Daylilies like this maroon beauty are sturdy.

Daylilies Are Perfect for New Gardeners

It is thanks to a vigorous root structure that daylilies can survive in dry conditions and poor soils. The rhizomes store nutrients and water that can keep the plants healthy during drought conditions.

Also thanks to these roots, daylilies are wonderful plants for hillsides or banks to help prevent erosion.

Vegetable lasagna is golden brown and served on a blue plate

Vegetable Lasagna with White Sauce

This vegetable lasagna recipe is versatile, perfect for any season, and can accommodate various prep times. It features lasagna noodles, with an option for whole grain, and a mix of over six cups of sautéed veggies such as broccoli and spinach. It can be made easier with precooked noodles and pre-shredded cheese, and allows for personal adaptations. The bechamel sauce, traditionally made with butter and milk, can also be plant-based. Tips include using one pot for prep to minimize cleanup.

Kittens are making a ruckus celebrating Christmas.

Christmas Trivia for Your Christmas Table

Christmas is full of activities, for sure.

But we always have a little “down time” when a friendly competition is in order.

Chopped romaine and radicchio leaves make a crispy salad.

Chick Pea and Radicchio Salad

Crispy romaine lettuce, earthy sundried tomatoes, and fiber-filled chick peas make a main dish salad that’s healthy and filling.

scrambled eggs are topped with sauerkraut and chopped tomato

The Probiotics of Sauerkraut

When we eat fermented cabbage, we are eating microorganisms in large numbers. The particular strains of microorganisms fed by cabbage have been found beneficial to human health.

Caulif;ower is served with crispy bread crumb coating.

Panko-Crusted Roast Cauliflower

The seasonings and bread crumbs add so much an otherwise kind of bland veggie that it can actually make a meatless meal by adding soft flour tortillas, easy coleslaw, and your favorite hot sauce or guacamole.

If We Can’t Save The Earth From Climate Change, Maybe Nature Can

I don’t normally watch Nature on PBS but having just finished The Invention of Nature, and being laid up due to some dental issues, I decided to give the episode “The Serengeti Rules” a go.

Glad I did.

A well organized kitchen including pots hanging from a rack over the stove.

Death Cleaning Is A Real Thing

The concept of Death Cleaning, or getting rid of junk as made popular by the minimalist movement, can offer peace and serenity.

Van Gogh self-portrait in straw hat done in 1889

Van Gogh in America: You Should Gogh to Detroit

I was surprised at how extensive the show is, and how well-oiled the procedures are at the museum. You have ample time and space to view everything for as long as you like.

Updating a 1960’s Garden: Flower Borders Poolside

My gardening efforts have focused on updating the flower beds around the backyard swimming pool and fence. These beds haven’t been changed since the pool was added.

Red clapboard and a white picket fence surround the candy shop

Miss Candy and The Red Berry Candy Shop in Madison, Ohio: A Sweet Stop off Interstate 90

My brother was amazed at the selection of candies on display. He swore that any candy you could think of from our childhood was in stock. Bottle Caps, Runts, Lemonheads, Mallo Cups, Garbage Pail Kids, Bazooka bubble gum – you name it, Miss Candy had it.

Dad and Mom with baby.

Your Eldest Daughter Is the Female Version of Her Father

Thank you, Dad. We’re grateful to have you as our first and best teacher.

You Can Transplant Spring-blooming Bulbs Year Round

Steps for Transplanting:

Wait until blooms have faded.

Use a hand trowel or shovel to dig around foliage clump.

Grasp the stems and foliage in one hand while using the trowel to loosen the soil around the bulb. Then, use the trowel to leverage the bulb out of the ground.

Trim off any broken foliage.

Replant the bulb in the desired location at about the same depth as the bulb was previously growing.

purple, yellow, pink, and blue watercolor painting of Easter eggs

Egg Hunts for Easter That Are Fun and Free

As Kara got older, her creativity blossomed. She devised an egg hunt where coupons redeemable for specific prizes were in the eggs instead of the prizes themselves.

Such a smart girl!

Zucchini fries come out of oven crispy and browned

Stan’s Baked Zucchini “Fries”

Calling these veggies “fries” also makes them attractive to kids and means you may be able to get your little ones to give them a try.