Monday, December 15, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Here is another
idea I pulled from Pinterest that kids can help with. The same idea can be done
on a t-shirt using fabric paints. Again, I take no credit for the design or the
work. I thought it would be a great idea to share. You can check
out the following link for more details: http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-Handprint-Art-on-Ceramics.
** Ceramic paint - green, blue, yellow, red, and purple
Monday, December 8, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
· 2 packets Knox gelatin
· 2/3 cups water
· 2 cups birdseed
Other things you’ll need
Wax or parchment paper
· In a small saucepan, mix gelatin and water. Turn on a medium heat and stir until the gelatin simmers. Add in the birdseed and mix thoroughly. Pull pan from burner and let cool slightly.
· While cooling line a pan with the wax paper. Spray the sides of each cookie cutter, then spoon in birdseed mixture. Insert a straw to make a hole for hanging.
· Cool in the refrigerator for about an hour. Remove straws and tie with twine.
· This recipe makes 2 cookies about 4 inches across.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Christmas Cactus or Schlumbergera as it’s known by its scientific name grows in a jungle and prefers semi-shade. Unlike desert-dwelling cacti, it prefers a well-lit and humid atmosphere. You can increase the local humidity by placing the pot in a gravel-filled saucer.
Christmas Cacti are easy to grow and non-toxic to dogs and cats. It comes in many colors—red, purple, pink, and white. And it is fairly easy to grow. It requires little to no pruning, but removing a few of the oldest stems will increase the foliage. Remove whole leaf segments and root them for additional plants.
Problems associated with Christmas Cactus:
***Shriveling stems: caused by the plant being in a too hot and sunny situation. However it is often due to root deterioration cause by over or under watering.
***Discolored and damaged stems: caused by the plant being placed in a situation that is too hot and sunny. Although it is a cacti, it’s natural habitat is a woodland setting with dappled shade.
***Non-flowering: the plant must experience conditions to mimic autumn changes such has shortening days and a drop in temperatures.
***Flower bud dropping: is caused by fluctuating temperatures or overwatering.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
When I was little, my mother had a painted gourd birdhouse one of her aunts made for her. I have no idea where it went, but I started doing some research on them, I was amazed at how widely they were used. Did you know there are bowls, dippers, drinking vessels, hats and musical instruments made from gourds?
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
This is always a hit at the holiday season. One year myself and another woman baked continuously for a week and made over $1000. by selling these popular rolls.
3 eggs beaten
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup Pumpkin
¾ cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
½ tsp cinnamon
Mix together, line greased cookie sheet with waxed paper. Spread dough over waxed paper, sprinkle with chopped nuts.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
Sprinkle a damp linen towel with powdered sugar. Turn the cake out onto the towel. Carefully roll the towel up lengthwise jelly roll fashion and cool for about 20 minutes.
1 - 8 oz. Package Cream Cheese (softened)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp. butter
1 cup powdered sugar
Unroll dough and spread with filling mixture.
Immediately roll cake up again. Wrap in plastic wrap.
This can be made about 2 weeks ahead and frozen.
Monday, November 3, 2014
** Plant them in the sun, but avoid windy areas.
** Pumpkins need a lot of water in a well-drained area.
** Prepare the soil early by adding rotting cow manure.
** You may have to start them indoors if your area gets frost in late April or early May.
** Watch for the female flowers – you can tell which ones they are by the small ball at the base of each flower.
** Make sure it is on a strong vine, otherwise pluck it from the branch.
** If you are not interested in letting nature take its course, you can pick a fresh male bloom and rub the stamen in the center of the female.
** When two or three healthy looking pumpkins start to form, remove all new female flowers and any other pumpkins that start growing. Keep the vine pruned, pinching tips and side shoots off the vine that will take away the energy the plant needs to grow that one special pumpkin.
** Large pumpkins are thirsty and hungry, especially toward the end of summer. Some will expand as much as two inches every night. So give each plant about twenty gallons of water a week, watering at the base of the plant.
Now, sit back at watch your prize pumpkin grow!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
I guess I’d say I have to disagree, I generally don’t clear out my vegetable beds or my perennial gardens until spring. Perhaps it is a matter of preference or I never encountered the problems they did.
I understand that by depositing dying plants into a compost bin, the gardener is creating additional fuel for his compost for the following year. But I’m wondering if they haven’t created just more work for themselves by clearing out the beds in the fall then again in the spring.
Nature, for the most part, provides a natural mulch with leaves and the dying growth from the current year. By leaving the natural layer, it provides the animals with things to nibble on in the winter as well. I don’t mind the spring cleanup because after being inside for the winter, I enjoy the work.
However, I am, by no means am married to either process, so I’m asking you—do you agree or disagree? Do you prefer to clean out your beds in the spring or the fall?
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
If you have a bed that has generally “gone to the weeds”, then smother any new plants by covering it with a sheet of black plastic and secure it with rocks or bricks. Next spring you’ll have a garden free of weeds.