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 →

Butterfly Craft

I am crazy about little flying critters like bees, birds and butterflies.   They provide such joy to the garden, spreading pollen and cheering me with chirping and buzzing.  However, it is a little too early for massive amounts of bees and butterflies in my neck of the woods.  So this time of year I like to make my own flying beauties to spread some smiles. How to make paper butterflies: These little butterflies are very easy to make.  Just trace the shape of a butterfly, large or small, onto decorative craft paper.  Next you will outline the butterfly with pipe cleaners.   Glue the pipe cleanersRead More →

Sage, Honey and Lemon Tea

My husband and I made it through the snowiest and seemingly ‘longest’ winter on record in our part of Eastern Washington without getting any major illnesses.  Now as the weather is starting to warm, the spring flowers are blooming and it’s time to work in the yard…I have come down with a cold.  Unbelievable. One of the things that I like to prepare when anyone is sick with a cold, is a hot beverage called Sage, Honey and Lemon Tea.  It is like a warm glass of lemonade with a blending of aromatic sage leaves.  The nice thing about sage is that you can usuallyRead 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 is that you can move them around the garden as needed.  The greens are packed tightly in the bowl and so there is less room for those pesky weeds.  When the lettuces started to bolt sheRead More →

Bubbles and Squeak with whole grain toast.

Not long ago I saw some beautiful pictures of Butchart Gardens in the spring.  They reminded me of a wonderful trip that my husband and I took to Victoria BC a number of years ago.  I had a good laugh when I remembered the breakfast that we enjoyed at a quaint downtown restaurant.  We ordered a large platter of Bubbles and Squeak and set about to devour it.  About halfway through our meal out crawled the largest beetle that we had ever seen…eek.  At the time it wasn’t too amusing to us but now we can laugh about it. The Bubbles and Squeak really wasRead 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 →

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.  It gives you hope and anticipation for the garden to come. Rhubarb on it’s own is very tart.  When combined with sugar, honey, oranges, berries or some other sweet fruit it provides a wonderful sweetRead More →

Chili Relleno Casserole

On those busy spring nights when you are running between your job, Little League and working in the garden, it is nice to throw a quick casserole together and in the oven.  This chili relleno casserole has been a favorite in my family for many years and it is very easy to prepare. You can serve it with some brown or white rice on the side, along with a tossed salad and some crusty bread.  I hope that your family enjoys it as much as mine does. 5 from 1 vote Print Chile Relleno Casserole Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 1 hrs Total TimeRead 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 →