Burlap Flowers – Rustic DIY Craft Project

burlap flowers

These Burlap Flowers  are just the thing to add an interesting touch to your decorating theme.   The hand made design is an easy project and their bending and shaping ability makes them look very natural. Burlap Flowers – Interesting Tutorial I can see them being used in a centerpiece or even to decorate a door…

Creamy Garlic Pasta with Broccoli

Creamy Garlic Pasta with Broccoli

This creamy garlic pasta is an adaptation of a full cream and butter recipe that I found on the Cheese Pusher.  I have made some substitutions so that the fat content is reduced but the flavor is still great.  Creamy Garlic Pasta is full of flavor and Easy to Make I’ve added broccoli to the…

Egg Replacements For Vegan Diets

Egg replacements for vegan diets.

I find it relatively easy to adapt most baked goods for vegans, but what about those that contain eggs?    There are plenty of egg replacements but first  you have to examine your recipe to find out what you want the egg to do. What are Good Egg Replacements for Vegans? Do you want to replace…

Heuchera – Shade Garden Plant – Coral Bells

Coral Bells

Heuchera is a Native American perennial plant that is found all over the country.  It is more commonly known as Coral Bells and comes in many shades of purple, rose, green and variegated varieties.  It makes a wonderful display in any shade garden and, although it does flower, it is grown more for the leaves.…

Recycled Soda Cans Flower Wreath – DIY Project

recycled soda cans

What a great idea this is!  This pretty decorative wreath features recycled soda cans made into flowers and attached to a wreath.  Recycled Soda Cans make a Great Decorative Wreath Aluminum soda cans are so flexible that they are easy to cut out and texture into the flowers and leaves. Kathleen George from Crafts ‘n…

Determinate Tomato Plant – Perfect for Containers

determinate tomato plant

Nothing tastes quite like a home grown tomato.  They are sweet and juicy and so easy to grow.  But they also take a lot of room, so are not so great for those who have small yards and no room to plant the larger varieties. That is what makes a determinate tomato plant perfect for…

Birds Nest Centerpiece – Decorative DIY Project

birds nest centerpiece

This Bird’s Nest Centerpiece re-purposes field-guide bird images and natural objects found outside into a unique floral piece that beckons you take time with your brunch with a friend.   The creator of the project Diane Flowers (how appropriate is her last name?) has used cone flowers in this project but you could use whatever you…

Beaded Frost Luminaries – Great Garden Accents

beaded frost luminaries

I am always on the lookout for new and interesting DIY garden accent pieces. These beaded Frost luminaries are so subtle and just lovely to look at.  The subtle colors add a touch of the romantic, especially if used near a herb or leafy garden without much color. Imagine these Beaded Frost Luminaries glowing on…

Tropical Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Vegan "Chicken" Salad with Lime Vinagrette

This tropical salad combines a mix of fresh greens, and veggies with pineapple and a tangy cilantro lime vinaigrette. Since I am following a vegan diet, I used but normal chicken breasts would work just fine if you are a meat eater. These chicken strips are very tasty and come in several great tasting flavors.…

Rustic Towel Bar For A Beach House Effect – DIY

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 or wallpaper that might suit this idea too?  I think…

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

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. Tips for Growing Tulips when the Temperatures are Warm. No perennial quite ushers in the spring months in such a dramatic…

Thai Peanut Stir Fry With Brown Rice

Thai Peanut Stir Fry

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 you will tempt even the most meat loving family…

Healthy Breakfast Granola with Fruit and Nuts

Vegan Granola Nuts Breakfast Recipes

Normal granola is often delicious and a great breakfast recipe, 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 almond and…

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,…