Growing Sweet Potatoes in a Decorative Cup

sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are a very healthy vegetable.  They are also very easy to grow, from both seedling or from seeds. But growing sweet potatoes can also be done by using the potato itself. Decorative cups make great holders for Growing Sweet Potatoes This technique uses a plan similar to that of growing an avocado. You…

Cooking Tip – Left Over Sauce in Ice Cube Trays

Freeze sauce in left over icecube trays to use later

Left over Sauce – that is something that always seems to happen when I make stove top dishes.  Here is a tip for using the left over sauce later – Just freeze it! Left Over Sauce Tip for Reuse Later Use an old ice cube tray and place the left over sauce in it.  Label…

Stenciled Pie Crusts – DIY Video

Stenciled Pie Crusts

Feeling a bit crafty?  Anyone can do this DIY Stenciled Pie Crusts project- all it takes is an extra minute to apply cinnamon sugar or powdered food colors on your rolled out pie crust top then bake as usual. Stenciled Pie Crusts are Easy to Do and So Formal Looking Give your holiday baking a…

Fireplace Screen – Hand Painted – Shabby Chic

fireplace screen

I love this fireplace Screen. It appeals to the gardener in me and also has a shabby chic look to it. Isn’t it great the way it matches the mantle? Painted Cottage Chic Shabby White French Fireplace Screen The fireplace screen has a pretty design but when you spray both the fireplace surround and the…

Home Decor Vintage Painted Chest Romantic

chest

I found this vintage painted chest when browsing on Etsy where I also have a vintage jewelry store.  It’s a wonderful hand painted aqua colored dresser! the chest has very fancy French curves with five dovetail drawers and amazing original French hardware. Vintage Painted Chest for the Romantic at Heart Wonderfully painted with our cottage…

Pretty in Pink – Pink Flowers for the Romantic

Pretty in Pink Flowers

I am a romantic at heart.  One would never think it to look at me.  I’m a rugged girl and my nails usually have dirt under them from digging in my garden.  But I love girly romantic things – especially pink ones.  Pink flowers are no exception. Pink Flowers for the Romantic and Romantic at…

Seed Tape – DIY with Toilet Paper

DIY Seed Tape made from Toilet paper

Seed Tape is easy to make with common toilet paper. Why waste money on store bought seed takes when you can make your own with this commonly found item? Seed tape makes it easy to get tiny seeds planted in a vegetable garden. Often these are so small that you end up wasting them by having…

Avocado Mango Salad – Refreshing Fruit Salad

avocado mango salad

I love to combine avocados with fruit for a tasty salad.  The combination of sweet and savory really appeals to me.  This tasty avocado mango salad has a spicy sweet lime dressing for added flavor. This Avocado Mango salad Will be a Hit It’s super easy to make too.  Just heat the brown sugar and water…

Words and Numbers in the Garden – Easy DIY Projects

Words and Numbets used in Gardens

Words and Numbers can do so many things.  They can set a mood, or showcase a location. They can tell a time or label something so it is noted. Words and numbers can also dress up your home and garden in many ways as garden decorations. Garden Decorations – DIY Garden Words and Numbers These…

DIY Greenhouses – Recyle Old Material for Plants

DIY greenhouse ideas

I’ve been trying to get my husband to build me a greenhouse in our back yard for years, but it seems that this is one project that just gets put on the back burner indefinitely.  I went searching on Google to see what I could find for DIY greenhouses which make use of recycled materials. …

Shoe Planters – Recyle your Old Footwear in to Garden Planters

Great selection of unique shoe planters

Do you have some old shoes or boots laying around that are still presentable looking but have lost there wearable appeal for you?  Turn them into shoe planters for your indoor plants. Shoe Planters Make Unique Garden Containers These creative people have come up with several ideas to recycle footwear.  The possibilities are endless and…

Food Art – Creative uses of Bananas

food art

I love bananas as much as the next guy.  But my main use of them is in my cereal in the morning to get my daily dose of potassium.  That is not the case with these creative people.  They use bananas in their food art projects to put a new spin on the popular fruit.…

Date Bars with Maple Sugar – Hearty Sweet Treat

Date bars with maple syrup

I love recipes that take me back to my childhood.  This is even more important to me now that my mother has passed away.  Anything that reminds me of her is a precious recipe.  These date bars are a recipe that she often made when I was a little girl. These Date Bars are Delicious…

Twice Baked Potatoes – A Healthier Version

Twice Baked Potatoes

One of my family’s favorite side dishes are twice baked potatoes. But the normal version is full of fat, cream, butter and calories. This healthier version uses a healthy spread and veggie cheese but is still full of flavor. Slimmed Down Twice Baked Potatoes The recipe is simple.  Just Bake your potatoes first, scoop out the…

Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

stuffed portabella mushrooms

I love portobello mushrooms in just about any dish. They are hearty and filling and just delicious. This recipe for Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms has been slimmed down to save calories without sacrificing any of the delicious taste. Slimmed Down Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms They are easy to make and use A Go Veggie Parmesan and Monterrey…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – Vegetarian/Vegan

vegan peanut butter cookie

The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is one of my most favorite sweet treats.  These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies have a crunchy outer layer of chocolate (cocoa) with a filling of smooth peanut butter.  I always warm them just before eating. They are delicious with a spoonful of Soy Vanilla Ice cream. Chocolate Peanut…

Vegan Lasagna With Eggplant and Mushrooms

vegan lasagne

This Vegan Lasagna is full of flavor and heart healthy vegetables without all of the fat and cholesterol that a normal lasagna contains.  And at only 300 calories per serving, it is also easy on the waist line. Healthy and Delicious Vegan Lasagna The recipe is not a quick and easy one. Plan on a…

Garden Arbors – Inviting and Relaxing

A collection of Garden Arbors

Garden arbors are set up as walk through areas in home gardens or public parks where one can relax and rest. There are many styles of arbors to choose from. Garden Arbors – A Walk Through Nature. Many are open frameworks which are typically made of latticework or rustic work.  Some also function as a…