St. Lucia

Ed and I began our traveling adventures this year with our best friends, Phyllis and Skip, when we embarked on a February trip to St. Lucia. What a beautiful island!  It’s situated in the Eastern Caribbean sea, south of Martinique and north of The Grenadines and St Vincent.  The tiny island encompasses only 238.32 square miles and, other than the… Read More

Cherry Vanilla Jam

We took advantage of the cherry season this year, purchasing ours from The Farmer’s Daughter in Capon Bridge, WV.  Last week we set about making jam, which is one of my favorite things to do.  It’s easy, delicious, and makes a beautiful gift.  This recipe yields seven half pints of lovely red jam. Cherry Vanilla Jam 4 cups pitted, chopped fresh cherries (organically… Read More

Potted Plants – Decorating Trick

So you have a beautiful container and bought a lovely little plant for it.  What can you do to give it some decorator magic?  With just a couple of dollars and a quick trip to your local arts and crafts store, you can purchase moss and make that plant a standout!  There are various types, but I like this green moss… Read More

Amazing Fried Green Tomatoes

For you folks in the South, I know there’s a definitive and sacred method for making fried green tomatoes that involves eggs, cornmeal, salt, pepper and hot oil – I’ve fried them this way for many years.  But if you’re feeling a little adventurous and like your food a bit on the spicy side, and maybe want to impress your… Read More


This is the second year for three of our blackberry plants and I am very excited to see an abundance of beautiful berries.  They won’t ripen for another week or so, but this one little berry decided it was ready.  I see a lot of blackberry jam making in my future and this year I’ll try to come up with… Read More