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  • Dress Up Your Small Garden with Container Plants - Small Notebook
    luffa which grows similar to squash and I experienced the same results I had no idea how big it could get It grew and grew until it was the biggest plant out there but it was never able to produce because it needed more It was definitely a ground plant nee says April 28 2010 at 12 01 pm Go for lettuce it s easy Some kinds are cut and come again where you can snip the outer leaves and they will regrow Fun Shannon says April 28 2010 at 9 05 am I love flowers but growing herbs satisfies my desire for a variety of flavors and my husband s frugal practical side I have a black thumb for the most part but was able to grow thyme sage and cilantro in containers with little to no effort Shannon s last post Roasted Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Spears Deedee says April 28 2010 at 8 35 am We have a house with a good sized yard however we have an overabundance of deer and therefore cannot really grow anything in the yard We do have a deck off the second floor where we grow everything in planters and pots We mostly do flowers but last year I also grew cherry tomatoes and that worked out great Also rosemary This year I will expand on the herbs but I think I ll stick with just tomatoes again And of course lots of flowers Will be hitting the nursery this weekend can t wait Angie says April 28 2010 at 11 07 am I am very excited about my small patio garden and have planted chives rosemary mint and thyme I also have tomatoes and cucumbers in big planters along with flowers in window boxes I am starting to study up on how to dry and keep the herbs The mint is kind of taking over so I need to start some harvesting The little garden has been great for my stress level when I get home from work and I am really enjoying learning and watching it grow Thanks for the inspiration nee says April 28 2010 at 11 58 am Our containers hold patio tomatoes strawberries marigolds mint and a big bowl of alyssum smells like honey when you sit next to it There are also some bell peppers and mini zinnas and basil in wine boxes that came from Costco As windy as it s been this week Dallas I ve had to water twice a day but it s fun to see the colors and everything growing I threw a handful of mesclun lettuce mix seeds in the soil next to the tomatoes just for grins they ve sprouted Next week we may be able to snip a tiny harvest of field greens Sainte Genevieve says April 28 2010 at 2 04 pm Once I was in the parking lot at Home Depot and I smelled some heavenly smell and I was like WHAT is THAT and followed

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  • Cake Stand Greenhouse - Small Notebook
    2009 at 7 57 am I was not quite as adventurous with my gardening this year as I had planned I m only growing tomatoes this year I ll have to keep in mind the cake stand idea though because I have two cake stands that rarely get used and this is a wonderful idea Thanks for sharing Amanda Mommy s Idea Book s last blog post Kids Cooking A Very Slightly Messy Manual Gina The Shabby Chic Cottage says May 18 2009 at 8 31 am What a wonderful idea I have the same cakestand a wedding gift that has been kinda neglected as I have others too This would be a great use for it Gina The Shabby Chic Cottage s last blog post Building a bench Kristia FamilyBalanceSheet says May 18 2009 at 8 52 am I envy those who can grow their own lime trees plants like that don t grow well in the northeast What I wouldn t do for some homegrown limes or lemons Kristia FamilyBalanceSheet s last blog post Front yard landscaping We did it ourselves Ms Booty Homemaker says May 18 2009 at 9 45 am BRILLIANT use of the cake stand I have one that s identical and you can bet I ll be using it for this next round of seedlings We have baby doves too OH they re lovely Your photograph is enchanting Limes Lime roasted vegetables For tacos or as any Mexi food accompaniment Cubes of onion sweet peppers sweet and white potatoes tomatoes squash any kind crook neck zucchini patty pan acorn butternut Add minced or chunked garlic kosher salt a dash of black pepper juice and zest of a couple limes and olive oil Roast in the oven 450 until the vegetables are cooked through and slightly caramelized Mmmm Also we dress up any plain rice with cilantro and lime juice and zest Add salsa verde and or chopped fresh spinach if you like Green is good Oh and then there are lime rickeys Lime Yum Ms Booty Homemaker s last blog post A bird s eye view Francis says May 18 2009 at 9 49 am I used the paper roll idea for seeds too You Grow Girl blog They are ready to be transplanted to pots so I need to do that asap The kids loved seeing them come out Denise C says May 18 2009 at 12 31 pm Ahhhhhhh I love the idea of using a cake stand as a greenhouse Now if only I had a cake stand I am growing some herbs this year Italian parsley basil thyme and dill Since I have a killing thumb I purchase the plants that have semi bloomed and leave them out on my patio table Thus far the plants for 2009 have been alive since the beginning of April Woo Hoo Juliet says May 18 2009 at 4 22 pm Apologies to the mom to be but limes love tequila very much I

