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Homemade Nuts and Candy

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Nuts and candy make wonderful Christmas gifts for that hard to buy for person, or as an addition to gifts you may have crafted or purchased. Family and friends love […]

Poison Ivy: Remedies and Tips

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Poison Ivy. Even typing it makes me itchy. It’s amazing that wildlife actually enjoys this plant that makes most of us pretty miserable. Many of the same treatments and tips […]

Relax and Soothe With Herbs

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

by Brenda Hyde Using dried and fresh herbs to relax and soothe isn’t just a trick the spas use. You can do that same thing at home! I keep dried […]

Relaxing Herbal Teas

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Herbal teas are not only relaxing and soothing to the spirit, but your stomach as well! Many herbs have properties to calm. Don’t be so quick though as to grab […]

Roses: The Beloved Herb

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

by Brenda Hyde Roses are not only beautiful, but they are a soothing, fragrant herb that we can use in recipes, both culinary and cosmetic. Always make sure you are […]

Nurturing Our Skin

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

by Brenda Hyde Pampering our skin is something we should learn to do for our health and well being. Many of the commercially made soaps, lotions, and bath products are […]

A Romantic Evening at Home for Mom and Dad

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

We become parents, and take on the responsibility of raising and caring for our children. This is a special task with hardships, and yet wonderful rewards. But, what happened to […]

Easy Beef Recipes

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Save Time in The Kitchen, Cook With Foil Here’s a new twist on fast food. Cool with aluminum foil! Take a sheet of aluminum foil. Wrap ample portions of chicken, […]

Easy Chicken Dinners

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Looking for some easy, thrifty ideas for chicken leg quarters? Great meals for families on the go! First, a little tip with a caution added. Look for the 10 pound […]

Quick Breads for After School Snacks

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Quick breads are easy, delicious and perfect for holiday hostess gifts, before dinner treats or after school snacks. They can be double wrapped with foil and frozen for two months […]

Backyard Discovery Zone

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Many zoos and nature centers have “discovery zones” for kids to learn about different animal skins and other items in nature. You can do the same thing in your backyard. […]

Appetizers

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

The holidays bring all kinds of opportunities for munching. Whether you are entertaining a crowd or simply looking for some fun recipes to please your family on Game Day, these […]

Liven Up Your Iced Tea

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Appetizers & Beverages | Sides & Salads | Meats | Desserts | Grilling Tips & Techniques Glass Storage Pitcher (2-qt.) Perfect for outdoor barbeques and picnics! Store your iced tea […]

An Easy, Fun Football Feast

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

This time of year many of us are glad that football season is almost over, while the fans are holding on to these last games wanting to stretch out the […]

Identifying and Getting Rid of Houseplant Pests

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

by Brenda Hyde Houseplants will look happy and grow like “weeds” and then something changes and they appear to be unhealthy. You could have a pest infestation! The most common […]

Harvesting and Storing Herbs

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

I am not going to pretend to know the proper technique for every herb out there – there are far too many! But, over the years I have gathered many […]

Growing Sunflowers

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Sunflowers are easy, and inexpensive to grow, and yes, everyone can do it! The days of sunflowers being contained to the vegetable garden are over. There are now varieties that […]

Autumn and the Comforting Taste of Pumpkin

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Every year as soon as the air starts cooling off I get out my pumpkin recipes. It doesn’t seem to matter that I use canned and buy extra to keep […]

Autumn Garden Chores

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

by Brenda Hyde Autumn is the time for garden clean-up! I know it seems like a droll chore, but it really isn’t. Any work you do now, while it’s cool, […]

Bird Watching Tips

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Bird watching is a fun, inexpensive activity for families. You can reserve a special space for bird feeders anywhere in your yard, and throughout the year watch the variety of […]

Creating a Container Herb Garden: Window and Porch Boxes

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

by Brenda Hyde I’ve used a lot of containers for herbs over the years from baskets to porch boxes to large clay pots. I think the key, as with herb […]

Creating an Herb Garden: Hot, Dry & Sunny Locations

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

by Brenda Hyde This herb garden can be located in a small or large area as long as it’s in full sun and the soil is extremely well-drained to the […]

Dish Gardens for Indoor Beauty

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

by Brenda Hyde Dish gardens are a great project for kids and adults, plus they make wonderful gifts! I did a little checking and a purchased dish garden from a […]

Forcing Bulbs for Winter Beauty

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

If you are like me and go through a little bit of a blue period in the winter when you can’t garden outside, then you may want to consider forcing […]

Gardening Adventures With Kids

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

I remember the first packet of seeds my sons chose to buy at the garden center, as well as their excitement, their impatience and then their amazement as “their” flowers […]

Gardening With Kids Project : Colorful and Easy Calendula Pots

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Colorful and Easy Calendula Pots by Brenda Hyde Children love growing things, but sometimes they need a little encouragement and some instruction to get them interested. Having children decorate their […]

Growing Butterfly Bushes

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

What is a butterfly bush? Does it really attract butterflies? Buddleia does indeed attract many varieties of butterflies including Fritillaries, Western Tiger Swallowtails, Tortoiseshells and Red Admirals. The bush has […]

Growing Flowers – Easy Gardening For Kids

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Would you like to have a garden this year? If you don’t have very much space that’s ok, you can use pots or wood boxes and still grow flowers. Gardening […]

Growing Lilacs

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Although my love of herbs and flowers keeps me from ever choose just one favorite scent, I would say the lilac is my sentimental favorite. To me, there is nothing […]

Growing Old Fashioned Snapdragons

February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde

Snapdragons (antirrhinum majus) are charming old fashioned flowers loved by children and adults. I have grown them for many years and love them more each season. The colors are rich, […]

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Parents are always looking for ways to sneak some vegetables into their child’s diet. Well, unless your kids are avid carrot lovers, just call these orange ice pops — they’ll […]