It’s Apple Season ! Make a heavenly apple cake with a sugary crust and make your house smell divine!

September is now here and it’s apple season, time to make apple cake! This is a wonderful cake for the fall and winter and probably the most requested at our house for birthdays, holidays and special occasions. Another of my wonderful German grandmother’s old recipes, it has stood the test of time. Easy enough to

Field Trip : Making Easy Jalapeño Pepper Jelly and Strawberry Banana Freezer Jam at the DCH

What a treat! This past Monday, I attended a canning workshop at the Delaware Center for Horticulture. Our knowledgeable speaker, Jacque Willamson, explained the basics of home canning with an emphasis on waterbath canning. Not only was she able to provide  good information and resources like the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving  and Put’em up! A

DIY Project : Create your own fairy terrarium

Have you seen the terrariums in the garden centers? Have you seen the price tags on them? Let me show you how quick, easy and inexpensive it is to create your own terrariums. My project will be a fairy terrarium,  but you can choose to decorate (or not) yours in any fashion you like. The

DIY Project : Making Fairies from Natural Materials

This morning as I was taking a stroll around the neighborhood and our yard, I gathered little bits of leaves, acorns, monkey balls, sticks and grasses. Since buying fairies for my plants and garden is pretty pricey, I decided I would try my hand at making my own! Plus, the Arden Fair is next Saturday

Summer Glory ~ mid August in my country cottage garden

Summer has flown by and we are already on the downward side of August. Although many of the flowers in our garden have already shown their splendor, some hold out for the last hurrah. The ironweed, butterfly bushes, plumbago, crepe myrtles, hydrangeas, rudbeckias, phlox, alliums and August Lilies, backed up by those sturdy annuals –

DIY Project : Stacked Stone Bird Baths

During this exceptionally hot, dry summer it has been more important than ever to make sure the birds have water sources. This stacked stone bird bath project is the latest in my “use what you have” repurposing ventures. After building the fire pit this summer, I had about a wheelbarrow full of stone left over

Field Trip : The Delaware Center for Horticulture

Just ten minutes away from our home is a little jewel of a garden at the Delaware Center for Horticulture, in Wilmington, Delaware. Open to the public, this garden exemplifies green growing practices and shows how you can make a little space seem large. Come along for a quick tour of the grounds. Keep in

DIY Project : Plant pokes from vintage salt & pepper shakers

You know those vintage salt and pepper shakers that your great auntie gave you? That’s right, the ones you can’t part with but cringe every time you see them in the china cupboard? Dust them off and repurpose those shakers as whimsical plant “pokes” that you can enjoy! All you need for this project is

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