Earth Day!

What are you doing to help OUR EARTH?

Here at my home we are trying to do our part. I thought I would share with you the baby steps we are taking to make the Earth a little better.

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Recycle I do hope that since it is 2013 you too are recycling! I made my own recycling center from bins at target. We live in the country and have to take it to a recycling center. It is really easy and has decreased our trash by at least half!

Garden Plus 1.4-Gallon Kitchen Compost Pail

Compost I got this adorable white compost bin from Lowes about a year ago, prior to that I was using Tupperware! I love this because it fits perfectly under my kitchen sink and Jack loves dumping it into  the big bin outside. Composting has also cut the trash WAY down and I love the visual of seeing all the good things we are eating! A little tip KIDS LOVE COMPOST! My son is obsessed and tells everyone all about composting.

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Garden we LOVE our garden and are so lucky to have a very large garden, but don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a big space, you can plant tons of things in pots. We save tons of money by growing all the wonderful veggies, herbs & a few fruits!

Reusable Snack Bags& Reusable Grocery Bags  this is a Super Easy way to cut money and trash! You can find reusable bags and containers everywhere!  Some of my personal favorite bags are SCOUT. The last FOREVER!! I have one that is at least 5 years old. This is the bagette it is the market tote and retails for $23 and is worth every penny in my opinion! Every week I get stopped and asked “where I got my bag”

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Re –use Paper! all of  it! All those worksheets, junk paper that comes home from school, FLIP it over use it for art, grocery list, printer paper. Think how many trees you are saving!!

ReSource  is an awesome place that you can donate almost anything you can think of! Really anything, they have a craft room and a warehouse with tons of cool stuff just waiting to be Up cycled!

What are you doing to help OUR EARTH?

xoxo, Bird

Tomato Jam

OMG this stuff is like a little dash of heaven, wrapped up in a beautiful glass jar! It is a savory jam that makes a gorgeous addition to a cheese plate!  Here are a few I found around the net that were among my INSPIRATION!!  About 3 summers ago I first tried canning andI found White on Rice Couple and they’re versions of  Tomato Jam truly were awesome!!  The following recipe is the only one I tried but I am SO EXCIED to try the others and I think today is the day!!

Tomato Thyme Jam
1 lb tomatoes
1/2 c brown sugar
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 lime, squeezed
1 Tb fresh thyme
Place all ing in a non-stick pot and bring to a boil reduce down to a simmer and let go for about a hour. It will thicken. I had enough to taste yum-eeeee and to fill to small jelly jars. I think this will be a wonderful addition to my Holiday Food Baskets!!

Summer in a Bowl {Gazpacho}

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Gazpacho is one of my favorite summer eats. It is so versatile and just screams “SUMMER”!! I have tried oodles of different recipes and found “MY” perfect Gazpacho! My recipe does not use tomato juice or V8 (I like both fine to mix in my Bloody Mary, however adding either to Gazpacho, in my opinion just makes it taste like tomato juice!) The secret is simmering the tomatoes. It brings out a depth of flavor that is just amazing!! I hope you enjoy!!

2 Vidalia onions, peeled & quartered

8 large tomatoes, peeled

1/2 cup red wine

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1to 2 cloves garlic

1 T sweet paprika

2 t Hungarian Hot paprika

2 T olive oil

Start by placing 1 onion, half the tomatoes, wine and vinegar in food processor and blitz. Place in soup pot. Repeat with remaining ingredients adding the olive oil and spices, pulse just to chunk tomatoes and onion. Add to pot, simmer 10 mins. Chill overnight for best flavor!!

Add diced veggies such as cucumbers, celery, sweet bell peppers, grape or cherry tomatoes, croutons, shrimp, the possibilities are endless!!!!

What screams summer to you? Share your favorite summer recipe!!

Family Farm Tour

Today was so much FUN!!

I really, really, really wanna live on a

FARM!!

Really, I do.

This is a very pic heavy post! I want to share all the fun stuff we did today!!

Our first stop was the Red Wolf Farm these 2 NC STATE Grads have done a fantab job and preserving their heritage by honoring their families. His great grandad owned the farm 100 yrs ago and sold it to her grandad 40 yrs ago and they are married NOW!! What a fun story.

