Homemade Hummus and Pimento Cheese Dips

When we were on vacation with my family, hummus was one of the snacks that was brought out when we just wanted a little something to nosh on before dinner.  Not the most inexpensive deli item, hummus is unbelievably easy to make at home. And roasted red pepper hummus? Got you covered there, too.  Just in case you have roasted red pepper left over, stir … Continue reading Homemade Hummus and Pimento Cheese Dips

Recipe Blasts from the Past

OK so this week I’ve gotten some requests for recipes printed looong ago – some from 2006. So here’s 2 out of 3  – real Kentucky cream candy and cream cheese cookies. I’m hunting up the recipe for and fire & ice pickles. I’m pretty amazed how you remember – that’s what makes this site so fun to maintain. COMMUNITY PRESS COLUMN 2006 You know … Continue reading Recipe Blasts from the Past

Unsolicited Seeds in the Mail? Don’t Open/Plant!

Do Not Plant any Unsolicited Packages of Seeds I’m not sure if this is a nationwide problem, but here in Ohio we’ve gotten news of seeds that come in the mail unsolicited. Could be something dangerous, noxious, etc. so read the information below from Ohio Dept of Agriculture. Don’t open them, either.   Jul 28, 2020 This information is from the Ohio Department of Agriculture … Continue reading Unsolicited Seeds in the Mail? Don’t Open/Plant!

Got Grapes? Make Fruit Terrine and Pops

Fruited Terrine Each week when I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show we talk about foods from the Bible. Today the subject was grapes. GRAPES (John: 15:5)  I am the vine, you are the branches – he that abide in me and I in him, brings much fruit; for without me you can do nothing. Mentioned more than any other plant in the entire … Continue reading Got Grapes? Make Fruit Terrine and Pops

BBQ Baby Back/Loin Pork Ribs

There’s a “gift without ribbons” growing abundantly, and might I say, aggressively, in my herb garden. Check the photo out — it’s a pumpkin vine! No one’s sure how it got there. Anyway, it has taken over the medicinal and culinary areas of my herb garden, and is now vining out over the garden wall and into the Bible herbs area. So far it hasn’t … Continue reading BBQ Baby Back/Loin Pork Ribs

Yellowneck Caterpillars: Have you seen these?

Friend and colleague Joe Boggs, from the Ohio State University Extension shares photos and timely information about these creepy caterpillars. Yuck!Jul 23, 2020 Jim Chatfield sent a picture on Tuesday of a group of middle-instar yellownecked caterpillars (Datana ministra) devouring leaves on a witch-hazel (Hamamelissp.) in Secrest Arboretum. Yellownecks feed in groups, sometimes called “colonies,” numbering 10 – 30 individuals throughout their development. The colonies tend to … Continue reading Yellowneck Caterpillars: Have you seen these?

Peter picked a Peck…and so did I: Pickles!!

You’ll never guess how I spent my afternoon yesterday. A hint: it has to do with chickens. Any guesses? If you said “harvesting chickens” you’d be right. But I’m willing to bet not one of you guessed that. But that’s just what I did. The first time ever. And they weren’t my “girls”. The chickensI helped pluck feathers from and get freezer ready were my … Continue reading Peter picked a Peck…and so did I: Pickles!!

Have you heard of Mexican Sunflowers?

Mexican Sunflower Friend and garden expert, Ron Wilson, showcased one of my newest favorite flowers, Mexican sunflower. I saved seeds from last year and now have a nice row almost ready to bloom. Here’s what Ron has to say about these beautiful and easy to care for flowers: “One of my favorite, newly discovered for me, good for the pollinators, colorful annual is starting to … Continue reading Have you heard of Mexican Sunflowers?

Bramble Berry and Blueberry Jams

Keeping promises. I’m doing just that today by sharing recipes for bramble berry jams, aka red raspberry, black raspberry and blackberry.  I have a patch of black raspberries in the garden, plus some wild ones growing on the hillside nestled in with the wild blackberries.  Why jam and not jelly? I’d need a lot more berries than I have to make jelly, since you have … Continue reading Bramble Berry and Blueberry Jams

Freezer Pesto and Paste – Waste not, want not!

I enjoy talking withMatt Swaim and Anna Mitchell each Thursday on the Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio. To continue with our “waste not/want not” segments today the subject was basil. Do you grow basil? Sweet basil/Genovese basil are 2 common very delicious basils easy to grow. And if you’re growing basil, start pruning those flower heads out for a longer harvest. Use them in foods … Continue reading Freezer Pesto and Paste – Waste not, want not!