Rustic Towel Bar For A Beach House Effect – DIY

rustic towel bar

Do you have a place for This Rustic Towel Bar? This rustic towel bar looks great in front of the tree themed wallpaper that home owner Jane Ackerman has in her Vermont home.   How creative they were to use white birch branches, which they then fashioned into a towel bar. Do you have a room…

Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

Growing Tulips in warmer hardiness zones can be challenging but it is possible. Find out how: thegardeningcook.com/growing-tulips

Tips for Growing Tulips when the Temperatures are Warm. Tulips are showy flowers that are classified as perennial bulbs, but they can be somewhat tricky to grow in warmer climates.  Not impossible, but growing tulips in warm climates is a challenge for sure. But no perennial quite ushers in the spring months in such a…

Thai Peanut Stir Fry With Brown Rice

Thai Peanut Stir Fry

Thai Peanut Stir Fry Veggies and Brown Rice Sensation This Thai Peanut Stir Fry has a boatload of veggies and uses as a substitute for chicken for a substantial and tasty Eastern flavored main course that can be enjoyed by vegans.  Team it up with brown rice, flavored with cumin, spring onions and raisins and…

Healthy Breakfast Granola with Fruit and Nuts

Vegan Granola Nuts Breakfast Recipes

Healthy Breakfast Granola packs an Energy Punch. Normal granola is often delicious, but is often filled with fat and high in calories.  My version of a more healthy breakfast granola is packed with flavor, but none of the fats that regular granola has and is so much lower in calories.  Top it with your favorite soy or…

Curried Carrot Tofu Soup with Scallions

curried carrot soup

Healthy Curried Carrot Tofu Soup Curried Carrot Tofu Soup makes a wonderful and luxurious starter to a healthy meal.   The recipe uses tofu and vegetable broth and is easy to make. This is a great soup for vegans.  There are many things that you can substitute for normal diet ingredients to make a recipe suitable…

Growing Ginger Could Not be Easier

growing garlic

Growing Ginger is a fun DIY gardening project for the kids. It seems that I am on a growing from scratch kick today. This time it is a short tutorial on growing ginger.  If you’re looking for an easy plant to grow indoors Ginger is the one for you.  Directions: Soak the Ginger root overnight in…

Jewelry Tablescape – Recycle Vintage Jewelry

Valentine's Day Jewelry Tablescape

Jewelry Tablescape for a Romantic Dinner Party. Readers of my blog know that I love to talk about the creative uses of jewelry in other than normal use and wear. Zoey’s blog about tablescapes (which was recently named as blog of note on Google) sometimes features table settings where she uses jewelry in inventive ways.…

Hard Boiled Eggs – Tips and Tricks

Tips and tricks for hard boiled eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs – Some Helpful Tips Hard Boiled Eggs are a favorite of many people but they can be tricky to peel and also to cook so that the yoke is nice and yellow and not greenish.  Here are some cooking tips for perfect hard boiled eggs. Add to the water when you hard…

My Favorite Kitchens – What Neat Places to cook!

These are some of my Favorite Kitchens. I have a tiny kitchen.  It is a galley style.  Not much counter space and a small pantry.  So drooling over pretty kitchens is one of my favorite things to do.   I thought it would be fun to do a page called My Favorite Kitchens.  Perhaps, one day,…

Tamarind Paste – Make your Own DIY

Tamarind Paste

Tamarind Paste – Easy to Make with Common Ingredients Tamarind Paste is one of those ingredients that is necessary for Thai cooking but also one that the average cook does not stock.    It is found in Asian food stores and on Amazon. (affiliate link) It is not readily available in most supermarkets.  Not a problem. …

Autumn Frost Hosta – Today’s Featured Plant

Autumn Frost Hosta

Autumn Frost Hosta is an easy to grow Plant for Shady Spot. Autumn Frost Hosta is one of my favorite hostas.  The leaves have blue centers and wide yellow margins around the edge.  By Summer time, the margins will turn a creamy white. Hostas make great accent plants for shady garden borders. Most of them…

Microwave Containers make Great Drainage Hole Covers

Drainage Hole Covers

Recycle Microwavable Trays Drainage Hole Covers Drainage hole covers can be a tricky thing to find for your plant pots. Without one, though, the soil will eventually wash through the hole in the bottle and the plant will settle. There are many things that you can use…piece of broken pots, small stones.  One neat trick…

Log Planters – Great DIY Project for Old Logs

Logs of all types repurposed as planters

Log Planters are a Natural Addition to Any Yard. Log Planters make use of old fallen logs so they are a great way to recycle.  Plus, with a bit of creativity, you will have a unique garden addition. They can be very large and take up quite a bit of space, or you can use…

Dark Chocolate Strawberries – DIY Healthy Treat

chocolate covered strawberries

Dark Chocolate Strawberries  – Learn How to Make your Own. Nothing appeals to me more than dark chocolate strawberries or other fruit dipped in chocolate.  They make me feel as though I am eating something healthy but also have the decadence of a rich dessert. And with Valentine’s day right around the corner, what could…

DIY Seed Starting Tray – Rotisserie Chicken Container

DIY Seed Starting Tray from Recycled Chicken Container This is the time of the year for seed starting in many parts of the country.  You can purchase all sorts of them from The big box home improvement stores, but why not recycle things you have on hand?  This DIY Seed Starting Tray makes a great…

Growing Sweet Potatoes in a Decorative Cup

sweet potato

Decorative cups make great holders for Growing Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes are a very healthy vegetable.  They are also very easy to grow, from both seedling or from seeds. But growing sweet potatoes can also be done by using the potato itself. This technique uses a plan similar to that of growing an avocado. You…

Cooking Tip – Left Over Sauce in Ice Cube Trays

Freeze sauce in left over icecube trays to use later

Left Over Sauce Tip for Reuse Later Left over Sauce – that is something that always seems to happen when I make stove top dishes.  Here is a tip for using the left over sauce later – Just freeze it! Use an old ice cube tray and place the left over sauce in it.  Label…

Stenciled Pie Crusts – DIY Video

Stenciled Pie Crusts

Stenciled Pie Crusts are Easy to Do and So Formal Looking Feeling a bit crafty?  Anyone can do this DIY Stenciled Pie Crusts project- all it takes is an extra minute to apply cinnamon sugar or powdered food colors on your rolled out pie crust top then bake as usual. Give your holiday baking a…