Melissa Harms

Artist of Adventure

My latest orchid adoption.

Now in Bloom: BLC. Chia Lin x BLC. Crispin Rosales

I’m not sure why I tend to adopt orchids on the brink of death. Perhaps it’s because I figure that if they die, they were already knocking on death’s door. If I buy a new beautiful healthy plant and kill it, my fault. As I sat and studied my latest aquisition, a BLC. Chia Lin x BLC. Crispin Rosales, I… Read more →

Blc majestic light 'crown'

Now in Bloom: Blc. Majestic Light “Crown”

I had not given much thought to the world of the cattleya in the early days of my orchid obsession.  Then,  while perusing the greenhouse and chatting with Fantasy Orchid employee, Hannah, I was shown these amazingly fragrant big beautiful plants.  Apparently they tend to be an employee favorite and as Hannah explained, “They are always doing something.” To the… Read more →


Healthy Baked Oatmeal

I finally got around to making my version of Angela Liddon’s Maple-Cinnamon Apple & Pear Baked Oatmeal.  The difference? Not as much measuring, I halved the recipe as I was only cooking for two and a few “cheap guy” improvisions. Here is my version. Ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 2 apples, diced 2 teaspoons cinnamon… Read more →

Chicken and dressing Cassarole

Rhoda’s Chicken and Dressing Casserole

Few things can take you back to your childhood like a recipe straight from grandma.  My grandma was an amazing cook and wanted the same of me.  She would send me recipes that included vegetables I was growing in my garden like cucumbers and zucchini.  It’s hard not to try a new recipe and think of her because her kitchen… Read more →