Plant Spotlight: Urizun Japanese Winged Bean

Join Louisiana Simple Living in this new series casting a spotlight on various really cool plants that I grow in my backyard organic raised bed garden. The first plant in the spotlight is the Urizun Japanese Winged Bean. This exotic and tropical plant grows great in Zone 9A. Check out all the bean pods andContinue reading “Plant Spotlight: Urizun Japanese Winged Bean”

DIY Automated Drip Irrigation System For Raised Beds

If you want a step-change approach to your backyard garden, go ahead and build a DIY automated drip irrigation system for your raised beds. It’s so critical when you have to work late or want to spend a weekend away with your significant other or friends. I have used this system all around my suburbanContinue reading “DIY Automated Drip Irrigation System For Raised Beds”

9 Favorite Seeds to Sow in August (Zone 9A)

Join Louisiana Simple Living as I discuss 9 of my favorite seeds to sow in August in Zone 9A. Who says Spring is the only time to Garden? Are you going to have a Fall garden? I say yes, you really should grow a Fall garden as it provides some different and delicious types ofContinue reading “9 Favorite Seeds to Sow in August (Zone 9A)”

Don’t Drink Cheap Spiked Eggnog – Make Coquito

How many times do you pick up a bottle of spiked eggnog from the grocery store on the way to a New Year’s eve party. Was it as good as you hoped? That’s the reason for making Coquito. This is a Puerto Rican take on eggnog and is out of this world. Enjoy and HappyContinue reading “Don’t Drink Cheap Spiked Eggnog – Make Coquito”

How to make Honey Pickled Radish: From Garden to Jar

I’m always looking for a way to preserve my fresh produce to ensure I can enjoy them throughout the year. I decided to look for a way to preserve radishes as I have an excess of Chinese Shawo Fruit radishes from the backyard organic raised bed garden. Harvesting and Preparing the Radish I picked aboutContinue reading “How to make Honey Pickled Radish: From Garden to Jar”

Homemade Cowboy Candy (Candied Jalapenos): From Garden to Jar

My jalapeno plants are continuously pumping out ripe jalapenos. I don’t want to waste them so I went to an old standby recipe that I haven’t made in a few years: Cowboy Candy. Check out this YouTube video where I demonstrate how to make this incredibly easy homemade recipe using spicy jalapenos straight from theContinue reading “Homemade Cowboy Candy (Candied Jalapenos): From Garden to Jar”

Strawberry Jalapeno Jam: From Garden to Jar

A few years back I was looking for another tasty way to preserve my jalapeno pepper harvest. I came across a recipe that intrigued me which paired jalapeno peppers with strawberries. So, I tried it out and now I make some every year. It just so happens that I have a surplus of peppers comingContinue reading “Strawberry Jalapeno Jam: From Garden to Jar”

Chinese Barbeque Pork (Char Sui) using Pork Belly

We had family coming over a few weekends back so needed to cook up a meal. We were walking through the meat section at Costco looking for inspiration and came across a nice slab of pork belly. I decided to buy it and utilize in a set of dishes using a Chinese food theme. TheContinue reading “Chinese Barbeque Pork (Char Sui) using Pork Belly”

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