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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

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

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

Grocery List – Free Printable Template

– Posted in: Grocery Lists
Grocery List | Free Printable | Categories Included

UPDATED 5/8/2020 Think that your Grocery List has to be boring, and tedious?  Think again!  At the bottom of every “section” noted in the list, there is a blank line for any item that is not noted for that particular category.  I have included the major food items; however, everyone’s taste is different – and that… Read more

Pretty in Pink Tablescape

– Posted in: Tablescapes
Pretty in Pink Tablescape

As the spring season arrives every year, I find myself getting inspired by all the soft and beautiful colors that surround me.  With Mother’s Day coming soon, I thought this was the perfect time to set a table with soft pink hues.  My goal was to have it look pretty, however; I needed it to… Read more

Homemade Ketchup Recipe

– Posted in: Recipes
Homemade Ketchup Recipe

I assure you that this homemade ketchup will not taste like anything you buy at the store. It will not be as sweet (it has no sugar added) and will be extremely flavorful. It has the perfect blend of tang and spice! If you don’t have any soy sauce, you can substitute it with Worcestershire… 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

Red Hots Gelatin Salad

– Posted in: Recipes
Recipes | Red Hots Gelatin Salad

Be prepared for all sorts of rave reviews from this recipe!  It makes a wonderful presentation on the dinner table, and is as delicious as it is beautiful.  Made with the old classic Red Hots candy and cherry gelatin, it is one of the most vibrant red salads I have ever seen.  This recipe will… Read more

Alstroemeria Flower and Plant

– Posted in: Gardening, Valentines Day
Alstroemeria Flower and Plant

Alstroemeria (al-str-MEAR-ee-ah) is often referred to as the Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas, or Parrot Lily.  It is a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae.  They are all native to South America, although some have become naturalized in the United States and other countries. While Alstroemeria was originally grown primarily for the… Read more