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Make Believe Bouquet

This is a little bouquet that I made for B for Christmas. She is currently living in the world of make believe and dress-ups, so it seemed appropriate. I got some simple little silk flowers from Michael’s and trimmed off the ends. Then I wrapped the stems with athletic tape (some other fabric-like tape would also work well, or maybe duct tape) and put a cotton ball or two over the sharp wire ends of the stems and taped over that as well to prevent pokes. Then I used lots of hot glue to make the ribbons stay in place! I first wrapped the stems with the pink satin ribbon and secured that and then I twisted the yellow ribbon around, gluing it at all the twists and finally at the big bow. It has held up pretty well over the last few weeks with just a few of the flowers popping off of their plastic stems from time to time. But fortunately they’re silk so it’s super easy to just pop them back on!

Click on the photos for enlargements. Also, would someone like to clue me in on how to add multiple images to a post while still being able to insert text in between them? After I’ve put one image into the post, every time I click on the “insert image” button again it just inserts another one of the images I already have in the post. I was able to put these in with the gallery function, but alas, no in-between text.


Container Gardening

Our little family moved from Maryland to Idaho in the last month, so as you can imagine, blogging time has been severely cut down until I set up camp again. In the meantime, here is my second attempt ever at container gardening. Let’s hope I have better luck than with last years basil!

mint, red peppers, rosemary, tomato, basil, lavender, thyme (and parsley not pictured).

The clay pots I found on clearance at ShopKo for $4.00 ea. The black buckets were dollar store finds with holes drilled into the bottoms. The tomato plant is in an old detergent bucket my inlaws didn’t need. The plants were $2.00 – $3.00 ea plus soil. This garden ran about $40.00 to set up, but we’ve already saved about $12.00 in not having to buy thyme for grilling burgers! So far, so good. I did discover that the parsley (which is looking a bit fried right now) only needs partial sun. It has been relocated to a shadier part of the patio. I really do need to remember to read all those little care tags!




Spinach & Humiliated Cranberries Pizza


  • Dough:
    Unsalted butter
  • Toppings:
    Approx 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Some coarse kosher or sea salt
    4-5 oz fresh spinach
    1/4 cup sliced red onion
    4oz of crumbled feta cheese (or more if desired)
    4oz of grated mozzarella cheese
    1/4 cup of cranberry raisins

This one is really easy, especially if you have a breadmaker. Just use a basic dough recipe that works for you.  Water, flour, salt, butter, sugar & yeast. Run through the dough cycle. After it’s finished, go ahead and knead it down again. If you’re me, that means starting the dough cycle again for a couple minutes and then unplugging the machine.  🙂 Roll it out into your desired pizza shape.  I have a handy dandy pizza stone someone gave me when I got married, so I just sprinkle a little cornmeal on that and transfer the dough to rise in a warm oven for 30-40 minutes.  Then a pour a little oil on it, and sprinkle some salt (the amount depends on how sweet I made the dough). Cover that generously with fresh spinach. Then some sliced red onions, feta, mozzarella, and sprinkle your cranberries on top of that. I like to put all the toppings on in that order because the mozzarella will melt and hold it all together nicely so you don’t loose any goodness when you cut and serve it.  Cook in your oven 350′ until dough is slightly browned (usually about 30 minutes for mine). Enjoy!

In other news, my basil sprouted!!!!
I’m still keeping my fingers crossed, though. 🙂



Having managed to keep 2 house plants alive for 7 (whole!) months, it was time to attempt a transplant into larger pots. At the same time, I thought I’d try my luck at growing basil in my dining room. Wish me luck and a LOT of prayers….my green thumb tends to be more like a beigy brown thumb!


late september at the cutting gardens

If you were to go to the cutting gardens now, these are the flowers you would find. If you go next week, Jane will have her big pumpkin display with all the perfect little gourds for your fall table.

This picture shows two of my favorite little ‘weird’ flowers for bouquets. That fuzzy brainy looking thing in the middle-ish is called cockscomb, and I first saw it used in a bridal bouquet a little over two years ago, and it was amazing (they used the hot pink, which is also in this bouquet). It gives just enough odd texture to really round out a traditional bouquet. The other flower I love is the little red clover-like flowers a little higher in the bouquet. Group three of them together like I did here, and they make a nice little detail on a smaller scale. My mom and I also used these two flowers in what I think is the most beautiful bridal bouquet she’s ever done (and she’s probably done thirty or so). This was the bouquet for my friend Emily, who incidentally will be celebrating her 2nd Anniversary in about two weeks! Happy (early) Anniversary to Emily and Toby!



Thistles always remind me of this story by Nate Wilson, which I remember reading shortly after finding out we were pregnant with our daughter (you can guess that there were tears). These beautiful thistles are from our local university arboretum.