Jalapeño Jelly

I had a cookout last year and invited a couple of very picky eaters.  One would not allow his different foods to touch each other on his plate and immediately refused to try the Jalapeño jelly I offered him with his grilled chicken.  The other timidly said he’d have a little on the side and when he tasted it, he couldn’t say… Read More

A rustic cabin transformation – Coming soon!

The progress we are making on my parent’s new log home in the mountains is significant and, even though I left my Canon battery charger in Florida and can’t shoot this professionally, I can share some iPhone shots of the family room.  Be watching for some posts on what we’ve done to modernize and lighten things up, and how we’ve… Read More

Trimming Crepe Myrtle Trees

When it comes to the Southern garden, Crepe Myrtles are a must.  Their late summer blossoms add beautiful color and a graceful canopy to the garden and their sculptural trunk structure is worthy of the spotlights.  But care must be taken to keep them in the best shape or they can become unruly and lose their structure.  That means bringing out the loppers… Read More

The Frederick County Fair

I admit, I’m not a Fair person.  But there is something about going in the late evening on a sultry summer night that just feels like it’s a part of every summer.  The smell of the livestock (not entirely unpleasant really), seeing the little kids in cowboy boots show their animals, cotton candy, people watching and the magic that happens… Read More

Ikea Billy Bookcases to Built-Ins

As promised, here is the tutorial for creating beautiful, built-in bookcases for a fraction of the cost of hiring a carpenter and having them built.  Although I would have preferred to have them stretch wall to wall, we had to contend with unequal measurements and a window.  We chose instead to have three sections. We purchased three sets of bookcases… Read More