Natural bug repellents are a great alternative to using DEET. These plants and essential oils can ward of mosquitoes and other biting insects so you can enjoy your summer without all the toxins

Top 3 Natural Bug Repellents

As I was picking out my plants for my garden this spring I came across a few natural bug repellent plants. That got me thinking about making myself an all natural bug spray. I live in the state of Wisconsin in the summer our state bird changes from a robin to a mosquito. Just kidding, but really we have an onslaught of mosquitoes during the summer and fall. Our family uses a bunch of bug spray so that we can enjoy the outdoors during the warm months without becoming totally irritated by the little biting menaces.

I wanted to try to make my summer less full of toxins and chemicals while still enjoying the outside. I have three homemade, homegrown and sure fire ways to make your own natural bug repellents. As proof I am using one of the repellents as I work on my post. It’s August 7th and the sun is going down after a warm day. For anyone that lives in this part of the county you know that it’s the prime time for the  blood suckers to come out. Continue reading “Top 3 Natural Bug Repellents”

Fresh green beans are a true taste of summer. Try this quick and easy recipe that will make them a family favorite

Quick & Easy Fresh Green Beans

It’s summer and that means garden fresh green beans. I have a small vegetable garden located right outside my kitchen door where I grow our fresh green beans. If you don’t grow your own, pick some up at your local farmer’s market. If you have never grown green beans, I am here to tell you they are the easiest to grow from seed. Kids love to watch them grow, and I usually get two plants from their classrooms every spring. You can enjoy them in a pot if you don’t have a little plot of land.


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Classic Chicken Salad made without nuts is a great picnic addition. Keeping mind your guests with tree nut allergies.

Classic No Nuts Chicken Salad

It is coming up on the most epic of holidays, Fourth of July! Up here in Wisconsin we like our Fourth celebrations. At almost every Fourth of July picnic there is the scrumptious chicken salad. More often than not this salad has a terrific dose of walnuts in it. Which I agree makes for a tasty dish, but also a deadly one for my son who is allergic to tree nuts. So I like to make a classic chicken salad without the nuts and enjoy it with my whole family.


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