Uses for License Plates – Using Number Plates in DIY Projects

Uses for License Plates

Have you ever thought about using number plates in DIY projects? There are dozens of uses for license plates if you just think outside the box a bit. The colors and designs lend them selves to loads of home decor projects, both inside and outside the home. My husband is a collector of old license…

Growing Dracaena Fragrans – How to Grow Corn Plants

Dracaena Fragrans

Large, showy indoor plants are a delight in the home. Growing dracaena fragrans gives the feeling of being in a corn field. The striped yellow and green leaves bring a lot of softness to any corn of a room It is not too hard to figure out why Dracaena Fragrans is called The Corn Plant.  The…

Flowering Houseplants – 15 Blooming Indoor Plants

Flowering houseplants

When the weather outside is too cold for gardening, flowering houseplants bring a touch of the garden into your home.  Blooming indoor plants add color and decor to any indoor setting and are cheerful year round. My first attempt at gardening started with houseplants. I remember coming home one day to the aroma of the…

Zebra plant – Tips for Growing Aphelandra Squarrosa

Zebra plant

Aphelandra squarrosa, also known as zebra plant can be a real challenge to grow. But the spectacular flowers and showy striped leaves make it worth the effort.  When I lived in Australia, a zebra plant was always one of the popular indoor plants that I wanted to grow.  I got one and managed to keep…

Pruning Forsythia – How and When to Trim Forsythia Bushes

Pruning forsythia helps the plant to be managed

Forsythia flowers give us one of the first splashes of color in early spring gardens. But to get that color and a well shaped shrub, it’s important to trim forsythia bushes correctly. Pruning forsythia requires some basic knowledge of how the plant is meant to grow. Seeing the cheery yellow blooms on the long arching…

Scottish Shortbread Cookie – Making Shortbread Cookies

Scottish shortbread cookie recipe

No holiday season would be complete without the buttery and crisp taste of a Scottish Shortbread cookie.  Biting into crunchy shortbread cookies gives you a light as air texture and taste that just can’t be beat. My husband is from England and every Christmas, I find him a box of Walker’s Shortbread cookies.  During the…

Attracting Birds in Winter – Bird Feeding Tips for the Cold Months

Feeding Tips for Birds

Many gardeners try to plant shrubs and flowers that attract birds during the spring and summer. But what about the winter months?  How does a gardener go about attracting birds in winter?  These bird feeding tips will make sure that your yard is a welcoming place for our feathered friends all year long. Attracting birds…

Spaghetti Recipes – Easy Ideas for Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti recipes for Italian night

Spaghetti recipes are always a big hit at our house. They are cold winter comfort food at their tastiest. There are literally dozens of ways to incorporate a tasty spaghetti sauce into a quick and easy weeknight dinner sensation. One of my earliest spaghetti recipes was a combination of both beef and pork that became a…

Cryptanthus Bivittatus – Growing Earth Star Bromeliad

Cryptanthus Bivittatus is a tender perennial that forms rosettes of leaves that resemble a star fish. Common names are earth star and red star bromeliad.

Cryptanthus Bivittatus is a member of the Bromeliaceae family of tropical plants. It has many common names such as starfish plant, earth star and Red Star Bromeliad. The bromeliad is a plant commonly grown in terrariums. This pretty bromeliad is native to Brazil and has a lovely star like shape made of stemless rosettes of leaves.…

Healthy Kitchen Swaps – Food Swaps for Weight Loss Success

Healthy Kitchen Swaps

For many of us, the New Year means making a resolution to lose a few extra pounds that seem to magically appear during the holiday season.  But losing some weight does not necessarily mean that you have to just eat lettuce and vegetables. There are many healthy kitchen swaps that you can use all year…

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…