It’s time to use some of that wonderful Rhubarb in one of the most perfect of foods….pie.   I have been harvesting some of my rhubarb.  I pick it a little over time instead of all at once and it will last me most of the summer.  To harvest the rhubarb just twist the stalk at the base and it should break free.  Be sure to discard the leaves becauseRead More →

4th of July Wreath

I am crazy about wreaths!  I have no less than 6 wreaths displayed in my home and garden.  I enjoy wreaths of all kinds but some of my favorites are made from book pages.  I currently have 2 different book page wreaths and today I want to show you a 3rd that I created for a friend.  This wreath also has touches of red, white and blue to make itRead More →

Live for Today

Can I share a secret?  Life is very unpredictable at best and truly we cannot control it’s outcome.  I am a prime example of this.  I was marching down that “busy” pathway.  Striving to get everything I needed to do, done.  Then my life took an unexpected detour. It involved a virgin belly and 4 tiny holes.  A virgin belly is one that has never had surgery done on it,Read 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 →

Refreshing Cabbage Salad

My husband is not fond of mayonnaise so I have never fixed a traditional style of coleslaw.  However, I enjoy eating a variety of salads and using shredded cabbage is easy and nutritious.  My cilantro is finally at the picking stage. That means that it’s time to use some in my favorite refreshing cabbage salad.  This salad makes a great side dish for tacos, burgers or even sandwiches.  Honestly, IRead 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 →

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:Read 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,Read More →