Bring butterflies and hummingbirds home with a single plant

Bring butterflies and hummingbirds home with a single plant

by Fox Lifestyle By Marianne Lipanovich (Earth Design Inc/Houzz)  (Van Zelst Inc/Houzz)  (Gardening With Confidence/Houzz) The humble scarlet beebalm (Monarda didyma) has a lot to recommend it, especially in eastern North America, where it originated. This easy-care perennial not only attracts bees to your garden, but butterflies and hummingbirds also find it irresistible. It’s a welcome addition to a perennial garden, a naturalistic garden or an herb garden. If that’s not enough, its fragrant leaves have long been used for tea, and its flowers can be added to a bouquet or brought into the kitchen to use in everything from salad to dessert. Related: melania-trump-is-moving-to-the-white-house RELATED: Store Flowers on a Kitchen Shelf for Easy Access Related: ptsd-what-it-is-and-how-to-spot-it Jacob Cline’ beebalm Botanical name: Monarda didyma Common names: Scarlet beebalm, Oswego tea, red bergamot, bee balm Origin: Native to eastern North America Where will it grow: Hardy to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius (USDA zones 3 to 9; find your zone) Water requirement: Regular to ample water; can handle some drought when mature Light requirement: Full sun; afternoon shade in the hottest summer climates Mature size: 1 foot to 8 feet tall and 2 feet wide Benefits and tolerances: Flowers that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds; fragrant leaves and edible flowers that make good bouquets; deer resistant Seasonal interest: Summer flowers; possible repeat bloom in fall When to plant: Sow seeds or set out plants in early spring. Distinguishing traits. Clumps of leaves 2 to 4 feet tall are topped by showy clusters of flower-bedecked stems. The 3-inch-long tubular flowers have a somewhat shaggy appearance in shades of pink, red, white, blue and lavender. The fragrant leaves are dark green. The leaves are said...
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE ON THAT

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE ON THAT

I consider myself to be a Burger Connoisseur...or at least have turned into one since leaving the big city life to live in tiny town USA and eating burgers from the Small Town Saloon located in Elizabeth IL. Living in a metropolis such as Chicago and its suburbs all my life, I have been fed burgers from mostly fast food establishments. Of course, there are the few and far between businesses that offer a real burger…so I cannot say all are burger creator imposters. Today, I stopped at one place I used to go to in Oak Park IL. I ordered a 1/3 pound burger considering that is the largest they have…and I was hungry. “What would you like on that?”, I was asked by the counter help. I chose to do a little mustard and ketchup. I also said that I would like it cooked Medium Well and he just looked at me puzzled. What I was presented with was what I will call a “City Burger”. It is a flat 1/4″to 3/8″ round disk with smooth edges. The top and bottom are smooth. The bun was a sesame seed type that flapped like a flag in the wind. The mustard and ketchup was actually all I tasted. RELATED: DREAMS-AND-BRAIN-DISEASE-REM-SLEEP-CELLS-LINKED-TO-DISORDERS- I should have just gotten a pack of each and sucked it out of those and rinsed it down with my sugary pina colada fruit punch. RELATED: WALKING-CORPSE-SYNDROME-THE-WALKING-DEAD-MADE-REAL Now….let’s compare that to a “Small Town Burger”. The meat is locally grown and harvested. It is free of all sorts of pesticides and chemicals. I can get close and personal...
McDonald’s Pokes Fun at South?

McDonald’s Pokes Fun at South?

by Fox News McDonald’s UK ad reveals what Brits really think about Americans   A series of ads for McDonald’s U.K. is painting all Americans as one big bunch of sports-lovin’, boot-wearin’, motorcycle-ridin’, big-hair-havin’ burger enthusiasts. And you know what? It’s kinda hard to argue otherwise. As part of the company’s “Great Tastes of America” campaign, McDonald’s released the commercials for their four new state-themed burgers — the South Carolina Stack , Tennessee Stack, Louisiana Stack and New York Stack — and they all revolve around the same silly premise. MCDONALD’S MANAGER ARRESTED FOR BIG MAC SCAM Each ad opens with an unassuming Brit pondering his or her lunch options, usually alongside a friend or co-worker. Once the discussion turns toward a state-themed Stack burger, each set of acquaintances inexplicably begins to take on the stereotypical attributes of that state’s citizens — or the attributes that people in the U.K. apparently associate with that part of America. In one commercial, for instance, a man and his female companion decide on McDonald’s for lunch, since she’s eager to try their new South Carolina Stack. But as she begins to rattle off its components — two beef burgers, beechwood-smoked bacon, smoky cheese, etc. — both she and her boyfriend transform from mild-mannered Brits to mild-mannered Brits with cowboy hats, boots, and a huge bouffant of Dolly Parton-like hair (for her). Related: what-is-your-body-language-saying “Perhaps never before have we seen such a pure crystallization of what it means to be from South Carolina,” wrote the Charleston City Paper in their tongue-in-cheek review of the ad. Related: the-age-everything-changes MCDONALD’S INVENTS THE ‘FRORK,’ BUT WHAT IS IT?...
USDA Agriculture ALERT on FRADULENT Organic Labeling