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kids checking out the goats

feeding the chickens

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fresh eggs!

Next stop, Shady Oaks Farm

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picking blackberries!!

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j was super excited to see the bird’s nest!

last stop on our tour today was Sipe Angus

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I have shared with you how much I am in LOVE with their beef. It is the best tasting beef I have ever had! They sell by the pound or you can buy a cow!

Randy and Regina are some of the kindest people I have met! They offered us a drink, pulled up a rocking chair, entertained the kids and told us all about their cattle!! It was awesome.

Before leaving I picked up some ground beef and placed my steak order for pick-up and next weekends Farmer’s Market!!

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What an amazingly fun day!!

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xoxo, Mama Bird

 

Garden Fairy Birthday

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I recently had the pleasure of doing a Garden Fairy Princess Party at the Catawba Science Center. This was a great challenge to incorporate a “princess” with an insect party!! I think the results were amazing and probably my favorite cake to date!!

And the cupcakes are just too cute for words!!

LOVE

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xoxo, Mama Bird

family farm tour 2010

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I am so excited to share with you guys a fantastic event Family Farm Tour 2010, organized  by the Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project, is your invitation to visit 37 farms and gardens throughout six counties in Western North Carolina. The region is home to agriculture of all kinds, ranging from century farms cultivated by the same family for generations, to certified organic farms, to urban gardens. It is NEXT weekend!

June 26 and 27 from 1-6pm

purchase a button for $25 HERE

you can Volunteer HERE 

Here is the low down from the ASAP on what you can expect from the Family Farm Day!

Here’s how it works: Get a farm tour map and button. Gather your friends, fill a car, choose the farms you want to visit, and plan a route. There are more than enough choices to fill a schedule for Saturday and Sunday. Come with a cooler and your appetite. A variety of vegetables and fruits, trout, beef, pork, lamb, eggs, artisan cheeses, herbs, mushrooms, honey, garlic, preserves, and much more are available to sample or for sale. Products including yarn, soap, and crafts are offered as well.

Watch animals such as bison, llamas, baby lambs, and bunnies. See traditional skills in practice—and even try them out yourself—during demonstrations of border collie shepherding, outdoor apple butter making, milking, the maple syrup tapping process, and wool spinning. Or, learn about new ideas during a tour of renewable energy systems, see a hydroponics system, visit an edible landscape, or explore a garden labyrinth. Eat bread fresh from a wood fired oven and artisan ice cream, and stop for a picnic at one of the many beautiful farms along the way.

HOW AMAZING is this? I can not wait! Jack is going to LOVE Family Farm Day!! Are you going? Please let me know if you are!!

My good blogging buddy and fellow sustainable living, garden growing, organic eating, cow buying, MOMMY BLOGGER OF THE YEAR, Erin would LOVE this too! Too bad she’s in Kansas! Just click your heels sister and come with us!

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xoxo, Mama Bird

Garden Planning!!!

SPRING IS HERE!! I have been obsessing about the garden and the layout has kept me up at night! You see last year (our 1st garden) Hubs just tossed it all in, no rhyme or reason. No method to his madness,  just a big clump of veggies! Not that it didn’t produce, it was like playing a game of Twister to get to the veggies!
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This year that all changed! I researched lots of garden designs and styles and made a game plan PRIOR to planting! I think it is going to work out great! 
I planted 6 different kinds of tomato plants, 3 types of cucumbers, 4 kinds of peppers, lots of herbs, sugar snap peas, garden peas, cantaloupe, squash, strawberries, radishes, eggplant, beets, carrots and some mixed greens! Wooo-weeee!! I can’t wait till they start producing!!!  Everything is in the ground and I am praying that the nice weather stays with us and NO MORE FROST!

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and GREEN tomatoes!! I counted 4.

And speaking of gardening and being GREEN. My blog is Carbon Neutral and there has been a TREE PLANTED for Mama Bird’s Nest!  Take a moment and JOIN NOW!!

1 blog = 1 tree

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Do YOU have a garden, what’s growing?

xoxo, Mama Bird