Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 8/26/2014

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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 8/26/14

From your host for this week, Michelle @ SimplifyLiveLove

Tuesday Garden Party Scenes from Iowa Aug 26

My garden actually looks terrible after weeks of dry weather and I haven’t been doing much in it. I should have been watering, but didn’t. Now that we’ve got heat indices back in the 100s – right in time for the beginning of the school year - we finally got much needed rain.  I’m hopeful that that with the heat and the water, my garden will back in business and I will gather enough tomatoes to make the most awesome Roasted Tomato Sauce ever!

If my own tomatoes don’t do much, I’m taking comfort in the fact that I’m heading down to Missouri later this week and will can up my dad’s surplus tomatoes. He got all the rain we did not and his tomatoes look absolutely amazing this year. I’ve got tons and tons of green tomatoes in my garden – just need them to turn red now. Since my garden is nice and moist again, I really, really need to get out there and weed, finally! I haven’t weeded in soooo long.

Weeding and drying herbs will keep me busy early next week and canning my dad’s tomatoes will keep me busy later on. What will be your garden tasks for the week?

…..On to this week’s lovely features…..

Tuesday Garden Party - Garden Inspiration for 8262014

1. The Potential Of A Broken Rocking Chair – by My Creative Days - I love this DIY flower planter and would love to see how it looks now after a few months of growth!

2.  Dallying in the Dahlia Garden – by Garden Grumbles and Cross Stich Fumbles - I planted dahlias in my own garden for the first time this year and am stunned by the varieties pictured in this beautiful post!

3.  Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -  by A Student Gardener - if you like flowers, check out the gorgeous beds in this post. The colors are beautiful!

4. A Garden Birthday Party – by Pondside - Wow! What a perfect setting for a first birthday party. I adore these pictures.

5. The Bug Detour – by GardenUpGreen - I often grumble about the harmful bugs in my garden. I love this post about beneficial insects!! It’s a refreshing change.

Now onto what you have to share this week!
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        2. Please link directly to your blog post URL, not your blog homepage URL. Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties.
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        4. If you wish to be featured, please include the Tuesday Garden Party button or a text link in your linked post (feel free to use the button found on the host’s blogs).
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No Mayo Cole Slaw

No Mayo Cole-Slaw

 My trusty Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book includes a recipe for a Vinaigrette Coleslaw which I love. It’s super easy, delicious, and much healthier than mayo laden coleslaw. I love coleslaw, but I’m not that crazy about mayonnaise – especially when we’re outdoors and it’s not being refrigerated. Call me crazy, I’m just a little worried about spoiled mayonnaise.

I grow a lot of cabbage in my garden this No-Mayo cole-slaw, along with homemade sauerkraut, is one of my go-to recipes for using up cabbage.

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$50 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway (US & Can) from TeenSafe

TeenSafe $50  Amazon Giftcard giveaway

So my kids are back in school, but that means they’re still home with me, because we’re homeschooling!  I would love to be the lady in this picture who gets to enjoy herself, eat bon bons, and watch soaps all day while the kids are away – not that I really believe that’s a reality for many women, but it’s a nice dream, isn’t it? Even though I don’t think many moms get to relax like the woman pictured above, I am nonetheless excited to bring you a $50 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway – courtesy of TeenSafe!

If you remember from a post I wrote earlier in the summer, 1 in 3 teens is a victim of cyber bullying – a really scary statistic. My kids are too young for phones, and I’m  not sure how old they will have to be before I ever buy them a smart phone (if I ever do), but it’s good to know about ways to keep them safe now. The TeenSafe app  for the smart phone is one way to monitor on your kids’ activities on their phones. With this app, you can view deleted text messages, check the location of your kids, and see what they’re doing  on social media {as long as they use an iPhone or Android}.  Keeping tabs on your kids’ cell phone activities might be one way to help keep them safe from cyber bullying.

I know I’d love an extra $50! How about you? Every little bit helps, as far as I’m concerned. To enter, just fill out the GiveAwayTools Entry form below!

$50 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway (US & Can) from TeenSafe

Please note: Simplify, Live, Love  is not responsible for prize fulfillment.