Sunday, June 28, 2015

3 Summer Salads with Garden Fresh Tomatoes

Do you have lots of tomatoes from your garden that you need recipe ideas for?  We do too!  We are enjoying our raised bed gardens this year and we just happen to have a bumper crop of tomatoes that I've been using in some yummy summer salads I'd like to share with you. 
We've been trying to pick them when they just start turning so the birds and bugs don't get to them before we do.  I stage them in the kitchen window to ripen to their beautiful red color.
These lovelies were picked all in one day's harvest.  It's an every day job to keep up with who's starting to turn in the tomato section of the garden.
I found these cute little baskets at the dollar store.  They have the texture of the paper ones you see in grocery stores, but they are plastic and washable! So cute!  They make for a nice container in the fridge.
Ready for some recipes?  As usual here on Clover House, all three of these salads are easy and good all at the same time.  First up is this yummy tomato basil salad.

Tomato Basil Salad
  • tomatoes cut into bite sized chunks
  • extra virgin olive oil (about 2 tblsp)
  • balsamic vinegar (about 1 tblsp)
  • fresh basil chopped small
  • garlic chopped fine
  • red onion diced
  • salt and black pepper
Add oil, vinegar, basil, garlic, onion, s & p to a bowl and stir together.  Add tomatoes and toss to coat.  I don't have exact measurements on this salad because I usually just add enough ingredients to the amount of tomatoes I have.  This salad gets a better flavor the longer it sits in the fridge marinating.
Next up is my favorite of all salads, Cucumber tomato salad.  Yum!

Cucumber Tomato Salad
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cucumbers, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 cup tomatoes, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced small
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  •  salt and pepper to taste
Add vinegar, oil and sugar to a bowl and wisk together.  Add the remaining ingredents and toss to coat.  Let sit for about 30 minutes before serving to let the flavors mingle.
And the last salad is my Guacamole Salad that I've already shared on the blog right HERE.  It so yummy for summer!  Hopefully you can try all three of these salads and enjoy them as much as we do!

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Planting a Pineapple Top

Do you like plants? We do!  We also like to try things we see on Pinterest sometimes just to see if they work.  This post is what we used as reference for our experiment.  You may want to use our reference post for a good picture of what any of our steps looks like.  They took more detailed pictures than we did.  THANK YOU so much Maui Jungalow for your step by step instructions!
This is a fun experiment and we cant wait to see if our plant will actually reproduce another pineapple like they say it will.  They say it takes about 2 years to yield fruit.
First of all you will need a fresh pineapple.  Try to get one with a healthy looking top on it.  Save your top and trim or peel the very bottom leaves off the top to expose the meat of the stem.  Then you'll need a glass that your top can rest in without falling completely into the water. By the way, we used rain water for rooting our top.  We felt like the yucky chemicals in our faucet water would hinder the root action.
When your top has roots looking about like this, you'll be ready to plant it in a flower pot with some healthy dirt.  The rooting process took about 3 weeks to get to the point you see above.  We kept the glass with its pineapple top in a sunny room for the entire 3 weeks, changing its water once per week.  Keep your water level just to the bottom of the green leaves.
When your roots have reached a substantial length in the glass, plant the top in moist dirt just to the very bottom of the green leaves, not any deeper.
We already have new growth in the center of the plant.  Three new little leaves.  From what we've read, this is where the new plant will start to grow.  How exciting!
Just three little steps and you'll be on your way to growing your very own pineapple plant!  If you've tried this experiment before, please share your results with us, if not.....maybe you will now!

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Holy Guacamole Salad

Holy Guacamole this stuff is good! Sorry, I just had to say it! Heehee!  I was planning on making the regular guacamole for dipping, but my avocados were not quite soft enough for that.  That's when this salad happened.
This stuff is seriously good and I do believe I could eat it every day.  It's quick and easy to put together so you can make this on those nights when you are running short on time.
Guacamole Salad

Ingredients:
  • 2 ripe avocados, cut into big chunks
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • Cilantro to your liking, I used about a handful from our garden
  • Roma tomatoes, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Dressing:
  • Juice of 1 lime - remember, roll it on the counter before you cut and juice
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
Whisk together the lime juice, garlic powder and diced garlic in a bowl.   Now add all other ingredients and toss.  Refrigerate or serve right away.

