The Black Cauldron Disney movie was based on the first 2 books of Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles. It is a hero quest fantasy which is appropriate for older children.
If you want a beautiful flowering perennial that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, then scarlet and lyre-leaf sage are the plants for you. Here you'll find photos and info about these beauties.
Creating a sustainable backyard habitat will help to feed your family and promote biodiversity in the environment. Here you'll find photos and information about attracting and supporting wildlife.
Fall craft ideas and science learning activities and materials including leaf prints and inexpensive DIY stampers which can be used to create designs on textiles (T-shirts) or paper (scrap-booking). Educational fun for all.
Mattie E. Clark, my grandmother was an artist whose work was exhibited in New Orleans and also in North LA during the 1940's and 1950's when she in her sixties. She never gave up on her dream.
Beautiful, hardy native azaleas (a type of rhododendron) add color to the landscape. They are perfect for hummingbirds, butterflies, and sustainable gardens. Many photographs illustrate this page.
Some of my favorite mystery novels include cats who help solve the crime. Here Star Noir Cat features the Cat Who.., Cat in the Stacks, Magical Cat and Cats in Trouble mysteries.
Celebrate Reptile Awareness Day on October 21st. Here you'll find photos, information and activities about reptiles of all shapes and sizes.
If you like Nora Roberts, then you'll enjoy the mystery, romance, science fiction and paranormal books of Jayne Ann Krentz aka Jayne Castle. Follow the Arcane Society into the future on Harmony.
Black dogs and cats are often the last to get adopted from American animal shelters. This page features a small shelter in Natchitoches, LA which has many handsome black dogs in need of adoption.
In the absence of a parish wide shelter, Natchitoches Hope for Paws fosters and adopts homeless, abandoned and neglected dogs. This is the story of Sadie, one of their success stories.
Elsie's story is a wake up call for spaying and neutering of pets. When she was found she was very malnourished and pregnant (for at least the second time). What a horrible life this gentle, sweet and handsome dog had before she was found by a good...
The Honey Island Swamp Monster is a Bigfoot like creature which has been observed deep in the swamps near Slidell, LA. Here you'll find information about the legend.
My neighbor, who is an excellent carpenter and all around handyman, designed and built this chicken chateau and greenhouse duplex. Here are instructions to help you build one, too, with photos to guide you.
One of the few blue flowered native plants, Skullcap (Scutellaria) is a hardy perennial that stands out in the landscape. Here you'll find photos and info about this beautiful southern wildflower.
Native Phlox divaricata and P. pilosa are beautiful and hardy perennials. On this page you will find information about growing these fragrant lovelies as well as photographs of the masses of flowers.
Hardy, native coreopsis adds color and fragrance to the sustainable garden. Butterflies and other pollinators are attracted to its golden blooms. This page contains photos, info and planting tips.
Today earth-friendly, economical solar garden lights come in many styes, shapes and sizes. You can get stake lights, string lights or statues. I have featured some of my favorites here.
Here you'll find photos and information about cavity nesting birds and animals including bluebirds, chickadees, wrens, Prothonotary warblers, woodpeckers, owls, wood ducks, and flying squirrels.
Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz writes historical fiction set in Regency England. The entertaining trilogy featured here is about Lake and March, an unlikely male/female private inquiries team.
You may enjoy the bird courtship videos and information as well as the nature inspired cards and gifts such as flowering plants and semi-precious stone jewelry that you will find on this page.
Do you like vintage tin signs? Many are available today including Marvel Comic super heroes such as Superman and Wonder Woman, sports heroes and movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe.
Recipes for cookies called Russian tea cakes, Sand Tarts and/or Mexican wedding cakes as well as ideas for holiday gift baskets can be found on this page.
One-Hour Christmas Crafts is a wonderful book for those with little time to complete their handmade holiday gifts. Here you'll find 3 projects from the book and 2 of my own plus some needed supplies.
Cats are exotic and beautiful and so is jewelry made in their image. Here you will find the stories of my four felines and also necklaces, rings, earrings and some lovely photos of them.
Welcome to Middle Earth where the characters from Lord of the Rings (including Hobbits, dwarfs, elves and orcs) dwell. Here you'll find info and costume ideas for Halloween, Mardi Gras or cosplay.
Disney's Princess and the Frog movie spurned some cute costume ideas. Whether you want to dress as Tiana, the prince or Louie the alligator, you'll find DIY ideas for outfits as well as cards here.
