Friday, March 30, 2012

guest contributor: oh la, la, light

After a month of cleansing and avoiding allergen foods, I needed some comfort food. For 30 days, I tortured myself by pinning food that I could not eat. I kept thinking about these three recipes and they were the first dishes that I made when I walked away from my cleanse. All three recipes are delicious and easy to make. They aren’t completely bad for you, as long as you eat in moderation and remember portion control. If you want some healthier recipe ideas, you can follow my Healthy Living Recipe board, most the recipes are allergen free and tasty.


Things you could do to make these recipes healthier:

1) Soup: don't put cheese on top the soup and add more veggies.

2) Chocolate Covered Bananas: use almond butter instead of peanut butter.

3) Grilled Cheese Sandwich: use wheat or gluten free bread, and olive oil instead of butter
 

Enjoy healthy meals and you'll feel healthy each day! xoxo Cece

Thursday, March 29, 2012

guest contributor: burlap and felt Spring wreath

I'd like to start off by saying a little thanks to the Inspired Honey Bee (blushing here) for motivating me to make time to craft. Life has been a little crazy (hello work and wedding planning) and I have missed my project time. Big hugs to IHB for continuing to inspire creativity. And now for the project...

... a cheerful spring wreath! I know what you might be saying. Hmmm, didn't you make a wreath, no TWO wreaths around the holidays? Gosh, you have a great memory. I did make two wreaths and shared them right here in December. After the holidays we over and decorations packed away, I missed the wreath on our door. Call me the crazy wreath lady, but there is something so welcoming about a nice wreath on your front door.

I was inspired by the following two wreaths - one from brit.com and one from my dear friend jnelly - and finally decided to make my own! The biggest difference between this wreath and the ones I made for the holidays was using burlap instead of yarn to wrap the wreath. I love the texture but watch out - burlap is meeeessssy!

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Want to make your own wreath? Here are the easy directions:

  1. Cut the burlap into strips (mine were 2 inches wide). I ended up cutting about 10 strips total.
  2. Wrap burlap around wreath. Glue each piece at the start and end. Overlap the next piece to hide the start/stop point. Yes, it feels like you are wrapping an ace bandage (or is that just me?!).
  3. Wrap ribbon around wreath.
  4. Cut flowers, tufts and leaves out of felt.
  5. Arrange the all the pieces on the wreath and glue them down.
  6. Admire the final product.
Happy Spring! - Michelle

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

guest contributor: lordy lordy, look who's ..

.. forty! A: my brother-in-law. Since it’s kind of a big birthday, my sister-in-law decided to throw him a surprise party. I offered to be in charge of the d├ęcor.  Thank goodness for Pinterest! I got most of my ideas from fellow pinners and  I wanted to share the project that I got the most compliments and questions on.  I only wish I could take the full credit for this one, but the original idea comes from Martha Stewart.

My masterpiece actually looks so much better ...


And I just can't take on one project so I have a DIY tag stamp to share. 

I’m a sucker for things that come in pretty packages. When I saw this next pin, I knew I had to make it. This darling DIY tag stamp is sure to add that extra something to any envelope or package. It was very inexpensive and easy to make. The idea comes from the Creature Comforts Blog.


My creation really is getting all of the attention.


xoxo Carrie

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

guest contributor: baby it's cowl outside!

Since I live in the cold and rainy Pacific Northwest, I needed to learn how to get my knit on. So, my (patient) neighbor and I have adopted wine/knitting happy hour. I'm pretty sure the Earth stopped rotating when I found this cowl pattern on Ravelry.com. Im no stellar knitter, and this was a great project for an inexperienced knitter like myself.

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Materials:
  • 2-3 skeins bulky weight yarn (approx. 153 yards)
  • US size 10-13 circular needles
  • tapestry needle
  • glass of wine (required)
Directions:
  • Cast on 131 stitches
  • Join in the round and place marker
  • Row one: knit 1, purl one. Repeat from start all around first row.
  • Row two: purl one, knit one, Repeat from start all around first row.
  • Work in seed stitch for 15 (or so) inches
  • Bind off pattern and weave in ends

You'll notice there is no gauge in this pattern. So feel free to use the size of needles, the yarn you want, cast on as many stitches as you want, and knit for as many inches as you want!

Happy Knitting/Hour!!  xoxox Kimie

Monday, March 26, 2012

host post: how does my garden finally grow?

Wouldn't it just be peachy to pick fresh produce from our own yard? To not throw away bundles of herbs that you picked up during your weekly grocery trip when you only needed a small stem? Like everything else, Pinterest has inspired me to educate myself on seasonal fruits and veggies and learn how to arrange them for optimal growth.
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When the backyard was redone last summer, I asked that the broken concrete be converted into a garden box along the side of our house. The workers added leftover dirt from the yard into the box and then it sat there. For months.


Until Spring started peppering the yard with blossoms, tulips and bright green leaves. During a routine trip to Orchard Supply Hardware to pick up lavendar, I noticed that the vegetable and fruit plantings received all of the attention, so I brought home cilantro, strawberries, lettuce and spinach.


Upon my last check on the garden, everything is growing strong and fingers crossed that I don't need to buy a bunch of cilantro at the supermarket again.

xoxo Debbie