Use six basic ingredients to make classic Christmas sugar cookies for upcoming holiday parties. Use cookie cutters to create stars, trees and other traditional shapes, and then dress up with frosting and sugar crystals in seasonal hues. Get the recipe.
To dress up your front yard trees you'll need: plastic or metal exterior plug-in Moravian stars; black zip ties; one 12' exterior extension cord for each Moravian star; one or two 75' grounded exterior extension cord per tree; a ladder; a camera; paper; and a pencil.
Cornelian cherry ‘Red Star’ produces aromatic fruits with a tart-sweet taste. The trees, once down jus ornamentals, are related to dogwoods, and have a shrub-like growth habit, reaching 8 to 10 feet high. Grow two varieties for cross-pollination, and you may harvest as much as 40 pounds of cherries per plant. ‘Red Star’ holds its good looks in fall, when the leaves turn yellow and crimson.
Since Christmas tree lights aren't illuminated all day and all night, consider a tree topper that will sparkle during the day. Pick up brass or metallic oversized stars and place them on top of the tree as a cluster. During the day, the sunlight will play up the metallic finish. At night, the metallic will appear warm when lit by twinkle lights.
Earth star (Cryptanthus fosterianus) has a devoted following among houseplant lovers. It’s a soil-dwelling bromeliad, happily at home in a well-drained potting mix. Provide bright indirect light for best leaf coloring. Like most bromeliads, plants die after flowering.
Most gardeners raise kohlrabi for the bulb-like stems, but the leaves also offer a nice nibble. If you harvest just a few, you won’t risk reducing stem size. To enjoy a mess o’ kohlrabi greens, you can pick to your heart’s content throughout the season—just don’t expect to have any fat stems to savor.
Displaying oysters doesn’t have to be boring. Although I love a great metal basket and burlap, for a modern take on an oyster roast, feel free to add a touch of whimsy. Pick colors and products that compliment oysters. You can use a silver china plate from a yard sale or spray a little metallic paint on a white plate from a discount store; these are perfect ways to display your oysters. For variety, select an assortment of oysters, with information about them on note cards placed next to them. You can create these note cards by applying a fun print or a picture taken with your phone to card stock.
This pretty bloomer tops out at 12 to 18 inches, a just-right size for growing in containers. Petals of the bicolor blooms are edible and make a nice addition to salads, sandwiches and rice or egg dishes. Leaves have a citrusy flavor that’s tasty on sandwiches, fish or salads. Remove spent flowers to keep the blossoms coming.
Take a seat, eat and enjoy the view with this modern dining table and chairs perched atop a rooftop deck in New York. The modern steel table and chairs follow the industrial theme of the view, yet their silver and black tones attract attention against with the brown brick of the surrounding buildings.