Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Homemaking Tip – Two Little Tips

I’ll bet I give this tip every fall, don't I?  I'm sorry if I have given it before, it's just that I’m always so glad for it about now:

One of the best things in our garden is the three rows of flowers.  Oh sure, the marigolds are supposed to keep the bugs out of the tomatoes, but that’s not why I love flowers in the garden (we didn’t even plant marigolds in the garden this year).  I love flowers in the garden because you don’t have to eat, cook, or can them.  They’re a relief – a bright spot – especially this time of the year.  So here is tip one:  consider planting a row of flower seeds in your garden next year so that you can have a fresh bouquet all summer long and something to give.

As for the second tip, I doubt you need to make domino cookies very often, but just in case . . .

Today I used cookies to teach the domino effect – the principle that your decisions affect others for good or ill.   

Mix your favorite sugar cookie recipe and form into a rectangle on a piece of waxed paper.  Wrap tightly in waxed paper and chill for two hours.  Slice and place on a greased baking sheet.  Score the center of the cookie with a sharp knife and poke chocolate chips, point side down, on the top of the cookie in the shape of domino dots.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes.

These cookies certainly aren't fancy, but they did bring an enthusiastic reaction when the kids saw them.


Cali said...

Those flowers are amazing. I can't believe they are just now blooming. WAHOOOOOO. I'm glad you're back on the wagon.

michelle said...

I love having flowers to cut! (Not too many this year.)

I love the idea of domino cookies! I can see myself making those and taking them to women that I visit teach. Surely we can work that into just about any lesson! Ooh! Or my Beehives! Thanks, Jane.

Anonymous said...

Your flowers are gorgeous!!

melanie said...

Clever, clever cookies.

Your flowers are lovely.

Jill said...

I adore having flowers in my yard but only had them in the spring when the tulips were busy. I should have planted them in our big front beds but the weeds are so ridiculous I kept thinking we would figure out a way to get on top of those and then plant...sadly it didn't happen.

The domino cookies are brilliant, I simply must use that in a lesson some time!

Rachel said...

I think I'll go buy me some flowers tonight.