I found myself singing “You gotta reduce, reuse, recycle” when I was starting flowers for my garden. I love doing things myself, saving money, and waste. So here’s how to start flowers for your garden for free. Of course you can also use this to start herbs or vegetables.
It takes a little time to save up all of your supplies but it’s something we all have on hand. If you need to, you can purchase the seeds at your local nursery or store but I saved mine from last year’s flowers. Impatiens are especially fun to collect, you have to get the seeds in the bag before it explodes!
What you’ll need:
Empty Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Rolls
An empty lettuce or spinach box
Potting Soil, or regular old soil
Cut toilet paper rolls in half or paper towel rolls in quarters.
Place the flat side down in your empty lettuce box, arrange rolls so that they all stand upright. I ended up using 16.
Fill each roll with soil. Don’t worry about spilling into the gaps, this is going to happen anyway so don’t drive yourself crazy.
Fill tubes with seeds. I used a pinch of impatien seeds to each roll. I lightly pressed the seed down and covered it with a bit of soil.
Water the seeds. I used a measuring cup with a spout to direct the water into each compartment. Be aware that this set up does not have a drainage system. We want to avoid a muddy mess so go easy on the watering. If you aren’t keeping these inside, you can poke holes in the bottom of the lettuce box to drain excess water. I am keeping mine in my upstairs window and need to keep things clean.
Place box in a sunny place and regularly water.
Soon you will have little plants to put in your yard.
It will drive you mad picking piece by piece from your furniture. The little fuzzy pills can come from a favorite blanket or sweater and never seem to go away. If you’re faced with problem there is an easy solution.
I picked up this tip from Heloise and have been using it for a while. All you need is a cheap nail file or emery board. I got mine from CVS and bought a pack for a dollar or so.
Method: Take the nail file and gently rub in circles on your material.
Note: As always when trying a new method, test on a hidden area to make sure that this doesn’t destroy your couch.
Work in sections, you will notice that it takes some time but certainly works. Be mindful of your fingertips because it can be rough on them. (Unless you moonlight as an fine art or jewelry thief where you might need to remove your finger prints… then by all means have at it with gusto.)
Here is the finished product:
Ta Da! Looks pretty good right?
You can use this method on sweaters and for the ladies: the thin lining on the inside of bras that accumulate fuzzies from sweaters… don’t laugh, you know what I mean.
I work on my couch as I catch up with my TV shows. I do it as needed or when we’re expecting company. I also look forward to purchasing a couch that does not collect pills.
As a cook, crepes have always intimidated me. The flipping and the thin texture seemed like a recipe for a big mess. When I mustered enough courage, I turned to my kitchen guru, Alton Brown for a recipe. He did not let me down. So this recipe I’m sharing is his, however I am also providing my own filling options and cooking tips.
3/4 Cup milk
1/2 Cup water
1 Cup flour
3 Tablespoons melted butter
Place ingredients in blender as listed.
Blend 7 to 10 seconds – no longer!
Place blender in the refrigerator for 1 hour. This allows the bubbles to rise and mixture to settle.
Heat a small non stick pan on the stove. I used the #4 on my stove, you want low to medium heat.
When the pan is good and hot, take a stick of butter and rub it on the surface. The butter will bubble and start to brown.
Pour 1/4 cup of batter in your pan.
Pick up the pan and rotate it so the batter fills the bottom of the pan evenly.
Place on the heat and cook for 30 seconds to a minute. Eye it, you can tell it’s ready to flip when the sides pick up off of the pan and the crepe starts to becomes solid.
Flip with a silicone spatula or if you’re really talented flip it out of the pan!
Cook on the other side until browned and cool on a rack.
Once you decide what you want for a filling, place a crepe back in the warm pan and put down your ingredients, whether it is cheese, nutella, peanut butter, yogurt, cream cheese, etc…
Top with fruit or vegetables.
Roll up and serve immediately.
Check out a few filling ideas from my family:
Tori’s Apple Pie & Ice Cream Crepe:
Fill crepe with vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with cinnamon, fold sides up and top with hot apple filling.
Cinnamon Apple Topping:
1 Apple, sliced
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
Melt butter in a pan.
In a bowl mix apple cinnamon and brown sugar.
Add apple mixture to the pan and cook until apples are soft.
Lacie’s Nutella and Strawberry Crepe:
Strawberry Nutella Crepe
Fill warmed crepe with nutella and top with strawberries.
Flip sides up and top with strawberry sauce.
Lindsay’s Banana and Almond Crepe
Banana & Cocoa Almond Crepe
Cocoa Almond Spread, Trader Joe’s
Fill warmed crepe with almond spread and top with sliced bananas.
Flip sides up and top with chocolate sauce.
Kathy’s Yogurt Crepe
1/4 Cup yogurt
Fill warmed crepe with your favorite yogurt and top with fruit.