10 Things You Need to Survive a Long Distance Road Trip #PoisewithSAM

10 Things You Need to Survive a Long Distance Road Trip #PoisewithSAM

This post about how to survive a long distance road trip has been sponsored by Poise and Social Stars.  All opinions expressed here are my own. #PoisewithSAM My husband and I are in the midst of planning a long distance road trip.  We will be taking 2 weeks to visit an assortment of friends and family that are scattered between 5 different states.  Needless to say, a road trip of this size requires a significant amount of planning. Think along the lines of a military invasion of an enemy country!   It is a bit hectic but we have made similar trips almost every year since the kids were babies.  Living far from family means that a road trip is often the only way you get to see anyone!  So, throughout the years I have come to realize that there are certain things that every mom needs to … [Read more...]

Lemongrass: How to grow it and what to do with it!

Lemongrass: How to grow it and what to do with it!

Several years ago my husband and I stumbled across a lemongrass plant at a local nursery while we were doing our spring garden shopping.  Since both of use are HUGE fans of Thai food (which uses a lot of lemongrass) we picked up a plant to put in the back yard.  Not having to traipse to the store every time we want to make Thai food sounded like a great plan.  That plant THRIVED for several years in our back yard.  It grew close to 4 feet tall and almost as wide around at the top.  With lots of sun and an average amount of water we had more lemongrass than we could ever possibly use.  And then came an unseasonably cold winter.  With a full week of single digit temperatures, many of our plants didn't survive the winter.  Winters here in Georgia are usually fairly mild but last year we lost … [Read more...]

Whipped Blackberry Honey Butter Recipe

Whipped Blackberry Honey Butter Recipe

I am sadly reaching the end of my blackberry harvest.  The hot temperatures and minimal rainfall have pretty much ended the berry production on my plants.  I am happy to have harvested several good sized bowl fulls to put on cereal or just eat by the handful.  I had a few handfuls left of the last batch and was looking for something creative to do with them.  I decided to put together a whipped honey butter and incorporate the blackberries into it.  Honey butter is a huge treat when I go to restaurants...I slather it on rolls and would lick the bowl clean if I thought I could get away with it in public!  Make sure your butter is very soft before you start this process or you won't get a light, whipped, and airy texture to your honey butter.  Use this on bagels, biscuits, waffles, or … [Read more...]

Protecting our Food Supply One Honeybee at a Time!

Protecting our Food Supply One Honeybee at a Time!

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. The other day I wrote about my July garden  update and shared a few things that were going on here in the backyard.  Some of it is good, some of it is not so good!  But, I keep plugging away at my garden adventure because I love the idea of feeding my family with food that I grew organically all by myself. I like to think that I am improving our health along with the health of this planet by planting and growing food crops.  But, then I came across some disturbing information that suggests that I may actually be KILLING bees with my backyard garden! Many nurseries and big box stores sell plants that have been sprayed with neonicotinoid pesticides.  The use of neonicotinoids has been linked … [Read more...]

What’s Cooking Wednesday Recipe Linky

What’s Cooking Wednesday Recipe Linky

Turning The Clock Back has teamed up with Candypolooza to bring you this What’s Cooking Wednesday recipe linky. This is your chance to showcase your recipes each and every week! Just to make things even sweeter— each week, post your fabulous recipes for the opportunity to have your recipe featured on What’s Cooking Wednesday the following week!! Keep in mind that if you link up here you are giving me permission to use your photo to promote next week's post if you get chosen as one of the featured bloggers. I will also pin your featured photo (from your blog) onto the What's Cooking Wednesday Pinterest Board. Check out the board below for some of the previous featured bloggers! Follow Diane Hoffmaster's board What's Cooking Wednesday on Pinterest. Here are a few suggestions on how … [Read more...]