Thursday, August 22, 2013

Watercolor Banner

I saw this banner on Pinterest and knew that we needed one for our playroom.  The next morning I cut triangles out of coffee filters and set up watercolors for the girls.  I left it out all day so they could paint when the mood hit them.
Once we had enough flags, I glued them to yarn and hung the banner in the playroom.
I absolutely love it! I've been wanting a banner for that room but didn't want to sew one.  This was a perfect and easy solution.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Miscellany Monday

1. I can't believe I've been gone for a week.  I have lots of fun projects to share with you later this week.  Plus an update on freezer group.
2. We had a house guest again this weekend.  The girls have loved their time playing and snuggling with the dog.  I have to admit having a dog around isn't too bad.  Maybe the girls will get a puppy one of these days.
 3. I am trying to be more intentional about shopping with the girls.  I usually just throw them in the cart and zip through the store.  But now I'm giving them a shopping list so they can have an active role in the store.  Side note- I.can.not.draw.
4. If I wasn't looking at a calendar I would think it was October.  Yesterday, I found myself looking for a sweater and jeans to wear.  August has been so mild I have a feeling September is going to be a scorcher.
5. This girl and I went shopping for a first day of school dress. There is no doubt that she knows what she likes and will not compromise.  I know that will serve her well in life.
6. I have another big shop update.  I now have these fun banners available.  They are perfect for a celebration or wall decor.  I have the HELLO banner hanging on my mantle and the READ banner hanging above the girls reading nook in their playroom.  The banners will also make great photo props.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Miscellany Monday

1.  Two weeks ago I hosted a messy party. It was sooooo much fun.  We had a mud pool, paint water balloons, shaving cream slide, cloud dough table and powered donuts hanging from string.  Everyone was a hot mess. A friend took the above photo of Emily. She sure can make flour and chocolate look good.
2. Our garden is over flowing with tomatoes.  I've been canning tons of salsa over the past two weeks. I love how fresh and colorful it is.  I've made a lot of batches of basic salsa and cucumber salsa.
3. I also made a batch of Kelsea's roasted tomato sauce. Oh so yummy!!

4. For the past four days the girls haven't watched any tv. At first it was punishment for not cleaning their playroom, but has time has gone by I've noticed that they've not really needed it.  They spend a lot of time playing, using their imagination and creating art.  I've found it to be rather peaceful...well until I look at the mess in their playroom.
5. I've updated the shop with new bookmarks. Now they are longer and can accommodate very large hardback books and textbooks.  Just in time for the new school year.  I also added bookmarks with a less feminine look for those male book lovers.
6. In addition to the bookmarks, I've added plush fabric letter and number sets to the shop.  My girls love playing with them.  Emily has been learning her letters, while Olivia is learning some very simple sight words.  It has been cute watching them come up with their own letter games.
7. On repeat: Video Games by Lana Del Rey. I'm slightly obsessed with this song.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Ten on Ten {August 2013}

Ten on Ten: take a photo an hour, for ten consecutive hours, capturing the ordinary beauty in your day to day life. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

from the garden: jalapeno hot sauce

Our garden has been producing a lot of peppers this year.  Hubby loves all things spicy, so it made perfect sense to make my own hot sauce.  This sauce is very flavorful with a bit of heat.

Jalapeno Hot Sauce

1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
15 jalapeno peppers, tops cut off *
¾ cup water
¾ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

1.  Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil for 3-5 minutes. 
2.  Add jalapeno peppers and saute for another 5 minutes.
3.  Put onions, garlic and peppers to a blender.  Add water and vinegar. Blend until everything is liquid.
4. Strain the sauce and put it into a sauce pan.
5. Add mustard, sugar and salt.  Bring it to a boil.
6. Let it cool and enjoy!

*for a milder sauce, remove the jalapeno seeds.