Garden Tips

Last updated by at .

How to shuck and cook corn on the cob quickly, in 3 simple steps.  No corn silk will be left, it comes out clean   #Corn, #HowToShuckCornQuickly, #CornOnTheCob

Summer is here which means corn on the cob will be on our dinner table a lot the next few weeks.  We love fresh corn picked from our garden or purchased at the farmers market.  But shucking the corn takes time and my kids hate to do it.  Getting all the corn silk off can be time consuming as well.
How to shuck and cook corn on the cob quickly, in 3 simple steps.  No corn silk will be left, it comes out clean   #Corn, #HowToShuckCornQuickly, #CornOnTheCobDid you know you can both shuck and cook the corn in 3 minutes …. YES in just 3 easy steps you can have  cooked corn on the cob ready to eat.

FIRST step ~ take a sharp knife and chop the end of the cob off.  You want to cut just above the first row of kernels.  Don’t cut the end that has silk coming out  you want to cut the bottom end. Make sure it is above the first row of corn or it will not work.How to shuck and cook corn on the cob quickly, in 3 simple steps.  No corn silk will be left, it comes out clean   #Corn, #HowToShuckCornQuickly, #CornOnTheCobSecond step~ Place the corn  (that you just cut the end off) in the microwave.  Cook for 3 minutes on high heat.  Depending on your microwave you might have to cook it longer or shorter.How to shuck and cook corn on the cob quickly, in 3 simple steps.  No corn silk will be left, it comes out clean   #Corn, #HowToShuckCornQuickly, #CornOnTheCobThird Step ~ pick up the corn with a towel or dish cloth.  Watch out the corn will be HOT.  Hold the top of the corn (part with the silk) firmly with the towel ans squeeze downward.  Give it a little shake, as you squeeze the husk the corn will slide right out of the husk and all the silk will stay in the husk.  You are left with a perfectly cooked cob of corn, ready to cover with butter and eat :).

I assume the same concept would work if you boiled or grilled the corn, but I have not tried it.  This method is perfect for grabbing a quick bite to eat without heating up your kitchen. Cooked and on the plate ready to eat in 3 minutes, such an awesome trick!!!
How to shuck and cook corn on the cob quickly, in 3 simple steps.  No corn silk will be left, it comes out clean   #Corn, #HowToShuckCornQuickly, #CornOnTheCob

Other “quick tips” you might like

HOW TO EASILY CUT A WHOLE WATERMELON INTO CUBES, Picnic ideas, #Watermelon, #Summer, #DIY #HowToCubeAMelonHow to cut a whole watermelon into cubes in just a few minutes

Fastest way to peel a peach, How to peel a peach,#EatingHealthy, #Hacks, #Fruit, #Peaches

How to peel a peach in 10 seconds

How to make Ice Cream In A Bag

HOW TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES ~ 5 EASY STEPS.

GARDEN TIPS ~ USE MUFFIN TIN TO CREATE PERFECTLY SPACED HOLES FOR PLANTING

REPLACE A WORN OUT TRAMPOLINE SAFETY PAD WITH POOL NOODLES ~ EASY DIY

How to keep bugs out of your drink at a BBQ or picnic 

SHOE MATCHING GAME ~ HELPS KIDS GET THEIR SHOES ON THE CORRECT FOOT

HOW TO GET SHARPIE MARKER OFF YOUR SKIN ~ DIY FASTEST WAY TO REMOVE SHARPIE 

IDEAS ON USING & PRESERVING APPLES

Watermelon sticks, perfect for little hands.  A finger food perfect for picnics or potlucks #Watermelon, #KitchenTips, #Summer, #Food, #CleanEating, #DIY

Watermelon sticks perfect for little hands

7 QUICK AND EASY TIPS HOW TO COOK THE PERFECT STEAK

How to shuck and cook corn on the cob quickly, in 3 simple steps.  No corn silk will be left, it comes out clean   #Corn, #HowToShuckCornQuickly, #CornOnTheCob

Leave a Comment: 16 comments

Filed Under: DIY, Garden Tips

Tags: , , , ,

Disclaimer: This post may or may not contain affiliate links.
SUBSCRIBE and never miss a thing!

Garden Watering Jug, Helps kids know how much water to give each plant in a nice gental shower #DIY, #gardenQUICK TIP ~ Turn a milk jug into the perfect watering jug for your garden or flowers.

 I have several pots of flowers in the front of my house.  My kids like to help me water then, but we tend to run into a few issues.  They drench  the flowers in too much water, or don’t give them enough. They need some way to know how much water to give each pot. They also tend to break some of the stems due to much water to fast. So I needed to have it be a nice even shower not a huge DUMP of water all at once.
Garden Watering Jug, Helps kids know how much water to give each plant in a nice gental shower #DIY, #gardenTo fix these issues I came up with a homemade watering can.  I re-purposed a milk jug into the perfect watering jug for my kids. I used my metal tipped comb to poke holes in the lid of the milk jug.  You could also use an ice pick. The plastic is really soft and easy to poke holes in.

