Food

What to Bake With Frozen Blueberries and Blackberries

A taste of summer in the middle of winter? You can grow that!

We pick tons of blueberries and blackberries every year, and fortunately they are easy to freeze. We just pick out any leaves or random bugs and place them in a shallow layer in zip-lock bags in the freezer. (Place the bags on a cookie sheet until the berries are frozen so that the fruit isn’t stuck together as it freezes. This will make it easier to use just some of the berries from the bag later.) One of my favorite recipes for blueberries, fresh or frozen, is Martha Stewart’s Blueberry Buckle. This is a delicious recipe just as is using either blueberries or blackberries. Last week I used three cups of frozen blueberries and two of blackberries – just use the fruit frozen and follow the recipe in every other way.

Picking ripe blueberries is one of the pleasures of mid-summer.

Picking ripe blueberries is one of the pleasures of mid-summer.

This buckle is wonderful as a dessert cake. Serve it warm as is or with some vanilla ice cream.

This buckle is wonderful as a dessert cake. Serve it warm as is or with some vanilla ice cream.

The buckle is also wonderful for breakfast. Warm a slice for 15 seconds in the microwave, or for two or three minutes in a toaster oven and serve with a topping of non-fat Greek yogurt.

The buckle is also wonderful for breakfast. Warm a slice for 15 seconds in the microwave, or for two or three minutes in a toaster oven and serve with a topping of non-fat Greek yogurt.

A taste of summer in the middle of winter! Thanks, Martha!

Gardens

The Beauty of Sheared Shrubs

Maria Nation's garden at Good Dogs Farm is a serene environment where sheared shrubs predominate. This garden is both interesting and restful...it must be magical after a light snowfall.

As I was going through my photo library the other day, searching for a respite from the snow, and came across photos taken at three gardens in different locations. They all had one thing in common: a strong use of sheared, evergreen shrubs. Although this isn’t a look that I’ve chosen (yet) at Poison Ivy

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Love This!

I Love Strobilanthes dyerianus aka Persian shield

Pairing Persian shield with something that has lime green foliage or flowers is a natural, as is using a flowering plant with red or bright pink flowers.

Pairing Persian shield with something that has lime green foliage or flowers is a natural, as is using a flowering plant with red or bright pink flowers.

 Name: Strobilanthes dyerianus aka Persian shield

Type of Plant: An annual for brilliant foliage color in most of the country, although hardy if you live in a

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Crafts

Plant A Garden With A Message

Here's the finished garden. There's no ambiguity in this note to Winter, right?  How can it possibly still hang around now that we've made ourselves crystal clear?

If people were fleeing from you in droves and trying to get as far from you as they could…if they were grumbling about your presence, or out-and-out swearing at you for being near them, you’d take the hint and leave, right? Unfortunately winter just doesn’t seem to understand that it’s no longer welcome.  Winter must be

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Food

What to do With Small Bits of Rice, Lentils, Beans & Quinoa

I have to say that the combination of the sweetness of the peppers, the hardiness of the grains and the creamy cheeses was perfect. We ate this as an entree and I'd make this again, even if I didn't have leftover beans and grains!

I know that I’m not the only person who finds herself with a bin of small bits of legumes and grains in the pantry or cupboard. Somehow we end up with a bunch of bags or packages, each with small amount that’s not enough to make a meal out of on its own. Last week

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Gardens

Annuals for Dry, Sunny Slopes

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If you have a dry, sunny area and want some easy summer-flowering annuals, here is a combination that worked so well for me last year. I usually like to plant annuals in a casual, natural style mixing three to five varieties mimicking how they might grow in nature. So I wanted three plants for this

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