The Etsy x Half Baked Harvest Collection Will Bake Your Kitchen Merry & Bright

Picture this: You’re baking peppermint crinkle cookies while enjoying a jolly good playlist and massive mug of eggnog. It feels like a scene in a holiday film. Well, almost. All you need to complete this picture-perfect scenario is Etsy x Half Baked Harvest collection that’ll make your coziest dreams come true over the holiday season.

Creator and author of Half Baked Harvest, Tieghan Gerard, collaborated with Etsy for this special collection that’s filled with cozy kitchenware and decor. From cookie boxes to oven mitts, this line will make baking some of your favorite holiday recipes even more Insta-worthy and fun. Not to mention, the decor pieces such as candle holders and ceramic ornaments will transform your space into something out of a Hallmark Christmas movie.

Each one of the items in this collection has been handcrafted with the help of 12 Etsy artists that Gerard worked with. Everything is budget-friendly, too, with items ranging from $20 to $100. Get your bestie who’s always in the kitchen a cute apron or adorable reindeer measuring spoons. Or, treat yourself to a gingerbread latte-scented candle for chill December nights at home.

There’s sure to be something sweet you’ll want to gift yourself or purchase as a present for a loved one, so start browsing some of the items in the Etsy x Half Baked Harvest collection now. This collection is only available until Dec. 31, or while supplies last.

1. These Oven Mitts Will Come In Handy When You’re Baking

Tieghan Gerard worked with Etsy shop confetti mill to launch an adorable collection of oven mitts, pot holders, and kitchen towels you’ll definitely want to grab this holiday season. They come in cute colors like oatmeal grey or forest green that’s reminiscent to your tree at home. If you plan on baking lots of Christmas cookies this season, you’ll definitely want a good oven mitt by your side.

2. These Cookie Boxes Are Especially Sweet

Give your friends something extra sweet this season, like this beautiful box that’s filled with your own homemade Christmas cookies. This box kit from Half Baked Harvest and Etsy contains scalloped lids, box dividers, parchment squares, and bakers twine to wrap everything up nicely. There are even jingle bells so your friends can jingle all the way to this sweet treat in the kitchen.

3. This Cookbook Stand Is Oh-So Perfect For Holiday Baking

Keep your cookbook neat and readily available with this adorable recipe stand. It’s made from yellow birch, and has champagne gold accents that will look gorgeous in your kitchen.

4. This Candle Holder Will Light Up Your Holiday Table

Add a merry and bright centerpiece to your dinner table with one or more of these candlestick holders. Create a look like something out of A Christmas Carol with the vintage-like handle. Depending on the style and color palette of your space, you can get this holder in either black or white.

5. These Cute Ceramic Ornaments Are Definite Keepers

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In the Garden: Time to get garlic cloves in the ground for next year’s harvest

There are two foods that really make life worth living: chocolate and garlic. While I can’t grow my own chocolate, I certainly can cultivate garlic. It is really easy to grow, and the resulting crop enhances the flavors of so many savory dishes.

Fall is the time to plant garlic. You also can plant in the spring, but the resulting bulbs will be much smaller.

If you are a first-time grower, you’ll need to purchase “seed garlic” at your local garden center or from an online source. Seed garlic is another name for garlic bulbs, which are certified to be disease-free and are comprised of several individual cloves. Since each clove will grow into a large bulb containing many more cloves, you’ll get a great return on your initial investment. In subsequent years, use cloves from your previous harvest rather than having to buy more.

There are two types of garlic: hardneck and softneck. Elephant garlic is a member of the onion family but not a true garlic. Hardnecks have a stiff central stalk and produce four to 12 cloves within a bulb; the cloves tend to have a more intense flavor. Softnecks have a softer stem, produce more cloves within larger bulbs and generally have a milder flavor. If you want to braid your harvest together, grow softnecks. The huge cloves of elephant garlic have a mild taste.

My favorite hardneck varieties are German Porcelain, German Red, Music and Spanish Roja.

Inchelium Red is a very reliable softneck variety for this region.

Loosen the soil of the planting bed to a depth of about 4 inches and mix in a bit of bone meal, which is an organic soil amendment high in phosphorus. Gently split apart the garlic bulbs into individual cloves.

Push each clove down into soil – making sure the pointed end faces upward – until there are 2 inches of soil above the top of the clove. Space hardneck and softneck cloves 6 inches apart and elephant garlic cloves 12 inches apart. Be sure to label your plantings so you remember what they are at harvest time next summer.

