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A Chelsea rooftop garden by the florist to the stars

But now this florist to the super-rich has taken on a different challenge. Rather than recruit a conventional landscape gardener for their latest project, Hadley Property Group have signed up Strain to design the rooftop garden for residents at Chelsea Island, currently a hole in the ground that will blossom into a 11-storey tower overlooking Chelsea Harbour. The 89 apartments cost from £925,000 for a one-bedroom flat up to a shade under £12m for the huge penthouse with a 2,000 sq ft private terrace. 

Strain occasionally tends to clients’ patio gardens and has collaborated with Hadley on some past projects “in a floral capacity, dressing show flats,” he says, but this is the first garden he has designed. “My interest in floristry began as a love of gardening when I was young,” he explains. “I also trained as an artist and set designer and have a real thirst for interiors. For me, art, design, architecture and garden design are all intertwined. They are all about feeling the connection between light, texture, colour and height.”

Article source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/property-and-architecture/neill-strain-design-rooftop-garden-chelsea-island-residential/

Holiday gifts for the constant gardener

So, in honor of your gardening loved ones, here’s a list of suggestions for those of you still pondering that age old question, “What in the world am I going to give for the holidays?”

• Good gardening gloves — High-quality gardening gloves provide comfort and convenience for the gardener.

• Hand tools — Quality hand tools with comfortable handles make great gifts. Some have been ergonomically designed for the handicapped or arthritic gardener.

• Plant stands and containers — Baskets and decorative pots make wonderful gifts for the gardener. For an added touch, fill the containers with decorative moss and Gardener’s Soap and Lotion. Decorative plant stands, for the indoor gardener, can be as ornamental as the plants they hold.

• Decorative fountains — Paired with healthy houseplants, they add style and whimsy to that special indoor garden space.

• Books and subscriptions — There are many gardening books from which to choose. Check out the new and used local bookstores, and select from a variety of topics including garden design, northern gardening, herb gardening, organic gardening, vegetable gardening, perennial gardening, flower gardening and more.

• Statuary — Angels, animals, fairies. Whatever tickles your gardener’s fancy is available in a range of prices, styles and sizes.

• Gardening magazine subscriptions — One click of the mouse can get your loved one a subscription to a magazine full of wonderful gardening suggestions to fill the cold winter months.

• Membership to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a wonderful way to share your gardener’s passion for the outdoors. A membership to the Minnesota Horticultural Society comes with a subscription to “Northern Gardener.”

• Bird feeders — There are so many decorative styles of feeders to attract any bird that might fly through your winter garden. Pair this with a bird identification book and binoculars.

• An herb or mushroom garden kit is a fun and delicious garden gift. If you want something different, a Cocktail Garden, a Psychedelic salad garden or a Funky Veg garden might tickle your fancy.

Until next time, happy gardening!

Article source: http://www.echopress.com/country/extension/4178994-holiday-gifts-constant-gardener

London College Of Garden Design launches innovative new design courses

Courses at the LCGD

Courses at the LCGD

The London College of Garden Design has launched it’s 2017 short course schedule with the aim of promoting different ways of looking at garden and planting design. The new courses include subjects ranging from designing gardens for children in their earlier years to designing for dementia.

Andrew Fisher Tomlin who leads the College’s innovative new Planting Design Diploma said “There is an incredible volume of research that is going into the value of green space and we wanted to reflect this in promoting new skills for professional garden designers and landscape architects as well as the keen gardener”

The College is uniquely placed to offer these courses through it’s partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley Garden. Some of these courses are supporting the RHS’s own campaigns for schools gardens and health.

Fisher Tomlin added “I am particularly pleased that we are able to offer a course on designing gardens for dementia. It’s an area that is becoming even more important but with people staying at home with this condition there has until recently been very little support to show how you might design gardens for keen gardeners who have got dementia in later life. This course will go some way to address that.”
The courses run throughout 2017 and can be accessed at www.lcgd.org.uk

About the London College of Garden Design

The London College of Garden Design aims to offer the best professional garden design courses available in the UK. Over the past 6 years LCGD graduates have won all but one of the Society of Garden Designers Student Awards and have gone on to win ‘Future Designer’ Awards and RHS medals at some of the Royal Horticultural Society’s main shows.

