Tracking the Legendary Monsters & Ghouls (as well as the less scary goblins too) of Arkansas…
Halloween has a special place in my heart because it was also my grandmother’s birthday. Every year my mother would throw a party in her honor with Halloween decorations, fall foods like chili, costumes, plus trick-or-treating. Although my grandmother has passed, I still carry on that tradition at the farm each Halloween with the preparations being made far in advance. In my book Halloween is the best party of the season! Read more
Flower crowns are such a hit! And no one knows how to make this statement headpiece better than my friend J Schwanke from uBloom. He shows us some tips on how you can make a flower crown at home. Read more
I’m a big fan of having friends gather around an activity. I love hosting planting parties in the summer, and it’s something fun that you can do with your friends too. Read more
Today, wedding festivities start well before the actual wedding day. From engagement parties to bridal showers, couples are feeling the love leading up to their nuptials.
To host something truly unique (and cost effective), there’s no need to go any farther than your back yard. By creating an inviting space on your patio or lawn, you’ll have the perfect setting for a special gathering. You just can’t go wrong with a classic white and neutral color palette (yes, green is a neutral in the garden!). Read more
There’s something about seeing a fruit ripen on the vine or a flower slowly blooming that is just fascinating. With an increase in garden-centered communities and sustainable city initiatives, a new way of gardening is on the rise. Read more
Succulents have been a favorite of mine for many years, and I’m delighted to watch them become more popular each year. Though these carefree plants make wonderful gifts for friends, instead of prepping and planting alone, why not gather your favorite people together for a succulent party? Read more
Make a statement at your next party with flowers and not just in the center of the table. If you’re looking for a clever, inexpensive favor for your guests, try these edible flower lollipops that will have everyone talking. Try this recipe from author, chef, and modern-day pioneer Georgia Pellegrini.
Painted pumpkins are an easy and popular alternative to carving the traditional jack-o-lanterns. And the Toad pumpkins, with their small shape and interesting “warts” will add even more whimsy to your designs. Toad pumpkins are easy to grow from seed, have a bright orange color and will need approximately 85 days to grow to maturity. They weigh between 1.5 to 2.5 lbs., which is the perfect size for a project with children. The more water you give it, the more warts it will produce! You can purchase Toad pumpkin seeds from my Home Grown Seed Collection.
The October e-magazine pitted the fall chili of Lost 40 chef Scott McGehee against our very own P. Allen Smith. Click here to see the recipes, then vote for your favorite!
It’s a bittersweet time when summer ends. Those summer months are a blessing and a curse, but now the hot evenings, the mosquitoes, the sweat, and the sweet juicy tomatoes are all on the way out. What better way to say goodbye to short sleeves than with an end-of-summer cookout?
Gather your friends, grill up some fresh turkey burgers, open a can of light beer, we used Lost 40 Day Drinker, and pay your respects to the days of bright summer flavor. My good friend Scott McGehee of Yellow Rocket Concepts in Little Rock shared a few secrets to turkey burgers, aioli and Italian salsa verde on the patio of his restaurant. As the chef at Big Orange, which specializes in classic and innovative burgers, he would know a thing or two about the subject. This menu serves six people, so keep that in mind when you’re making the invitation list. (Hint: Double it!)