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I am Mary Louise Hagler, an event Floral Designer and Master Gardener. I host workshops and blog about living, planting and cooking with a purpose

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Easy Healthy Outdoor Cooking

    Most of you know we are renovating our house right now. Thus, the outdoor gas Weber has been the main source from which our meals are cooked! Easy, healthy outdoor cooking ideas have been the focus to keep meal prep simple.  I've been out there cooking in the rain holing an umbrella, in my fuzzy slippers when the temps dropped, but today-- it is BEAUTIFUL!  Woohoo! I enjoy cooking, but al the variables of renovation have made it a challenge. Today was easy and healthy outdoor cooking! Sam's plate is pictured above- lentils, fresh spinach, organic chicken sausage and … [Read More...]


Fall Garden Clean Up

I spent most of the day cleaning up the Rosemary Garden which is a side yard large enough to have a garden yet small enough to maintain with little time. BUT since I've had zero time lately to garden I am taking the weekend to clear it out in order to capture a bit of what it was when I spent hours each day tending to it. Hating to see the swamp sunflowers go, I left a few to sway in the breeze --only those still standing somewhat upright. The "country roses" I transplanted from the farm got me twice in my right hand, but they needed a trim so the rest of me would not get bitten by … [Read More...]


Porch Living, Soup, and Still Smiling.

SOUP'S ON! Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather just different kinds of good weather. -  John Ruskin Sitting on the porch wearing my favorite old London Fog and slurping up a paper bowl of hot beef vegetable soup as the rain slaps against the screen. It is cold out here but the hot soup I made in the crockpot earlier in the week hits the spot! I warmed the crock pot dish on the gas grill burner. (We have no kitchen right now in case you were wondering.) When the guys come home I will make grilled … [Read More...]