Get your pantry in shape for the holidays


Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
Roll-out shelving allows maximal use of cabinet space, ensuring that no snack goes to waste.

Pumpkin spice is in the air, which means holiday baking and entertaining is just around the corner. Now is the time to overhaul your stale space so that you can spend less time at the grocery store and more time creating memorable meals and treats.

Our goal at Kuzak’s Closet is for pantries to feel and function like a boutique grocery store. Whether you have a walk-in pantry or a small cabinet in your kitchen to store your staples, follow our top 10 tips to refresh and refuel.

Fall reading for plant lovers


Kate Marianchild’s “Secrets of the Oak Woodlands” includes a chapter on plants like toyon, right, that are often seen in oak habitats. As toyon berries ripen, they become palatable, encouraging animals to eat the pulp and disperse the indigestible seeds. Tanya Kucak/ Special to the Town Crier

One of the best reasons for growing native plants is to support the community of critters that come to rely on the plants. You may start to notice which plants like to grow together, which pollinators visit particular plants and how birds interact in your garden.

It’s fun to observe closely and discover things in your own garden, but did you also wonder how these interactions play out in the wild?

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