Once the entire bed has been planted, cover it with a thick layer of mulch: grass clippings from an untreated lawn, shredded leaves or straw all work well. This insulates the soil in order to prevent frost-heaving during the winter.

The sprouts will begin to emerge in early spring. If you used grass clippings for mulch, move them out of the way as they can mat together and impede plant growth. Other mulches can remain in place. Water regularly and weed as necessary so they won’t compete with the garlic.

In early summer, hardneck garlic plants form “scapes,” those curlicue stems that will develop a flower if left in place. It’s important to remove them so the plants continue developing the bulbs instead of using energy to bloom. The scapes have a mild garlic flavor and make a delicious addition to many dishes.

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Victory garden harvest at southern Alberta museum yields nearly 1,300 pounds of vegetables



a man standing next to a pile of hay: Volunteers get their hands dirty to harvest potatoes and carrots at the Heritage Acres Farm Museum near Pincher Creek, Alta. on Saturday.


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Volunteers get their hands dirty to harvest potatoes and carrots at the Heritage Acres Farm Museum near Pincher Creek, Alta. on Saturday.

Around four months ago, staff and volunteers at Pincher Creek’s Heritage Acres Farm Museum held a sod-turning ceremony at its first-ever victory garden project. Fast-forward to Saturday, and the benefit of a hard summer’s work were reaped as nearly 1,100 pounds of potatoes and 180 pounds of carrots were harvested.

“Victory gardening” refers to the practice of gardening to support the community, originating during the First and Second World Wars to aid with food supply for troops overseas.

According to board vice president Anna Welsch, the idea for the garden came about while the museum was closed due to COVID-19.

“Being that we’re a farm museum and an agricultural community… this was our opportunity to hopefully take away some food insecurities from our local community,” Welsch explained.

Read more: Lethbridge garden centres experience boom in summer sales amid COVID-19

In sticking with their roots, antique equipment was used in the harvesting process, along with the hands of a more than a dozen volunteers.

“The interesting thing is our potato [harvester],” executive director Jim Peace said. “That tractor is a 1945 McCormick, and the potato digger was built in England at the turn of the century, so it’s been part of the collection here at Heritage Acres for years. It would have been originally pulled by a horse.”

According to David Green, coordinator for the Family Community Support Services for Pincher Creek, the food bank didn’t have the resources to take fresh produce until recently. Now, the new Pincher Creek Community Food Centre has the ability to store more varieties of food.

Read more: Heritage Acres Musuem plants victory garden to support Pincher Creek food bank

“We’re making the transition to the new organization in a fiscally sound manner, they’re in good shape financially” he said.

Green adds although there hasn’t been a significant spike in need for the food bank services, they are consistently serving the community. He says a lot of people, not only Heritage Acres, have stepped up to increase donations through the pandemic.

“We’re very thankful to the community, both individuals and corporations.”

With such an increase, Peace says the choice of vegetable will allow them to donate in stages to suit the food bank’s needs.

“We picked potatoes and carrots because they store well,” Peace explained. “We have a heated Quonset, so we can actually bag them and provide them to the food bank [as we go].”

On top of the the potato and carrot donation, the museum says they have received around 1,500 pounds of hamburger through cattle donations from the Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange, Dewald Livestock, Larson Custom Feeders, and Big Sky Feeder Association in conjunction with the Chinook Breeder Co-Op.

Pincher Creek is located approximately 100 kilometres west of Lethbridge.

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Jennifer Garner attempts to harvest sunflower seeds from her garden in hilarious video

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Iran dismisses US push to reimpose sanctions

Iran said on Sunday that its arch-foe the United States is facing “maximum isolation” after major powers dismissed a unilateral US declaration that UN sanctions on Tehran were back in force. The Trump administration said the sanctions had been re-activated under the “snapback” mechanism in a landmark 2015 nuclear treaty – despite Washington having withdrawn from the deal. As other signatories cast doubt on the move having any legal effect, Washington threatened to “impose consequences” on states failing to comply. But Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said a concerted campaign by Washington to pressure Tehran had backfired. “We can say that America’s ‘maximum pressure’ against Iran, in its political and legal aspect, has turned into America’s maximum isolation,” he said in a televised cabinet meeting. He also praised the UN Security Council’s approach to the issue as “very valuable” as it ignored “America’s request (and) held no session to consider their request.” The Security Council was what “the Americans always thought of as their point of strength,” he said. The sanctions in question had been lifted when Iran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (Britain, China, France, Russia and the US) and Germany signed the 2015 treaty on Iran’s nuclear programme, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But US President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018, saying the deal – negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama – was insufficient. He also renewed and even strengthened Washington’s own sanctions as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic republic. The US insists it is still a participant in the agreement that it stormed out of – but only so it can activate the snapback option, which it announced on August 20. Virtually every other Security Council member disputes Washington’s ability to execute this legal pirouette, and the UN body has not taken the measure any further.

