Water Bath Canning

Preserving foods at home, especially canning, is becoming more popular and there are a number of recipes, blogs, and canning guidelines available on internet. As exciting as it is, some of these sources are not research-based and give unsafe food handling advice. We here at Breathing Room want to make sure your homemade products are …

A Brief History of Food Preservation

During the first agricultural revolution, preserving foods ensured long-term supply of food, reduced the burden to hunt, and prevented spoilage of excess agricultural produce. Today, food preservation is a reemerging skill in Maryland. If you fondly recall making strawberry jam with your grandmother, then join me and my colleagues at our food preservation classes, where …

A Healthy Life Starts With A Loving Attitude

What better time to talk about self-love than Valentine’s day? When I say self-love, I am not talking about a narcissistic or egocentric attitude. Self-love, or self-compassion, is the act of understanding your own weaknesses and strengths, and appreciating your multidimensionality through an approach of acceptance and positive change. If you’ve been working to improve …

Create New Year’s Resolutions That Stick

You may be familiar with the excitement of setting New Year’s resolutions and the disappointment that comes when you aren’t able to reach those goals. Resolutions often fail because of lack of in-depth planning, inconsistency with motivation, and insufficient information. Carrie recently posted about using previous successes and failures to determine what does or doesn’t …