Fall Diffuser Blends (made from candle copycat recipes)

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Crafty, crafty, crafty…

I’ve been burning the midnight oil… and by that I mean, staring at the ceiling at 2 am (when I should be fast asleep) thinking about all sorts of various craft projects.

Awake, in bed wondering if I should just get up, head to the craft room to work on said ideas … but life goes on.  And if I got out of bed after only 3 hrs of sleep I would later regret it.  So instead I lie there… counting the ways I could be crafty.

Why is this happening?  I’m pouring myself into this upcoming event…

http://www.thefarmstandwest.com/events

This will be my first Boutique… and I’m a little intimidated, a little excited and a lot hopeful that at least 2 people will buy something I’ve spent my time and money on.

If you’re into visiting Boutiques, buying/consuming fresh produce or in North San Diego County on either Saturday or Sunday Oct 22 or 23… stop by the Farm Stand off of the 15 freeway, take the Felicita exit.

In the meantime, I’ll be in the craft room…

Exciting News!!!

There are so many creative, exciting things on the horizon!!!  One of them is that I’ll be participating in my FIRST Craft Boutique!!!  October 22 and 23 at the Farm Stand West!

Click here for directions and more info:  http://www.thefarmstandwest.com/events

Mark it on your calendars and come on out to Escondido for a visit.  It’s where you want to be … there will be vendors of all sorts, a BBQ, scrumptious fruit stand goods, etc…

I will be selling various homemade items:

  1. Hand-stamped Thanksgiving placecards for your guests
  2. Hand-stamped Christmas cards/envelopes (sold individually and in sets)
  3. Handcrafted advent calendar
  4. Up-cycled Paper Wreath (2 different sizes)
  5. Decorated holiday topiaries and trees (tabletop size)
  6. Hand stamped coasters
  7. Candleholders
  8. Misc greeting cards (sold individually and in sets)
  9. And of course I’ll be selling some homemade baked goods (lemon bars, granola and other sweets)

Hope to see your shining smile!!!

Fall calls for roasted garlic


And yesterday was the day to make that calling a reality… this is where I started.

I cut off the top of the garlic head, drizzled about a teaspoon of olive oil and some kosher salt on top…

Then I wrapped up the garlic head with a double-layer of aluminum foil…

I placed it on a cookie sheet and roasted it in a 400 degree F oven…

Within a minute of shutting the oven door I could smell the garlic, oh so good garlic!

And this is what it looks like about 45 minutes later…

Then all you need to do is squeeze… pinch the bottom of the garlic head and the cloves will pop right up, just waiting to fulfill their destiny! After being roasted those cloves are almost sweet, very savory and just about ready to melt in your mouth… plop a few on a nice piece of toast …

And spread… and consume…

Oh, it’s soooo good… roasted garlic can be added to just about anything you’d usually put garlic in. So don’t let it go to waste. If you don’t use it all just wrap it up in your aluminum foil and set it aside. I guarantee… you’ll want to use the rest very soon!

enjoy your time in the kitchen…

TEMPLATE: Accordion Apple Pattern

So… I was browsing through a recent Better Homes and Gardens magazine… and I ran across an adorable template I just KNEW I had to put to use.

And now I want to give credit where credit is due… artist Jenny Lee Fowler is being represented in a recent craft article and we all get to use her artistry to bless our tables, our desks, our bathroom counter, window sills…

Thank you for this Jenny Lee Fowler: Accordion Apple Pattern
(Click on the link above to download the template for yourself!)

Here’s what I did… I downloaded the template and then I found a few pieces of double-sided scrapbook paper that fit the occasion. And I started tracing…

Just a few different colors…

I found that I could trace this image up to 4 times on each 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page.

And here is the first one…

But I have about 19 more to go… so excuse me while I keep tracing/cutting…

These were used in conjunction with some other decorations for a ladies’ retreat at our church. The topic was “Recipe for a Fruitful Life”… we displayed fruit and recipe cards in various ways.

How are YOU going to use this template?

Life is good…

Playing with pomegranates…

Pomegranates… in my experience, have been both unreliable and unpredictable. So whenever I want one, I buy two or three.

For example… come with me to the kitchen…

Here we have 3 very different looking pomegranates. But we’re only going to open up 2 of them today (the two on the right).

Here is the first one… cut right in half.


Tip from Lori: Somewhere along the way I heard that it’s best to unleash the seeds in a bowl of water. This somehow keeps the seeds/juice from popping open, and keeps stains off your kitchen counter. (Yes – you can thank me later!)

The seeds fall to the bottom of the bowl, while the white membrane (which holds the seeds in place) floats to the top. This makes it easier to separate/clean… and therefore enjoy much sooner!

With a strainer I remove the seeds and give them another quick rinse. Then they are ready to enjoy…

See how those cute little seeds are nestled all together? And here is the yield from one pomegranate.

And here is the inside of the first pomegranate and the empty white membranes.

HOWEVER, and this is where my experience shows true, let’s see exactly how unpredictable these fruits can be. When I cut open the second pomegranate we see a completely different color…

So I removed the seeds from this second fruit… and look at the difference of the color! And the taste is so much different… much more intense, full of flavor, etc.

See below: the bowl on the left is the second fruit while the bowl on the right is the first fruit I cut open. Now I don’t even want to eat the seeds from the first fruit… I mean, what’s the point?!

I love this time of year for many reasons… one of them being that I get to eat good pomegranates!

For more info on pomegranates, read this: more info on pomegranates

enjoy your time in the kitchen…

Pear Pizzazz…

Now, doesn’t THAT look refreshing?! Well, it is!

Here’s where I started… pear vodka, tonic water, lime and ice.

Ice in the bottom of the glass… squeeze in a little bit of lime from a small wedge…

Add a splash of pear vodka… (my new favorite!)

Fill up the rest of the glass with tonic…

No stirring required…

2 tonic tips:

(thank you Dawn and Kris!)

1) Always use cold tonic. It fizzes less when you pour it in the glass. And becuase it’s more fizzy it stays fizzy longer.
2) Pour in all of your other ingredients first, then top off the drink w/ tonic. If you pour other ingredients on top of the tonic the fizz goes away.

And trust me… you want the fizz, the pizzazz. Otherwise it’s just not “pizzazz-y”. And who wants that?!

enjoy your time in the kitchen…

Welcome Fall!!!

How I love this time of year… orange tones and yellow hues… ahhh!!!

In this picture you’ll see an herb bowl (thyme, oregano and italian flat-leaf parsley), a yellow gerber daisy, my new gardenia bush and my angelonia. I love that little plant… with little white blossoms…

It was time to spruce up around the house because with Mom and Dad coming in for a visit … well, I just had to welcome them with some good ol’ downhome hospitality.

I even placed a bouquet of some of her favorite flowers in the guest room, aka “The Beach House”, so she could wake up to some pretty stuff.

Too bad they weren’t here long enough to actually relax and enjoy their time. Maybe next time… this trip was simply too brief.

nevertheless, Life Is Good…