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Summer Season

Hibiscus

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Flowers | Hibiscus | Tips on how to care for them.

Mother Nature sure knows how to put on a beautiful show, and I have been a captive audience as of late.  The Hibiscus plant, in particular, has been quite spectacular.  Displaying vivid color, in a variety of hues, they have blooms that are larger than the palm of my hand.  They are simply impossible to ignore… Read more

Pentas

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Gardening | Flowers | Pentas - Oh, how the butterflies and hummingbirds love them! ♥

Pentas (Pentas lanceolata) are a favorite among many gardeners for their robust and sensational color, especially during the summer months.  In many states, they are considered an annual. Here in Florida; however, these bloomers are considered a perennial – allowing us to enjoy them in our fall and winter months. Even as I write this… Read more

Diamond Frost Plant

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Garden | Diamond Frost Plant

Here in Florida, there is always something to do in the garden. Something to do, or something new to discover.  It was this year that I discovered a great new plant, and then later realized that I needed to do something else in the garden … and that was to transplant my new plant from its… Read more

Labor Day Beach Toys & Games

– Posted in: Labor Day, Summer Season
Labor Day Beach Toys - Frisbee

I can hardly believe it, but Labor Day will be here before you know it!  For many of us, this will be our last summer celebration before autumn rushes in to greet us.  With that in mind, here is a list of a few beach games that are sure to please.  With something for just about everybody, you… 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

In Season: Sweet Cherries

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season, Tips, Thrills & Tales
In Season | Sweet Cherries | Enjoy them now, for the selling season does not last long!

I’m always excited when that special time of year rolls around – when cherries are ripe for the picking, and waiting for us at the local farmers market.  Since we can’t pick cherries here in Florida, I have to buy this super fruit at a local store.  As I was grocery shopping yesterday, the produce section was ablaze with… Read more

Pioneer Woman Kitchen Linens

– Posted in: Reviews, Summer Season
Pioneer Woman Kitchen Linens | Vintage Blooms Set | Love this colorful retro set of dish towels!

Every now and again I will do a review of a product that I have used, with great results. The Pioneer Woman’s Kitchen Linens – specifically the Vintage Bloom Kitchen Towel Set – is one such product.  I was actually shopping for something else when these vibrant and retro-towels caught my attention. It was their vintage… Read more

July 4th Ice Cubes

– Posted in: Patriotic Holidays, Summer Season
July 4th Ice Cubes | Bringing out the juicy flavor of the Red, White and Blue!

I must confess that I have never made patriotic ice cubes before … until today.  Oh, my goodness!  This little experiment was so much fun.  I will be making these frozen little orbs for every patriotic holiday from now on! I did not use any food coloring for these ice cubes.  Instead, they are made up of actual fruit beverages… Read more

Berries with Yogurt Sauce

– Posted in: Recipes, Summer Season
Recipe | Berries with Yogurt Sauce | Served in a beautiful Fostoria American Sundae dish.

During the summertime, I must have berries. There is absolutely no exception to this steadfast rule!  Even if I can’t eat all the fruit at once, I make sure to freeze any excess – and always while the fruit is still at its peak of freshness.  The season is bursting with berries of all sorts … from… Read more