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Fall’s the best time to harvest discounts at garden centers

Fall is the best time of year to get new trees, shrubs and perennials into the ground before cold weather sets in, and it’s often the best time to buy them, too. Garden centers traditionally mark down their off-season inventories rather than muscle them indoors for overwintering protection.

Discounted items also might include succulents and carnivorous plants, garden furniture, tools and statuary, potting soil and fertilizers. Many of the sale items are teasers, priced so low that you can’t resist pulling out your wallet even though you may have to work hard at protecting them once they make it home.

Before heading out for your bargain shopping, anticipate. Set aside several sheltered areas along retaining walls or the sides of buildings for what one veteran gardener labels “clearance stashes.”

Understand that nurturing those unplanned-for plants until spring may eat into your investment, at least in terms of late-season sweat equity. They’ll need a deep watering, holes dug for their containers or burlap-wrapped root balls, and then some fill dirt or straw layered around them for insulation.

“Containers are vulnerable to freeze damage,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “Overall, I would recommend planting things right away if you buy in fall sales. Overwintering them is not worth it if you’re going with planters. Most people are not willing to deal with all that.”

Fall end-of-season sales are the biggest of the year, said Maureen Murphy, owner of Bayview Farm and Garden near Langley.

“We do progressive sales,” Murphy said. “So much is marked off one week and then more is marked off the next. People like it. It’s kind of a game for them. Will it be here next week at 30 percent off?”

Garden centers — especially those in the somewhat winter-friendly Pacific Northwest — recommend that people plant in the fall, she said. “The ground is still warm and that’s when the seasonal rains arrive. The plants spend their time until spring rooting in.”

Small, privately owned garden centers have to be quick to adapt to consumer demands, Murphy said. Her Whidbey Island grower-retailer operation is open now year-round with a gift shop and restaurant on site. It draws tourists along with gardeners, she said.

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Watch Jennifer Garner Adorably Harvest Sunflower Seeds From Her Own Garden



a woman smiling for the camera: Actress Jennifer Garner is always effortlessly cute, but her latest Instagram video harvesting sunflower seeds is next level adorable. Watch it here:


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Actress Jennifer Garner is always effortlessly cute, but her latest Instagram video harvesting sunflower seeds is next level adorable. Watch it here:

  • Jennifer Garner just shared a new Instagram video harvesting sunflower seeds.
  • She got the seeds from all the huge sunflowers in her garden, but harvesting didn’t go exactly as planned.
  • Jen looks adorably throughout the whole video and glows with makeup-free skin.

Jennifer Garner isn’t just a talented actress, amateur dancer, and jump rope maven, she’s also completely crushing her gardening game. Evidence: An adorable new Instagram video, where she not only has a bunch of fully-grown sunflowers—she also harvests seeds from them.

“Sunflower seeds come from sunflowers,” Jen wrote in the caption. “I know—🤯🤯🤯. Emboldened by the success of the nice man on YouTube I gave it a try and so here you go.

#mikemadeitlookeasy.”

In true Jennifer Garner style, the video is pretty much everything. “Today’s not your day,” she tells one droopy sunflower, before getting ready to totally chop its head off. “How you doin’?” she says to another one. At one point, she accidentally walks through a spider’s web and hilariously says, “Pardon me, Charlotte. Go ahead and rebuild.”

Then, she says what everyone thinks whenever they even touch a pile of dirt: “I’m living off the land!”

On to the harvesting! Jennifer starts out by trying to pop out her sunflower seeds by hand, before deciding she needs to “innovate” and use a spoon to scrape them out. “I’m getting every one of you! I will not waste you!” she says at one point, as she tries to get out every. last. seed. “My professional opinion is, this might be a waste of time,” she adds later, with a smile.

She eventually soaks her seeds overnight in a bucket with water and salt. Aaand then Jennifer comes back and admits she actually left the seeds in the bucket for a few days—and there’s some gunk in there. “It’s only a few of them,” she says.

