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Sunday, April 21, 2013

We Have A Winner!!

Congratulations Julie T.!  I will be contacting you shortly!  
And a BIG thank you to everyone else who entered my giveaway.  Thank you for celebrating my second anniverary on Etsy with me!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Foodie Friday - Caramel Apples

I love caramel and apples together!  I have never tried to make a caramel covered apples since it always seemed like it would be quite complicated and tricky.  Then I came across this...

How could I not try it?  And it's fairly simple.

Hollow out your apples (granny smiths are best), then fill with melted caramels. You can use a muffin pan and place the apple halves in the slots. Let the caramel harden and then cut the apple halves into slices. Super yummy and super easy to make!

Monday, April 8, 2013

2 Years On Etsy!

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PB + J Monday

What an ingenious idea!  A little greenhouse made out of recycled/reused/repurposed cd cases!  Isn't it cute?

I'm kicking myself that I got rid of all of our cases now.

Here's the link to the blog How To Recycle

Friday, April 5, 2013

Foodie Friday - Simple Air Freshener

I have a thing for oranges lately.  Usually I don't really care for citrus but lately those navel oranges have been calling out to me.  Yesterday, I enjoyed a particularly tasty and juicy one.  They're such a great snack.  But what to do with the peel that's left over?  Then I remembered that you can boil it, with some rosemary, and create a subtle and simple air freshener for your home.  So that's what I did.  The funny thing was that I didn't notice how good it smelled until I returned home from meeting the kids at the bus stop.  What a wonderful way to be welcomed home.

There really aren't any hard and fast rules to make this.  You simply add orange peel, and lemon if you like, to a pot of water and add some rosemary.  Bring that to a boil and then simmer, adding extra water as needed.

Picture from http://placesinthehome.com

I, of course, didn't take a picture so I had to find one on the internet.  This one looks pretty yummy since they used whole oranges...but I'd rather eat the inside instead.  Do you have a simple and sweet smelling way to freshen up your house smell?  I'd love to hear it in the comment section below.

Monday, April 1, 2013

PB + J Monday

I have taken a bit of time off from the blog.  Family and other obligations were just more important.  But, I’m back and I have some interesting content to share with you coming up.

It’s April Fools Day today!  Have you been fooled by someone today or other April Fools Days?  I can’t remember anyone pulling a prank or trying to fool me so I’d love to hear what your most memorable April Fools Day was.  Was it something done to you or something you pulled on someone else?  Please share by leaving a comment below.

Today is PB+J Monday!

Our little local newspaper sometimes has some great and simple tips for being green.  Recently they posted an article about creative uses for shredded paper.  And that is what I’m going to share with you today…

Creative uses for shredded paper

The benefits of recycling are numerous.  Reusing products and items saves money, reduces the amount of energy needed to make new items and reduces the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills.

Paper is a commonly used recyclable material.  In the United States, the world’s largest consumer of paper, the average person uses the equivalent of a 100-foot tall Douglas fir tree worth of paper and wood products every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  Reusing consumed paper helps to reduce the number of trees cut down for making new paper and paper products.

In order to cut down on the space that paper stored for recycling takes up, many people choose to shred the paper and compress it into bags to put out for pick-up.  However, there are many other practical uses for shredded paper.  Here are some of the many different ways to put shredded paper to good use.

* Mulch: Forget buying mulching materials from the garden centre.  Use shredded paper bags and newspapers to provide weed control and to keep plants moist  Lay down the shredded paper as you would any mulching material on the soil in garden beds.  Use a hose to wet it down and prevent flyaway.  Mixing shredded paper with grass seed also helps keep the seeds damp to create faster germination when reseeding bare spots.

  • Worm bin: Some green gardeners have a worm bin in a addition to a compost bin in their backyards.  Worms produce a lot of nitrogen, which can cause a strong odour.  Adding shredded paper, which is high in carbon, will neutralize the odour.

  • Cat Litter: Soak paper in water and a little dish soap to dissolve any ink.  Rinse and repeat with clean water.  Add baking soda to the paper pulp and knead it in.  Crumble the pulp into bits and allow it to dry thoroughly.  Then use a cat littler material.

  • Animal bedding: Use shredded paper in the bottom of cages of small rodents who can use it for nesting material.  The paper will also absorb animal waste for easier cleaning.  Paper can also be used for dog or cat beds. Find a discounted material from the fabric store and sew inside out, leaving a small hold for stuffing.  Turn it right side out, stuff the paper shreds inside and you have just  made an inexpensive dog or cat cozy.

  • Wood stove material:  Shredded paper can be used with kindling to start a fire in a wood-burning stove.  Some people like to wet the paper and then make molds or “bricks” or “pucks” that can be used more easily once dried.

  • Fill gift bags:  Rather than buying tissue paper to use in gift bags, use shredded paper instead.  Multi-coloured shredded paper will go with just about any coloured gift bag.

  • Packing material: Fill used zipper-top bags or produce plastic bags with the paper and then use them in boxes when shipping fragile materials.

  • Potting soil: Mix paper into potting soil to help the soil retain moisture.  As the paper breaks down, it serves as a nutrition source for the plant.

  • Craft projects: Mix shredded paper with equal parts flour and water to make papier mache modeling material.

  • Storage: When moving or putting items in storage, pack them in boxes or bags filled with shredded paper to prevent breakage.

  • Party confetti: During an outdoor party, enable kids to toss shredded paper as confetti.  The material will not harm the lawn or soil.

These are just a few ideas for using shredded paper.  Do you have any creative ways not listed here?  I’d love to hear them in the comments below.

Have a wonderful Easter!!