Natural Ways to Get Rid of Bugs!

Block Flies with Basil


Flies hate the smell of basil. To discourage them, place pots of basil at doorways and windowsills and on the kitchen counter. Don’t have enough sun for potted basil? Put dried basil in a small muslin pouch, rubbing it occasionally to keep the scent strong. 

Scare Off Spiders with Citrus


Spiders are not fond of citrus. In a spray bottle, mix water and unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Wipe your countertops with the mixture or spray down doorways and windowsills. You can deter spiders in your garden by spreading around lemon, orange, or lime peels. 

Avoid Ants with Vinegar


Use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to wipe down countertops and other surfaces—anywhere you’ve spotted ants. For best results, repeat this several times a day. Doing so destroys the scent trails that ants use to navigate.

Fake Out Wasps with a Fake Nest


Wasps are incredibly territorial and will not build a nest within 20 yards of another one. So build or buy your own fake nest! It’s like a scarecrow for wasps. Hang one in the front yard and one in the back, and you’re done.

Combat Mosquitos with Catnip


Cats love it. Mosquitoes? Not so much. 

Repel Fleas with Salt


Alternately salting and vacuuming your floors will kill flea eggs. But since fleas have a three-day reproduction cycle, you have to be diligent: Salt every day for nine days and vacuum every third day. Don’t forget to empty the vacuum every time, or the live ones will crawl right back out again!

Eliminate Fruit Flies with a Deadly Recipe


How to make the deadly mixture: Fill a glass three-quarters full with vinegar or cider vinegar, then add six to eight drops of dishwashing liquid, and fill to the top with warm water. Watch them drop like flies 🙂

Deter Deer with Irish Spring


Hang  Irish spring soap or spike it to a stake near things that deer like to eat. Or you can sprinkle shavings or small chunks on the ground.


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3 Recipes for Stuffed Burgers


Basic Burger
  • 1 1/4 pound ground sirloin, (at least 80 % lean, a.k.a. 80/20)
  • Salt and pepper, for seasoning
Steak and Swiss Stuffed Burgers
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 3 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 4 ounces Swiss cheese, cubed
Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Burgers
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Wild Mushroom, Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 6 ounces mixed wild mushrooms, sauteed and drained
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled



**Some of the stuffed burgers have ingredients that need to be mixed in with the ground meat as well so be sure to read the instructions for the stuffed burgers below before starting.

For all of the stuffed burgers, you are going to season the meat with salt and pepper and form 8 to 12 patties (depending on if you want 4 larger or 6 smaller stuffed burgers). Place an indent with your thumb in half of the patties. That is where you will place the fillings.

Steak and Swiss Stuffed Burgers 

Mix the horseradish and steak sauce into the ground beef before forming your patties. Once you have formed your patties, evenly distribute the Swiss into the indents on half of the patties. Top each with another patty and press the edges together to form a seal. Cook on a hot grill for 3 to 5 minutes per side depending on the desired doneness.

Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Burgers 

Evenly distribute the bacon and cheddar among the indented half of the patties. Top each with another patty and press the edges together to form a seal. Cook on a hot grill for 3 to 5 minutes per side depending on the desired doneness.

Wild Mushroom and Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger 

Mix the hot sauce into the ground meat to evenly distribute, then form your patties. Distribute the mushrooms and blue cheese evenly on top of half of the patties. Top each with another patty and press the edges together to form a seal. Cook on a hot grill for 3 to 5 minutes per side depending on the desired doneness.

All burgers can be served on the bun of your choice. But toast them, they’re better that way.

Wine and Walleye Festival 2017

cropped-WineandWalleyeSiteIcon.pngThe 8th Annual Wine and Walleye Festival 



Hosted by the Lift Bridge Community Association along with coordination by the City of Ashtabula, the 8th Annual Wine and Walleye Festival will be alive and well again on Bridge Street in the Historic Ashtabula Harbor this July 28th thru the 30th. Be sure to mark your calendars for 2017 as the festival has been moved up to the month of July with hopes of great weather, summer vacation schedules, and an all new fireworks celebration scheduled for Saturday evening following the lighted boat parade.


Live music and entertainment, lighthouse and river tours, and sunset boat tours, as well as a Saturday morning sailboat regatta are all included in the new lineup of festivities for 2017. The festival will continue to offer the Wine Garden Event Tent providing some of the best local and regional wines from several wineries found throughout the Grand River Valley.


