bake it outside

It’s a sizzling summer and the last thing I want to do is create more heat in the house. Many people grill out- so smart! Unfortunately, we don’t have one right now, but we do still cook outdoors.

History buffs know that -particularly in steamy southern climates- kitchens were often built separate from the rest of the house. This kept the main living space cooler and protected it from kitchen fires.

We have gone back to our roots, putting our handy dandy toaster oven on the screened-in porch (a garage or covered area works too). We make toast, fries & chicken tenders, veggies burgers & bacon and even calzones out there!

fish food?

DYK that June is National Oceans Month? Even though it’s technically over, you can still help stop one of our biggest aquatic issues– the tons of plastic waste that travels from streams and rivers into the seas and stomachs of ocean wildlife.

Here are a couple of easy ways you can keep plastics out of our waters:

1. Reduce single-use plastics: common ocean waste includes cigarette butts, take out packaging & food wrappers, beverage bottles & bottle caps, straws and plastic bags.

2. Don’t be trashy: dispose responsibly and reduce, reuse, and recycle when possible. Garbage travels!

3. Pick it up: sometimes I’m a beach cleanup crew of one but it all counts!