Curried Carrot Tofu Soup with Scallions

curried carrot 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. Healthy Curried Carrot Tofu Soup 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

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. Growing Ginger is a fun DIY gardening project for the kids. Directions: Soak the Ginger root overnight in…

Jewelry Tablescape – Recycle Vintage Jewelry

Valentine's Day Jewelry Tablescape

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. This jewelry tablescape is a creative use…

Hard Boiled Eggs – Tips and Tricks

Tips and tricks for hard boiled eggs

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. Hard Boiled Eggs – Some Helpful Tips Add to the water when you hard…

My Favorite Kitchens – What Neat Places to cook!

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.  These are some of my Favorite Kitchens. Perhaps, one day,…

Tamarind Paste – Make your Own DIY

Tamarind Paste

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.  It is easily made with ingredients that you are…

Autumn Frost Hosta – Today’s Featured Plant

Autumn Frost Hosta

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. Autumn Frost Hosta is an easy to grow Plant for Shady Spot. Hostas make great accent plants for shady garden borders. Most of them…

Microwave Containers make Great Drainage Hole Covers

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. Recycle Microwavable Trays Drainage Hole Covers 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 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. Log Planters are a Natural Addition to Any Yard. 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

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  be a more perfect treat than these dark chocolate strawberries…

DIY Seed Starting Tray – Rotisserie 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 seed started and is a good size too.…

Growing Sweet Potatoes in a Decorative Cup

sweet potato

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. Decorative cups make great holders for Growing Sweet Potatoes 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 – 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! Left Over Sauce Tip for Reuse Later Use an old ice cube tray and place the left over sauce in it.  Label…

Stenciled Pie Crusts – DIY Video

Stenciled Pie Crusts

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. Stenciled Pie Crusts are Easy to Do and So Formal Looking Give your holiday baking a…

Fireplace Screen – Hand Painted – Shabby Chic

fireplace screen

I love this fireplace Screen. It appeals to the gardener in me and also has a shabby chic look to it. Isn’t it great the way it matches the mantle? Painted Cottage Chic Shabby White French Fireplace Screen The fireplace screen has a pretty design but when you spray both the fireplace surround and the…

Home Decor Vintage Painted Chest Romantic

chest

I found this vintage painted chest when browsing on Etsy where I also have a vintage jewelry store.  It’s a wonderful hand painted aqua colored dresser! the chest has very fancy French curves with five dovetail drawers and amazing original French hardware. Vintage Painted Chest for the Romantic at Heart Wonderfully painted with our cottage…

Pretty in Pink – Pink Flowers for the Romantic

Pretty in Pink Flowers

I am a romantic at heart.  One would never think it to look at me.  I’m a rugged girl and my nails usually have dirt under them from digging in my garden.  But I love girly romantic things – especially pink ones.  Pink flowers are no exception. Pink Flowers for the Romantic and Romantic at…

Seed Tape – DIY with Toilet Paper

DIY Seed Tape made from Toilet paper

Seed Tape is easy to make with common toilet paper. Why waste money on store bought seed takes when you can make your own with this commonly found item? Seed tape makes it easy to get tiny seeds planted in a vegetable garden. Often these are so small that you end up wasting them by having…