That’s a Heckuva Garden Hat!

Wherever did you find it?

Now that’s a smart gal asking after a great hat.  While sometimes overlooked, hats are an essential part of the gardener’s wardrobe.  Not only do they keep the sun off your delicate skin (which gets more delicate as you grow older so where your hat–while you’re young ladies!), they keep critters out of your hair, off your shoulders…

You get the picture.  Gardening entails wildlife–the kind you don’t want crawling through your gorgeous lockes. 

I know it’s not a pretty picture I’m painting, but I’d rather you be prepared (else you run from your new gardening adventure before reaping your reward at harvest time!).  And with so many beautiful garden hats to choose from, why wouldn’t you wear one?  Other than the fact it flattens a girl’s “do.”  But where do you have to be?  You’re gardening, not gallavanting!

When buying a garden hat, I have one word of advice:  chin strap.

I’ve gone through a lot of garden hats in the course of my adventure and have found the hats with chin straps are my keepers.  Just think about it:  there you are, tucked between your rows, minding your business when all of a sudden a gust of wind sneaks up on you and blows your lovely hat clear from your head.  After you shriek and curse that blasted Mother Nature for her mischeif, you rise to gather your hat, only to find it…dirty.

Yep.  So make sure whichever hat you choose includes a strap.  Especially if it’s pretty.  My first choice is straw.  I like the look and find it holds up well. Also, most wide brimmed hats seemed to be woven in nature and wide-brimmed is good–keeps the sun off your skin and out of your eyes!  But wait, you’re wearing your protective eyegear, aren’t you?  This one shown is available through Mast General Store, an outfit out of North Carolina.

For a smaller “headprint” and lightweight option, how about the hat you wear out on the boat, when you’re fishing? 

What? You don’t fish?”  Oh mercy are you missing out on some big fun!  But not to worry–your garden will provide you with all the fun you need.  Outside of fishing, that is.  This booney-style hat will work both out on the boat and in the garden (note chin strap) and is washable.  Straw is not.  Brushable, but not washable.

And with a name like Sun Goddess, how could you go wrong?

Yeehaw–there’s always a cowgirl hat!  Chin strap, straw made, this one’s for you.  From high atop your tractor to crouched between your rows of corn, you’ll feel right at home in this one and ready for a quick change for a night on the town.

I do love a good country line dance, now and again. Mostly to watch since my coordination (and memory) lacks to keep up! 

Oh well, there’s always the garden…always something exciting going on in there.

Which brings me to a good point.  Hats are practical but should also be fun.  They’re a reflection of you.  Like your gloves, your glasses, your shoes, your shorts–hats are an expression of your personality.  Make it bold but make it useful!

And don’t forget the chin strap.

p.s.  There’s one more option.  If you’re willing to forgo the chin strap (simply not a breeze in sight in your neck of the woods), check this cute paisley hat from Women’s Work.  It will match your cute paisley gloves.  And who doesn’t like to coordinate accessories?

The Anti-Inflammatory Garden

No, I’m not talking about placing special seats between your raised beds to ease the strain on your achy joints.  Though that would be a nice invention, wouldn’t it?  And while they’re at it, perhaps one of our smart scientist-types could devise some miracle gadget to relieve the stress from my neck and shoulders–especially when I’m staking those gorgeous tomato plants of mine.  Jimney Cricket, my massage therapist is tired of seeing me!

Actually, I’m talking vegetables.  And illness.  More specifically, the relationship between the two.  Over the years, our friendly researchers have been hard at work studying the connection between food and body (not my silly gadgets) and have discovered some interesting correlations.  Seems a diet loaded with inflammatory foods (refined sugar, dairy, meat, refined grains, alcohol, caffeine) coincides with a diet higher in acid-forming foods (refined sugar, dairy, meat, refined grains, alcohol, caffeine).  Notice any similarities? 

Technically, it’s not acid foods that are the problem, but how certain foods affect the pH in your body, ie. do they become acid-forming once ingested.  For example, lemon is an obvious acid, yet once consumed, its effect becomes more alkaline due to your body’s digestive breakdown process. Grapefruits, limes, nectarines, pineapple…they too have an “alkalizing” effect. 

