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Tomato Growing Secrets for your Garden

Tomato Growing Secrets for your Garden

We have been growing tomatoes for a number of years and have a few Tomato Growing Secrets for your Garden. Tomatoes are the most widely-grown garden vegetable in Illinois, and for that matter, for much of the United States. This is no accident because a […]

Campers Delight Graham Cracker Dessert

Campers Delight Graham Cracker Dessert

Campers Delight Graham Cracker Dessert is the perfect brownie dessert to make when you are camping or at any other time for that matter. We recently hosted a seafood boil at Carlyle Lake (Coles Creek) for a large number of family and friends. I was […]

DIY Picture Frame Ideas for Decorating

DIY Picture Frame Ideas for Decorating

If you have a beautiful frame to repurpose, check out my DIY Picture Frame Ideas for Decorating! This is a project I worked on after we moved into our house, but I like it so much, I wanted to share it here. I was at […]

Easy Fruit Dip with Red Rose Wine

Easy Fruit Dip with Red Rose Wine

Easy Fruit Dip with Red Rose Wine is a surprising twist on fruit dip. Wine is my boozy drink of choice, so why not team it with an easy fruit dip. Surprisingly, the pink color does not come from the red rose` wine, it comes […]

How to Repaint Furniture for Your Patio

How to Repaint Furniture for Your Patio

How to Repaint Furniture for Your Patio will give you step-by-step instructions to have that old patio furniture looking like new again! I have had this patio furniture for a number of years, and I just love it because the chairs are coiled on the […]

Fresh Healthy Berry Smoothie

Fresh Healthy Berry Smoothie

Fresh Healthy Berry Smoothie puts all those healthy nutrients from fresh fruit into smoothie drink form–yum! If you are like me, you don’t always eat the healthiest. We are exposed to so many temptations every day on T.V. and in the stores. And I have […]

Experience Centralia Balloon Fest

Experience Centralia Balloon Fest

If you have never been to a balloon fest, you are in for quite an experience!     I have lived most of my life in Centralia, Illinois, and this Balloon Fest rivals any festival hosted by much larger cities. This small town of roughly […]

Firecracker Mascato Berry Sangria

Firecracker Mascato Berry Sangria

Firecracker Mascato Berry Sangria is all you need to send you to the moon!!! If you are looking for the perfect summertime cocktail, you can’t go wrong with my Firecracker Mascato Berry Sangria. Traditionally, mascato is a little too sweet for me. But trust me, […]

You Too Can Cultivate Strawberries

You Too Can Cultivate Strawberries

You Too Can Cultivate Strawberries like a pro with this handy guide for transplanting strawberries My sister recently gave me some strawberry plants that she had dug up in her garden. She has been growing strawberries for about five years now, so she is a […]

Red White and Blue Patriotic Dessert

Red White and Blue Patriotic Dessert

Red White and Blue Patriotic Dessert is everything you need to impress for the summer holiday season. I made Red White and Blue Patriotic Dessert recently for a family gathering, and it was a big hit. With Memorial Day and 4th of July five weeks […]

Dianthus Care-Sweet William

Dianthus Care-Sweet William

Dianthus Care-Sweet William is a reference for planting, growing and caring for Dianthus-Sweet William. I have been growing Dianthus-Sweet William in the front of my house since I moved in seven years ago. There are many reasons why I have chosen to continue to grow […]

Single Serve Seven Layer Taco Dip

Single Serve Seven Layer Taco Dip

Single Serve Seven Layer Taco Dip is everything you remember about this yummy appetizer in single serve form. I love a good taco dip, and this Single Serve Seven Layer Taco Dip is perfect for that Cinco de Mayo celebration. Different variations of this dip […]

Tour St Augustine FL

Tour St Augustine FL

This is your complete guide to Tour St Augustine FL. Use this as a reference to be sure to include all the highlights for your visit to St. Augustine. I recently visited St. Augustine, FL and would like to share my experiences with you on […]

Fast Food Monte Cristo French Toast Sandwich

Fast Food Monte Cristo French Toast Sandwich

Fast Food Monte Cristo French Toast Sandwich is perfect for those busy days when there is no time to cook because this recipe takes fast food to the next level. If you are like me, there are some days when you just do not have […]

Bundt Pan Hand Painted Planter Pot

Bundt Pan Hand Painted Planter Pot

My Bundt Pan Hand Painted Planter Pot will give your patio that unique look you are longing for. This idea sort of incorporates three of my special interests–cooking, crafting and gardening. Almost everyone has a bundt pan in their kitchen collecting dust. Put that pan […]

Easy Pecan French Coconut Pie

Easy Pecan French Coconut Pie

Easy Pecan French Coconut Pie is really two pies in one–pecan pie and coconut pie. If pecan pie and coconut pie got married and had a baby, this would be the offspring–Easy Pecan French Coconut Pie. At our house, we love pecan pie; at our […]

Chicken Veggie Stir Fry with Ramen Noodles

Chicken Veggie Stir Fry with Ramen Noodles

Chicken Veggie Stir Fry with Ramen Noodles covers all the bases by incorporating all those beautifully healthy vegetables. If Chinese is one of your favorite cuisines, you are going to love Chicken Veggie Stir Fry with Ramen Noodles. We really enjoy the Chinese buffets around […]

Easy Grilled Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich

Easy Grilled Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich

If your St. Patrick’s Day corned beef is taking up space in your fridge, put it to good use with my delicious Easy Grilled Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich. For St. Patrick’s Day, we had a nice spread of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and onions, […]

Easy Ham Cheese Quiche with Pineapple

Easy Ham Cheese Quiche with Pineapple

Easy Ham Cheese Quiche with Pineapple is one pie that covers all the bases because it is a complete meal in one dish. You are going to want to make this Easy Ham Cheese Quiche with Pineapple for your next weekend brunch treat. That’s because […]

Easy Two-Step Memphis Rib Rub

Easy Two-Step Memphis Rib Rub

Easy Two-Step Memphis Rib Rub is called two-step because it incorporates two cooking methods to lock in flavor and tenderize. Actually, there is another reason I call this recipe Easy Two-Step Memphis Rib Rub. The other reason is that I like to use a dry […]