Garden Watering Jug, Helps kids know how much water to give each plant in a nice gental shower #DIY, #gardenNext grab a sharpie marker and draw lines on the side.  How far apart will depend on how much water you want each one of your plants to get. They will be able to see the water level through the plastic jug.

Garden Watering Jug, Helps kids know how much water to give each plant in a nice gental shower #DIY, #garden

Other “quick tips” you might like

How to cut a whole watermelon into cubes in just a few minutes

How to make Ice Cream In A Bag

HOW TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES ~ 5 EASY STEPS.

GARDEN TIPS ~ USE MUFFIN TIN TO CREATE PERFECTLY SPACED HOLES FOR PLANTING

REPLACE A WORN OUT TRAMPOLINE SAFETY PAD WITH POOL NOODLES ~ EASY DIY

How to keep bugs out of your drink at a BBQ or picnic 

SHOE MATCHING GAME ~ HELPS KIDS GET THEIR SHOES ON THE CORRECT FOOT

HOW TO GET SHARPIE MARKER OFF YOUR SKIN ~ DIY FASTEST WAY TO REMOVE SHARPIE 

Watermelon Sticks perfect for kids 

Leave a Comment: 0 comments

Filed Under: DIY, Garden Tips

Tags: , , ,

Disclaimer: This post may or may not contain affiliate links.
SUBSCRIBE and never miss a thing!

How to eat an artichoke

Artichoke Flower

Or you can just let the artichoke turn into a pretty flower.

So recently one of our  friends  just threw away some artichokes.  They said they had never had artichokes and didn’t think you could eat anything on it. Well for years my (Matt) family has been eating artichokes on fun special occasions. Mainly when they went on sale. Now this way to eat them is not the only way, you can grill them (which I never really have tried) or cut out just the hearts and stems. The way we do it is boil them. In a large pot of boiling water, add the artichokes whole. Make sure you have enough room to spin them around and position them to get them under the water as much as possible. Boil them for about 15 to 20 minutes, just long enough that you can easily stick a fork down the end of the stalk.

So here are two of the artichokes we cooked. The one on the left has all of the hard outer leaves on. When you peel these leaves off – one by one- there is not much edible bits on them. But once the outer leaves are off, like the photo above on the right of the plate, the leaves get more and more tender and lighter in color.

The white part on the base of each leave is edible. Now don’t go biting this part off. Simply dip in butter, or even by its self, and slide it over your lower teeth and scrape what comes off with your teeth. You will learn how much pressure to use as the leaves move from being hard and “woody” to really soft and tender. As they get tender, you can almost just eat half of the leave. Any thing that is really tender is edible.

I have always just dipped these in butter, like lobster. I am sure you could use the healthy fake butter stuff. Next time I might try it with those new flavored butters with garlic and such already blended in them.


The outer leaves will look like this after you scrape them off on your teeth. Just the white inside bottom part of each leave is edible. But as you get further inside the artichoke, the leaves become pale green and maybe even cream or white color. Most of these leaves are edible and I will just bite off what ever snaps off. Be careful because the tips of these have little points on them that are not edible.

The artichoke on the right side, above, shows the pale white leaves that are really soft and good. Even the stalk of the artichoke is edible if you peel back the fibrous outside.

Once you get to the inside of the artichoke you will see these small feathery looking pieces – see above photo. They are soft and intriguing, but they don’t call it an artichoke for nothing. Those little soft pieces are the “choke”. They are not edible.

Now in the above sliced view of the artichoke. If you carefully cut out the choke with a butter knife, you can then eat the “heart”. You can see the choke which is a light pale green on the very top. You can pluck off the choke down to about the darker layer right under the choke. Once that is removed the artichoke heart is the prized piece. These are the things you see in salads and sold in jars at the store.

So now you know one way to eat those strange looking artichokes. These are fun to eat after dinner, mid day snack. You can even do this while watching your favorite sports game or at family movie night. Just be careful with the butter ;)

Leave a Comment: 1 comment

Filed Under: A Thrifty Dad, Garden Tips, Recipes, Thrifty ways to save

Disclaimer: This post may or may not contain affiliate links.
SUBSCRIBE and never miss a thing!

I went to visit my parents house recently.  I had to smile when I saw my moms “homemade sprinkler”.  Growing up on a limited budget we learned to live on less by doing without a lot of things or being creative and making our own.  My Mom was watering her flowers, her store bought water mister broke.  So she just made her own out of a two liter soda bottle.

She carefully used an ice pick and poked holes into the bottom of the bottle and along the sides.  She then added an extra attachment to  the bottom of the hose so the bottle would screw right on…. and in just a few minutes she was back to watering her flowers without knocking off the petals with the harsh stream of water from the hose.

I think my kids would have fun playing with this as well…

Leave a Comment: 4 comments

Filed Under: DIY, Garden Tips

Tags: , ,

Disclaimer: This post may or may not contain affiliate links.
SUBSCRIBE and never miss a thing!

How to get kids to eat veggiesHow to get your kid’s or even your hubby to eat their veggies!