Where should your pH be?  The average is 7.4 making the human body more alkaline by nature.  Imagine if your diet consisted of mainly acid-forming foods.  It’s doesn’t take a calculus whiz (lucky for me) to realize you’re decreasing your body’s natural pH and thus, introducing unhealthy conditions.  How?  Basically, by eating acid-forming foods you’re forcing your body to “work” to neutralize the acidity level and reestablish a healthier more natural pH level; its preferred and optimum performance level.

While no major studies have proven this cause and effect relationship, some test-tube lab results have demonstrated that certain cancer cells grow faster in a more acidic solution.  It’s no coincidence that many a cancer patient has been advised to make sweeping changes to their diet–eliminating processed foods, meats and dairy in favor of fresh leafy vegetables, fruits and nuts.  Is it because their physician believes in the alkaline diet?

Or is it simply common sense food choices they’re after.  Remember, there are ninety-year-olds running around out there who partake in all the no-no foods and have no issues.  Probably because they’re running. (Or gardening!)  But it doesn’t negate the alkaline  premise.   Just because it hasn’t been proven, doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

But while the debate continues, it’s up to us to decide.  We decide what goes in (food) and what goes out (activity). If you ask me, moderation is always a good starting point.  And consider the source.  Do you think the pretty pink bon-bon shaped like a heart is best, or the lovely pink beet shaped almost the same is better?   (Hmmm…wish the questions on my final exams in college were this easy.)  Seems to me, the closer my food resembles its natural state the better!

Which is why my family is taking the challenge.  And challenge is no understatement.  While my kids’ friends think I’m some kind of health nut who only eats sticks and leaves, I’m not.  I love sweets–how do you think I knew about pink bon-bons?–adore cheese, crave a juicy cheeseburger now and again and enjoy both wine and coffee.  How should you divide your time between the two? 

For our raw diet challenge, I plan to make a concerted effort to stay on the alkaline/anti-inflammatory side, though most medical authorities recommend a diet of 75-80% alkaline-forming foods.  Whew.  Maybe my organic yogurt is okay…

“Whew” is right. Eating an all raw diet will definitely be a challenge for me.  Sure I’m leaving the door open for my daily dose of dairy in the form of yogurt, but think of what I’m giving up! Focus on what I’m adding

I DO prefer to look for the positive.  Keeps my “happy-attitude-cap” in place.  For those interested in joining the fun and delving into the alkaline-weighted menu–

CAUTION:  depending on which resource you consult, opinion will vary on which foods are the powerhouse alkalizers and which are the worst acid-offenders.  The following list is only meant as a guide and NOT an absolute authority on the subject.  In fact, my personal search found several discrepancies.  Take blueberries–good or bad?  Acid or alkaline?

Do your own research, but know the reviews are mixed at best. 


Vegetables:  spinach, kale, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, lentils, cabbage, garlic, avocado, shiitake mushrooms

Fruits:  raisins, lemon, watermelon, nectarine, bananas, pineapple, tangerines, blackberries

Nuts/seeds:  hazelnuts, pumpkin, flax, sunflower

Spices:  turmeric, ginger, chili pepper, cinnamon


Vegetables:  corn, olives

Fruits:  cranberries, blueberries 🙁

Nuts:  peanuts, walnuts, cashews

On second thought, perhaps I’ll go 50-50 and split the difference.  One blueberry for me, a cranberry for you.  Trade you a peanut for a dozen sunflower seeds?

Nothing like Harvest to pull you from the Doldrums

Rain, rain, rain–a beautiful thing right about now in Central Florida, but absolutely no good for photography.  Not mine, anyway. Can you imagine what my husband would say if I went out into the rain with the lovely digital camera he bought me for my birthday?

Yes, well, it’s not anything to be repeated here, I assure you.  I mean, we’re all sunshine and candy in these parts and have no interest in “What the heck were you thinking?” or “You did what?”

No siree-bob we have NO interest in that kind of heresy at BloominThyme.  What we do have an interest in is harvest, big time.

Would you look at that zucchini? For starters, it’s enormous, chock full with a heck-of-a-lot-of-fun factor.  Did you hear?  We have zucchini! Ring the cow bell and call the neighbors, it’s harvest time!

Rainy days are no match for harvest days.  When you pull that incredible bounty from your garden–trust me–you’re in for a thrill. 

Thrill of your lifetime!

Okay, that could be an exaggeration.  (I’ve had some fun in my lifetime and it wasn’t harvesting…).  But it’s certainly the thrill of your springtime.  Harvest makes all the effort worthwhile.  All the bug squashing, leaf clipping, weed pulling, garlic spritzing, fungus snipping, cricket chasing, fly swatting, watering and feeding effort is made right–come harvest time.

