6 Bell Pepper Recipes

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:52 am on Monday, September 8, 2014

Check out that mighty fine orange bell pepper I grew in my garden!

I have a rainbow of bell peppers in my fridge thanks to my garden and my pepper growing experiment. Here’s some ideas for what do to with them:

Roasted Red Peppers

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Baked Eggs In Bell Pepper Rings

Spanish-style Lamb Stew with Roasted Red Peppers

Polenta-Stuffed Peppers

Sausages and Peppers Yum!

What’s your favorite way to have bell pepper?

5-Minute Cardboard Wheelbarrow

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:32 am on Friday, September 5, 2014

Check it out: the 5-Minute Cardboard Wheelbarrow. It’s made out of a cardboard box and PVC pipe. A great toy for little time and money.

Is there no end to the toy potential of a cardboard box?

Cake Stand As Soap Holder

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:27 am on Thursday, September 4, 2014

Good idea: Cake Stand As Soap Holder. Looks elegant, keeps the soap off the counter, and is a clever way to store your cake stand, too.

My Grocery Store Onions

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:46 am on Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Last spring, I bought some red pearl onions to use in a stew. I didn’t use all of them, and they started to sprout.

Naturally, I put them in the ground.

Fast forward to last week. The onion plants had grown large and flowered. I collected the seeds to grow next year. Now the plants were starting to wilt. It seemed to be time to harvest.

So I did.

And I ended up with a nice bundle of onions.

And they were free!

Here they are after being sprayed off with a hose.

It goes to show that it pays to stick sprouting onions in the ground. It’s amazing what the grocery store can yield.

Cat Teepee

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:32 am on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ha! I like this Cat Teepee. It’s made out of corrugated cardboard. $35

How To Get Rid Of Cabbage Worms

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:34 am on Monday, September 1, 2014


[Planet Natural]

Fall is the time to plant brassicas. This is the mustard family of plants. It includes cabbage, turnips, kale, mustard, radish, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli (among others).

And with brassicas come the cabbage worm.

The cabbage worm is the caterpillar of the Cabbage Butterfly, those little white butterflies that look so cute floating around your garden. They lay eggs on the brassica plants, and the caterpillars hatch and eat your plants.

The first time I planted broccoli in the fall, the cabbage worms were soon all over my plants. By the time I discovered the infestation, they were well on their way to destroying the plants. I didn’t get a single head of broccoli that year.

After that, I tried to control the problem but getting rid of the butterflies, but I’ve relaxed about that. After all, butterflies are pollinators.

And besides, it feels wrong to hurt a butterfly.

So here’s a no-pesticide way to control cabbage worms on your fall garden.

Stagger Brassica Plants.

If you plant the brassicas in a row, you’re giving the butterflies a nice runway on which to lay their eggs. But if you stagger them in among other types of plants, you’re upping your odds that the butterflies won’t see all the brassicas and won’t lay on every one of them.

Cover Plants

Use row covers or individual covers like Milk Jugs to keep the butterflies off the plants. The butterfly can’t lay eggs on a plant it can’t get to.

Inspect For Eggs

In early fall (now) inspect the underside of the leaves for the eggs. You can see them. They’re yellow or white and look like this.


[Dals Wildlife]

Brush them off.

Pick Off Worms

The cabbage worm is hard to see! It starts off tiny and it’s the exact same color as the leaf. If you see a hole in the leaf, however, you probably have them. (Also you can see their brown poop.) A magnifying glass can help you focus. Pick them off and drown them or feed them to the chickens.

Attract Beneficial Insects.

According to UCDavis “important parasites include the pupal parasite Pteromalus puparum; the larval parasites Apanteles glomeratus, Microplitis plutella, and several tachinid flies; and egg parasites in the Trichogramma genus.”

Basically this boils down to several wasps that lay their eggs in the caterpillar and kills it in a gross way I’m not going to go into right now.


[Forestry Images]

According to Mother Earth News, you can attract these wasps by planting “sweet alyssum, chamomile, feverfew, catnip and buckwheat. When allowed to produce flowers, dill, fennel and other members of the carrot family also attract braconid wasps.”

How do you get rid of cabbage worms?

Comments Are Back!

Filed under: News — Savvy Housekeeper at 1:48 pm on Saturday, August 30, 2014

I missed hearing from you folks, so I’m putting comments back on, only with moderation. Let’s hope that keeps comment spam under control and still allows me to hear from you.

So please share your thoughts!

Cheerful Baby Play Space

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:23 am on Friday, August 29, 2014

I like this cheerful play space for a baby. It’s stimulating without being over the top (or ugly). The sideways mirror at baby level is a great idea.

Toddler Activities

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:07 am on Thursday, August 28, 2014

Teaching Mama has a great post on 20 Toddler Activities. They’re great because they mostly use things you already have around the house. Here are a couple I particularly liked.

Car Wash with Toy Cars

You set up a “car wash” so the child soaps, washes, and dries his cars. (Bonus: he’s cleaning his toys.)

Bathtub with Stuffed Animals

Simple and easy: stick the kid and the toys in the bathtub. Then somehow keep them from turning on the water.

Cardboard Tubes with Pom Poms

Drop the pom poms through the tube and watch them fall. Over and over again!

Next time Savvy Jr. is driving my crazy feeling energetic, I’ll have to keep these in mind.

Click here to read 17 more toddler activities.

Make Your Own Standard English Bitter Beer

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:40 am on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Last year, I Grew My Own Hops. You may be wondering what we did with those hops. Well, we made a Standard English Bitter with them.

The below recipe is from the book Brewing Classic Styles, except we changed it based on what malt we could get and the addition of homegrown hops. The resulting beer is great. First of all, it’s low-alcohol, only 3.6%. And it has a lot of flavor and depth for a lighter beer. It has a strong flavor with a hint of fruit and a subtle bitterness.

Plus, using fresh hops gave the beer a light, fresh, floral note that was surprising and awesome.

I can wait to see what Mr. Savvy Makes with this year’s hops!



Standard English Bitter

Statistics:

    abv (alcohol): 3.6 percent
    ibu (bitterness): 32
    og (original gravity): 1.038
    fg (final gravity): 1.011

Ingredients:

    8 pounds British pale malt
    1/2 pound extra dark caramel malt (120 L)
    1/4 pound British crystal malt (50-60 L)
    3 ounces hops:
    (34 grams of cascade at 60 minutes
    14 grams at 30 minutes
    14 grams at 1 minute)
    1 vial white labs wlp002 English ale yeast

Fermented at 68 degrees Fahrenheit
Mash at 152 degrees Fahrenheit
60 minute boil

Want more? Check out Beer Making Part 1 and Beer Making Part 2.

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