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Cinnamon Glazed Pumpkin Muffin & an Apple Butter Cream Cheese Center

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That’s a long title for a post! But that pretty much describes these moist pumpkin muffins with a creamy sweet center, and that cinnamon glaze is yummy all by itself. Pumpkin is an iconic food for fall, and it’s pretty apparent that most everyone loves pumpkin!     Pumpkin can be layered with other flavors […]

Chabaud Giant Picotee Fantasy Carnation Mix ~ A Perennial a Week

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One of my favorite flowers in a fresh flower bouquet is a carnation. I love their texture, the density of their flower petals, and their uniquely fresh aroma. I came upon this beautiful carnation mix, called Chabaud Giant Picotee Fantasy, and I especially love the variations of pinks in the mix. The carnations included in […]

‘Julia’ Coneflower ~ A Perennial a Week

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It may be difficult to find attractive orange summer flowering perennials for the summertime garden, but the ‘Julia’ Coneflower answers the call with a gorgeous rich orange flower. It is a long-blooming plant from early to late summer.   This is a compact plant for a sunny garden growing around 15” – 18” in height, […]

Homemade Chicken Vegetable Soup with Homemade-Style Noodles

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A steaming bowl of homemade chicken soup with egg noodles, accompanied by some warm crusty bread makes for a pretty nice dinner this time of year when the weather starts to get a bit cold. Even though this soup is homemade, this recipe can come together in just about an hour to an hour and […]

‘Bowl of Beauty’ Peony ~ A Perennial a Week

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It’s hard to imagine a summer without peonies blooming in the yard. They’re just so exquisite, and its an added bonus that there are so many types of peonies from which to choose. A recent peony discovery for this ‘A Perennial a Week’ series is the ‘Bowl of Beauty’. The flower of this peony is […]

Lightly Salted Caramel Brownies

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Have you tried any of the salted caramel sweets yet? We found that just the right amount of salt is important to creating a delicious confectionery treat.   For this dessert we used a recipe that one of us found in the newspaper from Morton salt. Having never made anything using the salted caramel flavor, […]

‘Karalee Petite Pink’ Gaura ~ A Perennial a Week

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I love the fact that this showy perennial is another plant that has a long blooming season. ‘Karalee Petite Pink’ Gaura starts to flower in late spring, and continues displaying its pretty flowers into the fall.   Tiny coral pink (about 1”), 4-petal flowers form at the end of each thin stem, which many growers […]

Pumpkin Bread – Layered with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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This pumpkin bread recipe has been in the family for many years. Truth be told, we aren’t sure of its origin. Over the years we all have made it with chopped pecans or walnuts, raisins or currants, and even plain. You just can’t beat a delicious moist slice of it with a cup of hot […]

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