In fact, we were lucky to get this picture of Julie’s zucchini.  She’s a grade-A chef and this baby was on the stove in no time.  Why Ashley was so excited by her harvest she near ran the boys down on her way to the kitchen to whip her zucchini into an absolute delicacy!  Her cucumbers are next, followed by her squash, conch peas…

These women are on a roll, riding high on a thrill!  Which reminds me.  “Have you started your garden, yet?”

Raw Diet–the Possibilites are Endless!

Time to free that body of yours from processed junk and rid your diet of enzyme destruction — yes, the raw challenge is here!  (Well, the menu suggestions are going up.) Challenge begins in 2 weeks.  Are you ready?

How about, “Why bother?”

Theory holds that heating foods to temperatures over 115 – 118 degrees Fahrenheit destroys enzymes necessary for a multitude of chemical processes that keep your body healthy. In fact, humans are the only animals that eat cooked foods.  Duh.  Who let Captain Obvious into the conversation? 

Theory goes further to distinguish between alkalizing foods (leafy green vegetables and fruits) and acidic foods (animal proteins, dairy, processed food and white flour and sugar).  Raw food purists believe that a raw diet keeps the body more alkaline, which allows blood to absorb more oxygen.  We’ll delve deeper into the differences between alkaline and acid foods on Friday’s post, but for now, we’re simply talking raw–for which there is a another difference–vegan (no meat or dairy) and simply raw (uncooked).

Me?  I’m no vegan.  I adore sushi and feel nothing goes better with yogurt than blueberries, so this menu of mine will include fish and dairy options.  Can anyone say ceviche?  One of my favorite words.  Besides, according to the dictionary, raw is defined as uncooked, not refined or processed.  I’d say we’re good to go!

Okay, now that you’re excited and your appetite’s tuned in, what else are we going to eat, besides glorious bowlfulls of sashimi and ceviche?  

Ah…  You’ve come to the right place.  The following is a sample menu offering suggestions for a full week’s worth of meals.  These are all gourmet delicacies in some form or fashion–or someone’s opinion, I should say–and have one thing in common:  they’re delicious!  Taste was an absolute pre-requisite for this undertaking set forth (in stone) by my husband.  And we do want to keep him happy, so after a thorough search of the internet, here’s the list:

Shall we start with dessert?  Always my first choice.  I don’t know about you, but calculating how much room you need to leave for dessert allows for efficient meal management at my house.

Nudie Foodie offers this decadent recipe for Chocolate Mousse and with your eyes closed, you’d never know the difference between this and traditionally made.  She makes a mean Coconut Cream Pie, too.  Uncooking 101 has a list of gorgeous dessert items, like this Swiss Apricot Tart and Caramel Fudge Brownies.  Prefer cookies?  How about taking a look at this Chocolate Chip recipe–it’s totally vegan.  Lemony Cheesecake anyone?  Simple fresh berries and whipped cream are always nice–just keep your cream organic and as natural as possible. 

For dinner, your options are equally tasty.  For easy solutions, salads are obviously your best bet.  No prep, no time, 100% healthy and raw.  But what if your family demands more?  (After you give them the “eye” and mini-lecture about all you do for them), offer some of these delicious alternatives:

Lasagna, Zucchini Alfredo, Eggplant Ravioli, Spinach Manicotti  — Of course I started with Italian because I’m a Venettacci.  While these are somewhat involved, an easier method for achieving the coveted Italian flavor would be to Julienne your zucchini/squash (aka “raw” pasta) and smother it with a combination of crushed tomato, minced garlic, chopped onion, basil and olive oil. 

Tired of same old-same old?  How about some garden variety pesto?  Traditional pesto is made by combining (grounding to smithereens) basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic cloves, Parmesan and olive oil, but Southern Living magazine offers some wonderful spins on this classic–excellent alternatives for your “pasta” dishes. 

Not a fan of pasta?  Check out these recipes for Meatloaf, Chili and BBQ over at Awesome to be Rawesome!  In addition to these “meat” plates, they have a ton more recipes to choose from.  I do like a smorgasboard of options, don’t you?