The College is one of Europe’s leading specialist design colleges and offers professional level courses including the one year Garden Design Diploma which is taught from the Orangery Conference facilities at the world famous Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. In 2016 they launched Europe’s first specialist planting design course aimed at professionals that is taught over two terms from January to July.

Short courses are offered at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, RHS Garden Wisley and Regent’s University in central London.

Article source: http://www.yareah.com/2016/12/13/london-college-garden-design-launches-innovative-new-design-courses/

Great Gift Ideas for a Family Caregiver – Prescott eNews

Family caregivers devote much of their time to taking care of their senior loved ones. When picking out the perfect gift for a family caregiver, be sure to take the time to find something to convey how much you appreciate his or her efforts.

You do not have to spend a fortune to give a meaningful gift that comes from the heart. Since many caregivers have limited time and may be overwhelmed with stress, anything to make their days easier is welcome. 

Consider one of these 5 gift ideas: 

1. A Complimentary Night Out

Since a family caregiver is often busy caring for his or her loved one, leaving little time for entertainment, show your appreciation by offering up a night out, complete with dinner reservations and movie tickets. To complete this gift, also arrange for the caregiver’s loved one to be taken care of while he or she is out. Prescott respite care agencies can assist with this.

2. A Gift Certificate

Never underestimate the value of a gift certificate. Especially during the holidays, there are so many options to choose from that you are sure to find something a family caregiver would enjoy and appreciate. Don’t limit yourself to restaurant and retail gift certificates. Companies offering services like housekeeping, laundry, landscaping, and transportation are also great ideas that often go overlooked. You can also create homemade certificates offering up your own time and services to help.

3. A Subscription to a Magazine or Streaming Service

Another unconventional gift idea would be a subscription for a favorite magazine or streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu. By doing this, the caregiver in your life can enjoy some relaxing entertainment and downtime at his or her convenience.

4. A Clean House

Many Prescott caregivers are so busy tending to their loved ones’ needs that their own needs get pushed to the back burner. To show your appreciation, treat a family caregiver to a free deep cleaning of his or her home. This could involve arranging for someone to take the caregiver out for the afternoon while you focus on getting his or her home cleaned and put back together.

5. An Encouraging Book

Many people step into the position of caring for a senior loved one without any formal training or prior experience. A book full of helpful caregiving tips and encouraging words can provide a great deal of comfort to an overwhelmed and inexperienced family caregiver.

One of the best gifts a family caregiver can receive is time to relax and focus on personal health and interests. A professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help provide the respite care many family caregivers need. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to assist seniors with a wide variety of daily tasks. For more information on high-quality home care in Prescott that families trust, please call a friendly Care Manager at 928-771-0105 to schedule a complimentary consultation or go to Home Care Assistance Prescott

 

 


Article source: http://www.prescottenews.com/index.php/features/columnists/in-home-care/item/28973-great-gift-ideas-for-a-family-caregiver

8th Annual Greater Roanoke Home and Garden Show returns in January

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 5:00 pm

8th Annual Greater Roanoke Home and Garden Show returns in January

The Greater Roanoke Home Garden Show returns to the Berglund Center January 13-15 with two exhibit halls packed with ideas and inspiration – and appearances by Brian Santos, “The Wall Wizard,” best-selling author and TV personality. Also returning this year, is the New Product Zone, a collection of top picks of new products out on the market, some that have not even hit the shelves yet.

The eighth annual show, which runs from Friday through Sunday, is just in time for spring home improvements. It features everything from the front door to the backyard, including the latest inspiration, ideas and trends in kitchens, baths and remodeling. The venue will be packed with exhibits featuring garden displays, landscaping, water features, windows, doors, sunrooms and more.

Beautiful landscaping will be on display providing ideas for gardeners. Attendees can also attend free seminars by the Roanoke Master Gardeners. Hear them discuss a variety of topics that help you know which plants will do well in your yard; what to plant, where to plant it and how to keep it beautiful!

Foodies will be drawn to the Art, Gift Gourmet area, including food tastings, cooking demonstrations and wine tastings from Fincastle Vineyards and Ice Cream by Homestead Creamery. And the kiddos will be entertained too; The Cookie Store will be there with free cookie decorating for the kids. They can also have fun in the interactive Kids Zone, with hands-on workshops by The Home Depot. Meanwhile, animal lovers will enjoy the Angels of Assisi Pet Zone, where they will be able adopt a furry, four-legged friend.

