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Halloween Is Coming So Are Pumpkins!

Everyone Likes To Carve Pumpkins ! Here Are Some Great Idea’s!!

Every Halloween we carved pumpkins!  Had so much fun.  We lived in the country so we never had any trick or treater’s come to the door so we had to make our own fun.  Everyone had their own pumpkin to carve and their imagination could get a little wild.

Ours looked more like this:

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Just plain and simple and even smiling but toothless. Lol!

Some of the idea’s that they have today are so different then what we had.  The tools they use are way better then anything we used.  With us it was a knife and a spoon and our imagination.  Today they use all different kinds of tools even electric ones. And it makes for some very funky pumpkins.

My daughter and grandson’s get really creative and do some fantastic looking pumpkins.  She is very gifted in the art department and can do all different kinds of things that her imagination stretches to.

Then the aftermath once Halloween is over take your pumpkin and cook them into the most wonderful dishes. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin loaf, pumpkin cakes Yummy!

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Continue on to the video to see how he is making some really neat creations.

How to Carve Halloween Pumpkins

Video by: DaveHax

 

Homemade Weed killer!

How To Make Your Own Weed Killer Cheap And Effective !

Making your own weed killer that will do the job and not hurt the earth.  All out of natural products, kills only what you aim it at.  So you can do a selective process.

Not only is it safe but it is so inexpensive which everyone will like you have to watch that budget you know.

When you look at it weeds are just plants that you would rather not have.  A lot of them have some good qualities. They have health properties that you can take advantage of if you so choose. So killing them the natural way helps protect the area around them and in the long run the earth.

You do however even if it is non-toxic have to be careful with you use of it. To much can do more harm then good.

I now most people do not like dandelions but they have amazing uses.  The new leaves can be put into salads. The flowers are edible and the roots can be dried, ground up and used like a coffee.  I have tried the coffee and it is quite good.  Dandelion can also be bought as a cleanse.

So check out your weeds you may find a use for them.

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Easter Is Coming!

Here Is A Great Recipe For Easter!

This is a great project to do with your kids . They would have a fantastic time doing their own eggs.

I always did things special for the holiday and this is something if my children were younger that I would do.  It is neat that you can fill them full of surprises.

You will need a mold but there are lots of places where you can pick them up at.  We have a craft store and it has every kind of mold going. The bulk food place has every color and flavor of chocolate you can imagine so it should be easy to get the right supplies. And all the different kinds of candies imaginable.  I think you would have trouble deciding there are so many varieties.

So I hope everyone has a great Holiday and eats a ton of chocolates. Lol…

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Amazing Easter Eggs How To Cook That Ann Reardon Easter 2016

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Growing Potatoes In A Box!

Do You Know How To Grow 100 lbs. Of Potatoes In A Box

Well I am going to let you in on this secret. I have been looking at the different ways and I like this one that I have found.

The reason being that I am looking for a way to grow a lot of potatoes in a small area, and in a container that I can work on.  With my heath issues kneeling is almost impossible for me.  So all my gardening has to be up where I can get at it.

Potatoes like a slightly acidic soil low-pH around 5.0 provides good control of common scab.

Fertilizer you can use to get a excellent crop is an all-purpose 5-5-5 organic brand.

You plant in one bottom layer, boarding up the sides of each layer and adding dirt as you go higher (you wait until the plants have grown a bit before adding a new layer). While new potatoes are growing in the top layers, remove the boards from the first layer at the bottom to carefully dig out any that are ready for harvesting. Fill the dirt back in and board up the box again. You move up the layers and harvest as they are ready. I imagine the new potatoes in the first couple bottom layers would be somewhat awkward to get at but as you move higher–not so bad.

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They say that you can harvest as you go along but I’m not sure I would do that with ours because our climate is cooler and we really only get one real good harvest a year with root crops.  So I think it would be a call you would make according to the weather in your area.

There are only two of us so I am sure one box will do us just fine. To bad it wouldn’t work with carrots. I will figure something out.

If we grew a lot of our vegetables in these up right ob ideas we could have quite the crop for our winters harvest.

This will also work real well if you have very limited space like a balcony even you would just need a tray to set it in and the first layer would have more dirt. or you could even us a garbage can and layer it as it grew and do the one time digging like we are going to do.  All kinds of ideas.

Happy Planting!!

Tomatoes Growing them In A Greenhouse!

Learning How To Grow Greenhouse Tomatoes!

This shows you all the little things that you have to do to have a great crop of tomatoes from your plants.

Shows you which suckers to take off and when which is a great thing to know when you are just starting out.

I made sure that I had good soil in my greenhouse and that I had the right fertilizer for tomatoes and when to fertilize.  My plants were very healthy and produced a lot of tomatoes last year.  I am going to work a little harder at it this year and see if I can double my crop.

I have only started gardening seriously so I still have a lot to learn. I enjoy it though and am looking forward to learning more.

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The tips and advice that he gives you is well worth the time it will take to listen to his video.  I know I have learnt a few things and am going to apply them this year when it comes time to plant.

How to Grow Greenhouse Tomato Plants

Video by: CaliforniaGardener

Growing Lots of Cucumbers!

How To Grow and Care For Cucumbers and Get A Great Crop!

Last year I had the healthiest cucumber plants but I lost a lot because I didn’t get the flowers pollinated in time.  So this year I know better and will definitely get things right.

So I thought I would take a look at some videos by gardeners on growing them and amazingly enough I believe I have solved my problem.

I am going to be growing tomatoes and cucumbers.  My tomatoes did great so I think I have that going for me.

I had a couple squash plants and I believe the same issue was wrong with them as with my cucumbers I only got a few the rest were no pollinated and shriveled up and died. So I know now how to fix that but not sure if I will grow them again.  Have to see.

