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Dr. Pepper Cider

This is a milder, sweeter version of Mulled Apple Cider.

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Recipe Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman (with modifications)

Mocha Silk Pie

This was my first successful attempt at a vegan, gluten-free chocolate dessert. The original recipe was not vegan, so I was flying into uncharted territories with the changes I made. I definitely think it's harder to cream soy butter than regular, but maybe that was because I didn't start with room-temperature butter, so I'll be sure to remember that for next time!

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Mulled Apple Cider

Since being diagnosed with food allergies almost a year ago, I've learned to acquire new tastes, including overcoming a lifetime hatred of cinnamon. Mulled apple cider made it very easy to accomplish this goal. It's simple and quick to make, and goes down a treat on a cold night.

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I should thin carrots in the next planting.



The cilantro is doing great alongside carrots.

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Shouldn't have planted peas next to squash because peas, especially southern peas, require a lot of direct sunlight.

I'm afraid this plant may never produce due to lack of sunlight, which is a shame because there is no substitute for fresh southern peas.


I like to plant basil just so I can rub my fingers on it when I walk by. It smells so good!

Also, I've got a spectacular recipe for Sunflower Basil Pesto Linguine (vegan and gluten-free) that I should make again soon.

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According to directions, this Early Girl should have ripe tomatoes in 16 days, but I doubt that will happen. I guess we'll see!

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The Park's Whopper did so well in Mississippi, but it didn't taste very good when I planted it in my first Virginia garden. That could have been due to the soil, so I thought I'd give it another shot this year.

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I thought the Asparagus Bean would've grown faster.

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