What an awesome summer salad to add to your menu!  I hope you try it too.  I know we will be having this often! Yum!

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

DIY Vinyl Door Greeting

Now back to our regularly scheduled program! LOL! I only say that because last week I shared a beauty tip instead of a household tip.  If its good you gotta share right?!?!! Go HERE to see last week's post.
We live in Texas and its been raining. A lot!  No really, like its been flooding and stuff!  So, one rainy Saturday morning (yesterday) I decide our front door wanted a make over, so I gave it one!
This was our boring little door to begin with.  It's not saying anything at all right now.  Lets fix that!
I used what I had on hand.  I love when I can do that!  So cool and so FREE!  For this project I used my Cricut Expressions machine, my ZooBalloo cartridge and some vinyl from Expressions Vinyl.

This welcome word is on page 123 of the ZooBalloo manual.  I cut my welcome out at 2 inches, removed the excess vinyl and left the word stuck to my cutting mat.  Next I cut a peice of transfer paper also from Expression Vinyl.
I peeled the backing off the transfer paper and pressed it onto the welcome word.  Use your finger to go over each letter to make sure the transfer paper is adhering to it.
Gently start to remove the transfer paper making sure your vinyl is attaching to it.  See how the "L" didn't want to go with the transfer paper? Just place it back over the letters and rub to get it going again.
The transfer paper is slightly tacky, so using the extra paper along the bottom of my word, I lined it up to where I wanted to permanently place it.
Firmly rub with your fingers to transfer the vinyl to the door.  I went over the entire word about three times to make sure it was clinging to the door.  Oh, one note of advice.  Make sure your door is clean and free of any dirt that would cause your vinyl to not want to stick.
After you've firmly pressed the greeting onto the door, remove the transfer paper by pulling at an angle so as to NOT lift your newly placed greeting off the door that you worked so hard to get into just the right place.
There ya go! I like it, but wait!  Why not add the house number while I'm at it.  Great idea, believe I will!
Ok, that's better.  Now I'm loving it.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this picture yesterday.  If your not already following me and you'd like to,  just search ddcamp170 on Instagram.
Here's my before and after shots.  What do you think?  More "welcoming" now? LOL!
Isn't it fun how such a small little added detail makes such a big difference?  Would you like to know how I made my SUMMER wreath?  Go HERE for the full tutorial.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cleaning Your Beauty Blender

This post is again, a little off topic from what we usually talk about here on the blog, but every now and again I find a really good beauty tip and I have to share it with you!
For Christmas I received my very first ever Beauty Blender.  They are not cheap so I try my best to take good care of it.  I've tried several ways to clean my cute little pink makeup sponge, but with no luck until now.  I found my remedy on Pinterest of course.
Dawn dish soap to the rescue!  You will need a microwave safe bowl, Dawn dish soap and hot tap water.
See my little blender there?  That's actually what it would look like after I "washed" it using my hand soap in the bathroom.  It doesn't look very clean huh?  Actually it was pretty clean, but very stained by my makeup. 
First, I added hot tap water to my bowl with Dawn dish soap.  I worked my sponge by squeezing and releasing until I thought I had it pretty clean.  After that, I let it sit for about an hour while I finished making supper.
Next, I rinsed it under warm running water until it was free of any soapy bubbles.  Looks pretty good now!  Look how much make up is in the bowl of water there!
After I rinsed my bowl out really well, I added more water to the bowl, dropped my blender in and gave it a good squeeze so it would fill with water and then popped it into the microwave for about 1 minute 45 seconds.  This sanitizes it so no creepy crawlies will grow in it.  CAUTION! The bowl and water will be very hot.  Please be careful and remove the bowl from microwave and let cool.
Now I have a freshly cleaned and sanitized sponge to help cover all my experience lines with! YAY!  I do this cleaning process about once every two weeks to make sure I'm not smearing all kinds of yucky germs on my face daily.  In the meanwhile, I continue to wash it with hand soap after each use.

