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Oreo Dirt Cake In A Flowerpot



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We have all seen these cakes in a flowerpot for parties, brunches, showers, wedding or any special occasion but we wanted to add a few fun tips to help recreate these.  Watch your guest light up when they see this creations in a clay garden pot. They think they are real and don't know they can really eat it.  Once you tell them the fun begins.

You can use one large flowerpot like the recipe below you break the pudding & cookies up into individual small clay flowerpots.  Both work great.

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Serves 12

Have a clean new terra cotta clay garden pot 8" x 10"
Cover the drain hole in the bottom of the flower pot with wax paper circle so the pudding doesn't drain out.  Or place a whole oreo cookie over the hole as shown.

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In a food processor crush cookies till fine.  set aside.  In a bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar till smooth.  In another bowl, mix pudding and milk till blended. Fold into cream cheese mix.  Fold in the whipped topping.

Start by alternating layers of cookie crumbs and pudding mix. End with cookie crumbs on top so that it looks like dirt.  Chill the cake pots for several hours or overnight.

Now is the time to decorate.  Use silk flowers, rock candy and gummy worms.  You can cut a straw off and insert into the pudding first, then stick the silk flowers into the straws. They are stiffer and hold up better.  Have fun with decorating. We have seen all kinds of fun ideas.

1 -15 1/2 oz pkg Oreo cookies
1 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese
4 T butter softened
1 C confectioners sugar
2 - 3.4 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
3 1/2 C cold milk
1 - 12oz carton frozen whipped topping thawed

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Post Last Updated: 7/4/2017 12:51:55 PM 

Container Gardening for Food!



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Have you ever thought about growing your own food in garden planters?  Well don't be afraid because it's easy to do and tons of fun.  Here are a few tips to help!

 

We know, we know, everyone thinks gardening is very difficult to do and takes tons of time, but we are here to tell you that it's simply not true.  Nothing comes without a bit of effort but what you reap from growing your own food in planter pottery will far outweigh the time and effort you have to invest.  Think of it this way.  How much money do you spend at the grocery store?  Do you know where the food is coming from and what maybe in the soil that the food was grown in?  This is a major concern for fruits and vegetables grown in other countries.  Who has handled your food and what kind of pesticides were used!  All good questions!

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So, we have you convinced at this point!  Good Deal!!!  Now you are asking yourself, Why, should I plant in pottery?  Good question!   Well, we are here to tell you there are many advantages to using a container to plant into instead of planting directly into the ground.  First and foremost, it's easier.  Isn't that what everyone wants to hear?  Well, in this case it's true.  Everyone young and old, fit or not so fit, handicapped or healthy can plant in containers.  If you live in an apartment or high rise, houseboat or beach house, small house or large home, everyone can plant into a garden container.

 

Maybe you have a home with tons of shade or a patio that only gets sun certain times of the day.  You can move your garden pottery around easily with a pot lifter or a pot caddy.  You get to pick the potting soil to make sure that what you plant will be success.  If you have a small, space you want to decorate instead of a huge patio than containers are the way to go.  So, here are the basic tips.

 

1.  Drain holes are best for plants.  Use a saucer if you need too.

2.  Make sure the pot is large enough to handle the plants root system you will be growing.

3.  Do you want terracotta clay because it breathes and is best for plants or concrete planters for durability?

4.  Lastly, have fun and select the look, colors, finishes that best meet your needs.

 

Container gardening is fun, and with a few small considerations you will have a great time for a little effort and price!

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Post Last Updated: 12/8/2016 9:09:27 AM 

Movable POTTED Feast!




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Above a trough shows off the bright white stems of bok choy.  This is a perfect shape of garden pot for this type of plant.  Bok Choy is great in salads and stir fry dishes.  You don't need a large planter to get this job done.
Plants in this container will stay fresh through early frosts.  Mustard and kale fill out the pot with soft greens and purples.  The orange pansies highlight the container color.  The textures of fall edibles are great in garden planters and you can use the flower colors as accents.  Terracotta pots are great for the root systems of all garden plants & veggies.  The clay breathes and the roots love it.  The orange color looks lovely in this type of pottery.