Jennifer eventually spreads the seeds out on paper towels and says she can “identify many problems,” like the fact that she picked them too early and they soaked for too long.

Later, she spreads them on a pan, puts them in a 300 degree oven for 40 minutes with a little salt and olive oil. The best part: When she goes to eat them, she can’t find the seeds. “Somebody stole the seeds,” she says.

“The moral of this story is that sometimes it’s nice to make a lovely snack for your chickens. And that is what I’ve done,” Jen says. In the final shot, you see a bag full of Jennifer’s sunflower seeds, marked, “chicken feed.”

The whole thing is hilarious and so, so relatable. And, in between cracking up, you might notice the fact that Jennifer’s skin is super glowy without makeup on. Btw, she goes makeup-free pretty much all the time. “If I’m shooting a video or posting

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Garden Help Desk: Early winter weather makes gardeners eager for harvest | Home and Garden

We had several questions about what to do for tomato plants during the past week’s cold weather.

To pick, or not to pick? And what about covering the plants; will it get too cold or will the plants be OK? And doesn’t refrigeration ruin tomato flavor? How cold can tomatoes get before the flavor will be ruined?

Answer: This week, let’s look at some information that will help you make good tomato decisions.

This early in the fall, it’s usually better to leave your tomatoes on the vine. The exception to that, of course, would be if the weather forecast predicts the temperature will go below freezing at your location.

Almost every autumn, we get these really short periods of cool-to-cold temperatures and then have better weather again for a while.

Very cold temperatures can ruin the flavor of tomatoes. That’s why we don’t put our tomatoes in the refrigerator. But what about tomatoes on the vine during cold weather?

If the overnight temperatures are consistently below 40 degrees, tomatoes will develop poor flavor. But if temperatures warm up 55 degrees or more during day, the tomatoes can do some normal ripening and improve the flavor.

If you garden in the cooler parts of Utah County, and you think your garden is at risk of frost this early in the fall, you can cover the vines at night to protect them and remove the covering during the day to let the tomatoes soak up the sun and mild daytime temperatures for a few days until better weather returns.

In warmer parts of the county, where the overnight lows will stay in the 40s, covering isn’t usually necessary.

So, for short-term chilly, but not frosty, weather in the early fall, it’s best to leave your tomatoes on the vine so they develop their best flavor profiles instead of picking them green.

Green tomatoes picked now and taken in to ripen and color up will taste more like the tomatoes you buy at the grocery store in the winter.

Near the end of September, when we start to have consistently cold nights and days that stay cool, tomatoes will feel the effects — growth and ripening will nearly come to a stop and the fruits will develop off flavors.

At that point, there isn’t any benefit to leaving tomatoes on the vine or covering the vines overnight. Keep your eye on the weather forecast, watching for those cold nights and days that don’t really warm up and pick all your mature tomatoes, even if they are only partially colored up or still green.

Question: What kind of fertilizer should I use now for my trees to help them get ready for winter?

Answer: Autumn isn’t a good time to fertilize trees.

Right now, trees, shrubs and perennials should begin getting ready for winter and fertilizing them would stimulate new growth instead. New growth that your trees put on now will be less winter hardy and less likely to survive our winter

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Pure Harvest Corporate Group, Inc. Acquires Test Kitchen, Inc.

Denver, CO – ( NewMediaWire ) – September 11, 2020 – Pure Harvest Corporate Group, Inc. (OTC: PHCG), an emerging Cannabis, Health & Wellness and Product Innovation company, is pleased to announce that it acquired Test Kitchen, Inc. in August of 2020 for 50,000 shares of restricted stock. 

Test Kitchen, Inc., a newly formed Colorado-based company specializing in pharmacognosy research, has begun developing and formulating new products using cutting edge technology and proprietary delivery systems.  Test Kitchen was founded on the belief in the power of full engagement of products to be combined with mind-body practices to unlock human potential and create predictable experiences. 

The company’s Health, Wellness and Lifestyle Advisor, Dr. James Rouse, N.M.D., is a co-founder of Test Kitchen and its Chief Formulator.  Dr. Rouse states, “Being able to create the MAP(TM) (Mind Applied Predictability) to direct and augment the performance of everyday life is much needed at this time. Creating the 24 hour directions to optimize gene expression, cognition, hormonal harmony, divergent thinking, creativity and overall emotional resiliency… simply, the experience of our best self-joy, peace of mind, purpose and predictably, is our goal with Test Kitchen.”

