Garden Gifts Mom Will Love

Mother’s Day is all about showing Mom how much she is loved and appreciated. If your Mom loves to garden, here are some Mother’s Day gift ideas she will love(speaking from a gardening lover herself)! Whether you’re shopping for your Mom, Grandmother or wife, these Mother’s Day gift suggestions for the woman who loves to garden are sure to please!

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.”~ Cardinal Mermillod

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1. Waterproof comfort shoe

2. 9 Herb window garden

3.Floral print garden tool set

4. Garden planner and journal

5. Gardening Kneeling pad

6. Copper plant labels

7. Inspirational Psalm stones

8. Waterproof boots

9. Nitrile gardening gloves

10. Collect, carry and clean colander

11. Women’s gardening hat

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Mouth-Watering Hot Dog Recipes and Ideas

Mouth-watering Hot Dog recipe roundup~ here’s everything you need to know about this classic summertime or anytime food including hot dog recipes, hot dog chilli recipes, hot dog bar ideas, hot dog toppings and hot dog bun recipes! Click on the title to take you to the recipe.

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The California Hot Dog

California Hot Dogs are such a delicious twist on the ever popular hot dogs and the flavor of the creamy avocado, and feta cheese gives this hot dog the taste Summer is made for.

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Air Fryer Hot Dogs

These air fryer hot dogs will save you time in the kitchen!

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Gourmet French Onion Hot Dog

Hot dogs topped with caramelized onions, melted Gruyere cheese, and a super simple sauce are a great way to give your average hot dog a gourmet makeover.

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Keto Pigs in a Blanket

These keto pigs in a blanket are made with almond flour which makes them a great low carb idea.

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Chicago Style Hot Dog

The sacred combo of short peppers, mustard, pickle, relish, onion, tomato, and celery salt makes this a classic.

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Carolina Style Hot Dog

Carolina Style Hot Dogs are covered in a beefy chili, creamy homemade cole slaw, and onions. Ketchup and mustard are optional.

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Hot Dog Chili

This is a rich yet simple chili to add to your hot dog and then you can add any additional chopped veggies or toppings when you’re loading it up.

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Mac and Cheese Hot Dog

All your favorite comfort foods rolled into one.

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1 Hour Homemade Hot Dog Buns

You may never buy a bag of hotdog buns again once you taste these soft and flavourful homemade ones!

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Hot Dog Bar Ideas

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Good Friday Verses and Resurrection Quotes

Here is a collection of Good Friday verses and resurrection quotes to help celebrate the Easter season.

You are loved more than you will ever know by someone who died to know you. Romans 5:8
He is Risen.
It is not your life and your past that determine your life. It is Christ’s life and His past that determine your life.
It is finished.

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Easy Easter or Spring Dessert Idea

Easy Flowerpot Trifles

These flowerpot chocolate trifle desserts, that are prepared in small pots, create the illusion of new growth with spring flowers. Each trifle is layered with chunks of chocolate cake or brownies, chocolate pudding or mousse, whipped cream and Skor bar, and then topped with a decorative flower and leaf. These are easier to make than you think and make a delightful and delicious Easter or spring dessert!

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Use 4 (or however many you may need) unglazed, untreated terra cotta flowerpots(each with a 6 ounce capacity, about 2 3/4 inch tall and 2 3/4 inches across the top). Thoroughly wash the new pots in soap and hot water before using.

Ingredients:

(For 4 Flowerpot Trifles)

1 small chocolate cake(either a mix, from scratch, or store bought)or pan of brownies(you’ll probably have leftovers)

1/2 cup whipping cream

2 Skor chocolate bars

2 small containers (440g each) chocolate pudding snacks or 1 box Jello chocolate mouse

4 decorative icing flowers and leaves(I purchased mine from the Bulk Barn). If you can’t find any, just use mint leaves and omit the flowers to still give the illusion of new growth.

Directions:

I was in a hurry and so just used store-bought two-bite brownies, chocolate pudding snacks and flower wafer decorations. I found the flower decorations and Skor chocolate bars at the Bulk Barn.

If you’re making the cake, make it according to package directions and then cool. If you’re making the chocolate mousse, make it according to package directions. Whip the cream and sweeten to taste.

Chunk and crumble cake. Break up Skor bars. I used bigger chunks within the layers of trifle and then smaller, finer crumbs or pieces to resemble small pebbles or dirt on the the top layer.

