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OXO Good Grips® Whisks

– Posted in: Reviews
OXO Good Grips Whisks

Over my many years of cooking, I have tried a variety of cooking gadgets and tools.  One such instrument is the often used “whisk”.  It’s hard to imagine any kitchen without one!  I still have a few old ones stashed in my kitchen drawers.  The dutiful ones; however, reside in a crock on my countertop… Read more

Mosquito Control

– Posted in: Summer Season, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Controlling Mosquitoes

Living in Florida, we have seen our share of pesky mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes carry a variety of diseases – such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, and even dengue fever.  It is; therefore, very important that we control mosquitoes as best we can.  For if we don’t, life outside is no picnic.  Controlling the mosquito population… Read more

How to Cut a Watermelon

– Posted in: Food
How to Cut Watermelon

There are plenty of methods on how to cut a watermelon.  We have tried them all.  Nothing; however, has come even close to surpassing the technique I am about to show you.  So, how do you cut a watermelon?  You slice them into spears, leaving the rind on.  You will have just enough rind to… Read more

Crunch ‘n Munch Popcorn Treat

– Posted in: Food
Crunch 'n Munch Popcorn Treat

One of the easiest (and most addictive) snacks that you can enjoy while watching TV or a movie is popcorn.  The tasty morsels just seem to enhance the movie-watching experience!  For those that want to pop up a batch of kernels from scratch, there is certainly a variety of popcorn recipes to choose from.  On… Read more

June Crop – Cherries

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season
June Crop - Cherries

Since cherries are only available for a limited time, we need to take advantage of them now. They seem to pop up in our area right before summer time.  We consider cherries to be one of our favorite June crops.  Not only are they delicious, but they are also beautiful to look at!  You can… Read more

“A Year in Flowers” Book

– Posted in: Gardening

If you love books – and beautiful flowers – then you will definitely want to put “A Year in Flowers” on this year’s required reading list.  It is a national bestseller and will teach you how to buy, style, and present seasonal flower arrangements for just about any occasion! With sections on tools, flower care… Read more

Intenz Celosia

– Posted in: Gardening
Sun-Loving Annual | Intenz Celosia

The Intenz Celosia plant displays beautiful plumes of violet flowers, which happily rises from its foliage.  The leaves are green and pointy, and they retain their lovely color throughout the growing season.  They are an excellent choice for flower arrangements, and make beautiful filler plants when designing “spiller-thriller-filler” container combinations! Celosia adapts well to different… Read more

Curcuma Ginger Plant

– Posted in: Gardening
Curcuma Ginger Plant

The colorful Curcuma is a unique and elegant plant, bearing some of the most beautiful summer blooms you will ever find.  While this plant might look intimidating to some, it is actually pretty easy to grow.  Curcuma is a tropical plant, and they love the heat.  The gorgeous spires of pink, purple and white flowers… Read more

How to Clean a Baking Sheet

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
How to Clean a Baking Sheet

One of the greatest joys of baking is when the food comes out of the oven.  The baked goodness will usually fill up your kitchen and home with the greatest of aromas, all while teasing your taste buds.  Depending on how much you bake, your essential baking sheets can take a beating.  Even with the… Read more