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…

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! Summer is here. The days are longer and it’s so nice to sit outside in the evening, enjoying the last rays of the summer sun.…

How to Start a Home and Garden Blog

How to start a home and garden blog

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 have told you that it might be an idea to start a…

My Favorite Daylilies – A Garden Tour

Banana Boogiebait Daylily

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 crazy to give more plants as the seasons progress. I thought it would be…

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

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 boost with a taste that can’t be beat. These no bake peanut butter energy bites are a great way…

Grilled Pork with Strawberry Peach Salsa

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 am always looking for new and interesting ways to prepare our meals. And I especially love…

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. Summer has finally arrived for real at my house and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I really enjoy spending the summer tinkering around in my garden, especially…

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. Do you feel like a trip to the Bayou?  Well, perhaps we can’t do that, but we can surely imitate the cuisine of…

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…