Summer Picnic Tips

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    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.

Pineapple Scones

Scones have been a tea time treat for many years.  This pineapple scone gives a nice bite to the traditional pastry.  Sweet and delicious it scone will become one of your favourite 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

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Tips for a happier life

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    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.

Coneflower facts

  • Flowers come in pink, purple, red and
  • 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.

Gardening Helpful Hints

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    Lavender improves a strawberry crop.

    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.

Sunflower Cake Muffins

Sunflower cake 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

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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.

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