Cold soups and salsa are a delightful way to consume your food raw, from my simple cucumber soup to this fancy gazpacho, you’ll enjoy every spoonful.  In fact, I plan to use my Cuisinart every day of this challenge to create carrot soup flavored with turmeric & ginger (discovered my kids like this combination), homemade humus and a spicy red pepper drizzle for my ceviche, compete with fresh avocado sides.   Mmmm…  Add a little black bean & mango salsa and lo and behold–it’s Carribbean night!  Pineapple, papaya…both would make wonderful variations.

I’ll bet you can’t WAIT to begin.  Well  hold on to your hat straps because we haven’t even discussed breakfast–the most important meal of the day!  Which is a tough one for me.  Unfortunately, my children do not eat anything remotely resembling fresh, raw and healthy for breakfast.  While I won’t go into the (embarrassing) details, let’s just put it this way:  this will be a tough sell in my household. 

However, smoothies of all flavors make for the perfect solution.  Blending berries, bananas and yogurt together will provide a healthy start for my kids and I’ve since learned, a great way to hide spinach.  Oh, yes…  If you opt for the darker shade of blueberries, the little ones will scarcely notice the color difference when blended together.  For more morning options, you might be interested in perusing the menu over at The Best of Raw Food.   As for my breakfast, I’ll stick with berries and yogurt topped with a bit of raw granola.

So there you have it.  With a plethora of choice at your keyboard fingertips, there’s NO excuse not to give the raw diet a whirl.  While we’ve offered a few suggestions, the websites above contain so many more delicious and nutritious recipes, you’ll eat to your heart’s content.  You’ll feel magnificent, look magnificent and who knows?  You might even go raw for good. 

Challenge begins June 13th, so get those shopping lists together and scour your local health food stores.  As you may have noticed, some of the “secret” ingredients to divine raw dining may not be available at your regular supermarket. 

Remember:  we want to hear about your experiences as we go raw together–so please, stop back and DO share! 🙂

School Garden Fundraiser

Well, it’s that time of year for us when the teachers breathe a sigh of relief and the kids jump up and shout for joy–school’s out for summer break!  I know it’s a bit early for many, but then again, we start earlier than most.  But days are days, right?  Funny thing is, most of these kids think they’re pulling a fast one on the their area school counterparts. 

“Ha, ha–they have to go to school longer!”

Far be it from me to ruin their fantasy. Life’s too short not to nurture every last one.  And once the grand finale picnic was over, the carrot cupcakes long since devoured, we contemplate the summer…garden

“Summer garden?”  Blank expressions stare back.  “But we’ll be gone.  Who’s going to take care of all those plants?”

I’m glad you asked.  While most students will be off frolicking about summer camps and family vacations, others (mine included) will be scampering about the school playground, struggling for control of the tether ball, clamoring for more snacks, running from kids with “cooties” (translated: the opposite gender) and… 

…tending the garden!  Lucky pumpkins.  Yep.  We’ll keep watch over our summer crop and make sure all is well.  Yes, peanuts and sweets are fairly independent critters, but we want to make double-sure they’re okay and doing well.  Besides, the kids really enjoy their time in the kitchen and any lost produce come fall semester will NOT be appreciated.

In addition to caring for our summer crop, we’ll be thinking of ways to expand.  I mean, what child doesn’t want to grow his own pumpkin?  Sheesh.  Not any that I know!  But with expansion comes cost.  How will we make ends meet?

Fundraising.  Of course. But we’re not talking your ordinary fundraising here, complete with gift wrap, candles and candy bars–no sir!  We’re talking seeds, as in selling them. Seed Savers Exchange is an organization committed to the practice of sustainability.  They’ve also devised an ingenious way to raise money for schools; sell heirloom seeds!  They’re practical, inexpensive and a wonderful way to give back to Mother Earth, not to mention your very own family.

What a perfect way to get kids involved at all levels.  Raise the money for your garden, prepare the ground, sow the seeds, nurture them, watch them grow and *pow* reap your harvest!  Time to eat, kids and eat healthy at that. 

Wow.  I do love a win-win situation.  It may work for your school, too.  But for now, the kids and I bid you farewell.  We’ll continue to post on our progress, though it will be infrequent at best.  (I do have vacation to think about AND two kids at home!).  Enjoy your summer and see you back here in August!

Hornworms and Fungus (& other fun stuff)

Ashley has been busy!  Doing what, you ask?  Harvesting, of course!

