Ice plant A Great Ground Cover

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I love the idea of a perennial that is also low maintenance. Two great facts about ice plants that make this ground cover one of my favorites. They have plump green leaves all year, that spread easily in a well-drain soil. Need sunlight to bloom, and the vibrant blooms rise during the day and close up slowly as the sun goes down.

When you invest in one ice plant, you can be sure you can propagate them easily through your entire garden. All you need is a clipping and a shallow hole in the soil in a sunny spot. (as far as I can tell, squirrels don’t find them tasty)👍

Ice Plant

Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

To change a room, I start with a flower arrangement. I enjoy fresh-cut flowers more than green plants since they can change by season and how I plan on making my room present itself. I know sometimes it can be an expensive task, but I have also picked up some very useful techniques to cut down my flower expenses. In spring I enjoy tulips, daffodils, and my favorite spring flower hyacinths. As days get warmer, mums, daisies, chamomile, peonies…

In Summer I love the pure white petals of gardenias and the compact arrangement I can create with these beautiful blooms. Roses, in cool colors of pink and white, sunflowers, and dahlias in vibrant colors. Summer is also the one season I have more blooms in my garden than any other season, which keeps my flower expenses to a minimum. But to have flowers all year round, and for special occasions, like birthdays, or when I am entertaining our families, I can pick up several bunches of flowers from trader Joe’s and put together several arrangements for every room of my house. It might sound like more work, but this way not only do I get the chance to be creative, but I am also picking up flowers that I enjoy having in my house. No pre-arranged bouquets!

You can watch me arrange flowers that I plan I placing on our dining room table for Mother’s Day ❤️ I hope you enjoy it 💐 https://youtube.com/shorts/zsTgsVLw0LU?feature=share

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Beets, Goat Cheese, Apricot Salad

Fresh beets take a long time to cook, but with a crockpot, there is no need to watch and wait. A vegetable so beautiful to slice, and delicious, in a sandwich or on top of any greens, is also loaded with vitamins. I have always used beets when preparing meals, and for the first time, I cooked fresh beets in a crockpot. It took almost 3 hours, to have delicious beets for my salad.

When I plan on making cheese or charcuterie platters, I add slices and whole beets to create a beautiful colorful platter. I look for any chance to add this beautiful vegetable to our meals for more goodness. Good for the digestive system, eating beets increases athletic performance, brain health, decreases inflammation, and detoxes the liver.

Peeled beets

You can watch me cook, and serve these delicious beets by going to my youtubechannel https://youtu.be/5ifP7DnTPcw Thank you🙏

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Valentine’s Day💐 Full Of Hearts💕

I wanted to share some cooking, decorating, and beautiful desserts with you for Valentine’s Day. I like a simple evening, with a favorite dish for dinner, and a very chocolaty dessert after dinner. I am sharing recipes and how to videos on our Youtubechannel up to Feb14th, I hope, you get the chance to watch all my videos related to Valentine’s Day ☺️ Please remember to subscribe 🙏

Small arrangements for bedrooms, and breakfast tray🌹
Blood orange juice with breakfast 💓
Raisin, orange muffin with fruits for breakfast 😘
Pancakes with hand whipped cream and berries ❣️
White and dark chocolate cake💋
For a pretty presentation😍 beets, oranges, pears, and apples can turn into a beautiful heart

Please share with me, your recipes for Valentine’s Day ❤️

Christmas Tree Clippings from Fraser Firs & More🎄

I started this ritual four years ago. We pick up our Christmas tree, and I collect an arm full of clippings, using them later to make our mail box festive like everyone else’s in our neighborhood.

After we choose our tree, we get back to the car, and wait for our tree to get wrapped to the top of our car. Here I stand next to a mountain of clippings, and I always ask for permission to dip into the mountain, and I am always encouraged by the sales people to pick up the entire load 😂 Beautiful, green branches, with the fresh scent of Fraser Fir, that fills my car, as I drive home with our Christmas tree (which we can’t smell) on top of the car, looking like a Christmas card.

After a few days, weather permitting, I take some branches, and the trimmings that I will be using, to the mail box, and start working. It usually takes a few minutes to arrange the branches, trim a few, add berries and pine cones to make our mail box looking festive, colorful and beautiful. 🎄

I kept these berries and pinecones from last years wreath, I add them for color and more texture🎄

I still have plenty of clippings left, I am planning on using them around the house for center pieces, and the fireplace mantle. I will Take photos for another blog, stay tuned 😉Have a wonderful holiday season🎁