Brown Sugar Shortbread Bars

BROWN SUGAR SHORTBREAD BARS

A tasty, gooey treat with an irresistible chocolate topping! INGREDIENTS: 1 cup salted butter (room temperature) 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 10-12 full size Hershey bars buy 13 because they tend to get away. DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 350º.    Lightly…

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Landscape Plants You Should Start Fertilizing Now

lilac shrubs blooming in spring

Knowing how and when to feed our garden is key to getting our landscape plants looking and feeling their best.   You’re late, you’re late, for a very important date! Actually, you’re right on time to fertilize your landscape plants so they can thrive during peak growing months. Read this guide for what landscape plants…

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Getting Your Houseplants in the Swing of Spring

woman with houseplants

Haul out your supplies and dust off some leaves, it’s time to get your houseplants shiny for spring!   Haul out your supplies and dust off some leaves, it’s time to get your houseplants shiny and thriving for spring! Follow these tips for spring houseplant care and watch your plants grow bigger, bolder, and more…

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Grilled Zucchini and Squash

Grilled Zucchini and Squash

INGREDIENTS: 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1/4 cup minced shallot 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 medium zucchini, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices 1 medium yellow squash, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices   DIRECTIONS: Preheat grill…

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Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

Irish apple cake

Bring the luck of the Irish home with this dense and delicious cake smothered in tasty custard sauce.   CAKE INGREDIENTS:   3 cups cake flour 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon cloves 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs…

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Spring Fruit Tree Care

picking apple from tree

Spring into your juiciest year yet with these springtime fruit tree care tips!   Spring is the perfect time to get your fruit trees ready so they can thrive. As the temperatures climb, you can almost taste the juicy fruit that spring and summer will bring. Read on for tips on how to care for…

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Sweet Corn Relish

Sweet Corn Relish recipe

This super-easy, sweet-and-spicy relish complements a wide variety of dishes!   INGREDIENTS:   3 ears corn, husks and silks removed Kosher salt 2/3 up white-wine vinegar, plus more if needed  1/4 cup light-brown sugar 2 tsp mustard seeds 2 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp turmeric 1/2 cup diced sweet onion, such as Vidalia 1/4 tsp…

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Caring for Shamrock Houseplants

purple Oxalis houseplant

Bring the luck of the Irish into your home with shamrock plants! Here are tips for caring for these easy houseplants.     Nothing says March more than shamrocks! Having shamrock plants in your home can bring you a dose of luck, fun, and beauty. Keep reading to learn all you need to know about…

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Coffee Bean Cookies

cookies shaped like coffee beans

Pack a few of these zippy cookies to replace your 3-o’clock-slouch cuppa joe!   INGREDIENTS:    1/2 tablespoon instant coffee 1 tablespoon Iowa coffee liqueur 1 egg yolk 2/3 cup powdered sugar 1/3 cup butter, softened 1 cup cake flour 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon salt   DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven…

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How to Divide Perennials

Our tips for dividing perennials will help you have a healthy and thriving garden.     If you aren’t familiar, dividing your perennials should be a part of your gardening routine. Dividing perennials is one strategy for improving the health and beauty of your garden. Read on for tips on why you should divide your…

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