Archive for the ‘Smart Living’ Category

Last year I shared some tips on heirloom roses for your garden, noting they are less trouble, less maintenance, vigorous growers, produce beautiful hued blooms and come in plentiful shapes, sizes, fragrances, and hues. We included this article as part of our monthly eNewsletter (sign up here!), and I was touched to get a beautiful response […]

Well, if you’ve spent any time outside you know Spring has definitely sprung. In fact, everything seemed to be blooming over a month ago! I love this time of year, as the warmer weather and the natural beauty outside always motivates me to get my spring cleaning into gear to beautify the inside of my home. […]

With 2017 now under way, it’s hard to believe that we are beginning our 22nd year in business as an HVAC company here in beautiful Gwinnett County. You may have seen our billboards around with the tagline “Superior Service. American Quality.” Many of you already know that Matthew and I are huge proponents of locally grown […]

This cooler time of year requires hearty, satisfying, stick-to-your-ribs kind of meals. What better way to warm up than a delicious plate of comfort food? From Grandma Holtkamp’s Pot Roast with a Twist to my Baked Spinach Dip, comfort food often features family recipes passed down from previous generations or shared amongst friends. A family friend shared their grandmother’s […]

With the holidays and all the fun gatherings with family and friends right around the corner, your dishwasher is likely about to get a serious workout. At our house, we typically entertain all year round. The ladies from church are usually aghast when I quickly scrape the plates into the garbage and put the un-rinsed […]

I’ve always enjoyed the relaxing mindset of brunch, and with temperatures beginning to fall it’s the perfect meal to enjoy outside on the porch. If you want to kick your brunch game up a notch, my refreshing Best Bloody Mary recipe is sure to pair perfectly with whatever your serving. One you’ve made a flavorful bloody mary from […]

Choosing Modern Light Bulbs 101: CFL or LED

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since we built our “new old house”.  When we embarked upon the task of building a home which looked old but was the model of energy efficiency, we knew we would have several challenges blending the home’s greek revival architecture with the comforts of the 21st century. […]

11 Plants & Herbs That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes

Did you know that Metro Atlanta region ranks as the worst in the U.S. for mosquitoes, according to the Orkin pest control company? As we head into peak mosquito season here in Gwinnett County, I came across this fantastic list of 11 different plants and herbs from Natural Living Ideas you can plant in pots for your […]

7 Simple Tips for Growing Perfect Peonies

If there’s one beloved flower in my garden, it’s my peonies. Their unique beauty, large flowers and delicate fragrance are treasured every year, and make great gifts for friends in homes or condos without gardens. Here’s some good news whether you’ve got a green thumb or not: Peonies can be very easy to grow, and […]

I was out in my kitchen garden a few weeks ago to visit my floribunda hybrid rose trees which are pruned into a ball shape on the top. I have a love/hate relationship with them. (They’re nothing like my carefree heirloom roses! See my previous blog.) For the second year in a row, two of […]

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