Name: Shirley, aka "admin"

Bio: I'm known as "EdenMaker," as well as a "Foodie Gardener" on the web, but you can call me "Shirley" anytime! When I'm not eating or growing my own food, I'm busy designing gardens and producing garden TV shows! When it's time to cook, I ask my family, "What country do you want to visit tonight?" Thank God for WeightWatchers, most of my fruits and veggies are "0-Points." Some of you know what I'm talking about!

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    Gourmet Edible Flower Popsicles

    August 17th, 2018

    Have you ever tried a gourmet, edible flower popsicle?

    I had the pleasure of biting into a tangy, juicy, and not-too-sweet Honey Lemonade popsicle created by Eden Passante recently.


    The treat was extra special since I got to sit next to Phil Keoghan, host of the Amazing Race, who was guest hosting on my Home & Family show!

    Of the three popsicles we tasted that day, the Honey Lemonade with edible flowers was Phil’s favorite and mine.

    This recipe hits the mark for taste and beauty.


    Ingredients for Honey Lemonade with Edible Flowers
    • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup honey simmer in small saucepan with a 1/2 cup water to melt and reduce honey
    • 1 1/2 cup cold water


    Simple ingredients, right?

    Directions for Honey Lemonade with Edible Flowers

    1. Squeeze lemons to make 1 cup lemon juice
    2. In a small saucepan add 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup water and simmer until honey is reduced and melted
    3. In a container with a spout, add the lemon juice, honey water and 1 1/2 cup cold water
    4. Pour into popsicles molds and add edible flowers
    5. Place sticks in and freeze overnight

    Make a batch of these beautiful popsicles for a special occasion or for your family to enjoy!



    foodie gardener shirley bovshow with phil keoghan, host of the amazing race as seen on the home and family show on the hallmark channel

    Credit: © 2018 Crown Media United States, LLC | Photo: jeremy lee/ Alexx Henry Studios, LLC.


    As the gardening expert on the Home & Family show, I appear twice a week and dig into many different plants and design ideas.

    I meet many interesting people and found out that Phil Keoghan’s father worked as an agronomist and invented the original Weed Whacker!

    Who knew?


    If you are not already a fan of the show, I invite you to watch Home & Family on the Hallmark channel, weekdays at 10 am pst!


    Please subscribe to my Foodie Gardener blog and join the active community of other Foodie Gardeners on my Facebook Page!


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    Lemongrass Basil Coconut Ice Cream

    August 11th, 2018


    Put your lemongrass and basil herbs to work in this unconventional and refreshing ice cream recipe that’s easy to make!

    I had the pleasure of tasting this herbal ice cream while working on the Home & Family show recently.

    Lily Diamond, the recipe author,  grew up in a home filled with herbs so she has a taste for interesting combinations.

    Enjoy your lemongrass and basil in a new way!


    Ingredients for Lemongrass Basil Coconut Ice Cream

    By Lily Diamond
    2 (13.5 ounce) cans coconut milk
    1 cup fresh basil leaves
    ½ cup honey
    1½ tablespoons cornstarch
    ¼ teaspoon sea salt
    1½ teaspoons lime zest
    2 tablespoons lime juice
    6-inch length of fresh lemongrass
    1 tablespoon vodka (optional, to keep scoop-able)
    Ingredients for Black Sesame Brittle
    ? cup toasted black sesame seeds
    1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
    ¼ teaspoon lime zest, plus more for garnish
    1 generous pinch flaky sea salt

    Please visit the Home & Family Show page for easy instructions!

    Learn how to grow cilantro, basil, and mint for a cocktail garden!

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    April 12th, 2016


    Losing weight on the Weight Watchers plan invites opportunity to experiment with vegetable recipes!

    Raw, steamed, and roasted vegetables with no added oils is considered a “free” food.

    Bring on the veggies!


    Take a look at one of my favorite meals, combining eclectic vegetable dishes that tastes great together.

    • Cauliflower “rice”
      Roasted kaboucha squash
      Stewed eggplant and tomato
      Vietnamese spinach “sauteed” with chicken broth and garlic
      Pickled rutabaga
      Fava beans
      Greek yogurt

    Yum, yum, yum and I cooked enough food for a few dinners!

    Preparing meals ahead of time keeps me on track with my healthful eating.


    Do you like to mix your veggie dishes like I do?
    Answer me on the Foodie Gardener Fan Page on Facebook!