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Orange Star Perennial

– Posted in: Gardening
Flowers | Orange Star

I recently became the caregiver of one of the most gorgeous and vivid orange plants I have ever seen – the Orange Star, or Ornithogalum dubium.  It is a beautiful perennial in the lily family.  Native to South Africa, these vibrant compact plants have large flowers that bloom over a 1-3 month period.  The high-impact florets… 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

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

Feelin’ the Blues

– Posted in: Summer Season
Vintage Glassware | Whitehall Coolers - the Blues

The days of summer are now upon us – with rising temps, and hot humid days for weeks to come.  There are times when you feel the heat will never end.  In order to avoid a total meltdown, one has to envision images and colors that cool their senses and well being. So right now… Read more

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

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

How to Clean Skechers Go Walk Shoes

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
How to Clean Skechers Go Walk Shoes

I have been a fan of the Skechers Go Walk Shoes for many years now.  If you want to know more about them, please refer to an earlier post – Skechers Go Walk Shoes Review. I now own several pairs, and use them constantly.  However, after you have walked a few miles in any shoe – they eventually… Read more