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Pecan Pie Cookies – A Holiday Treat

drizzled pecan pie cookies

My husband is a pecan pie fanatic. He loves everything about it.  Except for the calories, that is.  He’s been trying to lose a bit of weight and having a whole pecan pie on the table for the holidays might be just a bit more than he can resist.  Enter my recipe for pecan pie…

Copycat KFC Oven Fried Chicken

This copycat KFC oven fried chicken has a ton of flavor with all the fat and calories of deep frying. thegardeningcook.com

This copycat KFC oven fried chicken recipe has a super spice mix to give it a great taste without all the calories. I love all types of copycat recipes.  It is fun to tinker in my kitchen to try and come up with recipes that give me the flavors of my favorite restaurant or take…

I am Thankful for my Mother

I am thankful for my mother

Please join me for a few moments to learn more about the person who has had the most impact on my life ~ my mother. Today’s world is full of stress and a lack of time. Sometimes, this causes people to be thoughtless and inconsiderate.  One simple remedy for what can often be a rude world…

Chicken Pot Pie – Cinnamon Apple & Pear Salad – Easy Fall Meal

Chicken pot pie with cinnamon apples and cranberry and walnut salad

The Hectic Holidays are made much easier with a Marie Callender Chicken Pot Pie, Cinnamon Apples and Pear Salad. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease#CollectiveBias ‘Tis the season for easy meals in my house.  I adore this time of the year, but it’s…

Spicy Szechuan Garlic Pepper Pork Stir Fry

spicy szechuan pork stir fry

Can we say sweet?  Can we say spicy?   What a great combination.  I don’t normally care for spicy dishes but when you quiet the flames a bit with some sweetness, it’s yes please, I’ll have some!  This delicious garlic pepper pork stir fry has all the flavor of your favorite take away pork stir fry. …

Southern Chicken Pot Pie with a Cotton Country Shortbread Topping

Southern Chciken pot pie with cornbread crust

Mmmm…mmmmm.  Southern cooking and some country music. What a great combination.  When I think of Southern food, I think of hearty dishes cooked with a lot of love (and a bit of butter!)  This Southern country pot pie with a cotton country shortbread stuffing is the perfect way to celebrate the 49th Annual Country Music…

Ideas for Decorating a Sun Room

Decorating a sun room for fall

    Bring in the Outdoors with These ideas for Decorating a Sun Room. If you read my blog often, you will know that I have a bit of a passion for garden beds.  I have 11 of them all around my home.  Some of my favorite ones are in my back yard, but the…

Southern Cooking Made Easy with Martha White

Southern cooking…some call it soul food.   Some call it hearty food.  Others say it is all about the seasonings.  I say that southern cooking is just plain delicious. Whether your love is hush puppies, biscuits and gravy, or rich and hearty muffins, the taste says divine and the food says “cooked with love.” This is…

Reading Corner Makeover – A Place to Relax

reading corner makeover

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ICantEven #BigLots #CollectiveBias My reading corner makeover gives me the perfect spot to have a cup of tea and relax with my favorite gardening magazine.   I have a corner of my family room that is a great…

Tuscan Inspired Tomato Basil Chicken

Tuscan inspired Tomato basil chicken

Treat Your Family to the Taste of Italy with this Tuscan Inspired Tomato Basil Chicken Recipe. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®. The opinions and text are all mine. May I introduce you to new favorite way to eat chicken? This Tuscan inspired tomato basil chicken with a buttery…

8 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Happy

Keeping Your Dog Happy is Easy if You Follow Just a Few Simple Tips. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PedigreeGives #CollectiveBias Our family members are huge animal lovers.  We have had so many furry friends that have become a part of our family…

Apple Cake with Caramel Honey Glaze – Perfect for Fall

Apple cake with caramel honey glaze

What do all these have in common:  falling leaves, hoodies, carving a pumpkin, corn stalks, decorating, apples?  Of course!  It’s fall.  My favorite time of the year. And what could make it more perfect than this honey apple cake with its delicious caramel honey glaze?  It’s a keeper! Make the most of fall by treating…