Try a bug costume including ladybugs, dragonflies and bees for Halloween, Mardi Gras or costume balls. There are outfits for kids, adults and even the family dog. Go as a couple or a group.
Poems and songs about Halloween can be used in a variety of lessons in both the classroom or home schooling. Here you'll find poems appropriate for lower elementary students and vintage images, too.
The lowly toads of Louisiana, sometimes symbols of Halloween and creepiness are actually the gardener's friend. Come learn about this much maligned, but gentle and beneficial insect eating amphibian.
Blaze Cat's picks of the best customizable cat Christmas and holiday cards and postage stamps on Zazzle, plus a few with dogs, birds, mice and deer.
Dax, the big orange cat tells about his life on Hummingbird Hill with his tribe of 3 other cats and 2 dogs. This page contains cute pet photos and a story straight from the cat's mouth.
Blaze Star Cat reviews the book, Cat Love Letters by Leigh W. Rutledge, a collection of love letters written by kitties. She also shares a few more of her favorite feline books.
2nd Chance our rescued cocker spaniel began his life locked in a cage for months. He came to live with us before Hurricane Katrina hit. This is the story of the trials and tribulations of his rehab.
Pepper, the new cat in our tribe tells pet parents about her life as a house cat. She also relates how to properly care for a cat and shares some of her favorite cat things.
Do you enjoy photos of nature and animals? Are you ready for a quiz? Come see if you can identify pictures of fall flora and fauna. Test your knowledge if you dare.
Butternut squash is a tasty winter squash that is used like pumpkin. Here you'll find recipes, photos and information about growing and cooking this member of the squash family.
Fall brings citrus to Louisiana such as satsumas, lemons and kumquats. Here you'll find some of my favorite recipes for delicious sweets.
Nora Roberts is the mistress of romantic mystery and suspense novels, some of which have been made into movies. This page features the movies Tribute, Northern Lights and High Noon.
Do you remember all the humorous songs from days gone by? Come take the funny music quiz to test your knowledge and to see the videos of a few of my favorites.
Do you know the geography of the New Orleans area? If so, then you are ready to take the quiz which was formulated by a native of New Orleans. Come see how well you do.
Do you garden to attract hummingbirds or butterflies? Do you know your plants? If so then you are ready for this quiz. If not, then you may learn something. Take the challenge and see.
Pat Hutchins and Mercer Mayer write the cutest non-scarey monster books for children. Here you'll find some great read alouds for your little ones.
New Orleans recipes for fall favorites including apple pie, cobbler, applesauce cake and baked apples plus stories about fall in New Orleans in the fifties and sixties.
Thousands of hummingbirds pass through Louisiana during autumn migration. Here you'll find many photographs and information about the birds that travel through the Southeastern U.S.
Come listen to my stories of Halloween past beginning when I was young in North Louisiana and culminating in the Big Easy. You'll also find photographs and links to more autumn fun.
Some favorite Halloween sweets recipes passed down from my Mom and fond memories of the Halloween candy of our youth. Truly a tasty trip down memory lane.
Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar is beloved by children and adults alike. Now that he has created a line of costumes, both can dress as a book character for Halloween or Mardi Gras.
Here you'll find photos of some of the weirdest plants I grow which are perfect for any Halloween garden. Descriptions of and nformation about growing these oddities is also included.
This is a pictorial survival story about a small black cat's struggles after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her home and her people abandoned her. Come meet Pepper the Jellicle cat and read her story.
This Halloween (and for Mardi Gras, too), go green and save money by starting a costume trunk of discarded or out of date clothing and bedding items. With a little creativity these items can be used for years to put together dynamite, inexpensive,...
Haunted House song by Gene Simmons is featured plus many ideas and props that will make your haunted house the creepiest on the block. You'll find scary sounds and spooky machines here.
When Halloween rolls around we automatically think of ugly old witches and their ferocious black cats. But I have found that witches and their familiars can be quite lovely. I have searched Zazzle for artistic renditions of witches and cats and have...
If you are looking for group costumes, that include the family dog this is the page for you. You'll find photos, costume suggestions and books to help you make this Halloween or Mardi Gras special.
Spooky poetry books (and some for younger kids, too) for Halloween read alouds as well as children's costumes are featured here including Jack Prelutsky's books recommended by a teacher/librarian.
