Around the House

Remove Tea Stains from Mugs

Meet Mr. Snowman mug. Mr. Snowman Mug is a fixture of our wintertime warm beverages and chilly morning tea sipping. Unfortunately, Mr. Snowman Mug has a dirty secret.

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Mr. Snowman Mug has tea stains. Bad ones. Now, maybe I’m the last person to figure this tip out, but just in case I’m the next to the last person to figure this out, and the last person is here on this blog in search of answers,  I have a quick and easy way to clean Mr. Snowman Mug (and any other tea stained mug that you might own.) Continue reading “Remove Tea Stains from Mugs”

In the Garden

Garden Enclosure Inspiration

Over the years since posting our family’s garden enclosure, I have received several comments and emails from readers who have been inspired by the post to create their own versions of the critter-resistant raised garden bed. One such reader, John, was kind enough to send photos of his creation – an amazing enclosure that is both beautiful and functional, including a screened top, cold frame, and a bonus planter.

I asked John to write a brief description of his building process, which he was kind enough to provide, along with these wonderful photos he has given me permission to share here at Clover and Thyme. Every time I see them I get even more antsy for spring to arrive. I hope you will find John’s fabulous enclosure as inspiring as I did.

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Desserts and Baked Goods, Recipes

Boston Brown Bread with Milk Kefir

This school year brings American History lessons back to our homeschool, and one of the recent activities suggested in my daughter’s curriculum was making a colonial recipe. The recipe below is my take on Boston Brown Bread, using milk kefir instead of buttermilk. If you don’t have milk kefir, you can substitute buttermilk back instead.

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