The Greater Roanoke Home Garden Show will be held at the Berglund Center from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. Parking is free. Admission is $8.50 for adults and $7.50 for seniors 65 and older. Kids 16 and younger are free, as are active duty military with ID. Save $1 off admissions with coupons available at www.ShowTechnology.com, pick up a coupon at a nearby Home Depot, or bring a canned food item benefitting Feeding America Southwest Virginia for $1 off adult admission. Offers cannot be combined. You can pay just once and visit all weekend. Tickets are sold onsite and only during show hours. The Home Depot will be giving away “Homer” Buckets, both to the first 100 attendees each day of the show. Also, Show Technology will be giving away Tote Bags at the door, while supplies last.

The show is sponsored by, WSLS TV, Comcast Spotlight and WSLQ (Q99) radio. To learn more, please visit: www.roanokehomeandgardenshow.com.

Submitted by Stefanie Brown

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Man builds models with big ideas for vacant Augusta buildings – WRDW

News 12 First at Five/ Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — A man’s hobby is getting him recognized across Augusta. He drives around Augusta and looks for places that need a little face-lift, then he gets busy.

You could call Mike Teffeteller a builder. His ideas are big, his work is small.

“But I think there are a lot of areas that can grow and I’d like to see something happen downtown,” Teffeteller said.

His inspiration is his hometown.

“It worked in to going around Augusta and looking for places that could be remodeled or needed to be upgraded,” he said.

He sees the run down depot and envisions plans for a shopping center. At the empty mall he sees a sports arena. And one of his favorites is the 5th Street Bridge.

“It’s an idea we call the Bridge at River North, it’s been out there many years, we actually pitched it to the state of South Carolina,” Teffeteller said.

His vision for that area is a pedestrian bridge, and apartments with landscaping.

He’s got ideas for his own buildings too.

“We’ve had an idea for several years to build a James Brown Rock and Soul Museum. It would have a restaurant, a cafe, and a place for James Brown Enterprises to be,” he tells News 12 NBC 26.

He even showed it to the Godfather of Soul. Now he’s shown it to some real estate agents too.

“I’m not sure how serious they are but I think it would be a really great thing for downtown Augusta because everyone around the world knows James Brown and that would definitely have to bring tourists and dollars to Augusta.” he said.

Mike and his partner Kelley New are both featured in the Augusta Regional Airport right now.

Article source: http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Man-builds-models-with-big-ideas-for-vacant-Augusta-buildings-406614395.html

City paying more attention to maintaining those pretty medians

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Design tips: How to create a Southwestern desert garden look

By Lauren Dunec Hoang/ Houzz contributor

Gardens in the American Southwest are just as diverse as the varied natural desert landscapes of the region. Elevation changes create huge temperature swings. Higher elevations can experience intense daytime heat with cold nights and light snowfall in the winter. Across the board, water is a precious resource. Design elements like adobe-mud walls, courtyards, shade structures and low-water plants including native cactuses, yuccas and mesquites give Southwest gardens their distinctive character. Whether you live in the Southwest or another arid desert region, here are a number of ideas to get the look in your own garden.

Rancho Nuevo

Photo: Bianchi Design

Hardscape

For a classic Southwest look, use traditional building materials like gravel pathways and walls made of adobe-mud or dry-stacked stone. Many contemporary landscapes combine traditional elements with more modern materials such as Cor-Ten steel and poured concrete for a striking hardscape design.

Santa Fe Permaculture/ Xeric Garden

Photo: PermaDesign, Inc.

Softscape

Southwest gardens often turn to the desert landscape for color-palette inspiration. Warm sandstone, sun-bleached wood, gray-greens of native sage and vivid hues of the desert sunset are in keeping with the style of desert gardens. Embrace the wildflower bloom in spring with native penstemon species and hairy desert sunflower (Geraea canescens).

Bold Backdrop

Photo: Exteriors By Chad Robert

Garden Elements

Accent walls. Free-standing walls or those made to stand out with a vibrant coat of paint can be useful design elements, providing screens or creating backdrops for specimen plants. At this home in Phoenix, the designer painted an exterior wall a rich shade of rusty orange. The color complements the blue-gray agaves and soft green ornamental grasses planted in the bed in front of it.