Native sunflowers (Helianthus) color the landscape in October. On this page you'll find many photos and much information about using sunflowers in the landscape and about the animals that use them.
If you like frogs and other amphibians, then you may enjoy taking this Louisiana amphibians quiz. You'll also find good photos and information about amphibians including frogs, toads and salamanders.
In Louisiana, lagniappe means a boon or something extra. Here you'll find photos of and information about the state also called the sportsman paradise.
Copperheads are venomous snakes belonging to the pit viper family. Here you will find photos and information about this colorful forest reptile.
Are you a turtle fan? How much do you know about this ancient reptile? Come take the quiz and see if you are the turtle or the hare.
Kemp's Ridley sea turtles in Louisiana and along the Gulf of Mexico continue to be put in peril. Learn about this gentle reptile and about how many are helping them make a comeback.
Come join us for an early spring nature walk in our habitat in Southeastern Louisiana. Here you'll find many photos and much information about the plants and animals that live here.
How much do you know about the snakes of Louisiana? Are you ready to test your knowledge with a quiz about these interesting reptiles. Come take the test.
Native violets are lovely fragrant edible groundcover plants which are perfect for the sustainable landscape. This page contains photos, information and growing tips for the many species of Viola.
How familiar are you with the New Orleans dialect? Here is a quiz to find out, if you dare. See how you match up.
Bullfrogs are large amphibians which make their homes in the swamps and wetlands of Louisiana. On this page you'll find Bullfrog photos, videos, calls, information and even recipes.
This is a pictorial glimpse into the life of a Rufous hummingbird who arrived before Thanksgiving in Louisiana, was captured, banded and released in February, 2010. A quiz is also included.
Creative ideas and easy to follow instructions for inexpensive gifts for the office including home made gift baskets, customizable posters, mugs, magnets, T-shirts, ties, mouse pads and scrap booking
I, Blaze Star Cat, have written a holiday shopping list for cat lovers. from the cat's mouth. Here you'll find gifts that cats would enjoy as well as ones for our human servants.
Memories of Audubon Park Zoo in the 1950's as told by a local who grew up in the New Orleans park. Here you'll find stories of feeding the sea lions, the reptile house and the bear that bit his finger
Rio the part Catahoula dog and his two 4-legged friends help humans by explaining what canines really want Santa Paws to bring them.
Do you like beer and/or root beer? How about if it's free for 2 hours? If the answer is yes, then you should check out the Abita Brewery's free tour. The brewery was founded in 1986. The little St. Tammany Parish town of Abita Springs, Louisiana...
Amos the wandering Catahoula Leopard Dog tells of his exploits in the woods along the Tchefuncte River as well as the human and dog friends that he visits.
A duel about 2 brands of mouthwash. Which do you think is best and why? Which one would you choose?
I fell in love with Anne McCaffrey's Pern and its people and dragons when I was in graduate school in the '70's. Since then, I have read every Anne McCaffrey book that I could get my hands on, and many of them twice. The books that hooked me were...
You better just push that chair away because you'll want to get on your feet and DANCE to some of the best songs in the Land of 1000 Dances. So turn on your speakers, kick off your shoes and get ready to Roll With It because your gonna Feel Like...
Yummy pumpkin recipes for cake, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, and soup. Perfect for the fall holidays—or for any time. Favorite recipe books are also included.
We were referred to Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctuary (located in southeastern Louisiana) after we found an injured young rabbit that had been hit by a car on a Sunday near St. Joseph's Abbey. We first thought that it was dead, but then Yvonne saw...
We hope you enjoy this visual tour with photographs and paintings of autumn in South Louisiana including landscapes, fall leaves, flowers, mushrooms, berries, birds, harvest, holidays and sports.
Come share some witches brew and colorful mushrooms with a good witch who gathers her mushrooms in South Louisiana woods with a camera. Here you'll find photos, information, recipes and books.
Once common in Louisiana's pine land savanas, the gopher tortoise, is now on the federal protected list. Here you will find photos and information about this uncommon land turtle species.
Photos of wild asters, butterflies and bees taken by the author are featured on this page. Information about identifying and growing the various native asters of Louisiana is also provided.
Ameraucana and Easter Egg chickens are a good choice if you want to keep laying hens in a suburban yard. Here, you'll find photos and information about raising and housing a small flock, from chicks to layers.
