Sweet Paul’s 5-Ingredient BBQ Chicken

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Adding a homemade touch to your backyard BBQ is easier than ever with this recipe from Sweet Paul. He cooked up this sauce when he discovered the bottle in his fridge was empty and the store was closed. So this five-ingredient masterpiece uses just what he could find in his pantry, and things you’ll likely find in yours as well! So take a peek and see if an impromptu BBQ is in your future.

  • 1 small can of tomato sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • pinch of chili
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large organic chicken, cut into 4 pieces
  1. Place tomato sauce, sugar and chili in a small saucepan and let it simmer until it starts to get really thick, about 20 minutes. (I would start with 1 tablespoon sugar and let it simmer for a while and then add more if needed)
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Rub all the chicken parts with salt and pepper and brush the sauce on.
  4. Place on a medium grill or roast in the oven at 375F for about 40 minutes, brushing with more sauce after 20 minutes.
  5. Serve with a smile and more sauce on the side!

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Gardening Tips from Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer

Thelma’s garden always had a bumper crop of vegetables. She says she started growing her own veggies for two reasons: to know they were free of pesticides and because the kids would be more likely to eat them if they helped grow them. Follow her tips to help your harvest and to get more veggies on the plates in your home.

Radishes

When it comes to radishes, Thelma swears by the Farmers’ Almanac. It says that you have to plant them by the dark of the moon or they’ll go to tops. She says the only thing she follows the Farmers’ Almanac for is her radishes. When she doesn’t follow it, she doesn’t have radishes.

Rhubarb

While the stalks are delicious, rhubarb leaves are poisonous if eaten, so be sure kids and pets don't eat them. Thelma has found a great use for them nonetheless – keeping aphids away. Put a pound of chopped rhubarb leaves in a pot and add a quart of boiling water; let the mixture sit overnight, strain it and add a tablespoon of deter gent. Then place the liquid in a spray bottle and spritz your plants with it ever y now and then.    

Parsley

Never count out the seeds you’ve planted. Thelma once waited years for parsley plants to grow from seed. When they finally sprouted, she was tickled.

Onions

Thelma grows onions every year, and since they’re hardy perennials, they keep going without any maintenance. She likes to put them in her garden next to her beets and carrots to help keep the bugs away.

Cucumbers

To prevent weeds and rotting, Thelma keeps her cucumbers mulched with rhubarb leaves or grass clippings. There’s no need buy mulch when your garden provides it for free!

Tomatoes and Peppers

Thelma’s advice for tomatoes and peppers is to water them about an inch a week. With the right amount of sun, they’ll grow like the dickens!


Give Mom a Mother's Day DIY

Homemade Mother’s Day gifts are as old at the holiday itself. But this year, instead of adding to Mom’s macaroni necklace collection, consider making her something beautiful for her home. With these impressively easy-to-make projects, for once it will be more than just the thought that counts.


LACE DOILY BOWLS

This fun project gives new life to vintage lace doilies. Ask Mom before you use hers or pick some up at a thrift store. Then, all you need are a few supplies and a little time before your bowls are ready for gifting. For an extra treat, fill them up with chocolate or something else Mom loves.

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EMBROIDERED PILLOWCASE

Mother’s Day breakfast in bed will be a little fancier with this embroidered pillowcase. Just take any plain pillowcase, a needle and some embroidery thread, then let your creativity go wild. Choose colors that match Mom’s bedroom décor for a truly personalized result.

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HANGING PLANTER

Potted plants make great gifts, as they’ll be around a lot longer than any bouquet. With this DIY hanging planter, you can add a handmade component to your handpicked gift. All you need is a long nylon cord and some scissors. We’ll show you how to knot it up to create a handy holder for Mom’s new plant.

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Get Inspired by Nature with this Earth Week DIY

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The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and it’s time to celebrate Earth Week! It's a great time to think about ways you can help the Earth, and also appreciate the beauty it brings. This fun project uses flowers and greenery to create blooming decorative letters you can bring to life in your home.

Materials & Tools

supplies
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Floral tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Small flowers  

Instructions

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1. Cut your wire using your wire cutters and use the pieces to shape together letters with the pliers. Once you’re happy with your letter shapes, use the floral tape to hold your wire sections into place.

 

 

 

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2. Use scissors to separate your flowers from the rest of your greenery. Then, use the glue gun to attach them to your wire letter shape. Start with leaves and stems, using your flowers as colorful accents.

 

 

 

 

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3. Line up your letters to spell out your family name or word like Recycle that relates to Earth Week. 

 

 

 

 

When you’re done, share your creation with us on Instagram by including #HomegrownInspiration in your post.