Silicone Baking Mat Uses – Tips for Using Silpat Baking Mats

Creative ways to use silicone baking mats

A silicone baking mat can take high heat and replace parchment paper for baking & food preparation. I like to use them in lots of unusual ways in my kitchen. You can use them for cookies, of course, but there are lots of other creative Silpat baking mat uses, as well. With a silicone baking…

Daylily Earth Wind and Fire – Hemerocallis – Perennial Bulb

Daylily Earth Wind and Fire - with cascade petals

Today’s featured daylily is a real beauty.  It is called Daylily Earth Wind and Fire. It is a gorgeous large daylily that blooms in mid summer.  This daylily was first hybridized by Lovett in 2004. The plant is from the family hemerocallidaceae, genus Hemerocallis About a year ago, I spent the day talking to the owner…

Italian Sausage and Peppers – Easy One Pot Recipe

Italian sausage and peppers oven baked casserole

This recipe for Italian sausage and peppers is oven baked in one dish for a really easy week night meal. Flavorful whole sausages are combined with tomatoes, Italian seasonings, sweet peppers and onions for a tasty dish that is really simple to prepare. It is one of my favorite 30 minute meals. One of our…

Growing Fittonia albivenis – How To Grow Nerve Plant

Fittonia Nerve Plant

This pretty little indoor plant adds a distinctive touch to your home decor.  The variety of fittonia is also known as Pink Angel. and is a distinctive plant with dark green leaves which have brightly colored pink veins. Growing Fittonia Albivenis is very easy for beginners, since it doesn’t mind low light. The plant is a native of…

Harvesting Watermelons – When is a Watermelon Ready to Pick?

Harvesting watermelons

Home grown watermelons are one of the real sweet treat pleasures of summer. How do you know when your watermelon is ready? There are lots of tips that will help you with harvesting watermelons. Just remember that patience is a virtue with this summer favorite. Vegetable gardening is a love of mine and watermelons are…

Planting in Compost – A Gardening Experiment (Updated)

Compost piles are mounds of nutrient rich organic matter.  Generally soil is mixed with compost to enrich it.  Instead of doing growing my vegetables the normal way in soil that is enriched with compost, I experimented this year with planting in compost itself.  This type of planting works best in a rolling compost pile rather…

Vegetable Garden Problems and Solutions – Troubleshooting your Garden

Vegetable garden problems

Not everything about vegetable gardening turns out as expected. There are many vegetable garden problems that can plague the average gardener. Fortunately, there are also easy solutions to those problems. Troubleshoot your garden with these easy tips to get a bumper harvest this year! You have spent the first part of spring getting vegetable garden…

Hasselback Baked Apples – Tasty Gluten Free Sliced Apples Recipe

These hasselback baked apples are a fun take on the traditional baked apple recipe. Instead of hollowing out the apple and adding a filling, the apple is thinly  sliced and then drizzled with a delicious buttery brown sugar topping. A crunchy gluten free flour and oat topping completes this delicious dessert recipe. When you are…

Growing Columbine – How to Grow Aquilegia for Unique Bell Shaped Flowers

Columbine flowers

Growing Columbine – aquilegia in your garden will reward you with delightful dangling bell shaped flowers that come in almost every color of the rainbow.  This hardy perennial is easy to grow and much sought after by many gardeners.  Since they self seed readily, you will never be without them once you have them planted. Grow Columbine…

Baileys Mudslide Truffle Recipe – Irish Cream Truffles

Baileys mudslide truffles

I love the taste of sweet treats that are mixed with alcohol. They add a touch of decadence to recipes and are perfect for celebrating. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this Baileys Mudslide Truffle recipe is the perfect way to end a romantic meal with a loved one. These Irish Cream Truffles are…

Growing Chervil – How to Grow Chervil Herb (And Some Substitutes!)

How to grow chervil

Chervil is a delicate herb that comes from the carrot family.  Close cousins are dill, parsley and fennel. If you like to cook French cuisine, growing chervil is a good idea, since the fresh herb is hard to find at local grocery stores and Farmer’s Markets. Chervil is a native of Southeastern Europe, southern Russia…