All Things Spring

Spring Garden Swiss Steak

Spring Garden Swiss SteakIngredients

1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried parsley
4 (4 oz.) lean cube beefsteaks
½ C. chopped spring onions
1 C. shredded carrots
1 C. chopped celery
1 (15 oz.) can chunky tomato sauce
1 (10 ¾ oz.) can lite cream of mushroom soup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ C. water
Butter flavored cooking spray


Combine flour and parsley flakes. Coat steaks with mixture. Spray a large skillet with butter-flavored spray and lightly brown meat on both sides. Sprinkle onion, carrots, and celery over meat. Combine tomato sauce, mushroom soup, Worcestershire sauce, and water in a small bowl. Spoon mixture over vegetables and meat. Lower heat, cover and simmer about 40 minutes until vegetables and meat are done. (Serves 4)

Low calorie, low fat

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How to Prepare Your Bike for Spring

How to Prepare Your Bike for Spring

Have your bikes been sitting in the garage collecting dust all winter long? Well, now that the warmth and sunshine are upon us you’re probably starting to pull out the bicycles. But there are going to be some things you will need to do to make sure your bikes are safe for its riders this spring and summer. So here’s how to prepare your bikes for that first spring ride of the year. Continue reading

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Refreshing Drinks for Outdoor Activities

Refreshing Spring Drinks for Outdoor Activities

Spring time is finally here and people are looking for ways to spend time outdoors after a long winter. Even though many will wait until Memorial Day to begin cooking out, some will begin grilling quite a while before that. When you’re planning a cookout or any outdoor activity, you may want to include spring drinks for a refreshing change.

Some people think about alcoholic beverages but there are many non-alcoholic spring drinks you can also enjoy. Here are a few to consider:

Lemonade is a great spring or summer time drink that everyone in the family can enjoy. Gather lemons, water and sugar and you can make a wonderful, refreshing beverage. Add a sprig of mint to finish it off and then enjoy.

Watermelon Agua Fresca is often served during the summer, but there’s no reason you can’t prepare it earlier in the year if you can find ripe watermelon. You’ll need eight cups of watermelon, water, sugar, lime juice and club soda. Puree the watermelon, water and sugar. Stir in the lime juice. Refrigerate for at least four hours and then add the club soda. If you’ve never tried this drink, you may want to give it a try this year. Continue reading

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Planting Flower Bulbs in the Spring

Tips for Planting Flower Bulbs in the Spring

When planting flower bulbs in the spring, it is essential that you take some basic steps in how and where you plant your tender bulbs so that they grow healthily and produce your desired visual results.

Neglected flower bulbs may wither and eventually dry up and then you will have to replace them in the next planting season. And bulbs that are planted in the wrong place or in less than optimal soil conditions, may not produce flowers at all and will probably end up dying – causing you more expense and effort in achieving your goal for a beautiful flower bed. Continue reading

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Frugal Ways to Spoil Mothers

Frugal Ways to Spoil Mothers on Their Special DayMoms do so much for the rest of the family throughout the year. It’s nice to make Mom feel special at least once a year. Listed below are some frugal ways to spoil mothers on their special day.

Even if all of the children aren’t writing yet, a handwritten note or letter will be cherished by every mother. Have the children write a short paragraph explaining how special she is. If they can’t write, have them dictate what they want to say. Be sure to write it down verbatim so Mom knows exactly how they feel – even if what they say is funny. This gift is one of the most frugal since you probably already have everything you need at home.

Rather than taking Mom out for lunch on Mother’s Day, why not plan a fun picnic. You can either have it at a local park, the back yard, or even indoors if the weather isn’t co-operating. Spread the blanket out on the living room floor and you won’t even have to contend with ants!

Springtime is a great time to fly a kite because it is often windy and warm. It probably won’t matter what type of kite you fly as long as you have fun doing it. Make your own kit or pick one up at a discount or dollar store. Then go fly a kite together as a family. Continue reading

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