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! Our family is very fond of trail mixes.  They are a good way to satisfy you sweet tooth and also give you an extra boost of energy.…

Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices

cinnamon baked apple slices

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 have a thick brown sugar glaze but is not too sweet, since I…

Abruzzese Italian Meatballs and Spaghetti in a Buttery Tomato Sauce

Dig into these Abruzzese Meatballs in a home made buttery tomato sauce

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando®. All opinions are 100% mine. It’s time for some Abruzzese Italian Meatballs and Spaghetti! Join me for a Taste of Italy with these Abruzzese Italian Meatballs in a home made buttery tomato sauce topped with cheese. I love this time of the year.  My…

10 best Bars Recipes to tempt your sweet tooth.

10 of my favorite bars recipes

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. They are also “forgiving” in that you can substitute one ingredient for another…

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…

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

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 tempt your sweet tooth? It’s time to satisfy your sweet tooth with these no bake…

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 to make some Double Dark Chocolate Ice Cream – Vegan Style! Enjoy the days of summer with this double dark chocolate ice cream. The warm summer months are the time for a big…

Succulent Bird Cage Planter – Super Easy DIY Garden Project

Succulent Bird Cage Planter

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 perfect choice for this type of project.  You can place the birdcage on an occasional table, hang…

10 Tips for a Dog Road Trip

10 Tips for a Successful Dog Road Trip

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 part of our family, what would a family trip without our best buddy?…

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Healthy cooking Recipe

How to roast pumpkin seeds for a healthy snack.

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. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are Easy and a Fun Cooking Project to do. Don’t just throw those seeds away when…

Regrow Your Food From Kitchen Scraps

Regrow food from kitchen scraps

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 to regrow your food. I’ve been doing…

Tuna Lettuce Wraps – Healthy and Gluten Free

Healthy and tasty tuna lettuce wraps

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 I can have several of them without breaking my calorie bank.  You can’t say that with a normal wrap, can…

Uses for Parchment Paper- 30 Creative Ideas

30 creative uses for parchment paper

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 parchment paper.  This wonderful paper is heat resistant, which makes it perfect to use in the oven…

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 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 parchment paper is used but al foil, paper bags or other materials can also…

Creative Garden Art

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

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 making use of recycled or common household items and turning them into garden art. It is easy to create a…

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. Anyone who spends time in the garden knows how disheartening it can be…