Persimmon Muffins
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Persimmon Muffinsfeatured

As promised in my post “What To Do With All Of These Persimmons”, here is another way to use your persimmons.  You could also substitute apricots or apples in this recipe.  Recipe makes 2 dozen medium (standard size) muffins or 1 dozen large muffins pans.  These are enhanced with the addition of almond paste.  I love the Read more

A Shock of Mulberry Caught My Eye…
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A Shock of Mulberry Caught My Eye…featured

I was outside, doing nothing glamorous (picking up after the dog), when this caught my eye: Claret, Marsala, Mulberry, Cranberry:  whatever word you use to describe the color of these lingering hydrangea—it doesn’t matter:  they are simply beautiful.  My hydrangea (I have around 10) have continued their color metamorphosis since my last hydrangea post “365 Days Read more

Pansies in My Bicycle Basket
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Pansies in My Bicycle Basketfeatured

Another pansy planting–I have highlighted these plants this week, because they can provide color during our fall and winter months, surviving our mild winters here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Pansies and Violas are shy plants—they need visually interesting containers to really help them command attention—they aren’t show stoppers merely on their own.  Look Read more

Late Season Gaura (Wand Flower), Simple and Modern with Bonus Photo of Gaura in France
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Late Season Gaura (Wand Flower), Simple and Modern with Bonus Photo of Gaura in Francefeatured

I was cutting down some of my summer blooming perennials a few days ago, when I was struck by the visually interesting stems of my Gaura ‘Ballerina Rose’.  Instead of throwing them on my yard debris pile, I brought them in and made a simple arrangement. Gaura, or Wand Flower, is an interesting plant—but I’ve struggled Read more

Cat Nap Under the Ilex
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Cat Nap Under the Ilexfeatured

Tig was wondering why he hasn’t made an online appearance in a few weeks.  Here he is, taking a nap underneath the Ilex shrubs near my birch trees.  He really is a garden kitty.  The lines of the shadows perfectly illustrate why some wild jungle cats are striped for the purposes of camouflage, as he Read more

Three Ingredient Pork
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Three Ingredient Porkfeatured

I am the queen of three ingredient recipes.  People think I am some kind of gourmet chef, making masterful, fancy meals for my family every night.  But nope–that is simply not true.  This is one of my staples, and it’s so easy that I’m not sure this constitutes cooking.  Use the pork for anything:  barbecue Read more

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