Porch and Patio Ideas – Relax in Style

Round up of great porch ideas.

There is nothing like ending the day by sitting on a patio that makes you feel relaxed and glad to be home from work.  These great porch and patio designs would soothe the most ardent workaholic! End your day in style with one of these porch and patio ideas. Grab a cup of coffee and…

Home made sweet and sour mix

Sweet and sour mix

There are lots of commercial sweet and sour mixes available for purchase in grocery stores and where liquor is sold. But most of those are too sweet for my liking.  Many drink recipes ask for a sweet and sour mix.  This home made version is perfect for those who don’t want a very sweet mix.…

Dianthus Barbatus – Sweet William – How To Grow

How To Grow Sweet William - Dianthus Barbadus

Sweet Williams are lovely plants.  They have pretty fringed flowers and bloom for me most of the spring and summer and come back each year in they are a perennial.  Dianthus Barbatus is a lovely variety of the species but is a little harder to grow. Planting guide for Dianthus Barbatus Dianthus Barbatus – also…

Today’s Harvest – First Rutabagas of the Season

rutabagas in today's harvest

It’s that time of the day…early morning, when I go out to see what I can harvest from my garden.  I was amazed to see my rutabagas were bulging out and ready to be pulled out for today’s harvest. Today’s harvest was a mix of cool weather crops It’s been a funny spring. So cold…

Vertical Gardens – Great Choice for Small Yards

Vertical gardening ideas

I speak to people all the time who admire my large yard and gardens but say “I don’t have the room to do this.”  While a large yard gives you lots of space to garden, those with small yards can still grow both flowers and vegetables by using Vertical gardens. Growing up instead of out…

Margarita steaks with cilantro and Lime

margarita steaks

Even though Labor day has come and gone, you can still grill. We do it most weekends here in NC, all year long. These Margarita steaks will be perfect for the barbeque. Cook up these Margarita steaks for your next BBQ. My husband is the grill master at our house, but he counts on me…

Brighten up your Outside Space with Tiki Planters

tiki planters

There are lots of ideas for how to brighten up your patio space for night time entertaining.  Tiki torch Planters add a nice bit of ambiance to your parties and have a more natural look than normal lighting does. Tiki Torch Planters give a great light to your patio. We purchased a set of tiki torches last…

Roasted Rutabaga – Bring out the Sweetness of Root Veggies

I have always used rutabagas in casseroles and stews.  I like using lots of root vegetables in recipes like this.  But I recently tried this roasted rutabaga recipe and it is just delicious. Roasted Rutabaga recipe is full of flavor Roasting rutabagas concentrate the natural sweetness of the vegetable.   This is the same for any…

Today’s Veggie Harvest – May 17, 2013

Today's harvest will be a salad for lunch!

One of my favorite parts of the day is roaming around my vegetable garden looking to see what is ready to harvest.  This is my first big veggie harvest of this season. First Big Veggie Harvest of the Season Here in NC, we have had an unseasonably cold spring.  Many seeds did not germinate at…

Wheelbarrow Planters – Reuse Re Purpose Recycle

Collection of wheeled planters

There are a lot of planters for sale at garden centers, but you could break the bank buying many of them.  Why not see what you have handy that would make great planters?  Old wheelbarrows and wagons fit that bill perfectly.  Wheelbarrow planters are one things on my bucket list of must do gardening ideas. …

Favorite Amaretto Cocktails – Almonds at Cocktail Hour!

My Favorite Amaretto Cocktails

I first tasted Amaretto when I lived in Australia.  It was very common to end most meals in a restaurant with a liqueur of some sort. Amaretto soon became one of my favorites. These Amaretto cocktails all use this tasty liqueur as part of the drink. Enjoy the nuttiness of my favorite Amaretto Cocktails. Some…

Hotel Riley Rum Cocktail – Vacation Time!

Hotel riley cocktail

Let’s enjoy another of my delicious tropical rum cocktail recipes!  This one is so, so delicious.  The Hotel Riley Rum cocktail combines vodka, amaretto and coconut rum with the refreshing taste of lime and pineapple juice. Enjoy the refreshing taste of a Hotel Riley Rum Cocktail You will feel that you are on vacation, for…

Toasted Almond Cocktail – Kahlua Amaretto Cream

Kahlua Amaretto Cream Cocktail

Amaretto is one of my favorite liqueurs. The flavor of almonds is just delicious and I use them all the time in recipes for both food and drinks.   This Kahlua Amaretto cream is a great cocktail recipe that is perfect to serve at a cocktail party. This Toasted Kahlua Amaretto cream Cocktail is creamy and…

White Russian Kahlua Cocktail

White Russian Kahlua Cocktail

I love the coffee taste of Kahlua in cocktail recipes.  I’m not a coffee drinker but the smoothness of Kahlua is a great taste sensation.  This White Russian Kahlua cocktail combines that taste with vodka and cream for a great tasting drink. Kahlua Vodka and Cream makes a great White Russian Cocktail. This drink, as…

Dark Russian Kahlua Cocktail

Dark Russina Kahlua cocktail

Here is another of my favorite Kahlua cocktail recipes.  I’m not a coffee drinker but the smoothness of Kahlua is a great taste sensation.  This dark Russian Kahlua cocktail combines that taste with vodka, chocolate milk, and cream for a great tasting drink. Add chocolate to your vodka and Kahlua for a Dark Russian Cocktail…

Fresh Rosemary – Herb to Grow in Patio Containers

How to grow rosemary

Fresh rosemary is one of my favorite spices.  I use it all the time in Italian cooking and also in many of my chicken recipes.  The favor is robust and the fresh herb is so much more flavorful than the dried version.  I use it all the time when I cook chicken, lamb and beef…

Freezing Buttermilk – Why waste part of the Container?

Freezing Buttermilk

If you are like me, you will find that most recipes call for much less than a carton of buttermilk and the rest of it can go to waste before you use it again in another recipe.  Don’t waste the rest of the container.  Freezing Buttermilk is the answer. Don’t Waste – Freezing Buttermilk is…

Cuban Breeze – Amaretto, Vodka & Pineapple Juice

Cuban Breeze

Looking for a refreshing cocktail recipe that gives a tropical feeling when you drink it?  The Cuban Breeze cocktail combines Amaretto, vodka and pineapple juice for a refreshing tropical style drink with just a hint of almonds. Enjoy the taste of Almonds with A Cuban Breeze I first became acquainted with Amaretto when I lived…