A day in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

What is it about the Amish life that’s always drawn me? Perhaps it’s the throwback to simpler times in the way they eschew modern technology in their homes, the romantic scenes along a country road of horse-drawn buggies and one-room schoolhouses, the traditional form of dress or the charming Pennsylvania Dutch accents.

Bucolic Amish countryside

It feels like the pages of a history book opened up before my eyes. Thousands of years of religious faith, persecution in Europe, and eventual settlement in Pennsylvania have created the oldest and largest Amish community in the country, in a sliver of the state called Lancaster County.


November 10 2015      43 comments     Linda Ly

The five little things that made my week…

Bumper crop of figs

1. So surprised to see a small bumper crop of figs this late in the season!


November 6 2015      21 comments     Linda Ly

Soaking seeds to speed germination

I’m often the first to admit that there’s not much you need if you want to start from seed — just a good growing medium, sunshine, and water.

But sometimes there are forces working against us, and if there’s a way to boost our chances of seed starting success, I’m all for it.


November 5 2015      33 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Semillas

Sweet Genovese basil

My basil have been going gangbusters in the vintage clawfoot bed. All summer long, the bees have been flitting about the fragrant flowers — dozens of them, to the point where you can hear a collective buzz as you walk by.

Bee feeding on basil flower

Moments like these make me wish I had a beehive, because a colony feeding on all my basil would produce the most amazing honey! (Sigh, one day.)


November 3 2015      26 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Hierbas

Winter radishes versus spring radishes

Of all the vegetables one can cultivate, radishes are one thing that’s always in abundance in my garden. I love their top-to-tail usefulness in the kitchen and grow them year-round for the greens as well as the roots (and even the flowers as well as the seed pods — yep, all edible).

Radish flowers

When the first sign of fall arrives, those tight little bunches of palm-sized orbs start to make way for larger, starchier roots like black radish, watermelon radish, and daikon — or what are known as winter radishes.


November 1 2015      31 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Verduras

The five little things that made my week…

Seed packets

1. Seeds! I inventory all my seeds twice a year (spring and fall) and so far I’ve counted a little over 300 packets of seeds, ordered from seed houses or saved from my own garden over the last couple years. Seeds don’t last forever, unfortunately. Have you looked at the dates on some of your older packets? Check out my cheat sheet on seed storage life to determine when it’s time to throw them out.


October 23 2015      23 comments     Linda Ly
Diversión   Jardín

Adventuring across America with the Kia Sedona

Camping. Climbing. Kayaking. Biking. None of these adventures feel right in a minivan to me… heck, not even a road trip feels sexy in a minivan. I’ve always associated minivans with soccer moms and suburban families, so when Kia offered up their Sedona MPV (that’s Multi-Purpose Vehicle, not minivan, mind you) for The CSA Cookbook Road Trip this summer, I’ll admit I was a little hesitant at first.

But the large windows, ample storage, and great gas mileage swayed me enough to give it a go, and seven weeks later, it was a sad, sad day when I had to return the vehicle. The Sedona has completely changed my impressions of MPVs and their possibilities on the road.

Exploring Sonora Pass in Northern California

Skateboarding in Sonora Pass, California

Getting comfortable in the Kia Sedona


October 20 2015      16 comments     Linda Ly
Aventuras   Viajes