Newness of Spring!
- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be
I just love spring! Yesterday we saw new colts and new
calves that you could tell were just born because the white on their
bodies was absolutely pure white. What tells them how to nurse, who
is their mother, when to get up and walk? It's just so amazing! We
also saw a family of geese. The father was charging toward cars to
protect his family. If you don't have baby animals, take your kids
to a farm where they can see some baby animals. This is the time of
year when everything is new. Enjoy the appleblossoms, tulips, and
If you love perennials, you will want to have a few Lupine. Lupine
can get 3-4 feet tall with striking flower spikes in many colors.
They bloom early in summer, but when you cut off the spikes before
they go to seed, they will usually bloom again. In the upper
peninsula of Michigan, they grow wild in many areas. They need cold
weather to come back, and will come back for years.
Butterflies love Lupine, as do hummingbirds and bees. They are a
staple of a cottage garden.
I read once that weeding the garden, once it is worked up you only
have to cultivate the top inch. This past week, I tried it, and it
really is true! There were tiny seeds sprouting like silver
threads. As you plant your garden, take a rake, the back of a garden
rake, a small tiller, or a hoe, whatever works for you, and just run
it over the surface of your garden. Do this once every two weeks.
It's not hard to do, and does destroy thousands and thousands of
weeds, right as they sprout. Get them right in the beginning, before
you can barely see them, and you will have a much easier time keeping
them out of your garden. Having a garden doesn't mean you have to
work that hard, and getting those little suckers before they get big
is the easiest way to get rid of them.
Get the kids involved as much as possible, and have fun! A friend of
mine plants pumpkins with his kids, they sell them out front on a
picnic table in the fall, and that is their money for new school
clothes and extras that they need. The kids love it! And dad
doesn't mind it either. The kids are learning about money, and
gardening and having lots of fun! There is so much good for kids to
learn in a garden. They learn to nurture things, instead of
destroy. Helping mom can jam, and pickles, and all the good food is
good too! It promotes thriftyness in our society of spending. Don't
get caught up with your family of all the things that are time
wasters. Spending time together working together on projects is one
of the best ways to promote family time and good values.
When you have the kids friends over to your house, you know what they
are doing, and usually the kids think what your family does is so
much fun! I can remember shelling fresh peas at my friends house on
the picnic table, and eating them, of course. It was so much fun
and so simple!
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This week I saw a mom entering a store and telling her kids "if you
don't behave, we will leave!" When I heard her say that, I told her
she was was doing a good job. Earlier in the day, another mother
with three kids was letting them run wild. One little boy was trying
so hard to get her attention, but she just ignored them, and when she
did tell them to come back near her, they just ignored her. She
didn't follow up her direction with action. She should have taken
them by the hand (gently) and if they stayed wild, she should have
left. The other mother was giving her kids a second chance to be
well behaved, and leaving if they didn't behave told them she meant
business. She thanked me for telling her she was doing the right
thing. Parents who are doing the right thing need to be
complimented. Sometimes a little praise can go a long way and help
build their confidence!
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Store clean linen sets inside the set's pillow case. This way, you
can pull one pillow case from the linen closet and have the entire
sheet set ready to put on a bed.
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Orange Dreamsicle Cake
1 regular sized vanilla cake mix
1 can Orange soda pop
2 packages Jell-O Orange
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup milk
2 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces Cool Whip Whipped Topping
Mix cake mix with orange pop and eggs. Spray 9X13 cake pan with Pam,
pour batter into pan. Bake 20 -30 minutes at 350 degrees. When cake
is done, poke holes in the cake with fork sprayed with Pam. Mix 1
package of orange jello in 1 cup hot water until dissolved. Add 1 cup
Cold water pour entire mixture over cake Refrigerate for at least 2
hours. Mix Vanilla pudding mix and other pack of jello together (dry)
Add 1 cup of milk and 1 tsp. vanilla Mix well, Blend in Thawed cool
whip, Use this mixture to frost cake! Keep cake refrigerated.
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