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DIY Blue Spruce Stocking Wreath

DIY Blue Spruce Stocking Wreath

Make  your Own Blue Spruce Stocking Wreath. A great wreath makes a wonderful welcoming accent to your front door for the holiday season, as well as for other times of the year.  This festive DIY blue spruce stocking wreath is quite different from the circular shaped wreaths so commonly seen at Christmas time and you…

White Chocolate Mosaic Fudge

White Chocolate Mosaic Fudge

I love making fudge. It is my favorite sweet treat.    I don’t make it very often, since I try to watch my weight, but Christmas time is when I forget about that and make batches of it to eat and to share. This recipe for white chocolate mosaic fudge uses green and red cherries to…

M & M Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies

M & M Gingerbread Christmas Tree cookies - the gardeningcook.com/

These cute M & M Gingerbread Christmas tree cookies will make a great addition to your Christmas buffet table.  They would also be great for your annual cookie exchange. Gingerbread is a common taste during the holidays.  From cookies and houses made of gingerbread, there are lots of options. See my tips for the perfect…

Tips to Save during the Holidays – Frugal Entertaining

20 Smart frugal ways to save during the holidays - thegardeningcook.com/

Save Money During the Holidays with these Frugal Tips. The whole essence of a successful holiday season does not lie in the amount of money you spend, but in the time, thought and care that you devote to the activities that you plan.  These frugal tips will make your holiday season something to remember without…

Holiday Graphics and Fun

Christmas countdown

Some of the post popular posts on my Facebook page are those that feature holiday graphics, jokes and inspirational sayings.  I love to make my own graphics to share on Facebook so that I don’t infringe anyone’s copyright.  I know people use Google images all the time, but I prefer attributing credit and making my…

DIY Miniature Gumdrop Topiary

Gum Drop Topiary DIY Project. See my step by step tutorial at thegardeningcook.com/

Do it Yourself – Gumdrop Candy Topiary This sweet DIY Miniature Gumdrop Topiary will be the center of attention on your Christmas table. The only problem will be keeping it decorated until the end of the evening of your party! The project is fun and easy to do.  Just assemble all of your materials.  You…

Candy Cane Peppermint Kiss Cookies

Candy Cane Peppermint Kiss cookies

These sweet treats are a variation on the normal kiss cookie that is so often seen this time of the year. These candy cane peppermint kiss cookies are lighter than the traditional kiss cookie but super festive. Perfect for a cookie swap or to take to your child’s school party. I love making cookies this…

Snowman Christmas Cake

Sweet Snowman Christmas take - picture tutorial!

Your kids will love to make this sweet snowman Christmas cake.  The cake will be the hit of your Christmas buffet.   He is made of a chocolate base and covered in butter cream frosting and then decorated. Amazon.com Widgets Make your cake by following the recipe below.  While the cake is cooling make the butter…

Holiday Pot Holder Mitt – Cute Hostess Gift

This DIY holiday mitt would make a great hostess gift

Do It Yourself Holiday Potholder Mitt This holiday potholder mitt DIY project would make a great Kitchen decoration.  It is also a great idea for a homemade Christmas Hostess gift for a person who loves to cook.  It is easy to make and uses some items you may already have on hand. To make the…

DIY Snowman Smores Hostess Gift

Snowman Smores DIY project

Make your Own Snowman S’mores – Cute DIY Project This snowman s’mores DIY project is cute as can be, easy to do and would make a great handmade Christmas gift or a Hostess gift for the next party you attend. To make this project, you will need the following supplies: (affiliate links) Large, quart sized…

Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream

Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream Drink

I love Bailey’s Irish cream.  It has a perfect blended of Irish whiskey and other ingredients that make it a special and quite decadent drink.  but it is expensive to buy. Fortunately you can make your own Bailey’s Irish Cream. I recently decided to use it to make some fudge.  I had a bottle of…

DIY Giant Terracotta Jingle Bells

DIY Giant Terracotta Jingle Bells

Ring in the Festive Season with Terracotta Jingle Bells Christmas will be here before you know it.  If you are looking for a special DIY Christmas gift for a gardener, these giant jingle bells will ring in the festive season in a natural way. They are easy to make and are a great gift idea…

