Spring

Antipasto Platter Tips – Starting Dinner Italian Style

Antipasto Platter with specialty meats and cheeses

One of my favorite ways to start an evening with friends is to serve an antipasto platter. Antipasto, when translated, means “before the meal.” A good antipasto platter is a combination of small bites of tasty food and is usually accompanied by wine. An antipasto platter is meant to stimulate your guest’s appetite before they dig into…

Foxglove Biennial – Digitalis – Poisonous but Gorgeous

Foxglove biennials are a spectacular but poisonous flower

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 easily, so once you have one plant, you garden…

Tips for Growing Heirloom Seeds

Tips for 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 buy, they cost less than hybrid vegetables and you…

Get into the Gardening Spirit with Plant Something Day

May 19 is Plant something day. Find out what other gardening days are celebrated in the Month of may on thegardeningcook.com #PlantSomething #MrsMeyersInspires #ad

Thank you Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® for sponsoring this post and for sponsoring Plant Something Day, as Well. #PlantSomething #MrsMeyersInspires AD. It’s time for Pant Something Day! Do you remember those days from years ago when May baskets were added to a friend’s doorway on May Day, the First of May?  I remember those days, fondly,…

25 tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Garden Tips for Sping

Now is the time to get your garden ready for spring. Many areas of the country are still under a blanket of snow, but it won’t be long for most of us to do things to get your garden ready for spring.  Here in NC, depending on how late our winter lasts, that time is…

Patriotic Table Decor

Patriotic Table Decor

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DipintoMeze #CollectiveBias  It’s time for some patriotic table decor. We’ve all had that moment when our friends or parents decide to visit with no notice for an important weekend.  But don’t panic.  Just because you have little warning that you’ll…

Plant Propagation Tips – New Plants for Free

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Get New Plants for Free with These Plant Propagation Tips If you garden, you will know that the cost of buying new plants can get very expensive over time. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful garden.  Just follow some of these plant propagation tips and you will…

Mexican Style Stuffed Peppers – a Spicy Dinner Time Recipe

Mexican style stuffed peppers #TexasPete #SaborbyTexasPete #ad

Thank you  ¡Sabor! by Texas Pete® Mexican-Style Hot Sauce for sponsoring this post.  #TexasPete #SaborbyTexasPete  It’s time for some Mexican style stuffed peppers! Liven up the Taste Buds with these Mexican Style Stuffed Peppers. My husband and I often eat out at our favorite Mexican restaurant.  When we do, you can guarantee that at least one of…

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…

20 Seed Starting Tips

20 seed starting tips

Get a Jump Start on Spring with these Seed Starting Tips. The holidays have come and gone and most of us are hunkering down for the colder months of the year.  But wait – now is the perfect time to think ahead to spring and even get a head start on it by starting our…

Early Spring Garden Projects

18 tips for early spring gardening

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveYourLawn #CollectiveBias  It’s time for some early spring garden projects. Get your garden ready now with these early spring garden projects. I know that in most parts of the country, the ground is still covered with snow, but as…

Ideas for Decorating a Sun Room

Decorating a sun room for fall

    Bring in the Outdoors with These ideas for Decorating a Sun Room. If you read my blog often, you will know that I have a bit of a passion for garden beds.  I have 11 of them all around my home.  Some of my favorite ones are in my back yard, but the…

Chocolate Raspberry Swirled Mini Cheesecakes

Chocolate raspberry swirled mini cheesecakes

Enjoy the Taste of summer with these Chocolate Raspberry swirled Mini Cheesecakes. Summer is the time for me to use fresh fruits in many of my dessert recipes.  I love the lightness that they give to the dinner menu, and they are perfect to serve when you have a BBQ or grill party. These chocolate…

17 Tips for Creating a Cottage Garden

Cottage garden

Embrace the Romance of a Cottage Garden. I love a cottage garden.  I am not a rule follower by nature, especially when it comes to gardens, and I love the way a cottage garden throws caution to the wind in the rule department.   Do you like lots of flowers, flowing lines and a not so…

Burlap Wreath Tutorial Video

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Watch This Video to Make a Burlap Door Wreath. Looking for a great wreath project that you can make in just a few hours?  This burlap wreath tutorial is perfect.This wreath dresses up a front door in a special way and the basic wreath can be added to during the year to change the theme. …

Salted Codfish – A Brazilian Easter Favorite

Salted codfish casserole

Salted Codfish Casserole Recipe. Today’s featured recipe comes to us from Regina at Molly Mel.  Regina regularly submits Brazilian recipes for us to sample, but today she has chosen a Portuguese dish that is often served at Easter time – Bacalhoada  – more commonly known as Salted Codfish casserole.  It is served in both Brazil…

Recycled Items to use as Seed starters & Beet Seeds review

Household items to use for starting seeds

There are so many household items that you can recycle to use as seed starters.  Most are very inexpensive to use and would be great to get kids interested in gardening.  The gardens have been put to bed for the winter, but these are the months to think about starting seeds indoors, so that they…

The Garden Charmers Favorite Valentine’s Day Recipes

10 Ways To Celebrate Valentine's Day

The Garden Charmers want to share a little love with you today.  Valentine’s day love that is. This great group of ladies have a tribe on Facebook where we help to share and promote each others websites.  The ladies are very talented in all aspects of DIY, gardening, and cooking ideas. I recently asked them…

Classic Tequila Margarita Recipe with Lime

It's cocktail hour. Try my classic margarita

Printable recipe – Classic Tequila Margarita A Classic tequila margarita is my favorite drink when I go out. One would think it would be the same from restaurant to restaurant but this is definitely not the case.   I once got one in a Chinese restaurant in Australia and they used a sweet limeaid to flavor…

Iris – Perennial with a Majestic Appeal

Iris Gypsy Romance

Iris – Easy to Grow Perennial Rhizome is one of my Favorites. Iris is one my favorite perennials.  I remember that my mother used to have them in all her garden beds, and when I see them now, I get very nostalgic. Many people consider irises bulbs but they are in fact rhizomes.  A rhizome…

My Garden In June

My Garden in June is a fabulous display of perennials, annuals, bulbs and vegetables. See all the photos at thegardeningcook.com/garden-june

It’s been a long spring with a ton of work put into my gardens.  So many of them were overgrown, and neglected last year when I spent most of my energy on my vegetable garden. Months of tilling, planting and transplanting have gone into my garden beds this year.  I enlarged my test garden by…

My Garden in May – Lots of Flowers in Bloom Now

This is just a hint of my garden in North Carolina in May. See more great photos and lots of details at thegardeningcook.com

This year has been a series of set backs in my garden.  It is almost the end of May and I’m way behind, but finally have some progress to show for all my work. Things that set me back were: My father’s death in February which resulted in two trips to Maine. A very long…

The Garden Charmers Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day with The Garden Charmers #EarthDayProjects

The Garden Charmers is a great group of ladies who garden, decorate and cook with a passion. They all have a love for our environment, so Earth Day is special to them. In the Northern Hemisphere, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 and the day always helps us to focus on environmental awareness. If…

12 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

12 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is a day that we celebrate each year in the US on April 22.  The day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, and it helps us to focus on environmental awareness. There is not just one Earth day.  Another is celebrated on the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere…

How to Grow Astilbe – Perfect for Shade

The perfect plant for shady spots - Astilbe

My mother has a lovely garden set up.  She is retired and has time to spend in the garden making them really beautiful. Most of her beds are in full sun but she has a long raised planter along one side of her house that is in part shade most of the day. For this…