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Ziti Pasta with Sausages & Swiss Chard – Skillet Ziti Noodles Recipe

Most ziti pasta recipes are baked and require a long preparation time. This skillet ziti noodles recipe is ready in less that 30 minutes and is super easy to prepare. 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 …

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Sage Plant Care – How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Garden Sage

These tips for sage plant care will help you get the most out of this popular garden herb plant. Garden sage is a culinary herb that is often used around the holidays to flavor your stuffing, but I use it all year round as a flavor component for chicken dishes. Sage is not just for …

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Baked Italian Sausage and Peppers – Easy One Pot Recipe

This recipe for baked Italian sausage and peppers is oven baked in one dish for a really easy week night meal. Flavorful whole sausages are combined with tomatoes, Italian seasonings, sweet peppers and onions for a tasty dish that is really simple to prepare. It is one of my favorite 30 minute meals. Keep reading …

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Sausage Garlic Parmesan Pasta – A Delicious 30 Minute Meal

This delicious Sausage Garlic Parmesan Pasta recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes, and I can also make it for my family at a cost of less than $10. What is not to like about that? My family loves any recipes that have pasta in it, and I love coming up with new ideas …

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One Pot Creamy Spinach Sausage Fettuccine Recipe

This one pot creamy spinach sausage fettuccine recipe is one that I get asked to make again and again. It is that tasty! I love fettuccine, my whole family loves sausages, and I love meals that come together easily.  Pasta and sausages go together in my house like a hand and glove. My husband loves …

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Mild Italian Sausage with Drunken Noodles

I’m in the mood for something special tonight and also want to treat my husband.  He’s very fond of Italian sausages and pasta and loves them any way that I cook them for him. Tonight, I decided on a mild Italian Sausage with drunken noodles.  Alright, I confess.  Maybe I am in the mood for …

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Beer Brined Grilled Pork Chops with Sage Rub

This recipe for beer brined grilled pork chops uses Killian’s Irish Red beer plus brown sugar and agave syrup which compliments the natural sweetness of the pork and add some complexity as well. Using sage in this rub gives the pork chops an nice earthy flavor.  See my tips for growing sage here. We grill …

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Italian Sausages Recipe – Home Made Marinara Sauce

My husband loves sausages and pasta, so I combined them with a home made sauce to make this Italian Sausages Recipe. I recently made a batch of home made mushroom pasta sauce and wanted to use it for a great tasting recipe. I love Italian Sausages and peppers recipes. The combination seems just perfect for …

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When to Harvest Pumpkins – Tips for Harvesting Pumpkins

 Many of us look forward to picking pumpkins for fall projects, recipes and decor. If you have planted and nurtured a crop of these vegetables, you likely have wondered when to harvest pumpkins. Depending on the variety, pumpkins normally take between 90 and 120 days from planting seed to maturity.  Early varieties like Darling and …

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Holiday Cactus Types – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter Cactus

 A holiday cactus is a short day plant which produces flower buds when daylight hours decrease. Fortunately for gardeners, this happens when much of the garden is not blooming, just in time for the major holidays – Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. There are three different types of holiday cactus plants, Christmas cactus – schlumbergera bridgesii …

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Gluten Free Apple Crumble – Tasty GF Apple Crisp Recipe

This delicious gluten free apple crumble is full of flavor but contains no wheat at all. What do you do when you are pining for a pastry style crumble but are following a gluten free diet?  No problem at all with substitutes like oat flour and gluten free oatmeal. I love using apples in the …

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How to Grill Like a Pro – 25 Grilling Tips for Summer Barbecues

These basics will help you learn how to grill like a pro. Included are my top 25 grilling tips to make sure that your next barbecue is something your friends will rave about. It’s that time of the year again. One only has to be outside around 6 pm to smell the aroma of someone …

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Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownie Bars – Fudgy Brownies

Looking for a sweet dessert to serve as the ending to a romantic dinner? The easy strawberry cheesecake swirl brownie bars recipe are the perfect choice! These cream cheese brownies are rich and delicious and make a great addition to your collection of cheesecake recipes. I love any desserts that are strawberry flavored. This easy …

