For My Fun Neighbors

I have a next door neighbor that I absolutely love! I used to watch her daughter after school and she has helped me out when I’ve had my husband out of state or driven one of my kids home when they got sick at school and we weren’t able to be reached. She’s super cool….

Drool Worthy Gingerbread Cookies From A Molasses Cookie Mix

I tend to write posts for problems I come across that I can’t find an answer to out there…anywhere! This year I wanted to make gingerbread cookies for my kid’s teachers. I knew exactly what I wanted to accomplish (a yummy gingerbread cookie dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes.) It sounded…

Stained Glass Cookies!

I always have these great ideas about making everyone gifts. Then it gets down to the last minute and I end up having picked ideas that are way too complex to complete in the time I have left. Luckily: These cookies can be done in one day. I just finished them and they are beautiful!…

A love letter to my boys

During the holiday season I reflect on the things I am grateful for. At the top of the list is my family, and more specifically: my two young sons. The following article is my love letter to my boys. From the beginning through the end of every day, they are always in my thoughts. I…

Growing Pomegranates

I love growing exotic fruit. With some of them: I’m totally flying blind until I get to taste the first harvest, which can take years, and if I don’t like it I’ve wasted time and space on it. (I’m looking at you astringent persimmon: with the texture of snot and a taste like pumpkin after…

Kohlrabi Ham Bake!

Here is a great idea for fall gardens! Kohlrabi is awesome! This year has started off with a whole mess load of stress. We have had to gratefully step through doors (so that we could close them) while trying to remain open to new adventures. It’s been rough, but gratitude is an incredibly stabilizing force…

Easy Packing Tape Ghost

Oh, I had fun making this! She’s now four years old. It has been one of my favorite projects. I have a huge display this year and she still holds her own, even with our 12 foot ghost and witch circle (you can get those instructions here)! I saw this “packing tape ghost” idea in…

Curing An Extra Itchy Case Of The Gardening Stupids

I would bet that most gardeners have a list of a few things that they do, out of habit, that are counterproductive. For me it’s gardening without gloves or long sleeves. I almost never wear gloves or long sleeves. I love to work the soil with my hands, I weed bare handed and I harvest…

Shrub-A-Dub-Dub What To Do With Imperfect Fruit

While we had plenty of rain this year for my vegetables it was a poor year for fruit. We got so much rain this year that the peaches all aborted and the limbs oozed sap trying to find a way to compensate for the deluge. My persimmon also dropped most of its fruit in response…

How To Get Your Kids To Finish Their Homemade School Lunches.

I make my kid’s school lunches, and I have made them for the last 9 years. It doesn’t matter what you send, though, if they don’t eat it. So! How do you make sure they eat what you send, so that their bodies are ready for daily exercise and learning? I have a few pointers…

Low Maintenance, Highly Productive, Annual, Summer Vegetables.

The things I grow in summer are things that I don’t have to baby. Today our “feel like” temperature was 103 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m not interested in doing manual labor in that sort of heat (Although, I did. I was out in that heat for about an hour and a half yesterday weeding and pulling…

Be The Bee! How And When Hand Pollinating Makes Sense.

We had a nice long winter, down here in Texas, that had enough chill hours for my fruit trees. Unfortunately, our bee population in the spring is pretty sparse. I had some hardships that made it impossible to get out and pollinate my pear tree. After I watched all of the small fruit abort I…

How I Restored My Antique Iron: Two Methods

Both of my grandmother’s had cast iron collections. These were things they either purchased in Kansas or are my family’s heirlooms. My family on a road trip to Washington DC.My granny on my mom’s side married a jerk, (to say it mildly) after my grandpa died. He made her get rid of her antiques, which…

Reaping The Rewards Of Spring Planning

This month is heavy on the picking and light on the work. Why? Because I worked hard in the spring to create this exact scenario. Water-wise, deep beds have yielded incredible amounts of produce. See how we built them here: Hugelkultur, Keyhole Gardens: Bridging Ideas and here: Mother’s Day Raised Hugelkultur Bed! Instructions for creating…

Mother’s Day Raised Hugelkultur Bed!

This is a great time of year to plan and build raised beds. This is how I built my raised beds and I have given them no supplemental watering in the last two years of San Antonio heat. I’ve had bumper crops with almost no input outside of planting and occasional weeding! This has been…

Ants, Aphids, Honeydew And Sooty Mold

Sooty mold is usually what tips gardeners off that there’s an aphid issue. The mold is black, ugly and can slow down growth by blocking light to the leaves of plants. In general the mold itself is not a huge problem, but it’s definitely an indication that you have a problem with two intertwined insect…

Planting In A Raised Bed: Getting Around Hardening Off

I live in Texas. Things get hot fast and our springs are usually very hot, windy and dry. Putting out transplants is tough. If you are using grow lights and have sprouted your seed indoors (or if you bought from a nursery that grew inside a greenhouse): your plants are not going to like immediate…

Painting Pavers To Look Like Books

I got a call the other day from a neighbor. “I have seven bricks, do you want them?” “Yes! Yes, I do!” I have plans for bricks, and free ones are the best kind! These plans were sparked by regularly spending hours on Pinterest (Can’t sleep? It’s Pinterest time!) and randomly remembering a few pins…

Are You Interested In Growing Elderberries?

Elderberry syrup (also called sambucus) is a fantastic home remedy for colds! The syrup is really tasty (if it’s done right) but it’s very expensive. The brand we have at the moment. We have a middle schooler and an elementary school student in our home. They both had their tonsils out last year because we…

Best Damn Rainbow Fruit Skewers And Dip Out There!

This Easter we went to our family’s low country shrimp boil in San Antonio. I love the food every year! This year though, was a bit different. I discovered last year that I can’t eat wheat. I’ve developed an allergy to it, and it’s pretty serious. I’m not gluten intolerant, either. I can eat other…