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Chris H. Olsen is a nationally known home and garden guru, designer, author, TV personality and public speaker. In his book, Chris shares his landscape and gardening knowledge along with his unique flair for home decor and design. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
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Meal

Fennel and Rosemary-Crusted Roasted Rack of Lamb

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 (12-ounce) French-cut rack of lamb, trimmed (6 ribs)
Cooking spray
Rosemary sprigs (optional)
Preparation

Preheat oven to 475°.

Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Rub lamb evenly with garlic mixture; place on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 475° for 15 minutes or until a thermometer registers 145° (medium-rare) to 160° (medium). Garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired.

 

Appetizer

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños

Ingredients

2 center-cut bacon slices
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (about 1/2 cup)
4 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened (about 1/2 cup)
1 ounce extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup minced green onions
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 small garlic clove, minced
14 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped seeded tomato
Preparation

1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon. Combine crumbled bacon, cheeses, and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a bowl, stirring well to combine. Divide cheese mixture evenly to fill the pepper halves. Place peppers, cheese sides up, on grill rack or grill grate coated with cooking spray. Cover and grill peppers 8 minutes or until bottoms of peppers are charred and cheese mixture is lightly browned. Place peppers on a serving platter. Sprinkle with cilantro and tomato.

Craft


Succulents are the unsung heroes of houseplants — super-cute and virtually indestructible (you only need to water them once a week!). They add a welcome pop of greenery to any book collection when planted in clear vases filled with pretty river stones. Here's how to create your own.



Snag a few succulents at a nursery or hardware store. They come in a variety of shapes and colors, so play around with the assortment you choose until you find a mix that makes the maximum visual impact. You'll need three to four plants per bookend.


Grab an old wooden tray or lay out newsprint to cover your table before you remove the succulents from their pots. Leave the dirt surrounding the plants' roots (you'll need it to re-pot them in the bookends), and put the rest to the side.


To complete the project, you'll need two glass cylinder vases. Note: One needs to be small enough to fit inside the other, with a few inches of free space left around the edges.

After you place the smaller vase inside the larger one, fill the gap between them with smooth river rocks (available at craft stores). You can also place some stones on the bottom of the larger vase to raise the smaller vase up a bit, if necessary.

Plant your succulents into the smaller vase, adding some of the dirt you've set aside to fill the container. Finally, top the arrangement with more river rocks to hide any glass that's still peeking out.

 

Drink


Emerald Isle:
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:
1 part Gin - Bombay Sapphire Recommended
1 tsp Green Crème de Menthe - Dekuyper Recommended
2 dashes bitters - Angostura Recommended

Preparation:
Pour the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Visit the Colonial Tasting Bar at this link

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The latest Chris H. Olsen news!

Be sure and check out the Botanica Gardens booth at the Arkansas Flower and Garden show February 20th - 22nd, 2015!

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October 15th, 2014 - Decorate for the Children at Halloween! - Video

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