Growing Strawberries -Tips and Tricks for Best Success

One of the joys of summer time is the flavor of home grown strawberries.  Growing strawberries is very easy as long as you understand the type of plant that you are trying to grow. Of all the fruit plants, strawberries are one of the easiest to grow and so rewarding.  The taste of the berries makes…

Amazing Rose Photos

Roses are one of the most popular flowers. They make great cut flowers, are right at home in any perennial garden, and are easy to grow. Roses also come in an astounding number of shades, sizes, and petal colors. These amazing rose photos show the versatility of the popular plant. This rose by Shakespeare says…

Italian Sweet Potatoes – Easy One Pot Side Dish

Italian sweet potatoes

These Italian sweet potatoes combine with fresh herbs and diced tomatoes for the most amazing full flavored side dish.  They are wonderful served with any protein and even taste great as leftovers the next day as part of a cooked breakfast.Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile in recipes.  You can substitute them in any recipe that…

Water Spout Planter – Raindrops Keep Falling on my Plants!

Planted New Guinea impatiens

I love to tinker with my planters to come up with interesting ways to display my plants, both indoor plants and those that I keep outdoors.  This water spout planter in my latest creation. It’s unusual, whimsical and I just love the way it turned out. When I was shopping in TJ Maxx recently, I…

Summer Garden Tips & Garden Tour

Tips for making the most of your summer garden

Life is meant to be lived outside! We spend so much time outside during the summer, and having a great looking lawn and pretty gardens makes sure that time will be far more pleasurable. These summer garden tips will ensure that you have an endless supply of color and lush green lawns all summer long.…

Red Hot Poker – Growing and Caring for Torch Lilies

Red hot pokers are also known as torch lilies

The red hot poker is a showy and dramatic plants.  If you love growing perennials that give color all summer long, this is the plant for you. Other names for this showy plant are torch lily and poker plant. The botanical name for this plant is kniphofia uvaria and there are more than 70 known species…

How to Preserve Flowers with Borax

Preserving flowers with Borax

One of the true joys of gardening is having so many flowers in my garden. I sometimes cut them to bring indoors, and also like to dry them for flower arrangements and other crafts.  It is easy to preserve flowers with two common household ingredients:  Borax and Cornmeal. Borax has dozen of uses in the home.…

Breakfast Hash Browns with Bacon and Eggs

Thees breakfast hash brown potatoes make a filling start to your day.

It’s the weekend, and for me that means that it is time for one of my hearty breakfast recipes. I have more time in the kitchen when I am not thinking about getting out the door in a hurry, and it gives me a chance to experiment with flavors and make something hearty and tasty…

Inspirational Flower Photos

Inspirational Flower Quotes

I love to start the day with something that gives me a moment of inspiration.  Often times, that is simply walking through my garden. These inspirational flower quotes are both pretty and motivational.  Which one is your favorite?Flower quotes are fun to share with friends and also to print out and frame or to use…

Grilled Caribbean Shrimp Kebabs

This is the time of the year when the grill is fired up almost daily and I am always experimenting with new shrimp recipes to hand over to my husband, who is the grill person in our house. Today’s recipe is grilled Caribbean Shrimp Kebabs. Fire up the Grill for these Caribbean Shrimp Kebabs. These…

Vertical Onion Garden – Fun Kid’s Gardening Project

Growing onions vertically

This Vertical Onion Garden is a fun project that the kids will just love.  They will enjoy helping you put it together and watching as the onions start to sprout and grow out the sides of the bottle that you have set up for a container.   Growing food from scraps and pieces is a…

Spinach Frittata with Mushrooms and Leeks

Plate of spinach frittata and fruit

Are you a breakfast person?  We love to really splurge on it in my house.  My whole family loves a cooked breakfast.  They really don’t take a lot of time and I can get very creative with flavors. This Spinach Frittata with mushrooms and leeks is just bursting with flavor and comes together in about…

Start Seeing Monarchs the First Saturday in May

Colorful Monarch Butterflies

The first Saturday in May is marked as the day to Start Seeing Monarchs. What an appropriate national day for this time of the year!  Have you seen any monarch butterflies in your yard this year?  I’ve been seeing them in my garden for a few weeks This day was chosen to raise people’s awareness…

Roast Vegetable Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing

Tasty roast vegetable salad

  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine. It’s time for a roast vegetable salad with creamy cashew dressing! Roasting vegetables in the oven brings out their natural sweetness and this makes them a perfect addition to salads. This Roast Vegetable Salad has…

Growing Sunflowers – How to Grow and Care for Sunflower Plants

Sunflowers come in many colors

Growing Sunflowers is one of the really fun parts of summer time gardening.  These big annuals are very easy to grow, which makes them a very popular plant to introduce children to gardening.  Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are a member of the Aster family. The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.  It is native to…

Paleo Sweet Potato Breakfast Stacks

Sweet potato breakfast stacks

A big focus of mine, lately, is trying to cut out carbs.  (or at least cut them way, way down!)  That can make breakfast a bit of a challenge.  But not so with these Paleo Sweet Potato Breakfast Stacks.  The sweet potato acts like a piece of bread and it gets stacked with the most…

Astilbe Companion Plants – What to Grow with Astilbe

Companion plants for astilbe

Astilbe is a gorgeous perennial that is right at home in a shady moist garden.  You can grow it alone, but a well designed garden looks better with more than just one type of plant. These astilbe companion plants like the same moisture and light conditions and will make a beautifully coordinated garden bed. Selecting companion…