In each terra cotta pot start with a bottom layer of chunks of cake, then a layer of mousse, whipped cream and Skor bar. Repeat layers. For the top layer I used chocolate pudding and then the Skor bar crumbs and a decorative wafer/icing flower and leaf. Store in fridge until ready to serve.

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Julienne Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

A colourful and crisp salad idea, this salad recipe is best made ahead of time for flavours to blend.

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Ingredients:

1 cup sliced green beans 2 inch lengths

1 cup julienne strips of carrot 2 inch lengths

1 cup julienne strips of zucchini 2 inch lengths

1/2 cup snap peas

1/2 cup mushrooms

Salt and pepper to taste

Lettuce leaves(or a mix of spring greens), torn in bite sized pieces

Lemon Vinaigrette

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 Tbsp chopped chives

1 clove garlic, minced

Julienne strips:

Blanche the green beans, carrots and snap peas in boiling water for one minute. Immediately drain and plunge into cold water. Drain when cool and dry well. Combine green beans, carrot, zucchini, snap peas and mushrooms.

Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Pour over vegetables, toss well and place on top of lettuce leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Enjoy! I used a mix of spring greens(baby lettuces, baby kale, arugula, baby chard, baby spinach, radicchio) that came in a salad kit from the grocery store.

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Super Refreshing Summer Iced Teas

Sipping on an iced tea on a sizzling hot summer day is so satisfying. Quench your thirst with these homemade super refreshing summer iced teas that are infused with loads of flavour! Click on the title of each to see the recipe.

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Blackberry Infused Earl Grey Iced Tea Latte

This beautiful vibrant delicious addition to your summer table has been pinned over 100 thousand times on Pinterest!

Iced Peach Green Tea

Iced peach green tea is refreshing, fruity, flavourful, and naturally sweetened. No weird syrups or added flavours–just fruit and iced green tea!

Iced Lavender London Fog Latte

Super refreshing, comforting and energizing – this Iced Lavender London Fog Latte Recipe will be your new favorite!

Bubble Tea

Find everything you need to know to make this creamy, delicious, and surprisingly simple Bubble Tea Recipe right at home.

Raspberry Iced Tea

Making iced tea from scratch is super simple and only takes a few ingredients. You can use fresh or frozen raspberries for this refreshing summer drink recipe.

Healthy Homemade Iced Tea

Made from only 3 ingredients, with NO refined sugar and NO artificial sweeteners! Under 50 calories per serving!

Thai Iced Tea

Thai iced tea is made up of a tea mix that’s steeped in hot water, then mixed traditionally with sweetened condensed milk and topped with crushed ice.

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Low Maintenance Front House Landscaping Ideas

Now that spring is here and people are turning their attention to more outdoor projects, here are some great low maintenance front house landscaping ideas that add beauty, enjoyment and increase the curb appeal of your home if you’re thinking of selling.

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Love how a flower bed with simple brick edging, a window box and shutters, and a gate made such a dramatic improvement.

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A neglected corner can be turned into a still low maintenance area with using weed barrier fabric underneath a mulch covering.

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Garden borders and edging add detail for creating beautiful well defined areas.

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Love the idea of using river rock in downspout locations.

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A stacked rock garden feature is another beautiful idea.

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Adding a flower filled window box adds instant charm and appeal.

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A rock garden landscaping idea that is low maintenance and adds design and creativity to a space.

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A sloped yard could utilize a retaining wall. Or it could be changed into an area that doesn’t require grass cutting.

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Panzanella Salad with a Summer Twist

Panzanella salad with sweet cherry tomatoes, crunchy sourdough cubes, juicy mango, crisp cucumber and a delicious dressing is the perfect salad to enjoy today.

Panzanella salad originated from Italy and is traditionally made up of bread, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese. To add a summer twist to it, I’ve added juicy mango. If you don’t like mango, try peaches, nectarines, blueberries, cherries, or watermelon. This recipe has all the traditional ingredients as well as mango, giving it a tropical summer taste to it and crunchy cucumber adding to the freshness.

Ingredients:

5 cups sourdough bread, stale, and cut into 1 inch cubes

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped

3 cups halved cherry tomatoes or 2-3 larger tomatoes chopped

1 cup chopped mango

3 cups chopped cucumber

6 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed or torn

1/4 cup basil

1/4 cup parsley

Dressing:

1/2 cup olive oil

4 Tbsp red wine vinegar

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle 2 Tbsp olive oil over cubed bread in a bowl and toss to coat. Spread bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes or until toasted and edges are golden brown. Cool.

In the meantime, chop the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, mango, garlic, basil, parsley and cheese. Add the bread cubes.

