Gardening With Children is Messy; Do it Anyway.

My daughter has been "helping" me in the garden since she was one year old. I may have learned a little bit about plant spacing, pruning, covering exposed soil with mulch to prevent weeds, weeding, etc; but gardening with a toddler is kind of like gardening with Curious George.   

travel, Uncategorized

If You’re Not Living Like A Local, You’re Missing Out

I wrote this recently about blooming where you are planted. I hope you'll enjoy reading about living like a local and please feel free to share with others!


Making the lawn “bloom”

When approaching my landscape, I tend to have less is more approach to grass. My vision includes ornamental plants, more rocks, more mulch, more edibles, more edging, more pavers, more planters, and much less grass! I envision well-planned beds that will be easy to maintain and tiny plots of grass that are quick to mow.… Continue reading Making the lawn “bloom”


Okinawa, I can’t wait to…

When you live overseas, you spend an awful lot of time lamenting the usual comforts of home. How often I have heard my friends say "Gee I can't wait to shop at Target (or Ross, Barnes and Noble, etc)" or "I can't wait to be stateside again so that I can eat Mexican food, be near… Continue reading Okinawa, I can’t wait to…

Easy Gardening, sprouting new seeds

Grow Your Own Salad: It’s Easier Than You Think!

If you have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say Kool Whip on the side, you might be a redneck. –Jeff Foxworthy This post includes affiliate links to products I use in my garden and trust. I receive a small commission on sales for helping the seller but my readers still receive… Continue reading Grow Your Own Salad: It’s Easier Than You Think!

Garden to table, Recipes

Tamales, it’s been too long!

Cooking and gardening involve so many disciplines: math, chemistry, reading, history. David Chang As promised, I’m going to show you my homemade tamales made with garden fresh green salsa. I can’t take credit for this recipe; my source is “Simply Mexican” by Lourdes Castro. Let’s get started. You will need: A package of corn husks… Continue reading Tamales, it’s been too long!

Garden to table

Long Awaited Tomatillo Salsa!

In a previous blog post I gave instructions on how to grow tomatillos; in this post I'll show you how you can use them as I share a personal recipe for tomatillo salsa.

gardening and inspiration

Tomatillo and Okra Do-Overs

I will tell you how I have successfully grown okra and tomatillos after overcoming some local growing challenges.


DIY Natural and Delicious Sugar Body Scrubs and Printable Label

I love homemade gifts like this–making them and receiving them. Thank you Poppy’s Patisserie! It’s a privilege to give you a reblog!

Bunny Kitchen


It’s that time of year when I start thinking of all the homemade, kind and natural homemade gifts I can make for Christmas. With my 2 big sisters’ birthdays in October, it was the perfect opportunity to do some recipe testing!


Sugar scrubs are the one of the most easy homemade gifts to make, yet a beautiful gift that is indulgent and special for the receiver. For a basic scrub you simply need 2 ingredients, oil and sugar, but I like to add in some extra little luxuries to make the scrub smell good enough to eat and leaving your skin extra soft and vibrant.


In the coconut and lime scrub, coconut flour adds extra gentle exfoliating properties and adds to the delicious coconut fragrance. In the cinnamon spice latte scrub, the coffee granules add gentle exfoliation and along with the spices, make the scrub smell good enough to drink…

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