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This project for making watermelon play dough is super easy to do. The project takes less than ten minutes to make and the end result smells great. Watermelon season is here and both adults and many kids love to grow them. (and eat them too!) Today we’ll be making red, green, white and black play …

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I was born in Maine, and one of my fondest memories is the collection of fiddlehead ferns each spring.  Even though I have moved away, each year my family boxes up a whole bushel of them and sends them to me by priority mail here in NC.  It’s always a special day when that box …

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It’s featured recipe time.  This one comes from my friend who used to blog at an international recipe site called Molly Mel.   Regina is a fabulous cook and many of her recipes are Brazilian in nature.  Most are easy to do and look just delicious. Regina submitted this gluten free treat called Pão de Queijo.  …

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Growing herbs is something that any good cook should consider. This mason jar herb garden fits into the French country look that I have going on in my kitchen as part of a renovation, too. It’s the perfect DIY project for my vegetable gardening summer! I love cottage chic decor projects. They have a rustic appeal …

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It’s time to check out my garden in March to see what is blooming for me. This has been the longest winter ever.  I used to live in Maine and am used to long, cold winters. But here in North Carolina, normally, I have a lot of things growing, especially vegetables, by this time in …

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These dip recipes are the perfect way to start any party or gathering. It will soon be time to start thinking about summer parties and barbecues.  (I know, I know…will this winter ever end?) But it is never too early to start planning for the next big event.  Start your celebrations off right with one …

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Facebook has so many great pages devoted to gardening, but the way the site now shows the content of pages, it is sometimes hard for them to get seen on news feeds. Facebook is one of the most popular of the social media channels. I thought it would be fun for the Garden Charmers (a …

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These baked lamb chops are beautifully tender and have a delicious rosemary cream sauce. The recipe makes a nice main course alternative to pork or beef. I’ve you’ve never tried baked lamb, you are in for a treat. Lamb loin chops are a tender cut of meat and much less expensive than the fancy rack …

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Caramelized mushrooms are one of my favorite side dishes.  Who doesn’t love the delicious taste of these slowly cooked mushrooms that take on a lovely caramel color and a boat load of amazing flavor. This recipe is super easy to make and a must have addition to any side dishes recipe collection. Cooking mushrooms this way …

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This cheesy pasta recipe is flavored with ground beef, fresh garden herbs and onions. It is super easy to put together and ready in 35 minutes. Forget Hamburger Helper casseroles!  Why put all those chemicals into your body when you can make a hamburger casserole that is almost as fast and twice as delicious. (and …

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This recipe is an adaptation of a Julia Child recipe.  French cooking at its best.   Julia Child was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I have lightened up the recipe slightly,  (less butter …

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There will be no reason to ask your family to have a seat at the table when you serve this delicious mushroom and wild rice stuffed pork roast. They will come running!  The wild rice gives the recipe an exotic look and elevates it from a normal week night meal. Keep reading to find out …

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These roasted herb potatoes with Parmesan cheese make a wonderful side dish for any protein choice. I make roasted herb potatoes all the time.  Each time I do them, I do something a little differently with the recipe.  Sometimes, they are just roasted with herbs.  Other times, I use mustard and other spicy marinades.  I …

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