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This is so super easy it doesn’t really deserve to be called a recipe. But I get asked all the time where I buy it and what I put in it. So here it is! I love it because the kids can make it, we just use whatever we have on hand, it’s all stuff I usually have in the pantry or the freezer and there is something in it for everyone. Although picking out the chocolate will get your hand smacked, as my kids very well know! 

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Here it is, simple as it may be…
Salted Cashews
Walnuts
Salted Roasted Almonds
Salted Sunflower Seeds
Pecans
Craisins
Raisins
Toasted Coconut Flakes
Dark Chocolate Chips
White Chocolate Chips

Now, I cannot justify the white chocolate chips but they just balance the dark chocolate so well and I can justify it. So justification by association right? ūüėČ I usually do 1 cup of each, except double up on the sunflower seeds because they are my fave!  You can do all unsalted or all salted if you like,  but I think this is the perfect balance of salty to sweet.  This makes a big ole bowl but it’s just enough to send a little tub with my hubby to work and then fill the big glass snack jar.  I always end up having a bowl out for easy snacking.  It’s quick, almost healthy and it’s about the only way I can get any nuts into my kids.   I hope you enjoy!

posted by on Create, Gifts, Grow, Succulents, Weddings

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Yes you read it right, I have a major obsession with miniatures.  I always have, since I was a little girl collecting my grandma’s tiny perfume bottles and those adorable little lipstick tubes that Avon used to do for lip color samples.  Oh my goodness.  Those were my favorite.  I can still remember the smells. Anyways, to this day I can’t pass up an opportunity to do something in mini form.  So these cuties, of course, make my nose scrunch and I find myself talking in a baby voice.  Call me weird, but you’ll do the same when you see them.  These are so perfect for a sweet little thinking of you gift, favors for a party,  place card holders and take home gifts for dinner parties or even a wedding.  They come in some great colors too.

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I used the bottle of oil for size comparison.  It was the closest tiny thing I could grab. (And everyone needs citrus fresh in their life.)

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Ok, see, you’re talking in your tiny baby voice now too right? Well, all the same…these are calling out to you for your next gift for a sweet friend or your big day – sometimes all it takes to make a big splash is something tiny!

Craft Time

Oct
2013
05

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Whew-these last few weeks have been a whirlwind! Getting our 1st Mops meeting behind us, doing 2 shows and the usual amounts of crafts around the house have kept me too busy to even blog about it all! I went a little burlap happy and made an adorable topiary for a table centerpiece and a fun wreath to go along with it, for our first Mops meeting.

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I used rolls of decorative burlap & floral pins which are staple shaped to posistion the loops as I went around the topiary in a diagonal pattern.

I used rolls of decorative burlap & floral pins, which are staple shaped, to position the loops as I went around the topiary in a diagonal pattern.

This is taking longer than I had hoped! Smile anyways!

This is taking longer than I had hoped! Smile anyways!

burlap wreath with chalkboard sign and my favorite part, giant paintbrushes!

burlap wreath with chalkboard sign and my favorite part, giant paintbrushes!

I wish I had more pics of the last few weeks, but the time has slipped away from me like the leaves on the autumn trees! Happy Fall and get crafting!

posted by on Create, Indoor Gardening, Market time, Mountain Life, Succulents

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Getting ready for a market means lots of dirt in this house, pizza for dinner, extra fresh oxygen from flats of plants and morning chaos trying to find homeworks & make lunches in this jungle. Here’s a glimpse…

My evening helpers, post bath time.

My evening helpers, post bath time.

 

Perfect pebble placement of course!

Perfect pebble placement of course!

 She gets so excited every time I let her help! Fee child labor-what?! Who said that?

She gets so excited every time I let her help! Free child labor-what?! Who said that?

 

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New life cycle for a strawberry planter. I mean who can grow strawberries at this altitude anyways!?

New life cycle for a strawberry planter. I mean, who can grow strawberries at this altitude anyways!?

Love!

Love!

This one makes me wish my toes were in the sand. Actually, I did have sand between my toes when I finished planting this one, but that doesn't count!

This one makes me wish my toes were in the sand. Actually, I did have sand between my toes when I finished planting this one, but that doesn’t count!

Lil beauty needs a new home!

Lil beauty needs a new home!

Yep, that's actually dirt on the floor, in my house. Ain't no shame!

Yep, that’s actually dirt on the floor, in my house. Ain’t no shame!

