Swallowtail Butterfly

Just this morning look who came to visit… wish I would have taken a better shot of this beautiful swallowtail butterfly. Looks like something was munching on a wing ūüôā You can see the straw-like tongue trying to slurp up the nectar of the flowers. I really think it recently left its chrysalis as it … Continue reading

Swallowtail Caterpillar Enjoying My Parsley

  My swallowtail caterpillar before becoming a beautiful butterfly. They just love parsley as there were two on this plant. I took this shot on July 23, 2017! Even though I only have a container garden this year I still can enjoy the beauty of nature. Downsizing from an acre to containers was hard but … Continue reading

A Fall Ritual – Making Grandma’s Applesauce

Grandma’s applesauce has been a part of my “cooking life” for a very long time and she always used¬†Cortland apples¬†to make this special treat. Some of the favorite ways we enjoyed it when I was younger was as a dip for danish or cinnamon rolls. There is nothing better than a buttered piece of toast … Continue reading

Fresh Berries with Lavender Cream

This is a special dessert which I made “way back when” I first became interested in using flowers in cooking. I also was not concerned about calories as you can tell by the ingredients. This is a delicious custard cream topped with some fresh berries – simple but oh so good. This was the beginning … Continue reading

Capellini with Burrata, Prosciutto, Tomatoes and Basil

While looking through my reader I came across this pasta recipe from Johanne https://frenchgardenerdishes.com/2016/09/08/late-harvest-pasta-with-creamy-burrata-and-salami/ The Burrata cheese caught my attention and I had to explore further. This cheese resembles a fresh ¬†Mozzarella ball, but when you cut into you will discover a very rich filling of soft Mozzarella pieces soaked in heavy cream. You heard … Continue reading

Honeybees in my Garden

Honeybees are hard at work today enjoying all the sweet nectar of my lavender flowers. They are fun to watch as they flit back and forth to flowers but sometimes hard to capture in a photo. Many¬†attempts ¬†later and I am proud to share¬†some photos of these hard working bees who are so valuable in … Continue reading

New Bumblebee Pictures

I just love my bees… I have all kinds of bees visiting my lavender right now which is one of their favorite plants.¬†I did not harvest any flowers this year and my 12 plants are loaded with tons of beautiful blooms. This bumblebee has been working hard all day and has gathered lots of¬† pollen … Continue reading

Crunchy Pickled Radish Slices

With this season’s radishes I was looking forward to planting new seeds, harvesting and eventually eating the l-inch or bigger bulbs I bought called watermelon radishes. They are round and very unique with red, white and green coloration resembling a watermelon. This is the latest in radishes and I have been saving all kinds of … Continue reading