Pop Bottle Mosquito Trap… Hopefully!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we are having a really bad season for mosquitoes. I swear I got about 10 bites just hanging clothes on the line! 😮

I have been trying anything and everything I’ve ever seen to deal with the issue. Our house and yard have smelled alternating scents of garlic, sage, tea tree oil, coffee… you name it, we’ve tried it.

This little project is another attempt at dealing with them… and if you have an empty 2 L pop bottle laying around it only costs pennies, using things you likely have on hand!

The first thing you need to do is cut the bottle in half, remove the lid and tape the 2 pieces together like in the picture.

Next you are going to mix together 1 cup of warm water with 1/4 cup of brown sugar, whisking until the sugar dissolves.

Pour this mixture into the bottom section of the bottle.

The last step is to add 1/4 tsp. of yeast to the brown sugar/water mixture. Just sprinkled, not stirred.

Now place it outside where mosquitoes frequent, just not close to where you are planning on hanging out and hopefully 🤞 the mosquitoes will go in it rather than buzzing around and biting you or your guests!

I will update after 2 weeks. The mixture is supposed to be changed and the bottle cleaned out every 2 weeks. Fingers crossed!!!




Help lol!!!! I don’t know why, but this is the worst year for mosquitoes that I can recall! They are literally swarms… and they lay in wait outside all of the doors just waiting for a victim!

I swear we have tried every possible “remedy” we can find and nothing seems to have any impact whatsoever!

So…. I am looking for suggestions. Does anyone have a magic mosquito repellent remedy we can try?

I’ve tried planters with citronella and mint plants, lavender oil, garlic, Epsom salt/mouthwash, clove oil…. the only thing that’s working even a little is burning sage incense and that is only succeeding in keeping them off the screens. Once you get past the doors you are still under attack!

Considering the fact they tend to fly by everyone else to bite me, I am especially interested in any possible relief….


Dollar Store Craft – Garden Gazing Ball

I thought this would be a fun project to try and to add a little bit of sparkle to one of my gardens! It is a quick and easy project that you can change up by using different coloured glass beads from the dollar store!

NOTE: I decided while I was making it that I’m going to take apart a solar garden light to go under the ball to make it pop even more!

I took the picture with just a battery operated votive candle to show it lit up.

All you need to make this project is a few bags of the glass beads from the dollar store, the kind that is flat on one side, a glass “fish bowl” also from the dollar store, your glue gun and then some type of sealer.

To make the gazing ball, I turned the fish bowl upside down and started to glue the glass beads to the exterior, making sure to cover all of it, leaving only tiny spaces.

I filled in all the spaces but the glass beads with glue from my glue gun as a sort of “grout” to hold it all together and then gave the whole thing a coat or two of sealer.

See I told you it was easy…. now you have a sparkly gazing ball for the garden that looks beautiful, even when the sun hits it during the day!


“Jerk” Burgers

Chris and Dillon LOVE the Jerk seasoning I make. Chris especially loves it on wings, even though I bake them in the oven and don’t deep fry them. While they are much healthier because of not deep frying them, for him it’s the flavour. I have made Jerk chicken wings, chicken thighs, drumsticks and now burgers.

With our BBQ still not being ready/replaced yet, I just threw these burgers in the frying pan, toasted the buns in the oven and they loved them! Lots of flavour and adding a slice of baked pineapple sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg on top was an added taste to the Jerk Burgers!

I find burgers hard to photograph…. and they probably would have looked better in the pictures if I had used smaller buns lol… but here they are!


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Feta & Garlic Burgers

Here is another easy homemade burger recipe.  I have been having fun experimenting with different combinations since I got the Patty Press at Christmas.  There are just so many different ways to make a burger…. what type of meat, cheese, all the add ins… the possibilities are endless! This is just one of the combinations I made for dinner the other night!

I served them with some crinkled dollar chips I made in the air fryer!



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Whiskey Parmesan Burgers

I know it’s an awful thing to say lol, but I am going to blame my baby granddaughter for my lack of a post yesterday! Kim, hubby and my grandbaby came up on Sunday…. very early.  Chris decided he was going to take Dillon and Codey out on the boat fishing for the day, so we sent them off with a packed lunch, lots to drink, sunscreen and worms.  They had a nice day fishing although from the stories, only Codey caught anything.  That gave me a chance for a girls day with Kim and my granddaughter. While I didn’t get much accomplished, it was worth it to be able to enjoy my “baby” and my grandbaby for the day!  Thanks Kim lol… especially since I fell asleep on her mid-conversation!

I wasn’t sure if they would be staying for dinner that night or not so I prepared some Whiskey Parmesan burgers.  They did not end up staying so I not only got a meal for Chris and Dillon out of the batch that night, I was also able to freeze enough for another meal!



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Great Steak Marinade

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before…. Chris LOVES steak. I swear he would eat it every day, although he doesn’t generally complain when I feed him chicken, pork, pasta, or, never mind…. he doesn’t complain as long as I keep him fed lol!

This is a quick marinade to whip up and tastes delicious! You could also use it on pork or chicken if you like but we use it on steak!


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