5 Best Herbs to Grow in Your Garden

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to get your plant on. Literally. It’s time to get out there and plant those plants. Still trying to decide what to plant? Don’t think you have a green thumb? You’re in luck, because we’ve compiled a list just for you.

Best Herbs to Grow in Your Garden:

  1. Basil: it smells great all the time and you can use it in a number of dishes. Or in a fun cocktail like something with lemonade!
  2. Rosemary: so much flavor and pretty easy to grow. You can literally use it in everything– including floral arrangements!
  3. Lavender: another smell-good herb, this one is great for infusing a little sweetness into items.
  4. Thyme: truly an all-star herb that is great in Mediterranean and Italian dishes.
  5. Argula: grow your own salad!

Best Ways to Exercise Your Dog Indoors

Sure, you, like a lot of people feel like you’ve been inside for 6 months straight. Same. And as the temperatures get colder and colder– it’s time to settle back in to the sweats. But, what about your ol’ pupper? You can exercise them indoors! Who knew?

1. Stairs
2. Teaching them the trick– sit to lie down
3. Let dogs and/or cats play together
4. Interactive toys
5. Long elastic leash

Okay, maybe nothing groundbreaking here, but it could keep you entertained for a few minutes!

How to Remove Almost Any Stain From Your Clothes

If you’re like me, you might shy away from white shirts or pants because you never know what is going to end up on them. Yes, I’m an adult, but it seems like I’m always missing my mouth when eating or dropping stuff. Then, there’s the cooking and things splattering all over me. Basically, it feels like there is always something on my clothes. But, no more! Real Simple has a quick fix for almost all of those stains and I am here for it.

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed for Not a Ton of Money

Has quarantine led you into the abyss of new hobbies? Is one of them gardening? (Same here.) If you’re going to garden, it’s important to get the bed right from the beginning. And it’s especially important to know how to build a bed for not a ton of money, too!

14 Fun Things Field Agents are Doing to Stay Active Right Now

As most Americans continue to shelter-in-place and social distance making the most of our time has been interesting. You’ve probably seen in your neighborhood that some dogs are getting walked multiple times a day. Or maybe, you’ve seen your friends on social media making bread– a lot of it.

We recently asked our Field Agents what some of their favorite activities are right now that get them up and moving off the couch. For me, it’s yard work and dog walking– just like most of y’all! Some of these things might even give you an idea for something new to try today!

14 Fun Things Field Agents are Doing to Stay Active Right Now:

1.”I have been working on my yard and garden. seeds started, garden tilled and slowly pulling a trailing/climbing vine from my front and back yard.”

2. “Play ping pong by myself.”
Note: we really want to know how this works. 

3. “Go for a walk outside. We live in an RV and work as hosts in a State Park that is closed. We have the whole park to ourselves!”

4. “dance with Oprah and Ellen until I pass out.”

5. “Vacuuming.”

6. “Walk down the road and I started 30 days of yoga challenge!”

7. “Gardening. Hiking, playing with my chickens.”

8. “Make maple syrup.”

9. “I practice violin and have video Skyping with my friends.”

10. “Dancing to my favorite tunes with my kids and step aerobics compliments of YouTube.”

11. “Play outside with my daughter. Doing chalk, hopscotch and make obstacle courses.”

12. “Taking my three Great Danes for a walk! Or, should I say, letting my Great Danes, especially my male brindle, Scooby, take me for a walk!!”

13. “Walk around the neighborhood and take pictures of random things I find. Nature is a beautiful thing and sometimes we don’t stop and smell the flowers.”

14. “I’ve been making masks for local hospitals and my family has also enjoyed going for walks and fishing, a new hobby for us all.”

How To Clean Your Microwave

Microwaves make life a little easier when it comes to quickly throwing a meal together. But, they also can be messy and hard to clean. They get even harder to clean when you let food sit and cook over and over again.

So, it’s time to clean that microwave!

Supplies:

1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of white vinegar
Microwave-safe bowl
Damp sponge or microfiber cloth
Instructions:

Place the water and vinegar in a bowl and microwave on high until the mixture comes to a rolling boil and the window steams up.
Allow the microwave to cool for a few minutes, then wipe the interior down with the sponge or cloth.

Can You Make Popcorn in a Wok? (YES)

Popcorn, for the most part, is a universally-loved snack. And, of course, popcorn tastes even better when popped with some oil on the stove, right? Right. But, that task is sometimes a little daunting. Well, not anymore! Not with a wok.

Check out America’s Test Kitchen’s Lisa McManus’ method and report back to us.

How to Season a Cast-Iron Skillet in 5 Easy Steps

Owning a cast-iron skillet is a right of passage when it comes to becoming a veteran at-home cook. However, owning one can be daunting. But, it doesn’t have to be. Once you have one you can season it in just five steps.

How to Season a Cast-Iron Skillet in 5 Easy Steps:

  1. Scrub skillet well in hot soapy water.
  2. Dry thoroughly.
  3. Spread a thin layer of melted shortening or vegetable oil over the skillet.
  4. Place it upside down on a middle oven rack at 375°. (Place foil on a lower rack to catch drips.)
  5. Bake 1 hour; let cool in the oven.

24 Ways to Cook a Whole Chicken

Have you ever thought to yourself, could I poach a whole chicken? You’re in luck, Bon Appétit recently went through every single way there is cook a whole chicken. That’s right– the entire chicken.

Did you know you can deep fry an entire bird? What about putting one in the microwave? Both are possible. Good luck out there.