Welcome to another fun Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party! Please share your recipes, crafts and DIY projects with our friends! Before we get started let’s say, “Congratulations” to last week’s winners!
You can find the links to our Host Favorite Picks here at Daily Dish Magazine!
“This post was created as part of the Friends of the Earth #BeeBold Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.”
Pollinators come in all shapes and sizes.
There is one thing they all have in common. We need their services to survive.
It’s our turn to return the favor. Pollinators need our help. Be bee friendly.
A study by Friends of the Earth and Pesticide Research Institute found 36 out of 71 “bee friendly” garden plants – 51% — contained neonic pesticides that are harmful to bees, with no warning to gardeners.
Watch the video below.
Like fruit? Thank a bee!
Up to 80 percent of flowers depend on pollinators like bees.
Create a bee safe zone. Being Bee Friendly is easy!
Plant native plants and untreated seeds. Local bees recognize and use the pollen.
Mix annuals, perennials and herbaceous woody perennials in your garden to provide the most availability to flowers for bees.
Plant a diverse range of flowers to attract many different bee species.
Provide a water source with rocks for bees and butterflies to perch upon.
Avoid the use of pesticides. Try alternative methods such as hand picking, attracting beneficial insects and eco-friendly insecticidal soaps and oils.
Erect a bee house. Houses like this one consist of tubes that mimic holes in fallen trees. These secluded spots are where native bees nest. In a bee house, bees lay eggs in the tubes. Each egg is sealed separately in the tube to develop into larve.
Learn to accept some weeds in your lawn. Ditch the chemicals. This honeybee is enjoying clover in my front yard.
Kids are fascinated by bees! I love the demo we did when I was a Master Gardener with a local beekeeper. I encourage you to visit an apiary in your area.
Summertime and outdoor fun go hand in hand. So why would you want to be stuck in a hot, steamy kitchen?
Make no-fuss meals year-round with your slow-cooker. This handy appliances save time in summer too!
Here are some great tips and hacks courtesy of Parts Select and their partners!
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Friday night was all about meeting, greeting, relaxing and having fun!
Dixie Crystals showed us how to make sugar scrubs! You would not believe how good the room smelled! Relaxing scents of rosemary and lemon, orange and vanilla and chocolate mint. If that wasn’t relaxing enough there were chair massage available!
Then it time for a Taste of Rosen Shingle Creek!
I wanted to try a bite of everything!
Saturday morning came very quickly.
Inspiring Keynote speeches from Monica Bhide and Andrew Wilder.
I was ready to learn how to improve my blog and business through lectures and sessions on topics such as social media, budgeting time, photography, publishing, SEO, WordPress and more.
We had delicious breaks with Cabot Cheese and Pacari chocolate.
Class was done for the day, time for fun, game show style!
The Price is Right hosted by Michele the Saucy Queen herself!
And a nice surprise from GiGi’s Cupcakes!
Our sponsors this year were the best! What’s so great about the Food and Wine Conference Sponsors? Their knowledgeable representatives are real people who are eager to help you understand their products. They’re not afraid to join in the fun!
The sponsors also make sure we have fun! Dixie Crystals sponsored our dessert contest for the third year in a row, sugar scrubs, Saturday after dinner desserts and swag! Fields Autp Group provided a BMW for our photo fun, Sunday shuttle service to Rosen College and prizes for our Price is Right Game!
Of course there was unforgettable food…
Saturday’s dinner was incredible! Certified Angus Beef and Premier Beverage with the Hess Collection outdone themselves!
Dinner is also time for announcing the contest winners! I was lucky to be the runner up for Certified Angus Beef contest! I’ll receive a steak package and I was featured on GoRare.com! Look at this gorgeous grill set!
Then we got to do Karaoke Idaho Potato Style! So much fun!
Sunday sessions and lunch were held at Rosen Shingle Creek College of Hospitality .
The day was filled with breakout workshops and food demonstrations.
Sponsors tables lined the walls. This great set up allowed us to walk up and ask questions, introduce our blogs and learn more about their products and services.
I was proud to be a Food and Wine Conference Ambassador for The Beef Checkoff. Karli Millspaugh and Erin Weber gave us a very informative talk on today’s beef and nutrition.
Chef Michael Ollier showed us tips for buying and cooking Certified Angus Beef.
Sara O’Donnell and Jeff Houck showed us potatoes can be so much more than a side dish. How about potato candy?
Lunch was a fabulous chicken salad sponsored by Out of the Weeds featuring their carrot ginger dressing!
Hess Collection Wine and Cabot Cheese pairing rocked the house!
We also had a delicious ice cream break from Florida Dairy!
After more session it was time to say goodbye! I hope you enjoyed my recap and maybe we will meet next year at the 2016 Food and Wine Conference!