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Anthurium Growing Tips

Anthurium grow best in a bright diffuse light in a warm spot.  Low light levels slow down or stop the production of flowers.

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Anthurium in bloom

Keep the plant in a temperature between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.  Do not allow it to get above 90 degrees Fahrenheit or below 50 degrees.

The plant will rot if left in standing water.  Water and allow to drain.  Place near a pan with gravel and water to adjust the humidity.  Mist the plant daily with a spray bottle.  Only water the soil when it is dry to the touch.

Fertilize every three to four months with a fertilizer with a higher middle number.

Plant in a light soil such as potting soil mixed with orchid mixture.

Keep the plant out of drafts to keep it blooming.

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Helpful Hints – Food

  • Dissolve mint candies into your tea instead of using sugar. They sweeten the liquid and give It a tangy flavor.HelpfulHints-food
  • Enhance the flavor of tea by placing an orange peel in the tea package.
  • For a better flavor store your cover in a tightly covered tin in the refrigerator.
  • Use purified water to prolong the life of your coffee maker.
  • Add vanilla extract to the water as coffee brews to add flavor.
  • Freeze leftover coffee in ice trays. It’s excellent in ice coffee.
  • Freeze clusters of grapes to keep punches cold.
  • Serve hot cider from a slow cooker on low setting. The cider remains warm as long as you wish.
  • Blend cottage cheese in a blender. You can use the mixture in dips instead of sour cream.
  • Store cottage cheese upside down. It keeps better.
  • Grate leftover cheese into a freezer bag to store. The cheese can be used for spaghetti or nachos.

Cranberry Iced Tea

1/2 cup sugar

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Cranberry Iced Tea

1/2 cup water

1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Boil for 5 minutes

Add 2 cups cranberries

Cook until skins begin to split and pop.

Add 1/4 cup orange juice.  Remove from heat and pulse in blender being careful to ensure lid is firmly closed on the blender container.

Pour from blender into a jug.

Brew tea as normal.  Pour into a glass and add cranberry mixture to taste.  Mix and top with ice.

Beauty…

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Confucius quotation

Rosemary Sunflower Tea Biscuits

1 1/2 cups flour

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Rosemary Sunflower Tea Biscuits

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp lemon pepper

1/2 cup chopped rosemary

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.

6 tbsp sunflower oil

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup vanilla Greek yoghurt

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Mix wet ingredients.  Combine wet and dry ingredients just until mixed.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 degree Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

Helpful Hints – Laundry

  • Soak new colored clothes in salty water before washing. The colors will stay brighter in the wash.helpfulHints-laundry
  • Soak blue jeans in ½ cup vinegar before their first wash to prevent the color from fading.
  • Wash jeans in cold water and only place in the dryer for about 10 minutes. Hang to dry.  This prevents shrinking.
  • Wash corduroy inside out to keep it lint free.
  • Fold socks in pairs before washing.
  • Use vinegar to remove sweat and grass stains.
  • Some stains can be removed by soaking a garment in baking soda and water and then washing.
  • Measure detergent with the scoop that comes with the soap.
  • Use cold water for the rinse cycle. Clothes retain their shape better.
  • Make your socks whiter by soaking them in boiling water to which a slice of lemon has been added. Wash the socks in your normal washing cycle.

No bird soars…

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William Blake quotation

10 Benefits to Meditation

  1. Meditation can lower your blood pressure and anxiety.

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  2. Meditation teaches you to be less emotionally reactive.
  3. Meditation helps you to develop mental skills.
  4. Meditation helps to build an interconnectedness with others around you.
  5. Meditation promotes healing from illness such as cancer and heart disease.
  6. Meditation promotes contentment.
  7. Meditation teaches us to be fully present in the moment.
  8. Meditation Increases compassion for yourself and others.
  9. Meditation helps to avoid or heal depression.
  10. Meditation helps manage pain

Bulgur Salad

1 cup cooked bulgur

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Bulgur Salad

1/2 cup sliced almonds

2 cups chunked cucumber

1 cup chunked tomato

1/2 cup diced red onion

1/2 cup crumbled feta

1/4 olive oil

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp dried rosemary

1/2 tsp lemon pepper

Mix bulgur, cucumber, tomato, onion and most of the feta in a bowl.  Whisk olive oil, vinegar, rosemary and pepper into a dressing.  Mix into salad.   Top with remaining feta.

 

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