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

Berries with Sweet Woodruff and Prosecco

This is a favorite springtime dessert. The berries are fresh and plump, my sweet woodruff is blooming in a shady spot along with brunnera, hostas, Virginia bluebells (done for the season) and recently planted Korean Feather Reed Grass (not pictured). Perfect combination to brighten up a shady area. Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) is a valuable … Continue reading

Smart Gardening Volunteer

This is my 900th post since I first began my blog. The first two years I spent getting my recipes online from another file that did not include pictures. I am slowly remaking every recipe and adding this much needed media. Pictures really make a blog what it is. This changed in the last two … Continue reading