Information about and photos of the wild turkey as well as Thanksgiving songs, recipes, learning activities and crafts can be found on this page.
Through the years we have rescued many box turtle. This page has many photographs and much information about the box turtles of Louisiana including Eastern box turtle subspecies and the Ornate.
Red-eared Slider turtles were popular pets in the 1950s to '70s. This page has many photographs of these attractive reptiles living in their natural habitat and also information about their habits.
Photos and information about turtles, tortoises and terrapins that inhabit Louisiana as well as links to books and turtle products can be found here.
The story of Al B. aka rio1's life through his favorite music from 1945-1980. Come relive this time and hear those old songs again. Perhaps they will bring back some happy memories for you.
Costume ideas for couples and groups complete with photographs of revelers celebrating Halloween and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Can be used for cosplay, too.
Second Sight is the first in a series of great paranormal romances about the Arcane Society by Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Castle. If you like Nora Roberts, then you'll enjoy these.
If you want to take an educational and entertaining one tank trip from the Gulf Coast, then Global Wildlife Center, near Robert, LA should be your destination. This page has animal photos and info.
Moon Gardens with fragrant white or silver flowers that attract moths and other night fliers is perfect for today's busy lifestyle. Here you'll find photos and info about creating a night retreat.
Native Blazing Star Liatris is a striking flowering perennial which is often used as a cut flower. Here you'll find photos and information about growing this beautiful wildflower in your garden.
Native Lobelias including Cardinal flower, great blue and pale Lobelias are colorful additions to late summer and fall gardens. Here you will find photos and information about these perennial plants.
Fresh herbs add flavor and color to dishes. You can grow them yourself or find them in many groceries. This page contains tips and recipes for using culinary herbs.
Come join us on a photographic walking tour of our National Wildlife certified backyard habitat along the Tchefuncte River in Southeastern Louisiana. You'll see flowers, birds, frogs and reptiles.
Information about You-Pick Blueberry farms in Southeastern Louisiana. You'll also find photographs and delicious recipes as well as blueberry cookbooks.
How many of you remember the beautiful, blond heroine of the Old West, Annie Oakley? She shot and rode her way across our television screens and became an instant hit with little girls all over America. She was one of the few female heroes of the...
Everyone should have a small herb garden, even if it's in containers on a balcony. This page shows beginners how to grow these culinary delights through the use of videos and photos.
Mariner's Restaurant in Natchitoches, LA has been a local favorite of my family for years.
Sustainable gardening and permaculture are important gardening concepts. Here you will find 10 methods that will improve sustainability and growing food in suburban and urban yards.
Rio, our part Catahoula dog was abandoned as a puppy. We found him one cold Christmas. He was protector and friend for 15 years. Here are photos and the story of this exceptional dog.
An autobiographical account of the writer, Yvonne L.B. aka naturegirl7s from her first life in Coushatta, LA to her current and 9th life as an author and nature photographer.
Come join us to relive teenage memories of a husband from New Orleans and a wife from North Louisiana featuring old photos and their favorite songs, activities and places from the 1950's and 60's.
Turtles and other aquatic animals abound in our habitat along the Tchefuncte River in South Louisiana. Here are photos of and stories about some of the pond creatures.
The loud calls of tiny cricket frogs can be heard from the many wet areas of southeastern Louisiana. On this page you will find photos and information about this colorful small frog.
If you've considered keeping chickens in your backyard, they you may find this page helpful. Photos chronicle our small flock of Ameraucanas from chick to laying hen in the sustainable landscape.
Come learn about bluebirds and how they nest. You can help this beautiful insect eater by erecting a birdhouse built just for it. On this page are photos, info and links about nesting bluebirds.
Rain gardens positively impact the environment in a number of ways. Here you'll find information, photos and links about this sustainable gardening practice.
Photos, tips and links about sustainable, organic and lasagna methods of vegetable, fruit and herb gardening are detailed here. If you want to learn about growing your own food this page is for you.
Beautiful native Indian pink deserves a place in any garden. It attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators and is a joy to behold.
Bronze frog, a subspecies of green frogs, is common around water in south Louisiana. Here you will find photos, information and personal observations of this large true frog.
Native Rudbeckias are colorful and hardy additions to the landscape. On this page you will find photos and planting info about black-eyed Susans, orang Rudbeckia and giant coneflower.
