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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…

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. …

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…

Creative Gardening Ideas

Creative ideas on a budget

I must admit that I am not a normal gardener.  I don’t enjoy conventional landscape plans. I don’t invest in fancy garden structures or planters.   To me, a garden should show the style of the person who lives near it.  And I love to use existing things from around the house if possible, and…

Grilled London Broil with Spicy Rub and Red Wine

grilled London broil

This delicious recipe for grilled London broil is easy to do. Just prepare the rub and marinade and put it in the fridge to let the flavors soak into the meat.  When it is time to cook, just fire up the grill and enjoy the aromas of all those flavors that have combined.The recipe calls…

Food Art – Interesting Food Carving Photos and Info

Food art and Food Carving

Food art is the process in which beautiful models such as animals, Birds, Statues, Faces and other themes, are created using food. The food is either arranged or carved into the desired shapes, and then displayed as an art form. It has been practiced for many years. Some think it even dates back to early…

Slimmed Down Egg McMuffin – Healthy and Delicioius

Slimmed down Egg McMuffin

As with all new years, it seems, I am trying to focus on healthy cooking and losing a few pounds.  I am not much of a fast food junkie, but I do like some of the breakfast items on the menus. This healthier version of an egg McMuffin tastes great and won’t break the calorie…

Split Pea Soup for Prosperity in the New Year

There is a New years tradition that dates back to the civil war that says that if you eat black eyed pea on New Year’s day it will bring prosperity and luck in the new year to come.  My grandmother revised this tradition to say that if you eat Split pea soup with ham on…

Ziti Pasta with Italian Sausages Swiss Chard and Peppers

Ziti pasta with swiss chard, peppers and Italian sausages.

 Until this year, I had never tasted Swiss Chard. But I planted some on a whim in my vegetable garden this past summer and have discovered that I really love it.  The veggie reminds me of spinach, which I adore, but with a more robust flavor.  And it is lovely in all sorts of recipes.…