Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tips for Eliminating Mosquitoes From Your Yard

With the weather warming up, the mosquitoes will be coming out very soon, if they aren't already out in your area. Mosquitoes are not only a pest but can pass diseases with their bites. If you want to enjoy your outdoor area without having to constantly fight mosquitoes you might want to consider using one or more of these handy tips to help combat mosquitoes.

Eliminate Standing Water
The first thing you will want to do when it comes to combating mosquitoes in your yard is to eliminate any standing water that can be found in your yard. Standing, stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, by having standing water in your yard you are inviting mosquitoes to breed there and by eliminating the standing water you are taking away their breeding grounds.

Lemon Balm and Lemon Grass
The lemon scent of Lemon Balm and Lemon Grass is said to repel mosquitoes. Planting Lemon Balm or Lemon Grass along the borders of your yard, in the flower beds next to your house, and near areas where you want to sit outside at night will help to keep the mosquitoes away.

Essential Lavender Oil is a natural mosquito repellant that can be applied to skin before going outdoors to repel mosquitoes and keep them from biting you. You can make your own Essential Lavender oil from the Lavender plants in your yard.

Bat Houses
If the idea of having bats flying around your property at night doesn't bother you than you might want to consider installing a bat house (or two or three) on your property. Seventy percent of bat species are insectivores, therefore they feed solely on insects. By having bats on your property you will greatly reduce the amount of mosquitoes on your property, it has been reported that some bats can catch up to six hundred or more mosquitoes in an hour.

Dryer Sheets
Many people report that putting dryer sheets in your pockets when you are outdoors will help to keep mosquitoes away. They say that this works best with the stronger smelling dryer sheets, as mosquitoes do not like the smell of them.

Homemade Mosquito Traps
There are several Homemade Mosquito Traps that you can use to help reduce the amount of mosquitoes in your yard. Erin Ringwald, an Ehow Contributor, has step-by-step instructions for creating your own homemade mosquito trap using brown sugar. You can find Erin's homemade mosquito trap by visiting the Ehow website.

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Menu Plan Monday, April 29th - May 5th

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Things have been kind of crazy at The Modern Day Mom house, as the end of most school years are.  The good news is there is only a few more weeks left for the majority of it.  Since the weather is warming up and we are so busy, I am in need of some majorly easy recipes to get me through the week.  We don't eat much once the weather warms up so light meals are perfect for us.  And yes, we are eating out way more than I want to this week.  If I had to guess some of those eating out trips will become sandwiches on the go instead. 
Here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
Lunch - Turkey wraps, pretzels, pineapple
Dinner - Eating Out
Lunch - Beef Stir Fry
Lunch - Old Fashioned Beef Stew, Cornbread
Dinner - Eating out
Dinner - London Broil, mashed potatoes, lima beans, mushrooms
Lunch - Salt and Pepper Pork Chops, mashed potatoes, green beans
Dinner - Eating Out
Dinner - Turkey Wraps, Fresh Fruit
Lunch - Bean Burritos (Recipe to Come)
Dinner - Sausage (Make extra for Monday Morning), Omelets

Friday, April 19, 2013

Kenutcky Derby Party Menu Ideas

With the Kentucky Derby just a few short weeks away now is the time to get busy planning your Derby Day party.  One of the biggest parts of any party is the menu, and with the Kentucky Derby there are plenty of traditional Kentucky foods that you will want to incorporate.  Here are some great ideas to keep in mind when planning the menu for your Kentucky Derby Party this Derby Day.

Kentucky Burgoo

A Kentucky Derby party would not be complete without Kentucky’s famous burgoo.  For those who don’t know it is a stew that consists of a little bit of everything including rabbit, chicken, and ham.  To find the recipe to make Traditional Kentucky Burgoo you can visit the Courier Journal Newspaper website.
Kentucky Derby Horse Shaped Cookies
These adorable Kentucky Derby horse shaped cookies are sure to be a hit at your Derby party.  Do you want to know what the best part is?  You don’t have to be a kitchen whiz to make them, in fact there is no baking involved.  They are made using Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, Mini Nilla Wafers, Tootsie Rolls, Red Licorice, and caramel.  Find out how to make these horse cookies yourself by visiting the blog Party Pinching.
Kentucky Hot Brown Bites
While Kentucky Hot Browns are delicious they aren’t exactly a party friendly food, however these Kentucky Hot Brown Bites give you all the flavor of a Kentucky Hot Brown in a miniature party-friendly bite size.  To find out how to make these Kentucky Hot Brown Bites made with refrigerated crescent rolls visit the website Plain Chicken.
Mint Julep
A Kentucky Derby party is just a party unless you are serving the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep.  This delicious bourbon based drink is a snap to make, with just bourbon, mint leaves, sugar, water, and some ice being all that you need.  Find out how to mix up some Mint Juelps for your party by visiting the Babble website.
Mint Julep Cupcakes
If you would prefer to eat your Mint Julep instead of drink it than these Mint Julep Cupcakes from The Pink Peony is just for you.  Learn how to make these “adult only” cupcakes by visiting The Pink Peony blog for the recipe.
Kentucky Derby Pie
While the official Kentucky Derby Pie recipe is said to be a well kept family secret there are plenty of recipes around claiming to be the best Kentucky Derby Pie recipe.  The best recipe that I have found that most closely resembles the official Kentucky Derby Pie can be found by visiting the About.com Food website.
Kentucky Bourbon Ball Pops
If you have noticed we here in Kentucky love our Bourbon, and it is closely associated with all things Derby.  These Kentucky Bourbon Ball Pops succulently display that great taste of Bourbon that says its Derby time like nothing else.  You can find out how to make them by visiting the blog Mirabella Creations.