Tikka Masala Curry with Canneloni Beans and Cashews

Tikka Masala Crock pot curry from thegardeningcook.com

My husband and I love Indian curry and we love to eat this when we go out to our favorite Indian restaurants. Here in Raleigh, Indian restaurants seem to be jinxed. We just get a favorite one and then it closes.  So, it was up to me to come up with my own version of…

Tom Collins Drink – Refreshing Summer High Ball Cocktail

Looking for some perfect spring or summer time cocktail recipes? The Tom Collins drink is a refreshing gin sour that is an excellent sipper for hot summer evenings.  This recipe uses combination of simple  sugar and lemon juice with gin and club soda. Tom Collins drink – Easy to make High Ball Sour The Tom Collins…

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe – Classic Italian Dish

eggplant parmesan

Traditional eggplant Parmesan dishes can take quite a long time to prepare if you make your own marinara sauce. This easy eggplant Parmesan recipe uses bottled marinara sauce for those nights when you don’t have time to make the whole recipe from scratch. Flavors abound in this Classic Eggplant Parmesan Recipe To keep the calories lower, the…

Asparagus Crostini Appetizers with Gouda Cheese and Proscuitto

asparagus crostini

Are you having friends over for drinks any time soon?  The right appetizer can set your entertaining off in style.  These Asparagus crostini appetizers are simple to make, but the delicate asparagus spears and distinct flavors of prosciutto and Gouda cheese will make your guests think you spent hours in the kitchen making them.  They…

Flower Nails – Decorative and Pretty Accents for your Hands

flowered nails

A few times in my life, I’ve found myself spending lots of times on taking care of my hands. Those times are sort of fleeting though.  I spend so much time digging in the dirt in my garden that nice nails are just something to dream about, not have.  For that reason, these pretty Flower…

Camping Foods – Creative Ideas for Easy Meals

S'mores for a crowd

It is getting close to that time of the year again.  We’ll be hitting the roads for some fun summer vacations.  Camping is one of the great ways to share the outdoors with family members.  These camping foods ideas will give you some inspiration and are all easy and fun to do. These Camping Foods…

Baked Onion Rings – Healthy and Delicious

Oven Baked Onion Rings

One of my favorite restaurant side dishes in baked onion rings.  I love the crispiness of the outside and the hot and delicious onion flavor inside the coating.   But the original version is full of fat and calories.  These baked onion rings have all the flavor of deep fried ones but are much more healthy.…

Dinner At the Irregardless Cafe – Vegetarian Delight

It was my birthday this week, and my family and I went out to dinner.  My husband is a meat eater, I am a vegetarian and my daughter is a vegan, so we were looking for a place with a nice mix that would suit us all.  The Irregardless Cafe fit the bill nicely. Raleigh,…

Cheesy Penne Pasta With Tomatoes and Pecans

cheesy penne pasta

This Cheesy Penne Pasta is nutritious and healthy, and packs a flavor profile that you will just love. Cheesy Penne Pasta – Healthy and Nutritious To make the recipe suitable for vegetarians, I used the following ingredients:  , , .  The almond milk and hidden pecans gives a nutty taste and texture and the sauce…

How to Apply Blush for A Chiseled Look

Have you ever wondered how those high profile models and actresses get that perfectly chiseled look with their cheeks? The answer is not in their bone structure, but in the way they apply blush. Follow these tips when you apply Blush for a Chiseled look. Many people just grab their blush and drag along the…

How To Apply Eye Make up For a Professional Look

eye make up

I don’t wear much make up most of the time.  But when I go out, I do like to wear some eye make up, a bit of blush and some lipstick.Applying Eye Make up so that the finished result is professional takes a bit of practice. If you follow these tips, though, your eyes will…

Decorative Bird Cage Planters – DIY Projects

Charming Bird Cage Planters

I am always on the look out for new and interesting ideas for planters.  Nurseries and Plant shops have lots of them, of course, but it is also great to see re-purposed items used as planters. These lovely Bird Cage Planters fit that bill just beautifully. Bird Cage Planters Turn Trash into Treasure. Whether you…

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts Leaves with Onions & Garlic

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts Leaves with Bacon

Brussels sprouts leaves are not sold in stores. They are attained by growing the plants themselves.  This recipe for sauteed brussels sprout leaves makes great use of leaves that might other end up on a compost pile or in the trash can. Sauteed Brussels Sprout Leaves make a tasty green side dish. Sauteed brussels sprouts…

Vinegar Tips – Long Lasting Cut Flowers & More

cut flowers

Vinegar has so many uses.  It is a great household cleaner and can be used in so many ways, including to help your cut flowers to last longer.  Here are some more vinegar tips. Vinegar Tips to Keep your Cut Flowers Fresh and home clean Here are some of my favorite things that vinegar can…

Rain Gutter Book Shelves – DIY Home Decor Project

rain gutter book shelves

I love searching the internet for creative and innovative DIY projects.  I am especially fond of finding projects that re-purpose household items instead of sending them to the land fill. This delightful project for Rain Gutter Book Shelves fits that mold well. Rain Gutter Book Shelves – Decorative DIY project These bookshelves made out of…

Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade – Not your usual Recipe

Watermelon raspberry lemonade

Spring time…and the drinking is easy with fruit flavored cocktail recipes.  My take on an old tune!  I am a great fan of lemonade.  I drink it all the time when I am gardening and find it very refreshing.  This recipe for Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade gives a new twist to the old favorite – sans the…

Healthy No Crust Egg White Quiche with Vegetables

No crust egg white quiche with veggies

I’m a quiche lady.  I love the combination of eggs and veggies cooked in a pastry crust.  But cooking a quiche the normal way means lots of calories and fat which I don’t want. This egg white quiche combines a my vegetables with just egg whites to give you a breakfast option that is lower in…

Steak with Cuban Style Marinade – Easy Recipe

Beef recipes

This Cuban Style Marinade combines spices with orange juice and grill mates seasoning for a delightful and spicy main course dish.  I love the sweet, tangy and savory flavors.  It makes grill night something special. Cuban Style Marinade gives this steak recipe a boots of flavor This recipe could not be easier to do.  Just…