It’s March 1st which means it’s time to start my Spring posts, as promised. I cannot wait for the Spring, while I love Winter; snow, no school 🙂 I adore the Spring and Summer; warm weather flowers blooming, birds chirping and SPRING ClOTHING hitting the racks! I am a huge sucker for spring shopping. The bright yellows, greens, purples, and pastels will most definitely be making their way into my wardrobe this year.
While this may be a tad early to start planning for Spring their are many early bloomers, like me who like to get a head start on the seasons. Early spring planning is a great way to prepare yourself for the coming months so when they do arrive you do not have to be in a frenzy trying to finish all your to-do’s.
In today’s post I am going to be sharing helpful tips/hacks for the Spring, delicious recipes, early decor ideas, along with some very much needed early spring planting tips. I will be doing a full blog post on early Spring planting going up sometime next week so today’s post will only include a small number of planting tips but next weeks post will be a long list and more in-depth tutorial on it.
ENJOY today’s post 🙂
Helpful hacks/tips for an easy start to Spring
Remove any stain with two ingredients
Dawn dish soap (except it can’t be any dawn soap, it has to be this specific one) and hydrogen peroxide.
Mix together 1 part dawn dish soap and 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and spread the solution over the stain. Let it sit for anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours (depending on the color of the clothing/furniture and the age of the stain), then dab off (or throw the clothes in the wash).
Generally, this stain remover works best on lighter colored fabrics, but you can use it on darker colors – you will just want to shorten the amount of time it sits on the fabric.
Some people prefer to switch the hydrogen peroxide out for white vinegar when using this homemade stain remover on darker clothing and furniture (hydrogen peroxide can sometimes lighten fabric, so if you are only applying it to one area on a dark piece of clothing it might lighten that area).
Shine stainless steel appliances with baby oil
If you want your stainless steel appliances to look nice and shiny, rub baby oil into them.
Condition leather furniture without expensive leather conditioner
Use this oil, which most people have at home already, and use microfiber rags to rub the oil into the furniture. This oil can be a bit greasy, so go over the furniture again with a dry rag to buff the leather up. This oil is a perfect alternative to expensive leather conditioners you can buy, and it works just as good – and it smells amazing.
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DIY Spring decor ideas
Delicious Spring recipes
Chef John’s Pasta Primavera
- Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Hold basil bunch by the stems and dip basil leaves in boiling water until bright green, about 2 seconds. Immediately immerse basil in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Once the basil is cold, drain well. Remove basil leaves from stems and discard stems.
- Blend basil leaves, 1 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup olive oil, and garlic together in a blender until smooth.
- Stir fettuccine into the same pot of boiling water, bring back to a boil, and cook pasta over medium heat until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain.
- Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir leek and green onion in hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Add jalapeno and salt; cook and stir until jalapeno is soft, about 5 minutes.
- Increase heat to medium-high. Stir 2 cups chicken broth, zucchini, sugar snap peas, and English peas into jalapeno mixture; bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add asparagus and continue cooking until asparagus is soft, about 3 minutes more.
- Pour 1/4 cup basil-garlic mixture into zucchini mixture and cook and stir until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
- Place pasta in a large bowl; pour zucchini mixture over pasta and pour remaining basil-garlic mixture over the zucchini mixture. Spread Parmesan cheese over the top. Toss mixture briefly to combine and tightly wrap bowl with aluminum foil. Let stand until pasta and vegetables soak up most of the juices and oil, about 5 minutes. Toss again.
Strawberry Pie II
- Arrange half of strawberries in baked pastry shell. Mash remaining berries and combine with sugar in a medium saucepan. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
- In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture. Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over berries in pastry shell. Chill for several hours before serving. In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Serve each slice of pie with a dollop of whipped cream.
Mauigirl’s Smoked Salmon Stuffed Pea Pods
- Split each snow pea down one seam.
- Mix cream cheese, smoked salmon, garlic salt, and pepper in a bowl until smooth. Spoon salmon mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe mixture into the center of each snow pea pod, creating a scalloped edge. Sprinkle dill weed over cream cheese filling.
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Early Spring planting tips
Get your soil ready:
The main process is tilling your garden area around 8 to 12 inches beneath the surface and removing any rocks or debris. The next major step is to add organic matter and fertilizer. One thing you want to avoid is tilling when your soil is too wet. The extra water will hinder plant growth.
Weeding your yard:
Wedding is the boring and tedious work of caring for a garden, but it must be done. Start early, and do a little at a time so you won’t tire yourself out.
Fertilize your garden with coffee grounds:
Using coffee grounds to prep your soil is a great way to save a little money and be a bit more ‘green’ in the process. The grounds are filled with nitrogen, a mineral that aids in vegetable and plant growth. Simply add them to your compost pile or directly into the soil itself.
I found these tips on beekman1802.com
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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will see you Monday for another post!
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