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 easy it is to create an herbal arrangement to keep in your kitchen for snipping as you need.  Here are the steps that I follow. Step 1: Gather a variety of herbs in the morning whileRead 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.  A blessing for your family that you can have fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs straight from the vine.  A blessing for the fall and winter as you preserve some of the harvest and finally aRead 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 suggestions on how to minimize the risk of tick bites that we practice when we are off in the woods. How to avoid ticks: Wear light colored clothing when you are out.  This makes it easierRead More →


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 and butterflies enjoy the nectar of the herbs when the plants are in bloom.  I also enjoy bringing herb cutting into the house as part of bouquets and certainly herbs provide many culinary uses. I wouldRead 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 over the years that gave way to a 9 by 9 inch baking dish.  When I am making this for a crowd I will make 1 and 1/2 times the recipe to fit in a 9Read 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 during those difficult and challenging times that we need to turn our focus to things that we can control. We need to look for the blessings and the positive things that we can do for ourselvesRead 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 spring can be challenging in the Northwest.  Regular flowers and vegetables are months away and therefore not good options.  So I have tried to come up with some gift ideas that are garden inspired but notRead 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 wonderful season when there is finally hope that the winter is past.  With excitement you can imagine the change like a flower slowly opening it’s petals until the full beauty has unfolded before us.There are manyRead More →

Pinecone Cottage in the Winter

Don’t you love the idea of a retreat?  Oh to leave the stress and concerns of life, even for a short while.  Just to breathe again and find the little things that will bring a smile to your face.  This blog was born out of my desire for a break, a retreat away from the stresses of life.  Pinecone Cottage is my place to get away from it all.  I walk, no run to my little hideaway when I need to just relax and refocus. It took over 10 years for my dream of a ‘Garden Shed’ to come to pass.  It is still inRead More →