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How to Use a Heat Mat and Thermometer for Seed Germination
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Chicken Schnitzel
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How to Make Mint Tea
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Half Sour Pickles
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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

How to Use a Heat Mat and Thermometer for Seed Germination

We use a heat mat and thermometer to germinate our vegetable garden seeds.  Find out how we use these tools to get a 100% germination rate. This saves time and ensures reliable sprouting. 

How to Germinate Seeds

With garden season approaching, our seed order just arrived in the mail.   Even though we’ve had a few near record low temperature days in NYC, that doesn’t mean we can’t be starting our Spring garden indoors.  The first step is germinating our seeds.

After just 3 days of planting our seeds, we have a full tray of seedlings that have already broke through the soil!

How to Germinate Seeds

To save time and money, we find that with just a little extra work you can have nearly perfect germination rate with the right tools.   With our heat mat, thermometer and grow lights, let’s start the 2019 garden season and plant broccoli, cauliflower, kale and bok choy seeds.

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Chicken Schnitzel

German Chicken Schnitzel recipe. This is a grandma recipe so you know it’s going to be good. This easy meal only takes 15 minutes! Make sure to serve with classic German sides like potato salad, sauerkraut and spaetzle.  

Chicken Schnitzel

This is a German grandma recipe so you know it’s going to be good. Make sure to serve with classic German side dishes – preferably potato salad, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut

And you need to add a squirt of fresh lemon on top! You know that quote, if a tree falls in the forest does anyone hear it?  Well did you even eat schnitzel if you don’t add lemon on top?

German Chicken Schnitzel recipe. This is a grandma recipe so you know it's going to be good. This easy meal only takes 15 minutes! Make sure to serve with classic German sides like potato salad, sauerkraut and spaetzle.  

But first….

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How to Make Mint Tea

DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Mint Tea! These DIY How to Make Mint Tea instructions shows how easy it is to dry mint leaves so you can make your own homemade peppermint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

How to Make Mint Tea

How to Make Mint Tea

I start everyday with a cup of tea. Do you?

It can be warm or cold, it doesn’t really matter. Most green and black teas have enough caffeine for that morning boost. My morning always starts with a yawn. Then I waddle out of the bedroom with my comfiest bed shirt on and make myself a cup of tea.

I then continue to have a few cups of tea throughout the day.  The kind of tea depends on the season and my mood.  In Winter I might start with English Breakfast or Earl Grey.   In  the Spring it’s all about Green Jasmine.  A nice spiced tea is great for autumn.

Homemade Mint Tea

But the Summer is dedicated to Mint tea.   And drying mint is so easy!

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Half Sour Pickles

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they’re so popular!

Half Sour Pickles Recipe

Half Sour Pickles

If  I could stand on top of a mountain I would yell “I love pickles!”.  I really do.   They’re pretty, they’re crunchy, they’re full of flavor, they hit the right spot in the afternoon when you need a snack, they’re great on a burger, they’re great at 4AM standing in front of the refrigerator.  

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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Authentic Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe!  This easy to make tortilla soup is made with a handful of ingredients that you already have in your kitchen!  I based this recipe on my favorite NYC Mexican restaurant – now I can make it healthy at home!

I love chicken tortilla soup – love, love love.  

Chicken Tortilla SoupAuthentic Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe!  This easy to make tortilla soup is made with a handful of ingredients that you already have in your kitchen!  I based this recipe on my favorite NYC Mexican restaurant - now I can make it healthy at home!

I used to get tortilla soup all the time from a local Mexican restaurant but one day I got some near closing time and it was a big disappointment   It was like they gave me the entire bottom of the pot that was sitting all day long with every ingredient soggy.

I was very upset.  That night I told myself I would match their tortilla soup with my own.  I would set up a table outside their restaurant serving small cups of my own soup and compare it to theirs.  

The neighborhood would love mine.  They would put me on their shoulders, parading me down the streets while chanting “tortilla soup, tortilla soup!”.  Well one of those things came true, I came up with a tortilla soup recipe that  is better than theirs.  *High Fives*

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