Food

Grilled Pork Chops with Rosemary & Garlic

These flavorful grilled pork chops are great for last-minute dinner plans. They can be made quickly and easily if you’re in a time crunch – just marinate them in the fridge for 20 minutes or more and they’re ready to hit the grill! Aromatic rosemary combined with balsamic vinegar, blended with fresh garlic and olive oil, makes for a heavenly…

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Spaghetti with Tuna and Capers, in 15 Minutes

Spaghetti is a classic comfort food, but why not make it healthy with tuna, capers, tomatoes and spinach? This is a great alternative if you are craving to eat spaghetti without the meat sauce and with much less cheese.  It also makes for a great complete meal because you have lean protein, vegetables and carbs all in one dish. The…

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Great Skin Care Products to Use

Using great skin care products that works is very important in taking care of your skin. Your skin can become oily, dry, or dirty because of constant exposure to wind, sun, dust, and the cold.  Some people are lucky to have good genes and have good skin but it always helps to take care of it. Here are some great…

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Quick Asparagus Recipe – Ready in 8 Minutes

I love cooking with asparagus because it’s easy to prepare and doesn’t need a lot of ingredients.  I like that its creamy flavor can shine by itself.  It’s also an excellent source of vitamins, iron, protein and fiber. When it’s in season, I prepare it at least once a week. If you are buying asparagus, I recommend picking the ones…

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Food

Easy Moscow Mule Recipe

Moscow Mule is a delicious cocktail traditionally served in a copper mug.  It is so easy to make and good for anytime. The lime juice and ginger beer makes it so refreshing on hot days.  The ginger also gives you a hint of warmth, perfect for cold days. It goes well with a lot of different foods.  (Try it with…

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Garden, Travel

A Garden of Beautiful Ideas and Inspiration

Do you love to garden?  Do you enjoy day trips?  Are you looking for garden  inspiration and ideas?  Visiting Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar, CA is a lot of fun. They have a wide variety of indoor and outdoor plants, trees and shrubs.  Every season they showcase a spectacular display of beautiful plants. I think it is the best…

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Garden

How to Grow Lavender in a Pot

Lavender (or Lavandula) is a fragrant flowering plant in the mint family.  It is commonly used for garden and landscape,  and as a culinary herb.  Its essential oil is used commercially in soaps, candles, lotions, and aromatherapy.  The dried flowers can also be used for arrangements.  Do you know that lavender attracts butterflies?  It can also repel insects like mosquitos,…

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12 Best Herbs to Use in Cooking

There are many kinds of wonderful herbs that enhances the flavor and aroma of food.  Each one is versatile in many ways.  Fresh herbs are used in stews, soups, pasta, salads, marinades, roasts, ice cream, baked goods, meat loaf, dips and vegetables.  Some herbs like mint are popular in making cocktails. I grow a lot of herbs in my garden…

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Beef Braised in Wine – Hearty Comfort Food

Braising is a French method of cooking that involves searing the meat first at high temperature for flavor, then cooking it slowly at a lower temperature.  It is similar to pot roast but with less ingredients.  When buying beef, the best beef cut for braising is chuck.  The slow cooking breaks it down and infuse it with the flavors of…

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