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Friday, May 6, 2016

Nature is Beautiful - Re-potting discounted plants

Gardening is one of my hobbies. I wanted to take a moment and show you one of my flowers the way I see it. Yesterday it was off and on raining but between the sprinkles and bursts of rain I went out and grabbed a shot of my red Lily. I got this Lily discounted because they pot was overgrown with roots. All I had to do was re-pot the plant, which is something you end up needing to do anyways when planting with planters and pots. I wanted to share this because I wanted to remind everyone how beautiful nature can really be. So here is my unfiltered photo of my red Lily covered in rain drops. Please feel free to comment with any comment or share pictures of why you feel nature is beautiful. I'd love to see them.

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I want to add a little more about finding discounted plants and on re-potting plants. You don't need to have a lot of money to do this hobby. Go to Lowes, Kmart, your local Greenhouse, even Kroger. Basically any place that sells live potted plants. A lot of these places will have a discount section or discount shelf, rack, cart, ect and see if they have any discounted plants to offer. They usually have tags with care instructions. Easy to grow, hard to grow, shade, sun and things like this are found on the tags. Wilted plants are okay as long they don't show a lot of brown. That just means they need watered. You may even see that they have a lot of dead flowers on them. That's okay. The dead flowers will need to be pinched off. This particular plant had a nest of roots growing out from the bottom of the pot. When potting a plant, any container will do. Re-purpose old pots, storage containers, butter bowls, you get the idea. If you don't like the way it looks then just paint the container. Just make sure the pot is larger than current container and that roots will have room to spread out.  Next you need dirt/soil. While having the better named soils that have extra fertilizer and balance is ideal for larger plants and more blooms, you can you dollar store soil and still have a beautiful garden or pot. To be truthful the soil this beauty is planted in, I paid $1 for an 8 lb bag. And of course water to water the plant. You can use fertilizer too if you wish. They sell fertilized soil, pellets, granuals, and even liquids. Fill your pot with enough soil so that you can sit the current container and flower in the pot and the old pot comes below the lip of new container. Then comes the hardest part (not really hard) of re-potted a plant. Loosen the edge of the soil of the plant, if they container is flexible then squeeze it gently at the bottom. The idea of this is to grab the base of the stem of flower and be able to pull the whole plant, soil and all, from the old pot. Don't tug too hard because you may break the stem. Loosen it again if it seems to tough to pull, until the plants slides right out of the pot. Some people suggest that you fan out the very bottom of the root system once you get it out of the pot. This step is up to you. Then simply place the plant into its new pot and finish filling the side with soil. If you want to make a large pot fill, with several flowers, just do the same as the steps above and then fill in between each section with soil. It's really not hard and doesn't have to be pricey to have beautiful flowers.

Gluten Free Apple Cake recipe

I tried looking online for a simple Gluten Free Apple Cake recipe but I couldn't find one that suited what I was looking for. So I made one up. This recipe uses Old Reed's Mill Gluten Free Flour, but I am sure you can use any gluten free flour or regular flour.

Gluten Free Apple Cake

2 cup gluten free flour
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter
½ cup vegetable oil (can also use olive oil)
2 tablespoons Baking Powder
2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
¼ tablespoon salt
¾ cups water
4 large apples peeled and diced

Mix all ingredients well. Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 25 minutes.

This tastes great as is or you can add a caramel icing.

Homemade Play Dough..for those rainy days

Today I thought I would share a recipe for Homemade play dough.  This is great for those days that aren't nice enough to go out and play.

Homemade play dough

  • 1/2 cup salt 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1 cup flour 
  • food dye (any colors you wish, the neon collection is nice) 
  • newspaper or cheap tablecloth to cover the surface you're working on

In a medium bowl mix the salt and flour together.  Add a few drops of the food coloring (in the color of your choice) to the water, until your desired color is reached.  Remember to start with a little food dye at a time, you can always add more but you can't remove the dye once it's been added. Knead the mixture together and let you child have fun.

Please note that if you use too much food dye that it may temporarily stain your child's hands but will come off with a few hand washings.


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