Lavender Loaf Cake With Pistachios, Lime and Lemon

I frequently see recipes I want to make and I will print the recipe and put it in a file to make later. However, there are a few times when I run across a recipe that I want to make right now. Chef Ronit’s lavender loaf cake is one of those recipes. See ronitpenso.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/lavender-pistachio-and-lime-cake/ Funny … Continue reading

Creamy Basil Dressing

Basil season is over here in Michigan and what better way to use this flavorful herb than in a vinaigrette. Saying goodbye to summer… Linking to Angie’s party and the two co-hosts Petra @ Food Eat Love and Vanitha @ Curry and Vanilla I served this salad with a Paradiso Reserve, Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Pizza… … 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

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

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

Herb Disks For Your Winter Kitchen

Not too long ago I published a post on Micro Greens as one way to have a little garden in your kitchen. Here in Michigan the winter is long and we have a few more months before many herbs can be grown outside. Using herb disks is an easy way for me to have a … Continue reading

Micro Greens

Do you have the “itch” to get out in your garden but obviously can’t because it is still winter where you live? I know I do as my part of the country has a winter storm warning. The white stuff you see in the picture  is snow! Or maybe you are limited on space as … Continue reading

Basil Harvest

I pulled up three big basil plants after the sun warmed up the plants and the dew was gone. These plants had all gone to seed and I wanted to salvage any delicious basil leaves and flowers I could. Yes, the flowers are very tasty too and I often include them in salads as edible … Continue reading

Pansy and Herb Ice Cooler

Think SPRING!  Yes I took this picture of snow showers this morning from my front porch.  Luckily, it all melted right away! Later that afternoon I opened my front door and robins are building a nest in my wreath on the front door.   Wow, they are quick!  This seems to happen every year…  No, … Continue reading