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Alison Bickel lives in the heart of the Midwest where, along with her husband, they raise their three boys. Whether it’s in the garden, the kitchen or tagging along on her boys’ latest adventure she looks for the simple beauty in everyday from behind her lens. The photography bug bit her in sixth grade, upon getting her first camera, a Kodak Disk. She has been chasing light and subjects ever since. On her blog, ‘This Homemade Life,’ Alison shares tales of mothering, her passion for vegetarian cooking and obsession with farmer’s markets. You may email Alison at

#TCMeveryday August Images + Team Happenings

As summer begins to draw to a close, it looks as though you are making the most of every day.  Here are this month’s #TCMeverday picks showcasing the last of your summer adventures.   @rcjcc     @sewquiltmom     @magandastudios      @joymadeit     @careypace     @naomiliester @caparassonphoto     @allofhisgrace   […]

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How to Dry Herbs

(This article was originally posted on Oct 17, 2011.) As the days grow shorter and the temperatures cooler our once vibrant garden is slowly fading away.  The tomatoes have been roasted and canned.  The peppers chopped and in the freezer alongside shredded zucchini and strawberries.  The only plants remaining are the herbs. I hate the thought of letting anything […]

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Summer Fruit Cobbler

Have you started back to school yet? We are already into our second week. While I know every year summer seems to fly by, this year in particular felt especially fast.  I’m still holding onto bits of summer, especially when it comes to summer eating.  Our garden remains heavy with tomatoes and herbs, of which I […]

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