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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.
Jhemajang ("hema-jang") is the art of mixing it up.
Chris H. Olsen has created an exclusive line of plant combinations that exist of hearty plants that are specifically chosen to be not only tough but beautiful. Why stop there? Chris has also designed a Jhemajang furniture line that is
for indoor and outdoor use. Based on the principle of "jhemajang," you can mix and match the chairs, benches, and tables with any of the different designs we offer. Visit Botanica Gardens and Plantopia to see these new products. Learn more here.
Chris H. Olsen just opened a new nursery called Plantopia. Unique and different, Plantopia is "wholesale to the public" in the old Lakewood Gardens location at 3101 North Hills Blvd., North Little Rock, 72116. We carry a huge assortment of shrubs, trees (containered as well as ball and burlap), roses, perennials, annuals, pottery, fountains, chemicals, tropicals and even bulk materials all at great prices. Plantopia -"balance between quality and low price."
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 dried bay leaves
1 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced, plus 1 tablespoon adobo
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes)
1 can (14.5 ounces) whole tomatoes in puree
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 3/4 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and halved crosswise
8 sandwich rolls, split, for serving
Coleslaw, for serving
Pickles, for serving
In a 5–to 6-quart slow cooker, combine onion, oregano, bay leaves, chipotle, adobo sauce, tomatoes (and puree), salt, and pepper. Add pork and turn to coat completely.
Cover and cook on high until meat is pull-apart tender, about 6 hours. Transfer pork to a bowl; shred with two forks. Return pork to pot, and toss with sauce. Discard bay leaves.
Serve pulled pork with rolls, coleslaw, and pickles.
Buffalo Chicken Dippers
YIELD: Makes 6 servings
12 wooden skewers
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup hot sauce, divided
1 pound chicken tenders, cut into strips
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup fat-free blue cheese dressing
4 carrots, cut into sticks
4 celery stalks, cut into sticks
Soak skewers in water 15 minutes. Heat broiler; coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. In a bowl, stir cornstarch into 1 tablespoon hot sauce until smooth; stir in remaining hot sauce. Add chicken; toss to coat. Thread chicken lengthwise on skewers; reserve remaining hot sauce mixture. Place chicken in pan so skewers hang off edge; cover exposed sticks with aluminum foil. Broil 4 minutes. Turn chicken; brush with remaining sauce. Broil until chicken is cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. In another bowl, combine blue cheese and dressing. Serve chicken with vegetable sticks and blue cheese dipping sauce.
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.
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar
8 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup (2 ounces) White Rum - Bacardi Recommended
1 cup ice
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) club soda
Lime slice for garnish
Add lime juice, sugar and eight mint leaves to a cocktail shaker. Use the end of a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler to bash (or muddle) the mint into the lime juice and sugar. This releases oils from the mint and helps the sugar dissolve into the lime juice.
Add rum, stir well then pour into a glass filled with ice, leaving about an inch of room then top with club soda. Garnish with extra mint leaves and a lime slice.
Gerbera is a genus of the family of sunflowers, Daisies and Asters - Asteraceae, with a wide distribution from Africa to Madagascar, tropical Asia and South America. Through hybridization, Gerberas are available in a massive array of colors.
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