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A group of simply salad greens slips easily into a clay terracotta pot.  The alfresco mix includes leafy lettuces and arugula, endive, and radicchio.  Snip a few leaves from each, give a quick rinse, and a salad is ready.  How easy is that!  Leave on a patio table or place on a kitchen counter with sun exposure.  Use this bowl to decorate indoors and outdoors the greens are stunning and tasty.

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Here are a few general tips to consider when potting vegetables.  Buy transplants - the larger the better - rather than starting from seeds.  You will be able to snip for salads as soon as you take them home.  Use edible flowers as cheerful accents.

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Pansies and violas add punch to
containers and they are pretty tossed into salads.  Pack plants close together.  Autumn is short and you will be harvesting leaves, so the plants shouldn't outgrow their pots. Lastly,  include herbs in the pots.  As fall winds down, transplant them to a bright interior windowsill.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/22/2016 5:24:31 PM 

Food Scraps Potted




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Growing plants out of food pits
, that are potted in a simple container, are easy and fun to do.  You won't have to even purchase any items if you choose, therefore making this a very inexpensive and easy project.  Because of the simplicity of growing these kitchen scraps in pots, it makes a child friendly and creative project.

Most fruits and vegetables have some part that can be potted and grown.  Just save the pit from a avocado, the top of a pineapple and a whole uncooked sweet potato and you are ready to get started.  These are the most common and well known kitchen foods but don't forget to dig a bit deeper.

Try popcorn kernels, garlic cloves, squash seeds like pumpkin or acorn, melon seeds, beans, lentils and even lemon & orange seeds.  All can be potted and grown with ease.
Don't be concerned if your first attempt isn't successful.  It could be the condition of the pit or seeds and not your handling of them.  Since they are easy and inexpensive to work with just keep it up and you will achieve great success. 

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AVOCADO PIT:  The next trip to the store, purchase a avocado and keep the pit.  Dry it out for a few days and poke 3 or 4 toothpicks around the middle.  This helps to support the base of the pit above the water level while trying to grow roots.  If the pit is tough or very hard, poke the holes first with a small nail, then place the toothpicks.  Take a glass jar or water glass and fill with fresh water.  Suspend the pit over the water making sure that the bottom of the seed is covered with water.

Make sure to keep the water level filled and the pit covered.  After a few weeks you should see white roots sprouting from the base.  The the top of the pit should split and a green stem will sprout.  Wait till that stem is approx. 6 to 8" tall and then plant the pit in a container filled potting soil.  Do not use garden soil.  You can choose one as decorative as you desire or a simple clay pot works fine.  Set the pot in a sunny spot, keep the soil moist and you will soon have a plant starting.

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Growing a sweet potato vine is easy but you must make sure that the uncooked potato is fresh and doesn't look like it's been stored for months.  Stick the toothpicks around the body of the potato and suspend in water just like the avocado above.  Try to make sure that a at least half of the potato is below the water level.

Watch for similar white roots to sprout on the bottom and a green stem out the top.  Once this happens, place the potato in a suitable container of your choices, in potting soil and keep soil moist.  These are slow growing so be patient!

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Lastly, the pineapple plant.  If you save the spiky green top from a fresh pineapple, and plant it in a clay pot filled with potting soil, you should grow a lovely plant.  A few tips:  cut the top off about 1" below the leaves.  Let it dry for a couple of days with the cut end up. Stick the top in the soil like the photo at top.

Place the pot in a sunny window and the soil moist.  Give it a few weeks and then look for new roots and green leaves coming from the top.  This one is really slow to grow and takes approx a year so be patient.  It eventually may grow a flower or even a tiny pineapple.

How fun!
 
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Post Last Updated: 1/2/2017 3:48:03 PM 



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