USDA Agriculture ALERT on FRADULENT Organic Labeling

The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service National Organic Program is alerting the organic trade about the presence of fraudulent organic certificates. Companies listed: Renagrotec SPR de RI, Rand Express Purity Ltd., JEM Enterprises, Betterbell Company Ltd., Bickerton Trade Ltd., Saffire Blue Inc., Green India Herbs, Erin’s Faces. Fines can be up to $10,000 for each violation. Please note that some of these providers of misleading information are of foreign origin....
THE MCWHOPPER RECIPE

THE MCWHOPPER RECIPE

J. KENJI LÓPEZ-ALTSerious Eats   Meet my version of The McWhopper [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Burger King’s marketing team has always been better than its culinary team, and their latest publicity stunt is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Their proposal? That on September 21st, World Peace Day, Burger King and arch-rival McDonald’s bury the hatchet, putting aside their beef with each other’s beef, and open up a one-day-only pop-up restaurant in Atlanta (midway between their corporate headquarters) serving McWhoppers, a hybrid between the Whopper and the Big Mac, their respective flagship sandwiches. I decided to deal with the disappointment of never seeing this sandwich come to fruition the only way I know how: by making it myself. This burger was created to help spread awareness for September 21st, World Peace Day. See Peace One Day for more information. WHY IT WORKS By combining the best elements of Burger King and McDonald’s—the flame-broiled beef and the special sauce, respectively—you end up with one spectacular fast food burger. READ THE WHOLE STORY RELATED: KISSING-BUG-DEADLIER-THAN-THOUGHT YIELD:Makes 2 burgers ACTIVE TIME:45 minutes TOTAL TIME:1 hour INGREDIENTS 2 medium onion 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish 2 teaspoons yellow mustard 1 tablespoon ketchup 2 teaspoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon marmite, vegemite, Maggi seasoning, or soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 3 seeded hamburger buns 14 ounces fresh ground beef chuck Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 slices American cheese 3/4 cup shredded iceberg lettuce 6 slices fresh tomato 8 dill pickle chips DIRECTIONS   RELATED: DIARRHEA-OUTBREAKS-LINKED-TO-SWIMMING-POOLS-ON-THE-RISE-IN-US Finely mince half of the onion and place on a double layer of paper towels...
Mission BBQ gives back to our nation’s heroes with a meaty USO donation

Mission BBQ gives back to our nation’s heroes with a meaty USO donation

Fox News  The owners of Mission BBQ are fiercely passionate about honoring the great barbecue traditions of the United States — but they’re equally passionate about honoring our nation’s heroes. As anyone who has eaten lunch at a Mission BBQ can attest, the entire restaurant shuts down every day at precisely 12 p.m. to observe the National Anthem. “Best two minutes of the day,” explained Bill Kraus, the co-owner of Mission BBQ, during a visit to “Fox & Friends” on Thursday morning. VETERANS FIND SUCCESS IN THE COMPETITVE FOOD TRUCK WORLD “We play that anthem because we can, because we’re free and we’re safe,” said Kraus. “And we know there’s a price to that … When you hear people singing and you see people crying, you’re reminded [that] people do care. It does matter,” he added. But Kraus and his co-owner Steve “Newt” Newton don’t just honor our heroes with a song. They’re also giving back to the armed forces in a big, big way. Over the last five years, the chain has given over $5 million to military organizations and charities ( they donated $1.7 million in 2016 alone) but they’re not done yet. On Thursday’s “Fox & Friends,” Kraus and Newton met with Elaine Rogers, the president of and CEO of the Metro Washington-Baltimore USO, to present her with a check for $681,424. “This means that we can truly continue the programs that our USO does around the world,” said Rogers. “Because we really are that Force Behind the Forces. And when you have partners like this, you can get anything done.” “You guys rock,” she added....