Category: Wild Things and critters

Loaded Zucchini Skins


  • 1/2 lb. bacon
  • 4 large zucchinis
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 c. shredded Cheddar
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 2 green onions, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook bacon until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes, then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and chop into small pieces.
  2. Cut zucchinis in half lengthwise. Using a large metal spoon, scoop out seeds from the insides, then cut each half into three to four pieces.
  3. Transfer zucchini to a large baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Season with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  4. Bake until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Top each piece of zucchini with cheese and bacon.
  5. Return to oven and bake until cheese is bubbly and zucchini is tender, about 10 minutes more. Garnish with sour cream and green onions.

recipe courtesy of DELISH

4 tsp aloe vera gel

4 tsp olive oil
1 tsp coconut oil
2 tsp shea butter
5 drops of lavender essential oil
Bottle or small mason jar
Skin healing ingredients in this recipe will help nourish skin after
being in the hot sun. Shea butter, olive oil and coconut oil are
excellent natural moisturizers. Aloe vera is the most common
natural remedy for sun damaged skin and lavender essential oil is
great for healing, cooling and soothing irritated skin.
Measure all the ingredients and mix well until everything is
thoroughly blended. Put into a small bottle or mason jar and store
in a cool, dry location. Use within 6 months.
Fiddle dock leaves

Herb: Fiddle Dock

Latin name: Rumex pulcher

Family: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)

Edible parts of Fiddle Dock:

Leaves – raw or cooked. Added to salads, they have an acid flavour.

Description of the plant:

Plant: Perennial

Height: 50 cm (1 foot)

Flovering: June to July

Habitat of the herb:

Dry sunny habitats in sandy soils, occasionally on chalk and limestone.

Other uses of Fiddle Dock:

Although no specific mention has been made for this species, dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus, They do not need a mordant.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed – sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring.

Cultivation of Fiddle Dock:

Dry sunny habitats in sandy soils, occasionally on chalk and limestone.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Rumex pulcher:

Plants can contain quite high levels of oxalic acid, which is what gives the leaves of many members of this genus an acid-lemon flavour. Perfectly alright in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since the oxalic acid can lock-up other nutrients in the food, especially calcium, thus causing mineral deficiencies. The oxalic acid content will be reduced if the plant is cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition.

2013 Early Spring

Wild Carolina Jasmine Feburary 2013 North Florida….looks to be an early spring

Ghost Plant

Ghost Plant
Graptopetalum paraguayense

Gardeners from around the world love this Mexican native. It is especially attractive to gardeners who live in marginal climates for growing succulents outdoors year-round. It is amazingly cold hardy and reports of it surviving in below freezing temperatures are quite common. Graptopetalum paraguayense prefers well drained soil and sunny conditions. It does not do well where its feet stay wet and care should be taken to prevent rot. One of its most interesting features is its ability to form new plants from dropped leaves. Just place on some damp sand or soil and a new little plantlet will form. The Ghost Plant is especially attractive as a ‘pass-along plant” for this reason. The fleshy leaves add texture and an interesting color palate to the garden and it is often chosen as a main feature for those reasons.

Such an easy plant to grow.   I was given one by a neighbor and it survives the winter and just keeps on growing….just beautiful


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Dorothy McDermott

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New flower found on a vine…..if used in a tea can help diabetes….we only get one or two every year…just left by nature





Mother Nature left them wild on the vine for us to eat!  So today we harvest.


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