Wednesday Wander – If You Could Be Anywhere… — Journey To Ambeth

It’s Wednesday, so time for my usual Wander, and it’s also day twenty-eight of the 30 Day Writing Challenge. Today’s prompt is: If. Initially, I considered the Rudyard Kipling poem If, and doing a Wander related to that. But Kipling was so well-travelled I couldn’t really settle on one place, and unfortunately I’ve not yet […]

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Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Herbs





1 eggplant
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 cloves minced garlic
¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh dill, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh oregano, finely chopped
Salt and pepper

How to Make It:

Cut the eggplant into slices and salt them lightly. Let them sit for about 15 minutes, so the salt can bring out the moisture of the pieces. Wipe them dry with a bit of paper towel.

Meanwhile, combine the oil, vinegar, garlic herbs, salt and pepper. Let site to absorb the flavors for about 15 minutes.

Brush eggplant with oil and herb mixture all over, ensuring that the herbs get distributed well.

Place on a lightly greased grill and grill for about 15-20 minutes, flipping half way through.

Mix with olive oil and garlic. Then let the flavors blend for about 15 minutes.

Gardening Advice For Kids

Gardening is not only for the adults. Children can have so much fun and benefit from it too. If you want your children to learn the art of gardening, you have to be a good example to them. If you are a good gardener yourself, taking fun and responsibility at what it takes for this activity, it would not be difficult for your children to follow. Gardening is a hobby that can provide lots of benefits both to you and your children. 

What are the benefits that your children can reap by engaging them into this rewarding hobby? Of course, the first one is the sense of accomplishment they get whenever they see the fruit of their labor. Seeing the fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and beautiful flowers will boost their confidence because of the accomplishment. 

But beyond this accomplishment are the values that you instill in them. It is not only the sense of accomplishment but the responsibility they learn to deal with and the rewards after their actions. These are valuable benefits that your children can use as they grow up and have to make social interactions. 

When it comes to gardening, you will decide what method is best for them. You can choose whether it will be soil gardening or hydroponics. It doesn't matter what it is since both can give them fun and exciting time as well as productive labor and fruits. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages so you might want to research first which one would be most beneficial to you and to your children. 

Having the right tools and supplies will give you both an easy start with this project. Whether it is going to be an indoor or outdoor gardening, you must give the children the freedom to choose their own tools and equipments, with your guidance of course. 

These things come in kiddie sizes too, so think of how much it is going to be for them as they get to have their own tools. Also, allow them to pick the type of plants they want to grow. As much as possible, let them pick first the ones that grow easily so teach them of what you know about plants. 

At first, it is expected that you will have to do the major gardening work. They are learning so give them the best teaching that you could by setting a very good example in the first few days. Children learn in different ways. There are those who are best in visual learning while others do well in sensory learning. Whatever it is, show them the things that need to be done or let them feel the essence of the plants, soil, and the elements of gardening.

As they take care of their plants, always let them know that you are there to guide them should anything wrong happen or if they have questions regarding gardening activities. It doesn't matter if your children get to have the wackiest plant choices or the most mismatched ones, for as long as they are enjoying and having a sense of pride in this activity, you know that the hobby is giving them benefits and valuable lessons.

8 Gardening Blunders and the Ways to Fix Them

We often see fashion blunders on TV. We may even hear ourselves giving opinions about them. But do you actually realize that blunders can even happen right in your front yard? Whether you think that your garden looks good or not, it really doesn't matter. If everything doesn't work, your whole garden will not work. We enumerate top gardening blunders and the ways to fix them:

1.	Grass is not greener. This ranks number 1. Why? Most gardens have lawn, but one may be slightly greener than the other. If your lawn looks more than the soil underneath, it is time to reassess your watering, fertilizing and mowing schedule. Think where you have gone wrong and make the necessary adjustments on the areas mentioned. If nothing happens, replacing your entire lawn is a better alternative. Consider other ground covers such as periwinkle and thyme. Ask your local nursery for a possible option.
2.	Tools and clutter are everywhere. They may be useful objects, but if they are stacked in your garage because you think they are not worth the storage, they don't just look like junk, they are junk. Go over them one by one and determine whether you want to keep them or not. Your criteria when deciding if they deserve the trip to dump or not is simple: Ask yourself, do you specific plans for them? 
3.	Your home and garden can be seen from the road. There are several short- and long-term solutions to create some privacy. One quick-fix solution is to build a concrete wall that would separate your garden from the side walk. For a longer, much appealing look, planting fast-growing shrubs is a good idea. 
4.	Weeds invasion. Weeds problem can be solved by keeping your lawn regularly maintained. Check for weeds as often as you can. Dig the weeds out by hand and keep the weed from re-growing by seeding the empty areas of your lawn. 
5.	Limited space. If your problem is space, then here's one idea that can definitely help you maximize every square inch of your garden: think vertical. Create a sense of lush greenery by using wall space, arbors and trellises to allow plants to climb upwards.
6.	Where's your home? If shrubs have swallowed your home, then a hedge clipper comes in handy. Cut everything that is blocking your way. Seriously, you want a garden, not a house in the middle of the forest.
7.	Dry spell in winter. Most garden plants do not survive the winter temperature. Hence they die. When planning for a garden, think of the plants that can grow year round. Or you can always include evergreens and plants with winter interests. 
8.	Fences are falling apart. Fences are not just to separate your property from your neighbor's. They also add to the overall look of your garden. Make sure that you maintain the looks of your fences like the way you keep your plants.

100 Word Challenge: Sorry — Thin spiral notebook

This time next week, 2017 will be underway and New Year Resolutions will already be broken. I stopped making Resolutions a long time ago. They became reasons to feel bad about myself when, for whatever reason – good or bad – I couldn’t fulfill my promises. Instead of making a list of things I wanted […]

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