Bowling in the Garden

 

In his youth Prince Charming was quite the bowler.  Well at least according to him.  There must be some truth to this legendary tale since when I married him, he moved in with his own bowling ball and its impressive leather carrying case.  Growing up in a small Canadian town I did my fair share of bowling but did I own my own bowling ball?  No sir.  I didn’t even know anyone who owned their own bowling ball! Continue reading

Smoky-Sweet BBQ Rub for Father’s Day or Anyday

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Spice rubs really enhance the taste of grilled foods.  They are a staple in our kitchen and enjoyed year round.  This particular blend has been a favorite and we make it in big batches to give away as gifts throughout the summer.  It is the perfect marriage of smoky and sweet.  The sweetness comes from brown and granulated sugars.   Smoked paprika, dry mustard, garlic powder, ginger, black pepper and cumin bring in elements of  smokiness and a punch of bold flavor while salt makes it all sing in perfect harmony. Continue reading

Cedar-Planked Grilled Salmon with Pineapple-Lime Salsa

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imageCooking perfect salmon on the grill on a cedar plank is easy and a surefire way to get moist, succulent fish.  Cedar planks are readily available in most supermarkets, specialty cooking stores or online.  The plank not only imparts a rich, smoky flavoring to the fish, it keeps the delicate flesh from sticking to the grill.  Clean up is a cinch-throw out the plank!  And the best part:  no fishy smell in the house and fork tender salmon everytime.  We have been cooking salmon on planks so long we’d hardly know how else to cook it now! Continue reading

Do the Hanky- Panky: Cool projects with Vintage Hankerchiefs

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Vintage hankerchiefs are colorful, interesting, readily found and evoke nostalgia.  If you are lucky you might have even inherited some from your parents or grandparents.  Prince Charming, being an only child, inherited many gorgeous women’s hankies from his beloved Nana. For years I would look at them in storage and think they were too pretty not to use.   Continue reading