Recipes

DIY

Shop

Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan Salad

June 12, 2024
Layered grilled eggplant slices, sliced tomato, and fresh mozzarella sit on white serving platter. Salad is topped with fresh herbs, crushed croutons, shredded Parmesan, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

This Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan Salad has all the flavors of the classic Italian dish in the form of a light and delicious summer side. This post may contain affiliate links.  Making a purchase through one of these links helps support this blog. We’ve grown Japanese eggplant in our garden the past few years.  This tiny variety of eggplant was great for quick sautés and stir-fries.  But I felt that we were limited by the small size of the eggplant.  So…

Continue Reading

Asian Coleslaw and Radish Salad

June 5, 2024
Asian Coleslaw and Radish Salad in white serving dish. Bowl of sesame seeds, radish, bowl of coleslaw, fork, chili oil, and scallions also sit in photo.

If you’re looking for a summer salad full of crunchy texture and bold flavor, try this easy Asian Coleslaw and Radish Salad made with just a handful of fresh ingredients! This post may contain affiliate links.  Making a purchase through one of these links helps support this blog. A garden is kind of like a promise that you hope will be fulfilled.  And when you start to see those sprouts emerging from the soil, you know the promise has come…

Continue Reading

Holoka Home Relaunch

May 29, 2024
Close up photo of new simmer pot packaging from Holoka Home.

The Holoka Home shop and website is getting a makeover! See what’s changing, what’s staying the same, and what’s coming to you fresh and new with this relaunch! This post may contain affiliate links.  Making a purchase through one of these links helps support this blog. SURPRISE!  Holoka Home is getting a bit of a refresh! Long story short, some things have happened behind-the-scenes.  And in order for me to separate myself from the situation, I have decided to reinvent…

Continue Reading

How to Turn a Woven Basket into a Planter

May 22, 2024
Angled photo of hanging woven basket on garden fence filled with red, white, and blue flowers.

This easy upcycle project will show you how to turn a woven basket into a gorgeous summer planter filled with flowers in a red, white, and blue color scheme. This post may contain affiliate links.  Making a purchase through one of these links helps support this blog. Is there anything more “summertime” in the US than lemonade, apple pie a la mode, and red, white, and blue?  When I decided to turn this basket into a planter, I knew I…

Continue Reading

How to Attract Birds to Your Yard

May 15, 2024
Sparrow takes a drink from a hummingbird embellished cement birdhouse. Oak tree, bush, and deck are in background of photo.

Want to welcome some feathered friends to your backyard and garden? These tips will help you attract local birds to your yard with food, water, and other resources. This post may contain affiliate links.  Making a purchase through one of these links helps support this blog. Looking back, I’ve always been a backyard birder – or a bird nerd, if you will.  I remember setting up a bird feeder when I still lived with my parents.  I was amazed by…

Continue Reading

Terracotta Fairy House Bee Bath

May 8, 2024
Terracotta Fairy House Bee Bath placed outside in rocky patch with raspberry branches in background.

Create a whimsical fairy house inspired bee bath out of a terracotta pot and saucer, miniatures, and paint. This adorable bath will keep bees happy all summer long! This post may contain affiliate links.  Making a purchase through one of these links helps support this blog. Our backyard is turning into a magical place.  Along with our vegetable garden extension, we’ve let our wild raspberry and blackberry bushes grow like crazy underneath our deck. We’ve planted a combination of sunflowers…

Continue Reading