DIY Candy Cane Vase – Easy Holiday Decor Project

easy holiday decor project

This DIY candy cane vase makes an easy holiday decor project that is as much fun to put together as it is to display. All you need are some candy canes and a few inexpensive supplies. Grab some peppermint sticks and let’s make a new Christmas decoration. This DIY Candy Cane vase is easy and quick…

Irish Cream Fudge – Bailey’s Fudge Recipe with Coffee Flavor

Irish Cream Fudge

This delicious Bailey’s fudge recipe has a surprise addition of coffee for a great flavor. It is creamy and sweet and has a lovely consistency. This year, make some Irish Cream Fudge as a part of your Christmas traditions! Making fudge is a favorite of mine pastime during the holidays.  I don’t make fudge very…

Lemon Snowball Cookies – Snowball Cookie Recipe

Lemon Snowball Cookies

These lemon snowball cookies are snowball shaped bites of melt in your mouth sweet deliciousness. This snowball cookie recipe is perfect for a cookie swap and will be a cookie recipe that you will love to make each Christmas. Oh the weather outside is frightful and the time is just delightful – or something like…

Liriope Muscari Variegata – Growing Variegated Lilyturf

Growing Liriope Muscari Variegata is easy.

Liriope Muscari Variegata is an evergreen perennial that easily spreads to form a deep carpet of grass-like plants that makes a great ground cover or border plant. This form of liriope aptly has the common name “variegated lilyturf.” This interesting perennial plant has vibrant yellow stripes along the arching dark green foliage.  I love the…

One Pot Beef Curry and Vegetables – Easy Thai Curry Recipe

Thai red curry

This delicious one pot beef curry recipe is big on flavor but low on calories. It truly is one of the easiest curries that you can make, but don’t let that fool you.  The flavor is amazing!  This Thai curry is a gluten free and easy to make meal that will delight your family. I…

Pruning Hellebores – Tips for Lenten Rose Maintenance

Hellebore plant

Hellebores are a long blooming perennial plant that needs very little in the way of maintenance but it does get a bit ragged looking at times of the year.  Pruning hellebores will keep your Lenten rose looking its best all year long. Lenten rose flowers in the winter. It’s lovely to see the blooms peeking…

Kalanchoe Millotii- Ornamental Succulent from Madagascar

Kalanchoe millioti plant

Kalanchoe millotii is a member of the crassulaceae family.  It is a n ornamental succulent plant that is native to Madagascar. Since it is not particularly cold hardy, it is grown as an indoor plant in most areas of the country. This tender succulent will only tolerate a light frost.  It is only hardy to…

Bay Leaf Plants – How to Grow and Care for Bay Laurel

Bay leaves

Bay Leaf plants are slow growing trees with leaves that are used as seasoning in cooking. It is also known as bay laurel, sweet bay and simply laurel. If you enjoy growing herbs, this is a great one to try, since it has a very aromatic flavor. Bay leaf plants are a member of the…

Growing Sago Palms – How to Grow a Sago Palm Tree

Sago palm

If you like growing indoor plants that have an exotic look, why not try growing Sago Palms?. This plant makes a great choice for those new to houseplants since it prefers drying out before you water it again. A sago palm tree is easy to grow as long as you keep a few tips in…

Thanksgiving Tablescapes and Holiday Table Ideas

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Thanksgiving will soon be here and it’s the perfect time to bring out the big ideas for Table decorations.  A tablescape is a term used to describe the decoration of the entire table top.  The upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to get creative with your table decor. These Thanksgiving Tablescapes and holiday table…

Flower Bulbs – Understanding Bulbs Corms Rhizomes Tubers

Bulbs Corms Rhizomes Tubers Bulbets and Tuberous roots are part of the geophyte family

Flowering bulbs are some of the easiest plants to grow.  Some of the spring flowering bulbs, such as tulips, crocuses and daffodils will give you weeks for flowering long before other perennials have started to show up.  How well do you know your flower bulbs?  Do the words bulbs corms rhizomes tubers and bulbets seem…

Caramel Apple Recipes – Toffee Apple Desserts & Treats

Caramel apple desserts

These caramel apple recipes feature the regular toffee apple snack as well as bars, cookies and other desserts that deliver the fabulous taste of this traditional fall treat. The recipes show that the caramel apple flavor is more than just a snack on a stick. Did you know that October 31 is National Caramel Apple…

Herb Identification – Identifying Fresh Herbs

Common kitchen herbs

How well do you know the names of the fresh herbs? Many herbs look quite similar, so it’s easy to be confused. This visual guide to herb identification makes identifying fresh herbs a snap. Herb Identification  – Do you know your herbs? Most people know the names of a few fresh herbs that are most commonly…

Fall Foliage – Garden Fences and Gates in Autumn

Fall Foliage - Garden Fences and Gates

Is fall foliage at its peak where you live? Here in NC, the colors are ablaze. In these photos garden fences and gates, surrounded by the colorful fall leaves, tell the story of the change of seasons beautifully. I was born in Maine and fall has always been my time of the year.  Nature turns…

Herbs to Grow Indoors – 10 Best Herbs for Sunny Windowsills

Best herbs for growing indoors

There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs to really add a boost to your home made recipes.  Many gardeners enjoy growing herbs outside during the summer months, but winter temperatures will kill them off for a while.  Growing herbs indoors is the answer. Which herbs should choose for your indoor garden?  Here…