Why Gardening Is Right For You

Why Gardening Is Right For You

 

 

Why Gardening Is Right For You




 

Cultivating crops has been a part of human culture for thousands of years, from the very first people to discover agriculture to the farmers and hobby gardeners of today. There are as many reasons to garden as there are people who enjoy it, from those who simply enjoy gardening as a relaxing hobby to people looking to grow their own fresh ingredients for the dinner table. You may not think that you’re quite cut out for gardening but just stop and think a moment about what it has to offer and you’re sure to find something there for you.

 

Many people who have fruit and vegetable gardens enjoy it as a therapeutic hobby. Nothing quite helps you unwind like enjoying the warmth of a sunny afternoon watering your fruits and veggies, occasionally bending down and snatching up an early treat. If you’ve got even just a few minutes a day to devote to taking care of your garden then you’ve got enough time to grow something that you and your family can enjoy. Not just for you either, gardening is something the whole family can take part in from setting up the beds to reaping the rewards of the harvest, gardening is a great way to bring everyone together.

 Why Gardening Is Right For You

Another fantastic reason to garden is to get delicious, fresh fruits and vegetables for your meals without paying the premiums that you’ll find on a grocery store price tag. How many times have you sauntered through the “organic” section of produce and had to grimace at the outrageous prices. When you garden for yourself you can plant the specific fruits and/or vegetables that you’re looking for, you know exactly how well they’re taken care of, and you can enjoy the fruits of your labor without spending a fortune on the end product by starting with seeds or transplants.

 

Last and definitely not least is that, despite all the hard work gardening is fun! It’s incredibly rewarding to watch all the time and effort you spend preparing the soil and setting up your beds turn into a beautiful garden full of tiny green sprouts that will mature and grow into something you can hold in your hands and literally taste the sweet victory of your accomplishments. Even if you’re not a natural born with a green thumb you can still have an incredibly successful garden through persistence and perseverance.

 

So there you have it, fruit and vegetable gardening is a fun way to spend some time each day unwinding and eventually have something that you can sit down and enjoy yourself or with your friends and family. There’s not many other hobbies out there that can offer something so amazing as the delicious flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables right from your own yard. Even if it’s just a single planter or a small bed, you’re sure to find something

Sweet Dragon Fire Drinks

Sweet Dragon Fire Drinks

Sweet Dragon Fire Drinks

Sweet Dragon Fire Drinks are easy to make and the perfect drink for the kids’ Dragons: Race to the Edge party.  Because I’m frugal I decided that making these fun drinks would be cheap as well as delicious and they ended up being just that.  After the fact that I had them made I had another idea that would work as well.  You could get maraschino cherries, and freeze them into the ice trays and then you wouldn’t have to worry about the food coloring found in this drink.  But so much for that idea, that will have to be another day! But for these, I used the store version of Lemon Lime soda, food coloring, plastic cups and of course ice trays.  

It does take a little bit of time to freeze the ice trays but other than that, it is a simple recipe that makes it look like fire! 

Fire-IceAs you can see on the left hand side all I did was fill the ice tray with water, then I used red and yellow food coloring.  I dropped two drops of each into each individual ice cube hole and then placed it into the freezer.  The freezing of the ice mixed the colors together and it turned out to be a pretty orange/red color.  Then, when it was time to assemble the drinks all I had to do was throw the ice cubes into the cup and pour the pop over them.  

Sweet Dragon Fire Drinks Ice

All that is left is to enjoy the fruits of your labor with this colorful and fun Sweet Dragon Fire Drink! 

In this NEW series, Hiccup and Toothless discover a mysterious artifact known as the Dragon Eye, a remarkable relic that contains new information about undiscovered dragons and islands far beyond the borders of known Berk.  This Dragon Eye is the springboard for Hiccup and the Dragon Riders to leave Berk for the first time, leading to epic adventures packed with new worlds and dragons! 

Don’t forget to check out Dragons: Race to the Edge on Netflix and whip up some Dragon Snot for your party

 

Gingersnap Day

Gingersnap Day

Gingersnap Day

Gingersnap Day is celebrated each year on July 1st along with Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day! Gingersnaps are always a treat to have because of their sweet yet spicy kick to them! Molasses, Brown Sugar, Cloves and Ginger are often used to make this cookie and most people either love it or hate it.  I’m not a huge fan of ginger, so I’m not a lover, but when the mood strikes I head into the store and buy a package for $1! 

There are many versions of this cookie, but I prefer the ones above because they are more like a sugar cookie!!

