summer Vegetables.

by Chris Gardner

It's that time of year: all the plants to which you've so gingerly tended have returned the favor, with thousands of fruits and vegetables that you and your family can never eat.

Of course, you're thankful for the zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and the tomatoes....the countless, countless tomatoes.

How To Use All Those Summer Vegetables.
Here's a couple options to use all that nature has provided. Please post your favorite tips below.

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Lunar Eclipse Photos: August 28, 2007

by Chris Gardner

Here's your ancient Greek lesson for the day: the word eclipse comes from the preposition ek (out) + leipw (to leave). Leipw also finds itself in such words as lend/loan and relinquish.

Yesterday's lunar eclipse wasn't perfect (at least as viewed from the MidWest), but awesome enough. Here's a few photos and videos that captured the phenomenon. If these don't inspire you...you gots problems.

Lunar Eclipse Photos: August 28, 2007
 

(From Nasa.gov)

[From Monopole2006 @ Flickr] 

[Antiphonal...

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How To Grow a Hummingbird Garden.

by Chris Gardner

"With a little luck, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a hummingbird this summer. These miniature winged wonders are awe-inspiring for their size, speed and remarkable beauty, plus their uncanny maneuverability. But you don’t have to wait for a chance sighting — you can easily attract hummingbirds right to your back yard by creating a simple, vibrant hummingbird garden.

Good hummingbird habitat doesn’t have to be complicated. Your feathered...

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25 Cheap Ways to Keep Your House Cooler.

by Chris Gardner
"Sure, go ahead and turn that thermostat up to 80. You'll be sweaty and still shelling out a bundle -- unless you take other steps to make summer heat more bearable and reduce stress on your air conditioner.
Most of these cost little or nothing. Thank the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers program, which provides most of these tips (and more) on its own Web site."
25 Cheap Ways to Keep Your House Cooler.
 
The finance geniuses from Sympatico offer low-investment tips for keeping the...

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How To Make A Butterfly Garden.

by Chris Gardner

Materials:Builder's or playground sand, flat rocks, shallow dishes, local and seasonal plants

Using only the few materials listed above, follow EHow's instructions to bring butterflies to your own backyard. The emphasis lies on using local plants to bring local butterflies to your garden, emphasizing the special contributions of your little area of the world. Two years ago, I used a very similar approach to help my mom create a butterfly garden in...

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Free Book Covers by Kate Spade.

by Chris Gardner

 

Free Book Covers by Kate Spade.

 

School isn't quite in session yet (unless you're a sucker like me and have been taking classes all summer), but in expectation of all the Back-to-School awesomeness in a few weeks, have a look at these free downloadable book covers by Kate Spade. Go here, and click "downloads".

Spade's design's exhibit brilliant finds of old dust jackets from (mostly) the 1960's, so even if she isn't generally your cup of design tea, you can't argue with some...

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Picnic Anyone?

by DIY Maven

As Memorial Day is just around the corner, that means so is picnic season. For everything dining al fresco, amble on over to picnicfun.com, which just happens to be having a 25% off Memorial Day Sale. Their fully furnished baskets start at around 40 bucks and end at about a thousand.

For a romantic outing for two, is the Aegean Deluxe Travel Picnic ($44), which includes plates, flatware, corkscrew, cutting board, cheese knife and salt and pepper...

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Know Your Bugs.

by Chris Gardner

I can't bear to turn on the AC yet, despite the 90-degree afternoons, so often, our doors are wide open to elements. And with the breezes comes the bugs, and lately we've been visited by some decidely complex looking creatures that my Biology-teacher mother didn't teach me as a kid.

Enter WHAT'S THAT BUG.COM, a charming database dedicated to, you guessed it, all your entymological inquiries, and some beautifully photographed from the insect world.

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Grill Better.

by Chris Gardner

Disclaimer: Though I do identify as a male, I am by no means a suburban beef-worshipper with a tacky apron that won’t let anyone else’s spatula touch my holy grates. But as with sautéing, roasting, broiling, braising, and the like, grilling is an essential and obtainable mode of cooking for the home chef. It is, in fact, probably humankind’s oldest, and most misunderstood, method of heat application.

Grill Better.

So, whether you’ve got a fancy stainless...

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