Flavorful Plants: Paprika and Chili Powders

In the past few years, I’ve been planting more and more of our herbs. In the past, I’ve grown lots of basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, lemon balm, and oregano. These fresh herbs add pizzazz to our palates and are easy to grow. This year, I am trying a couple of new plants to fit the…

Egg Overload! Angel Food Cake

Even though it’s been very cold here, my hens have been laying incredibly well. I think it’s most likely because we finally installed electricity in the barn and I set up a light on a timer out there. You see, a hen naturally goes dormant in the winter with regard to her egg laying. When…

Seed Starting Time!

This week has been a cold and miserable one here in Middle Tennessee.  We Southerners don’t handle things like snow, ice, and severely cold weather very well. We’ve been stuck at home for most of the week. The upside is that I’ve not had to put on make-up or pants with a real (in other…

Book Review: Week by Week Vegetable Gardener’s Guide

I borrowed the Week by Week Vegetable Gardener’s Guide by Ron and Jennifer Kujawski from the library a couple of years ago and loved it so much that I added it to my Amazon wishlist. This past Christmas, I found it wrapped underneath the Christmas tree. I didn’t even make it to New Year’s Eve…

Bygel Rail

Each year, I set up an Amazon wishlist to help “guide” my family members in shopping for me. I have a great family, but many times, they just have a hard time choosing gifts that I would love. So I do this, and it helps them. My wishlist is so huge that it’s often a…

Kitchen Organization

My friend moved out of state this winter. It made me terribly sad, but her moving inspired me to do something that has been a long time coming. She spent weeks decluttering her house before she moved. She then had a garage sale and used the proceeds to save for some new furniture for her…

Ordering Garden Seeds

Winter cabin fever is getting bad around here, but one way that I combat it is to plan my summer garden. I didn’t even make it to the end of January before the garden planning bug hit me. Yeah, actually it was New Years’ Day that I was making lists and checking out gardening websites….