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April 22nd is Earth Day. Since this time of year is when gardens are being planted around the country, depending on your weather, and we are all looking forward to those fresh tasting fruits and veggies, we thought that in honor of Earth Day, we would talk about our garden faves! Because, a great was to help the earth is to plant some plants that produce food and cultivate and use them. So here is today's Friday Fave question:
What is your favorite garden produce that you can hardly wait to taste this year?
One of my goals this year is to put in a garden. Here in Phoenix, that should have happened already, and it hasn't. Luckily, except for the couple of extremely hot months in the middle of the summer, we can grow all year here. So, it looks like it will be a Fall garden for me this year!
When I do have a Spring/Summer garden in, I love so much of the produce, that it is hard for me to choose my favorite, but Maddy and I chose the same thing this time. Tomatoes! Nothing tastes better than fresh tomatoes picked ripe from the vine. The flavor is just overwhelming every year when I bite into that first tomato.
The tomato in that picture came from my garden a couple of years ago and got turned into some delicious salsa! Fresh salsa is best with homegrown tomatoes! Click that link for the best recipe!
Lindsey says that she loves homegrown corn on the cob! Just like tomatoes, fresh corn on the cob is so sweet, tender and delicious. And, if you missed my recipe for grilled corn with cilantro lime butter, you have to try it. It is full of flavor and the taste just bursts in your mouth.
Alicia really enjoys gardening. Even when she was a college student, she would plant tomatoes in her rented house's flowerbeds and in her apartments she had success with Topsy Turvy Tomatoes hanging from her porch. When I asked her what her garden fave is she answered that she loves her herb garden. It is so great to be cooking and to be able to go out and snip some fresh basil or rosemary when you need it and to get that wonderful fresh herb taste. Now that she lives in the Bay area, the weather is much different from Phoenix, but she is figuring it out. She has just planted a couple of grow boxes behind her house with a nice variety of herbs and vegetables.
One last favorite is strawberries! I love picking bright red berries that are fully ripe. They are so sweet and delicious. Eating strawberries from the grocery store just doesn't cut it after eating the vine ripened ones. And then, using them for Strawberry Shortcake or for making Strawberry Jam is just the icing on the cake.
If you are ready to get planting this year, we have found a few helps for you! Take a look!
If you have limited space, these Topsy Turvy tomatoes are a great idea!
If you want to put in your own herb garden, here is a great assortment of non-GMO seeds! Non-GMO is great because after you start growing, you can begin to collect your own seeds to plant in following years.
Do you need a place to plant? There are some attractive grow boxes available at a great price.
What are your favorite things to harvest from your garden? Do you plant one? Is there something that you have had great success with? Let us know in the comments.
Have a great weekend! Have a Happy Earth Day!
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Hey Alicia here!
Ever since last Christmas I’ve been looking forward to this Christmas. This will be my little family’s first Christmas without traveling to visit our extended family. Not that I haven’t loved spending Christmas with them, I’m just looking forward to starting our own traditions. So with December approaching quickly I knew it was time to seriously start thinking of how we would be celebrating this holiday season!
I think this would be something so fun for your kids especially if they got to help decorate the strips.
Here’s some examples of how I decorated mine:
Hey y'all, it's Madalynn and today I am going to teach you how to make Dryer Balls. If you've never heard of dryer balls before, they are a cost effective and eco-friendly replacement for dryer sheets. They are made out of wool and last for years. Many people also prefer dryer balls because they are more natural than conventional dryer sheets and are softer on your clothing, but provide the same outcome. Dryer balls keep your clothes soft and static free. They're also super easy to make. So if you want to save some money on laundry this year while also producing less trash, keep on reading!
For supplies, all you will need are:
Right, so let' s get started. You will begin by wrapping the yarn around two or three fingers about ten times. Then you will slide that off your fingers and wrap the yarn around the middle of the loops, so it looks like a bow.
Then you pretty much just keep wrapping the yarn all around until it forms a ball. Be sure to keep spinning the ball as you go so that it will come out as an even ball.
You can make these as big as you want. I made mine to fit right in the palm of my hand, a little bit smaller than a tennis ball. Any size from about there to around the size of a softball will work. When you feel happy with how big it is, just snip off the end of yarn and tuck it under a few other layers of the wool.
Out of one skein of yarn, I made three balls, with a little bit of yarn left over. Three to four is about all you need for one load of laundry, so that was perfect!
At this point, you can add essential oils to your wool balls if you wish for them to be scented.
Next you will grab those tights and cut off the legs. Drop the dryer balls in there one at a time, knotting the tights in between each one. You can also tie them off in between each one with some thread, but don't use any of your wool yarn to do this as it will felt that way. At the end of the line I double knotted the tights to make sure that none fell out during the felting process.
Putting them in the tights is important because a) it keeps them all in one place and b) it keeps them from unraveling.
Now that you have them all knotted up in there, throw them in the wash. I would recommend doing them in a load with towels.
The way that works best for this is to run them through with a cold water cycle, then a hot water cycle. Then when you throw them into the dryer, run it on the highest heat setting.
You may need to repeat this process two or three times to get them to felt, so this will be a great project for laundry day!
You can tell when they are felted because the individual strands of yarn wont come apart from the rest when you run your fingers over them.
So I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful. Try these out and let us know how you like them! I have a feeling that you'll never go back to dryer sheets after using these. Happy Monday and I'll be back on Friday with my Friday Fave!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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