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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Growing Wheatgrass for Easter

One of my favorite things to do around Easter is grow wheatgrass. In about a week you can have beautiful green grass to fill baskets and decorate with!!

What You Are Going to Need:
Wheatgrass seed (I got mine at Whole Foods or you can get small kits on Amazon)
Growing containers (plastic trays work great, but you can get creative)
Potting mix
Peat Moss
Paper towells
Sunlight (a window seal works great)
Azomite (A Natural Source for Minerals and Trace Elements)

First... Rinse and Soak Your Seeds

Take your seeds and rinse them off thoroughly before use. Place the seeds inside a clean container and cover them with clean water. Let the seeds soak in the water for 8-12 hours. This soaking process infuses the dry seed with moisture, and softens their shells allowing easier sprouting (next step). Bad seeds (i.e prone to mold) will typically float to the surface and should be discarded if found. A great time to soak the seeds is right before you go to bed as the seeds will be just about ready when you wake up.

Second... Placement of Seeds

After 8-12 hours, drain the water from the seeds and spread evenly over the soil of the grow tray. You want the seeds directly touching each other but not overlapping if possible. Every available spot on the tray should be covered in seed. Once accomplished spread 2-3 layers of paper towel over the seeds. The paper towels act as a protectant to the seeds locking moisture into the growing tray and keeping light off the seeds.

Third... Setup Your Grow Trays

Fill the grow trays your using with 1 1/2 - 2 inches of organic soil/potting mix.

Forth... Sprouting

Once your seeds are soaked and spread over your grow tray you're ready for sprouting. Gently shower your grow tray with water soaking the paper towels on top of the trays. The paper towels, seeds, and soil should be thoroughly soaked with water. Set the seeds in a dark location (closet, wash room, etc). You'll keep them in this state for the next two days, covered underneath paper towels and soaked in water. You want the paper towels and seed to be continually damp throughout the next 48 hours. Do not let your trays dry out!

Fifth... SUN, Let IT Grow

After 48 hours, carefully peel away the paper towels covering the grow tray. You'll see baby wheatgrass sprouting everywhere. By this point the seedlings should've attached roots to the soil and are on their way to growing. Let's get them in some sunlight. These little guys will need at least 8 hours of good sunlight or 10-12 hours of artificial light a day. Keep them in a clean area to help reduce mold. Mold sucks. Water daily or every other day depending on the environment humidity. After about a week the wheatgrass will grow to be around 7-9 inches tall.

Sixth... Have fun

You can put it in baskets, vases, pots, tins.... anything just make sure that you protect it from water damage and continue to water your grass.  If it gets to long you can trim it to desired length.  I t will last for up to 3 weeks!!



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

smelly fridge oh my!!

For the past couple of days I have had this funny smell in my fridge and I couldn't figure out what it was.  I wiped down everything and it still was there!! To my surprise it was some fresh strawberries I had in the fruit drawer!! I was shocked that something so yummy and sweet could smell so awful!!  I also have found that other yummy fruits and veggies that can cause a bad smell in the fridge without being spoiled...

Onions (all types)
Garlic
Spinach
Cabbage
Brussels sprouts
Kale
Bok choi
Turnips
Mustard Greens
Radishs
Daikon
Horseradish
Watercress
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Cantaloupe
Strawberries

Here's some tips on how to get rid of a smelly fridge and make it sparkle!!

Baking Soda
To get rid of smells and dried-up spills inside your refrigerator, remove the contents, then sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub the sides, shelves, and rinse with a clean, wet sponge. Don’t forget to place a fresh box of soda inside when you’re done.

Cotton Balls
Sometimes the refrigerator just doesn’t smell fresh. Dampen a cotton ball with vanilla extract and place it on a shelf. You’ll find it acts as a deodorizer, offering its own pleasant scent.

Lemons
Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.

Salt
You’ve removed all the food and the racks from the fridge. Now mix up a handful of salt in 1 gallon  or so of warm water and use it with a sponge to clean the inside of the refrigerator. The mixture isn’t abrasive, so it won’t scratch surfaces. And you won’t be introducing chemical fumes or odors.

Tomato Juice
Get rid of spoiled-food smells in your refrigerator and freezer with the help of some tomato juice. After disposing of the bad food that caused the smell, thoroughly wipe the insides of the fridge and freezer with a sponge or washcloth doused in undiluted tomato juice. Rinse with warm, soapy water and wipe dry. If traces of the smell remain, repeat the procedure or substitute vinegar for the tomato juice.

Vanilla Extract
Having trouble getting rid of that bad odor in your refrigerator, even after scrubbing it out? Wipe down the inside of the fridge with vanilla extract. To prolong the fresh vanilla scent, soak a cotton ball or a piece of sponge with vanilla extract and leave it in the refrigerator.

Vinegar
Did you know that vinegar might be an even more effective safe cleanser for your refrigerator than baking soda? Use equal parts white vinegar and water to wash both the interior and exterior of your fridge, including the door gasket and the fronts of the vegetable and fruit bins. To prevent mildew growth, wash the inside walls and bin interiors with some full-strength vinegar on a cloth. Also use undiluted vinegar to wipe off accumulated dust and grime on top of your refrigerator. Of course, you’ll still want to put that box of baking soda inside your refrigerator to keep it smelling clean when you’re done.

WD-40
When soap and water can’t get rid of old bits of food stuck in and around your refrigerator, it’s time to reach for the WD-40. After clearing all foodstuffs from the areas to be treated, spray a small amount of WD-40 on each resistant spot. Then wipe them away with a rag or sponge. Make sure you wash off all the WD-40 before returning food to the fridge.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine's Day

with all the snow Saturday it was the perfect day to work on the boys Valentines and Valentine boxes for school!! They turned out super cute and we had so much fun putting them together :) The boys can't wait to fill their Minions with Valentines and hand out Valentine's to their classmates!!
I got the cute Star Wars Valentine printable at cuteasafox.com and the light sabers on Amazon :)
The Crazy Straws I got at Walmart in the party section and you can download the Crazy Straw & Donut Valentine Printable here on my 4Shared :)  http://www.4shared.com/file/63TuUt1j/Crazy_Straw_Valentine.html




Saturday, February 9, 2013

100 days of School!!


Landon celebrated 100 days of 1st grade on Wednesday!! I can't believe school is more than half over... bring on summer *lol* We made these cute cookie packs to celebrate using Keebler Vienna Fingers and Fudge Stripes!! His classmate loved them and they turned out super cute!!  You can download the tag here http://www.4shared.com/file/8Xt_y0yu/100_days_TAG.html :)



Thursday, February 7, 2013

wanna have a playdate...

Keeping my boys busy is a big job!  They love to have play dates and hang out with school friends and sometimes getting info to a friend and parent is a chore so I came up with these cute play date "business" cards!  My boys can give them to their friends and they have all of family info on it for their parents.  It has made setting up play dates so much easier and my boys love having them handy in their backpacks!!
you can download the file here on 4shared.com :)