Set the Tone in Fall for a Beautiful Spring Garden

My experience, after working in the plant nursery for more years than I care to count, is that some plants will perform admirably in the summer but must be stored for winter.

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Zucchini Cranberry Orange Muffins

My family likes these muffins without the glaze and they are perfect for a light breakfast. Muffins that are glazed should be eaten the same day. Otherwise they tend to get soggy. This can lead to unexpected moments in the kitchen when someone goes to take a muffin for breakfast the next day and it…

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Cream of Celery Soup

This is a wonderfully creamy soup to serve on a cold fall/winter day. Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter 1 small yellow onion (about 1 cup) finely chopped 2 cups celery, very finely chopped 1 large garlic clove, minced 1/3 cup flour 1 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 1/2 cup whole milk 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon…

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Dominique Eastwick’s Pumpkin Obsession Soup

Obsessed with the taste of pumpkin?  Love pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin spiced latte? Well do I have a treat for you! Dominique Eastwick joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a recipe sure to please those of us who can’t get enough pumpkin this time of year. One of the many reasons I…

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Lakeside Pumpkin Bread by Sharon Ledwith

Fellow author Sharon Ledwith joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a perfect fall recipe. Take it away Sharon! When we lived in cottage country, we’d visit the local bakery in Baysville, a small, tourist town five minutes south of us. The smell of fresh baking does something to a body. Sometimes it takes…

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Roasted Tomato Soup

It’s that time of year when the temperature starts to dip and my family starts requesting warm comfort foods. This soup will help to take the chill off a fall day! Ingredients: 3 pounds of roma tomatoes or any type quartered (washed and cored) 1 yellow onion halved and quartered 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped…

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Lit Love Box Unboxing

I thought it would be fun to try an new type of subscription box–one for people who love to read–the LitLoveBox. From the website: LitLoveBox was created for a desire of a bookish subscription box full of things that have a use. While other boxes include very nice decorative items, the creator of LitLoveBox really prefers…

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2017 Indian Summer Fest

Breene, one of my beta readers (and sister-in-law), shares her experience at the 2017 Milwaukee Indian Summer Fest. Our area has so many festivals throughout the year it would be impossible to visit them all. Take it away Breene! What makes a festival truly enjoyable is the weather and it was perfect for a Fall…

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Fall Makeup Haul & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I hope you are looking forward to Fall as much as I am. With the spectacular display of leaves, warm, snuggly sweaters and scarves, and, of course, Halloween–what more could a person ask for in a season? I purchased a few products to prepare for the change in the weather. I have tried…

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Fall Decorating With Emma Lane

Fellow author Emma Lane gives some gardening advice. Take it away Emma! Bring the outside in with a Fall bouquet. Not sure how, then let me help you. Here are a few tips to help make it easier. Native and ornamental grasses: What fun to gather them on one of those perfect Fall days when…

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Seasonal Products: Trash or Treasure?

When the seasons change it is a good time to go through your makeup and look for any items that are out of date or appear “iffy” with a texture change/ingredient separation. You can weed out any seasonal colors as well. Since the days are getting shorter and the first cool breezes of autumn have…

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