Native Monardas, members of the mint family, are both beautiful and useful. Here you'll find many photographs of bee balm, horsemint and Bergamot and also information about growing and using this herb
Gray tree frogs are often found around human dwellings. Their mating calls can be heard in spring. This page contains photos and information about this interesting frog.
Native Louisiana irises grow in wetlands and swamps. They are hardy and colorful perennial plants. Here you will find photos and information about growing this attractive rhizome.
This page features 15 native perennial flowering plants complete with photographs of and information plus links to more about each. These beauties will thrive in the hot, humid South.
The green tree frog (Hyla cinera) is the Louisiana state amphibian. . Photos and information about these colorful frogs is found here.
A tribute to my mother and to mothers everywhere celebrating their special day by remembering the qualities that made Mom so special.
This is the story of how Star Noir, a long-haired black cat who found us in October a year after Hurricane Katrina and her adjustment to indoor life with our tribe of dogs and cats.
Beautiful, small rough green snakes are non-venomous reptiles which eat harmful insects in the garden. Here you'll find information and photos about this delightful creature.
Dax, the often photographed, feisty, gorgeous orange kitten is now a handsome, almost mellow, 20 lb. cat. He is still very photogentic and keeps us in stitches with his antics.
The attractive non-venmous broad-banded watersnake inhabits waterways throughout the south. This page contains photos and information about this colorful reptile.
Blaze Star cat found us in 2003 and has entertained us with her antics since the day she turned up by the mailbox. Here you'll find her story and pictures that appear on many Zazzle products.
Ring-necked snakes are tiny non-venomous reptiles of the Southeastern forests. This page contains photos and information about the habits and habitat of this beneficial snake.
You'll find photos and information with links about the unusual eastern hognose snake in Louisiana.
This 4th grade thematic teaching unit on eggs and Easter includes lesson plants, a bibliography, audio-visual materials and crafts. Designed for small groups in a classroom or homeschool.
Growing up in rural North Louisiana was a gift that keeps on giving. The good times I spent romping through the meadows, fields and forests were some of the best times of my life. The life skills that I learned on our farm/ranch, near Coushatta,...
Spring in the south is filled with bird song and fragrant blossoms. This tribute celebrates spring's new beginnings from the calls of frogs to the colorful flowers.
St. Patrick's Day in Louisiana is celebrated with parades, pictures and lots of green beer, but its namesake was a holy man. Come join us to learn some history of the celebration and aint of Ireland.
A collection of Louisiana seafood recipes and cookbooks. Recipes for everything from crawfish and shrimp to redfish and oysters are here.
Yellow-bellied watersnakes are non-venomous reptiles with a dark back and yellow underside. Here you'll find info and photos about this interesting snake.
Dragon fans everywhere enjoy the Inheritance Cycle books: Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance by young Christopher Paolini. Here you'll find many dragon photos and reviews of the series.
Rat snakes are non-venomous reptiles that are good climbers and eat rodents and other vermin. They are found all over Louisiana.
Animals are amazing! Here you'll find videos of creatures, some of which will make you laugh and others that will touch your heart, including elephants, Dolphins and more.
Be old-fashioned and give your lady love a gift in the language of flowers as they did during the romantic Victorian times. Here you'll find lists of flowers and their meanings plus floral gifts.
Sustainable landscaping is an beneficial practice that promotes using edible plants in your yard. Here you'll find information and links to more about this green movement.
Come see Mardi Gras on the North Shore of the Lake Pontchartrain. It is a quieter, more family oriented affair. Here you'll find many parade photos, links to schedules and costumes galore.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans is like nowhere else. Here you'll find photos and info about the grandeur and the fun of the largest free party in the world as well as cards and costumes to help celebrate.
Come see photos of many plants and animals that live on Naturegirl7's habitat in Louisiana. This page contains some of her best Zazzle pictures and designs as well as info about the flora and fauna.
Ruby-crowned Kinglets spend the winter in the southern U.S. They hunt small insects in shrubs and trees and are use the suet feeders. Here you'll find photos and information about this busy tiny bird.
Many western hummingbird species spend the winter in Louisiana. Here you'll find info and photos of Rufous, Allen's, Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, Calliope and Buff-bellied that wintered in our yard.
If you have a gardener on your list, you may find this page helpful. Here you'll find photos, info and gift suggestions by avid gardeners which will be perfect for any holiday or special occasion.