Watering Succulents

Jul
2013
25

posted by on Care, Create, Cultivate, Grow, Indoor Gardening, Succulents

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Often times people are intimidated by succulents because they seem so delicate, or so “juicy,” and they end up killing them by overcare, instead of neglect. Over watering succulents will lead to root rot, soggy, yellow, squishy leaves, and eventually death. And that succs! Haha! Well, good news for all you succy killers…I have the greatest trick for telling if your succulents and cacti need watering or not.

When you wander over to your planter and think about over watering your sweet succulents, pause first and try this great trick.¬†Start with a dry set of wooden chopsticks, or wooden skewers from the kitchen. In these pics I used skewers. Take the wooden skewer or chopstick and poke it into the soil of your planter, all the way down to the bottom, where the water would be if there was any there. Pull the stick out: if it is damp at all or has any soil on the stick, then it doesn’t need to be watered. If the stick comes out dry and/or with no dirt on it, then it is watering time! How easy is that? I have been using this trick for a while now and it has really proven the point that succulents are easier to kill by over-care than neglect. So relax!

Insert Skewer

Insert Skewer

If it comes out with no dirt and dry, like this, it's time to water.

If it comes out with no dirt and dry, like this, it’s time to water.

Insert the skewer all the way down to the bottom of the planter...

Insert the skewer all the way down to the bottom of the planter…

This skewer has dirt on it, so it is ok. No watering here.

This skewer has dirt on it, so it is ok. No watering here.

So if you see me on the deck, with chopsticks in my hair-don't judge! Now you know why!

So if you see me on the deck, with chopsticks in my hair, wielding a watering can-don’t judge! Now you know why!

I live in the arid mountains of our great country and my gardening practices could be quite different than yours. (Especially if you have any humidity whatsoever!) But, with this great tip, it doesn’t matter where you live! You’ll never drown another succulent!

Post coming soon on my planting methods and why I don’t use drainage holes…

A Beautiful Mess

Jul
2013
17

posted by on Create, Faith

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We were playing outside today at a friends house when one of the girls screams out that she made a huge discovery…a caterpillar crawling along the deck railing! All the littles go charging at once to see this exciting find. My oldest comes back around in about 3 seconds and I hear “ugh that’s disgusting.” I was a little surprised at this response from my nature journaling child, so I said, “I thought you loved caterpillars and bugs?!” She proceeded to inform me that this one was fat, brown and fuzzy. And it was dis-GUS-ting. Without a hesitation I gave her the mom remark, “Well sweetie, something beautiful will come out of that ugly caterpillar very soon. And I know you love butterflies.” She went on about her bike riding with no more on the fatty. I sat there thinking, “I was fat, brown and fuzzy until you were born. And look at you!” (She was born in late July so I floated all summer and literally baked a bun in the oven.) I let my mind wonder to all the things in my life that I would consider fat or ugly or a mess altogether. Most of my life would fit those categories really. In truth, all of ours would. That friend who’s house I sat at, had invited me over that very morning to help her organize and re-decorate her house. She said she felt like she couldn’t get her #@!$ together and she didn’t know what was wrong with her. Let me tell you, there is nothing wrong with this girl. She makes homemade bread, (not in a bread maker) every week, she brews kombucha tea at home, she thrifts and bulk shops, she teaches her kids things that would never even enter my brain! And yet she feels not good enough or inadequate because interior decorating is not her forte! Don’t we all do this to ourselves on some front? This year I am so excited to embark on the journey of embracing my story, messes and all. The Creator made me who I am, in His image. Which means I am creator as well. Creativity takes time and usually a mess. And I’m ok with that. Most days I feel like that poor caterpillar inching along, fat, fuzzy and disgusting. But I am encouraged that the Lord tells me I am His masterpiece. He has created me anew in Christ Jesus, so I could do the good things he planned for me long ago. In His eyes, I am already that beautiful butterfly. And I will fly. It is for freedom I have been set free. {Reference Eph 2:10}

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Epic, the polyphemus moth we found on the lower deck last week, giving us a one eyed wink.

posted by on Create, Family, Flea Market Find

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Happy Monday, plant-loving friends! What a terrific time of sunshine and family I was blessed with this weekend. I am behind on posting, but it is happily so, since I have been in Texas for a few weeks now soaking up the heat and the love of the fam. So today I want to show you some adorable plantings I did at my sister’s ranch in Stephenville, TX a weekend (or 2) ago. (You must excuse my foggy travel brain. I don’t even know the date, much less what time zone I’m in!) I used thrifted pots that cost me $1.99, $3.99 & $6.99, but all at half off! Woot woot! ¬†Kel works at the most amazing and vast grower’s nursery, so we ventured into the greenhouses, despite rain, mud and puddles, to clip over-hanging tufts of sedum, hens and chick and snag a few ferns. We were in our happiest, happy place! Once home, kids and animals out from under foot, we dove into project mode. Kel made a crate planter for ferns and I did a few of my pots. Such a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Sedum and buckets of cuttings: my favorite combo!

