Monday, May 21, 2018

Bonbons. A food fit for the Gods! (perfect for us mere mortals)!


When I was little, a Hershey's Kiss was a treat.  now that I am a wee bit older, my tastes have matured, and I have discovered the wonderful excess of exciting Bonbons!  It is my delight to introduce you to Arden Temptations (This is the link to their Facebook page).  They are a new company and have a unique skill at producing exceptional Bonbons.  This is the Founder, Marissa:

Marissa, the BonBon artist!

While her website is under construction, you can order her products via email at ardentemptations@gmail.com.

The only regret you may have is getting the small box!

Best wishes to Marissa and her team of confectioners, and you, dear reader, sending Bonbons to your most cherished friends!

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Monday, May 14, 2018

What is the best vacuum for the couch, carpets, the car, and mattresses?

If all you have is one vacuum, I hope it can do all that. But if you have the resources for several, You can do almost any sucking task that needs doing.
For the couch:
Battery hand vac
Handles light duty jobs, can be stored on the wall or in a utility closet (if there is an outlet nearby). most models will work, read the ratings on Amazon.
For the floors:
This is a Bissell upright. It’s bagless, HEPA, and a “Pet hair” vac, with tools and wands for taking care of the floors and walls, couches, dust bunnies, etc. under $200 and well rated. This is a good all-around house or apartment vac. If you need stronger, Look at the Dyson:
Also a pet hair vac, has lots of suction, and will keep your floors clean. Also has on-board tools. Again, check the ratings and ask your pals what they use. Good vacuums are not always the most expensive.
For the Car:
Here is where you have options; If you have a garage, I highly recommend a shop vac like:
These bad boys have wheels, wet and dry suction, and usually come with tools to get under the seats and in-between the cushions. (yes I have a big one). for light work your battery hand vac can do touch ups in the car, but the shop vac is king. Lots of choices, get one that is highly rated. You can buy a decent one for under one hundred dollars.
a note on vacuuming the mattress:
EcoMaid 1-1/4-Inch 32mm Air Driven Pet Upholstery Turbo Brush Vacuums Nozzle Tool with Pet Attachment Swivel Head
It’s a good idea to have vacuum head that has brushes, to “beat” the dirt off of the mattress. (really good suction helps, so empty the canister before you start).
Good vacuums make a big difference when getting dirt and allergens out of your environment. Obviously there are more choices, but these are the basics. Try to buy the HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter vacuum whenever possible.  Remember to empty the canister BEFORE there is an overloaded canister  problem, and keep in mind that vacuums do not live forever - the technology keeps getting better. Get the best tool for the job and you won’t go wrong.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Secrets of a weekend Gardener - Episode 2 - Planting!

I am hopeful that my last blog has gotten you planting (or at least thinking about it) and that you have seedlings ready to go into the ground!

Seedlings ready to plant!

Should you find yourself without seedlings, go immediately to your nearest big box store, nursery, garden shop, etc., and get yourself some already started, ready to plant vegetable seedlings!  These will save you the anxiety of watching your seedlings sprout (or not) and can get your garden started quickly.

While your seedlings are waiting to be planted, it's time to lay out your garden and prepare the beds.
Simple beds can be made of wood, in a box shape, to contain your planting soil and compost.  If you are building your own garden boxes, it's good to understand that woods like Redwood or Cedar are bug resistant, while regular Pressure treated lumber may leach chemicals into your organic garden, so choose the wood carefully.

VeraCasa Raised Vegetable Garden Bed Kit w/Drainer | 100% Weather-Resistant Plastic | Easy-Maintenance Outdoor Elevated Planter Box for Beginners (Black & White)Best Choice Products Vegetable Raised Garden Bed Patio Backyard Grow Flowers elevated PlanterGiantex Raised Garden Bed Vegetables Fruits Grow Planter Patio Yard Potato Onion Greenes Herb Flower Heavy Duty Wooden Frame Gardening Planting Beds Durable Outdoor Cedar Wood Elevated Planter

Most planter boxes need a layer of landscape cloth, which allows water through and keeps out most weeds and "Volunteer Plants".  When you use kitchen waste for compost, it is easy to forget that seeds from vegetables in your kitchen may germinate on their own, and become "volunteers".  

After the landscape cloth you want some good planting soil, free of contaminants and chemicals.  You may also want to mix in your compost.  Making your own compost saves money and keeps your organic waste from being in the domestic waste stream.  Here is a typical home composter:

Yimby Tumbler Composter, Color BlackCompost Bin by GEOBINJobe’s Organics Compost Starter 4-4-2 Organic Gardening Compost Accelerator, 4 pound bag

Once you have your garden boxes prepared, it's time to plant you seedlings and give them some water to get things started!  Make sure you weed regularly and put some pinwheels or rags on a stick, or even a scare crow to keep birds and pests away.  Also keep an eye out for bugs, and if you find any, use people safe natural treatments.
Here is a "water cannon for deer:

Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer Motion Activated Sprinkler with Day and Night Detection Modes



I imagine these scare the deer off, and since they are motion activated, you don't have to monitor the system a lot.  But make sure you turn it off before it targets YOU!

So you now have a simple overview of how to start your garden.  whether it is elaborate or simple, I hope you get a lot of pleasure from harvesting your own fruits and vegetables. There is nothing so wonderful as fresh picked foods from your own garden.  If you have a bounty, consider sharing with friends and family, so they can enjoy it too!