Effortless Meals – Easy Chicken Fajitas

Easy chicken fajitas

Effortless Meals! These easy chicken fajitas make back to school mealtime a breeze. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EffortlessMeals #CollectiveBias This is such a busy time of the year.  The summer is over, kids are heading back to school and there don’t seem…

Need Exercise Motivation? Try Walking Your Dog

walking your dog

Walking your dog is a great way to keep your motivation going for getting in your daily exercise. I admit it.  I have been lax for years about getting in some daily exercise.  I have arthritis in my right knee and both hips, and I used it as an excuse to stop walking my dog. …

Gluten Free Black Bean Pizza with Corn and Veggies

gluten free black bean pizza

Okay, it is time to make your mouth dance.  As in, what the heck did you put on that pizza that makes it taste so amazing dance.    This gluten free black bean pizza is loaded up with some of the freshest ingredients around and the barbecue sauce base will have a party in your mouth,…

Pan Fried Swai with Indian Spices

pan fried swai

Savor the Aroma of Pan Fried Swai with Indian Spices. For the last 10 days, I have had a case of mommy’s time out going on.  Not in the way that you might think, with me taking a vacation or a must needed rest.  My time out has come from a new attitude to my…

Before and After Power Washing Photos

These Power Washing Photos Show the Amazing Transformation of the Front of our Home. I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Advil®. I received compensation for this post. All opinions stated are my own. It’s been a busy summer for my husband and me. Power washing the exterior of our house and surrounding…

Power Washing Tips and Tricks

12 tips for power washing success

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that my husband Richard and I love to do labor intensive projects that really make a difference in the look of our home and yard. Our latest project is a full power wash of the siding and brick on our house. If…

Loaded Potato and Pulled Pork Casserole

Loaded potatoe and pulled pork casserole

This Loaded Potato and Pulled Pork Casserole is the Ultimate Comfort Food. I love making new recipes from things that I have on hand. It makes me feel frugal, and insures that I end up wasting very little food.  Luckily for me, the main ingredient in this loaded potato and pulled pork casserole is some…

22 Ways to Create Curb Appeal

tips for adding curb appeal

This post brought to you by Gilmour. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gardening Cook. There is a saying that one can only have one first impression. That saying applies to the front of your home as well as to your personality or appearance. The front door and entry is the…

Chocolate Raspberry Swirled Mini Cheesecakes

Chocolate raspberry swirled mini cheesecakes

Summer is the time for me to use fresh fruits in many of my cheesecake recipes.  I love the lightness that they give to the dinner menu, and they are perfect to serve when you have a BBQ or grill party. These chocolate raspberry swirled mini cheesecakes are the perfect bite of summertime freshness.  Your…

Warm Tuscan Bacon Potato Salad – A Grill Side dish

Warm Tuscan bacon Potato salad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FireUpTheGrill #CollectiveBias This Warm Bacon Potato Salad makes a Great Grill Side Dish. The motto in our house all summer long is “it’s time to Fire up the Grill.”  We grill most of the year, but in the…

Mandarin Orange Cake

Mandarin Orange Bundt Cake

I am being compensated by DOLE Canned Fruit for this recipe.  All opinions are those of The Gardening Cook. #DoleCannedFruit AD Delight your Family with This Delicious Mandarin Orange Cake. Summer time, for me, is all about recipes using fruits and vegetables.  I love the light, fresh taste that they give to recipes.  This mandarin…

When to use Ratcheting Pruners

When to use ratcheting pruners

Ratcheting Pruners make Light work of Heavy Tasks. It does not matter if you have one small hydrangea bush or a yard full of garden beds.  At some point, you will need to remove some dead growth, overgrown branches or untidy flowers from your garden shrubs and plants. And some of those branches will be…