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Sheila Julson

Return to Our Roots By Sheila Julson For three summer seasons, I had a gratifying role of interviewing farmers for a feature series I wrote for a community newspaper. I became somewhat of a “farmer stalker” as I scoped out vendors to interview at area farmers’ markets. I had to ...

Earth Day Reevaluation

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, and April welcomes an unofficial holiday that really makes me want to take stock and start fresh — Earth Day. During this time, I take stock of sustainable lifestyle choices that I’m proud of and also look for ways to improve.At the beginning of the ...

Hearty Healthy Soup Reminds Us Spring is On the Way

My windowsill is lined with seedlings sprouting their little green tops from pockets of soil. Just above the seedlings, my window frames a picture the Wisconsin winterscape, which can be impressive in December, but it gets rather gray and dreary by the end of February. I’m over it, and I want ...

Herbin’ It Up

We’ve had a freakishly mild fall here in Wisconsin — can’t say if that’s good or bad. Despite my climate change concerns, I enjoyed taking advantage of a longer than usual growing season, and it wasn’t until yesterday that I rescued the last of my herbs from an upcoming cold front ...

Homemade Condiments Offer Better Quality, Less Plastic Waste

For years, I’ve made my own salad dressing. I started with simple vinaigrettes and branched out to ranch, vegetarian Caesar salad, and Thousand Island. I serve and store the dressings in my rustic corked-topped salad dressing bottles, which not only impress guests, but also keep a few glass ...

Homemade Croutons Save Bread Waste

One of my favorite literary classics is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. In the novel, protagonist Francie Nolan describes how her mother would save money by purchasing day-old dried bread from the bakery and give the loaves new life by pouring water over them. I had also seen that ...

Winter Skin Care

I’m not one of those New Year’s resolutions people, but I do like to begin each year as a time of reflection, to build off past successes and to learn from previous mistakes. To set new goals and to build upon my values of caring for community, environment, family and for myself. So during ...

DIY Drink Gifts

I’ve always seen shopping as a chore, and I had never really been one of those women who sees a day at the mall as a fun outing. As an advocate of buying local, I like walking around the older urban neighborhoods in my city and stopping at the small mom-and-pop shops. But I even tire quickly ...

Pizza Time

I love pizza. Who doesn’t? There are plenty of outstanding locally owned pizzerias in my neighborhood, and a select few frozen pizzas are of decent quality, but I like to make my own from scratch, crust and all. I think the best part of pizza is the sauce, especially when it’s made from ...

Swinging Into Labor Day Weekend

The late summer season brings many great things for me, like the joy of picking and savoring garden veggies that we nurtured since spring. Farmers' markets are overflowing with produce that I cannot grow or don’t have space for in the yard. The Milwaukee Brewers are in a pennant race, and ...

Mosquitoes Be Gone

There is a joke among we Wisconsinites that the mosquito is our state bird. A damp rainy June likely helped boost the population of the bloodsucking pests, and they’re everywhere this summer. People of all ages are complaining of itchy uncomfortable welts and unsightly scabs from scratching ...

How to Host a DIY Wedding

For much of the past two months, my time has been occupied with ironing out the final details of my wedding. On June 28, I married Doug, the man I fell in love with nearly three years ago. While we’ve each had long-term relationships, it’s the first marriage for both of us. Being in our ...

Garden Up

I’m constantly challenged by the limited gardening area in my yard, so I’m always perusing magazines and talking to other growers to come up with creative ways to maximize space. Even raised beds would likely take up too much room.So when my neighbors gave us some faux terra-cotta window ...

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day isn’t my absolute favorite holiday on the calendar, but I do get excited by its approach every April. My biggest hope is that, like Christmas, more and more people will keep the spirit of Earth Day by celebrating its principles all year long. We all know how ...

Seedlings Everywhere

My neighbor across the alley recently told me that another neighbor of ours was contacted by the city to remove the empty milk jugs he was saving from his backyard. My first thought was “Whew! Glad it wasn’t me!” My neighbor who unwillingly drew the ire of city inspectors is, like me, an ...

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