About the Author

Rita Heikenfeld

Starting with the most important, I'm a wife, mom, grandma, aunt and sister to a very large family. My own family includes husband Frank, 3 grown sons and, to date, 11 grandchildren. We live on a little patch of heaven outside of Batavia, Ohio where we raise produce and herbs, and chickens for eggs. We heat with wood that we gather. Professionally, I've had numerous "careers". I'm an herbalist, educator, media personality, speaker, journalist and author. I've published books on kids & adults nutrition, gifts from the kitchen and garden, and herbs. My website abouteating.com reaches people who share their tips, thoughts, recipes and memories. My philosophy is simple. I have a deep faith and believe in the law of abundance: share your talents, encourage others. I love writing for the Countryside group and it's fun to see so many like-minded folks sharing my vision!
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Articles by Rita Heikenfeld

Scented Geranium Plants: Fragrant Herbs Indoors or Out
November 28, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites My love affair with scented geranium plants started decades ago. The proprietors of my husband’s restaurant cultivated an herb garden on the premises. They grew rose scented …

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How to Make Bath Salts, Soaps, Scrubs, and Balms
November 23, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites Making my own spa products, starting with making bath salts, began as a lark. A fun experiment. Then came the Eureka moment. Learning how to make bath …

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Black Raspberries (Rubus): 2020 Herb of the Year
November 3, 2019 · · Growing

The 2020 Herb of the Year is Rubus which not only includes black raspberries, but red raspberries, blackberries, and dewberries, too. I am going to specifically talk about black raspberries and how to grow, harvest, and store them.

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Healing Herbs List: Safe and Effective Herbal Home Remedies
October 19, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Growing up in a large Lebanese family, herbs and spices were not only used to flavor food but to cure common ailments. I distinctly remember ginger for …

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Muffin Mania!
October 1, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

What’s more inviting than a warm muffin with a cup of tea or mug of coffee? Someone to share it with! The muffin recipes I’m sharing our family favorites and easy enough for the little ones to help.

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How to Plant Daffodil, Tulip and Other Bulbs in Pots
September 18, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites If you live in a condo, apartment or just don’t have space to plant spring-flowering bulbs in the ground, you can still enjoy continual color and fragrance …

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The Best Barbecue Ribs: Secrets to Barbecue Joint-Quality Ribs
September 8, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites My first bite of spicy, saucy barbecue ribs in a local ribs restaurant put me on a quest to perfect this ultimate finger food. The best barbecue …

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Natural Pain Relievers from your Garden
September 5, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Did you know that some of the most commonly grown culinary herbs are natural pain relievers? There’s a reason a sprig of parsley adorns your restaurant plate, …

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Roast Chicken with Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Olives
September 1, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

One of my family’s favorite dinners is roast chicken with green beans, tomatoes and a handful of Greek olives tossed in.

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Preserve Recipes Turn a Bountiful Harvest Into Holiday Gifts
August 25, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Want to avoid the traffic, crowded stores, and expensive prices when shopping for holiday gifts? Here’s how. Use these preserve recipes to keep seasonal foods when they’re at …

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Elderberry Offers Edible and Medicinal Benefits
August 9, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites My first experience with elderberries came when my husband and I moved to the country to build our first home. We purchased land that was pretty much …

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A Garden of Simples Offers DIY Remedies
July 28, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites In the early days of our country, certain herbs were grown and used for the household and for simple medicinal remedies. There was no drug store around …

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Exploring the Numerous Calendula Benefits
July 23, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), or pot marigold as it’s sometimes called, is a multi-purpose edible and medicinal herb. The Shakers and early settlers knew the culinary value and …

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Pavlova Dessert: Easy and Elegant
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Pavlova. Does the name intrigue you? Well, you’re not alone. I first encountered a recipe for Pavlova years ago in cooking school. I was intrigued and impressed …

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No-Peek Beef Stew for a Winter Warm Up
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Is there anything better to chase away the bone-chilling cold of winter than old-fashioned beef stew? Well, yes. How about “no-peek” old-fashioned beef stew? Beat the winter …

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