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Make a Spooky Halloween Wreath from Garden Cuttings

Reusing plant cuttings is a great fun idea in making a spooky Halloween wreath.  After pruning and deadheading plants this weekend I gathered a lot of them to use in this project. Growing along the back fence is my beautiful white star jasmine vine that needed a nice trim. The branches are thin and flexible, which is  perfect to bend…

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Lobster Meunière

It is lobster season here in California and this French style lobster meunière is what I’m dreaming to make. In general, California spiny lobsters are carefully fished by compliant licensed fishermen.  Fishing law allows for a daily limit and prohibits taking smaller lobsters.  A hefty fine is charged to poachers who don’t comply. Fortunately for us, a family friend who…

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One Pot Mexican Chicken Chili Soup

As the weather is cooling down, most people (like me) are craving for something hearty and comforting like this healthy chicken chili soup.  Packed with so many vegetables and beans, it is rich in fiber. It will definitely keep you full and not feel hungry for a few hours. One large pot is all you need to cook this easy…

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Chicken and Vegetables Stir Fry

This might be the best stir fry I ever made with chicken and vegetables.  Loaded with crunchy vegetables that stay tender crisp and not overcooked, it’s quite healthy. Not too oily either. With just a little prep needed, it cooks really fast. In my childhood this was a popular dish served very often and at celebrations like birthdays and holidays….

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Top 7 Gardening Tips for End of Summer

As summer season is winding down, here are some helpful gardening tips that I do in the yard.  These gardening chores will save you a lot of time and work in the fall and winter.  Doing these things will also help maintain a healthy and beautiful garden. Deadhead all spent flowers – Flowers that bloom in spring and summer will have…

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Cantaloupe Melon Slush

When its 93C degrees outside it’s the perfect time to make a Cantaloupe Melon Slush.  Inspired by my childhood memory of my mother’s fresh melon juice drink, this simple icy concoction is so refreshing and very easy to make. My mother always made this drink during the summer. Her method involved manually grating the pulp of the melon and they…

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Mango Ice Cream

Since mangoes are one of my favorite fruits, I thought I’ll try making mango ice cream. Flavored with fresh ripe mangoes, this ice cream is soft, creamy and just so delicious! Using Fresh Mangoes When picking mangoes, it needs to be perfectly ripe, not too soft and mushy.  Cut the mangoes lengthwise from the stem side avoiding the pit.  This…

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Easy Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream

If you like tropical flavors this easy coconut pineapple ice cream is a delicious treat to make.  When it’s really hot outside, what better way to beat the heat.  The best part, there are only 4 ingredients in it. One of the best gifts I got is a Cuisinart ice cream maker from Williams Sonoma. So fun to use in…

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15 Dazzling Plants for a Luminous Moon Garden

I’m always dreaming of an enchanting moon garden with bright white flowers, silvery and variegated foliage.  Sweet floral fragrance will be filling the air.  I have the perfect spot in the garden to do this – right outside the bedroom. Because I have large windows and glass door, I can easily view the garden. Scent in the Air In my…

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