Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Saturday, November 5, 2011

dried American bittersweet in a nantucket basket

when the Halloween door decoration was taken down, the Nantucket door basket was filled with dried American bittersweet for November.  the American bittersweet is a native vine that becomes woody with age, climbing trees and fences.

using dried plant materials for decorating is fun and allows for changes each year due to the ease of cutting, hanging and drying plants in the garage.  dried arrangements can be large or small, and the materials can be made into wreaths, swags or other door decorations quite easily.

American bittersweet is a perfect plant material for the fall season and can be used for decorating from Halloween through thanksgiving. 

when planting the bittersweet vine, it is important to have both a male and female plant vine to make certain the vines bear berries for drying. the berries are often eaten by birds and squirrels during the winter

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