SOUTHWESTERN BACKCOUNTRY BLISS

Photo: BOXHILL

Water features. Environmentally friendly desert gardens recognize water as a life-giving resource that is to be savored and celebrated. While large pools and artificial waterfalls can be attractive features, the water loss through evaporation and the chemicals involved to keep them algae-free make them less sustainable. Smaller water elements, such as recirculating fountains, lose less water through evaporation, and can be beautiful and more ecologically mindful focal points for a Southwest garden.

River of Rock

Photo: Exteriors By Chad Robert

Dry creek beds. Even the illusion of water can have a calm, soothing effect in a landscape design. The designer of this dry creek bed used the natural desert washes of Arizona’s mountains as inspiration. Dry creek beds can also be efficient ways to manage stormwater runoff

To get the look, create a subtle grade change in your backyard with mounds of soil and low-lying areas to mimic a natural stream. Fill the “valleys” with stones and gravel, and plant the “hills” with drought-tolerant shrubs and ground covers.

Landscape Responsive

Photo: Morningside Architects LLP

Pergolas and shade screens. The desert sun, particularly in midday, is intense. Almost all Southwest gardens provide some type of shady respite by incorporating wooden pergolas, shade screens, shade sails made of durable outdoor fabric, or plenty of patio umbrellas. In this home in Taos, New Mexico, a rustic arbor made of sun-weathered logs provides a welcoming shady retreat for the entryway.

RITZ CARLTON RESIDENTIAL

Photo: BOXHILL

Fire pits. In the Southwest, twilight can be one of the most alluring times to enjoy the garden. After the sun dips below the horizon, streaking the sky with color, temperatures begin to drop quickly. Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces provide welcome warmth to gathering spaces.

Whisper Rock Residence

Photo: Tate Studio Architects

Plant Types

Cactus of all forms. The toughest plants of the Southwest, cactuses have evolved to thrive in extremes. Their fleshy, sculptural forms, designed to retain water for long periods of drought, can be highlighted against the backdrop of walls or fences. Here, upright Mexican organpipe cactus (Stenocereus marginatus, zones 9 to 11) and golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii, zones 9 to 11) create a bold display in an entryway in Phoenix.

Ben Garden, Santa Fe, NM

Photo: PermaDesign, Inc.

Shrubs, perennials and grasses. Native desert plants are by far the most well-adapted to Southwestern climates, but if you wish to include more diversity in your garden, turn to plants from other arid regions. The key is to look for those that thrive with little water and in quick-draining desert soils. In this garden in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the designer created a lush look with drought-tolerant plants including white-petaled coneflowers (Echinacea sp., zones 4 to 10), silvery lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina, zones 4 to 8) and ornamental grasses.

Prideaux Design

Photo: Prideaux Design

Shade trees. Create welcome pools of dappled shade in the landscape with Southwestern trees. Palo verde, chitalpa, desert willow and all kinds of mesquite are good low-water options. Pictured here, a mesquite tree (Prosopis sp., zones 8 to 11) shades the front walkway of a home in Phoenix.

Southwestern Plants

Photo: Noelle Johnson Landscape Consulting

Cooling blues. Using plants with foliage or flowers in shades of gray, blue, silver and purple can have a cooling effect in a hot Southwestern desert landscape. Shrubby germander (Teucrium fruticans, zones 8 to 9) is a good drought-tolerant option with gray leaves and lavender-colored blooms favored by hummingbirds. Common sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri, zones 6 to 11) also has a cooling effect as its strappy silver leaves ripple like water running over a rocky slope.

Waterwise Landscapes

Photo: Waterwise Landscapes Incorporated

Fall color. High-elevation Southwest gardens embrace seasonal change with plants chosen to turn from green to gold and deep bronze. In this garden in Albuquerque, New Mexico, skunkbush sumac (Rhus trilobata, zones 2 to 9) puts on a stunning autumn show. A tough Western native shrub, skunkbush sumac grows to about 5 feet tall and 8 feet wide. The gray-green leaves change to brilliant gold and red in fall.

