Autumn Leaves

Do you enjoy the change of seasons? Each season has it’s own feel to it.  I love the ebb and flow of the year and how you can count on the changes that are to come.  Maybe it’s a lifetime of being a student or a teacher but for me the Autumn Season always seems like the beginning.  So as we move into this season with crisp cold nights andRead More →

The weather in the Northwest has suddenly turned cool.  Thoughts of sweaters, blankets and fires are suddenly filling my mind.  I truly love the autumn season and look forward to the crispness in the air and the brightly colored leaves.  As we anticipate this new season we have much to look forward to.  However, before you plop down in front of that fire there are some annual chores that needRead More →

Herb Bouquet

I love flowers.  I often think that I should have been a florist.  You don’t have to be a “professional” however to enjoy and display the flowers and natural elements growing in your yard and garden.  Not only do I grow flowers for bouquets, I also use my herbs in those displays as well.  Oftentimes, I make an all herb bouquet to enjoy. I want to show you how easyRead More →

Market Tray

As the temperatures are heating up so is the abundance of produce from the garden.  How do we deal with the overflow of cucumbers, tomatoes and the never-ending zucchini?  I want to share a few suggestions with you for dealing with this feast of bounty that you are growing. As frustrating as it can seem I would say first and foremost… “Be Grateful”.  What a wonderful blessing your bounty is. Read More →

How to avoid ticks when hiking the hills.

You spent a relaxing day at the park, hiking the hills or working in your backyard only to find that you have become a tick feast.  Ticks are definitely not something that we want on ourselves, our kids or pets.  My husband and I have recreational property in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Washington and we are frequently exposed to these pesky creatures.  I want to share a few suggestionsRead More →

Herbs

One of my favorite early morning activities is to walk through my garden.  The plants are still moist from the night air and the fragrance floating on the breeze is heavenly.  As I walk past my herb bed I like to run my hands over the various plants to help release even more of those wonderful smells.  Herbs add so much value to your garden.  All sorts of bees andRead More →

Strawberry Pizza Dessert

I like the rhythm of the seasons in my home and garden, especially when it comes to preparing foods.  I try to eat seasonally whenever possible so you will find plenty of recipes with rhubarb, strawberries and asparagus in the spring.  One of my favorite strawberry recipes is a pie-like dessert that we call Strawberry Pizza Dessert.  Originally I made this in a medium size spring form pan but overRead More →

Dance in the Rain.

We often go through seasons when life is hard and we struggle with difficulties and pain.  As much as we would like those storm clouds to pass, sometimes they just hang around.  Days can seem dark and bleak and it can hurt just to get up every morning.  Sometimes life and our circumstances are out of our control no matter how hard we try to correct them.  It is duringRead More →

Flowers and food make great garden gift ideas.

The gifting season is almost here…Easter, Mother’s Day, Graduation and Weddings.  It seems like the gift list is never ending and I’m always trying to come up with fun and unique ideas for gifts.  I enjoy giving gifts from my garden although not every gift that I give is garden related.  I do try whenever possible to slip in a garden inspired idea from bouquets to meals.  However, early springRead More →

Blossoms on a Tree

There is still a chill in the air, in the early morning hours of a new spring day.  However, there is also the promise of the days to come as the first birds of the season begin to call out.  The early crocus and daffodils begin to poke out of the ground.  The changing of winter into spring is a slow but steady process.  Spring tip toes into this wonderfulRead More →