Make picnic foods interesting. Try foods other than sandwiches.
- Avoid fragile foods. They won’t keep very well in your picnic hamper.
- Only take as much food as needed for the picnic. Leftover food will spoil out in the hot sun.
- Use coolers and ice to keep food fresh.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunblock.
- Always take your garbage home with you.
- Handwipes or babywipes come in handy for sticky messes.
- Carry a blanket to sit on.
- If you have bottles don’t forget the bottle opener.
- Pick up extra ice for your cooler and drinks.
- Try not to use mayonnaise as it can go bad in the heat.
- Keep yourself hydrated with water.
- Take a frisbee, kite or other game for picnic fun.
Scones have been a tea time treat for many years. This pineapple scone gives a nice bite to the traditional pastry. Sweet and delicious this scone will become one of your favorite bites.
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 cup sliced candied pineapple
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Blend wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix dry ingredients into wet. Form dough into 2 inch disks and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
- Look at the bright side of life.
- Devote time to reading an inspiring book.
- Be grateful for what you have done and not at what you haven’t.
- Each day do something good for yourself.
- Do at least one act to make others happy.
- Associate with happy people.
- See challenges as an opportunities for growth.
- Accept and love yourself.
- Realize you have unique gifts and talents.
- Laugh often
- Be creative.
- Recharge your body and soul.
- Observe the natural beauty that surrounds you.
- Maintain your health.
- Flowers come in pink, purple, red and white.
- The flowers bloom in summer and fall.
- The flowers are hardy to zone 3
- The seeds in the dried flower heads attract birds and butterflies.
- The plants are drought-tolerant and like heat.
- Coneflowers repel deer.
- The plants are native to North America.
- They can reach 5 feet in height.
- Coneflowers grow well in poor soil.
- Start flowers from seed or root division.
- In late summer cut the blooms back. This may produce another bunch of flowers.
Planting lavender in your strawberry bed will improve the crop.
- Thyme deters cabbage worms, mint deters cabbage moths, and basil deters mosquitoes.
- To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap .
- Paint the handles of your gardens tools a bright color to help you find them amongst your plants.
- Keep a box in your garden for easy tool storage.
- Train your melons, squash, and cucumbers onto a vertical trellis or fence.
- Milk jugs, soda bottles and other plastic containers make covers to place over your plants and protect them from frost.
- Water your garden in the early morning to conserve moisture loss .
- Add a few drops of food coloring to the bottom of your rain gauge. The level will be easily read the next time it rains.
- Prevent agressive plants from taking over your garden by planting them in a plastic container.
These muffins are sweet with a satisfying crunch. Their great with coffee or milk and freeze well. Make an extra batch when your baking for when guests drop by. They’ll love them.
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
Mix flour baking powder, sunflower seeds and salt together in a bowl. In another bowl combine the rest of the ingredients. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Turn into lined muffin pans. Continue reading “Sunflower Cake Muffins”