Front Entry

Photo: QUERCUS

Garden Accessories

Iconic motifs. The Southwest is rich in historical symbols, from diamond-patterned Native American weavings to longhorn steer skulls and cowboy lassos. To incorporate iconic imagery of the region in your landscape, look for natural elements to display on garden gates or in front of walls. Here, a traditional string of peppers and a rustic-style bell add attractive accents to the front entrance.

Court Yards

Photo: Desert Crest, LLC

Metal garden art. Metal garden sculptures, such as the prickly pear cactus and the lizard near the gate, add year-round whimsy to the landscape. Sparsely planted desert gardens provide the space for sculptures to really stand out.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is from Houzz. Hoang is landscape designer and was previously a garden editor for Sunset Magazine and in-house designer for Sunset’s Editorial Test Garden.

Article source: http://www.totallandscapecare.com/landscaping/southwestern-desert-create-the-look/

Family Business: Van Putte Gardens continues to blossom

The Van Putte family has been farming in Greece for more than a century, but the business bearing their name came about shortly after World War II ended.

Willard and Grace Van Putte founded what became Van Putte Gardens in 1948. Prior to that, Willard’s father, William, was a “truck farmer,” who sold crops in Rochester.

“The business started as a seed-packaging business, it was very small,” said Kyle Van Putte, a grandson of Willard and Grace who now runs the company with his sister, Holly Cirella.

Just as the seeds sprouted, Van Putte Gardens has grown significantly over the years. The North Avenue garden shop now has 80 employees during the peak season, offers landscaping and snow-removal services and sells everything from trees and shrubs to perennials and annuals to mulch, stone and soil to home and garden décor.

“It’s truly a family venture,” Kyle Van Putte said. “I’ve worked here since I was 6 or 7 years old.”

Van Putte Gardens has grown along with the Greece community where it resides. In the 1950s, customers wanted plants instead of seeds, so Van Putte added them. By the 1960s, with Greece exploding in population largely because of Eastman Kodak Co., Van Putte expanded its retail shop and landscape business.

Kyle’s father, Carl, took over the business in 1976 with his wife, Sue. Kyle and his sister assumed the reins in 2012 with Kyle as majority owner.

The property includes 17 acres and an acre of “greenhouse range” which encompasses 14 greenhouses where vegetable and flowering plants are grown. Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettias and the like are added during the holiday season.

Close to half of the employees work in the landscaping end of the business, which typically extends to mid-December. About 20 employees handle the snowplowing, cleaning parking lots for area churches, businesses and apartment complexes and doing some residential jobs. Van Putte Gardens has a fleet of 26 trucks.

The store has close to 10,000 square feet of retail space but understandably “shrinks down” in the winter, Kyle Van Putte said. The area may have been built up since the early days of Van Putte Gardens, particularly with a housing-subdivision boom in the 1980s, but Kyle said it hasn’t changed that much.

“We’re a mile off the Ridge (Road), nestled in a nice location,” he said. “The Latta/Long Pond (roads) area is very commercial, but there are a lot of homes around here.”

Lest you think garden shops do nothing in the cold weather, think again. After the Christmas holiday rush, January is the month for strategic planning so, as Kyle says, “We can hit the ground running in spring.” Wintertime also is the time for repairs and maintenance. “We don’t ever really close down,” he added.

Maintaining a “convenient and comfortable experience” for customers is key, Van Putte said, and that includes keeping an eye on online retailers like Amazon. You might wonder who would buy their plants and trees online instead of in person, but as he noted, “People who fall asleep at the wheel are the ones that get beat.”

Alan Morrell is a Rochester-based freelance writer.

Family businesses

Small, family-run businesses are big contributors to our region’s economy — and identity. Meet some of the families who for generations have put their hearts and souls (and a lot of their time) into serving the community at restaurants, shops and more.

Do you have a multi-generational family business you’re proud of? Email us at cbenjami@DemocratandChronicle.com.

Article source: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/money/business/2016/12/14/family-business-van-putte-gardens-continues-blossom/95436086/

Gardeners yield colorful cookbook | Food | heraldmailmedia.com – Herald

A casual comment made at an event hosted by the Washington County Master Gardeners in the summer of 2015 has turned into a lucrative project for the volunteer educators.

“The Gourmet Gardener’s Cookbook” was published last month and contains more than 250 recipes contributed by Master Gardeners.

