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Tomatoes

Just wanted to share a photo of my tomatoes that I harvested today. I have several containers of tomatoes growing this year. The tomatoes are starting to ripen and here is today’s little bounty.

These homegrown tomatoes have just the best taste. Not like some of the plastic-tasting tomatoes you buy in the store. Anyway, we are just loving our tomatoes and still have more green ones on the vines that hopefully will ripen soon.

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KonMari Method

Here is a cool method for decluttering and tidying up your home. Check out the KonMari method by Marie Kondo. First you have to get rid of useless stuff. You know the stuff, those items you don’t use, need, or want. Is it broken, doesn’t fit, haven’t used or worn in years?

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Check out the useful cheat sheet above. Use the steps outlined to help declutter and discard those items you really don’t need. Then you can move onto other great ideas Continue Reading →

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Homemade Hummingbird Nectar

I just made my own homemade hummingbird nectar using two simple ingredients. Sugar and water is all you need. Some people add food coloring but you don’t need to and the birds don’t require the red juice to be attracted to your feeder.

These tiny little creatures are among the smallest bird species and are just so lovely to see up close. Here is one enjoying my homemade hummingbird nectar juice mix.

Simple recipe:
4 cups water to 1 cup sugar. No need to use food coloring and the birds don’t seem to care at all. They are still attracted by the red on the feeder and don’t need any artificial coloring. So 4 parts water to 1 part sugar is this simple recipe.

Mix well with a spoon and fill up your feeder. It is recommended to Continue Reading →

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Saving Tomato Pieces

Here is a quick and frugal homemaking tip. Save and freeze tomato pieces that you may have leftover or over-ripe pieces. This is also a good tip for freezing as you can use a freezer-safe canning jar and just add pieces as you acquire them.

When I need some tomato pieces, I just pull out the jar and remove a few pieces as needed. I chop them up on the cutting board if I want puree tomatoes for my recipes. Otherwise you can just shake out some frozen tomato pieces directly into Continue Reading →

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Indoor Basil Harvested

This weekend I harvested my indoor basil that I have been growing over the winter. I brought my plants indoors last fall and while they don’t grow all that great inside in the winter, they do produce. Here is my harvested basil I cut off the two plants I had over the winter. I left some base in the pots so they can regrow again this spring once it warms up.

I am now drying these leaves and hope to have a bounty of fresh dried basil to use over the next few months. I should add that I have been cutting off leaves from these plants throughout the winter. I have used the fresh leaves in spaghetti, pizza sauce, and lasagna recipes over the last several winter months. It is always wonderful to use fresh cut-up basil in my cooking.

So as the weather is warming, I will soon re-pot and transfer my basil outside where it can really thrive. Until then, Continue Reading →

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