7 Bean Soup Mix plus Recipe

This easy 7 bean soup mix project makes a great hostess or housewarming gift

This 7 bean soup mix jar would make a great housewarming party gift. For most of the year, I am not normally much of a soup girl.  But when autumn rolls around, I find myself making soup all the time.  This 7 bean soup mix is the perfect fall recipe. It is rich and hearty and…

How to Season Cast Iron Cookware

Seasoning Cast iron cookware is easy with these steps

Follow these tips to season cast iron cookware for best results. Cast iron cookware is my new best friend.  My daughter has raved about the benefits of cooking with it for years and I only started using it recently.  It is important to season cast iron cookware before using it, though.  It’s also important to…

S’mores Trail Mix – Fun & Tasty Snack

S'mores trail mix

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Post Consumer Brands. All opinions are entirely my own.  It’s time to make some S’mores Trail Mix! Treat your family to this delicious S’mores Trail mix. Our family is very fond of trail mixes.  They are a good way to satisfy you sweet tooth…

Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices

cinnamon baked apple slices

These cinnamon baked apple slices are the perfect side dish to compliment pork. Ever since I was a little girl, apples and pork were flavors that I really loved.  I often make homemade applesauce to go with a pork dish but for tonight’s dinner, I am using apple slices instead.  These cinnamon baked apple slices…

10 best Bars Recipes to tempt your sweet tooth.

10 of my favorite bars recipes

My Top 10 List: These Bars Recipes will tempt your sweet tooth, for sure. My favorite type of desserts to make are bars and squares.  The main reason is the simplicity of making them.  Many bars recipes are no bake, and even the ones that require time in the oven are still easy to put together.…

Foxglove Biennial – Digitalis – Poisonous but Gorgeous

Foxglove biennials are a spectacular but poisonous flower

How to Grow Foxglove Biennial Foxglove biennial plants are spectacular to view.  The term biennial means that the plant will grow for two years and then mainly die off.  Under favorable conditions, they will last a year or two beyond what their normal biennial classification would warrant.  Foxgloves will re-seed themselves easil, so once you…

Tips for Growing Heirloom Seeds

Tips for growing heirloom seeds

Take a step back in time by growing heirloom seeds. Thank you EcoFarms for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine.  #ecofarmsonline. It’s time to learn about growing heirloom seeds! Heirloom vegetable seeds have so much going for them.  They end up giving you plants that you can’t go to a big box store and…

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins – Cute Fall Curb Appeal

Scrap wood pumpkins with moss and pine cones

These adorable scrap wood pumpkins are easy to make and will add great curb appeal to your front steps. I love making home decor projects that either use supplies I have on hand or can be recycled from something else.  In the case of these scrap wood pumpkins, the starting point was an old mail…

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

no bake chocolate peanut butter bars

It’s time to satisfy your sweet tooth with these no bake chocolate peanut butter bars. I knew I would love this recipe for these No-Bake Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars before I even made them. They have my favorite ingredients – peanut butter and chocolate AND they are no bake.  What could be better to…

Double Dark Chocolate Ice Cream – Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan

Double dark chocolate ice cream

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KashiPlantPower #GOTOGETHER #CollectiveBias  It’s time for some double dark chocolate ice cream!  Enjoy the days of summer with this double dark chocolate ice cream. The warm summer months are the time for a big bowl of ice cream.…

Succulent Bird Cage Planter – Super Easy DIY Garden Project

Succulent Bird Cage Planter

This succulent birdcage planter can be done in a few hours, but has huge impact on my patio. I just love using household items in my garden in a creative way.  Today’s project is going to be to transform an old birdcage into a succulent birdcage planter. Succulents require very little maintenance and this makes them the…

10 Tips for a Dog Road Trip

10 Tips for a Successful Dog Road Trip

A Dog Road Trip is easy if you follow these 10 easy tips. For my husband and me, summer is a time for family road trips. i have a large family in Maine, and my husband and I love to visit them each year about this time.  And since Baron, our German Shepherd, is a…

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Healthy cooking Recipe

How to roast pumpkin seeds for a healthy snack.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are Easy and a Fun Cooking Project to do. Roasted pumpkin seeds are a healthy and nutritious snack. They are filled with nutritional goodness and are very easy to do and are a great project to do with the kids, when pumpkins are in season. Don’t just throw those seeds away when…

Regrow Your Food From Kitchen Scraps

Regrow food from kitchen scraps

Have you tried to Regrow your food? I love to save money and I don’t like to waste things that can be reused or recycled in another way.  Did you know that many common vegetables are very easy to regrow from ordinary kitchen scraps?   The chart above shows some of vegetables that you can use…

Tuna Lettuce Wraps – Healthy and Gluten Free

Healthy and tasty tuna lettuce wraps

These tuna lettuce wraps are the perfect low carb meal for the busy back to school time of the year. If you are looking for a healthy, gluten free alternative to high carb wraps, try these tuna lettuce wraps. They are very tasty, packed with nutritious ingredients and so easy to make.  I love that…

Uses for Parchment Paper- 30 Creative Ideas

30 creative uses for parchment paper

These 30 creative uses for parchment paper show that the product is not just for baking cookies! I love anything that makes my life easier in the kitchen or around the home.  I’m always on the lookout for products that will help me do just that.  One item that I use all the time is…

Cooking in Parchment Paper to make Fish en Papillote

Cooking fish in parchment paper is a great way to make flavorul, low calorie meals in very little time. thegardeningcook.com

Cooking in Parchment Paper is perfect for tender, low fat foods that taste delicious. Cooking in parchment paper is a method of cooking fish, chicken or other proteins in their own cooking bags. It is also called “en papillote” (French for “in parchment”) or “al cartoccio” (Italian for baked in foil or aluminum.) Typically, folded…