Succulent Bird Cage Planter – Super Easy DIY Garden Project

Succulent Bird Cage Planter

I just love using household items in my garden in a creative way.  Today’s project is going to be to transform an old birdcage into a succulent birdcage planter. Succulents require very little maintenance and this makes them the perfect choice for this type of project.  You can place the birdcage on an occasional table, hang…

50+ Tried and Tested Uses for Vinegar

vinegar uses

Vinegar is a versatile and effective household product that is more useful than just for making salad dressing. There are dozens of vinegar uses in the home. From soaking your sponges to keeping your counters free of ants, this product is a must have. I recently had to deal with ants in my kitchen and tested some…

Chocolate Watermelon Popsicles

Bowl of strawberry chocolate pops on ice

Summer is here and the eating is easy – and so are these Chocolate Watermelon Popsicles. They are creamy and crunchy and super sweet from the fresh summer watermelon. Making Chocolate Watermelon Popsicles. Don’t you just love the taste of frozen desserts when the summer heat is upon us? My family does too, so I…

Almond Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

When I was a kid, one of my favorite treats was an ice cream sandwich.  This neat recipe gives me that feel but also uses home made cookies for the outside.  What a great cold dessert this is for a hot summer day or to treat yourself any time of the year!  Just make the cookies…

Declining Bee Population – How Important are They?

Bees are so important in our gardens. Find out why and how to attract them at https://thegardeningcook.com/the-importance-of-bees-in-nature/

With all the talk of GMOs, pesticides and large scale farming, one has to ask the question “How important are bees to our Food Supply and to nature in general?”  I, for one, and many of my gardening friends have noted the declining bee population.  And those that do visit our yards are the bumble bees, rather…

Champagne Popsicles – Adult Frozen Desserts that Beat the Heat

Popsicles made from champagne

I love Popsicle recipes in the summer time. They are easy to make, fun to eat and really beat the heat. These champagne popsicles are a boozy sweet treat that is just for mum and dad though. No kids allowed!Making popsicles at home is a fun and inexpensive way to beat the summer heat. I’ve seen…

Tips for Dealing with Invasive Pests

Do your share to help fight invasive pests

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The opinions and text are all mine.  It is time for some tips for dealing with invasive pests. Anyone who spends time in the garden knows how disheartening it can be…

No Bake Nut Butter Cookies – Dairy Free – Gluten Free

Nut butter Cookies

I love no bake cookies. They are easy to make, keep well and taste delicious.  These no bake nut butter cookies have an amazing chocolate and peanut butter taste but are nut free and gluten free, as well. Following a wheat free diet means that you may need to use some gluten free replacements or substitutes in your…

Plants That Don’t Need Deadheading

A lot of my time spent in maintaining my summer garden is spent in deadheading. So, finding plants that don’t need deadheading to add to my garden beds is something that I am always in search of.  What is deadheading? Basically, this gardening term refers to the time spent removing old flower blooms to allow…

Seasoned Cauliflower Rice – Mexican Style

Mexican cauliflower rice

This Seasoned Cauliflower Rice is very easy to make and has a Mexican spice combination that gives the side dish a delicious flavor.  I served it recently with my Mexican Chori Pollo Recipe to make a lovely and tasty gluten free meal.       Making Seasoned Cauliflower Rice is quick and easy! I love…

Garden Tour – See What is Blooming in July

Summer garden tour

It’s time for this week’s garden tour.  I love July in my summer garden.  The color is amazing and there seems to be something new for me each day as I wander around my garden beds.  This week’s garden tour One of my favorite times of the day is when I go outside and walk…

16 Gluten Free Replacements and Substitutes

15 Gluten Free Replacement and Substitutes

One of the latest trends in the diet industry is a gluten free diet.  And for many of those people a gluten free diet is not necessary at all. The Diet was designed primarily for those who suffer from Celiac Disease. If you are someone who follows this diet, either to lose weight or for…

Air Plant Holders – Containers to Display Your Tillandsia Collection

air plant planters

Air plants are not only fun to grow, they are also fun to display.  So many household items can be fashioned into containers for these sweet little plants that don’t need soil to grow.  These air plant holders are cute. compact and perfect to display your tillandsia collection. Have you tried growing air plants? These…

Curried Crock Pot Broccoli Soup

Broccoli soup

One of my favorite soup recipes is a creamy broccoli soup.  This curried crock pot broccoli soup is thick and creamy with a hint of coconut milk is not too spicy and has a lovely mix of spices that give the soup a savory taste. It is a great addition to your collection of slow…

Cold Summer Desserts to Beat the Heat

Frozen desserts

When the summer heats up, I go looking through my recipes of cold summer desserts.  There is nothing like a frozen bowl or stick of something to cool me down when the temps are in the 90s. Beat the Heat with these Cold Summer Desserts Root beer floats, summer cocktails, frozen fruit and ice cream…

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake – Paleo – Dairy Free

Gluten free coffee cake

Are you looking for a tasty breakfast option for those days when you want a little sweeter start to your day? This Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake has loads of flavor and is perfect for brunch on a lazy weekend. It also makes a super dessert! Following a wheat free diet can mean that you have…

Growing Hollyhocks – A Traditional Cottage Garden Favorite-

Hollyhocks

If you love perennial plants with a long blooming season, you will likely have a fondness for growing hollyhocks. This lovely perennial is a popular garden favorite that flowers throughout most of the summer months. Hollyhocks (Puccinia malvacearum) are often found in cottage gardens.  They make a great background plant for shorter perennials and come in…