Firework Safety Tips

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The 4th of July is a time of celebration. Undoubtedly you may have fireworks at your 4th of July party. Adults should be in charge of any type of fireworks display. In order for you to enjoy the days’ festivities, the National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends the following:

* Always read and follow label directions
* Always have an adult present
* Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers
* Only ignite fireworks outdoors
* Be sure to have water handy
* Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
* Light only one at a time
* Never reignite malfunctioning fireworks
* Never give fireworks to small children
* Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
* Dispose of fireworks properly
* Never throw fireworks at another person
* Never carry fireworks in your pocket
* Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers Read more

Fireworks and Good Food: Fourth of July’s Winning Combination

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Fireworks and Good Food: Fourth of July’s Winning Combination

As springtime slips into summer, people begin to look forward to the Fourth of July. They remember the fireworks and good food, Fourth of July’s winning combination that so many enjoy. They can’t wait for the sights, sounds, and tastes of summer that only come around this Day of Independence.

bbq grillingEarly in the day you’re likely to find, instead of the smoke from fireworks, the telltale signs of barbecues in home after home around town. The smell of charcoal lighter fluid and barbecue sauce are common on this day. But what are some of the normal foods you’ll find on the Fourth of July?

Barbecues will be lit, making the way for summer’s bounty. Hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken, bratwurst, and steaks are all common food enjoyed on this day. Don’t just rely on the old standbys, though – try grilling some fish, fruits, or vegetables. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy a change of pace for the entrée.

Corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, and deviled eggs compliment almost any meat dish. You may also want to serve dishes that may not be your typical Fourth of July, such as ethnic foods. To top off the meal, why not make homemade ice cream, a cake decorated with fresh strawberries or blueberries, fresh baked apple pie, or ice cold watermelon. Read more

Yankee Doodle Dandy Pasta Salad

Yankee Doodle Dandy Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

1 (16 ounce) box medium pasta shells
1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
1/3 cup hamburger dills, chopped
1/4 cup sweet onions, chopped
2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 teaspoon season salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 (8 ounce) package shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
Pepper to taste

Instructions:

Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Drain well. Place the pasta in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, chopped hamburger dills and chopped onion. In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, celery seeds, season salt and pepper. Fold in the cheddar cheese. Pour mixture over pasta and stir well. Be sure all the pasta, eggs, pickles and onions are covered well with the mayonnaise mixture. Cover and place in the refrigerator for one hour or in the freezer 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden

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How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden –

Plus an Easy Recipe!

Want to try growing something and then actually use your results in the meals you prepare? How about growing your very own herb garden? Well you can, and here are some helpful tips on how to create your own little garden of herbs.

First decide which herbs you want to grow. Would you like to try sage, rosemary and thyme? How about including dill, mint, chives, and cilantro? Now that you’ve chosen what you want to plant in your herb garden, you need to know a little bit about the herbs. For example, coriander, dill and basil die after one season. Parsley lives for two; and chives, thyme, mint, marjoram and tarragon bloom every year. Next, ascertain how large your herb garden will be. Ensure to keep the annuals and perennials separate from each other.

Drainage is the key to a successful herb garden. After you choose the site for your garden, make sure you consider drainage and soil fertility first. Without proper drainage, your garden will fail. So, improve drainage at the garden site by removing the soil to a depth of 15 to 18 inches. Place a 3-inch layer of crushed stone on the bottom. Mix some compost or peat and sand then refill the site higher than the original level to allow for the settling of the soil. Since the soil does not have to be fertile, it does not require additional fertilizer. Once the site and soil are ready for planting, you can proceed to purchase the seeds. Read more

Tips for Cleaning Your Home’s Windows

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Tips for Cleaning Your Home’s Windows

In the old days, washing windows simply involved taking some soap and water and cleaning the windows, frames and sills; the top and bottom of the casing, and you were done. With the advent of glass cleaners, it certainly made cleaning windows much easier. Now that we have become environmentally aware of toxins and chemicals; we are returning back to the old days but with a slight twist.

Using vinegar and water is one way in which you can clean your windows. The process begins with removing window shades, blinds and curtains. Use a clean rag to wipe away any dirt or grime from the frame and sills. Use a wet rag to rid your windows of dirt and grime as well. Then using water and vinegar; clean your windows from top to bottom. Go over the glass with a clean cloth; then proceed to wash the frames and sills with a damp cloth. Dry and you’re done!

Some people who have used this method claim that using vinegar left streaks on their windows. The remedy is to add a minute bit of dish soap to the vinegar and water. Voila! No more streaks! Read more