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Recipes We Love: Elderflower Cordial

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Author: Andrea Todd

This recipe for a cordial, or syrup, comes from my British family, and it is a simple and season sip of summer. Many people are familiar with the elderberry, and the flower is from the same plant, Sambucus.

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Miles for Monarchs (and Other Native Pollinators)

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Author: Erin Gettler

I'm a reluctant highway commuter. On a normal weekday, I roll through about thirty miles of grassy medians on my way to my day job. Every two weeks, huge mowers grind through the miles too, leaving behind the smell of diesel and cut grass, and acres of wasted hay.

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5 Tips for an Easy, Healthy Breakfast

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Author: Seventh Generation

You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again: breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Breakfast has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease, and even to better performance in school.  Kids who eat breakfast also may be able to control their appetite better, possibly contributing to a healthier weight.

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Four Tips for Eating Healthy with Kids on Road Trips

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Author: Kristi Marsh

My idea of fun is a road trip - to the extent that I wonder whether I may have descended from Magellan. Or Sacajawea. Or possibly Dora the Explorer. It's deep in my cells.

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Dinnertime Discussions at the Family Table

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Author: Alexandra Pecci

"Read the list!"

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Nature Walks… Without the Walking

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Author: Alexandra Pecci

I have always loved walking through nature. When I was a kid, summertime camping trips weren't complete without hikes through the woods of New Hampshire, discovering secret streams, seeing beaver dams and trees that they had chewed through, and even spotting the occasional snake. I always knew that my daughter would love nature walks, too.

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Want a Better Reader? Get Active!

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Author: Alexandra Pecci

Here's another reason to get your kids off the couch and into the backyard, pool, or sports field this summer: A new study shows that being physically fit could help kids become better readers.

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Recipes We Love: Fresh Herb Oils

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Author: Andrea Todd

It's easy to capture the freshness of summer with herb oils. At this point in the season, all the herbs in the garden are thriving, and while they are great added directly to meals or recipes, here is a way to stretch the herbs and fresh flavors into other seasons. There is no need for specific quantities of this recipe--use as many herbs and as much oil as desired for using and preserving.

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8 Easy Ways to Eat Organic on a Budget

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Author: the Inkslinger

Organic foods aren't the food chain outlier they used to be. These days, they're easy to find though they're still often hard to afford. And that's kept an age-old question alive: Are they really worth it? The short answer is yes, but they don't have to be budget breakers. Here's why and here's how.

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Recipes We Love: Asparagus Green Sauce

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Author: Andrea Todd

The fresh greens of the late spring and early summer season are so delicious! Traditional salads are the standard, but I am always looking for new ways to prepare and consume them. The sweet and strong flavor of asparagus is well balanced with the spicy and strong flavor of arugula. This recipe is great for using alone, as a side dish, or mixed into pasta as a substitute for marinara sauce.

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