10 Breakfast Kitchen Gadgets to Make Mornings Fun and Easy.

Breakfast kitchen gadgets

Thank you Gear Best for sponsoring this post.  It’s time for some fun breakfast kitchen gadgets. Are you a breakfast fanatic?  These 10 breakfast kitchen gadgets may be just the thing to revolutionize the way that you manage your mornings. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.  Even though this is a very busy…

Mango Salsa and Homemade Tortilla Chips

Mango salsa

Looking for an easy party appetizer? Try this recipe for mango salsa and homemade tortilla chips. Summer is getting closer and that means that grilling season and get togethers are right around the corner. If you are looking for a tasty appetizer to start off your next BBQ, you can’t go past this recipe for…

Cinco de Mayo Progressive Dinner Party

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a progressive dinner party

Liven up your Cinco de Mayo progressive dinner party with these delicious Recipes. One of my favorite things to do with my fiends when we entertain is to have a progressive dinner party.  We go from one house to the next, with each friend contributing something to the dinner party menu. My blogging friends and…

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Appetizers

Spicy bacon wrapped chicken appetizer

Liven up your party table with some Spicy bacon wrapped chicken appetizers. My husband is a heat freak.  He loves really spicy foods of all types and there is not a hot sauce that he doesn’t think belongs in any recipe.  Me…not so much.  I like a bit of heat but not as much as he does.  So,…

Dos & Don’ts Tips for Growing Great Tomatoes

25 Dos and Don'ts for Growing Great tomatoes from thegardeningcook.com/tips-growing-great-tomatoes

Follow these Simple Dos and Don’ts for Growing Great Tomatoes. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh home grown tomatoes. They leave the store bought variety in the dust. They are so plump and sweet and full of flavor and freshness.  However, growing great tomatoes doesn’t just happen by putting a few plants…

Recycled Bird Bath Becomes Garden Plant Stand

recyclled bird bath becomes garden planter

This Recycled Bird Bath is now doing double duty as a plant stand in my test garden. My husband is the king of finding things that I can recycle to use in my garden. Last year, it was a set of musical instruments that made a great garden display. This year it is a whole…

Light Seafood Piccata with Pasta

seafood piccata

This light seafood piccata with pasta is a slimmed down version of one of my favorite restaurant dishes. My husband and I love seafood and often choose it when we eat at our favorite restaurants.  But, so many times, the restaurant version is full of heavy cream and lots of butter, which is not so great…

10 Ways to Protect our Environment at Home

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine. These 10 ways to protect our environment at home are simple to do and can make a big difference. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are…

Succulent Planters Can Take the Heat

Succulent planter ideas

Need some inspiration for low watering garden decor? Try Succulent Planters. Here in North Carolina, spring and fall is a charm in the garden, but when the heat of summer arrives, many plants can take a real hit from Mother Nature.  For the last few years, I have been experimenting more and more with succulents.…

Red Lobster Copy Cat Cheddar Bay Biscuits

This Red Lobster copy cat cheddar bay biscuit recipe gives you the restaurant taste at home in just minutes. thegardeningcook.com

No Need to Go to The Red Lobster – Enjoy These Red Lobster Copy cat Cheddar Bay Biscuits at Home! Anyone who has eaten at the Red Lobster knows that their famous cheddar bay biscuits are to die for.  But there is no need to go to Red Lobster to enjoy them. Just make my at…

10 Ways to Transform my Garden With Mom in Mind

Mom's garden

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Guides4eBay #CollectiveBias It’s time to transform my garden for Mother’s Day. Gardening Moms are Very Special. Celebrate them for Mother’s Day.  I will celebrate mine with these 10 tips to transform my garden with my mom in mind. Mother’s Day…

Diet Dr Pepper® Brownies & a Sweet Spring FUNd Giveaway

Diet Dr Pepper® brownies

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Diet Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine. Be sure to join me in this giveaway and also for a taste of these Diet Dr Pepper® Brownies, too! Would you like a chance to win a Walmart eGift card?  It’s easy with this Sweet Spring…

Natural Ways to Treat Poison Ivy or Poison Oak

Leaves of three...leave them be. But what do you do if you get a case of poison ivy? See my natural remedies.

Home remedies for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Leaves of three, leave them be.  That is the old saying for dealing with poison ivy.  If you garden a lot, you will most likely, at some point or other, come into contact with poison ivy or poison oak.  The intense itching and pain is horrible, and…

10 Frugal Seed Starting Pots and Containers

10 frugal seed starting pots

These frugal seed starting pots and containers make use of items around the home that can be re-purposed into containers to start your seeds for spring. I love this time of the year.  The temperatures keep teasing us that spring is on the way, and our thoughts are often on the garden.  Unfortunately, for many,…

DIY Newspaper Seed Pots

DIY newspaper seed pots

Save money on planting supplies with these DIY Newspaper Seed Pots. Starting seeds indoors in the late winter and early spring really increases the time that you can enjoy your plants in the garden.  Doing this gives you earlier vegetables and flowers and is such a fun project to do with kids. You don’t even…

Mediterranean Bean & Chickpea Salad

Mediterranean bean & chick pea salad.

Add a hearty fresh taste to your menu with this Mediterranean Bean & Chickpea Salad. My husband has long been a fan of Mediterranean food.  He’d eat it every day if I made it, I think.  I was a late comer to the love of these flavors.  To be honest, I judged before I tasted…

Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Bread

Bacon jalapeno cheese bread

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine. It’s time for some bacon jalapeno cheese bread, folks! This bacon jalapeño cheese bread makes the perfect choice to serve with hearty stews, as a breakfast bread or with a hot bowl of soup. My husband loves…

Roasted Yam Salad with Seasoned Chicken

Roasted yam salad with seasoned chicken

This roasted yam salad with seasoned chicken is the perfect way to celebrate National Nutrition Month. Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?  This gives us a perfect time to focus on the importance of making smart food choices and developing well thought out physical activity habits.  This salad is the perfect way for me…

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