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Apple Crumble Baked Apples – A Healthy Alternative

Apple crumble baked apples with caramel sauce

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareTheJoyOfPie #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some apple crumble baked apples. T’is the season for all things yummy.  Unfortunately, that might mean t’is the season for extra pounds too! This delicious recipe for apple crumble baked apples gives us…

Cold Hardy Vegetables Give you a head Start on Spring

Cold hardy vegetable

The weather here in NC is unseasonably warm right now, so it has my head spinning thinking of all the fun to come in my garden. But, alas, I know that no matter how Mother Nature looks today, there will still be plenty of cold days ahead. Even so, it’s never too early to plan ahead…

Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This fork tender old fashioned beef stew is made just the way Momma made it! Rich and savory with big chunks of meat and vegetables are the ultimate comfort food.

Ah – the joys of using a slow cooker.  When the weather is cold and you are looking for something comforting for dinner, bring out your crock pot.  For me, there is nothing quite like the taste of an Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Beef Stew.  Cooking beef this way ends up in the most amazingly tender…

Winter Garden Views in January

These winter garden views, from the USA, Canada and the UK show that there are some stark differences and lots of similarities when you look outside your window in winter. These photos are shared by readers of my blog. Why not share your photo too?

The weather outside does not lend itself to gardening right now. We recently had a snow storm that dumped about three inches here in North Carolina.  Looking over my snow soaked garden gave me the idea to have a share day on my Facebook page. I asked my Facebook fans to share their Winter Garden Views and…

Chicken Cheese Panini Sandwich – Slimmed Down Lunch Delight

Chicken cheese panini with a bowl of slimmed down turkey chili

My daughter bought me a panini pan for Christmas.  She and I often have mum-daughter dates at Panera Bread and I always choose a half panini sandwich and bowl of soup.  Jess knew that I would be cooking up a panini storm for lunch if I had my own pan. She was right!  This slimmed…

My 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

See what made the list of the most famous posts of 2016 for The Gardening Cook. This year, household tips, gardening tips and one great recipe made the top 10!

Each year, at the end of December, I take stock of what worked (and what didn’t!) on my blog.  Sometimes, I am surprised when a blog post makes my top 10 list for the past year when I wasn’t expecting it.  Other times, I think “not you again” when a tried and true favorite post…

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

This Reese's peanut butter cup fudge has a crumbly bottom layer, a rich chocolate middle and chunks of Reese's peanut butter cups on the top. It is TO DIE FOR!

If you like a fudge with texture this is, hands down the best tasting fudge ever! If you love Reese’s peanut butter cups, you will want to dive right into this pan as soon as it sets.  IT IS THAT GOOD! This Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge has everything that you want in a fudge…

12 Unusual Christmas Wreaths

12 great Christmas wreaths

A Christmas wreath is a popular way to decorate your entry for the holiday season.  Christmas Wreaths are also used on mantles and in other areas of the home and garden such as garden gates.  Nothing quite sets the mood for your party guests like a front door decorated with a Christmas Wreath. Decorate Your…

Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers

These cranberry pecan crostini appetizers make the perfect party appetizers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BoursinCheese #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers! Cranberries are one of those foods that always seem to find their way onto the holiday table.  These lovely Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers are the perfect appetizers to start…

Burlap Wine Bottle Bag – Easy DIY Christmas Gift

This DIY burlap wine bottle bag is the prefect way to wrap your favorite bottle of Sutter home family wine.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SutterHomeForTheHolidays #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. It’s time to make a Burlap Wine Bottle Bag! This Burlap Wine Bottle Bag is an inexpensive way to dress up a bottle of wine…

Boxwood Christmas Wreath – DIY Holiday Project

DIY Holiday Boxwood Wreath form

We got our Christmas tree the other day, and I always buy my wreath from the same vendor at the Farmer’s market each year.  Normally, they will give me a discount on the tree if I also buy the wreath. I usually get a fir wreath. They are relatively inexpensive and most of the vendors have…

Fudge Brownie Truffles

These fudge brownie truffle are so festive looking!

‘Tis the season for fudge, and brownies, and truffles. These Fudge Brownie Truffles combine all of my favorite tastes in one delicious bite.They are so tasty that they’ll deserve pride of placement on your holiday dessert table. The holidays give me an excuse to cook up a batch or two of my favorite treats.  I…

Snowman Wall Hanging – A Rustic Christmas Decoration

This cute snowman wall hanging was made from a old kitchen door frame. He is easy to do and looks great hanging on a wall.

