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Indoor Fairy Garden

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Indoor Fairy Garden

Indoor Fairy Garden

Indoor Fairy Garden – Recently Noelle had 2 weeks off for Spring Break.  That meant coming up with at least a weeks worth of activities to keep her busy. One activity we planned was to make our very own indoor fairy garden.  What little girl doesn’t love fairy gardens!  Here’s the list of what you’ll need to make your own:

Materials:

  • Short/wide pot
  • 2-3 little plants (make sure the plants are suitable for the room you’ll be keeping your garden in – ours was a bright and sunny location)
  • Soil
  • Little bird house or structure
  • Rocks and/or sea glass
  • Moss, ferns or any other interesting plant life you can find outside
  • Sticks/branches
  • Any little toy fairies, princesses, toad stools, or anything else you think would help accessorize the garden

How to put it together:

Paint your bird/fairy house and put it aside to dry. Add soil to your bowl until it’s about 2/3’s full.  Add in your 2-3 plants leaving a spot for the bird house.  Carefully add the birdhouse.  Put a little more soil around the plants and around the birdhouse to make sure it’s anchored in there and won’t fall or get knocked over easily. Create a little walk way to the front of the house with little flat stones or sea glass. Put moss around any exposed soil that you can see. Finally, decorate with sticks, rocks and any little toys that your child would like to have in the garden.

That’s it, your all done!  Don’t forget to water the garden or else it’ll end up being a fairy compost heap!

 

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All about sprouts

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Healthy and nutritious sprouts

Healthy and nutritious sprouts

For the past couple of years I’ve been trying to make healthier food choices for myself and my family. I’ve learned a lot over that time and continue to pick up little tidbits here and there.  Years ago I dated a guy who was a vegetarian and he loved sprouts. Since he always had them around the house I used to make myself cucumber, cream cheese and sprout sandwiches – oh so yummy.   I had forgotten all about those sandwiches until recently when I saw sprouting seeds for sale in the garden centre.  I bought a few packages of seeds and almost bought a sprouting tray but at the last moment decided against the sprouter which was about $25.  When I got home I jumped on to my computer and looked up how to grow sprouts.  It turned out they were really easy to start and although the sprouting trays are nice they really aren’t necessary.

Health Benefits of sprouts:

  • Rich in essential nutrients including vitamin A, C, B1, B6 and K; Iron, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, and Calcium
  • Excellent source of enzymes
  • Contain up to 35% protein
  • Very easy to digest
  • Great for weight loss, high in fiber and low in calories

How to grow your own sprouts:

Growing sprouts in a jar

Growing sprouts in a jar

All you need is a glass jar (mason jars are great for this), cheese cloth or nylon sock (I had some new ones that I’d never worn), seeds and water.  Pour your seeds in the jar and stick your nylon sock on the top of the jar, add water, swirl around and then drain out. Do this a few times just to get rid of any dust or debris. Fill the jar with water so that it’s covering the seeds and then leave it somewhere bright but not in direct sunlight.  The following day rinse the seeds again and fill again with water.  Do this everyday (usually about 3-4 days) until you see little tails coming from the seeds.  At this point, drain as much water from the jar as possible and then just leave it.  In a couple more days your sprouts will be ready to eat and enjoy!

Cucumber, cream cheese and sprout sandwich - yum!

Cucumber, cream cheese and sprout sandwich – yum!

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