Friday, February 27, 2015

How To Force Flower Bulbs Indoor

 I'm so excited for spring, warm weather and FLOWERS! 
Seeing as how it's February and in the 20s we wont have outside flowers anytime soon, so why not have some indoor spring pizazz?


What Bulbs Force Well:
  • Amaryllis:
    Blooms appear six to eight weeks after planting.
  • Paperwhites:
    Blooms appear three to five weeks after planting.
  •  Tulips
  •  Crocus
  •  Hyacinths
  •  Daffodils
 Tools You'll Need to Force:

  • Bulbs of choice
  • Container of choice
  • Dirt or Rocks
  • Water
 How to Force Bulbs in Water:

Use a pan or bowl filled with pebbles. Bury the bulbs halfway into the pebbles, with the points facing up. Fill the pan or bowl with water so that the lower quarter of the flower bulb is in the water. Make sure that the pan or bowl always has water.
How to Force Bulbs in Soil:

Flower bulbs can also be forced inside in pots filled with soil. Fill the pot with a light potting mix. Do not use soil from your garden. Plant the flower bulbs you will be forcing half to three-quarters of the way deep into the pot. The pointy tops of the bulbs should be out of the soil. Water the bulbs and keep the soil moist.



The first day of spring is just 22 days away! Here's to warm weather and pretty blooms! 

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5 Reason's to Prepare Supper in the Morning

For several month's now I've been preparing our evening meals in the morning. It's helped relieve some anxiety and stress and who doesn't want to get rid of those two things? 
Here are 5 Reason's why you might want to give it a try:
  1. Open my mind: I'm more creative in the morning and don't feel so rushed to throw something on the table.
  2. The afternoon rush: Between the hours of 4 -7:30 it's pure go, go, go around here when the girls get home from school. With baths, homework and all that's in between I was finding I would be crabby to my babies because I was trying to do to many things at once. 
  3. Nap time: Owen typically wakes up at 4 after his nap and wants to be held. This is very difficult when your trying to cook next to a hot stove.
  4. Homework: I'm more relaxed to help with homework, spelling words, nightly reading etc. 
  5. Clean up: It's much easier to clean up after supper if most of the dishes have already been done. All I have to do is load the dinner plates, set the timer on the dishwasher and unload the following morning.
To take planning a step further, here are 4 fool proof recipes our family loves.  http://4mykiddos.blogspot.com/2013/11/4-fool-proof-go-to-recipes.html
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