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  • Year of Composting - Small Notebook
    to get started SavvyChristine says March 16 2009 at 2 19 pm Every time I read about your vermicomposting success I mention it to Mr Savvy For some reason he never gets as excited as me Maybe some pictures of the before and after will do the trick Jenny says March 16 2009 at 2 50 pm Earlier this year I had a plastic bin with shredded newspaper and cardboard ready to go and just needed to order the worms I guess I chickened out as the bin is still sitting in the basement with no worms I have still been collecting all of my veggie fruit and coffee scraps in a bag in the fridge and then empty it into a leaf pile in our back yard every week We will use that stuff for our garden this summer but I really wish I would have purchased the worms and went with my original plan Glad to see that it worked out for you Maybe I will try it again next year Carla says March 16 2009 at 3 16 pm Once we move that is the first thing I want to do assuming we move into a house I have tried it in the past and it didn t come out well I won t bore you with the disgusting details Hopefully it will work out next time Thanks for the reminder Carla s last blog post Eco Fashion Do it Yourself Yarn Kate says March 16 2009 at 4 03 pm This is such a neat idea I am in a similar situation I have a bunch of patio plants and no place to keep a huge compost bin I had no idea you could do this Kate s last blog post Baby Blanket Pattern Life from the Roof says March 16 2009 at 4 06 pm Thanks so much for this I ve been playing around with the idea of doing this and am glad to see there s an inexpensive way of making your own bins We re eating a lot more produce these days and I just hate having to throw all those scraps away Life from the Roof s last blog post Frugal Experiment Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day emily ChattingAtTheSky says March 16 2009 at 8 00 pm I m so glad you did this post I ve been wondering about composting but have been lazy in learning Thanks so much for this emily ChattingAtTheSky s last blog post dare you to paint your cabinets black Andrea says March 17 2009 at 12 24 pm I have a wonderful book that tells you all you need to know about setting up and maintaining a worm composting system It s called Worms eat my garbage by Mary Applehof I had a compost bin about 15 years ago and loved it I ve been trying to get one set up again but need to wait for the weather to warm a bit

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  • Plant Pests: Bugs in Disguise - Small Notebook
    The water washes off the dirt or dust that can harbor mites and it usually takes care of the bugs and eggs that hide among the leaves This is especially important for house plants that don t get rained on regularly I ve had some success spraying or dunking my plants in soapy water On my last post about plant pests Jessica mentioned that garlic spray seemed to help with bugs in her garden Any more ideas for how to take care of plant problems 12 Comments June 30 2008 in Gardening About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous July is No Spend Month What s it About Next Plant Therapy Leafhoppers Comments Amy says June 30 2008 at 8 24 am I have no suggestions because I am new to gardening but I am finding these posts so helpful I would think that the white plant had cobwebs Seriously that is what I thought Great tutorial and I am loving your environmentally friendly solutions Amber says June 30 2008 at 9 23 am OK the mealy ones are really gross p I have heard of that garlic spray works and so does a spray witht soap and water I have a TON of ladybugs in my garden and apparently they eat all of those icky aphids which killed our collard greens so we are trying to keep them around course that doesnt help for house plants you don t want lady bugs inside nancy says April 29 2010 at 11 19 am This spray with water and soap the soap we wash the dishes wont do any harm to the plants I have to prevent this mixture from reaching the soil of the plant otherwise I m afraid that it will be the same as watering the plant with soapwater I m thinking of it as a poison please tell me if I m overreacting Thanks in advance Rachel says April 29 2010 at 10 24 pm You don t want to water a plant s roots with soapy water but you can spray some on the leaves A couple of applications can make a difference against small pests like mealybugs and spider mites from my experience I ve used a natural dishwashing soap and there are insecticidal soaps It s better than using something toxic if you re trying to grow herbs and vegetables and it s better than damage the pest would cause Jessica Depew says June 30 2008 at 10 09 am This is awesome Your photos are great I will do a post on the garlic spray I used soon smallnotebook says July 1 2008 at 6 58 pm Looking forward to seeing how to make garlic spray Mealybugs are the ones that got to my gardenia so I really have it out for them GB says July 31 2008 at 11 38 am I live in the South A

