Metallic “June” Green Beetles Flying Around

I saw these huge beetles buzzing around the corn patch. Seems like they arrive every July (why are they called “June” beetles?). Anyway, friend and colleague Joe Boggs of Ohio State Extension shares this timely information. Green June Beetles (Cotinis nitida, family Scarabaeidae) are practicing their annual terrorizing of backyard gardeners, golfers, sunbathers, small pets, etc., as they buzz golf courses and lawns. Despite the “June” … Continue reading Metallic “June” Green Beetles Flying Around

Some Unusual Herbs and Clothes on the Line

I usually wait until Friday to send things out so I don’t bombard you with mail, but this morning was a perfect morning to take some photos of some of my more unusual herbs in my herb garden. My herb garden is divided into sections:  household herbs, medicinal herbs, culinary herbs and Bible herbs. Can you guess which section these came from? Clothes on the … Continue reading Some Unusual Herbs and Clothes on the Line

Peach Trucks are Here – Time for Peach Cobbler!

Each week I talk with my pals on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. This week the subject was peaches. Did you know that this fruit has an ancient, biblical pedigree? PEACHES
 2 Samuel 16:1: “ A hundred bunches of summer fruits” won David’s gracious approval for the servant Ziba. Some Biblical scholars think that those summer fruits included peaches because peach kernels have … Continue reading Peach Trucks are Here – Time for Peach Cobbler!

Tomato Onion “Relish” & A Surprise Visitor

Well, what a surprise I had yesterday when I went out to pick raspberries. A tiny fawn was curled up in the middle of the elderberry patch next to the raspberry rows. Now like with many of you, deer are more than a nuisance. I have a feeling it was the babe’s relatives who nipped the ripe raspberries from the stems and chomped down a … Continue reading Tomato Onion “Relish” & A Surprise Visitor

Fresh Blueberry Pie with Streusel or Whipped Cream

Blueberries are in season! I still remember fondly (some of you will, too) taking the little ones to Rouster’s Farm in Clermont County, Ohio when they were still open to pick blueberries. If you have a source, do support those farmers and pick to your heart’s content.  Fresh blueberries can be frozen, too.  This pie originated with friend and excellent cook and baker, Carol Tabone. … Continue reading Fresh Blueberry Pie with Streusel or Whipped Cream