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The pour over method was invented during the 1950’s and is known as a fantastic way to brew coffee, especially in smaller amounts. First invented by Melitta Bentz, the pour-over is now manufactured by dozens of different companies. They can vary greatly in style and form, from one hole at the bottom, to several. Proper pour-over brewing requires a special style kettle, known as a gooseneck kettle. This style of kettle has a long thin curved neck that allows for easy and precise pouring. To make coffee with a pour-over,...

Ever since the late 1950’s, the French press has been touted as one of the best ways to get a flavorful cup of coffee. The French press uses a steel mesh filter, as opposed to a paper one, which allows the oils found naturally in coffee to pass through, giving the cup a more pronounced flavor. The different French presses may vary in style and materials used in construction, but pretty much all have the same three basic parts: a steel mesh filter attached to a plunger, a cover and...

  An americano is a simple beverage to make, requiring only espresso shots and water. To make a 12-ounce Americano, simply pull two shots of espresso into the mug, and add 10 ounces of hot water. This drink can be made hot or iced, and resembles brewed coffee.  A cappuccino is a very traditional espresso beverages, composed of a big pillow of foam, and a double shot of espresso. To make a traditional cappuccino, pull two shots of espresso into a small mug, and steam enough milk to create 4...

 by Lynsey Grosfield There are a few Christmas plants that consistently hit the stores every year, and they couldn’t be more different from one another. Here is the low-down on taking care of the three most popular seasonal botanical all throughout the holidays. Poinsettias Poinsettias ( Euphorb ia pulcherrima) are actually native to Mexico, where they have beenused as both a dye and as a symbol of Christmas since the 16th century. Poinsettias aren’t grown for their flowers but actually for their bracts—which are a specializedform of leaf—that stop the show,...

  By: Connie Hоuѕерlаntѕ and gоrgеоuѕ gаrdеnѕ аrе thе рrіdе оf mаnу hоmеоwnеrѕ. We ѕреnd hоurѕ аnd lоtѕ оf mоnеу selecting thе реrfесt рlаnt, tilling thе soil аnd hеlріng thеm tо flourish. Plаntѕ іnѕіdе thе home have been ѕhоwn to reduce іndооr pollutants and freshen the air. Cut flоwеrѕ frоm thе flоrіѕt саn show someone thаt you care аnd саn brіghtеn uр the rооm. But all of thіѕ bеаutу саn be dеаdlу... іf you hаvе a саt or dog. Many houseplants are tоxіс tо both саtѕ аnd dogs. Some саn...

by Gabe McNab Growing beautiful flowers in the garden is a job with obvious rewards. With all the hard work that goes into creating a garden filled with beautiful flowers, it is sometimes hard to leave it all behind to go back indoors. Many garden flowers make great choices for vases and arrangements, but it is important to properly understand how to best remove them from the plant. Stems that are not properly cut can cause damage to the plant, and to the stem that you have removed. If you...

by Lynsey Grosfield A perennial plant is a gift that keeps on giving in a variety of ways: firstly, it graces the garden with blossoms and foliage year after year, and secondly, it grows beyond the margins in which is was originally planted, often making copies of itself and forming a clonal patch. While lateral spread is often a welcome attribute in a garden where there is still bare soil to colonize, some gardeners prefer to keep perennials growing in a circumscribed area, either for aesthetic reasons, or to leave...

  by Gabe McNab Pruning trees and shrubs in your yard is for your benefit as much as it is for the plants. Pruning is important to maintain the shape and health of a plant and it is also a good way to encourage new growth and help to reduce the chances of breakage and disease. Both newly planted trees and shrubs, and more mature ones, need to be maintained in order to continue to encourage new growth and development. Trees or shrubs that are not properly maintained can become leggy,...

  by Gabe McNab When working in the garden, gardening gloves can either be a help or a hindrance. Gloves that are too thick can cause hand fatigue and make it difficult to complete tasks that require full dexterity. While providing protection, thick gloves can be difficult to work in and cause your hands to sweat. There are many options for garden gloves on the market, made from a number of materials and fabrics. If you are looking for a gardening glove that provides dexterity with protection, along with a...

  by Lynsey Grosfield In Voltaire’s Candide, the source of true happiness is famously found in the sentence “il faut cultiver notre jardin” (“we must cultivate our gardens”). In many ways, Voltaire was a man ahead of his time: now, there is ample evidence to suggest his more figurative meaning should be taken literally.  Gardening or horticultural therapy is a recognized form of intervention for several conditions: from mental health challenges like depression, to degenerative conditions like dementia, to developmental conditions like autism. Further, it can be used as a...