6 Slow Cooker Meals for Sunday Dinner with the Family

Your weekly Sunday dinner is coming and it’s time to prepare that menu.  But it never seems like there’s enough time to get it all done.  That’s why using your slow cooker to help prepare your Sunday family dinner can be smart, quick and economical.  Here are some great recipes to try this Sunday: Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Lemon What you’ll need: 3 lbs. whole leg of lamb 1/4 cup honey 2 tbsp. prepared Dijon mustard 1 tbsp. dried rosemary 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. kosher salt…

How to Cook an Easy Chicken & Pork Gumbo

If you haven’t cooked fresh okra before, it’s easy. This unusual Southern favorite tastes mildly like asparagus and is an essential ingredient for making gumbo. It’s a new vegetable kids like to crunch. Substitute a pound of peeled shrimp and a can of crabmeat for the chicken and sausage, if you like. Use frozen okra when fresh is not available. 1 large sweet onion, chopped 1 sweet red pepper, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided 1 lb. boneless chicken…

Top Four Herbs and Spices for Your Kitchen

Herbs

Everyone knows how much good herbs and spices can add to your dishes. But which ones are the best and most popular in American kitchens? The five below are the ones that you really cannot afford to do without as you cook your next meal. Remember, herbs and spices are always best when they are freshly ground or chopped. Most dried herbs and spices on the shelf in the grocery store lost their potency long ago. Buy small, fresh quantities of these great herbs and spices and grind them up…

Best Banana Smoothies for Your Good Health

Banana Smoothies for Your Health Bananas are a natural health food.  They contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose as well as fiber.  They can give a substantial energy boost.  Bananas will provide enough energy to help you through a 90-minute workout.  It’s a favorite fruit of athletes around the world. Bananas also provide added health benefits and help with things like depression.  The natural tryptophan in a banana helps you relax and improves your mood.  Because bananas are high in iron they can help with the production…

Kissing Lips Flower – Pucker Up!

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This flowering plant, the Psychotria Elata, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies by showing them some fairly seductive, and delicious ruby red lips. The flowers on the plant may attract humming birds, but I’m still confused by human lips attract the hummingbird? You would think you would see lots of humming birds and butterflies crashing into peoples’ faces to get at the perceived sweet nectar within. See my only found image of a butterfly feeding on a human face below the puckering flowers. Okay, this may not be a butterfly trying to…

6 Ways to Bring Beauty To A Winter Yard

Fall provides many opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons. Leaves change to brilliant colors. The autumn hues of red, yellow and orange come out with the harvest of apples, corn, and pumpkins. Early morning frost dusts everything in white and makes the world sparkle. But once the fall crops have been harvested and the leaves have all fallen, you might think it’s time to finish cleaning up the yard, winterize the house, and stay inside to sit out the cold, dreary, colorless winter. However, there are still…

Adding Holiday Colors & Cheer to Your Fireplace Mantel

The modern fireplace has become more than a way to provide heat for our homes. It can be the focal point of a room, providing not only a spot for the family to gather around on chilly winter nights, but a first impression for guests when they enter your home. It can be a lot of fun to customize and decorate the look of your fireplace. There’s nothing cozier than sitting in front of a blazing fire, with the mantelpiece decorated with inviting colors and treasured heirlooms. In contrast, a…

Making Your Own Escape

Relax At Home

There are so many demands that are placed on individuals in the world today:  work, education, community service, or even just the basic family responsibilities.  These things can become heavy to bear after a while, and many people find themselves wishing for a place they could just escape to.  With the restraints on time and money, taking a true vacation may be difficult in many cases.  With this being the situation, why not create your own escape within your home? A Sanctuary Your home should be a safe and comfortable…

Steps To Choosing Top Living Room Decor

When it comes to decorating a home, there are at least a thousand different things to take into consideration. Not only do you have to think about the way each room will be used, but you also need to consider the cost of supplies and furniture, whether you will do the work yourself or pay a professional, how long you intend to live in the home, and the ages and interests of the people in your household, among many other things. The decoration of a home and a living room…

Simple Tips For Having A Successful Garden

Indoor Herb Garden

  The task of planting and caring for a garden for the first time may seem difficult, but there are a few specific things you can do to make your job easier and your garden more successful. Here are a few simple tips that can help you create and maintain the garden you have always wanted. The Importance Of Compost If you are new to gardening, you may not understand the importance of compost. In fact, compost can be the key to helping you create a successful garden. The benefits…