Go green.

push mowerGo green, use less electric or gas, and Doc says you need to exercise more. (No, do not thumb your nose at your doctor. He’s looking out for you.) Perhaps its time to try a push mower.

This economical reel mower has a 14-inch cutting width and 8.5-inch wheels. You do not have to bother with gas fill-ups or electricity. You are what’s powering this push mower.  Check your fit-bit to see how many steps you take while mowing this summer.

The cutting height is adjustable. Your lawn will look perfect and you will get some ecological exercise.

 

Plumbing repair guide and a guide for electrical repair, too.

plumbing guidePlumbing repair guide and a guide for electrical repair, too. Yes, sometimes as a homeowner you need both. May it never be for an emergency just needed for an upgrade added to your home.

Hmm, upgrades, yes. How about a modern faucet for your kitchen sink. Sure your current one works fine but it was a standard one the builder installed years ago. A quick change can bring your kitchen up to date.

Wouldn’t you love a contemporary style ceiling fan in your kitchen? It can help circulate the air when you are busy cooking wiring guideup a storm. Or maybe some track lighting in the living room.

These small home improvements are convenient and make your home more enjoyable. If you have to call a plumber or electrician to install these it can become expensive. Someone who is handy can easily do these small installations with a good guide as a resource.

 

Lay back in your double hammock and enjoy the fine weather.

double hammockLay back in your double hammock and enjoy the fine weather. Place this brightly striped hammock out in your yard and get ready to relax. The space saving steel stand means you can situate it anywhere. No need to sling your hammock between two trees.

What a way to enjoy a lazy Saturday afternoon. Read a good book or your kindle. Take a much deserved long nap. Just gaze up at the clouds and decide what shapes they resemble.

Hey! This is a double hammock. That means two people. Quick, invite your partner to join you for a little romantic togetherness.

Grilling time.

gas grill Char-Broil 4 burnerGrilling time. Let’s plan this weekend’s bar-b-cue. Your 4 burner Char-Broil gas grill is ready to cook. The propane tank is full. Your long handled utensils are lined up as if you were ready for surgery. You even have the apron that says “kiss the cook”.

So, what are we grilling? Try marinating a London broil in some whiskey, soy sauce, and olive oil with several finely chopped garlic cloves and a ton of black pepper (that’s for the black pepper enthusiasts out there).

Take several scrubbed baking potatoes and cut them into 1 inch thick slices. In a bowl, mix some olive oil, thyme, garlic powder, and black pepper. Toss the sliced potatoes in the oil mixture until evenly coated then grill next to your London broil.

A great dinner will be ready in no time, thanks to your Char-Broil grill.

 

Artisan fire bowl is ready to decorate your patio.

artisan fire bowlThis artisan fire bowl is ready to decorate your patio. A fire bowl with these design details makes a major decorative statement. Crafted by a local artisan each piece is individually numbered.

Created from carbon steel, two pieces are welded together. The iron oxide patina finish will darken over time. This gorgeous bowl also features a rain drain, allowing for water drainage. It is designed to last a lifetime.

Summer is almost upon us. There will be many evenings where you will gather with friends and family enjoying the beauty and warmth of this bold fire bowl.

This handmade cachepot is a strong accent piece in any room of your home.

Italian handmade large cachepotThis handmade cachepot is a strong accent piece in any room of your home. It’s bright coral color boldly grabs your gaze while the intricate pattern holds it there.

Since each piece is handmade and hand painted, each piece will be unique, varying slightly from the picture. They are not dishwasher or microwave safe and should only be wiped with a damp cloth.

Brighten your home with this warm splash of color.

 

Sometimes it helps to have a home improvement book as a guide.

home repair and improvementSometimes it helps to have a good home improvement book as a guide. Now we usually have an idea of what needs repairing but we’re not always sure about the best way to go about it or if it is too big a job for our skill level. A good book on repairs will guide you with a list of tools and materials you might need. The book may also explain what else you should check for while doing the repair along with basic instructions.

Not everything may need mending. Perhaps there is something you want to add to your homestead. A good guide book will give you instruction so you may implement those plans. Spring is a great time for these new projects.

 

Spring may or may not be here and it’s time to change.

Heritage lace blossom tiersSpring may or may not be here and it’s time to change. What do I mean spring may not be here? It’s April already. Well, folks, we just went through a heck of a cold spell with a little snow added just to tee us off. I want my spring back.

Started looking at my kitchen window, thinking how maybe it’s high time I bought a new curtain. (But I like my old one. Yes, but it’s starting to look its age.) I am eyeing this pretty lace with blossoms (I want spring). I think it’s a little too sheer to place in a bathroom no matter how pretty it may be. Privacy is less important in the kitchen. Just need something pretty to decorate the window.

O boy, what you can do with reuseable silicone baking cups.

reusable silicone cup cake linersO boy, what you can do with reusable silicone baking cups. Sure you can bake thousands of beautiful cupcakes. (Please invite me over when you do. I am a wonderful cupcake tester.) This material makes it possible to do so much more.

Having a party? Think about individual baked appetizers or hors d’oeuvres. How about individual cheesecakes or quiches? Frozen desserts can just be popped out of the cupcake liner and served to your family or guests.

Use these silicone liners to hold snacks for your child. These make perfect portions for small children. The baking cups can also be used as dividers in lunchboxes.

Now back to the cupcakes. My Mother used to make either lemon or chocolate cupcakes. When cooled, she would hollow them out with a grapefruit knife and fill the hole with pudding. She would then top it with the piece she cut out, finishing it with a dusting of powdered sugar. The cupcakes would have to be placed back in the refrigerator until serving time but the coolness always added to the deliciousness of these cupcakes. To top it off they always made an elegant presentation.