African Violets – Tips for the Care of this Popular Indoor Plant

If you go to the big box hardware stores around the holidays and during the winter months, you will most likely find African Violets for sale in a lovely variety of flower colors. Even though African Violets can be somewhat picky about care, they are still one of the most popular indoor plants grown.   Saintpaulia, commonly known as…

Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This fork tender old fashioned beef stew is made just the way Momma made it! Rich and savory with big chunks of meat and vegetables are the ultimate comfort food.

Ah – the joys of using a slow cooker.  When the weather is cold and you are looking for something comforting for dinner, bring out your crock pot.  For me, there is nothing quite like the taste of an Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Beef Stew.  Cooking beef this way ends up in the most amazingly tender…

One Pot Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

One pot roasted chicken and vegetables

I love one pot easy recipes.  Normally, I cook them on top of the stove in a deep sided non stick pan. For today’s recipe, I am doing a One Pot Roasted Chicken and Vegetables recipe in a glass baking dish in my oven. This type of meal is even easier than a 30 minute…

Osiria Rose Photo Gallery of This Hard to Find Hybrid Tea Rose

Osiria Rose is a hard to grow and VERY hard to find rose. I have started an Osiria Rose Photo Gallery on my site. If you have grown the rose, please share you photo for my readers.

Osiria Rose is a hybrid tea rose that was first hybridized in Germany by Mr. Reimer Kordes of Germany in 1978.  The rose was introduced in France by Willemse France under the name ‘Osiria’.  Photos of the rose that have made their way around the internet are highly photo shopped. Several of my readers have grown the rose…

Winter Garden Views in January

These winter garden views, from the USA, Canada and the UK show that there are some stark differences and lots of similarities when you look outside your window in winter. These photos are shared by readers of my blog. Why not share your photo too?

The weather outside does not lend itself to gardening right now. We recently had a snow storm that dumped about three inches here in North Carolina.  Looking over my snow soaked garden gave me the idea to have a share day on my Facebook page. I asked my Facebook fans to share their Winter Garden Views and…

Why do Onions Make you Cry?

Why do onions make you cry? The answer may surprise you, and it starts in the soil.

For years, I wore gas permeable (hard) contact lenses, and I used to just laugh when people told me that chopping onions made them cry.  The hard contacts worked wonders for me in making sure that I never had that problem.  In my mid 30s, I stopped wearing contacts and since then I have rued…

11 Food and Drink Substitutes for Weight Loss and Health

There are lots of small changes that you can make to add up to big losses for weight loss. These 11 substitutes will help lose weight and gain better health. #Trop50FreshStart #ad

I had a scare late last year that had me in the hospital for a few weeks worrying about my heart and my health.  In the end, untreated high blood pressure was the culprit. I am managing it now with medication and diet, but it was a big wake up call for me.  All of…

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…

Growing Onions indoors

Growing Onions Indoors is easy

Onions are easy to grow both outdoors and inside.  They are one of those vegetables that I never seem to have enough of because I use them every day for cooking. This article shows you how to use onions as indoor plants. Growing onions indoors is a fun project and one that the kids will love…

Caring for Your Indoor Plants During the Fall & Winter

Tips and Tricks for caring for indoor plants during the fall and winter

Most indoor plants will benefit from being placed outside in a shady spot in your garden during the summer months.  Even delicate plants like ferns will have a growth spurt as long as the spot you choose is shady and they get enough water.  I move most of my indoor plants outside when it is…

Chicken Cheese Panini Sandwich – Slimmed Down Lunch Delight

Chicken cheese panini with a bowl of slimmed down turkey chili

My daughter bought me a panini pan for Christmas.  She and I often have mum-daughter dates at Panera Bread and I always choose a half panini sandwich and bowl of soup.  Jess knew that I would be cooking up a panini storm for lunch if I had my own pan. She was right!  This slimmed…

DIY Pen Roll Case Tutorial – Wrap up your Pens in Style!

Pen roll case

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PilotYourLife #CollectiveBias It’s time to make a DIY Pen Roll! The summer gives us a chance to recharge and spend some time with families, since most kids have time off through the summer months. But it’s also a time…

Low Light Indoor Plants – My 20 Favorites

These 20 low light indoor plants can grow in less than optimal light conditions. Some require bright diffused light and other can do well even in dark corners.

With the cold weather out in full force, thoughts of gardening are often far from the front burner.  Those are the times that I turn to indoor plants.  Growing plants indoors gives you a sense of nature all year round and keeps you busy with some light gardening chores until it is warm enough to…

Perserving Herbs by Drying and Freezing

Preserving fresh herbs

It is getting to that time of the year again.  My vegetable gardening projects are slowing down and I have to start thinking about the first frost.  It is also the time to start thinking about preserving herbs that seem to be in abundant supply right now. I have a huge group of fresh herbs…

Pan Seared Halibut with a Butter Dill Sauce

Pan seared halibut with a butter dill sauce

This recipe for Pan Seared Halibut with a Butter Dill sauce is a perfect way to serve this delicious fish, whether you are a gourmet cook or still finding your way around the kitchen.  The sauce is mild but very flavorful and is made before the fish is cooked to make sure that the whole…

My 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

See what made the list of the most famous posts of 2016 for The Gardening Cook. This year, household tips, gardening tips and one great recipe made the top 10!

Each year, at the end of December, I take stock of what worked (and what didn’t!) on my blog.  Sometimes, I am surprised when a blog post makes my top 10 list for the past year when I wasn’t expecting it.  Other times, I think “not you again” when a tried and true favorite post…

Tips for Cleaning Crusty Clay Pots

Cleaning Clay Pots is a job that is best done in winter

When the days get cooler and shorter, it is time to put the garden to bed for the winter.  Cleaning clay pots this time of the year keeps my garden still in mind and makes sure that they are ready to use when spring comes around again in a few months. Getting Rid of the…

Blog Planner Review – from My Joy Filled Life

Blog Planner Review for 2017 Sarah from My Joy Filled Life has a wonderful blog planner for sale.  The planner is the perfect addition to anyone who blogs, even if only party time.   I use her blogging planner on a daily basis and would not be without it.  It has everything you need to…