10 MORE Awesome and Easy Kid Snacks

Filed under: Kids — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:26 am on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My post on 5 Awesome And Easy Kid Snacks seems especially pertinent right now, with kids going back to school and all. Plus, I’m always looking for new things to feed Savvy Jr. So here are 10 MORE Awesome and Easy Kid Snacks:

Hungry Mice: The mice are made out of hard-boiled eggs with raisin eyes and almond ears. And of course, don’t forget the cheese.

Fruit Train: A train from watermelon, bananas, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and a piece of pineapple, held together with toothpicks. So cute!

Fruit Snake: Strawberries and bananas, cut and arranged in a snake shape, with a strawberry for the head and a blueberries for the eyes.

Veggie Flower: Cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, spinach leaves, carrots, and radishes, arranged in the shape of a flower. Serve with hummus, ranch dressing, or some other kind of dip.

Fruit Flower: Here’s the same idea with bananas, almonds, pretzels, tangerines, and chocolate chips (could also use blueberries).

Banana Rolls: Take a whole wheat tortilla, spread peanut or almond butter inside, then place a banana in the middle. Roll and slice into sushi-shaped snacks.

Apple Mouths: Slice apples, hold them together with peanut butter, and add marshmallows for the teeth.

Dinosaur Sandwich: Cut the bread in the shape of a dinosaur, make a sandwich. Then use cheese crackers for its spines and feet, and stand him on some grapes.

Apple Sandwiches: If that’s too complicated, try these apple sandwiches. Fill two apple slices with options like nutella, peanut butter, almond butter, raisins, granola, chocolate chips, or anything else that sounds good.

Green-Eyed Kitty: And for my personal favorite, make a cat with a round sandwich of your choice, kiwi slices for eyes, and bananas for the ears. Adorable.

Brownstone Bookcase

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:06 am on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This Brownstone Bookcase is so attractive. A little pricey at $600, though.

Easy Zucchini Pickles

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:11 am on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I’m already overwhelmed by zucchini. It’s no wonder since my zucchini plants are huge.

Therefore, I tried Judy’s Zucchini Pickles, which are served at the Zuni Cafe in San Francisco.

The ingredients are pretty common–apple-cider vinegar, salt, sugar, mustard, onion, turmeric, and zucchini, of course–and the pickles are ready in only a few days. They are a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet, i.e. a perfect side for grilling.

Mr. Savvy wants to try them with pulled pork. I say yes to that.

Click here for the recipe.

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!

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