Flowers: Long-Standing Symbols of Faith

Flowers: Long-Standing Symbols of Faith

Flowers have their own language, did you know that? We like to think we are fluent in flowers. After all, every flower has its own message and traditional meaning. For example, a chrysanthemum represents cheerfulness, and daisies are innocence and hope. Understanding the language of flowers means understanding their roots – as in, their traditional roots. A History of Beauty For those who are religious, flowers take root in the beginning in the Garden of Eden. It is no wonder, then, that flowers first took on decorative purposes in religious…

How to Cook the Tastiest Lamb

How to Cook the Tastiest Lamb

Many people find it exciting and maybe even a bit nerve-racking when trying a new lamb recipe. It is very easy to overcook or undercook lamb. But no matter what your recipe is, there are a few essential tips to cooking a great piece of lamb: Ask Butcher About the Cut of Lamb You may not see the piece of lamb that you want when you get to the grocery store. Often the store can special order it or can cut if for you the way you want. They also…

How to Cook Properly With Olive Oil

How to Cook Properly With Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the keys to the very healthy Mediterranean diet, so people always have many questions about how to cook with it. It is a very versatile oil and it has many unique flavors and aromas. You can use different olive oils for sautéing, stir frying, deep frying and browning, among many other uses. It is a good idea to think about olive oils just like you would think of different types of wine. You can use strong extra virgin olive oil to cook fish, meat, create…

Tips for Roasting Ham

Tips for Roasting Ham

Roasting is a popular dry heat cooking type that is great for cooking many large pieces of meat, including cooked and uncooked hams. Roasting is pretty much the same as baking and is very often the most popular way to cook ham. When you roast a ham, you take the skin off and the fat layer is left on to help add flavor and to keep the meat nice and moist while it cooks. The ham should be let to stand at room temp for about two hours before you…

Cooking Ideas with Squash

Cooking Ideas with Squash

We really love fall and winter squash in the US! They are crammed with antioxidants, fiber, carotenes and Vitamin A. They are very filling with very few calories and can be prepared in countless ways. Plus, in fall, they are in season and are very inexpensive. But what are the best ways to buy, prepare and cook various types of squash? Butternut squash is tasty but can be hard to chop up, and some of the other types look rather gnarly and scary, so what to do? Purchase and Storage…

8 Foods to Eat for Your Heart

8 Foods to Eat for Your Heart

Dieting and exercise are two of the activities you can do to improve the health of your heart and prevent disease.  Most individuals do a great job at this.  They go on daily walks each day and try to maintain a more active lifestyle.  In addition, they eat a healthy diet and avoid fast foods that are bad for their health and heart.  However, along with these efforts, they can also add certain foods to their diet that are proven to increase the health of the heart.  Learn more about…

How to Plant a Butterfly Garden & What Flowers to Plant

How to Plant a Butterfly Garden & What Flowers to Plant

Butterfly gardens are a beautiful way to attract butterflies to your yard in the warmer months.  You can add a butterfly garden to your yard or attract butterflies to your deck or patio by planting container gardens.  Butterfly gardens will also attract birds as well as some other wildlife. Basically, what you need for a butterfly garden is the same in any of the country’s planting zones. Butterfly gardens need the basics of full sun, a pesticide-free environment, nectar source plans, larval host plants and a good knowledge of butterfly…

The Top Ten Plants To Use In Your Children’s Garden

The Top Ten Plants To Use In Your Children’s Garden

Finding a good activity that will keep your children continually interested in outside can be a tough endeavor. Gardening is a great way to engage your children in the great outdoors while also providing them with an educational activity and creative outlet. I don’t know about you, but I think gardening may be one of the best activities out there for kids. However, you want to be careful that your children will have a positive experience and that their plants will flourish and not end up as a withered pile…

A Grand Old Independence Day Cake

A Grand Old Independence Day Cake

The 4th of July is a great time for family fun and picnics. You don’t have to wait until evening for the “fireworks.” Try this great idea for a red, white and blue flag cake to make your event the talk of the summer. 4th of July Cake Impress your friends and family with this tasty “flag cake.” Any white cake recipe will do, but the experts recommend a denser, heavier cake. Some even recommend chilling or freezing the layers to help with the cutting and assembling. What you need…

Beautiful, But Weird Flowers

Beautiful, But Weird Flowers

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, beauty can also be both strange and wonderful at the same time. Some would even say beauty can be both frightening and beautiful in the same moment. I believe all these things apply to this collection of weird flowers. Most of them look like something you would find on a alien planet or in some B movie from the 50s or 60s, yet they are right here on our wonderful planet. These strange looking flowers are proud and beautiful, attracting insects,…