Gingersnaps
A delicious gingersnap cookie!
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3377 calories
459 g
186 g
161 g
32 g
41 g
755 g
3229 g
247 g
20 g
110 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
755g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3377
Calories from Fat 1426
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 161g
248%
Saturated Fat 41g
203%
Trans Fat 20g
Polyunsaturated Fat 45g
Monounsaturated Fat 65g
Cholesterol 186mg
62%
Sodium 3229mg
135%
Total Carbohydrates 459g
153%
Dietary Fiber 9g
36%
Sugars 247g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
28%
Iron
49%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup shortening
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup light molasses
  4. 1 beaten egg
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 teaspoons soda
  8. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  9. 1 teaspoon cloves
  10. 1 teaspoon ginger
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses and egg: beat well. Add sifted dry ingredients, mix well. Roll into small balls. Dip into sugar then place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Makes 4 dozen cookies! Enjoy!
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Dragon Chow Recipe

Dragon Chow Recipe

Dragon Chow Recipe

Dragon Chow Recipe

Making Dragon Chow is one of the easiest and fun ideas I’ve ever had making a new spin on an old classic. I used Cinnamon extract to give it a more cinnamon flavor and of course mixed in two different candies to make it even more unique.  This will be a unique treat for any Dragons Race to the Edge Party! Just be sure that you make sure you guests don’t have an allergy to peanuts before you make up your Dragon Chow with peanut butter! :) 

Iingredients

9 cups Chex Cereal (Cheap brand is fine)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon extract (to make it hotter)

1 package Hot Tamales

1 package Red Hots 

Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Then mix in a box of Tamales and a package of Red Hots. 

Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Dragon Chow

If you wanted to “cheat” you could even use the pre-packaged Chex Mix that they sell in stores, you just wouldn’t be able to add the cinnamon flavor into the Chex mix itself. 

Dragon Chow
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3371 calories
550 g
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119 g
56 g
41 g
765 g
2809 g
307 g
0 g
69 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
765g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3371
Calories from Fat 1008
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 119g
184%
Saturated Fat 41g
204%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 21g
Monounsaturated Fat 48g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2809mg
117%
Total Carbohydrates 550g
183%
Dietary Fiber 38g
153%
Sugars 307g
Protein 56g
Vitamin A
93%
Vitamin C
90%
Calcium
102%
Iron
449%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 9 cups Chex Cereal (Cheap brand is fine)
  2. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate
  3. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon Cinnamon extract (to make it hotter)
Instructions
  1. Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
  2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
  3. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Then mix in a box of Tamales and a package of Red Hots.
  4. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
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 Dragon Chow Red Hots

Then, I took the package of red hots and mixed them into the “puppy chow”.  Making it just a little more colorful and of course a little more hot with cinnamon throughout! 

Dragon Chow Hot Tamales

After that, I then mixed in the package of Hot Tamales to make it even more unique.  Then I sat Toothless by it to watch to make sure no one ate it until after I completed my pictures.  I will say that the kids we had over loved the Dragon Chow and just left me with a bowl that had powdered sugar pieces left in it! 😉 

Don’t forget to check out Dragons: Race to the Edge on Netflix and whip up some Dragon Snot for your party

 

All Creatures Big and Small

All Creatures Big and Small

All Creatures Big and Small is now available on Google Play Store for free for a limited time! Feautring Martin Sheen and Amy Grant their characters tell a story of Noah and the Ark and learn it takes two to make an adventure! This must watch preview is adorable and I’m downloading the film this morning! 

Join the animal kingdom on the journey of a lifetime with the exclusive debut ofAll Creatures Big and Small on Google Play. Featuring the voice talents of Martin Sheen and Amy Grant, and distributed by Entertainment One (eOne), All Creatures Big and Small is a family-friendly, feature-length adventure that reimagines the epic tale of Noah’s Ark.  Just in time for the long holiday weekend,  All Creatures Big and Small will be available for free for a limited time on Google Play starting July 1.
 Meet Dave

In All Creatures Big and Small, a clumsy new species of Nestrians, led by patriarch Dave and son Finny, find themselves left off the list of animals allowed to board Noah’s Ark. With rough waters ahead, the father-son duo scramble in disguise to sneak onto the boat. Caught up in all the excitement, Finny accidentally steps off the boat and gets left behind leaving him and a few new friends to embark on an incredible and harrowing journey to reunite with their family. With the aid of creatures big and small, Dave must turn the Ark around to save his son in this heartwarming adventure of biblical proportions.

Meet Finny

The release of All Creatures Big and Small coincides with the launch of Google Play’s new family-friendly discovery experience that is designed to help parents find apps, games, movies & TV shows and books that are appropriate for their kids.

Hazel from All Creatures Big and Small

About Google Play

Google Play is an online store with millions of digital songs, movies, TV shows, apps, games, books and more.  With access to 30 million songs, thousands of new release movies and next day TV shows, millions of apps and games, and thousands of news sources, Google Play is your one stop shop for digital entertainment on any device.

 

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content.  The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea.  Through established Film and Television divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.

All Creatures Big and Small Coloring Sheet

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All Creatures Big And Small Coloring Sheet

Just to help you celebrate this freebie we are also giving away one $24 Google Play card! Enter for your chance to win on the Rafflecopter below! Good luck! 

 

$25 – Google Play Gift CardsGoogle Play is your one stop shop for millions of digital songs, movies, TV shows, apps, games, books and more.   With a $25 Google Play gift card, readers can choose from family-friendly content similar to All Creatures Big and Small.

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