This is a very good topic because weevil infestation can happen to anyone in any household.
I recently came across an online discussion about weevils - small bugs found around in your house and pantry. If you see anything like this you better check all your food in the pantry, especially flours and grains.
There is also a possibility you could find them in your wheat bag especially if you haven't used it for a while.
If this is the case, here are some tips to get rid of weevils and prevent re-infestation:
- Immediately dispose of your infested wheat bag in the rubbish bin outside
- Do the same with your contaminated food
- Clean and wipe all the shelves around
- Keep your flours and grains in airtight containers
- Do check and tidy up your pantry regularly
- Keep some bay leaves on the shelves - they are a natural insect repellent
If you don't use your wheat bag often (every week) you better store it in the freezer. Using it often means you are quite safe as no bug (egg, larvae or adult) would survive the high heat from the microwave.
I do take extra care when selecting and using my wheat for my wheat bags, and check and double check its condition and quality.
So you can buy your wheat bag in full confidence.
1. Use your curtains
Open your curtains and let the sunlight get in during the day and shut them before the sun is down. This is the way you get free heat from the sun and keep it inside while it's night.
2. Buy smart heaters
Make an effort and buy heaters with thermostat so you can keep a constant temperature. For us 19 degrees is perfect as we can sleep well during the night - it's not too cold not too hot. If they are too expensive for your budget, then just buy some timers and make your heaters work only every 45 minutes or so instead of all night long.
3. Install insulation
It pays off for you to have insulation in your house - walls, floor and roof - it's not cheap but saves you money in heating bills over time. You may be able to add the cost of insulation to your mortgage or, in some areas, to your rates bill.
4. Clear the area around your heaters
It's best to move your big furniture from around your heater so you allow the heat to spread into the room instead of being absorbed by your sofa for instance.
5. Keep the draught out
This simple solution such as placing a draught stopper against your door or windows can help keep the warmth inside. It's a cheap and quick thing to do and you will see results immediately. Even if you have doors or windows that are narrower or wider than the standard ones I am able to make draught stoppers to your required size for a very affordable price. Shop online or enquire for a quote now.
Did you know? At least 10% of the population suffer from the Raynaud's phenomenon/disease. Do you experience white numb hands when there is even a minor drop in temperature? Some people complain of their hands going white and numb in a supermarket even in summer, and blue in winter, and the condition gets worse if one cannot find a means of keeping hands warm.
Our pocket-size reusable hand warmers are affordable, easy to use, and last long enough for most day-to-day use. I made as a special request from one of my customers and I have already sold a few so far. Do you know someone with this condition? Then tell them about this.
You can also use these mini wheat bags as a cold pack for children's head bumps after you've kept them in the freezer. Buy a couple and have them always ready just in case...
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Hey, just a couple of months since my last post. Sorry for this big gap. I was not lazy, but really really busy with my garden, my work and my two kids. And with this beautiful summer and holidays. And so on...
We have picked strawberries since October, we ate them as they were, we gifted them to the neighbors, we made Pavlova with them, smoothies, put them in cereals and ice cream. Then we've had enough in the garden to make salads every day: spring onion, lettuce, tomatoes. Two days ago I planted asparagus and red cabbage. I love all my plants and my flowers... Ah, we are even growing butterflies. We have three Monarch butterflies and a huge Swan plant which is their favorite food. We watched how the tiny caterpillar grew bigger and bigger and transformed into a cocoon. And we saw the butterfly coming out of there - just magic.
We moved house and we have got a beautiful terraced garden as part of the package. It is a lot of work to do to maintain it, to plant and re-plant, but the rewards are great. There is such a nice feeling when you see your lettuce growing, your strawberries ripening, small trees with new green leaves and so on. It is also quite expensive to look after a garden like that, but it is worth when you know that you planted once and you keep harvesting...
We feel blessed with what we have.
You could find mint in over 30 varieties including spearmint, peppermint, mountain mint, lemon mint, apple mint and chocolate mint.
Mint leaves are used in teas, beverages, smoothies, cookies, candy, chocolate and ice cream. Mint is also used in mouthwash, breath fresheners, toothpaste and chewing gum.
How to make mint tea
To make fresh mint tea, pick fresh leaves and steep in hot water for ten minutes before drinking. Always use honey to sweeten your tea, do not use sugar! Apart from the great taste you'd like to have after dinner, mint tea is used to stop stomachache and indigestion. It is a digestive tonic that helps prevent vomiting and promotes bile flow, so good in pregnancy. Mint relaxes the peripheral blood vessels, promotes sweating, increases urine flow and cools the internal organs.
I know you use your wheat bags, but mint also is useful as a compress on inflamed joints and painful muscles.
The essential oil of mint is good for bug bites, stings and other itchy skin irritations. The mint oil may also be used as a mosquito repellant.
Mint essential oil is also used in massage for relieving tension
headaches, fevers and menstrual cramps (always dilute with carrier oil before using in massage).