Mix the dressing ingredients together and whisk well. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss well. Let the flavours marinate together for 30 minutes and then serve.

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7 Simple Tips for Beautiful Succulent Arrangements

With just a handful of succulents, some soil and a few decorative elements, you can make a succulent arrangement that will be beautiful, and stand out. Here are some tips for succulent arrangements, succulent bowls and succulent care.

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1. Succulents are hardy and require very little maintenance. If indoors, keep them in the brightest spot available, otherwise they will get stretchy. Light is one of the most important things to keep them healthy. They need at least 4-6 hours of morning light if outdoors, and about 6 hours of the brightest light available if indoors.

2. Succulents don’t mind being packed in tightly together in an arrangement. It slows down their growth rate so they won’t outgrow their container very quickly.

3. You don’t need that many plants to create a bold, colourful and interesting arrangement.

4. I recommend using a container with a drainage hole for water to escape so you don’t get root rot happening. If you plan on having an arrangement for just a short while in a bowl with no drainage hole, you may want to line the bowl first with plastic before adding your soil. After adding the soil, just trim off the top edges of the plastic showing and cover with decorative pebbles, moss or sand.

5. Succulents prefer a lighter soil that’s faster draining with more aeration. Regular potting soil is too heavy and holds too much moisture.

6. Succulents require very little water. They only need watering about once every 1-1/2 to 2 weeks. But check sooner to be sure. They retain water within themselves for several days. With watering, allow the soil to dry between watering. Fertilize about once per month.

7. When choosing succulents to make an arrangement with, choose ones that are already healthy, with no dead or brown leaves, that are firm in their shape and not leggy or stretched out.

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How to Fix a Stretched Out Leggy Succulent

It’s just the start of spring and some of my succulents are looking pretty stretched out and sad after the winter. Today, I’m going to fix that! Do you have a stretched out leggy succulent? Learn how to fix and prevent it from happening again with proper succulent care, tips for planting succulents in pots, propagating succulents, and succulent care indoors.

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A stretched out succulent(also known as etiolation) is caused from a lack of light. Succulents that are needing more light will stretch out towards the nearest light source to them to try to get more light. It can easily happen if you live in a colder climate where you need to bring your succulents indoors for several months and don’t have a really bright spot you can put them in. To prevent a succulent from stretching out, you just need to provide it with more light. A succulent needs 4-6 hours of good light. I’ve included some links to growing lights at the bottom of this article that can help you with that.

Once a succulent is stretched out, the only thing you can do to fix it is to deconstruct it. That doesn’t sound so good but I’ll explain. The good news is you can still keep the top of the succulent if it hasn’t stretched out and repot it and then propagate new plants from the deconstruction process.

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Here are some of my stretched out succulents after a long winter in a spot that wasn’t getting enough light for them. The tops are still okay, but the bottoms are stretched out.

To begin, gently remove the succulent from the potting soil. Remove all the leaves one at a time from the stretched out portion of the succulent, leaving the nonstretched part at the top intact. When you remove a leaf you want to have as clean of a break as possible from the original stem. To remove the leaf, wiggle it back and forth and give it a slight twist. If the leaf tears you’ll have to get rid of it as you won’t be able to propagate it. What is so cool is that each leaf can produce another succulent for you if you decide you want more!

If you are going to propagate the leaves, don’t add water to them right away. They need to dry out for 2-4 days. If you find that you have to cut the original stem(of the deconstructed succulent) to fit a container, cut it 1-2 inches from the bottom and let that dry out as well for 2-4 days keeping it open to air before repotting it. Lay out the leaves on top of the soil to let them dry. After a week, just spray the soil that the leaves are on with a spray bottle and the roots will grow towards the damp soil. Alternatively, you can repot the deconstructed succulent stem in dry soil and wait one week to water it.

When you are ready to repot the succulent, fill your pot with soil. Make sure you use a pot with a drainage hole. Succulents prefer a lighter soil, that’s faster draining with more aeration, so it’s important to use the right kind of soil for them. Regular soil can be too heavy and holds too much moisture for their liking. Make a hole in the soil with your finger and place the stem of the succulent in the hole. Pat the soil down in and around the stem and add any extra soil if needed. That’s all you need to do!

Succulents, like most plants, do better if fertilized regularly. Succulents can be fertilized about once per month.

With the leaves, after a few weeks you’ll see fine hair-like roots developing and soon you will see a new baby succulent plant.

I pulled this one out of the soil to show you the roots. I just turned the leaf around and covered the roots back up again with soil to let it continue growing.

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