Shades of Green Cocktail

Shades of Green Cocktail

In a shaker, muddle the following:

 one slice of jalapeño 
8-10 Mint Leaves
2 Tablespoons chopped cucumber
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice & some zest of the lime
1 ounce Simple Syrup
4 ounces Uncle Val's Botanical Gin

Add ice and shake vigorously

Remove jalapeño and pour into two glasses filled with ice.

Enjoy and Drink Responsibly!!




DIY Quick and Easy Fruit Fly Gnat Trap

It's summer and those pesky fruit fly/gnats are invading my fruit!! 

This is a quick and easy trick to trap those bugs once and for all!!!!

  • one mason jar
  • one piece of paper 
  • tape
  • scissors
  • ripe banana

 First, gather your supplies.

Next, roll your paper into a funnel to have a small opening (about 2-3 millimeters).  

The top should fit snugly in the opening of the mason jar.  You may have to roll and re-roll a couple of times to get this just right.

Mark the paper at the top of the jar.

Trim on your line, making sure it fits snugly.  Don't want those little gnats escaping!!

Now, place a piece of fruit inside the jar.  I have the best luck with bananas.

Lastly, tape the paper securely to the edge of the jar.  Now set your fruit fly trap near your fruit bowl on the counter.  Watch in amazement how the fruit flies gravitate toward the rotting fruit.
When you feel like the fruit fly problem is controlled, just pop the trap in the freezer overnight.  In the morning, carefully remove the tape along the rim, throw the fruit and dead flies into your compost or trash bin.  Pop a new piece of fruit in the jar, re-tape the funnel, and voila! Your trap is reset!! ;)

THIS REALLY WORKS!!! Quick and Easy Fruit Fly Trap

Have a wonderful and pest-free summer!!



DIY Cheap and Easy Portable Chicken | Rabbit Run

So you want to build a lightweight, portable shelter for your chickens or rabbits?  Look no further!  Have I got the easy, do it yourself Chicken Run for you!

Here are the supplies you will need:

 Measure and Cut your PVC pipe into the following lengths:
  • 5-  5 foot lengths 
  • 2-  4 foot lengths
  • 4-  2 foot lengths 
  • 4-  23.5 foot lengths

We cut the 5, 10' lengths as follows:
Cut three of the 10' lengths in half (one of these will be cut smaller)
Cut one of the 10' lengths into 4', 4', 2'
Cut one 10' length into 2', 2', 23.5", 23.5", 23.5" 
Cut the extra 5' length into 2' and 23.5"

=49 cut feet (you will have 1' leftover)

Lay out your pieces and loosely put together:

 Now, Prime and Cement the fittings together:

We decided to spray paint our run using this green to match the doors on our home.  We also painted the zip ties to match.

After you have allowed your paint to dry, start wrapping the sides of your run, securing with zip-ties.  We used zip ties approximately 2-3 inches apart.

This is how we turned the corner:

A little helper inside helps poke the zip ties through

We ended up piecing here because the hardware cloth wasn't exactly 10' long and I didn't want to drive all the way in to town to return it. 
You will use the wire cutters to trim away any excess and snip off the ends of the zip ties.

Here it is!!

"The girls" love it!!

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