I have a huge collection of both snowmen and Santa Claus Christmas decorations.  Our family room really gets into the Christmas spirit this time of the year when I bring them out of hiding for their yearly winter display.  Long gone are the days of purchasing new items for the collection.  I have so many…

Pumpkin Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting

This pumpkin cake is moist and delicious and has a crunchy toasted coconut frosting.

My mother died a year ago so she missed out on our last Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of her time honored traditions was to serve a pumpkin cake each year, for both of these holidays, with her special toasted coconut frosting.  She is not here this year, but that does not mean the cake will…

Santa Paint Brush Ornament – DIY Santa Claus Paintbrush Decoration

This Santa Paintbrush Ornament is whimsical and fun to make and will look cute on a Christmas tree or as a wall hanging.

This adorable Santa paint brush ornament is so whimsical and cute. It is very simpe to make and inexpensive and will delight the young and young at heart. The step by step directions below will let you make this Santa Claus paintbrush decoration quickly and easily I have to admit, I am enjoying being a kid this…

Lemon Snowball Cookies

Lemon Snowball Cookies

Oh the weather outside is frightful and the time is just delightful – or something like that!  The time is just perfect for making these Lemon Snowball Cookies!  After all, what is more perfect for the cold weather than a tasty snowball bite of goodness? The holiday season is the time for making cookies.  There…

Grinch Paintbrush Ornament

Grinch Paintbrush Ornament

Yes, folks, it is getting to that time of the year. This is the time when my mind goes into overdrive trying to come up with ideas for fun craft decor items to make for the Christmas holiday. My latest creation is this Grinch Paintbrush Ornament. I have always loved the movie The Grinch Stole…

Roasted Root Vegetable Medley

Roasted root vegetable medley

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias It’s time for a roasted root vegetable medley. Fall flavors combined to make this roasted root vegetable medley a hit with your family. This post may contain affiliate links for your cooking experience. For me, fall is…

7 Bean Soup Mix plus Recipe

This easy 7 bean soup mix project makes a great hostess or housewarming gift

For most of the year, I am not normally much of a soup girl.  But when autumn rolls around, I find myself making soup all the time.  This 7 bean soup mix is the perfect fall recipe. It is rich and hearty and has a lovely spicy herb blend to give the soup a lot of…

Helleborus Perennial – How to Grow Hellebores – Lenten Rose

Helleborus perennial

Helleborus Perennial is a plant that flowers in the winter when there is still snow on the ground.  Lenten Rose is another name for hellebores. The blooms come in lots of different shades and shapes. I first heard of Helleborus perennial several years ago when I spent a season trying to grow some uncommon plants…

Health and Wellness Goals for 2016

Nature made supplements help when diet is not enough

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. It’s time to focus on health and wellness goals for 2016! Getting a little help on health and wellness goals in 2016 is easy with Nature Made. If you have been reading my blog lately, you will know…

Winter Door Swag Makeover

Ice skate door swag makeover

The cold weather is here and it is time for my winter door swag makeover. I have a wreath, or door swag on my front door year round.  The door has an oval glass panel in it and putting a swag there gives me a bit of extra privacy and I like the way it makes…

My North Carolina Winter Garden

Sun peeking through the frozen trees in North Carolina

My North Carolina winter garden is a wonderland this week. Winter storm Jonas has been all in the news this week.  It left a blanket of snow and ice from the South in the US right up the corridor to New England.  My North Carolina winter garden is a sight to behold. Winter storm Jonas…

Slow Cooker Spiced Wine with Oranges and Cranberries

It’s time to bring out the big guns for your New Year’s party.  And by big guns, I mean big on flavor, big on appeal and big on festive cheer.  This recipe for slow cooker spiced wine with oranges and cranberries is the perfect way to ring in the New Year at our house and…

How to Cook the Perfect Holiday Ham

Cooking the perfect holiday ham is as easy as your secret ingredients for the glaze. This recipe is simple to do and tastes heavenly. thegardeningcook.com #ForTheLoveOfHam

Treat your family to a holiday ham this Perfect Holiday Christmas instead of a turkey. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ForTheLoveOfHam #CollectiveBias For years, our family always had turkey at both Thanksgiving and for our Christmas meal. But a few years ago, I…

15 Tips for Making the Perfect Gingerbread House

Making the perfect Gingerbread house is easier than you might think! See my 15 tips to make sure yours is the best one yet. thegardningcook.com

Making the Perfect Gingerbread House is Easy with these 15 tips. We love to make Gingerbread houses each year. It has been a tradition ever since Jess was a little girl.  And even though she is grown and living away, she comes home for the holidays and we always take the time to make a…