Lavender Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Frosting

I have always been intrigued by the fact that you can eat certain flowers.  Nasturtiums and pansies come to mind.  Earlier this year, I made lilac sugar and cookies using the flavored sugar. I love using the flowers in my garden in different ways.  Today, I made lavender whoopie pies with the lavender right outside my back door.  Just a note, you can’t eat just any flower.  Some can make you terribly ill.  If you want to try eating or cooking with flowers, please check out this edible flowers chart.  But please, don’t eat any flower if it has had chemicals applied to it in the gardening process.

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7 Simple Reasons to Have a Vegetable Garden

For me, getting back to basics includes having a vegetable garden. For over twenty years I have had a small backyard garden in south central Pennsylvania.  I enjoy getting my hands dirty and growing things I can consume.  It also makes me feel a little closer to my Dad who used to garden when I was growing up.  Our gardens differ in the fact that I have raised beds and he didn’t.  He also had fruit trees (pears, apples, peaches) and I have fruit bushes (raspberries and blueberries.)  I wish I would’ve paid closer attention to what he tried to teach me back then, but I did glean the following seven reasons to plant a garden from him.

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