In addition to wine tasting activities and in coordination with all 6 of the Bridge Street restaurants, special pairing dinners will be offered to meet your appetite and tasteful palates all weekend long.  Look for the street side gourmet food stations for cash and carry options as well.


Book Your Boat Tours

New for 2017, the Wine and Walleye Festival welcomes attendees to jump aboard the “Holiday”, our 65’ excursion vessel, for an opportunity to experience the waterway of our amazing Ashtabula Harbor port for a 60-minute cruise. Options available include daytime river and lighthouse tours, sunset cruises, as well as the best fireworks, watch party around.


The sunset cruises and fireworks watch party will be a premium ticket and will definitely sell. The boat hosts a fully stocked bar for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage purchases as well as restroom facilities, and all required boat safety equipment. Don’t be surprised if a little island music and fun happen along the way!

National Hotdog Day

July is National Hotdog month but July 19th is National Hotdog day!

++++FUN FACTS++++

Each year the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) determines when National Hot Dog Day will be held. 

Hot dogs are generally sold in packs of 10, but buns are sold in packs of eight: That’s because, in pre-pre-packaged days, frankfurters were sold by the butcher in varying quantities. Meanwhile, the pans used to bake buns were originally designed to hold eight rolls. Nowadays pans, buns and hot dogs are available in every size and quantity imaginable (because of progress!) but by and large, the 10 dog/eight bun configuration is still the most commonly available. Also, although they’re referred to as hot dog buns, they’re meant to hold sausages, too — and sausages come in varying quantities as well.





Sonic Drive-In is honoring National Hot Dog Day by offering 6-inch All-American Hot Dogs and Chili Cheese Coneys for $1 all day—an annual celebration for hot dog lovers.

Pilot or Flying J  is offering their choice for a full week from July 19 through July 26. This offer can be redeemed by displaying the online coupon available at or at Pilot Flying J’s Facebook page at the time of purchase in-store.


Shark Week

Shark Week

Starts July 23rd!


Shark Week is a shark-based programming block for an entire week every summer. Shark Week has begun to be promoted heavily on social media, so get involved in the discussions and get in the summer spirit! Bakeries can sell shark shaped cookies, businesses can throw parties and show Jaws, and restaurants can offer Shark 

Fun Facts

Courtesy of


“Whale sharks are not only the largest shark species; they are also the largest fish in the world. At 40 feet long, the whale shark dwarfs the world’s smallest shark, the dwarf lantern shark, which is on average 6-8 inches long.”


The gestation period for a pregnant female shark can range from five months to two years. Yes, two years! The spiny dogfish shark takes the medal for that one. Not only is this the longest confirmed pregnancy for sharks, it is also one of the longest pregnancies of any animal.


 It has been estimated that the bite force of great white shark is up to 4,000 PSI. For comparison, a tiger generates around 1,000 PSI of bite force.





Beach Safety Tips


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Rip currents are responsible for deaths on our nation’s beaches every year, and for most of the rescues performed by lifeguards. Beach-goers should be aware of how dangerous rip currents are, and swim only at beaches with lifeguards in the designated swimming area. Rip currents can form in any large open water area, such as low spots and breaks in sandbars, or near structures such as jetties and piers.

For your safety, be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following:


  • If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm and don’t fight the current.
  • Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore.
  • If you can’t swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
  • If you feel you can’t make it to the shore, draw attention to yourself by waving and calling for help.
  • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.
  • If someone is in trouble in the water, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1.Throw the victim something that floats – a lifejacket, cooler, inflatable ball and yell instructions on how to escape the current.
  • When at the beach, check conditions before entering the water. Check to see if any warning flags are up or ask a lifeguard about water conditions, beach conditions, or any potential hazards.



Fourth of July Party Tips

Put a styrofoam cup in a solo cup to keep it cold longer!


Keep one cooler just for ice ( for drinks) the other coolers can be used for food and drinks.




Courtesy Katie Drane


To make your own 4th of July party garland on the cheap, try this trick from Fun Home Things, who cut red, white, and blue plastic tablecloths into strips, and tied them to a set of string lights.




Courtesy Eat Drink Pretty



Eat Drink Pretty shares a two-second, 4th of July decorating trick: Fold a bandana in half and tie each end to a string. Then hang between two trees.




Courtesy of Brit + Co.


Arrange a Hershey’s Cookies N’Cream Chocolate Bar, Twizzlers, and Pretzel M&M’s inside a clear plastic goody bag for a fun, flavorful flag, like the DIY masterminds at Brit + Co. do.