Thursday, June 20, 2013

Potpourri direct from Las Vegas, Nevada

Now available with Potpourri in Handmade:
Potpourri direct from the blender in Las Vegas, Nevada

This potpourri is filled with wonderful fragrances that will warm your home and enhance your lifestyle. Made fresh weekly using unique blends of color and botanicals.

Made from 100% natural ingredients with bright color mixes and unusual botannical pieces, this potpourri is available in a variety of fragrance blends, from Antique Jasmine to Ginger Peach. Sold in 5 x 3 1/4 x 13" or sachets.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Home Grown: Talking to Plants

The theory that plants benefit from human conversation dates to 1848, when German professor Gustav Fechner published the book "Nanna (Soul-life of Plants)." The idea is a popular one, and has spawned several more books and even an album — recorded in 1970 by an enterprising dentist — titled "Music to Grow Plants By." But will crooning compliments to your ficus really have any effect on its growth?

"There isn’t a lot of research in this area, but there is evidence that plants respond to sound," says Rich Marini, head of Penn State’s horticulture department. "Wind or vibration will induce changes in plant growth. Since sound is essentially vibration, my guess is that vibration is causing a response."

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Here's How To... Make Jams and Jellies

Jelly, jam, preserves, conserves, marmalades and fruit butters are all made from fruit, preserved by sugar and thickened or gelled to some extent.

To gel properly, sweet spreads must contain the right combination of fruit, pectin, acid and sugar. The fruit gives each spread its unique flavor and color. Fruit also supplies the water needed to dissolve the other ingredients and some or all of the pectin and acid. Good quality, flavorful fruits make the best sweet spreads.

If combined with the right amount of acid and sugar, pectins cause a gel to form.

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Home Grown: Remove Grass Clippings, or Not?

Should you remove your grass clippings or leave them where they fall?

The experts can actually make a case for either removing or not removing the clippings from your lawn. Those homeowners that let their grass get very tall before they mow will have to remove the clippings. Heaps of clippings piled in windrows by the mowers look unsightly and block sunlight, turning the lawn yellow beneath. In effect, the clippings act like mulch. Remove those clippings and relegate them to the compost pile, or, let them dry for a day or two and use them to mulch your garden, if you haven't applied a broad-leaf herbicide to your lawn.

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Recipe Archive: Chicken and Dumplings

Recipes for chicken and dumplings were brought to America by French, German British and eastern European immigrants, just to name a few. And variations can be found among the Pennsylvania Dutch and in the Deep South, the Midwest, and New England.

To prepare the dumplings, combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Stir to blend. Bring butter and milk to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Drizzle into the dry ingredients and mix well. This will be a fairly dry dough.

Form the dough into 6 loose ovals or rounds, about 2 inches in diameter.

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