How to Attract Butterflies to Your Yard

My girls and I recently did a unit study on butterflies. Using this kit we watched our caterpillars go through metamorphosis, becoming chrysalids and finally lovely Painted Lady butterflies. Feeding, watching, and taking care of these precious creatures linked us very closely to them -- so close that when we released them, we all shed tears. My girls wanted their butterflies to stay in our yard. So we did a little research and discovered a few ways to not only keep our butterflies around our … [Read more...]

What’s in Season: April Produce

My wonderful Dad turned up our garden last month, and I'm eagerly awaiting warm weather so we can plant. So far, we've sown seeds of frost-resistant veggies like lettuce, peas, spinach, and broccoli. I think I waited too late to plant my broccoli but oh well. The chart above lists what's in season, that is, the most prominent fruits and vegetables you will find growing in April. As I've mentioned before, buying seasonal produce is an excellent way to save money because these foods are usually … [Read more...]

February’s Pinterest Pick: Faux Chalkboard Herb Pots

One of my goals for 2013 is to try a different Pinterest pin each month. Last month I made these delicious Salted Caramel Pumpkin Muffins. While I was tempted to try another recipe, I dared myself to be bold and go crafty. These cute faux chalkboard herb pots were calling my name: Source: craftsbyamanda.com So, I gathered my supplies: 3 terra cotta pots ($1.99 each) DecoArt"Patio Paints" in Wrought Iron Black, Blue Jay Blue, Sweet Pea Green, & Petunia Purple ($1.99 each) A … [Read more...]

Preparing for Our Fall Garden

And just like that it's August 31st and the end of summer. How did that happen so quickly? Halloween will be here before we know it, followed by Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Whew! The State of our Garden & Plans for the Fall Our summer garden is pretty much over, save for a few lone jalapeno plants, a tomatillo bush, a slew of basil, and a lot of really pretty zinnias. {Note to self: Plant zinnias again next year; we had flowers all summer long, and they're still blooming!} This week we … [Read more...]

What to Do with All Those Jalapeno Peppers

In 2007, we had a bumper crop of jalapeno peppers--so many that I didn't know what to do with them all. I considered canning them, but I wasn't really sure about how they would turn out. Lucky for me, I have a lot of EXCELLENT cooks in my family, and my mom--one of said EXCELLENT cooks--suggested I email my Uncle Jimmy for his recipe for refrigerator peppers. I'm sure glad I did! That year I put up FOUR QUARTS filled to the brim with jalapeno and banana peppers from our garden. We ate on them … [Read more...]

Top Ten Ways to Use up a Squash Surplus

Squash, squash, and more squash. What does one do when the squash come all at once? Here are my top ten ways to use up a squash surplus: (1) Fried squash. A classic Southern dish, fried squash is my favorite way to fix squash. There's just something about crispy-fried-cornmeal-covered squash that takes me back to my Mama's cookin'. I usually fry up some squash with pinto beans and cornbread. You can't get much better than that! (2) Boiled squash. Do people still boil vegetables? I … [Read more...]

Frugal Fridays: Growing Your Own Herbs

One of my favorite things about summertime is the availability of fresh herbs. As soon as the ground warms up, I plant my seeds in eager anticipation. I love being able to go outside and snip what herbs I need for cooking and not have to run to the grocery store where I'd have to pay $3-5 for a small 1-2 ounce packet. I have grown herbs for many years simply because they are so easy to plant and maintain. All you have to do is plant the seeds, water, and let God do the rest. Honestly, even … [Read more...]

See What’s Growing in Our Garden & a Recipe

We have had A LOT of rain these past two weeks and our garden is growing pretty bushy and green...also very weedy.Here are some of our lovely squash plants. Tuesday night I fried us up a few "squish" for dinner. Yum-yum!Haven't had fried squash? You must not be a Southerner.That's okay; I won't hold it against you. :)Here's my EASY fried squash recipe:1. Slice up some squash (I like to throw in some onion and peppers, even zucchini when it's in.).2. In a small bowl, mix cornmeal, salt, and … [Read more...]