April 16, 2012

How do you prepare for the Spring season?

Spring

Spring has sprung!

This time of year makes me wake up after a long winter of drab, dreary weather and want to pop out into the sun and enjoy its warm rays. It's time to start puttering around outside, plant seeds, plan gardens, watch flower bloom and trees sprout, and generally enjoy being outdoors after being cooped up inside staring restlessly outside. It's time to pull out your sun hats and shades, grab your garden tools, drag out your hammocks and swings, and jump back in to the world of outdoor living. But with outdoor living spring allergies inevitably make a return as well.

I don't know about where you are, but here in Maryland spring has definitely made its presence known! We had a very mild winter, so spring got an early start this year, and so did the spring allergies that come along with the beautiful blooms and milder weather.

As I'm getting older my allergies are getting worse. I love the blossoms and weather of spring, BUT I hate allergies so spring isn't always my favorite time of year. In fact most years I dread spring because I'm miserable once the blooms start popping out. This year with the early start of spring it's been especially bad, but fear not..there is some relief!

I'm a big fan of homeopathic remedies. I would much rather deal with something naturally than with unneeded medication and chemicals, so when I was asked to try Similasan Nasal Allergy Relief nasal mist I jumped at the chance! I was sent some to try out and I've really been pleased with the results of this product. The mist helps alleviate the symptoms of spring allergies, all while doing so with a natural twist.

So how does it work?

Similasan Nasal Allergy Relief homeopathic nasal mist takes the body's natural ability to deal with nasal allergy symptoms (You know the ones...those uncomfortable and irritating things like a runny nose, itching and/or burning of the nose, sneezing and congestion) and makes our natural defenses kick in to high gear.

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So where do you find Similasan products? They are available at your local Walgreens stores and at all the major online retailers as well, so they aren't hard to find. If you're a spring allergy suffer like I am and are looking for a homeopathic method of alleviating your spring nasal allergy symptoms look no further, you'll love Similasan Nasal Allergy Relief! I tried it and loved it!!

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Now get outside and enjoy this Spring weather! It's OK to even say hello to the flowers! Happy Spring!

Posted by Dianne at 9:00 AM

April 6, 2012

Easter Fun: Chocolate Covered Peeps and Kool-Aid Dyed Eggs!

Chocolate Covered Peeps

It's that time of year again, I'm not sure how we're back here but we are, it's Easter! Today I'm sharing a couple of fun little things to do, that aren't complicated, and the kids will love. So break out the Peeps and get ready to color some eggs. It's time to have some fun!

Oh and don't forget to check out a few links at the bottom for egg salad and deviled eggs so you'll have something to do with those eggs after you're done dying them.

Let's get our Easter on!

What You'll Need for the Chocolate Covered Peeps:
Peeps (Note: Preferably bunnies)
Bamboo skewers
1 package of chocolate chips (Note: I used semi-sweet, but you could use dark or milk chocolate instead.)
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Sprinkles

Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a glass bowl. Microwave for one minute and then stir. Next microwave on 20 second intervals, stirring between each round, until chocolate is melted and completely smooth.

Place a Peep on a bamboo skewer. You want to push the skewer all the way up in to the bunny to its ears. When you put chocolate on the Peep it's going to get heavy and if you don't push the skewer all the way in it will fall off in to your chocolate with the weight.

Chocolate Covered Peeps: Bunny!

Dip the Peep in Chocolate and use a spoon to cover the bunny completely with chocolate:

Chocolate Covered Peeps: Dipped in Chocolate

Hold chocolate covered Peep over a plate and sprinkle with your choice of sprinkles.

Carefully lay the chocolate/sprinkled Peep on a baking sheet that has been lined with a silicone baking mat, or wax paper and let chocolate harden.

Then eat!

Notes: These are good as is, or you can dip them into hot chocolate. Yum!

Kool-Aid Dyed Easter Eggs

What You'll Need for the Kool-Aid Dyed Eggs:
White eggs, boiled and cooled
Kool-aid packets (Note: We use Tropical Punch, Pink Lemonade, Grape, Orange, Lemon Lime and Lemonade. They all worked except for the Lemonade. There isn't enough color in the mix to work.)
1/2 cup of water for each packet of Kool-Aide
Narrow glasses (Note: You want them to be narrow enough so that the liquid will cover an egg entirely, but not too narrow or the egg won't fit.)

First you want to boil your eggs. You've probably boiled eggs before, but I'm going to tell you right now how to boil the perfect egg.

Gently place eggs in a pot and cover with water until there is 2 inches of water above the top of the pile of eggs. Add in two tablespoons of sea salt, cover the pot and bring eggs to a boil. As soon as the pot begins a rapid boil turn off the heat and let the pot sit for ten minutes covered.

At the end of 10 minutes gently drain the pot and cover the eggs with cool/cold water. Let eggs sit for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove eggs from the cool water and let them cool completely to room temperature. At least an hour. (Note: This is only for coloring eggs. If you're using the eggs to cook with once they've had the cool water bath they're ready to go, or you can store them in the fridge for up to a week.)

When you're ready to dye your Easter eggs here's what you do...

Add Kool-Aid Powders to separate glasses (see note above about glasses) and then pour 1/2 cup of water in each glass. Stir to mix.

Using a spoon gently lower eggs down in the glass. Make sure to let the spoon rest under the egg so it won't get stuck in the glass. Let the eggs sit for a few minutes, or as long as you like, until the egg reaches the desired color.

Place eggs in a carton to dry. The eggs with darken in color as they dry.

Repeat the process until all the eggs are dyed.

Store in the fridge after dying. The eggs can still be used for deviled eggs or egg salad if you don't use them to hunt.

Notes: The Kool-Aid has citric acid in it so that is why you don't need to add that or vinegar in to the glasses.

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April 2, 2012

Meatless Monday At The Greenists: Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Red Beans & Rice

I'm posting over at The Greenists today for Meatless Monday with a Slow Cook Red Beans and Rice. Pop over say hello!

Thank goodness it's almost Tuesday!

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