What an incredible, truly awesome time in which we live!
I am writing to you as we zip along the interstate on our way to Philly to help our daughter pack and move. All these technological advances enable me to compose this note to you somewhere between North Carolina and Pennsylvania; click a button, and have it end up in mailboxes from Melbourne, Australia; Nebraska, USA; and the Eastern Cape, South Africa simultaneously!🤯
That being said, I’m not naive to some of the downsides. Like everything in life, it’s important to have a balance.
new on the blog
If you’ll be preparing a meal to celebrate the fathers or father figures in your world AND those guys are chocolate lovers like the guy in my home, then you’ll want to check out this Brownie Cake. It combines the best of a brownie and chocolate cake. The lightly crisp crust and chewy edges of a brownie share the spotlight with the lighter crumb of a chocolate cake. You are welcome!
We took a deep dive into growing vegetables in raised garden beds in this post. We discuss which vegetables grow well in raised beds, tips for successful gardening in raised beds, and different types of raised beds.
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from the knit studio
- This Daisy Stitch Washcloth is a pretty washcloth. Do make sure that you knit with a loose hand, though. It can get tight rather quickly.
- That Daisy Stitch Washcloth uses the simple single crochet stitch for the border. If you are new to crochet or need a refresher, here’s an article on adding a crochet border to knitted work.
- But if you’d rather stick with knitting, here’s an idea. I love adding an applied i-cord to finish off my knitted washcloths and dishcloths. This article walks you through how to add an applied i-cord. For visual learners, there’s a video showing step by step.
- You’ll use those i-cords to finish this fun, chunky knit pouf!
- This MUG!
in the kitchen
- This Insalata Mista is simply a delightful and fresh mixed salad. Its easy, complicated dressing lets the flavors of the vegetables shine.
- This homemade, gluten-free Rosemary, Nut and Fig bread recipe is perfect for snacking as is or for serving with your favorite cheeses. It’s a relatively low-carb bread recipe that is especially delicious with jelly, jam, and maybe a smear of goat cheese. I like to slice it thinly and toast it. (chef’s kiss!)
- Once you learn to make your own jams and jellies, you’ll want to jam all the things! In my humble opinion, it’s a skill that has been somewhat lost and needs to be reintroduced. This post will walk you through jam/jelly-making basics, including a review of common ingredients and equipment needed.
- Typically you see sweet jams and jellies, and we have plenty of those recipes. But some of my favorites are my savory jams! Give this Smoky + Spicy Tomato Jam or this Onion Jam recipe for a delicious savory treat, especially with your favorite cheese and crackers.
- Pick up a few sweet potatoes at the grocery store next time you are there and make these super easy Sweet Potato Dog Treats for your most-treasured pup!
from the craft room
- I know not everyone has a door sitting about in their attic, but if you do or spy one at your local ReStore or Salvage store, you can make a desk! We made this desk six years ago, and it is the desk I sit down to every day.
- And if scrap fabric sits next to the doors in your attic or anywhere, these sachets are a perfect way to use the scraps and create a stash of gifts.
- And, while we are on that track, if you have some spare glass globes lying about (doesn’t everyone?), you can make these concrete balls for your garden. If you don’t have a stash of globes cluttering your attic or garage, then keep your eyes peeled for them at your local ReStore.
around the home
- Clean and restore your rusty cast iron and keep it in tip-top condition.
- If you know someone moving into their first apartment, this checklist will help ensure they have everything they need to start on the right foot.
- This collapsible bucket is a great space saver.
- If you are thinking of stenciling a wall in your home, check out my tips for successful wall stenciling.
Well friends, I hope you found something useful here today!
We are off to get our rental van and start schlepping stuff up and down stairs. Definitely going to get my steps in today!!!