Malia

Hi There! My name is Malia. I love to cook, garden, fish, and live in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. Come join in my silly adventures as I tromp through the garden, cook up a storm, and try to live every day to its fullest!

The Backyard Gardener’s Guide to Growing Tomatoes

Hi my name’s Malia and I’m a tomato addict…. (this is the part where you say “Hi Malia”). I’ve been obsessed with tomatoes since I was old enough to eat solid foods and have shown no sign of slowing down…. Seriously, I have a problem. I dedicate practically an entire raised…

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Salsa made with roasted tomatillos may be the best thing you’ve ever dipped a chip into. It’s just magical. The flavor is as bright as the summer sun and will make you smile just as big. If you’ve never played with tomatillos in the kitchen, I highly recommend it. They…

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20 Essential Flowering Perennials for your Garden

Often I have friends tell me that they want a pretty garden but they don’t want to do all the work. I completely understand this feeling. So much of gardening is back breaking labor and continuous troubleshooting. However, even the most avid gardeners need plants that just do their own thing.…

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Italian Scalloped Potatoes

Thinly sliced red potatoes baked in a creamy parmesan sauce with roasted garlic. Need I say more? This scalloped potato recipe came out of the oven tender, decadent, and bubbled to perfection. The wafting of caramelized garlic and parmesan permeating the air. This side is perfect paired with ham, roasts, or…

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How to Plant Dahlias

This tutorial is written specifically for zones 7-9. If you live on the western side of Washington, Oregon, California or in the Southern States, these tips should work great for you! What are dahlias? Dahlias are a bushy plant native to the mountainous areas of Mexico. They are a summer…

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Pan Roasted Ham Steak + 5 Easy Glaze Recipes

This is a guest post written for the fabulous ladies at Simple Goodness Farm. Venise, Belinda, and their families strive to be as self sufficient as is possible. They raise cows and goats, grow their own vegetables, and have a talent for bringing the community together to celebrate farming life.  If…

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The Best Damn Chicken Noodle Soup on Earth!!!

Yet again I find myself in search of the ultimate version of a dish. I scour recipes, play a lot of trial and error until finally, it all falls into place. One delicious, satisfying place. And then I share it with you! Let me introduce you to the best damn…

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Irish Nachos

Crispy red potatoes, bacon, and chives smothered in the most decadent cheese sauce courtesy of Kerrygold Cheeses. Serve this at your next St. Patrick’s day party or for any occasion to impress guests with your flavor prowess! Irish nachos are a staple at most American/Irish pubs, they use crispy sliced potatoes…

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The Northwest Flower and Garden Show 2017

As I try to tolerate the dreariness that is Washington in February, I find hope when I walk outside and see my tulips peeking out and preparing for the sun…. And I find an oasis of joy attending the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. Every year my dear…

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Risotto in the Rice Cooker

I have a confession to make, I find rice boring. Just plain old white rice doesn’t do a damn thing for me. I need sauce, or vegetables, or something! It just confuses me those who can eat plain white rice as a side on a regular basis. Nobody eats plain…

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