Bowl of stir-fry vegetablesWinter is a great time to vegetable garden.

The weather is working with you; cooler temps; vegetables maturing in cool weather will be high quality; expect fewer pests (weeds, insects and diseases); you’ll be using less water; saving money on grocery bills; and you’ll be receiving accolades from those sampling your produce.

If you plant cabbage, did you know cabbage is an inexpensive food that is easy to grow, tolerates cold weather, and keeps well. Cabbage is also loaded with fiber, which helps to keep you healthy.

Here’s a great recipe to create a cabbage-based vegetable stir-fry.

Mondale Pine

Mondale Pine

Living Christmas trees can provide the best of both worlds.

Cutting down a tree, keeping it for a short time, then throwing it in the trash, feels like a waste.

Once, I would decorate my Ficus benjamina (weeping fig) for December, and have a big houseplant the rest of the year.

But now I am a traditionalist; it must be an evergreen for the holidays, and I prefer keeping a tree alive.

Like every other living thing, however, a living Christmas tree requires care.

Angela O’Callaghan explains what to look for and how to care for a living Christmas Tree!

The word DecemberIt’s December and the holidays are upon us! It’s a time to remember the importance of spending time with family and friends.

It’s also a time of holiday traditions.  Many of our holiday and family traditions center on food and drink.

Every party offers an enticing array of appetizers, cookies and desserts, and eggnog.  With all the preparations and hectic schedules, sometimes people eat on the run or skip meals altogether.

Holiday parties and hectic schedules make it difficult to stick to a healthy lifestyle.

Find tips on our website to help you find that healthy choices can fit comfortably into any holiday celebration.