My Sister My Best Friend

Good morning everyone. I hope all of you are having a great start to your day. I need to apologize to all of you for being MIA for the past few weeks. This has been a very rough time for not only me but my family and the business. Some of you may know that my business partner but more importantly my sister and my best friend was diagnosed with lung cancer 2 years ago. It was a difficult time for all of us but more importantly for Eryn. She fought a very good fight but last Saturday she lost the fight. She went peacefully with her family around her. The one saving grace is that she is no longer suffering.

I know that the business has lacked much needed attention but more importantly you all have lacked the information and help that you are looking for. For that I do apologize. I struggled with work and life. This not an excuse but unfortunately a fact. Eryn was not married, only has one child and my brother and I were her only family. It’s was necessary for me to focus on her, not only necessary but the only way I could get through this very tough time.

I want to let all of you know that I am truly sorry for not being here for all of you. I also want to thank all of you that continued to come to the site and our social media pages. It was all of you that kept us alive! I also want to especially thank those of you who continued to purchase products through our links. For that I will always be grateful!

I really considered closing the site down but after thinking long and hard over the situation I came to realize that Eryn would be very disappointed if I did. She loved this site, wanted it to keep going during her illness and would be very upset with me if I just “gave up” on something so near and dear to her heart.

It may be a couple of days before I get back to posting for all of you. I need to help my nephew with all the hurdles he’ll be facing over the next couple of weeks but I promise to be back in full force as quickly as I can.

To all of you who stuck with us I will be forever grateful. Without all of you I would not have a business that made my sister proud and that she loved so very much. Thank you all for all your love and support! To My Sister My Best Friend and My Business Partner I will always love you and I miss you so very very much! Rest In Peace Eryn!


Control Tomato Pests Organically

Organic Tomato Pest Control Solutions

It’s that time of year! All of us are getting those tomato plants in and we are all ready for that wonderful feast. As a tomato gardener, you will no doubt encounter a whole host of common garden pests. Creepy critters like cutworms, flea beetles, grasshoppers, spider mites, and root weevils are all too eager to feast on your beautiful, healthy plants. There are Organic Tomato Pest Control Solutions for these little critters.

Three of the most common tomato pests you’ll want to guard against are aphids, stink bugs and tomato fruit worms. The damage these little buggers cause is varied, so it pays to know exactly what you are up against with each. So, let’s look at each one and discuss some Organic Tomato Pest Control Solutions to get rid of them.

Aphids

These tiny green or black insects can be either winged or wingless. They like to hang out in clusters on the bottom side of tomato leaves or tomato stems. They suck moisture and nutrients out of your tomatoes, causing curled and yellowed leaves and stunted plants.

Stink Bugs

These things are the worst in my opinion. True to their name, stink bugs let off a very foul odor if threatened or squashed. Both nymphs and adults damage your tomatoes by sucking their sap and attacking the fruit. Young and adult stink bugs look the same with an easily recognized shield-shaped body. Adults can be black, brown or green, and either with or without markings. Youths are basically just smaller versions of adult stink bugs. When they attack your tomatoes, your plants are weakened and young fruit may form improperly as a result. Yellow-white spots beneath the skin of ripened fruit are a common sign of stink bug damage to your crops.

Tomato Fruit Worms

Also known as the corn earworm, these pink, green or brown insects with light striping can grow to nearly 2 inches long. These are moth larvae that bore into the tomato fruit to feed. Moths lay their eggs close to tomato stems when the tomatoes are still green. Approximately a week later, you will have a tomato fruit worm problem.

Once you see any of these common and frustrating tomato pests on your plants, you’ll want to take immediate action. For starters, spray the affected areas with a strong stream of water to dislodge these critters. If you spray several days consecutively, you can eliminate multiple generations of these quickly multiplying pests. Once you’ve done that, you’ll also want to employ any of the following organic pest control methods.

Organic Tomato Pest Control Solutions

• Hand Picking – throw on a pair of gardening gloves and fill a large can with warm, soapy water. Then simply pluck the little “darlings” off your plants and drop them into the can.