If there is a birder on your gift list, then this page is for you. Here you will find bird information and photos as well as books, binoculars, ornaments, feeders and other nature related objects.
Some think that this moist, gooey, rich chocolate cake is the best thing ever. The recipe dates back to the 1960s when peace, love, and rock and roll was king.
Pine warblers are colorful birds of the pine forests and visit seed and suet feeders. Here you'll find photos and information about this interesting bird.
The birds of winter in Louisiana add color and movement to the dreary garden. Information about and photographs of Cardinals, Chickadees, Bluebirds and Woodpeckers plus informative videos about birds in winter can be found here.
Ribbon snakes and garter snakes are small, non-venomous, mild-tempered reptiles that eat insects and small rodents. Photos and information about these garden-friendly brown-and-yellow snakes.
A tribute to the works and words of Henry David Thoreau featuring biographical information, photos and quotes of the wild world that he celebrated.
Tips for parents from a teacher-librian and book/plush suggestions that can help children develop a love of reading. Some of my favorites are the Velveteen Rabbit, Corduroy and Peter Rabbit.
Louisiana is blessed with an abundant number of amphibians. Here you will find photos, information and links about frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and others.
James Rice wrote the iconic "Cajun Night Before Christmas" in the 1970s and has been delighting children with stories of Gaston the alligator ever since. Here you'll find many Louisiana themed books.
Most heirloom roses are hardy, have fragrant flowers and colorful rose hips and are good in the sustainable landscape. Here you'll find photos and info about some of the best antique rose plants.
Instead of using herbicides on dandelions and chickweed, why not eat them? This page contains photos, information and recipes for wild greens that have been enjoyed for centuries.
Louisiana Thanksgiving and Christmas foods vary greatly from North Louisiana to the southern part of the state. Here you'll find recipes and holiday customs from both regions.
ome of the memories of Christmases past including Celebration in the Oaks, Fires on the Levee, Benny Grunch, holiday foods and also links to plenty of Louisiana products including Mr. Bingle.
If you enjoy nature and animals, then this is the page for you. Here you'll find lovely designs on customizable print-on-demand products, as well as other nature related cards and gift suggestions.
When the frost is on the pumpkin, our thoughts go to Halloween with its tall black cats, hooting owls, flying bats and spiders spinning webs. These are the animals of Halloween. Also featured are mythical animals like werewolves and shape shifters. ...
My family loves fresh homemade bread. With a bread machine and helpful recipe books I can easily bake nutritious, delicious bread.
Black Racer Snakes are shiny, black, non-poisonous reptiles that eat mice, rats and other vermin. This page has many photographs and much information about this attractive and beneficial snake.
Venomous Cottonmouth snakes inhabit most waterways in Louisiana. This page contains photos, info and personal experiences about the only aquatic viper.
This page heralds a Halloween night in the French Quarter of New Orleans including lots of ghosts, goblins, ghouls and witches. Elvira made and appearance. Costumes and photographs abound .
Diamond-back water snake is a non-venonmous reptile which is common in the rivers and water ways of the Southern U.S. Here you'll find photographs and information about this attractive large reptile.
Kingsnakes are beautiful, beneficial non-venomous snakes. They eat rats and other vermin. Here you will photos of and information about speckled, scarlet and prairie kingsnakes.
A sustainability how-to about saving seeds from year to year, including native plants and heirloom vegetables and flowers. Storing seeds is an easy and economical way to garden.
Picture postcards tell the story of the animals and plants of Southeastern Louisiana, from small insects and beautiful birds to cute photos of dogs, cats and wildlife, complete with info about each.
A picture says a thousand words and the photos featured here speak volumes about the beauty and bounty of the South Louisiana flora and fauna. Info about habitats and wildlife is also included.
Creating Christmas decorations and crafts is a tradition in my family. Here I show you how to make many angels including ornaments, pins and tree toppers and links to more ideas and books.
Gathering nature's bounty for Christmas wreaths and decorations is a family tradition. Here you will find directions and ideas on making your own natural holiday wreaths and other crafts.
Legends abound in Native American culture. This page details thematic lesson plans for grades 1-3 on the books Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, Gift of the Sacred Dog and Legend of the Bluebonnet.
This page discusses some Halloween symbols including black cats, bats, owls, spiders and toads. Many photographs, books, poems and costume ideas are provided.
Mirlitons are also called chayote, vegetable pear and mango squash. They are easy to grow and delicious to eat. Here you'll find recipes, growing info and photos of this New Orleans favorite.
