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Our August 2016 Starbucks Gift Card Winner!

Is it me or is it insanity that it is the end of August already?  I feel like this summer just flew by.  I didn’t get nearly as many things accomplished as I had planned.   I had intended to paint interior doors this summer.  Didn’t happen.  I had intended to get the railing in our interior stairwell replaced.  Didn’t happen.  There has been so much going on around here.  We got another kiddo off to college last week (*sniff* *sniff*).   Then there is a wedding that’s happening next month (our oldest son) and my goodness…I didn’t not realize...

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How to Harvest Red Shiso (Japanese Basil) From Your Garden

Hey, my friends!  How is harvest season going?  We are excited about harvesting one of the more recent additions to our garden – red shiso (also known as Japenese Basil).  I love red shiso because it adds color to the garden, as you can see in the picture below. One of the other nice things about red shiso is that it can be a perennial plant, depending on your climate.  That means you plant it once and don’t have to plant it again.  It comes back the next year, all by itself!  No work from you!  And it multiplies!  ...

Garden Tomato Recipes

Easy Garden Tomato Recipes

Hello, my friends!  I’ve been wondering…how is your garden doing?  Ours is going so crazy!  Since it is fall and garden produce abounds, I thought it would be a good time to share some of my favorite garden tomato recipes with you.  Our tomatoes are just starting to ripen and we are excited to get going on our canning!  We always plan the garden in such a way that we will have loads of tomatoes because we love them so much.  Surely some of you do, too.  Deciding what to cook for your family is about to get a whole lot...

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Zucchini Recipes You Need

When I was a kid I hated most forms of zucchini.  It’s kind of odd actually, considering how much I love it now.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’ve always loved zucchini bread.  Who doesn’t, right?  But I can remember being presented with fried zucchini with onions with my dinner as a kid and how much I hated that.  I don’t know if it was because of how it was cooked or if my taste buds have just matured, but now I eat zucchini at least a couple of times a week when it is in season.  As an adult we...

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Our July Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway Winner!

Is it me or was it JUST June first?  Now here we are staring August in the face.  I have nothing against August, but this summer has been so busy that I haven’t gotten the warm weather tasks that I wanted to get done accomplished yet.  I have a bunch of interior doors that I need to finish sanding and painting.  How am I going to get that stuff done before the colder weather hits?  I need an assistant.  Volunteers?   No?  OK, fine.  I’ll do it myself. 😉   Anyway, since July is almost over, I guess it is...

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Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich with Avocado Spread

I am going to share a recipe for something so yummy with you today, but before I do, allow me digress.  The last couple of times that I went to the grocery store, the avocados have been only 98 cents.  The hubby and I love avocados and I am frugal to a fault, so this got me thinking.  I simply had to buy the avocados when they were that cheap.  What yummy thing could I make with avocados?  Oh, and did I mention that the eggs from our chickens are taking over our refrigerator (we have very generous chickens!), so...

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Campfire Corn on the Cob

I may have told you this already, but my husband is an avid outdoorsman.  He hunts, he fishes, he knows almost every tree and plant by name, he camps.  Now I am not gonna lie.  I am not a huge fan of camping.  Sure, it is nice sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows.  I like a s’more as much as the next person.  But if I am being honest, I have never understood why someone would pay money to leave the comforts of home to camp.  Even worse, go camping where you don’t have to pay money.  Then there are...

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How to Reduce Time Spent Weeding the Garden

I have a confession to make.  I feel guilty about it.  My husband tells me that he sees our dear neighbors out weeding the garden.  Outside in the heat.  We’ve all done it.  It’s hard work.  Not to mention kind of miserable when it is the heat is oppressive.  Here’s my confession:  We don’t really have to weed ours.  I feel like we have been keeping a secret we should share to save our neighbors…and you…some work!  We found an amazing product that makes it so we barely have to weed our garden at all!  It is awesome!    ...