5 Simple Ways to Bring the Outdoors-In

UpcycleThatAfter winter, who isn’t ready to open the windows, sweep off the patio and usher in spring? Here are some easy ways to incorporate the fresh new season into your Bay Meadows home and blur the lines where inside meets outdoors — whether it’s a garden to table recipe or any room that needs a spot of color and a little added life.

Bring the fresh taste of spring inside with a Farm to Fork Recipe, like this Herbed Feta Dip.  You only need to blend feta and a splash of water in a food processor. Mix in parsley, mint, and chopped dill; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and top with dill sprigs – voilà you have a crowd pleasing appetizer ready to serve with whole grain crackers or pita and some fresh-cut veggies.

Looking for a perfect pairing to your farm fresh meals and appetizers? Try these healthy Farm-to-Table Cocktail Recipes from top mixologists all over the country.  Be sure to mark your calendar to join us for DIG IT, monthly Edible Gardening classes every 1st Saturday from 1-2pm hosted by Star Apple Edible + Fine Gardening offering tips and tricks to help us grow together as a community. It’s free, fun and open to the public. Event topics change monthly so be sure to check our events section. RSVP to help us plan for you rsvp@baymeadows.com.

Magnetic Wine Cork Succulents: Add a little green to your indoor space with these eye-catching succulents. These DIY wine cork succulents are easy to make and become such fun fridge magnets. They only require wine corks, magnets, soil, succulent clippings and a little time. They can also serve as wonderful gifts and a memento from a special evening and great bottle of wine.

Make your own Living Wall: Love the living wall at Bay Meadows? Put your green thumb to use and perk up your indoor space by creating your own beautiful hand crafted living mosaic picture frame to hang on a wall or prop on a shelf to liven the space up. Succulents are a natural choice for vertical gardens because they grow slowly and have low water requirements. Fresh herbs provide an added culinary touch.

Plant a Terrarium: Bright colors can make a room feel alive but nothing does that like a living organism. Terrariums are easy to make, a great oxygen booster and will be a great conversation piece when gracing your desk, dining room table or any other well-lit spot. Moss terrariums are very low maintenance, for those who can’t keep other plants alive.

Indoor Herb Gardens: Nothing beats the smell of fresh herbs sprouting up right in your home. They are easy to grow and use all around the house. And another fantastic way of ensuring you can use fresh herbs all year round is to Freeze & Preserve Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil in ice cubes trays. The freezer is a great way to have herbs ready immediately for winter use, just take a frozen cube of oil and herbs out and use this as the base of your dish.

As you can see, it’s easier than you imagine to bring a bit of the outdoors-in, so when you aren’t living life in motion outdoors on the miles of biking trails, networks of parks, enjoying Persimmon Park community garden and wide-open spaces that your neighborhood has to offer – you can enjoy the fresh feel of spring right in your new Bay Meadows home.

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