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Heating Up

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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: Shayne Newman, owner of YardApes Inc. of New Milford, transformed the end of the driveway into a cozy paradise, including a fire pit. “Fire pits can […] [Read More]

Bonsai artist has soul for the task

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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 stone steps leads to a four-foot bonsai planter that showcases a miniature grove of lush Alberta spruce. All as nature intended, […] [Read More]

Bloodroot recipes

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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 all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon ground cumin 2/3 cup coconut oil, see note 2 method Soak chickpeas overnight and cook according […] [Read More]
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Friends help Bloodroot owner test new recipes

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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 is her day to try out new recipes — add a pinch of this, a touch of that — and ultimately, […] [Read More]

New annuals you won’t want to miss

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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 as Plant-Tone, and get out of their way as they accelerate to non-stop color. They are especially prized in shade gardens where […] [Read More]
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Families turn backyards into vacation getaways

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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 what at first glance looks like an outdoor resort complete with movie theater, pool, kitchen and living areas. Actually, […] [Read More]

Artist sees the light through his work

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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 glass twists and turns as in a dance, arching into organic molten globules. When he sees a shape he likes, Skrtic gently […] [Read More]

How Sweet It Is

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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 inspired her to try beekeeping as a hobby. Today, the artist-turned-apiarist is queen bee of her own artisan honey company, Red […] [Read More]

Hit the ‘easy’ button with these gardening tips

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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 seminar at The Gardener’s Center and Florist of Darien. Mendez is an acclaimed garden consultant, designer, writer and teacher. The root […] [Read More]

Life@home holds first gardening seminar

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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 Road in Darien. More than 100 people turned out to hear Kerry Ann Mendez, the magazine’s garden writer, […] [Read More]