Hummingbirds!

The last hummingbird of the season visited the last bloom on my geranium. How do I know it will be the last time the hummingbird comes to visit for the year. Well, for one, geese have shown up. This the first sign the seasons are changing. We had a hard frost last night which my […]

Apple Pie

Days Gone By

Boat Food Update

Margaret I do believe that I am finally finished with the editing of Boat Food. My labor of love, Boat Food, was sent to my editor yesterday. I felt the way I did when my daughters went off to kindergarten. I know I sound dramatic but it is the truth. I will let you know […]

Nature as Design

As I was preparing for an outdoor dinner party, I swept the front porch. Coffee, our 14 year chocolate lab, resides there most of the time. She loves to greet anyone who comes by. Even the postman brings her treats. I noticed this spider web on the posts by the front steps. My first inclination […]

Lunch Box Blues

The Outdoor Epicurean knows it is difficult to remain enthusiastic when it comes to take from home lunches or an office lunch.  As a former teacher, I would bring the leftover dinner from the night before and heat it in the teacher’s lounge.  Most students do not have this option. While we make our children’s […]

Outdoor Living

Captain Rick and I recently returned from a trip to Maryland’s Eastern shore. We were camping which meant no running water or electricity at the state park campsite we were staying at. There were bath houses and running water to wash pots and pans but for the most part, it was rustic. The campground we […]

Creative Lunch Boxes

Remember when lunch boxes came in medal boxes with a black handle. I was lucky enough to find this gem of a lunch box at our local thrift store. The asking price was $1.00. I placed the lunch box in my cart and immediately called my sisters. Like myself, they love a good find. I […]

Back to School

August is the month of many changes. There are new adventures for everyone. I was happy to read in our local paper, the community is accepting donations for school supplies. I was recently at a store where the shelves were just lined with crayons, paper etc. I was sad that I was no longer in […]

Laundry Solutions Simplified

I live in a very rural area where we are on a well and septic system. I am a city girl, New Jersey, to be exact, and we were on city water and sewer. I never realized the difficulty, until recently, did not realize how well water can wreak havoc on our clothes. When we […]

Watermelon

A true sign of summer is watermelon. The cool and refreshing sweetness is something I look forward to each year. To extend the season of freshness, I have taken to freezing diced watermelon and placing the cubes in freezer bags. So, my experiment continues. I have used the frozen watermelon in place of ice cubes. […]

Tulips in Winter

I remember growing up of a commercial for a bath product whose byline was ” Calgon take me away”. Life does present us with moments in our everyday lives where a phrase similar to this one is used more than once. So how do we cope with hectic lives? Being in the moment is one […]

Green Beans 101

I awoke with Captain Rick for his fishing charter. He leaves before the sun rises so I took the opportunity to pick our two rows of green beans in the coolness of the morning. I had some interesting company while I was out in the field. A young doe was not the least bit flustered […]

Baked Zucchini

We continue with our series from garden to table.  Zucchini is delicious when baked with tomatoes and Parmesan cheese.  Since the tomatoes are not ready in the garden, I am using canned tomatoes.  Please substitute fresh if you have them.  You will need 3 cups of chopped tomatoes for this dish. If you have any […]

Spicy Ranch Dipping Sauce

I was going to make the traditional dipping sauce for our fried fish last night.  Then I got to thinking what if……………  the what if turned out to be a combination of flavors which, as Captain Rick stated “The sauce knocked my socks off.” translation….. he liked it.) I hope you do as well.  Please […]

Braised Short Ribs

While having lunch with a girlfriend, I decided to bring my husband a sandwich from the restaurant. Captain Rick had been working on the boat all day and I was certain that a sandwich would bring a smile to his face. My husband is a man’s man,a charter boat Captain who does not eat sprouts […]

Zucchini Bread

Today continues with The Outdoor Epicurean’s second installment in our Preservation Kitchen with the thoughts of excess zucchini in the garden. In previous posts, we covered zucchini relish, donating your bumper crop to a food bank or meals on wheels, and zucchini chips. Zucchini bread with cranberries is one of the mysteries in the bread […]

Zucchini

The Outdoor Epicurean will be starting a series on canning in the Preservation Kitchen folder. Our gardens generally produce a bumper crop of produce. One idea that I would like to share if you are in the same position as we are is to donate your excess produce to the food banks in your area […]

Zucchini Relish

Today continues with The Outdoor Epicurean’s installment on Zucchini. This Zucchini relish is sweet in taste and can be used in ham salad and egg salad as well as gracing the contents on your bun of choice. Zucchini relish make great hostess gifts and presents for a lucky someone. I place a twine around the […]

Garden Fresh Peas

There is nothing more satisfying to me than to be able to go our of my front or back door and eat from the gardens. What a treat that is. Of course, now we are feeding the rabbits and deer as well but we do plant more than we could possibly harvest because of this. […]

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