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  • Plant Therapy: Leafhoppers - Small Notebook
    on my spearmint I tried to get rid of them with a solution of soapy water but even when I sprayed them directly they didn t budge I flicked them off and they kept coming back I was stumped Then I decided to cover the basil with netting I bought tulle from the craft store arranged it over the plant and secured it with a rubberband around the rim of the pot Notice how sickly and yellow the leaves look This was a couple of weeks ago when I first covered the basil with the netting Now that the bugs can t get to the plant it s thriving again I gave it an extra boost of compost and the new leaves are growing vibrant green Next we ll look at common plant pests you might not recognize 5 Comments June 27 2008 in Gardening About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous Plant Pests Bugs in Disguise Next The Compost Results Comments Melissa Howard says June 27 2008 at 6 38 am Thanks for the excellent photos so often when one tries to identify pests on their plants the photos are useless Casey says June 27 2008 at 8 05 am I never knew about those bugs before I ll have to let my SIL know I have no plants maybe next year Jessica Depew says June 27 2008 at 9 15 am I like the netting idea I just made some garlic spray because of some bug issues in my garden and it seems to be helping Jill says June 27 2008 at 12 39 pm You re such a good plant mama That s a skill I have yet to acquire Maybe someday

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  • The Compost Results - Small Notebook
    cardboard egg cartons because they don t get matted like wet newspaper can Try stirring it up a little bit to get some air in there The worms in my bin are just now starting to eat as much as I originally thought they would I guess I didn t have as many worms as I thought at the beginning but they ve multiplied since then so I can feed them more ish so happy for plants says December 2 2009 at 11 13 pm hey dude im doing a project for school exhibition n i ve chosen this topic it is soooo coooool to do dat thing luv doin it n will never stop Denise says June 23 2008 at 4 17 pm I m impressed very impressed I was composting but without the worms I have a large compost bin in my garden which I was proudly using until one day there was a rat in it I don t do rodents We can put our compost in our yard waste bin and thankfully our yard waste bin is rat proof I don t reap the fruit of my harvest but I don t have any more rat encounters either smallnotebook says June 23 2008 at 6 49 pm Oh no Denise I wouldn t be able to handle rodents either Dana says June 23 2008 at 6 54 pm This is really great that you did this I don t know why but it s kind of gross looking Weird I know but I have a fear of worms that s why I use gloves when gardening Isn t that why everyone wears gardening gloves smallnotebook says June 23 2008 at 7 06 pm Dana that s funny and you re right the compost isn t pretty But I must say the plants are becoming gorgeous Chas says June 23 2008 at 11 19 pm That is fantastic I know you are proud It does take a bit longer than I expected as well I am hoping to move my worms into my big bathtub soonly I am waiting on my dearest to finish drilling holes in the sides Great looking compost I know you are pleased Hooray for worms Love Chas Vanessa says June 24 2008 at 8 11 am Wow I never even thought of doing this That is amazing I will have to attempt this as some of our plants need some good soil Jasi says June 24 2008 at 9 37 am This is very neat I like your tutorial as well While we debate how we wish to compost my husband still argues for a fenced in area with yard clipping additions Still in discussion mode But you ve done it I applaud you Jessica Depew says June 24 2008 at 3 16 pm Oh I have wanted worms ever since I read Sharon Lovejoy s book Roots Boots Buckets Shoots That book came out in 1999 Hmmm I guess that is

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  • Easy Entertaining: the Snack List - Small Notebook
