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You can afford better food: 10+ ways to get more out of your grocery budget

Let's start with this: I am NOT a picky eater, but I'm choosy about my food. I haven't always been this way: when I first lived on my own, life was full of Pizza Hut and mac and cheese and ramen noodles and nary a vegetable in sight. I thought spending 50 cents on green onions was a splurge.

The first changes in my adult eating habits happened when I read Micheal Pollan's rules for eating. That link is a LONG article, and well worth the read, but I'll summarize: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. And don't eat food with more than five ingredients. He goes on to say that if you're confused, you should stick to foods your grandmother would recognize. That's pretty simplistic. In real terms, how do you get there?

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Gothic garden planning: 5 black blooms worth braving the sun for

As I dove into garden-planning season, I came across this breathtaking flower: the Black Parrot tulip. Now, I know it's too late to plant tulips, but that doesn't stop me from fantasizing about these.

Happily, the Black Parrot led me down a rabbit hole of other dark plants — the kind of vegetation that might convince even the palest of goths to slather on sunscreen and get into the garden.

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Let’s scheme about low-impact balcony decor for spring

For those of us apartment/condo dwellers in the Northern Hemiphere, it is NOT hanging out on the balcony season — but it IS balcony decor scheming season. Our balcony spent most of last summer in a state of crapped-out dormancy, but I vowed that next year will be different… so the scheming has already begun.