Amaryllis Bulbs Forcing – Easy Gardening Project

Forcing Amaryllis Bulbs indoors is an easy and fun gardening project that the kids will love. They grow so quickly and are huge. Find out how to do it at https://thegardeningcook.com/amaryllis-bulbs/

Amaryllis Bulbs are one of the easiest bulbs to force indoors.  I ended up with one from a Yankee swap party last Christmas and planted it early in February to add to my collection of indoor plants.  It was not long before the bulb was in full bloom. Having a splash of color indoors in…

My Collection of Fudge Recipes

10 of my favorite fudge recipes. Treat your sweet tooth!

These delicious fudge recipes bring to mind everyone’s three favorite fudge words: smooth, creamy, and decadent. How can you resist them, particularly during the holidays when making fudge is a favorite thing to do? Whether it be chocolate, peanut butter (my favorite) or some other style, these recipes will tempt even the sweetest kind of…

Spring Fever in my Garden Starts in Winter

10 inspiring cases of spring fever from the Garden Charmers

Oh the weather outside is frightful, or so the saying goes.  Here in Raleigh, we are not known for much cold weather in the winter, but this year has been different in that regard. We have had a couple of days of snow and several weeks of unseasonably cold weather, with temps getting down to…

Boxwood Wreath Bird Feeder DIY Project

DIY Bird Feeder Wreath. Repurpose and old Christmas wreath to feed the birds!

Some of you may remember that I made a dogwood wreath for the first time in December last year for Christmas.   I’ve long since removed the Christmas decorations but left it hanging and it has started to dry out.  I decided to re-purpose it into a bird feeder for my backyard test garden. My husband…

The Garden Charmers Share Winter Comforts

Winter Comforts By The Garden Charmers: Creative and Delicious Ways To Enjoy The Season

Feeling cold and not too motivated? So are my friends in the Facebook group called The Garden Charmers.   This is a talented group of cooking, gardening and DIY ladies who love to blog and also love to share and promoted each others content.  We were recently discussing how to beat the cold temperature.  We decided…

Vegan Peanut Butter Walnut Fudge

Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

My daughter is a vegan and she always loved my peanut butter fudge that I make this time of the year for the holidays.  She can’t eat my normal version but this vegan peanut butter fudge is very good is perfectly suited to a vegan diet. Making fudge is something that I love to do during…

DIY Apple Pine Tree Wreath

DIY Apple Pine Tree Wreath

Do it Yourself Apple Pine Tree Wreath This festive Apple Pine Tree Wreath makes a nice change from the traditional round Christmas Tree Wreaths so commonly seen.  Best of all, you can make it yourself! To make the project, you will need the following materials: 1 Wire Flat tree shaped form size 15 x 17…

Sugar Cookies with a Peppermint Crunch Topping

Peppermint Crunch Christmas Sugar Cookie

It is getting to the time of the year when cookie exchanges are being planned.  They are a fun way to share your new holiday cookie recipes. This peppermint crunch sugar cookie from Pillsbury will be a great one to add to your line up of Christmas cookies. I love making cookies this time of…

Frost Flowers – Natural Beauty in Nature

Frost Flowers - Nature's short lived Beauties

Nature’s Beauty:  Frost Flowers My husband loves National Geographic nature shows and watches them often.  The other day he told me about a show that he had watched on a phenomenon called frost flowers. I had never heard of these, so I wanted to research the topic to do an article for the site.  What…

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Easy peanut butter fudge

 You really can’t leave me around a jar of peanut butter.  It will be gone before you know it.  This Easy Peanut Butter Fudge has always been one of my favorite holiday sweet treats.  At Christmas time, I always make batches of it. If you enjoy making fudge during the holidays, be sure to check…

Red Cocktails and Drinks – My Favorites

6 Fabulous Red Cocktails

Bloody Mary – Sangria – Strawberry Daiquiri…What do these drinks have in common? They are all cocktail recipes, all red, dramatic and all so delicious. Red Cocktails are the perfect choice for both Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Razzmatazz Red – These Red Cocktails make a Dramatic Statement! With Christmas coming soon, red is the color…