One of the more glorious times in the garden, she is reaping what she sowed (is that a word?).  Anyhoo, she is happy as a lark with her first bounty of potatoes, zucchini and beans.  You know this by how CLEAN they are!  I assure you these babies didn’t look like this when she dug them out of that inky black dirt.  Way to grow, Ashley!

And while you may not be aware, she was privately battling a topsy-turvy experiment gone wrong (one stiff breeze whacked the entire contraption from her tree) but is happy to report:  success!

Isn’t it beautiful?  You’d never know the trauma this poor thing endured by looking at it, would you?  And quite lush now that it’s comfortably (and safely) secured in a real planter with real support. Not that I have anything against topsy-turvy, mind you.  In fact, I’ve heard of several that have done fine, just not this one.

Off to Julie’s and lo and behold, we discover this unfortunate sight.

Yep, those white spots are fungus (or mildew) and are not good.  Most probably a result of humid conditions (surprise — it’s Central Florida!) and/or leaf watering, but if these leaves aren’t removed and quick, this nasty stuff will spread.  Some might attempt to spray it with a mix of antibacterial soap and water, allowing the mixture to dry before rinsing it off with a hose, but me, I’d remove them and move on.  Because I don’t have time to spray, dry, rinse and repeat.   Of course…my kids are home on summer break…  Why, there may be all sorts of things I suddenly “have time” for! Division of labor works wonders on a schedule. 🙂

Another more gruesome discovery were these piles of frass (poop).

“Oh, hey–thanks for sharing!” 🙁

Sorry, but I had to show this photo.  It’s important you learn how to spot signs of hornworm invasion–other than the more obvious stems-without-leaves syndrome!

These are common pests and quite the pigs, I might add.  Found one myself this morning during my daily garden visit.  The beast was so big and fat I thought he’d explode at my mere touch!  Of course he was dispatched immediately.

Prevention would be most opportune in combating these fiends, specifically Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis).  Purported to be organic and safe to everything but hornworms, this may be the answer.  One thing for sure, I’m going to check into this magic potion because I absolutely dread the “hornworm search.”  Unless they’re HUGE, I have a hard time seeing them (don’t usually wear my glasses to the garden) and HUGE hornworms can down a plant in a matter of days so by the time they reach this size, I am so-out-of-luck.

I’ll keep you posted!

Blueberries are Going Fast!

Here in Florida we have a very narrow window for blueberry picking.  April and May are basically it when it comes to harvest so grab your buckets and get out there!  Before they’re gone for good.  At least until next year…

And make sure you drag the kids along (or will they be dragging you?, because they can do some damage in a blueberry field.  The good kind, as in picking more blueberries than you can possible eat!  Good thing they freeze well and make great smoothie additions…  We went to a local field in our area called Blue Bayou Farms and picked over 5 lbs. worth of berries, then headed next door to the Yalaha Bakery (a German deli and bakery) for some good food, good music, and some unexpected entertainment!  If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by for a visit.  You won’t be disappointed.

Kids do love to dance, don’t they?  (Or is he running?  Finnicky little dance partner…)  Both were a hoot to watch.  As for my blueberries didn’t fare as well this year.  I started out with some gorgeous blooms, but to my disappointment, they didn’t bloom to fruition.

Not sure exactly why, but I suspect it had something to do with water, as in, not enough.  It’s been hot and dry in Central Florida and I’ve been busy–which means my watering schedule suffered.  Basically, I forgot to water them.  🙁   A few did produce which my lovely daughter promptly used to make some blueberry pancakes for me on Mother’s Day (sweet child).  But I have no bounty to speak of.  Sad.  Very sad.  Thank goodness for pick your own blueberry farms. 

For a farm near you, Pick Your Own is a super resource and can be found on my list of Favorite links under U-Pick farms.  You’ll also find instructions there on how to make blueberry jam, jelly and preserves!  They’re simple to make, much like the strawberry preserves the kids and I made for a teacher’s gift (details in our Kid Buzz section) and oh so tasty.

Summer Peanuts and Sweet Potatoes

With the school year winding down, the kids have harvested and cleared their black eye peas and black beans, then tilled the area to soft perfection. 

Harvested the green peppers and remaining cucumbers.

Yanked out the scallions and carrots, too.  (Something they’ve been aching to do.) 

Can you blame them?  Those carrot cupcakes were delicious and will make the perfect accompaniment to their year-end picnic party!  Found this exciting fellow in the bunch, though we’re not exactly sure what happened. Freak of nature? 

