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…

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…