Vegan Baked Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

I have a delicious recipe for baked eggplant Parmesan but it is neither vegan nor vegetarian.  My daughter is a vegan, so I adapt many recipes for her dietary needs.  She loved this one!  The hardest part was finding bread crumbs that were vegan. We looked at many labels before finding one ended up with…

Easy DIY Garden Projects

DIY Indoor Garden projects

Spruce up your indoor space with one of these Easy DIY Garden Projects. These DIY gardening projects make the perfect home decor projects for indoor plants. They are simple to do and add so much appeal to a bare indoor space just crying out for some TLC. The beauty of these projects is that they…

Easy DIY Craft Projects to Brighten up Your Home

Easy DIY projects to spruce up your home.

It is always fun to find easy DIY craft projects to brighten up the look of a home.  When a home decor project is easy to do, takes very little time and still looks great, that is a win, win, win my book. Are you a crafter?  I have been interested in crafting pretty much…

Butterflies, Bugs, Bees and Other Garden Critters

It's lunch time!

There is nothing like wandering around in my garden and seeing the wildlife in the form of insects buzzing around.  We all know that gardens need bees for pollination but so many other garden insects will find their way into a garden too.  Just provide them with flowers and leaves, and they will seem to…

Creative Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Creative Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Enjoy the Atmosphere with these Creative Outdoor Lighting Ideas Sitting outside in the evening with friends is one of my favorite things to do in the summer.  Lighting the setting is a must, since we don’t have much lighting on our deck. In the past, I have used hurricane lamps with candles set into them.…

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom with Kale and Quinoa

Mmmm mmmm.  Stuffed mushrooms.  One of my favorite side dishes and a staple of vegetarian diets.   This recipe for stuffed portabello mushrooms features another healthy vegetarian staple – kale and a gluten free grain substitute – quinoa. This Stuffed Portobello Mushroom is A Healthy Version of the Popular side Dish. Add in some quinoa and…

My Garden Shed Needs some TLC

Let's play dress up the garden shed.

Let’s Play Dress up The Garden Shed I see so many garden sheds that are as sweet as can be.  Some are tiny, some are huge and all seem to have character. I have one of the huge without character types. My husband and his friend built it. We store things in it and never…

13 Garden Bloggers Share Creative Container and Planter Ideas

What is better than an idea for a creative planter?  Why, 13 of them, of course!  I recently asked some of my gardening friends to share their creative planter and container ideas and they did not disappoint.  Their ideas are a cascade of fun and will add a great look to any garden setting. Many…

Gardening Signs – Fans of the Gardening Cook Share

Collection of cute Garden Signs

Gardening Signs Welcome you to a Little Patch of Heaven I love garden signs of all types.  They add a touch of whimsy to any garden setting and give you an idea of the personality of the gardener too. Just about any saying can be made into a garden sign. All you need, really, is…

Creative Uses of Often Wasted Home Spaces

Creative uses of often wasted storage space

These are great uses of Space. I live in quite a small home, so space is always at a premium for me.  I love to look at photos that show creative ways to make use of space that might otherwise be wasted. Here are some of my favorite uses of often wasted spaces.  Just click…

Best Succulent Containers Contest 2013

Succulent Contest

Do you love succulents?  If so, you may be interested in a contest that my friend Jacki from Drought Smart Plants is currently running. Great Succulent Contest from my Friend’s website. Succulents are one of my favorite plants.  I lived in Australia for 15 years, this type of plant was very commonly grown there, both…

Tobacco Hornworm (Manduca sexta)

Tobacco hornworm caterpillar

The tobacco hornworm is a voracious eater that can do a great deal of damage in a flower or vegetable garden. I decided to prune the dead flowers from my Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) the other day.  It is attracting butterflies like crazy, but most of the flowers were long dead.  I thought pruning it would…

Meditation Garden Settings

Meditation Garden Settings

I would love to have an area of my back yard that I can use as a place to retreat, and perhaps meditate.  The aim of a meditation garden is to provide a soothing and peaceful setting which will make it a lovely place to unwind after the stresses of daily life. May 3 is…

My Test Garden has Been Included in a Garden Hop

Garden Hop

My test garden has been included in a garden hop.  A gardening group that I belong to on Facebook has put together a group of garden tours to be featured on Facebook, Pinterest and Home Talk.  The tour will take place this weekend and is being heavily promoted on all three sites. Let’s go To…