How Does Your Garden Grow? | Early Summer, 2015

Early Summer photographic highlights of this delightful backyard garden.

Blink and you miss it. Subtle changes in the garden occur throughout the day and I often find myself watching nature's showstopping display while accomplishing nothing.  I know this time is fleeting and I want to soak it all in.  It's ridiculously … [Read more...]

Easy Entertaining Tips For A Successful Summertime Gathering

A summertime gathering may be a casual affair but that doesn’t mean a little planning is in order. While bringing out the good china and polishing the silver isn’t necessary, following a few tried and trusted tips will ensure success and a good time had by all.

Let’s gather around a grill and celebrate America’s birthday! July 4th could be called The Great American Cookout because every year around the country, friends and family come together to celebrate all the best things summer has to offer. And at the … [Read more...]

Watercress Salad with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette

watercress is the most ancient of the green vegetables and its use can be traced back to Greek and Roman times. It’s one of the few greens I don’t grow because I can’t keep up with its thirst for water, but I love the peppery bite and just crave it sometimes. It’s delicious alone or mixed with other greens. It’s also excellent in soups and smoothies as well. Watercress is definitely a Super-Veggie and is trademarked as the Super Leaf—ounce for ounce, watercress has more vitamin C than an orange and more calcium than whole milk. Watercress is packed with beta-carotene and vitamin A, and is a better source of vitamins C, B1, B6, K, E, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, and Potassium than apples, broccoli, and tomatoes. That makes me want to eat some stat! It's perfect in this Watercress Salad with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette. |

Have you tried watercress? It’s Mother Nature’s version of a natural, good tasting multivitamin! According to — and by the way, do all vegetables have their own website?!? — watercress is the most ancient of the green vegetables and … [Read more...]