    pots of vegetarian soup one with dairy one without and tell other people to bring bread and crackers I m also making a big batch of cut out cookies but I m not decorating them That s going to be the kids job while the grown ups talk Alyssa s last post How to dry your own herbs in 5 easy steps denise in dallas says December 19 2012 at 8 52 pm cool idea Alyssa Liz H says January 11 2013 at 10 25 pm That s a great idea For my twin s birthday party we had snacks and play time mostly running around my house lol and since I don t do games and such and my girls are only 3 we set out plain GF cupcakes with bowls of almost homemade frosting and lots of sprinkles and let them all decorate their cupcakes It was a big hit with the 9 preschoolers we hosted and the adults got to hang out while the kids played That s my kind of get together jasi says December 19 2012 at 6 17 pm my son eats apples like crazy so we always have those with a pie sheet in the freezer i can whip up a super quick apple tart in my quiche pan or better yet large slices of ham i diced up and froze makes a quiche tomato soup and grilled cheeses makes everyone happy and homemade tomato soup is SUPER easy as well pasta and grilled sausages are my favorite oops there s company meal snacks we usually bring out cut up veggies my favorite staple and some dressing toasted baguette and just about any quickly sauteed veggie or legume with garlic and olive oil makes a great 5 minute bite jill says December 19 2012 at 7 34 pm We like to have coffee tea wine hummus pita bread and baby carrots on hand for unexpected company I will often bake up some chocolate chip cookies or muffins if I know friends are coming an hour or so ahead of time mostly just because I like baking We also have great bagel shops close by so sometimes we ll pick up a dozen fresh bagels for 4 For supper my favorite meal for entertaining is stew You can put it in the crock pot in the morning and have a satisfying supper ready for a ton of people without being busy when they show up carrots and potatoes are always cheap around here and most kids like them In the summer we barbeque almost every night so when we invite friends over we just add more potatoes and corn and make a bigger salad We usually have juice freezies or popsicles on hand for everyone in the summer too katie says December 19 2012 at 7 59 pm Soup is a favorite here for parties Easy to make easy to stretch and if no one shows or if I over cook then leftovers go in the freezer If I m in a cooking mood I like to focus on one special recipe and then keep the rest easy At my son s birthday I had fun making cupcakes from scratch but the rest of the menu fruit tray and cubes of cheddar cheese was super simple My husband makes a batch of baklava a couple times a year and we invite people over to eat it add some coffee and it s a party I like the mix of having fun with one recipe but not needing to go overboard to create a full spread Melissa D says December 19 2012 at 8 04 pm Homemade pesto works wonders I spread it on pizza dough and add whatever we have on hand for pizza Or it can be the base of a veggie or chip dip Lately I ve started picking up jars of marinated artichokes and adding them to creamed spinach tossing in some pesto and parmesan and baking it for a great spinach artichoke dip If I have leftover dip I roll it up inside some pizza dough and bake it in a loaf pan for a substantial bready snack I also decided to buy more wine at a time so I d always have some on hand Wine bread instant party I keep my own mixes on hand for muffins cookies that way a great muffin is only 25 mins away And I m a southern girl so biscuits and butter and jam are pretty quick for me to rustle up if someone s coming over for coffee One great snack my sister makes french bread toasts slathered with goat cheese and drizzled with honey A revelation Melissa D s last post A fun Vera Wang piece Natalie says December 19 2012 at 8 26 pm I like to keep chocolate or cookies in the freezer I can pull it out if a friend can come by for tea or wine as a quick addition When I m off work I love to bake and will sometimes invite friends or neighbors over to help us eat up the recent batch My son will eat chips and salsa for dinner guess he sees me do it and I try to have olives or make guacamole for a quick snack I m learing that if kids come over they will be hungry It is so fun to have impromptu handouts with other families I love your simple list of what to keep on hand Maybe it s being from Texas but I feel a happy obligation to feed my guests Margo Thrift at Home says December 19 2012 at 9 34 pm stove popcorn apples cheese for very quick snacks especially with kids around If I have invited someone over that I know is foodie ish like we are then I have fun cooking a meal although I do still avoid ultra fussy or expensive foods For example tomorrow night we are hosting

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  • Winter Favorite Recipe: French Lentil Soup - Small Notebook
