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…

Creative Garden Art

Spray and old watering can purple and plant with pretty flowers for easy garden art

It is easy to create a pop of interest in your yard with garden art made from recycled or inexpensive materials. Garden art can cost an arm and a leg if you purchase it from garden centers.  But this does not have to be the case.  It is easy to create instant interest in the garden by…

Tips for Dealing with Invasive Pests

Do your share to help fight invasive pests

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The opinions and text are all mine.  It is time for some tips for dealing with invasive pests. Protect your garden and our environment by using these tips for dealing with…

DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Spray

This DIY essential oil mosquito repellent works wonders on bugs on the patio.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StimulateTheSenses #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Spray! It’s back to Nature time with this home made DIY essential oil Mosquito Repellent Spray. Summer is here. The days are longer and it’s so…

How to Start a Home and Garden Blog

How to start a home and garden blog

Starting a Home and Garden Blog is easier than you might think. If you are like me, you are interested in all things home.  You love to cook, and often find yourself tinkering around in your garden, or doing projects to add to your home decor.  And you are good at them all. Perhaps friends…

My Favorite Daylilies – A Garden Tour

Banana Boogiebait Daylily

Want a spectacular show of flowers in your garden?  Try some of my favorite daylilies. When it comes to versatility, blossoms and easy of care, very few perennials can match daylilies.   They give a magnificent show of flowers, sometimes more than once during the summer season, can be managed by inexperienced gardeners and multiply like…

Daylily Photo Gallery

Daylily photo gallery

Welcome to my Daylily Photo Gallery! Daylilies are one of my favorite perennials.  I started my collection with the common Stella D’oro that is seen by all the road sides in North Carolina and have moved on to more and better flowers.  There is such a variety of bloom style, color and temperament. There are…

No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites

no bake peanut butter energy bites

These no bake peanut butter energy bites are a great way to add a nutritious boost to snack time. Are you looking for a really easy to make snack that is both nutritious and super tasty?  Try these no bake peanut butter energy bites. They are simple to make, ready in minutes and pack a nutritious…

Grilled Pork with Strawberry Peach Salsa

grilled pork with strawberry peach salsa

Want some Real Flavor, Real Fast? Try this recipe for grilled pork with strawberry peach salsa. Time to fire up the grill! I just love summer time. It gives me a break from cooking in a hot kitchen by using our grill on the deck. Because we grill out so often in the summer, I…

12 Tips for Summer Time Gardening

Summer time Gardening Tips

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® and OFF!®. The opinions and text are all mine.. Time for some summer time gardening tips. Don’t let the heat keep you from your summer time gardening tasks. Summer has finally arrived for real at my house and I couldn’t be more…

Trench Composting with Kitchen Scraps

How to improve your Soil

No room or time for a compost pile?  Try Trench Composting! Most organic gardeners are aware of the benefits of having compost pile.  Adding kitchen scraps to a bin or mound of decaying plant matter gives the perfect mix of green brown matter to make a compost pile work well. But what can you do…

Propagating Succulents – How-to Tutorial

Propagating succulents

Get plants for free with these tips for propagating succulents. Plants for free – what is not to like about that?  Every time I go to my local garden center, I always check out their variety of succulents. But have you checked out the prices for them?  $4-$5 for a TINY pot is not unusual…

Cajun Style Andouille Sausage Kebabs

Cajun style andouille sausage kebabs

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Aidells® & The Wine Group. The opinions and text are all mine. It’s time for some Cajun style andouille sausage kebabs. It’s time to fire up the grill. These Cajun style andouille sausage kebabs will be the hit of your BBQ party. Do you…

The White Garden – Raleigh Botanical Gardens

This white gazebo is a perfect place to sit and admire the white garden in Raleigh

The White Garden at the Raleigh Botanical Gardens The JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh is a wonderful place to spend a day.   We recently had visitors from the UK who are gardeners, so we took them for a visit. One of my favorite parts of the gardens is the White Garden.  It has a plethora of white…

14 Best Hardy Perennials

14 of my favorite hardy perennials

For color all summer long, try growing these hardy perennials. Budget conscious gardeners have a very good friend in perennials. What is not to like about a plant that comes back year after year and needs very little care and watering after the first year?  There are many types of perennials, from tender types, which…