Home and Garden: How Does Your Summer Vegetable Garden Grow?

Have dirt, will garden has taken root with many of us who love to home and garden.

When it comes to vegetables fresh from the vegetable garden ring the ripe for the grilling, roasting, stir-frying, sauteing or steaming dinner bell, how does your summer vegetable garden grow?


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Benjamin Moore supplies the green thumb fresh from the garden inspiration.

benjamin-moore-green-thumbBenjamin Moore ~ Green Thumb


Ding, ding, ding!

We have a winner for best looking and gotta have it potting bench.

potting-benchCharles Phillips Antiques and Architecturals

I would switch out the galvanized tub, pop in the Premier Copper Products Oval Bucket Vessel Hammered Copper Sink with Handles, plumb it all up, and say hello to my little anything but garden-variety potting bench friend.

garden sinkPremier Copper Products Oval Bucket Vessel Hammered Copper Sink with Handles


Agrarian Tool Basket

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garden-faucetsTorre & Tagus Multi Tap Wall Hook

I sliced into a fresh tomato this afternoon and the freshness jumped off the cutting board.

My “good garden growing, this tomato smells so good” comment brought the tomato lovers running.


In our house the only ingredients needed for the perfect sandwich are two pieces of your bread of choice, Duke’s mayonnaise, fresh home grown tomatoes, a dash of salt and a sprinkle of fine black pepper.

Just add summer.

How Does Your Summer Vegetable Garden Grow

Cucumbers anyone?

how to grow cucumbers

This Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet from POPSUGAR is a vegetable gardener’s handy dandy where to plant what vegetable garden guide.


Container, plot, patio or fresh from the farmer’s market, how does your summer vegetable garden grow?


Celebrate Earth Day!  #earthday

Love your style!

Green Pea And Pearl Onion Pancakes

One good thing about living in Louisiana is the abundant number of festivals and celebrations on any given weekend.

Hello, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and Saints football season!

Laissez les bon temps rouler

We are proud of our standing as the Festival Capital of America.

Believing there is as much life in the pre and post party as there is in the actual party itself gets our Laissez les bon temps rouler way of life rolling!

Celebrating Earth Day fills the Pelican bill as Louisianians appreciate the importance of preserving, sustaining and conserving our natural resources, coastlines, wetlands, forests, wildlife habitats through environmental awareness and action to keep Louisiana beautiful while doing so!


I am  peapared for Earth Day by going green, recycling and repurposing left over green peas and pearl onions.


My I’ve got to try this recipe moment came as soon as I saw the April issue of Epicurious magazine.

The gorgeous peasentation featuring vintage hotel china (love, love, love!) grabbed my attention.

Green Pea and Pearl Onion Pancakes make a deliciously impressive dish.

As a peaperfect pairing accompaniment, I whipped up a peppered sour cream to serve with this c’est si bon dish.

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Green Pea and Pearl Onion Pancakes 


8 ounces (1 cup) very young small early peas, drained

½ cup cooked(softened) pearl onions

1 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt

3  large eggs

1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

¼ cup all-purpose flour

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (for recipe)

vegetable oil (for skillet)

2 green onions, thinly sliced

Here’s What You Do:

Completely drain canned early peas.  Prepare the pearl onions according to package directions.  Puree eggs, cottage cheese, flour, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt together in food processor until smooth and the thickness of pancake batter.

peas and onions

Pour pureed batter into mixing bowl and stir in drained peas, pearl onions, and a few green onions.

cooking pancakes

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Use a ¼ measuring cup or ice cream scoop to dip pancake batter. Pour batter into skillet, spreading into rounds. Cook pancakes until bubbles form on top.


Turn each pancake, continuing  to cook until golden browned on bottom and edges slightly crisp.  Top with thin sliced green onions and peppered sour cream.