March 19, 2015

Avocado Deviled Eggs - Day 3

To make 12 avocado deviled eggs, follow the recipe below.

Ingredients
  • 6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
  • 1 fully ripened avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 tablespoon plain low or no-fat yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • Chopped chives (optional)
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, place egg yolks; add the avocado and mash until smooth.
  2. Stir in yogurt, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Stir in jalapeño and onion, then spoon into egg white shells, dividing equally.
  4. Arrange on a serving plate. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 hours. (Don't serve long after 3 hours as the avocado will start to darken.)
  5. Garnish with chives, if desired.

Image and recipe courtesy of http://www.thismamacooks.com/2013/03/healthy-st-patricks-day-snacks-avocado-deviled-eggs.html

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March 19, 2015

Emerald Fluff - Day 4

To make a dessert salad serving 6-8 people, follow the recipe below.

Ingredients
  • 9 oz cool whip
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple with juice
  • 11 oz mandarin oranges, drained
  • 3 oz instant pistachio pudding
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Directions

1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and chill until served.

2. Food coloring can be added if you want a darker shade of green.

images courtesy of Melissa Snow at http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/salad/other-salad/emerald-fluff.html?p=32

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March 19, 2015

Leprechaun Fruit Snack - Day 5

To make 1 fun leprechaun fruit snack follow the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 1 Green Apple
  • 1 Clementine
  • 1 Strawberry
  • 2 Edible Candy Eyes
  • 4 mini Heart Sprinkles
  • Peanut Butter or Toothpicks

Directions

1. Cut the front off the apple. Cut out a hat from that slice.

2. Use half a toothpick (or peanut butter) to attach it to the top of the apple.

3. Cut a nose out of your apple scraps.

4. Cut a mouth out of a slice of strawberry.

5. Press on edible eyes. Use peanut butter to secure if necessary.

6. Cut clementines in half for the beard. Use broken toothpicks to secure if necessary.

7. Press heart sprinkles on the hat in the shape of a shamrock.

images courtesy of http://www.kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/2014/02/st-patricks-day-leprechaun-fruit-snack.html

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March 19, 2015

Fruit Rainbow - Day 6

Ingredients:
  • Red- Strawberries
  • Orange – Orange Slices
  • Yellow – Pineapple Chunks
  • Green- Granny Apples
  • Blue- Blueberries
  • Purple – Red Grapes
  • Cloud- Marshmallows or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Gold - Pineapple Chunks

Simply arrange the fruit to form a rainbow. Put a cloud at one end of the rainbow and a pot of gold at the other.

Images courtesy of http://blog.naturebox.com/posts/st-patricks-day-rainbow-fruit

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March 19, 2015

Spring Green Fruit Salad - Day 7

Follow the recipe below for a fruit salad that will serve 2-4.

Ingredients
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple, sliced into dime sized triangles
  • 1 lime, squeezed
  • 2 kiwis, sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 Tbsp raw or roasted/salted pistachios (optional)
  • 2 fresh mint sprigs, remove and chop leaves (for garnish)
  • 1 Tbsp honey or agave syrup
Directions

1. Prepare all ingredients.

2. Add ingredients to large bowl.

3. Toss well with a spoon.

4. Serve immediately or cover and chill until serving.

Images courtesy of Kathy at http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2009/03/recipe-spring-green-fruit-salad.html

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March 19, 2015

Cherries have great benefits like providing nutrients for a healthy heart! They taste great too! Why not get a #plantOgram cherry tree and try cherry ginger scones!
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup dried cherries
3 ounces crystallized ginger, coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (optional) http://ow.ly/i/94xSp http://ow.ly/KvnKD

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March 19, 2015

With Mother’s Day around the corner, everyone is looking for gifts. And let’s face it. Moms are usually the ones handling the preparations for things, so when it comes to Mother’s Day, things tend to fall through the cracks or get pushed to the last minute. So moms end up with generic, ordinary flowers or maybe a gift certificate. Or, if you’re lucky like me, a picture of something your family has ordered you online. But they forgot to order it until that morning so all I get is a picture. Then I have to be there to get the package off the driveway when it does arrive.

What is so frustrating about Mother’s Day gifts is that most gifts are well…lackluster. Once the kids are too old to make cute crafts, the holiday loses something. And you end up with a half dead bouquet of flowers from the grocery store.

A great alternative is a fruit tree. PlantOGram ships them right to your door. You can even plant it and surprise mom with it on Mother’s Day. It’s definitely too big for you to leave under the deck and forget about for two weeks (Yep…my husband did that with a plant for me too!). And it’s an easy way to personalize the gift. You can find a fruit that you know mom likes, and choose a tree based off of that.