Snakes are an important link in the food chain. Here you will find many photos of venomous and non-venomous Louisiana snakes as well as information and links to most.
The Folsom Native Plant Society has been active since the late 1980's. The purpose of the group is to protect, perpetuate, and propagate the abundant native plants of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, and adjacent areas, focusing primarily on our...
Planting a bird garden will provide food for wildlife, enjoyment for humans and biodiversity in the habitat. Here you'll find photos and descriptions of fruiting plants that attract birds.
Brown-headed nuthatches are small birds that live in the pine forests of the southeastern U.S. Here you'll find photos and information about attracting this unique bird.
My Summer of Love Virtual Concert benefits the Humane Society. It features artists from late 1960's to the 1980's including John Denver, Billy Joel, Tina Turner and Elton John. Come enjoy the music.
The Tchefuncte River is a sleepy Louisiana waterway which is great for canoeing. We took photos on one of our trips and welcome you to join in this virtual nature tour of the local plants and animals.
A thematic teaching unit about pumpkins which includes a variety of learning activities in every discipline including language arts, science, math, art, PE and research skills.
A thematic unit for third grade about the book, Johhny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg including many hands-on activities for each subject area, even library and research skills.
Did you know that bakers have been adding 7 Up lemon-lime drink to their cakes since the 1950s? Here, you'll find many traditional recipes for 7 Up cakes and frosting variations.
For years the Butterfly and Hummingbird Festival in Folsom, La took place every September at Mizell Farms. We hope that it will be celebrated again. Here are highlights of this delightful day.
The many varieties of camellia add color to the winter landscape in the south. The old-fashioned types have lasted the test of time. Here you'll find information and photos of cultivars and species.
Brownies are one of my favorite desserts so I've gathered some of the best brownie recipes here. Some are very easy to make and some are more difficult, but all of them are mouth-watering delicious.
Recipes for some of my favorite Christmas cookies are featured here, including Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodles, Sugar Cookies, Tiny Fudge Tarts and Cinnamon Nut Slices. Hope you enjoy.
Come see how we restored our South LA heirloom garden that had been left on its own for years. There are photos of and info about the lovely native and old-fashioned plants that were uncovered.
Animals do the darndest things. Here's a page filled with funny and cute animal videos and pictures. We hope you get a chuckle out of these.
Many favorite children classic animal fantasy books featuring rabbits, mice and those from the farmyard and forest such as Velveteen Rabbit and Redwall as well as links to more info are here.
Flowers are beautiful and many are edible. This page contains photos, growing information, products and recipes using monarda, violets, violas, nasturtiums and roses and their hips.
New Orleans of the 1950's was a magical city full of history, wonder and fun. Come join us as one who was born and raised in this colorful city recalls how the Big Easy used to be.
We are revisiting the productive past by using native fruit plants in sustainable landscaping. Here you will find photos and info about how to plant, harvest and prepare many wild fruits and berries.
The New Orleans Audubon Institute's Insectarium is a great one-tank vacation destination. It is educational and great fun. Here are the photos and story of our trip to this fascinating place.
Red-bellied woodpeckers are permanent residents in South Louisiana. These birds often dig out nesting cavities in dead pine trees. Here you'll find photos of and information about woodpeckers.
The children's story, Rabbit Hill, teaches lessons about beneficial animals and other sustainable garden concepts. This page contains sustainable gardening photos, information, methods and products.
Carolina Chickadees are permanent residents in the Eastern U.S. They visit seed and suet feeders and are a delight to watch. Here you'll find photos and information about this perky small bird.
The little brown Carolina Wren birds with their perky tails and loud voices build a nest somewhere around our house each year. We photographed their nest in the hanging basket by the porch and on the window ledge. These friendly Wrens will build...
Photographs and suggestions for theme based lessons about rabbits, flying squirrels, raccoons and other night creatures which inhabit the forested area near the Tchefuncte River in Southeastern LA.
Most moths fly at night, but the hummingbird moth is often out during the day. Here you will find photos and information about this unusual moth as well as links to guides for adults and kids.
Northern Cardinal birds inhabit most of North America. Photos of the mating and nesting behavior of this striking red bird.
Most of our pets are rescued or adopted. Here you'll find photos and some of the stories of how they came to share our home and our life. We think that adopted pets are the best kind!