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Homemade Banana Ice Cream

Don't let summer slip by without making this delicious, easy homemade ice cream.  Honestly, you can use this vanilla ice cream base to make nearly any fruit flavor- add  strawberries or peaches instead of bananas.  However, this homemade banana version is simply delicious.  It's the best way to use those overly-ripe bananas. Homemade banana ice cream with chopped pecans was the only flavor my family made growing up.  As a kiddo, I didn't care for the pecans, but I ...

DIY: Painted Vinyl Chair

For the last year, I've been wanting to add a comfy chair to my greenhouse. The only challenge being that the greenhouse while lovely for plants is torturous for furniture. After all, it's a wet and sun drenched environment. I also didn't want to spend a fortune having a wing-back reupholstered in outdoor-rated fabric. So I came up with a solution. I'd use a vinyl chair, but paint it to look like fabric and use a variety of patterns and colors to give it a whimsical look. I think it is a ...

Kale Salad with simple dressing

Kale may be the trendiest green at the moment, but with good reason it truly is a "super" food.  It's not only packed with nutrients and antioxidants, but it is also a great green to use in the kitchen.  And anyone can grow it as a cool season vegetable in the garden or in a few pots on the patio. Kale isn't one of those fragile greens that gets soft and mushy in a salad overnight. It'll hold up in your refrigerator for a few days.  That's one reason I'm such a huge fan of ...

Charleston’s Gardens

I recently shared a few photos from the beautiful squares in Savannah.  During this same trip, my husband and I visited Charleston, South Carolina.  These cities are less than a two hour drive apart, making it easy to plan a trip to see both.  And while they each celebrate a rich history, they are uniquely different.   It was November when we visited and during our time in Charleston it had unexpectedly turned a bit chilly, but the lovely private gardens we visited were ...

Coconut Meringue Pie

No other dessert conjures up my childhood memories more than a classic coconut meringue pie.  It was often called coconut cream pie in my household, but make no mistake, it was always meringue that topped the delicious chilled concotion.  It wasn't until my later teen years that I realized some people just topped the coconut cream pie with ......cream.  It was logical, but I was in dismay.  Whipped cream or even worse whipped topping, just seemed wrong. However, making a ...