Consider the weather and sun, soil, and water conditions in your area. There are trees for all climates and conditions so anyone can gift a fruit tree.

This is also a great eco-friendly gift. You’re helping the environment by planting a tree. Also, the tree and the fruit will provide food and habitats for animals. If your mom is active in conserving the environment, this is an ideal gift.

Another bonus, is a lot of fruits can be used for things besides cooking. For example, apples can be used in a number of crafts. This can be a fun way for the kids and mom to connect during Mother’s Day and later when the tree has fruited.

Look through PlantOGram’s inventory of trees. There’s definitely something for mom!

Image courtesy of rakratchada torsap at freedigitalimages.net

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March 6, 2015

On holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Mother’s Day flowers are a go-to gift for many. And for good reason. They’re beautiful, easy to find, and you can’t go wrong. Nobody is going to return them.

But on the other hand, some of us women are getting a little tired of flowers. We’re not really allowed to say anything because it’s the thought that counts. We don’t want to be rude. But they come with an expiration date, and that’s both a waste of money and depressing. So here’s the top reasons women hate receiving flowers.

We know no thought was put into the gift.

Flowers are easy to find, choose, and send. You can even schedule them years in advance so you can never “forget” an important day. The most personal thing about them is the card which most of the time is filled out via an online order form. Anyone can pick up flowers at the last minute too. Any grocery store or gas station likely has a half decent bouquet that could pass for a gift. And any woman can spot these last minute bouquets, but we don’t say anything because we have to be polite. Because it’s the thought that counts.

They’re a waste of money.

We’re lucky if the flowers we get last for a week. So by the time February is over, your Valentine’s Day gift is long dead. This past Valentine’s Day my husband spent over $60 on a dozen red roses. I appreciate the thought. Really, I do! But now we have to get the dryer repaired and the car’s in the shop. And what do I have to show for those flowers? Just a charge on the credit card. But at least my husband felt better about himself for getting me something on Valentine’s Day.

They’re a lot of work.

Most flowers require some maintenance even if they’re going to die in just a few days. You have to cut the stems to make sure they can absorb the water. You have to fertilize the water also. But don’t fertilize it too much! And you have to constantly monitor the water level in the vase. So someone is giving you a gift that requires quite a bit of work, yet is going to inevitably die before next Sunday. But before that you have to find the right vase. Maybe the flowers came with one, although if they did it likely doesn’t go with the décor of your house. And any vase you do have will undoubtedly be the wrong size. It’s a never ending battle.

So what should you get us instead? Well, in the spring plants are a great idea. The weather’s warming up and it’s time for everyone to start heading outside. But this year, think about what your wife, mother, or loved one really likes. Apples, grapes, nuts? And choose a fruit tree instead. This way, you’ve made the gift personal. The plants are an investment. They won’t die in a few days and they’ll even produce fresh fruit for the gift recipient to eat!

Image courtesy of rakratchada torsap at freedigitalimages.net

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February 21, 2015

Here we are with another poisonous fruit! Well, this time the fruit is actually safe, but the rest of the plant is poisonous. But this fruit isn’t rare. It’s very popular in areas like Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California.

The Natal Plum tastes like a slightly sweet cranberry with the texture of a ripe strawberry. Some describe the taste as similar to a slightly unripe cherry. A ripe Natal Plum is plum red and slightly soft to the touch with a coating of latex. It does not need to be peeled before being eaten. Aside from being eaten fresh, it is often used in fruit salads, jams, jellies, and as toppings for cakes, puddings, and ice cream. The fruit is very rich in Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.

The fruit appears in summer and fall or fall and winter depending on the climate. This plant fruits at the same time it blooms. Deep green leaves are offset by the white flowers that bloom for months at a time. These flowers have a smell similar to jasmine, and their aroma is stronger at night.

Natal Plums are suitable for zones 9-11. They are a good choice for coastal areas because they can stand up to salty winds. They grow in mounds two to seven feet high as well as wide. If these plants are being used as a shrub they should be planted 24-36 inches apart. They can be allowed to grow very large and become “invasive,” if that is what you are hoping for. If you are looking for a security hedge, this is ideal. But Natal Plums can also be pruned and kept at any size, perfect for any yard.

They are a popular landscaping plant because they can adapt to many types of soil and lighting conditions. They can also tolerate heat, all the heavy metals, exhaust, and other byproducts of transportation vehicles and are therefore a popular plant for highway landscaping.

When planting the Natal Plum, use caution because of its double spines. These make the plant a good security hedge, but can make planting a bit difficult. Be sure to wear thick gloves when handling them. After pruning, watch out for thorns on the ground that pets or young children could step on. These can be easily swept up. Also, since the plant itself is poisonous, be careful if you have pets near the plants.

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February 20, 2015

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