The View From Up Here: September 23, 2013

The past week has been a frenzy of activity as the kids and I get ready for our trip to Boston to visit Phil.

Here’s a few photos of Phil with his awesome “living group” at Harvard.

Phil Harvard AMP Living Group 1Phil Harvard AMP Living Group 2  

At Everest Lane House this week, I’m slowing changing over the home decor to reflect the fact that Autumn 2013 is upon us.

I’ve written two blog posts this week about a few ideas I like that you can use to slowly transform your home to get it ready for Halloween.

First, I have a post on The Fall Library. I love this subtle way to decorate for Halloween.

Halloween Books

Second, I share how a photo of a Real Simple Halloween Garland in this month’s Real Simple Magazine inspired me to create a DIY Halloween Garland with minimal cost and effort to achieve the very same look they did in the magazine. I share my step by step in this post.

Emma Halloween Garland

In the garden, I’m starting my fall cleanup. I’ve trimmed back all the dying foliage, and I’m covering trouble spots with newspaper and mulch for a fresh start next Spring.

I’ve got all my bulb catalogs in a nice pile by the sofa and next week, my Master Gardener friends are joining me for our first annual Fantasy Bulb Order. Think of it as a twist on Fantasy Football and you get the gist.

Spring Bulb

Shannon Slatton, from our local 12 TV, joined me in the kitchen this past week to do a segment on Preserving Your Herb Harvest

6frmama with Shannon Slatton

In the post, I share 7 Ways to Preserve your Herb Harvest:

  • Drying them upside down
  • Freezing them in a Ziploc bag
  • Freezing them in ice cube trays with olive oil or water
  • Drying them in the microwave
  • Make Herb Salt
  • Make Compound Butter
  • Make Glory Pesto

Preserving Herbs

This past week I finished interviews with both Joel Karsten – Pioneer and Author of the fabulous book Straw Bale Gardens – and the Mother of Vegetarian Cooking Deborah Madison – Author of the wonderful cookbook Vegetable Literacy.  Those podcasts will be coming out in October.

On a personal note, I’m loving my new mug from Caribou Coffee. It’s so adorable. It’s got a little owl on it and it’s on the shelves now so if you have a Caribou near you, or any coffee shop, consider getting yourself a new coffee mug for Fall as a little pick-me-up. Cheers to that.

Owl Mug

That’s the view from up here this week.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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