Test Kitchen, Inc has future plans to open its living laboratory headquarters for human potential near Golden, Colorado in the fourth quarter of this year.  Dr. James Rouse adds, “We believe that self-care and love are the most powerful and contagious forms of health care, predictable success and performance.  The innovative products we are creating will provide optimization of mind, body and performance and sustain the highest expression of life…our best life.”

About Pure Harvest Corporate Group

The Pure Harvest Corporate Group, Inc. (OTCQB: PHCG) is a publicly traded holding company operating in various segments of the cannabis and hemp-CBD industries. The PHCG team is committed to formulating, manufacturing, and distributing high-quality cannabis and hemp-CBD consumer products in markets where it is legal to do so. The Company has developed numerous retail brands and product lines that are currently available for purchase in select markets. Pure Harvest intends to grow its cannabis and hemp-CBD operations and expand globally as the laws regarding cannabis and hemp-CBD are reviewed and rewritten to repeal their prohibition.

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In the Garden: Keeping track of the year’s ups and downs can improve next year’s harvest

I know it’s not the end of the garden season yet, but with fall fast approaching, I’ve been taking a critical look at how this year’s garden performed.

Gardeners in the Inland Northwest and across the country have seen the impact our changeable weather patterns have had on our plants. While there’s nothing we can do about the weather itself, it’s a good idea to think about what we might do differently next year.

Our very wet, cool spring impacted the production of many warm-season crops. My tomato plants are still being very stubborn about ripening all of their green tomatoes. I’ve been engaging in my annual three-step pruning routine in order to encourage them. This consists of severe pruning and cutting back the amount of water they get.

In the spring, I learned that wilting seedlings can mean they are too wet rather than too dry. All of our rainstorms really set back our melon and tomato plants.

One change I’m considering for next year is to reduce the amount of plastic sheet mulch I use on the beds where warm-season crops such as melons, winter squash, tomatoes and eggplants will be grown. The mulch increases the temperature of the soil and the amount of light reflected up into the plants, which in turn increases productivity, but I want to see if it makes enough of a difference to warrant using it every year.

This year, we grew our onions from small bulbs (sets) instead of plant starts. Many readers have told me their onion plant starts didn’t grow well and, in some cases, were infiltrated by onion maggots. I located an online source for onion sets this spring, and our plants grew better than they have in the past few years.

One of the fun things we tried was growing winter squash up and over an arbor made from cattle panels. At planting time, I envisioned needing a hard hat during the summer because there would be so many squash hanging from the top of the arch. Even though the plants grew well, the arbor got more morning shade than I’d like, which impacted the plants’ productivity. Next year, we’ll move the arbor to a much sunnier location.

Our best idea was growing potatoes and a few tomato plants in cloth grow bags and large pots. All of them did beautifully. This helped us expand the footprint of our garden without having to make more raised beds. You might consider this for 2021.

I was disappointed in a new broccoli cultivar called Millennium. After I harvested the primary heads, they didn’t form secondary heads, which is unusual. Next year, I’ll go back to Early Dividend, which is an excellent producer.

What’s my big goal for 2021? Do a better job of succession planting. This requires planning ahead to anticipate when a crop will be finished so you can quickly replace it with a new planting. As always, my goal is to get the maximum yield from our garden.

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How to harvest seeds from your garden to replant next year | Home & Garden

Flower heads should be dried up. Let the seed and seed pods dry on the plants, and some will just shake off.



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After the tomato mixture ferments, dump the seeds in a sieve and rinse under running water. Next, put the seeds on a paper towel to dry and then store.




» Remove the seeds and put them in an envelope or baggy and store in your basement or freezer. You want them to stay dry, and it’s too humid in the refrigerator.

» A dry, sunny day is best to collect seeds because they’ll contain less moisture.

» If you’re collecting the seeds from several plants, make sure to label the envelopes as you go so there’s no confusion later.

» Tomato seeds have a special coating that keeps them from germinating. To remove it, put the pulp and seeds in a container with a little water and let the mixture sit a few days while it molds over and ferments. Then dump the seeds in a sieve, rinse, transfer to a paper towel to dry and then store.

» You don’t have to freeze seeds — a dark, dry basement or cabinet will work — but Porter says the survival rate will be higher if you do. To ensure that moisture doesn’t rot the seeds, put them in an envelope first and then put the packets in an air-tight plastic bag.

» Some plants will self-seed, especially herbs such as dill and fennel. Some gardeners just toss seeds in a bed in the fall, and while some will come up in the spring, some will rot in the winter dampness.

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