5 Fun Twists on S’mores

5 Fun Twists on S'mores. S'mores are the "go to" dessert at many a summer camp out and cookout, but who says you can't mix them up a little just for fun?

S’mores are the “go to” dessert at many a summer camp out and cookout, but who says you can’t mix them up a little just for fun? These recipes can be cooked over a campfire or toasted under a broiler or in a toaster oven. Sometimes my boys simply toast marshmallows over the stove top burners, or hit them with the culinary torch that grandma bought for Christmas one year. Work with what you have, and enjoy a classic summer favorite. [Read more…]

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5 Ways a Roo Gardening Apron Makes Gardening Easier

The Roo Gardening Apron is a sturdy, hands free, go anywhere garden accessory to make your gardening life a little easier. From planting to weeding to harvest, this apron may become your new best friend in the garden.

I’m sure most of us who garden have wished for an extra set of hands at one time or another, or ended up carrying a load of produce in your shirt or misplacing a hand tool.  The Roo Gardening apron is a sturdy, hands free, go anywhere garden accessory to make your gardening life a little easier.  From planting to weeding to harvest, this apron may become your new best friend in the garden.  Let’s take a look! [Read more…]

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Mom’s Best Shortcake

Mom's Best Shortcake Recipe combines the not-too-sweet flavor of this tender, moist cake with the tart-sweet strawberry-raspberry blend and whipped cream.
Last night after supper, I overheard my youngest saying  to one of his online friends, “My mom makes the best shortcake ever!”  Since this recipe got such rave reviews from the family, I figured I’d share it here, too.

By my husband’s request (since it was Father’s Day), I whipped up some strawberry-raspberry shortcake with lightly sweetened whipped cream.  The old-fashioned, not-too-sweet flavor of this tender, moist cake pairs well with the tart-sweet strawberry-raspberry blend and rich whipped cream.  It’s an easy to make dessert that’s fancy enough for special occasions, but easy enough for an any time treat.  The recipe doubles well and also make great cupcakes. [Read more…]

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Natural Weed Control – 5 Non-Toxic Methods You Need to Know

Natural Weed Control - 5 Non-Toxic Methods You Need to Know - from crabgrass to dandelions, keep weeds managed in your yard and garden without poisons.

Natural weed control has become a hot topic in recent years as more people are realizing that chemical weed poisons can harm more than weeds.  (See “15 Health Problems Linked to Monsanto’s Roundup“.)  I’m not a weed hater – many weeds are edible and/or medicinal, or have other uses such as natural dye or cordage.  They can also be used to diagnose soil health, as many weeds thrive in disturbed and damaged soils.  They are part of nature’s repair crew. 

That said, I do manage my weeds so they don’t go completely bugnuts and take over the walkways and garden areas.  With a little observation and patience and a few simple tools, you can kill weeds naturally without poisons.  (“Killing naturally” sounds like an oxymoron, but death and life are part of the natural cycle.)  There are ways to virtually eliminate quackgrass, crabgrass and other problem weeds, and enjoy a tidy yard and lush garden without hours and hours of pulling and tilling. [Read more…]

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Old Fashioned Rhubarb Pudding Cake

This rhubarb pudding cake recipe is easy to make using fresh or frozen rhubarb. A simple hot water trick allows the cake to make its own sauce while baking.

I was looking for something a little different to do with the rhubarb bounty this year when I came across a fruited pudding cake recipe in the Favorite Recipes of America – Desserts cookbook from 1968.  The original recipe calls for “any fruit, fresh or canned”, so I figured “Why not rhubarb?”  As sweet as this is, I think you’d need to cut back on the sugar for a sweeter fruit.  Even with the rhubarb I will probably cut back a bit next time around. [Read more…]

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