Canning/Preserving: Claussen Refrigerator Pickles

Claussen Refrigerator Pickles

The last two weeks pickles have been showing up at the farmers market so I decided to make a batch.  I enjoyed Canning/Preserving: Claussen Refrigerator Pickles seemed perfect since we just ran out of them. I love anything pickled....but I shouldn't be eating them since I am allergic to yeast!  That means yeast bread, vinegar, […]

Master Gardening Series: Nasty Aphids

Red Aphids

I feel like I owe so many of you an apology....I've gotten so busy with too many projects...and time in my garden that I've let this series slide. This Master Gardening Series: Nasty Aphids. It was very hot here for two days in a row and I wandered outside to water some containers. One of […]

Homemade Lemon Curd Berry Trifle

Lemon Curd with Berry Trifle

You might not know I love to cook . . . and did so professionally for 20 years. Once I retired  my business my love for cooking re-ignited, all the pressure was gone, the food industry is a high stress and demanding business. With all the available fresh berries I wanted to make Homemade Lemon […]

Farmer’s Market and Preserving Berries

Rasberries

When it's finally time for our Farmers Market to opens (1st Wednesday in June) I am there every week! It's become a social event I really look forward to and provides great fresh fruit,vegetables and plants. Check out the massive increase in farmers markets... 5 Reasons to Shop Your Local Farmers Market: 1)  IT'S FRESH […]

Hooked On Vintage Chafing Dish Lids

Vintage chafing dish lids

You'd think with all the projects going on around the Charmer that I wouldn't start another one :-}! Well,  I did, we've having friends over for dinner, and they haven't seen the Charmer before, and our bathroom, is well, not very nice looking! So there was only one thing left to do, another quick updo! […]

Cooking Thyme In My Cottage Kitchen

Cilantro and Ginger Tilapia

The beautiful weather is back again....our garden is holding her own...and I went to our local farmer's market this morning. What more could a girl want?  Why spending time, in my cottage kitchen, doing what I love to do, cooking and preserving food. Sunlight shinning through, sipping on tea, and sharing with you a dish […]

Touring Through Blogland

My 1929 Charmer

Hello Everyone! I am excited to be participating in Touring Through Blogland!  I was invited by Kathy at Creative Home Expressions.  Kathy starting blogging in December of 2007!  She lives in Ohio with her hubs of 29 years. She's a Mom and Grandma (certainly doesn't look it).   Kathy loves to decorate, and she's a […]

Sunday’s Best #63 Awards Party

Sunday's Best Feature

Hello everyone, It's been so humid the last few weeks... which just depletes me of my energy. As always,  I  enjoyed seeing what you've shared the creativeness your minds envisioned and the inspiration you've inspired in all of us. Let's The Awards Begin... If you've been featured, grab the button from the sidebar, and show […]

Early July Sun Cottage Garden Part Two

Climbing Hydrangea Vine

Yesterday I shared our Early July Sun Garden Part One. This is where we left off... to see the plants in this area, click here. We are heading West (right) of one side of the Sun Garden, The middle section has two Dwarf Variegated Maiden Grass. Hopefully you can see the variegated leaves. Miscanthus sinensis […]

Early July Sun Cottage Garden Part 1

Liatris

Our gardens were designed using "garden rooms".  My garden is small, and the creation of rooms creates a sense of space and mystery. 85% of our garden is 80% shade, but there is one section that receives full sun..  I'm sharing my Early July Sun Garden Room.  The sun garden is outside our main living […]