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If they are not pollinated this is what they will look like.  So if you have them in your green house and they are not producing then you have to pollinate them because there is not enough bees to do the job.

How to Grow and Pollinate Greenhouse Cucumbers

I hope this short video answers some of your questions that you may have been wondering about.  Experienced gardeners will know this but beginners need to know some  of the pitfalls.

Video by: CaliforniaGardener

Valentine Makeup!

Getting Ready For Valentines Day Fun!

Whether you are going on a first date or out with your long time sweetheart.  Looking special is on your mind.

Your makeup is one of the first things on your mind after, what should I wear?

So here are some suggestions that you can take and either use or modify for yourself. Making it fit the clothes that you are wearing.

Valentines day is a special day for most of us and have fun dressing up and going out with our special someone.

Sometimes its even just going out with a bunch of your real good friends.

If you can’t afford the lashes or put them on properly don’t worry use your mascara to the best of your lash potential it will look just fine.

There is another option they have people who can put lashes on you and they last up to a month.  It is a little more costly but they last for a long time.  So it is all in what you want and can afford.

Your extra special person will love you anyway.  So have a wonderful Valentines Day.

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2 Valentine’s Day Makeup LOOKS | Carli Bybel

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Butter – The Five Tip’s!

Butter – Find Out The Great Things You Can Do With It!

This shows you how to make butter yourself. Great idea if you have the cream in the fridge and don’t know what to do with it.

There is nothing better then fresh butter. You can leave it as it is made or you can add a little salt.

When we used to buy fresh cows milk, I used to make my own butter all the time.  That is pretty much what we were raised on.

While you have it fresh in the container you can make flavoured butter to use on all kinds of dishes.  There are garlic butters, spiced butters any spice that you are particular to, you can use to flavour your butter.

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It’s kind of a neat idea making a candle out of it, but its a good thing to know if you need it at some point in your life.

You can use it to baste your fish or steak it brings out some great flavours.

You may find that it is not the same colour as bought, but that is normal. Mine was never the same colour.

Making your own also lets you know what is in it.  You have control over the additives. And as you will see you do not need a fancy machine to get it done.

Hope you enjoy this short video on different ways you can make and use butter.

 

5 Butter Life Hacks – Complation

Video by: CrazyRussianHacker

Video- Dehydrating !

Learning How To Dehydrate Oranges, Lemons And Onions!

Wash, slice and dry.  Sound simple and easy ?  It is , I love dehydrating.  I have about six trays and have dried all different kinds of fruits and vegetables.

I like doing green, red and yellow pepper then I have then right at my finger tips when I am making soups and stews.  I make a lot of them in the winter.

The fruit I like then I make my own trail mix and add some of the dried fruits.  Making your own is much cheaper then buying it.  When we go camping it comes along and is great for a snack if you are out fishing or just hiking.

I have even made my own Jerky with my dehydrator.

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Dehydrating Oranges and Onions

You can dehydrate just about anything.

Video by : BexarPrepper

Simple laundry Soap!

This Is A Very Simple And Easy Laundry Soap To Make!   And Very Budget Friendly!

If I can make this you can make it.  And I did and it works.  I had heard about it from a friend and so decided to make my own and save some money on soap.

You will need a large pot to cook the ingredients in and a large pail with a lid to store it in.

My friend gave me the recipe but here it is with an explanation of all the things you need and how to cook it.

I found this on line and its just about exactly what I use.

 

You will need 1 cup of washing soda

1/2 cup borax

1 bar of soap

and approximately 3 gallons of water.

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You’ll also need a container of some sort to store this in (I use a five gallon bucket with a lid), something to stir it (I use a large wooden spoon), another pot to boil soapy water in (I use the pot in the picture), and something to cut up the soap (I use the box grater in the picture).

First thing, put about four cups of water into the pan and put it on the stove on high until it’s at boiling, then lower the heat until it’s simmering.

While it’s heating up, take a bar of soap and cut it up into little bits. I found a lot of success using our box grater, which resulted in a ton of little soap curls.

When the water is boiling, start throwing in the soap. I recommend just doing a bit at a time, then stirring it until it’s dissolved. Here, I made the mistake of just tossing in all of the soap at once, which wasn’t particularly helpful:

Stir the soapy water with a spoon until all of the soap is dissolved. Eventually, the water will take on the color of the soap you added, albeit paler. I used Pure & Natural soap for this, which was a white soap that looked a lot like a bar of Ivory.

In the end, you’ll have some very warm soap soup:

Next, get out your large container and add three gallons of warm tap water to it. I’m using a bright orange five gallon bucket that I had lying around:

To this bucket add a cup of the washing soda and the soap solution you made and stir. The borax is optional – some people say that it’s too harsh, but I’ve always found that it did a good job getting clothes clean and fresh smelling, so I recommend adding a half cup of borax to the mix.

After stirring, you’ll have a bucket full of vaguely soapy water:

Don’t worry if your batch doesn’t match the color of my own – it varies depending on what kind of soap you use. I made a batch with Lever 2000 in the past and it had a greenish tint to it, and I’ve heard reports of all kinds of different colors from other people who have tried this.

At this point, let the soap sit for 24 hours, preferably with a lid on it. I just took our bucket to the laundry room.

When you take off the lid, you’ll find any number of things, depending on the type of soap you used and the water you used. It might be firm, like Jello; it might be very watery; it might even be like liquid laundry detergent. Just stir it up a bit and it’s ready to be used.

Just use a measuring cup and use one cup of the detergent per load of laundry. If it’s got “globs” in it, get a mix of the water and of the globs – it’ll break up very quickly in the washing machine and wash your clothes well. If you’re still concerned, you can mash up the globs quite easily, but I saw no reason to do so.

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Article and photo’s by:The Simple Dollar