Fairy Gardens – ‘Tend Like

My girls love playing pretend.  It is so fun to sit back and secretly listen to their stories.  My favorite part is hearing how they get each other into the story.  “Prank” is my favorite introduction.  I’m not sure if this is a combination of “tend like” and “let’s pretend” but it’s the cutest either way.




One of their obsessions may or may not be my fault.  I remember as a little girl thinking that little tiny things were just adorable.  That’s why we like kittens and puppies, right?

I introduced them to the idea of fairy gardens back in the fall.  They were mesmerized when I showed them pictures.  I was too!  What neat, neat setups some creative people have made.  A quick google for fairy garden images will keep you intrigued for hours if you let it.  I found this post from Today to be really inspiring.

The girls got a fairy garden set for Valentine’s Day.  I found some sets at the local Wal-mart on clearance back in the fall.  They have really gotten a lot of play time around here.  I just had to snap this picture of their creation on the back patio.

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Zulily has some fun pieces right now.  I’m going to have to see what I can add to their imagination collection.  I’m a sucker for these tiny creations. Here are a few of my favorites:

Fire Pit & Stone Bench Figurine Set

I’m a sucker for that little light in the fire pit.

Koi Pond Figurine

And this little koi pond….so cute!

Welcome Strand

And of course you need a welcome strand for your garden entrance!

Hurry on over to Zulily and see what you can find.  A few things have already sold out.

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It’s Raining Cats and Dogs at Zulily

I know that I have a lot of animal lovers in my family and friend group.  There are some really cute things over at Zulily today.




I found several things that I know would make cute gifts for those animal fanatics in my circle.

'Home Is Where the Dog Is' Mug

'Dogs Welcome' Dish Towel'A Wagging Tail and a Friendly Woof' Wall Sign'Woof It Down' Burlap Place Mat

Head on over to Zulily and check them out for yourself.  There are hundreds of new items today!

Happy shopping!

 

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Best.Ever.Granola

I am in love!  My sister in law has been making this home made granola for about a year now.  I asked for it for Christmas this year!! That is how good it is!




Last week, she sent a bag by my husband.  Let’s just say that he made sure it was okay for me to eat while he was on the way home. 🙂  He declared it safe but there wasn’t much left to enjoy.

I decided that if I wanted to eat it in the quantity that I would like (ahem…) and share it with my family that I needed to make my own.

When I make the time, I love to cook.  I get especially excited about making something that is healthy for my family.  I bought most of my ingredients through my azure standard group or Tropical Traditions.  I am really excited about having a breakfast or snack that is filling, yummy, and healthy.

I changed the recipe up just a little because I had a few things that I wanted to add and didn’t have a few things that I needed.  Thus goes life in my kitchen.

Here’s the ingredient list for my version:

3 cups rolled oats

1/2  cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup chipped coconut (coated in butter/wheat germ or flaxseed)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used coconut this time)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins

First, I had to add in a little butter.  I melted two tablespoons and tossed the coconut in it.  I added in 2 tbs of flaxseed (often use wheatgerm) and stirred until it was nice and coated.  (See there was a reason I needed the butter.)IMG_5244

 I browned the coconut in a pan on the stovetop for just a few minutes.

Now, I could have stopped there and eaten it up.  But I persevered.  I added the coconut, slivered almonds, and brown sugar into the oats.  I also decided to throw in 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds.

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The next step was mixing the maple syrup, the oil (I used coconut oil rather than vegetable), and the salt.  I dumped both mixtures together and stirred. (and tasted just to be safe)

Once mixed well, the granola needs to be put onto two baking sheets (with rims) and flattened.  If you can refrain from eating it raw, you should put both pans into a preheated 250 degree oven.  The hardest part of the entire process is remembering to stir it every 15 minutes for the 1 1/4 hours to keep it from burning.  When it is all baked and cooled, add in your raisins or other dried fruit!

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Your efforts will be worth it!  I promise!

 

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