Merry Christmas from Pinecone Cottage

Welcome! I have been working on decorating Pinecone Cottage for the holiday season.  I am using it as a place to craft Christmas wreaths and ornaments.  So it’s been a regular Santa’s Workshop.  It is also a wonderful place to stash my gifts.  My family does not think to look here to see what I have bought for them.  Come on in and see all of the touches I haveRead More →

Hydrangeas in the garden

We are in the middle of summer.  The heat is on and the garden is growing.  We are finally starting to get zucchini, cucumbers, peppers and green beans.  However we are still waiting for the tomatoes.  This time of year is a little bittersweet to me.  I love the summer and the growing months.  I so enjoy working in my garden.  As we move into August though, I realize thatRead More →

Walk away Stress

I don’t know about you but my life has been crazy busy this season.  There are so many activities going on….year end school, graduations, weddings, sports activities and work projects.  The busyness seems endless and stress seems inevitable. For me, I have one child who just graduated from College and a second one who is getting married in September.  I recently hosted a Bridal Shower in my backyard for her. Read More →

Salad in a bowl or basket.

I have wonderful friends who are always sharing great ideas.  Last summer one of those friends shared that she was growing a salad bowl.  She was not filling a salad bowl with greens instead she was growing her salad in a bowl.  A huge outdoor metal bowl to be exact.  Spinach, kale and a variety of lettuces filled her bowl. The nice thing about growing your greens in bowls isRead More →

Early spring shoots of rhubarb.

Rhubarb is one of my favorite spring garden plants.  It is a perennial that comes up each year like clockwork.  Those little shoots that begin poking out of the ground early in the season will be a wonderful addition to your spring meals.  It is easy to grow and it is so wonderful to see those plants bursting with fresh green leaves when nothing else is growing in your garden. Read More →