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Author: Rebecca Haynes

Heating Up

Family gets creative to add outdoor living space By Larissa Lytwyn Problem: The owners of this Sherman home lacked adequate recreation space because of their large, prominent driveway. Solution:

Bonsai artist has soul for the task

By Nancy DeFelice Stamford’s Shanti Bithi Nursery has a feeling of serenity. Rocks adorn the entrance as natural sculpture and a statue of Buddha sits on a stone wall. The graceful curve of terraced

Bloodroot recipes

Tara Rubano’s Empanadas (makes 32 empanadas, or 4-8 servings depending on what else is served) Chickpea Dough ingredients 1 cup dried chickpeas, see note 1 Baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups

Friends help Bloodroot owner test new recipes

By Valerie Foster For five lucky women, Monday night is their weekly chance to talk, laugh, share and enjoy the food experiments du jour that Selma Miriam has been busy perfecting. For Miriam, Monday

New annuals you won’t want to miss

By Kerry Ann Mendez Annuals provide full throttle color in gardens spring through fall. Get them out of their containers in May, park them in the correct light with some time-released fertilizer such

Families turn backyards into vacation getaways

By Alice Kenny Julie Marcus sips tea in her new “mom cave,” an outdoor room nestled in the hillside and bordered with fieldstone, hostas and fern beds. Her hidden get-away is just a small detail in

Artist sees the light through his work

By Abby Luby Michael Skrtic gingerly holds a thin indigo strand of glass over a small torch. The flame reflects off the sunglasses shielding his hazel-colored eyes. Immersed in the heat, the fiery

How Sweet It Is

Marina Marchese is queen bee of her artisan honey company By Wendy Carlson Life for Marina Marchese is sweet in more ways than one. Eleven years ago, an unexpected visit to a neighbor’s apiary

Hit the ‘easy’ button with these gardening tips

Expert shares info on how to get blooms all season long By Larissa Lytwyn Kerry Ann Mendez is a self-described “passionate perennialist,” and she was happy to spread that passion at Life@home’s May 1

Life@home holds first gardening seminar

What a great day it was for Life@home magazine’s first free garden seminar on Sunday, May 1. The sun was shining and temps hovered around 70 at The Gardener’s Center, sponsor of the event, on the Post