Iris at Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie, Buchanan County

Jessica Rilling

Blog For Tag "diy"

  • How to start a backyard prairie

    MAR. 28, 2016

    So, you want to start a backyard prairie? We can help. This guide will walk you through the basic steps of preparing, planting, and maintaining your own mini prairie or prairie garden. Benefits From a visual standpoint, native grasses and forbs can be beautiful additions to any landscape–think prairie roses, pale purple coneflowers or butterfly milkweed. Prairie plants also create vital habitat for native birds, butterflies, insects and other species. Take the Monarch butterfly

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  • Acorn cookies to spice up your Thanksgiving

    NOV. 25, 2015

    Here at INHF, we're getting into the Thanksgiving spirit! Learn how to make these acorn-shaped cookies for any holiday gathering! Ingredients 1 package oreos, crushed 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided Pecans, finely crushed Pretzel sticks, broken into thirds Directions 1. Mix oreos and cream cheese together. Blend well. 2. Take 1 Tbsp. of the mixture and form into an oval, then pinch the end to create a tapered, acorn shape.  3. Place

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  • Take a bite of summer

    JUL. 21, 2015

    (Photo by Evan Feekes) Are you ready to pie-cycle your way across Iowa? For a tasty treat during RAGBRAI, consider making this fun pie! While pie is always in season, summer brings a multitude of fruit for fillings. One of the new staff favorites here at INHF is this raspberry pie with chocolate crust. Chocolate Raspberry Pie Ingredients: Crust: 1 c (2 sticks) + 2 T butter 3 T cocoa powder (we used King Arthur Flour's Black Cocoa) 3 T sugar 2 ½ c flour Approximately

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  • Do It Yourself: Orange Bird Feeder

    JUL. 8, 2015

    The dog days of summer are here! Try this quick and easy craft to attract some wildlife to your yard for the remaining summer months. Gather up these materials and follow these steps to make a bird feeder out of an orange: Materials: {} orange {} (2) pieces of twine, yarn or string, cut into 24″ lengths {} bird seed Cut the orange in half. Scoop out the flesh. Poke four holes around the orange on opposite sides. Put the two pieces of twine through one hole each and pull out t

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  • Beat the heat with ice cream

    JUL. 1, 2015

    (Photo by Evan Feekes) Happy National Ice Cream Month ! We know you're in need of a cold, sweet treat as you enjoy the summer sunshine. Consider making your own ice cream with berries and flowers found in Iowa—like mulberries, honeysuckle or multiflora rose. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day—July 19 this year. Ice cream has a long and storied history dating back to the second century B.

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