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Best of Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen: Five Oldies but Goodies

Can you believe that I’ve been blogging for seven years now? Since my first post in the summer of 2008, 1,600 blogs have been published on Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen—many written by me, many others written by my interesting mix of knowledgeable, funny, and thought-provoking guest bloggers. As I said when we launched the site’s […]

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My Bette Midler Story

Some of you who follow me on social media may have seen a picture or two of me with Bette Midler and wondered, How did that happen? How did she get to meet Bette? Well, it’s a long story—a story that begins and ends with love—and I’m about to share it with you…. I was […]

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Happy Memorial Day!

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day! —Maria Print PDFRelated Posts:Don’t Get Burned! 7 Sunscreen Safety TipsMaria’s Five Favorites: Summer ProtectionMaria’s Five Favorites: Fun Summer Things!

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10 Things I Learned from Reading Romance Novels

From the very first lines of the very first romance novel I ever read in 1977 (Shanna, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss), I was hooked: “Night gripped the city with cold, misty darkness… The miserable night masked the passage of a carriage that careened through the narrow streets as if it fled from some terrible disaster.” […]

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Happy Earth Day! And Happy #EarthGratitude Wave!

Since 1970, Earth has had one special day a year when we take a moment and really think about our planet—through demonstrations, fundraisers, volunteering, river cleanups, and other means of generally bringing our environment front and center. It was Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, who came up with the idea of creating a “national […]

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50 Things I’m Grateful for about the Earth—An #EarthGratitude List

1. Those little weeds that pop up in the cracks of the sidewalk that, even though annoying to pick, show us just how resilient and powerful nature is. 2. A crystal-clear turquoise sea with warm sun shining. Heaven! 3. That scent at the beach. Any beach. 4. The feel of lying on warm sand on […]

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50 Crazy-Wonderful Things about the Earth (and Its Creatures) to Be Grateful for!

I know, everyone is busy. But stop for a few minutes and consider just how amazing and magical our planet really is. This is an especially good time to consider the crazy-wonderfulness of Earth, with Earth Day and the Earth Gratitude Wave both on the 22nd. It’s never too early to feel grateful, which is […]

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The Infinite Power of Gratitude

Gratitude is the ultimate renewable energy—it’s free to give, and by giving it, you often receive more in return. If only everything were that easy! But the truth is, it is easy to feel grateful, and the benefits are wonderful. Expressing gratitude (even if it’s in the quiet of your own heart) has been found […]

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