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Buzzing with the bees

30 Jun

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

We are dependent on bees to pollinate much of our food source and the populations are down around the world. How can we help? Try not to use pesticides and try to do your part to help the bees  by adding bee friendly plants. Create a sanctuary in your yard and they will come. Don’t worry about a sting from a bee, because if you do not bother them they most likely will ignore you.

Bee Friendly

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While you are creating a bee attraction garden don’t forget to add a watering hole since bee’s get thirsty too.  All you have to do is fill a medium or large plant saucer with rocks and add water.  The moisture will attract the bees to your flower garden.  If your area is prone to mosquitos change the water every other day so it does not stagnate.

Bee Watering hole

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Rockin Rock Signs

24 Mar

I found this cool idea in a Martha Stewart Magazine and with my  collection of blank rocks I decided to make some rock signs of my own.  All you need is a rock and colored markers.  I used Sharpie Permanent Markers to write on my rocks.  I place them in areas where guest’ s can easily see them.  This is a whimsical way to point out what is not allowed in your domain!

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Recycled Gift Wrap

24 Dec

Too much paper ends up in the landfill. Back in the old days our Grandparents would use whatever paper was available to wrap a gift, such as newspapers and paper bags. So why not bring back an old-time tradition, save yourself some money and help out mother earth.  For this particular package I used an old map. It is a fun and thoughtful way to wrap a gift in memories of places visited. If you use store-bought wrapping paper ask your family to carefully open the package so you can save the paper to re-use next year along with the ribbons!  You can also use  wrapping paper to line drawers,  or as book covers, or even shred the paper to fill packages that contain fragile items you plan to ship.

Photo by: Susan T's Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Joy To The Earth – Recycled Packing Paper

29 Nov

Here is a thrifty alternative to purchasing bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Fill the gift box with remnants of shredded paper from your paper shredder and If you have unusable pieces of wrapping paper run the scraps through  the paper shredder for some color! This will not only save you a trip to the store and money, but it will help the environment.

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Sea Shell Center Piece

11 Sep

Did you find ton’s of sea shells at the seashore this past summer?  Wondering how to display all your beautiful Shells?  Wonder no more!  Display all the beauties in a glass vase with a candle in the center for a beautiful Center Piece!

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Shells from Hawaii and CA

Freezing your fruit

25 Jun

Can’t eat all that fruit you purchased at the market?  Do you ever wish you had some fruit on hand when you want a smoothie?  Did you know frozen fruit is a healthy snack for you and the kids?  Give your water some flavor with a slice of frozen lemon or lime!

Freeze berries, banana’s, pineapple, oranges and all the other fruits out there.  Wash and dry your fruit. Cut or slice into desired size.  Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and single layer your fruit on the cookie sheet.  Freeze until hard, than transfer to a container. 

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

 Lemons and limes, wash, dry, and slice.  Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and single layer the slices on the cookie sheet.  Freeze until hard and transfer to a container. Use frozen lemon and limes to flavor your water instead of artificial flavorings. 

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Filling the Muffin Cups

10 Jun

Here is an easy clean way to fill your muffin cups without the big mess.

All you need is an old fashioned ice cream scoop

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Wishing you an easy bake day!

Below is the finished product ready to be enjoyed by all!

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