Want to see what I've shared in the BEAUTY section on my blog?  Look HERE.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Tropical Green Smoothie with a Secret Ingredient

We've been trying to eat better because of course that makes us feel better, so today I have a recipe I found on Pinterest (original link HERE) and thought I'd share it with you.  We've added a secret ingredient to our smoothie for an extra health benefit.  Keep reading. 
Doesn't that look yummy?   That's because it is!  Even though this is a green smoothie, its sweet so that makes it even better in my books!
You will need the following items to make your very own glass of yumminess!

Tropical Green Smoothie

Blender
1 - 13.5oz can of Coconut Milk (1 1/2 cups)
1 - Handful of greens (I used Kale, Spinach and Chard)
1 - large Banana (Very ripe and frozen is best)
1/2 cup - Mango Chunks (Frozen is best)
1/2 cup - Pineapple (Frozen is best)
1 - Lime's juice and zest
Optional - SECRET INGREDIENT - We added a few sprigs of fresh Cilantro from our garden just because is has amazing health benefits!  See below for all the benefits.
Add all of your ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
Enjoy immediately.  This makes enough for two smoothies, one for me and one for my Honey!

ABOUT OUR SECRET INGREDIENT:  Did you know that CILANTRO lowers blood pressure, guards against bacterial infection from Salmonella, reduces swelling, helps in the prevention of urinary tract infections, relieves arthritis, helps reduce nausea, reduces cholesterol, reduces cellulite, improves digestion, relief for stomach aches, eases mood swings associated with premenstrual syndrome, reduces cramping, promotes liver function, disinfects and detoxifies the body, lowers blood sugar, helps with insulin secretion, works as a natural anti-fungal and antiseptic for skin, works as a lung expectorant and helps conjunctivitis and other stresses on the eyes.  See HERE for original post I borrowed this information from.

We have about 6 Cilantro plants growing in our garden and it comes back with no help at all year after year.  I'm almost sure we have a little bit of Cilantro every single day in our meals.  It's good and good for you!
And of course, every tropical drink is better with an umbrella straw!  I hope you try this smoothie and enjoy it as much as we do.  This is definitely a keeper!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Garden Plant Markers

A few weeks back we planted our garden and since my honey did all the planting, I kept forgetting where everything was located.  I'm pretty sure he was tired of me asking him....so....I made some plant markers using supplies I already had on hand.  Guess what? That makes them FREE! YAY!
Even the little plant clip art was free too!  Can you guess what I used as the markers yet?
You guessed it, left over wooden blind slats!  You're so smart!!  I hold on to these hoping to use them for something good and not have to throw them away.  Look HERE for another project I used them for.
I found this free veggie clip art on Freepik.com HERE.  They were perfect size for my project.

You will need the following items to re-create my plant markers:
Veggie Clip Art
Printer
Sharpie Marker - black permanent ink
Scissors
Wooden Slats cut to 12" lengths (I used our chop saw to cut these)
Mod Podge in the Outdoor formula
Foam paint brush (small)
After you print out your clip art, using sharp scissors, cut out each picture staying pretty close to the printed area.
I situated the clip art at the top of the markers for placement and then with the Sharpie, I wrote in the name of each vegetable.  Let the Sharpie dry really well and then proceed to using the Mod Podge to hold it all in place.
I swiped on a bit of glue, laid the clip art down, then went over the entire wording and clip art two more times with Mod Podge.  Let each thin coat dry really well before going on to the next.
And here it is out in the garden.  The markers slid into place really easy and now I dont have to ask my honey bun where each plant is anymore! LOL!
Have you made garden plant markers for your garden?  What did you use?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Check out last week's post about Making Your Own Organic Compost.

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