Sedum and buckets of cuttings: my favorite combo!

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Asparagus Fern, Blue Spruce Sedum and red moss for a punch of color.

Bird's eye view

Bird’s eye view

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I want to say this is mouse ear sedum, but there are so many varieties it is hard to name them all!

Juga, the observer

Juga, the observer

For those who are wondering: Yes, I traveled 1,000 miles with moss, succulent soil and gravel in the back of the truck, just so I could pot at will. ¬†Does that make me an addict? No! Well, ok, maybe. But I love it to much to let it go. It’s in our blood! Thanks Kel for a weekend full of my favorite things with my favorite sister. Green thumb high five!

 

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Or in our case, smudgy finger painted memories…sob, sob! So my kindergarten girl is moving on to the real deal and my lil todder man is racing his way into his last year of preschool. ¬†So to capture the memories (and the unbearable stacks of art & homework sheets) we make a binder for each school year. The kids get to go through, picking the ones they want to keep and hole punching them as they go. We keep the class work on which they first wrote their names, cute little stories, drawings,¬†nameplate¬†from their desks, all the fun visuals to remind them of their first few years. They love it! A few clear sheets protectors are a cheap and easy way to add photos from the years performances, holiday parties and field days-if you’re better than me at getting real pics printed! A friend told me she would make a page with the first day of school pic and¬†answers¬†to questions like, What are you most excited about? What’s your favorite color, food, animal,¬†etc,¬† And then another for the last day of school. I love this idea! But of course have not gotten to that yet. At least I got the binder done and the stacks out of the way.

First day of kindergarten...seems so long ago!

First day of kindergarten…seems so long ago!

KG bInder

KG bInder

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Treasured schoolwork

Treasured schoolwork

posted by on Create, DYI, Florals, Weddings

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Making Mercury glass was such a fun project and the end product was the best part! We made a set of 12 various shapes and sizes of faux mercury glasses and then perched gorgeous champagne cupcakes in them as a pre-wedding gift to the bride last weekend. Her reception theme was all Mercury and silvered glass, with monochromatic shades of creme and yellow, so she absolutely loved the gift! It was mom’s idea so I get no¬†credit¬†for this one!

Champagne cupcakes in Mercury glass, made by yours truly and her amazing mamacita!

Champagne cupcakes in Mercury glass, made by yours truly and her amazing mamacita!

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Gorgeous reception in the old train station in Ft. Worth Texas. Wedding Coordination by Terri Camp (mamacita), florals by Keri and details by my sis & sis in love Kel Barron and Shelby Camp.

Gorgeous reception in the old train station in Ft. Worth Texas. Wedding Coordination by Terri Camp (mamacita), florals by Keri and details by my sis & sis in love Kel Barron and Shelby Camp.

posted by on Create, DYI, Home Decor, How To, Thrifted Find

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So, there was a lot of trial and error in the first attempts at mercury glass, so I thought I would include it all here for your convenience.

First:

The finish is very different depending on your layers: If you paint a color and then do the MC effect, the finish is very matte and not as satisfactorily mirrored.

The finish is very different depending on your layers: If you paint a color and then do the MC effect, the finish is very matte and not as satisfactorily mirrored (on the right) as opposed to color on the inside and MC finish on the outside (on the left).

Second:

Heavier spraying with the vinegar water result in larger imperfections.

Heavier spraying with the vinegar water results in larger imperfections, even some running lines. Which is great, just depends on how you like your MC to look.

Third:

Firmer dabbing and pressing results in more open space in your mirrored finish. Also a dark color mist, like black in this shot really makes the MC effect pop. The left has black spray inside and right has none.

Firmer dabbing and pressing results in more open space in your mirrored finish. Also a dark color mist, like the black used in this shot, really makes the MC effect pop. The left has black spray inside and right has none.

Lastly

Don't let your mom be the photographer, especially if you are going to spray the paint in your own face.

Don’t let your mom be the photographer, especially if you are going to spray the paint in your own face.

Here is another great method for DIY Mercury Glass from HGTV using silver leaf & gold leaf with leaf adhesive.