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MAKE YOUR OWN SALAD BAR

In anticipation of all the delicious items you’ll be growing in your garden this year, why not put out a bountiful salad bar for dinner tonight? You’ll love it because it’s easy and healthy, and your kids will love it because they get to assemble their meal themselves. The key is to offer a wide assortment of veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds and protein as well as a couple of simple homemade dressings for a fully customizable meal that will make your taste buds sing and your body say thank you. Here is an example of what to set out, but feel free to let your inner chef run wild! Veggies: Red leaf lettuce Spinach Sliced cucumber Diced peppers Shredded carrot Fruits: Sliced strawberries Sliced oranges Sliced apples Nuts and Seeds: Sliced almonds Chopped walnuts Pumpkin seeds Chia seeds Hemp hearts Protein: Cooked chicken Cooked tuna Chickpeas Black beans Shredded cheese Salad Dressings: Lemon Balsamic Dill (equal parts balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and water with a pinch of fresh or dried dill on top) Creamy Cucumber (1/4 of a cucumber, 2 tbsps mayo, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, then blend before adding a dash of chives or parsley) Pomegranate seeds Dried cranberries

HOWTODECORATEYOUR HOME…SAFELY!

GARDENINGGUFFAWS Why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled. What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? Pumpkin pi. What do you call a stolen yam? A hot potato. Everyone has these on their face? Tulips What vegetable can tie your stomach in knots? String beans. Courtesy of www.gardendigest.com

Decorating your home may seem like a danger-free task, but there are hidden threats in some of these seemingly harmless items. Vintage lamps. Vintage lighting may contain faulty wiring that could pose a fire hazard. If you buy a vintage lamp, have it re- wired. You could also rewire it yourself, just make sure you get help from someone who knows what they’re doing. Houseplants. While most common houseplants are completely safe, there are some varieties that are actually toxic. Most adults know not to eat the berries or flowers on indoor plants, but small children and pets don’t. If you have young kids or animals living in your home, stick to edible plants such as herbs and place toxic plants up out of reach. Hanging the TV above the fireplace. This common interior design practice poses risk if you use your fireplace frequently. Electronics operate most reliably at low temperature and the constant heat of a fireplace can degrade a television’s circuitry, potentially leading to fire. FIVEFACTSABOUTTHEOCEAN Here’s a range of interesting facts about the world’s oceans. 1. Around 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans. 2. Ocean tides are caused by the Earth rotating while the moon and sun’s gravitational pull acts on ocean water. 3. While there are hundreds of thousands of known marine life forms, there are many that are yet to be discovered, some scientists suggest that there could actually be millions of marine life forms out there. 4. During winter the Arctic Ocean is almost completely covered in sea ice. 5. While some disagree on whether it is an ocean or just part of larger oceans, the Southern Ocean includes the area of water that encircles Antarctica. Courtesy of www.sciencekids.co.nz

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