Each season brings new excitement!  

My Talk About is - managing living on a hilly property..... what are the challenges?

  1. Envision.... Your "Vision" - Don't make it too big (at first)
    1. Plan, Plan, Plan and take a year or two to figure out water issues 
  2. Know drainage issues, how to fix 
    1. What I did is take a video when it 'down pours' this helps me determine how to work on the problem (done this a few times :(..)
  3. Knowing what to plant & where
  4. Pick your plants based on soil, climate and adaptability
  5. Best places for Steps, fences, and sheds and retaining walls 

Walkway with flower border - keeps the water flowing - where it should flow 

Mint - a Weed-Gone-Wild 

Retaining wall - place for strawberries - I use all the space I can to grow

Add new garden beds to grow herbs...

We live on an acre in Northern Virginia in the Blue Ridge, a community not far from the "city."  Off a paved road, but once you turn into our development .... you enter "goat trails"..... hilly, muddy roads - awful...

Mistakes I made: 

Moving to this community
Thinking too big
Planting invasive trees and plants in my yard - Not knowing!
Planting trees to close to house

This year we have removed damaging trees, excess rock, put in efficient retaining walls.... Planted flowers that are not as acceptable to veggie planting, and put veggie planting in raised beds in a more manageable part of the yard.


My dad made poundcake often, many times to accompany strawberries.... a nice food memory for me.

Today is my 20 year wedding anniversary and I wanted to switch up the dessert and give my husband his favorite Ice Cream Cake..... Poundcake is hearty.....

I researched several cakes and I found this one.... Easy, Rich and Delish..... I broke up the recipes to add a few pound muffins.... for his lunch tomorrow.

Grandmother's Pound Cake II 

Grandmother's Pound Cake II

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

"This recipe is over 100 years old and is the original kind of pound cake: it contains 1 pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour and contains no salt, baking powder or flavoring (but flavoring such as vanilla extract or almond extract can be added if desired!)"


  • 2 cups butter
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 6 eggs

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 3 - 8x4 inch loaf pans, then line with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the flour alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated.

  3. Pour batter evenly into prepared loaf pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.

  4. After removing them from the oven, immediately loosen cake edges with a knife. Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from the pans. 

  5. Strip off the parchment paper and cool completely on wire racks.
(I added vanilla - only change)



Chicken Tenders
I Tested a few air fryers and I give my vote to Phillips brand.  cooking a meal is easy, making healthy French fries!!!

I have made dessert too, but I can't recommend for that!