Giving your garden tomatoes an early start

I look forward to garden-fresh tomatoes so I like to pick them as soon as possible. I check the varieties for the maturity date, looking for the shortest growth time possible.

Filling milk jugs with water and placed them as a wall around young plants to protect them from frost can also give you a jump on the growing season.  When it’s past the danger of frost, I use the water in the jugs to water the plants and recycle the jugs.

I found this video for an idea to get tomatoes planted in the garden earlier. I’m not sure if I will try it. What do you think?


Build a garden potting table

I love ideas for recycling and re-use of materials.

Check out this DIY project using pallets.

Easter Cake Pops

One of Radcliff’s furiends is having a special Easter celebration. Nikita’s mom made Carrot Cake Pops. They look so fun and yummy that I thought I’d share it with you. Hope you are having a Happy Easter!


Inside a Cake Pop

There is no way that I could let the Easter holiday pass us by without making some Easter Cake Pops for the family.  I spent the entire day yesterday making these delicious Carrot Cake cake pops injected with cream cheese and I am so pleased at how they turned out, not to mention how yummy these tasted!  (yes, I had to sample one to see

Cake Pops are easy to make, if you have a neat Cake Pop Maker (which I got for Christmas).  And, if you don’t have a Cake Pop Maker, then you would have to take a cake mix, bake a cake, cool the cake, then crumble the cake and mix it with frosting, then mold your cake mixture into balls or any other shape.  By having an actual Cake Pop Maker, the process is a lot easier.  So, I will walk you through the steps…

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Inspiration for My Spring Cleaning

I have been reading posts about reuse to inspire my spring cleaning. This post does double duty with gardening tips. Enjoy your weekend!

Fine Frugality

I’m a big fan of “waste not, want not”. I try to find uses for as many items as I possibly can and love when something has many uses. Bath tissue and paper towel cardboard tubes are no different. Luckily, they can be used for many things and will also be a big help if you’re a gardener.

Here’s some ideas to get you rolling (hahaha get it…rolling):

You could use them as fire starters for your fireplace, wood stove or even campfire. Fill the tubes with dryer lint and you’ve got great kindling! Or you could wrap small gifts in them. Fold one end over (two folds), insert the gift, and fold the other end and tape both ends. Roll it up in colorful tissue paper and tie at each end. Great for those small, hard to wrap items. If you don’t want to put a gift in them…

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I am a social media geek. There are so many people who think they know social media, but this post by my friend Eric Tung is amazing.

Eric T. Tung

The Story

Late last year, I saw an opening on LinkedIn for the first Social Media Director at the University of Michigan. As my wife was originally from Michigan, I submitted a 10-page application with a two-page resume, cover letter, professional biography, and a 30-60-90 day business plan. I even placed Facebook and Google ads aimed at Communications Department staff at The University, which my wife said was complete overkill. Only last week did I hear back that the position had been filled – I never got called for an interview, and I found out why: because I was up against the likes of Lindsay Blackwell.

Last month, I was searching to see if the position had been filled and came upon – a website conceived, developed, and designed by Lindsay Blackwell and directed solely at Lisa Rudgers, the Vice President for Global Communications and Strategic Initiatives at University…

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