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Pork Chops With Herb-Mustard Butter


4 (1/2-inch-thick) bone-in pork loin chops
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons honey mustard
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage

1. Sprinkle chops evenly with salt and pepper, and place on a wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined broiler pan.

2. Stir together butter and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl until blended. Top each chop with 1 rounded Tbsp. butter mixture.

3. Broil 5 inches from heat 8 to 10 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 155°.


Fried Green Tomato Sliders

*****Start with fried green tomatoes from your favorite meat 'n' three restaurant. Bake them on a baking sheet at 350° for 5 minutes or until warm and crispy. Add sweet-hot pickle chips to the bun with wooden picks for a fun garnish.


1 1/2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 1/2 cups shredded napa cabbage
1 cup matchstick carrots
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 to 3 tsp. Asian sriracha hot chili sauce
12 slider buns or dinner rolls, warmed and split
12 cooked bacon slices
12 fried green tomatoes

1. Stir together first 6 ingredients and 1/4 cup cilantro in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let stand 10 minutes.

2. Stir together mayonnaise, sriracha, and remaining 1/4 cup cilantro. Spread buns with mayonnaise mixture. Top bottom halves of buns with bacon, tomatoes, and cabbage mixture. Cover with top halves of buns, mayonnaise mixture sides down.


Wine Bottle Herb Garden

Transform old wine bottles into cute herb gardens. This Wine Bottle Herb Garden is a great project for all you green crafters out there, and is a fun and clever way to add some decor and style to your back yard. Plant one herb per wine bottle to prevent overcrowding and give your herbs plenty of room to grow. This up cycled wine bottle craft also makes a wonderful gift for a housewarming or garden party.

• Generation Green™ (g2) Bottle Cutter
• 3 - 1.5 Liter Wine Bottles and corks
• 33 yards of jute
• Elmer's® Glue
• Marker
• Craft or Newspaper
• Rubber Mallet

Read and carefully following the instructions contained within the Generation Green™ (g2) bottle cutter manual. Instructions for use will not be repeated in these instructions.

Cover the work area with craft or newspaper.

Choose three 1.5 liter bottles, remove labels and glue residue from the surface of the bottle. Measure, then mark with a Sharpie® 9 ½" down from the top of the bottle.

Using the bottle cutter, score and separate where indicated.

Smooth the rough edges as instructed in the bottle cutter manual.

Place the bottles on your work surface with the necks facing up.

Cut jute into twenty-two 1 ½ yard segments.

For each planter, fold two of the 1 ½ yard segments in half and wrap them around the bottle's neck; secure with a standard double knot. Repeat this process three times, so that you have a total of four groups of strands around the neck. Space them equally around the bottle. Tie a single square knot (FIG. 1) at the top of each cluster.

Next, using two strands from adjacent clusters of jute, form a square knot about 1 ½" down from the original knot. Repeat this process around the bottle until you have four knots. (FIG. 2)

Repeat step 8, until you reach the rim of your bottle; you will be making a diamond pattern down the surface of the bottle. Your last row of knots should sit at, or just above the cut rim of the bottle.

Tie an overhand knot (FIG. 3) at the end of each cluster of jute to secure in place, then braid the remaining strands together, forming 4 braids 4 ½" – 5" long. Place a small piece of tape around the edge to keep from unraveling while you braid the adjacent strands. Using an overhand knot, join two adjacent braids to create what will resemble shopping bag handle. Repeat on the other two segments. Trim the remaining jute and secure with a small drop of glue. Allow to dry before hanging.

Repeat steps 7-10 on one other bottle.

For last bottle tie three loops instead of four from the 1 ½ yards of jute around the neck and repeat the process found in steps 7-10. For this bottle you will have three knots per row and you will tie the three braids together.

To finish planter, insert the wine cork back into the bottle. If cork is stubborn, tap gently with a rubber mallet.



The New Year will be like the old one if you keep on doing the same old things. You should experience new things, like this Champagne concoction. It's tasty and refreshing.

Champagne Resolution (New Year's)

Yields two to three drinks.
The recipe is easy to increase to a pitcher size. Just multiply each ingredient by eight.

1 oz Vanilla Vodka (Stoli recommended)
1 oz Blueberry Vodka (Stolirecommended)
.5 oz Blueberry Puree
.5 oz Raspberry Puree
.5 oz Sour Mix
.5 oz Simple Syrup
Prosecco (La Marca recommended) Use Champagne if you prefer. I just like the fruitiness that Prosecco adds to this delicious concoction.

* Personal taste will dictate how much Prosecco you will need. A couple of bottles will be plenty.
Combine first six ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake it up. Strain the mixture into a Champagne flute until half to three-quarters full. Top with Prosecco.
The purees are easily made from frozen berries. Place berries in a blender and puree. Add a little Prosecco to get the desired consistency.

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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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November 24th, 2014 - You can have a very Simplistic Look this Christmas! Video

November 17th, 2014 - Decorate your Mantle with a twist this year! Video

October 23rd, 2014 - Spooky Halloween Decor and Citrus Pumpkins!

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

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