We’re in full scale planning mode for Thanksgiving over here! Hubberman has purchased the turkey, I’m gathering ingredients for our side dishes, and I’m putting the finishing touches on the Thanksgiving decor around the house.
I thought I would share our Thanksgiving “tablescape” (and the little helper I had as I was arranging things.)
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week!
I’m always in a bit of a quandary when people ask me, “What’s your favorite season?” There is something I like (and dislike) about every season. I think they are all my favorite for one reason or another.
In winter it’s that first glittery snowfall I adore. Spring, the smell of flowers wafting in the air. Autumn’s crisp, sunny afternoons can’t be beat. And summer – the thick green foliage, the veggies and fresh fruit, ice cream, sprinklers, What’s not to love about summer?
Oh yeah. The bugs. Creepy crawlers. Hungry critters. I could do without the mosquitoes, veggie eating slugs, home invading ants, and garden ravaging deer that come along with the summer months. and I get the impression I’m not the only one!
Well, the good folks at Hometalk asked me to browse through the posts on their site, and pin a collection of bug and critter control Hometalk posts. I found some great ones, all of which approach bug and critter control from a more natural, DIY perspective. I invite you to check them out! You’ll recognize some posts from my blog, along with posts from other great bloggers on Hometalk as well.
Do you have a DIY bug trap to share? Have you had a critter control success story in your garden this summer? Share them on Hometalk! There is a friendly Hometalk community waiting to read your post! Let me know about it too…I’ll include it on my pinboard!
It’s that time of year. Sometimes they show up, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they are big, sometimes they are small. Sometimes there are many, sometimes just a few. But mercifully, no matter how many of these little darlings decide to show up in my kitchen in the spring, I only need to see them for about one day out of 365. Once I put out my delicious ant buffet, they are so “satisfied” they never come back. At least until next year. Continue reading
From the “I’m sure everyone else has already figured this out department,” I have been notorious for opening a big can of pumpkin, and using only a small portion for a recipe. The rest of the can gets stuck in the fridge only to be discovered weeks later when the pumpkin has morphed from leftover to science experiment. This time I vowed to change my pumpkin wasting ways. I took two of my favorite 1 cup prep bowls, spooned the pumpkin into them, and popped them in the freezer. A day later, I pulled them out, popped them out of the bowls, and transferred them to a freezer bag. Now I have 1 cup of pumpkin all measured out next time I need it. It’s a food preservation victory!
What are your favorite freezer preservation tips?
There’s a neat little antique store in Ocean City, NJ called Back in Time that I made sure to visit last week while on vacation. As I browsed the aisles, this little lemonade pitcher caught my eye. It was one of those things where you pause, pick it up, put it back down, keep on walking, only to return before you leave to snatch it up, knowing if you don’t buy it now, you’ll regret it later.
Luckily, the lids from some of my kids’ old plastic cups fit on top perfectly. So naturally, when my daughter asked to make fresh squeezed lemonade this week, I happily obliged, knowing this pitcher would be the perfect vessel for our summer drink!
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Juice from 7 lemons (1 cup juice)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water, plus approx. 7 additional cups water
heat 1/2 cup water and sugar in a saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Pour syrup and lemon juice in pitcher and add water. Sit under an umbrella or shade tree outside and enjoy.
Also purchased at the store were two Pyrex glassware pieces (I have a vintage Pyrex weakness) and a Coca Cola crate that I had my mom go back and get for me this week (she’s still there with my sister this week) because it was one of the items I didn’t purchase and kept thinking about! LOL.