Birds Nest Centerpiece – Decorative DIY Project

birds nest centerpiece

This Bird’s Nest Centerpiece re-purposes field-guide bird images and natural objects found outside into a unique floral piece that beckons you take time with your brunch with a friend.   The creator of the project Diane Flowers (how appropriate is her last name?) has used cone flowers in this project but you could use whatever you…

Beaded Frost Luminaries – Great Garden Accents

beaded frost luminaries

I am always on the lookout for new and interesting DIY garden accent pieces. These beaded Frost luminaries are so subtle and just lovely to look at.  The subtle colors add a touch of the romantic, especially if used near a herb or leafy garden without much color. Imagine these Beaded Frost Luminaries glowing on…

Tropical Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Vegan "Chicken" Salad with Lime Vinagrette

This tropical salad combines a mix of fresh greens, and veggies with pineapple and a tangy cilantro lime vinaigrette. Since I am following a vegan diet, I used but normal chicken breasts would work just fine if you are a meat eater. These chicken strips are very tasty and come in several great tasting flavors.…

Rustic Towel Bar For A Beach House Effect – DIY

rustic towel bar

This rustic towel bar looks great in front of the tree themed wallpaper that home owner Jane Ackerman has in her Vermont home.   How creative they were to use white birch branches, which they then fashioned into a towel bar. Do you have a room or wallpaper that might suit this idea too?  I think…

Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

Growing Tulips in warmer hardiness zones can be challenging but it is possible. Find out how: thegardeningcook.com/growing-tulips

Tulips are showy flowers that are classified as perennial bulbs, but they can be somewhat tricky to grow in warmer climates.  Not impossible, but growing tulips in warm climates is a challenge for sure. Tips for Growing Tulips when the Temperatures are Warm. Tulips are considered a true bulb.  Not all flowering bulbs are actually…

Thai Peanut Stir Fry With Brown Rice

Thai Peanut Stir Fry

This Thai Peanut Stir Fry has a boatload of veggies and uses as a substitute for chicken for a substantial and tasty Eastern flavored main course that can be enjoyed by vegans.  Team it up with brown rice, flavored with cumin, spring onions and raisins and you will tempt even the most meat loving family…

Healthy Breakfast Granola with Fruit and Nuts

Vegan Granola Nuts Breakfast Recipes

Normal granola is often delicious and a great breakfast recipe, but is often filled with fat and high in calories.  My version of a more healthy breakfast granola is packed with flavor, but none of the fats that regular granola has and is so much lower in calories.  Top it with your favorite soy or almond and…

Curried Carrot Tofu Soup with Scallions

curried carrot soup

Curried Carrot Tofu Soup makes a wonderful and luxurious starter to a healthy meal.   The recipe uses tofu and vegetable broth and is easy to make. Healthy Curried Carrot Tofu Soup This is a great soup for vegans.  There are many things that you can substitute for normal diet ingredients to make a recipe suitable…

Growing Ginger Could Not be Easier

growing garlic

It seems that I am on a growing from scratch kick today. This time it is a short tutorial on growing ginger.  If you’re looking for an easy plant to grow indoors Ginger is the one for you. Growing Ginger is a fun DIY gardening project for the kids. Directions: Soak the Ginger root overnight in…

Jewelry Tablescape – Recycle Vintage Jewelry

Valentine's Day Jewelry Tablescape

Readers of my blog know that I love to talk about the creative uses of jewelry in other than normal use and wear. Zoey’s blog about tablescapes (which was recently named as blog of note on Google) sometimes features table settings where she uses jewelry in inventive ways. This jewelry tablescape is a creative use…

Hard Boiled Eggs – Tips and Tricks

Tips and tricks for hard boiled eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs are a favorite of many people but they can be tricky to peel and also to cook so that the yoke is nice and yellow and not greenish.  Here are some cooking tips for perfect hard boiled eggs. Hard Boiled Eggs – Some Helpful Tips Add to the water when you hard…

My Favorite Kitchens – What Neat Places to cook!

I have a tiny kitchen.  It is a galley style.  Not much counter space and a small pantry.  So drooling over pretty kitchens is one of my favorite things to do.   I thought it would be fun to do a page called My Favorite Kitchens.  These are some of my Favorite Kitchens. Perhaps, one day,…

Tamarind Paste – Make your Own DIY

Tamarind Paste

Tamarind Paste is one of those ingredients that is necessary for Thai cooking but also one that the average cook does not stock.    It is found in Asian food stores and on Amazon. (affiliate link) It is not readily available in most supermarkets.  Not a problem.  It is easily made with ingredients that you are…

Autumn Frost Hosta – Today’s Featured Plant

Autumn Frost Hosta

Autumn Frost Hosta is one of my favorite hostas.  The leaves have blue centers and wide yellow margins around the edge.  By Summer time, the margins will turn a creamy white. It’s a hardy perennial and comes back year after year. Autumn Frost Hosta is an easy to grow Plant for Shady Spot. Hostas make…

Microwave Containers make Great Drainage Hole Covers

Drainage Hole Covers

Drainage hole covers can be a tricky thing to find for your plant pots. Without one, though, the soil will eventually wash through the hole in the bottle and the plant will settle. Recycle Microwavable Trays Drainage Hole Covers There are many things that you can use…piece of broken pots, small stones.  One neat trick…

Log Planters – Great DIY Project for Old Logs

Logs of all types repurposed as planters

Log Planters make use of old fallen logs so they are a great way to recycle.  Plus, with a bit of creativity, you will have a unique garden addition. Log Planters are a Natural Addition to Any Yard. They can be very large and take up quite a bit of space, or you can use…

Dark Chocolate Strawberries – DIY Healthy Treat

chocolate covered strawberries

Nothing appeals to me more than dark chocolate strawberries or other fruit dipped in chocolate.  They make me feel as though I am eating something healthy but also have the decadence of a rich dessert. And with Valentine’s day right around the corner, what could  be a more perfect treat than these dark chocolate strawberries…

DIY Seed Starting Tray – Rotisserie Chicken Container

This is the time of the year for seed starting in many parts of the country.  You can purchase all sorts of them from The big box home improvement stores, but why not recycle things you have on hand?  This DIY Seed Starting Tray makes a great seed started and is a good size too.…