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Frost Protection for Plants

– Posted in: Gardening, Winter Season
Gardening Tips | Jobes Frost Protection Bags

Even in Florida, it is important to cover tender plants if the temperature is going to drop near or below freezing. When we were hit with a spell of frigid weather last year, we lost several of our tropical plants.  If we had just taken a few minutes to cover them, I think they would… Read More

Hydrate Garden Hands with Burt’s Bees

– Posted in: Gardening
Gardening Tips | Hydrate Garden Hands with Burt's Bees

Working in the garden, especially during the winter when the air is cool and dry, can take a huge toll on your skin.  Hands, in particular, take a lot of punishment.  Thankfully, there are some wonderful earth-friendly products that are available from Burt’s Bees.  Using products that are 100% natural is important to me.  Brimming with… Read More

Christmas Cactus Care

– Posted in: Gardening
Christmas Cactus Care

The Christmas Cactus (also known as Zygocactus) is one of my most favorite plants.  Native to South American jungles, it has proven to be a low-maintenance beauty right here in Florida.  They are recommended for use in gardens or patios in USDA Zones 9-10.  They do extremely well as a houseplant; however, I enjoy mine… Read More

Valentine’s Day Treat Bags

– Posted in: Valentines Day, Winter Season
DIY Craft | Valentine's Day Treat Bags

There are so many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and this simple DIY project is one of them!  Making up your own Valentine’s Day Treat Bags is simple to do, and is a fantastic project that you can enjoy with your family and friends.  I already had about half of the supplies I needed from leftover… Read More

Valentine’s Day Heart Mason Jars

– Posted in: Valentines Day, Winter Season
DIY | Valentine's Day | Heart Mason Jars

Seriously, I don’t know what could be easier or more precious than this adorable DIY craft for Valentine’s Day!  Recently inspired from different projects I saw on the internet, I decided to give this cute project a try.  They turned out so much better than I ever imagined.  They were made with no glue and came together in… Read More

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

– Posted in: Recipes
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

While we all know that there are wonderful store-bought spaghetti sauces to choose from, there just is no comparison when it comes to homemade!  From browning the meat to cutting up the ripe vegetables – homemade is far fresher than store-bought.  If you don’t like chopping up the veggies (or think it just takes too… Read More

Fenton American Bowl

– Posted in: Fostoria American
Fenton American Bowl - Rose

Captivate your guests this Valentine’s Day by using a combination of rose-colored or soft pink dishes! This Fenton bowl (made from an original Fostoria American mould) looks stunning when paired with classic and vintage dinnerware. This particular piece was available the last year that Fenton made traditional glass, circa 2011.  Two other “Rose” colored pieces… Read More

January Birth Flower – Carnation

– Posted in: Gardening, Winter Season
January Birth Flower - Carnation

Carnations have been around for a very long time, even dating back to Ancient Rome. Its scientific name is Dianthus caryphyllus. In Greek, dianthus means “flower of the gods” or “heavenly flower”.  It is believed that its common name (carnation) was derived from the word “coronation”.  Much of this is speculation on my part, and… Read More

Fruited Basmati Rice

– Posted in: Recipes
Recipe | Fruited Basmati Rice

This is one of the most wonderful rice recipes I have ever made.  It even tastes delicious reheated!  A perfect dish to bring to a potluck, or as a side dish to your main course.  Beautiful to look at, easy to prepare … and absolutely delicious! For other delicious rice recipes, check out this book… Read More

Fresh Corn Saute

– Posted in: Recipes
Recipes | Fresh Corn Saute

This recipe is a family favorite in our household.  More importantly, it is just down-right delicious!  My husband can’t get enough of it, and we make it whenever we get a chance. The most important step in the recipe is to use fresh corn – right off the cob!  There is no comparison between canned… Read More