• You are looking at the Welcoming signs at HZU's Sunflower Maze. The sunflowers are 10 feet tall or more. They are blooming bright yellow and facing the sun.

    Sunflower Maze Days at HSU

    Welcome to the Sunflower Maze Days at HSU growing Supply. The Sunflower Maze will be open for touring and pictures Mon-Fri 7-4:30 and Sat 8-2 Sept 3rd-14th. This is a FREE event. Even though this event was from last month. I wanted to share with you their beautiful Sunflower patch and garden. So you can maybe put it on your calendar for next years visit. Classes HSU and his employees have planted the Sunflower Maze Days at HSU Growing Supply for several years. They also do hands on classes for both kids and adults, if you want to learn more about gardening. Ginseng HSU’s also owns ginseng farms and gives…

  • You are looking at the entry way into Helen's Apple Orchard near Merrill, Wisconsin. I go there every year to pick my own apples and pumpkins. This photo is from my post, Apple Orchards are in full swing.

    Apple Orchards Are In Full Swing

    September is the time of the year when Wisconsin Apple Orchards are in full swing. There are several large orchards around my area, one of my favorites is Helene’s Hilltop Orchard. Helen’s opens their doors to apple pickers mid-September through October. October 1st is pumpkin picking day. So if your in need of fresh apples or pumpkins for Jack-o-lanterns, Helene’s it is! Pick Your Own I have taken my kids there since they were very little, so that’s over 20 years. We have gone every year to pick our own apples, pumpkins and eat the baked goodies. Fun For All  its such a great experience for kids and adults of…

  • You are looking at mom's zucchini bread cooled and ready for slicing. This yummy bread has pineapple, walnuts and raisins in it. It goes well with coffee or tea. This is from my post Mom's Zucchini Bread Recipe.

    Mom’s Zucchini Bread Recipe: Pineapple, Raisins

    I come from a family of gardeners, and one of my favorite foods we grow is zucchini. I have many fond memories of my mom’s zucchini bread recipe, with pineapple, raisins and nuts. It’s moist, tender, delicious and not to sweet! Even better when you slather lots of real butter on the slices, when they are still warm. In honors of my Mom’s Birthday this week, Happy Birthday Mom! I wanted to share with you all, one of her best recipes. I’ve tried many different versions of zucchini bread, but I always seem to come back to my mom’s. I love the added pineapple and raisins, it gives this yummy…

  • You are looking at two bars of handcrafted goldenrod soap. It's a light soft yellow color and very gentle on the skin. This soap creates nice soft silky bubbles. This is from my post Goldenrod Handcrafted Soap.

    Goldenrod Handcrafted Soap

    What can you do with Goldenrod, you make Goldenrod handcrafted soap! It’s that’s time of the year when the landscape in my area, becomes blanketed in bright yellow sweet smelling flowers. There are many medicinal uses for goldenrod  one is it’s healing properties for the skin. It can help to sooth eczema as well as heal burns and wounds. When using goldenrod in soap making, it creates a nice soothing bar that doesn’t dry my skin out. I  use this soap both on my face and body  Just remember not to get the soap into your eyes, because it will burn as it is real soap.  Goldenrod verses Ragweed Many…

  • You are looking at many of the vendors from across the river from the Marshfield Maple Fest. This is a very colorful photo, all the vendor tents are reflecting in the river behind them. This is a post from Marshield 27th Annual Maple Fest.

    Marshfield 27th Annual Maple Fall Fest

    The Marshfield 27th Annual Maple Fall Fest is all about the Maple Syrup. Here in Wisconsin we have a large maple industry in our area. So they come together every year to sell, and have a maple syrup, maple dessert contest. This is right up my maple alley because I tap maple trees as well on my own property. There’s also a Maple Fest Breakfast each morning from 7 am until noon, Saturday and Sunday. Serving maple sausage by the Wenzel Family Farms. Arts and Crafts There are over a 150 handmade arts and crafts vendors. Everything you could ever want from metal work, jewelry, wood art, a little something…