• Weeding – keep the areas around your plants free from weeds and other garden debris as this eliminates a favorite habitat and hiding place for many garden pests.

• Organic Insecticidal Soap – mix with water to create a 2 to 3% solution and apply directly to common tomato pests for best results.

• Neem Oil – this organic, plant-based oil is very effective against aphids, stink bugs and tomato fruit worms. You can find it in many garden centers or order it online. Apply according to package directions for best results.

• Beneficial Insects – introduce beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, praying mantis, and lacewings (all available for order online) to your garden and let them do what they do best.

Garden pests are an inevitable fact of life for tomato gardeners. However, with a little education like these Organic Tomato Pest Control Solutions and the right resources, you’ll be able to protect your hard work so you can relax and enjoy the fruits of your labors.


Out The Door Good Morning Breakfast Burritos

Out The Door Good Morning Breakfast Burritos

I know when my children were growing up that mornings, especially school mornings, were a rush, hot mess. With all that’s going on to get everyone ready to head out the door breakfast can be nothing more than a quick drink of coffee or juice. Coming up with decent, well rounded, easy things to feed our families in a rushed morning just isn’t easy. This Out The Door Good Morning Breakfast Burritos is made in the microwave and can be whipped up in a matter of just a few minutes. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

Ingredients:

8 eggs

4 TBSP mild salsa

4 TBSP shredded cheddar cheese

4 small tortillas

Directions:

Spray a microwave safe bowl with cooking spray.

In a separate bowl whisk the eggs slightly. Stir in the salsa and cheese until blended together well. Pour the mixture into the microwave bowl.

Cook the mixture on high for 5 minutes or until the eggs are solid.

Lay each tortilla out flat and fill each one with 1/4 of the egg mixture.

Roll each tortilla closed over the filling.

That’s all there is to these Out The Door Good Morning Breakfast Burritos! If you have extra time you can brown up a little sausage or cook some bacon and spread over the egg mixture before rolling up the tortilla. I hope you enjoy this easy but filling breakfast delight.


Easy To Make Homemade Pineapple Cherry Cupcakes

Easy To Make Homemade Pineapple Cherry Cupcakes

My husband loves cupcakes and muffins. I was tired of making the same ole same ole so I gave this recipe a try. These Easy To Make Homemade Pineapple Cherry Cupcakes turned out pretty good. The best part-he loved them. Maybe too much LOL.

Ingredients:Easy To Make Homemade Pineapple Cherry Cupcakes

2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup + 1/3 Cup unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs, room temperature
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple slices, drained and juice reserved
2/3 Cup brown sugar, packed
24 Maraschino cherries

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Fill 2 muffin tins with cupcake papers and spray lightly with baking spray.

In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl beat together 3/4 Cup of room temperature butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until blended in well. Add the vanilla and beat until mixed in well.

Alternately beat in the flour mixture and reserved pineapple juice, beating well after each addition, until all is added and mixed in well. Set aside until ready to use.

Slice the pineapple slices into 4 pieces each.

Melt the remaining 1/3 Cup of butter in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Stir the butter to completely melt any leftover chunks. Stir in the brown sugar until completely mixed in. Place 1 Tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake paper.

Put 2 slices of pineapple into the cupcake paper over the sugar mixture. Add a cherry to the middle of the slices.

Stir the cake batter one more time then fill each cupcake paper 2/3 full.

Bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven for 23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

Let the cupcakes cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Invert the cupcakes onto a wire cooling rack and remove the cupcake papers. Let stand until cool enough to eat or store.

Want to make this recipe just a little easier? Substitute a boxed yellow cake mix. Just leave out the flour, soda, salt, sugar and 3/4 Cup of butter. Dump the cake mix into a bowl, beat in the vanilla, eggs and pineapple juice until the mixture is mixed together well. You’ll save a little time and the recipe tastes just as good. I hope you enjoy these Easy To Make Homemade Pineapple Cherry Cupcakes as much as we do.


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