Hit an underlying root and split growing direction? As promised, the kids planted their sweet potato slips and gave them a good start in hopes of a fall harvest.  These sweets take a while, 100-120 days at least.  I say at least, because I’ve learned if I allow them to grow longer (forget they were in the ground), they can reach impressive sizes.

And because we are avid gardeners and will only be away from our garden for a few months, we decided to add peanuts to the mix!  They’ll make great snacks at school…

And with 4-5 nuts per shell, we did the math and realized whoa–we’re going to reap a lot of peanuts upon our return!  You will, so long as your tilling was deep and thorough. 

As a reward, we celebrated with cucumber soup made from their very own cucumbers, onions a few leaves from my homegrown stevia plant. 

Man, life is good!  Check the recipe section for full details.

Garden Ties that Bind

There’s a reason some ingenious gardener came up with the idea of using pantyhose for tying tomatoes to a trellis–they’re soft and don’t injure the plant.

This tie has outgrown its use, or rather the tomato plant has outgrown it.  Doesn’t it just look painful?  Ouch.  It’s also the reason green garden tape was invented. 

Only a guess (as I wasn’t the mastermind behind this million-dollar-invention) but it’s a smart one and my first choice when it comes to tying tomatoes.  Easy to use, easily expands…  Simply a great product for the garden and available in most garden centers.

Speaking of ties that bind, look at this fella.  He’s grabbed hold of his zucchini neighbor and then some!  One of the downsides to planter box gardening…when there’s no way to grow up, they will grow out–spreading all over the place!  The perfect solution is to have them organized for such sprawling.

Which Julie does.  Lined her babies right along the border, save for the one above.  Makes for more exciting gardening when you mix it up!

And mix it up we do–with companion planting!  Peas and carrots are doing well together and so are Ashley’s beans.  She’s added this lovely new trellis for them which just goes to show, tall, short and most places in between, trellis’ come in all sizes!  More important–they all work.

Ashley has also been expanding her gardening repertoire…by adding this rosemary plant next to her back door.

Edible landscape, here we come!  The only thing her garden needs at the moment is a bit of detective work.  Her basil leaves are yellowing which could be a sign of not enough sun and/or water.  Perhaps pests or disease are at play.  Could be a combination, but by the looks of those brown spots, I’d start there; invasion!

Removing damaged leaves will go a long way to helping your plants recover and heal as well as checking your water supply. I’ve noticed that when my plants start looking shabby, I double-check the sprinkler system to be sure it’s functioning properly.  Nine times out of ten–that’s the culprit.

And don’t forget to pinch!  Pinching those center clusters of white blooms on your basil will encourage thicker growth–a must when you have pesto on the menu.  “Honey…Wha’t for dinner?”

It’s almost like that Italian husband of mine could hear me write the word!  Do love him so

Jennifer’s Garden

When I’m not in the garden or busy with my kids, I write women’s fiction with strong romantic elements.

It started years ago, characters popping into my brain, clamoring for attention until finally demanding to be set free onto the page!  What’s a gal to do but oblige? (Besides all that, it’s just plain fun.)

My first release is Jennifer’s Garden which epitomizes the showdown between a career woman’s criteria for the perfect husband and what true love means. 

In a race against time, cardiologist Jennifer Hamilton is caught between her mother’s dying wish and taking the risk of a lifetime with Jackson Montgomery. He’s the man hired to complete the landscaping for her new home; the venue for her upcoming wedding. He’s everything she never wanted in a man, but as the job progresses, his lure pulls strong. It’s an attraction she cannot deny.

And one that puts her career on the line. Does she choose the man who proves compatible with her lifestyle, or the one that fits her true nature? It’s a question more and more women must answer as they assume the role of chief breadwinner. Which will it be?

Which would you choose?

rosemary lemonade

While you’re out in the garden reading, how about a glass of Rosemary Lemonade?  Not only delightfully refreshing, this fresh twist on an old favorite will surprise you.  It’s really good!

And best of all, it’s easy to make.  The recipe can be found right here on blog.  All you need are a few sprigs of rosemary and a gallon of pre-sweetened lemonade.   For you industrious types, I know you’ll prefer to make your own gallon of homemade lemonade.  (It’s a gift!)

Either way you slice it, I hope you’ll enjoy both. 🙂  For a complete list of my novels, visit my author website.