Harvest Time!

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Secrets of a weekend Gardener - Episode 1 - SEEDS!

My smart-alec nature gets me into trouble a lot.

Looking at Kathy's garden, I was impressed, and immediately commented "it's so much work, maybe you should plant something you can eat - like tomatoes".

The garden, cleaned out and ready for Springtime.

It's now my fault.  Going full tilt - Building garden beds, sometimes buying them.  It seems the garden has quietly grown; but it all starts with seeds.

Some gardeners Germinate foods they like, drying the seeds and saving them for their garden.

The Beginner's Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Everything You Need to Know  - from Amazon

This takes a lot of effort, although I had a friend whose Dad germinated a particular Jersey Beefsteak tomato that was one of the greatest tomatoes I had ever eaten. My takeaway is that you should only save seeds from foods that are exceptional, and nurture them well, so that they continue to be awesome.

Most seeds can be bought from the usual suspects, Home Depot, Lowes, Kmart, Tractor supply, etc.  sharp buyers will see them at the Dollar store, where you should stock up.  Keep your seeds dry and in convenient place, so buying extra can be a plus.

Online you can buy fruit and vegetable seeds from Amazon, eBay, and supply houses.  You can also order live plants, which you can put in the ground after the last frost.

Most plants have to be started inside, either in peat pots, min greenhouses, or using recycled k cups or egg crates like this:


or you can buy mini hot house seed starters like this:
Seed Starting Kit – Complete Supplies – 3 Mini Greenhouse Trays with Dome fits on Windowsill, Fiber Soil Pods, Detailed Instructions. Indoor / Outdoor Gardening. Grow Herbs, Flowers and Vegetables.
This set, from Amazon, has soil pods and a lid (so it can retain moisture like a hothouse)

When you get set up, find a bright table or windowsill to let your plants start.  put 1 - 3 seeds in each cup, so at least 1 will take, and work on your patience; when they start to sprout it is a magical event!

once your seeds are going, it's time to get your garden ready.  Next blog - Garden Planter Boxes! and beds!

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Monday, April 23, 2018

The greatest pancake recipe of all time!

Greatest Pancake recipe of all time?  You need to find out!


Nothing is better than having pancakes for breakfast.  The sizzle of the pancakes when the batter is poured on the griddle,  sticky syrup oozing over hot pancakes, and hot cup of coffee.  This makes for a wonderful breakfast and great memories for kids.  One of the first things my kids learn on the stove is the art of pancake flipping.  knowing when to flip them (when they develop bubbles and holes),  avoiding the hot parts of the griddle, and eating the "not good enough to serve" pancakes.  (chef's privilege).

Here is my recipe, in a  printable image:




While I take great personal pride in my pancakes, it should be noted that pancakes are versatile and can accommodate numerous substitutions;  yogurt can substitute for milk,  applesauce can be substituted for sugar, etc.  feel free to make changes as your cupboard and creativity see fit. 

while specialised equipment is not required, to cook pancakes, there are some neat things you can buy.

Pancake & Cupcake Batter Dispenser - Perfect Baking Tool for Cupcakes, Waffles, Muffin Mix, Crepes, Cake or Any Baked Goods - KPKitchen Easy Pour Home Food Gadget - Bakeware Maker with Measuring LabelTovolo Easy-Flow, Mess-Free Valve, Removable Cap, Pancake Pen 2.0Jobar International JB4672 Pancake Batter Dispenser
Batter Dispensers - Amazon

When not using a stainless steel bowl and big spoon, I own and use several batter dispensers.  They come in handy when making larger batches.

Emoji Smiley Face Pancake Pan - Non-stick Pan Cake Griddle with 7 Unique Flapjack FacesCamp Chef CGG24B Cast iron grill/griddleT-fal A92114 / C4061484 Specialty Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 18-Inch x 11-Inch Double Burner Family Griddle Cookware, 18-Inch, Black
Stove top griddles work better than a big pan for making uniform pancakes.  I usually make silver Dollar pancakes, 2-4 inches in diameter, so I like having more room to flip them.  Electric griddles are great because you are not married to the stove, and can bring them to events where all you need is an electric outlet!

KaraMona Silicone Turner Spatula Set of 4 Rainbow Color, BPA Free & FDA Approved, Set Contains: Large Slotted Turner Spatula, Wide Slotted Turner Spatula, Large Spatula, Regular SpatulaMakidar 5PCS Fried Egg Mold Egg Ring Egg shaper SUS304 Stainless Steel Pancake Mold Kitchen Tool Pancake RingsTurner Set | 2 Pack | Large and Small Kitchen Spatulas | Stainless Steel & Silicone | Non-Stick and Heat Resistant Utensils for Cooking, Flipping and Pressing (UpGood Kitchen Tools, Shadow Black)
A good pancake flipper makes it easy to work the grill.  metal onse could damage non-stick surfaces, so use the appropriate one.

PancakeBot 2.0 PNKB01BK2 - Pancake Printer, Black
PancakeBot 2.0 PNKB01BK2 - Pancake Printer

Technology has not passed by the pancake industry.  This 3D pancake machine allows you to make artwork, pictures, and signs in pancakes.  Very cool, High-Tech way to make unique pancakes.

However you make them, Enjoy your pancakes, however you get them!

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The Authors Grandson, age 5, feasting on pancakes.
Greatest pancake recipe in the world
Greatest pancake recipe of all time