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Asparagus with Brown Buttered Breadcrumbs

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of my side dishes.  I have been trying to do a better job at putting a little more thought and time into them, as much for the hubs and kid as myself.  This was a great surprise, easy and tasted delicious. 1 pound asparagus, peeled and trimmed 4 tablespoons unsalted […]

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Orzo Salad with Beets & Blue Cheese

I will be stating up front that my family told me not to post this recipe.  Both of my guys said it was “gross”.  I on the other hand said it was “delicious”.   Why the discord?  One word, Beets.  Need I say more? If you like beets, this will be your new favorite way […]

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Kindness Caused me to Fall in Love with the ‘Daylily’

My father has a friend that he knew through his work that as a child I knew as “Boots”.  I still to this day do not know his true name, because I have never heard him called or referred to as anything else. Though I have not seen him in years, my father still corresponds […]

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Peas, Peas, Everywhere!

I am typing this surrounded by my beautiful peas.  I have some in the fridge, some on the counter and more on the vine waiting to be picked.  Let me tell you there is nothing sweeter and more flavorful than a home grown pea! Peas are every gardeners success story!  You get to plant them […]

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What’s Soft, Fuzzy, and Silver Green All Over? Lamb’s Ears

With leaves the shape, size and plushness of Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina), one look at this plant and its obvious how it got its name. It is native to Northern Turkey, the Southern Caucasus  Mountain region and  Southern Iran where it grows on rocky hills and scrub areas. In other words, it is a weed. I […]

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Thyme is a Herb that Cures all Diseases

Not really, but boy does it help us out a lot! Thyme contains an essential oil that is rich in thymol, a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, and a strong antioxidant. All the members of the mint family, including thyme, possess terpenoids which are recognized for their cancer preventive properties. Rosmarinic and ursolic acids are major terpenoids […]

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Yarrow

Everyday when I walk past this beauty I marvel at its vibrant yellow color, it looks like its glowing.  Its name  ‘Moonshine’ is very fitting. There are 100 or so species of Yarrow or formally known as Achillea millefolium, ranging in almost in color you could want. Common yarrow is a cosmopolitan weed originally native […]

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Compost Bin in Honor of Earth Day!

I know I  am a bit late since Earth Day was a few weeks ago, but this project just kept getting pushed to the bottom of the “to do list”.  Now that it is done, I am not sure why I waited. I have huge piles of compost that sit at the end of our […]

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A Love Affair?

Once upon a time their was a beautiful “Peony” who met and fell in love with an Ant.  Not really the stuff of fairytale’s now is it?  But if you have ever watched the ants on the top of an unopened Peony flower you just know they are so in love and devoted to the […]

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Shasta Daisies Everywhere!

When we moved into this house there was a flower bed in the back that was in a shady part of the yard where a clump of Shasta Daisies grew and not very well! That summer I put in a long Naturalizing bed where I could transplant existing plants, divisions and anything else that tickled […]

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