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Sponge Docks Arts & Crafts Festival

– Posted in: Spring Season, Things To Do
Sponge Docks Arts and Crafts Festival

Are you still looking for something to do this week-end?  If you want a change of scenery, you might want to take a quick trip over to Tarpon Springs.  With the highest percentage of Greek Americans in the U.S., this town celebrates its Greek heritage in a big way.  They will be celebrating with an… Read More

April Birth Flower – Sweet Pea

– Posted in: Gardening, Spring Season
April Birth Flower - Sweet Pea

Did you know that the beautiful and fragrant Sweet Pea is known to be one of April’s birth flowers?  It is a popular spring flower, commonly available from March to November – with limited availability during the winter months.  Sweet Pea (Lathyros odoratus) is celebrated on a variety of holidays throughout the year, including weddings… Read More

It’s the First Day of Spring!

– Posted in: Spring Season
Vintage Dishes | Whitehall glasses in the fresh colors of spring!

It’s officially the first day of spring! May your days be blessed with warm sunshine, new beginnings and soft spring colors.  I can’t imagine celebrating the new season without a vase full of beautiful tulips.  They lean over their vessels so gracefully, looking very relaxed amidst their sea of lush green leaves! As many of… Read More

How to Clean a Wood Cutting Board

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
Kitchen Tips | How to Clean a Wood Cutting Board

While I have several different types and compositions of cutting boards, this post is specifically written for how to clean wood cutting boards.  As everyone knows, a good quality cutting board is considered to be one of the most valuable tools you will ever have in a kitchen.  It is, essentially, a workhorse.  From chopping onions… Read More

Essential Garden Tools

– Posted in: Gardening, Spring Season
Essential Garden Tools | A great list of tools that will make your life in the garden much easier!

Have you ever lost your garden tools, right in your own backyard?  I have learned (the hard way) that small wood-handled tools are much easier to misplace – especially when working in areas of dried leaves or other natural-colored surroundings.  I have lost many a tool over the years, simply because I set it down… Read More

Sloggers Gardening Shoes

– Posted in: Gardening, Reviews, Summer Season
Sloggers Gardening Shoes | Comfort, style, and anything but boring!

Sloggers – perhaps one of the smartest and most stylish gardening shoes that is on the market today.  With a slip-on style and a variety of color and pattern choices to choose from, they give you non-stop traction and a feeling of anything but boring! Here in Tampa we are known for our thunderstorms, and when the weather turns… Read More

Tulips

– Posted in: Gardening, Spring Season
Flowers | Tulips

Tulips. Unfortunately for us in Tampa, our Florida’s winters are usually too warm to give them the resting period they need. Luckily, I can still enjoy enjoy them by buying a potted plant at our local food market or florist. Now I am just waiting for the beauty to unfold! In our southern climate, we… Read More

How to Dry Herbs with a Wooden Hanger

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
How to Dry Herbs with a Hanger | Great use of an old wooden hanger, and drying herbs has never been easier!

Does anyone remember the old wooden hangers of yesteryear?  They were well-built, and primarily made for hanging pants and skirts.  In today’s world, they make a great tool for drying herbs – with little fuss.  This method of drying is extremely easy!  It is not nearly as labor intensive as my old way – which usually required standing on a small ladder and neatly tying… Read More

Crinum Lily

– Posted in: Gardening, Spring Season
Garden | Flowers | Crinum Lily

Crinums … what are they?  They are beautiful and fragrant flowering bulbs that bloom from summer to late fall.  The color of their blooms vary – from white to pink, to burgundy and beyond.  The blooms don’t hang around for long, but when they do … it is a beautiful sight and a sensual experience. Living… Read More

How to Freeze Fresh Fruit

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season
How to Freeze Fresh Fruit

Learning how to freeze fresh fruit is easy! Now is the perfect time to freeze these colorful jewels, especially since they are so plentiful during this time of the year.  Fruit is cheaper during the summer, so it only makes sense to purchase it while the prices are low. Cobblers and pies are just a few… Read More