    the recipe amy says January 28 2011 at 12 53 pm Hi Is the bacon essential I m hosting a vegan family for lunch next weekend and was searching for some recipes This sounds delicious but would need to leave out the bacon and use veggie broth Will it lose all of its flavor Thank you Amy Jenn says January 28 2011 at 1 02 pm I was wondering the same thing Can the bacon be omitted My husband is vegetarian although I think my boys might prefer the bacon in there Sometimes it s tough to please everyone Kait Palmer says January 28 2011 at 10 46 pm I haven t tried this exact recipe but I make lentil soup almost every week and usually make the bacon separate and then crumble it on top that way you can have regular or vegetarian Best of both worlds Kait Palmer s last post Doing What You Love Shannon says January 29 2011 at 10 41 am Amy Yes absolutely I actually have made it that way several times when we are out of bacon The thyme and garlic give it plenty of flavor Maybe a nice pinch of paprika would lend a smoky flavor as well Susan SmallCompilations says January 28 2011 at 1 18 pm This sounds delicious I think we will definitely be trying it sometime this weekend We have also been doing a lot of soups this winter one of our favorites being Cream Cheese and Chicken Soup from Mel s Kitchen Cafe http www melskitchencafe com 2010 10 cream cheese chicken and vegetable soup html Susan SmallCompilations s last post Monday Musings Laurie says January 28 2011 at 3 11 pm Thank you We love lentils and new recipes Lentils cook well without being soaked but if you soak them at least 7 hours with a tablespoon of whey the liquid from yogurt lemon juice or vinegar the nutrients will be much easier for the body to use Can t wait to try this Mmm Living the Balanced Life says January 28 2011 at 7 11 pm We love soup but I have never cooked lentils This does sound very good so I may have to give it a try Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post Move it Mama Kelly aka Jia says January 28 2011 at 8 25 pm I make a beef lentil soup that s a family favorite But reading your recipe with bacon makes me think its time to try another version Mama Kelly aka Jia s last post What s Cooking Indian Thai and African Fare Kait Palmer says January 28 2011 at 10 44 pm Sounds good and thanks for clearing up the difference in lentils I hadn t even heard of French lentils With my usual lentil soup recipe I use an immersion blender for a few seconds to give it a mixed chunky creamy texture yummm Kait Palmer s last post Doing What You Love Catherine says January 29 2011 at 1 15 am Oh I wish I could eat lentils They always sounds so good but the last couple of times I made them I had a weird reaction Boo Every food is a new adventure these days and reactions seem to change every few weeks So maybe I ll try them again Looks like a delicious recipe to try it out again Soaking may make all the difference who knows Catherine s last post Status Report and latest favorite snacks Carolina says January 29 2011 at 2 53 pm Have you tried red lentils They don t need to be soaked and are for many people easier to precess than other kinds Margo says January 29 2011 at 7 22 pm mmmmm Love lentils We eat lentils A LOT around here Our favorite winter recipe is Apple Lentil Salad which we eat warm with bread and cheese blogged here http thriftathome blogspot com 2010 02 strangely delicious apple lentil salad html I like to know about winter recipes using the staples Thanks Margo s last post A Thank You Note to Jonathan vermontmommy says January 30 2011 at 8 16 am Soups and breads Here are the recipes for two of our favorite soups and one bread recipe I make the soups at least once a week Carrot Tomato Soup 2 TBSP butter 1 2 cup extra virgin olive oil 4 lbs tomatoes peeled and sliced in half with stems removed 3 4 tsp sea salt 1 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper fresh sprigs of thyme oregano or rosemary 1 medium sized yellow onion diced 2 stalks celery diced 5 medium sized carrots diced 3 cloves garlic minced 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1 3 cup fresh basil leaves chopped3 4 cup heavy cream Place sliced tomatoes on a baking sheet Cover with most of the olive oil reserving 2 TBSP or so and the salt and pepper If you d like a little more flavor I sometimes add a fresh sprig or two of oregano or thyme atop the tomatoes Place in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes to roast If you don t have the tomatoes you could use two large cans of tomatoes diced or whole will work Halfway through the roasting melt the butter and remaining olive oil in a heavy bottomed pot over medium low heat Add onion celery carrots and garlic and cook until the vegetables begin to get soft 15 minutes or so When the tomatoes are done add those to the pot removing the sprigs of herbs along with the stock Simmer on low until the vegetables are all tender another 15 minutes or so Puree the soup Return the soup to the pot and onto the stove Heat slowly Add the chopped basil and heavy cream White Bean Sausage Spinach Soup 1 lb ground pork sausage Brown it in the crock pot with 3 cloves of minces garlic Add 1 large can

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