Butternut Squash Soup with Fresh Ginger

This recipe has become quite a favorite! A wonderful bowl of comfort, and easy to make. Ingredients 1 large butternut squash (about 3 pounds) 2 Tablespoons (roughly) vegetable oil; olive oil is great 1/4 to 1/3 stick of butter 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 1 large leek (optional), cleaned and roughly chopped (cut off tough … Continue reading Butternut Squash Soup with Fresh Ginger

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DIY All Purpose Non-Toxic Garden Spray

Keeps most pesky issues under control, safely In my last post, "Tomatoes, Finally!", I shared my discovery of my "perfect" garden spray for most issues, like mildew, aphids, spider mites, and other issues plaguing my organic garden.  Here is the recipe.  I would love to hear your favorite concoction, so please share in the comments! … Continue reading DIY All Purpose Non-Toxic Garden Spray

Tomatoes, Finally!

Winning the spider mite battle with DIY safe spray You’d think it would be easy to grow tomatoes.  We’ve been trying for years, unsuccessfully.  At least Steve has been trying.  Steve kept thinking it was a virus, and tried all types of plants and soils.  All with the same deaths. Last year I was determined … Continue reading Tomatoes, Finally!

New Flower Paintings

Love those flowers! I am finally posting some of my latest paintings.  Being an artist keeps me very busy.  A one-person manufacturing company. The first one is Purple Roses in the Shade, an 8x10" oil on canvas board.  I saw these lovely purple roses hiding in the shade, and the composition intrigued me. The second … Continue reading New Flower Paintings

Margaret’s Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Awesomely buttery, not overly sweet, and highly addictive! I invented these buttery bars in the 80’s when I was looking for a recipe that was a cross between oatmeal cookies and chocolate chip.  The Toll House chocolate chip recipe made yummy, buttery really sweet cookies, but I also love oatmeal, but couldn’t find the perfect … Continue reading Margaret’s Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Sunset’s Western Meal-in-One Casserole

A relic from 1967!   OK, I have been wanting to bring this recipe back and share with everyone for a long time.  My mother got this book, "The Sunset Ground Beef Cook Book", and tried a few recipes  - there are quite a few very good ones - but this became a family favorite … Continue reading Sunset’s Western Meal-in-One Casserole