Fall Gardening – 5 Steps to Consider When Bringing Your Plants Inside for the Winter

If your temperatures outside are regularly dipping below 60 degrees, it’s time to start thinking about bringing plants inside for the winter. I usually bring in my ferns, begonias, and scented geraniums, and this year, I will be bringing a dwarf Meyer lemon tree that currently has 12 lemons on it. They are all still… [Read More]

How to Make a Pineapple Welcome Sign

Did you know that the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality? What could be better than a beautiful pineapple welcome sign to greet your guests. You may have seen one or two in your travels, but I’d like to show you how to make one for just a few dollars. Wouldn’t this make a great… [Read More]

Hearty Chipotle Pumpkin Soup

Sometimes you just want a hearty soup. The kind that warms you up and sticks to your ribs. I was thinking of making some butternut squash soup, and then I came across these “pie pumpkins” at the grocery store. My family loves pumpkin pie but I’m not a huge fan. Still, these pumpkins sparked my… [Read More]

A Must Have In the Garden: Callicarpa Beautyberry Bush

Callicarpa commonly known as Beautyberry is a beautiful shrub grown for its bright almost neon purple berries that show up in late summer when everything else is dying back.   There are over 140 species of the Callicarpa. The American beautyberry C. americana is native to the southeastern part of the United States. The plant… [Read More]

How to Make Linen Napkins: 3 Ways

Do you love the look of natural linen? I like the rumpled casual feel. This year for the holidays I thought I’d make linen napkins. As you might expect, purchasing the material is a lot cheaper than buying the napkins outright, but you do have to prep the fabric, cut, and finish the edges. Today I’ll show… [Read More]

Smoky Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

This recipe for smoky jalapeno cheddar cornbread was inspired by a visit to a local restaurant. A while back, my daughter and I went to a local Mexican restaurant and she ordered some grilled jalapeno peppers. They were really good, and not as hot as you would think. Ever since then I’ve been thinking about… [Read More]

Ideas for Updating Your Fall Planter

By the time fall arrives some planters are looking really rangy, while others are still going strong. I hate ripping out perfectly beautiful plants for those planters that still look really good, but I also love decorating for fall. Often I try to marry the two by updating a fall planter, and keeping some of… [Read More]