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Eco Friendly Halloween : How To Upcycle Your Jack-O-Lantern October 31, 2017 09:22

Halloween is such a fun time of year and making Jack-O-Lanterns is a big part of that! Did you and your family participate in this tradition this year? 

If you did, and if you carved your pumpkin relatively lately (a few days ago), then it's probably still OK to chop up and turn into a purée tomorrow instead of tossing or composting it. 

For us, upcycling our jack-o-lantern means making this AMAZING spiced pumpkin loaf. Try it out and let us know if you love it too! 

Spiced Pumpkin Loaf 

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For the recipe, just click on the picture. 


Three Things we Love About Gardening April 20, 2017 09:30

Three things we love about gardening Piperoos

Gardening is such a fun activity and for so many reasons, but here are the three main reasons we love to garden. 

1) It's fun!

Gardening is an activity enjoyed by many and it's because it is genuinely fun. Seeing your plants start popping out of the soil and being amazed by the speed at which they grow are a big part of it. The planning, the planting and especially the tasting contribute as well. 

2) It's a learning experience 

For toddlers, kids and adults, gardening means learning about how food is grown. When you take the time to garden, you learn what a pea sprout looks like and how long it takes till the plant produces the food. You also get to learn what kind of plants grow best in which climates and how much sunlight and water different plants require. For a quick beginners guide to starting a vegetable garden, read this article provided by the Old Farmer's Almanac. You can also just go the trial-and-error route but you may get less produce your first year. 

Gardening is a learning experience for toddlers - Piperoos

3) It means local and fresh food at our doorstep (literally) 

Gardening means that tomatoes, peas and other veggies can be enjoyed at their freshest ! The peak season here in California is summertime, but we enjoyed fresh tomatoes last year up until January. Eating locally is a very eco-friendly gesture, so be assured that the time and effort put into your little garden is also great way to be green.  

Fresh tomatoes in January! Piperoos.com

Gardening doesn't require a big backyard or elaborate tools... it can easily be done in big pots or square "beds". You can even upcycle pallets to make a garden if you want an extra project to add to the fun. It's also possible to garden on a balcony, if that's the space you have. The only really big limiting factor when it comes to gardening is lack of sunlight. If your backyard or balcony is really shady, it'll be more difficult to grow your own vegetables. But, other than that, you can just get creative with the space you have and enjoy the process. 

And if you're gardening with little ones but need some ideas as to what to plant, click here for a list of ten easy veggies to grow with kids. Also, we would love to see some pics of your garden if you decide to start one (or if you are already a fan of gardening), so please feel free to share!