Mint is a fast growing perennial that spreads by underground runners. Mint grows well in pots or other out-of-the-way areas such as along fence lines.
Mints make good companion plants, repelling insect pests and attracting
MInt drink recipe
A few slices of cucumber, a bit of sugar, a few leaves of mint and a blast of soda make a refreshing, homemade soda pop.
There are a few varieties of basil. Sweet basil is a flavour most commonly associated with Italian dishes. It has spicy overtones of aniseed. Basil complements tomatoes, green vegetables, soups, salads, fish, eggs, cheese, lamb, pizza and pasta sauces.
Basil goes very well with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil, and seasoned with salt and a grind of black pepper. This is a Caprese salad - great in summer when tomatoes are red, jucy and full of flavour! See recipe below.
Back to our basil now- there is also ice cream made with basil - give it a try when you find it, I heard it is very refreshing.
Basil has proven strong antibacterial and antispasmodic properties. In the past it has been used as a remedy for bladder and kidney ailments, and as a remedy for chronic diarrhoea and dysentery.
Sweet basil applied to insect stings or venomous bites is said to draw out poison and reduce itching.
Insalata Caprese is one of the simplest and most delicious of salads. It requires only the right ingredients and the right season. This is basically a summer dish: it should be made only with local vine-ripened tomatoes that are red, juicy and flavorful but not overly soft, and preferably unrefrigerated.
The next ingredient should be truly fragrant, flavorful young basil: green basil grown in the earth and sun. The next essential ingredient is good quality fresh, moist mozzarella. Good fresh cow's milk mozzarella does just as well. Finally, you need genuine extra-virgin olive oil. With a good quality fresh bread and a glass of cool or slightly chilled white wine, this makes an excellent summer lunch or, in a small portion, an ideal first course for a summer meal.
I've started to make bunting flags - they are great for kids rooms, for parties, weddings, markets, special celebrations and so on. I made a patterned fabric one which is hanging on my children bunk beds. I sold two similar ones on Trademe a few months ago. Since then, I discovered the pinking shears scissors which helps me cut the felt in zig-zag. I made some great bunting flags - red, white, blue, some with butterflies and hearts and flowers on them. I sold one to an individual a few weeks ago and I was so happy because I don't have to store them for too long in my drawers. I was also contacted by a bridesmaid who wanted a large amount of bunting flags for her best friend's wedding next year in May.
But today someone from Roller Coaster contacted me in order to make 4 of the white and red bunting flags for them to dress a set for a TV show this weekend!!!! Wow, my products are going to be on TV :-)))
SO, if you are planning a party or an event and you need awesome decorations, please get in touch for a quick and affordable solution. Everyone loves bunting flags!!!
Well, I've met one woman only. At least she said that she didn't like going shopping. And the rest of us? We love it. I also like window shopping when the shops are closed at night. Recently, I stopped liking the malls and the like and I started enjoying weekend markets, op shops, little shops in our neighbourhood, libraries when they have used books sale and so on.
Last weekend I tried my first craft market as a seller. I did have some market experience as I sold with my son at Kids only market a couple of times. Ok, going back to my subject, it was a nice opportunity to see what people like, get in touch with some interested customers and meet other sellers. Crafternoon tea market is full of great, creative and unique products; it is worth to pay a visit sometime if you are in Auckland.
My products were: wheat bags, draft stoppers, door stoppers, necklaces, pony tailers, candle holders made out of terracota, bread bags, owl cushions, bunting flags, kids handbags made of felt, eye packs. If you need any of these or you want me to custom make some of these for you, just get in touch.
Humans are creative. Especially when they need something really badly.
I saw people using the frozen peas bag on a fresh sport injury. Now they can use some modern devices with a special gel, but there is a traditional and also friendlier method: the wheat bag. Yes, you can freeze it too. Get a small one and keep it permanently in the freezer, especially if sport injuries are often in your family.
I also saw people using a towel against the door to prevent the draught. Now there are some other methods to fix your draught problem, and one of them which I like so much, is to use a draught stopper. It is easy to use and quite eco-friendly taking in consideration that you save energy by keeping the heat inside and preventing the cold air to get in.
I saw people using a chair, a boot, a piece of wood and even a bucket to keep a door open or closed. Because sometimes doors are tricky. You want them nearly closed, but they keep opening. You want them open, but they keep closing. Some smart people invented small devices to hold the door open, closed or to preventing it from opening too widely or closing too narrowly.
I liked this idea and I sewed some little cute pieces of home decoration: a bunny door stopper, pyramids door stoppers and even bag door stoppers. You can match it with a draught stopper or a cushion or just get it as is. Take a look at some models I made. These are filled with rice (for a nice shape) and pebbles (for weight). Order now to get a special price of $18!
I am passionate about healthy and ecological living, simple and natural things that give pure happiness and children's laughter.