Food & Recipes

  • Shawna Coronado in late September garden

    Books I Like for Wellness Ideas

    This season has been a challenge with my diagnosis of spinal osteoarthritis – I changed my diet, started walking daily, and totally reexamined my approach to gardening, cooking, and living. Rebuilding…

  • Tito Pom Fizz Vodka Cocktail 2

    Tito Vodka Fizz Cocktail Recipe

    ‘Tis the season for my 6 Days of delicious Holiday Kitchen Cocktail Recipes made in my kitchen with love just for you. Below is a recipe and a how-to video you…

  • Compost Crank in Compost Bin

    Compost Crank Garden Give-Away

    One of the perpetual persnickety problems I have with the garden is turning my compost; a tremendous hassle when you have osteoarthritis and a small urban composting bin. My back hurts,…

  • Ice Cream Chocolate Ultimate copyright Shawna Coronado

    The Ice Cream Factory Tour

    Ice cream is my arch-nemesis. Remember that scene from the movie Chocolat (video at bottom) when the mayor of the town, Comte de Reynaud, attempts to kill all the chocolate with a…

  • Allan Armitage Kelly Norris Dan Heims Christina Salwitz Shawna Coronado 2014

    Allan Armitage Book Review

    Last season I had the very fortunate opportunity to spend a day with a few garden industry legends seen in the above photo at Terra Nova Nurseries in Oregon (from left…

  • Winter curly parsley with snow

    Parsley in the Snow

    Went out back this week to throw my coffee grounds on the composter and what did I discover? A DECEMBER MIRACLE! Did you know that parsley is a cold weather crop?…

  • Theres no elevator to success you have to take the stairs Shawna

    A Cup of Coffee

    When I began my anti-inflammatory diet, 20 weeks ago, I reduced my caffeine intake significantly. I also went on a no dairy, no sugar, low gluten diet which has helped reduce…

  • Morton Arboretum Illuminations Blue Trees and Lake

    Holiday Lights at Morton Arboretum Illumination

    Morton Arboretum has a dazzling holiday lights event featuring water and trees being lighted with an astounding led light show. This year was better than ever. Beyond trees being lighted up,…

  • Double Rain Barrel Installation Shawna Coronado

    Rain Barrel Black Friday

    Rain barrels and Black Friday – I know it seems an unlikely combination and yet here we are. Building a healthy garden is easier when you use fresh rain water as…

  • Bento Box Kale Salad Cauliflower and Hummus
    Food Wellness

    Anti-Inflammatory Recipe Bento Box

    November: the month of non-stop go-go-go! You’re getting ready for the holidays, the travel, the stress, and all you need are some quick and easy ideas for lunch. You remember the…

  • Yellow Tractor Raised Beds

    How To Plant a Raised Garden Bed

    Yellow Tractor is a consulting organization that coordinates amazing corporate events focused on growing food. They build and sell raised garden beds as a part of their corporate and educational initiatives.…

  • Succulent Living Wall Garden at Nursery

    Living Wall Garden with Succulent Plants

    November is the good time to start a succulent garden. If you have an area near a sunny window that has very bright light exposure, than you can grow a succulent…