Crows and raccoons will poke holes in the watermelons or just scoop some of the insides out, but coyotes will eat them right down to the rinds. If they decide not to eat them on the spot, they will travel across an 80 acre pasture with them. They bite into them, pick them up, and just trot off with them.

Over the years, the only deterrent we have found that works is putting a tomato cage over the watermelons as they start to grow. The coyotes have yet to figure out how to move the cages and the melons can’t be pulled through the wire. We manage to save a few watermelons each year using this method.

Do you have issues with coyotes?  How do you keep them or other animals out of your garden?


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I make varieties of this pasta dish all summer long using vegetables from the garden. This time I only used carrots, yellow squash, and tomatoes.  I usually also add zucchini but you can add any vegetable you like.

I know I say this on most of my recipes but this is your meal.  Make it with the ingredients you like. If you don’t like the garlic in this recipe, don’t add it.  If you want to use a different type of squash, go ahead.

For me, this is perfect.  I could eat it every night.  It’s not heavy like spaghetti with sauce, making it perfect for summer dinners.




I have had this recipe for over twenty years.  I think it came out of an old Southern Living magazine /cookbook. I made a copy of a page that contains four recipes but there is no identification anywhere on the page.  I plan to make all four recipes so I’ll add them and I add the recipes.

I don’t know why I have recipes in my head that I consider hard to make but I do.  Pralines is one of those recipes that I always thought hard to make.  Maybe I used a different recipe in the past or maybe I’m just getting old and can’t remember things.  Either way, this recipe is super easy and can be made from staples in your pantry.



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of pecans



FARMHOUSE TOUR ~ Peonies and Orange Blossoms


I love this Farmhouse tour that I ran across on Peonies & Orange Blossoms.  This is a decor and lifestyle  blog about European-influenced decor, fashion and travel.  There is also some pretty good recipes so be sure to check it out.

The photos below are just a few of the tour.  You can check out the entire post HERE.

Touring a French farmhouse


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