Fun Garden tips Rainbow Carrots

Grow fun food! did you know that the “normal” color of a carrot is NOT the orange we all think of when some one says carrot! In the 12th century and also the 11th century there is mention of the red and yellow carrot. The “normal”color of orange isn’t mentioned till the 17th century in Netherlands to celebrate the ruling class and the national flag of the Netherlands.

So break the “norm” and grow some multi-colored rainbow carrots and surprise your kids with fun carrots to eat! And make them sweeter where you can “sneak” in the healthy carrots with our Brown Sugar Glazed Carrot recipe

Check out how we grew them last year Rainbow Carrots - and are on the list for this year as well!

41J0UsYAPkL“RAINBOW BLEND” CARROT~Seeds! 300+ Seeds Pretty & Healthy!! As low as $3.48 and free shipping

Or if the top link runs out this is also a great deal Rainbow Blend Carrot Seeds for as low as $3.69 and free shipping

410ipa9XiLLOrganic Rainbow Bell Pepper 40 Seeds, 240mg As low as $3.3o including shipping

Many times kids are stuck on the color of the veggie is what makes it bad. If your kids do not like “green” peppers – switch it up and offer a purple or yellow or something different to grab their attention.

618ujmKpCiL._SY450_150 Seeds, Swiss Chard “Rainbow Blend” (Beta vulgaris) Seeds By Seed Needs As low as $3.70 including shipping

41ZoNFeyowLHeirloom Rainbow Blend Tomato Mix 7 Seeds As low as $5.98 including shipping

51FekI0uhML._SY450_Purple Passion Spinach 100 Seeds – Old but NEW! -Veggie – Hirt’s Gardens As low as $2.59 with free shipping

3X the vitamin A than “normal” spinach! 

51MF8nMzKNLPurple Cauliflower 40 Seeds -LOW CARB!- Veggie As low as $4.78 including shipping
What princess wouldn’t want pretty purple cauliflower!

412FpwaAtRLMexican Miniature Watermelon 15 Seeds -Melothria scabra As low as $2.55 with free shipping

WOW how fun! Let the kids grow mini watermelons! Getting kids involved in the process gives them ownership! And with ownership they feel the food is theirs to eat. let each kid pick their food they are the most excited for and they will love to “try it” come harvest time!

Looking for More Online Deals?  Click here for more  THRIFTY DEALS. Please note that Amazon prices tend to change often so prices may be higher or lower without notice.

Leave a Comment: 0 comments

Filed Under: Amazon Deals, Food Storage, Free Shipping, Garden Tips, Thrifty Crafts for Kids

Tags: , , ,

Disclaimer: This post may or may not contain affiliate links.
SUBSCRIBE and never miss a thing!

Garden Tip on planting seeds, use a muffin pan to press holes into your dirt to form perfectly spaced holes for planting #Garden, #Tips, #KidsHow many of you are going to plant a garden this year?  If you have kids helping you it is sometimes hard for them to know how far to space the plants or seeds.  Here is a quick tip… use a muffin pan to create perfectly spaced holes to plant your garden seeds and plants in.  Of course always read the package for spacing guides.  You can use muffin tins, mini muffin tins, large muffin tins for different spacing options.   They often have muffin tins at the dollar store, you might check there as well.

Please note this works best on freshly tilled soil, that is nice and aerated, soil that is rocky, hard or has a lot of clay in it might not work to well.

All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space

$17.73 (was $24.99) PRICE DROP now as low as $14.12



Fiskars 7067 3-Piece Softouch Garden Tool Set $19.65

kids garden tools4

Toysmith Kid’s Big Tool Set

$29.99) shipped FREE just click the FREE super saver shipping link at check out.

  • Set includes: garden rake, spade, how and leaf rake
  • Real metal tools for little hand
  • 27.5-Inch solid wood handles
  • Leather strap for hanging
  • A great way for young gardeners to help in the yard

green house to get your garden started HUGE SALE on these and SHIPPED FREE

Gardman R687 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse $38.68 (was $59.99) plus ships FREE

raised garden bed

Greenland Gardener 8-Inch Raised Bed Double Garden Kit $74.78 (was  $109.99) including shipping

  • Made from recycled plastic and wood
  • Will not rot
  • Patented corner system

raised garden box

Suncast RBD939 48-Inch by 48-Inch by 18-Inch 6 Panel Tiered Resin Raised Garden Kit $79.99 (was $119,99) ships free

  • Rigid resin construction in maintenance ree- no painting, splinters, or rotting
  • Can be Built into multiple garden shapes
  • Steel stakes hold panels to ground
  • Sold as a set of 6 long panels, 2 panels, 4 stakes and connectors

You might also find this post helpful ~ How to make your own SEED TAPE

*****************************

You can take advantage of FREE Shipping on many items with Prime and get it in two days… remember you can try prime for FREE for 30 days.  Try Prime for FREE!

Looking for More Online Deals?  Click here for more  THRIFTY DEALS. Please note that Amazon priced tend to change often so prices may be higher or lower without notice.

Photo Credit 

Leave a Comment: 10 comments

Filed Under: Amazon Deals, DIY, Free Shipping, Garden Tips, Online deals

Tags: , ,

Disclaimer: This post may or may not contain affiliate links.
SUBSCRIBE and never miss a thing!