A woman at a Master Gardeners picnic suggested the group do a cookbook because many of the members are good cooks.

“And the idea was born,” said Annette Cormany, Extension educator for horticulture and the Master Gardener program for the University of Maryland in Washington County.

The cookbook is filled with color photos and contains information about the Master Gardeners and 16 community projects, according to Cormany, who said she is particularly pleased with the photos in the 184-page book.

“They were photos of our projects. We also have a very good photographer in our Master Gardener community who took photos of the food. That was a fun photo session because you take pictures and then enjoy,” she said with a laugh. “So there are photos of our projects from throughout the years and photos of the actual dishes, and that’s unusual. Not a lot of cookbooks have photos, but we wanted to show what we do in the community, and we also wanted to entice people to try some of the recipes.”

Each recipe has at least one ingredient that can be grown in local gardens, Cormany said.

The book also contains gardening essays, recipes for specialty gardens and more than 100 gardening tips from Master Gardeners on everything from growing herbs to attracting pollinators.

To date, Cormany said, more than 350 cookbooks have been sold, but more are “definitely” available for purchase, just in time for holiday gift giving.

“We really help it inspires people to grow something new in their gardens and try something new that they haven’t before. It’s an educational cookbook, so it’s designed for both gourmets and gardeners to try new things, and perhaps learn a bit more about gardening along the way,” Cormany said.

The cookbook costs $15 and can be ordered via email at dwoodrin@umd.edu; or by calling 301-791-1304, to be picked up at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center at 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown. Payment can be made by cash or check.

All proceeds raised from the sale of the cookbook support the educational programs of the Washington County Master Gardeners. Volunteer educators with the University of Maryland Extension, Master Gardeners teach people safe, effective gardening practices that build healthy gardens and communities. They give educational talks, create demonstration gardens, offer plant clinics and therapeutic horticulture programs, and host information booths at community events.

About the cookbook …

“The Gourmet Gardener’s Cookbook,” published by the Washington County Master Gardeners, contains more than 250 recipes, along with color photos and information about the Master Gardener program.

The book costs $15 and can be ordered by calling 301-791-1304 or emailing dwoodrin@umd.edu.

Roasted Autumn Soup

1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks

1 medium to large yellow onion, cut into large pieces

1/2 pound mushrooms (optional)

2 or 3 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 bell pepper, cut into chunks

1 or 2 jalapeño peppers, cut into pieces

3 or 4 cloves garlic, peeled

3 or 4 sprigs each fresh rosemary, thyme and parsley, finely chopped (See cook’s note)

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

2 to 3 cups homemade chicken broth

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Spread all the cut-up vegetables and garlic in a shallow pan or casserole dish. Don’t layer them too much. Sprinkle the herbs, salt, pepper and olive oil over all and stir them around until well coated.

Roast, stirring occasionally to keep vegetables coated with oil, until vegetables are very tender and start to brown around the edges of the pan, usually 45 minutes to an hour.

Remove from oven and let cool until they can be handled. Put by batches into a food processor and process until smooth. Place in a soup pan and mix with enough chicken broth to make a soupy consistency. Alternatively, put the roasted vegetables in a soup pot with the broth and use an immersion blender to make a smooth soup. Heat through and serve hot.

Serve with freshly made herb bread.

Cook’s note: Dried herbs can be used in replace of fresh herbs, but use less because they are more potent.

— Channele Wirman

Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

8-ounce container low-fat vanilla yogurt

2 egg whites

1 cup blueberries (See cook’s note)

1 tablespoon sugar, for topping

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture.

In a small bowl, combine orange juice, oil, vanilla, yogurt and egg whites, then pour wet mixture into the well. Stir until just moistened. Fold in the blueberries.

Coat 12 regular or 6 large muffin cups with cooking spray and pour batter into them. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar over the tops.

Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove muffins from pan immediately and place onto a rack to cool.

Cook’s note: You can substitute strawberries or peaches for the blueberries. This is a go-to, light recipe for muffins that present well and taste delicious.

Makes 6 large or 12 regular muffins.

Article source: http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/life/food/gardeners-yield-colorful-cookbook/article_89be6735-aa02-5e0c-acb9-3a729a5cfddd.html