Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta Straight from the Garden

Fresh tomato basil pasta is a good way to use fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden. It’s so delicious you’ll want to make it every night. If you grow tomatoes and basil, there’s a good chance that you will have more than you need come mid-late summer. One of my go-to recipes for these… [Read More]

Drying Hydrangeas – Creating Everlasting Decor

Drying hydrangeas is an easy technique to master, and a great way to preserve the beautiful blooms for use in your home decor. Are you growing hydrangeas? If so, you will definitely love drying hydrangeas to save in a vase, or use in a wreath. The process is really very easy. Timing is the issue… [Read More]

Pothos Plant Care: Varieties and Propagation of the Easiest Houseplant

Pothos plant care for different varieties and propagation, is simple and a great place to start learning for beginning gardeners. The pothos vine — Epipremnum aureum, also known as devil’s ivy — is truly the ultimate house plant, requiring little care, available in gorgeous varieties, and able to grow in low light conditions. It’s also… [Read More]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake: Easy and Decadent

Chocolate peanut butter cake. This recipe is easy to make and so decadent, with layers of chocolate cake, peanut butter and chocolate ganache. My entire family loves chocolate. However, my brother is a chocolate peanut butter fanatic. So, since it was his birthday, while we were at the beach, I made a decadent chocolate peanut… [Read More]

Batik Fabric Art with Glue Creates a Beautiful Wall Hanging

Batik fabric art is simple to create using glue and craft paint. Follow this simple tutorial to make a beautiful wall hanging. As a child of the seventies I’m continually surprised by how many techniques I see coming back in style. Have you noticed all the macrame hanging planters? At the salon you will probably… [Read More]

Pickled Vegetables – An Easy and Tasty Snack

Pickled vegetables made with spices and brine can be kept in the refrigerator for several weeks, are easy to create, and make a great healthy snack. In this week’s Tuesdays in the Garden we are sharing preserving and canning ideas. As you may know, I’m more of an ornamental than edible gardener. I do grow… [Read More]

Fontina and Fig Grilled Cheese: A Winning Combination

This recipe for fontina and fig grilled cheese, is a winning combination of creaminess and sweet jammy flavors. The great folks from Valley Fig Growers in California really liked my blue cheese and fig jam burger and sent me some of their fig spreads and dried figs to try. One of the first things I… [Read More]