5 Reasons NOT To Garden With Kids

Having one – or many – little kids running around provides an additional complication for a wannabe gardener. I  know from first hand experience what it’s like to garden with kids since my children were 2 and 4-years-old when I started my first garden. Yes, gardening is an awesome way to get free produce. But gardening can be messy. Gardening […]

February Garden Update (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

Our winter garden is in full swing. So far, I’ve been sharing individual posts for each plant I’ve grown – like radishes, and tomatoes – but I also wanted a place to share what’s in the process of growing. For that reason, I’ve created my new monthly garden update. Ta-da! Welcome to the first edition for the […]

Bolting: Why Is My Lettuce Growing Flowers?

I had an interesting development in my mixed greens garden bed this week. My lettuce grew flowers. From the top of each plant were long stems with tiny buds. Every day is a new adventure in my garden, but this new growth threw me for a loop. After some research, I realized my lettuce was […]

St.Patty’s Day Shamrock Pancakes

It’s that time of year again! The time of year when you can add spinach to everything and call it a “St. Patty’s Day” treat. I’m Irish, my husband’s Irish and my married name even has an apostrophe in it. Needless to say, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around this house – rainbows, pots of […]

Chocolate Raisin Oatmeal Cookies {Dairy-free!}

If a chocolate chip cookie and an oatmeal raisin cookie got together, this would be their delicious baby. And it just so happens to be one of my FAVORITE cookie recipes.   It has everything I want out of a cookie – layers of flavors, oatmeal to make me feel healthy, chocolate to make me feel happy and an ultra-soft, […]

My Top 5 Easy Family Recipes From Other Blogs

Today’s post is not about me. It’s about connecting you, my lovely blog readers, to my favorite easy, family, frugal  go-to recipes from other food blogs. You see, I’m having one of those weeks when planning a menu, grocery shopping and making food for the kids seems like an impossible and overwhelming task. Maybe it’s because […]

Why I Started a Vegetable Garden

I have to apologize to you. I’ve posted about the success of my very first garden ever and all the beautiful produce that we’ve eaten along the way, but I haven’t posted about why I started a vegetable garden. This is always the first question I get from friends and family who’ve been following my blog, because why […]

How I Wash Homegrown Produce

I’ve seen things. These things happen to be creepy, crawly caterpillars and bugs on and near my beautiful produce. If I saw a bug even remotely similar to a tomato hornworm anywhere in a grocery store, I’d leave and never come back! But with organic gardening you have to face the fact that you aren’t the […]

My Experience Growing Cauliflower (Central Florida – Zone 9)

Cauliflower won the “best in show” award for my winter garden. With its waist-high green leaves, it looked like a plant that belonged under the sea – not in the backyard of my Central Florida home! I almost wrote the cauliflower off as a bust, like our pumpkin-less vine, until a nice cold snap in […]

How To Never Run Out Of Dairy-free Cookies

With Valentine’s day approaching, my calendar is filled to the brim with parties. School parties, friend parties, gal parties…oh my! I love to party so I’m definitely not complaining, but parties equal sweet treats which can be a nightmare when you have a preschooler that needs to steer clear of dairy. (Think = buttercream frosting, milk chocolate kisses and butter-laden sugar […]