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Friday, August 7, 2020

Gluten-free chocolate zucchini bread, a green zuchini and a dish with semisweet chocolate chunks

If you are looking for delicious recipes that use a lot of zucchini, look no further!

This yummy, chocolatey zucchini bread recipe uses a full three cups of shredded zucchini AND tastes amazing. 

Is this basically a dessert?

Yes.

Will your kids beg you to make this for them whenever there are zucchini to be had?

Also yes.
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Little girl with a braided daisy chain flower crown on her head
One of my favorite spring and summer activities as a child was making flower crowns from wildflowers and the daisy "weeds" that sprout up around March or April and keep blooming through the summer.
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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Best fairy garden and mermaid craft ideas

If you have followed the fairy garden trend, you will love this fresh spin with mermaids! This lovely DIY mermaid craft is easy to make. It uses succulents, which thankfully are hard to kill as long as you have a spot with plenty of light. Succulents are perfect for mermaid gardens because you can find succulents with a resemblance to seaweed, coral, anemones and other ocean plants.

Don't have a well lit spot for your succulent mermaid garden to go? You can still make this easy mermaid craft by using fake succulents instead. Simply fill the bowl with sand instead of potting soil and use fake succulents in place of live ones.

Of course, if you do have a well lit spot suitable for your mermaid garden, stick with fresh plants! Keeping plants indoors can help clean the air inside as well as give you a sense of well-being. 

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

How to make refrigerator dill pickles - no canning required!

This dill pickle recipe is so easy - I can't wait to teach you how to make it!

One of my favorite parts of tending a garden during the summer is a seemingly endless supply of fresh cucumbers! 

I grow regular salad cucumbers and a smaller, pickling variety because I love making fresh cucumber pickles for my family.

This pickled cucumber recipe is super easy. Because these are lacto-fermented dill pickles, you don't need any fancy canning equipment to make them.
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Friday, July 3, 2020

red and blue glow lanterns made from empty jars and glow sticks

Need and easy, last minute craft for the Fourth of July? These simple glow stick crafts are easy to whip up in just a few minutes!

This project is easy for everyone to make - including kids!

It's a fun way to include kids in 4th of July crafting that isn't messy.

Worried about the glass jars breaking? This also works with clear plastic jars.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Gift ideas to make for father's day

Do you want to make a fun DIY gift for Dad for Father's Day but you're not sure what? 

I've got lots of great gift ideas that you can make for Dad! 

From things that little kids can make for Father's Day to DIY gifts that will need an adult and power tools, I have a dozen great ideas for ways to help Dad feel special on his day.

Need gift ideas for Grandpa for Father's Day? I've got you there, too!
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Thursday, April 30, 2020


As weeds start to pop up in your garden beds, paths, sidewalks, lawns and more, people want easy ways to kill weeds without chemicals. 

I have five easy ways to help you naturally kill weeds without resorting to a synthetic weed killer like RoundUp.

These methods are easy to do at home and will let you kill weeds in an organic way that won't hurt your local pollinators (or your local humans!)
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

earth day recycled craft project ideas - plant markers from can lids, unicorn succulent planter from empty jar, ladybugs from egg cartons

Earth Day is a great time to do activities or recycled crafts with your kids to teach them about the importance of preserving this beautiful planet that we live on. 

One of the big messages I want everyone to understand is that we have to be responsible for our garbage. 
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Basket of yellow, red and green homegrown tomatoes

For almost a decade, I've been focused on getting my tomato growing technique down to a semi-science. 

Of course, I've been growing tomatoes for much longer than that. It's just that about 10 years ago, I wanted to go from gardening simply for pleasure to gardening for purpose and got super analytical about how to get the most tomatoes possible to help reduce our food bill.
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Saturday, March 14, 2020

100+ ideas for things to do at home - both inside and outside

With the "the virus that shall not be named" shutting down school systems around the United States (as of this writing seven states plus Washington DC have closed all schools for two weeks or more) and families being urged to stay at home, parents are suddenly left trying to figure out what can I do with my kids while school is canceled???

While it's easy to turn to screen time, kids are definitely going to need more than hours and hours of movies and minecraft to make it through.

My goal during this time is to keep their brains engaged and active even if they aren't doing formal learning. This includes lots of innovating, art, building things with sticks and recyclables and more.

Your learning time doesn't have to look like school to be valuable!
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