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Breakfast Pizza with Canadian Bacon – Healthy English Muffin Pizza

Pizza for breakfast? Yes, you can enjoy this meal often if you make my slimmed down version. This breakfast pizza recipe is easy to make, super tasty and healthy, too. English muffin pizzas are a fun way to incorporate vegetables into breakfast. The kids will love to help you make this breakfast recipe by assembling their own …

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Why are My Tomatoes Splitting? – How to Prevent Tomatoes Cracking

For many gardeners, the promise of lush, red tomatoes is one of the highlights of summer. However, a common question that I get from readers is “why are my tomatoes splitting?” Cracked tomatoes can show up at any stage of the plants growth, either when green or ripe and red. No matter what time it …

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Rice Patties – Recipe for Left Over Rice – Making Rice Fritters

These left over rice patties are crunchy and savory with a fresh flavor that comes from a variety of garden herbs. I got a rice cooker a while ago and now I make rice all the time. When I prepare it, I usually make extra servings so that I can have some on hand to …

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Growing Calla Lilies – How to Grow and Propagate Zantedeschia sp.

These tips for growing calla lilies will let you experience their beauty in your garden at a much less cost than from a florist. Have you ever priced single calla lilies at a florist?  If you have, you will have discovered that they sell for up to $10 a STEM.  Why pay those kind of …

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Tomato Bottom Rot – Cause – Tomato Blossom End Rot Treatment

Tomato bottom rot is a problem that many vegetable gardeners face. What causes that ugly black rot on tomatoes? There is nothing like biting into a lush, ripe garden tomato that you have spent months growing. Discovering those prize tomatoes with large rotten areas on them is no fun, though. What what causes those ugly …

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Radishes not Growing Bulbs and Other Problems Growing Radishes

Do you have a problem with radishes not growing bulbs? This is a common issue in a vegetable garden. What causes this to happen? Radishes – raphanus sativus – have edible greens which can be used in salads, but the main reason they are grown is for their crunchy and spicy round root. Expecting to …

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Yellow Leaves on Tomato Plants – Why are Tomato Leaves Turning Yellow?

Yellow leaves on tomato plants can be caused by several reasons. Nutritional deficiencies, plant diseases, and even the way you water tomatoes can play a part. Getting the right answer for why there are yellow leaves on tomato plants in your garden requires lots of research and a bit of trial and error. Tomatoes are …

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Cold Hardy Succulents – List of Succulents That Survive Winter Outdoors

This list of cold hardy succulents includes plants that can take cold temperatures that would kill their more tender cousins. There are three main varieties of succulents that can thrive in freezing temperatures – sempervivums, sedum stonecrop, and delosperma. Most types of these varieties will tolerate temperatures as low as -20° Fahrenheit (some even to …

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Tequila Pineapple Cocktail with Basil – Veracruzana – Fruity Summer Drink

The Veracruzana cocktail is my featured drink of the day. If you are looking for a cocktail with a tropical feel to it, try this one! This tequila pineapple cocktail has a wonderful flavor. Hello summer time and its long and warm evenings!  These days are perfect for refreshing and fruity cocktail recipes like this …

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Succulent Arrangement – DIY Dish Garden – How to Arrange Succulents

Are you on the hunt for unique succulent arrangement ideas? This DIY succulent arrangement comes together in just minutes and looks wonderful as a table centerpiece. One of the best things about succulents is their size. It makes them ideal for a succulent dish garden because you can include plenty of mixed varieties.  Succulent plants …

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Growing Fan Flower – Scaevola Aemula – Care Tips for Scaevola Plant

Fan flower (Scaevola aemula) is an excellent warm weather plant that is often grown as a summer annual. It is useful to grow in window boxes, hanging baskets, containers, or as a border plant. Even if you are a seasoned gardener, you may not of heard of scaevola. It is a relative new-comer to the …

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