It’s already getting so warm in Phoenix that I hesitate to turn my oven on.
This recipe is a cool family favorite and so easy to make.
How’s that for a title?
Wait until you see the great stuff I got rid of.
At the beginning of the new year I came across a blog that was having a challenge:
The premise was:
5.5 things a day.
38 things a week.
168 things a month.
This was something I could do and something I needed to do since I knew our family would have a big move sometime in 2014.
I started small and worked my way up.
Let me say
“My name is Laura and I am a magazine hoarder.” Big time.
Guilt becomes Peace.
Regret becomes Relief.
Despair becomes Hope.
Everyone has a second chance.
Because of Him.
He is Risen!
“Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” ~ John 11:25~26
“And this is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.” ~ 1 John 2:25
“Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope,” ~ 1 Peter 1:3
Glorious Good Friday to you!
I'm Rita C, from the blog 'Panoply', and my top five list centers around garden essentials. I'm strictly a landscape gardener, but I've tried to focus on items that cross over to vegetable gardeners as well.
My number one garden favorite, hands down, is a good pair of gloves. Although there are plenty of options and price points out there to choose from (this photo was taken in a small, mom and pop shop), I prefer a good grip kind, such as the one pictured below, for most of my work in the garden. The rubber palm and breathable, nylon topside are a winning combination, providing good water, chemical and dirt coverage for fingertips, yet flexible enough for handling seedlings. They wash and dry well also. For dealing with tougher jobs such as thorns, I switch to (and recommend) leather gloves, a more impenetrable choice.
Second on my list of garden essentials is a trusty pair of snips, pruners, plain ole knife or scissors.
A pair of snips takes care of handling most dead-heading in the daily walk through the garden, and these are inexpensively found (less than $15 for a decent pair) at your garden or hardware store. You can tell mine are well-used (and dirty on the blades!). This pair has a safety catch for keeping the blades together when not in use. There's also a more frugal alternative to pruning snips - go to the Dollar Tree and purchase a pair of scissors and/or knife! Yes, they will do the job, and when the blades go dull or the tool(s) get lost in the garden, they're inexpensive to replace! Knives are especially great for whacking down small grasses. Alternatively, if you really get into your tools and some serious pruning, you can invest in a good pair of Felcon No. 2 pruners. Felco pruners are the workhorse tool in my arsenal, easily cutting through thick branches of mature plants and even trees, up to 1" in diameter.
Favorite pruning snips.
Keep reading for three more of Rita’s fantastic favorites.
Hello my lovely friends!
This morning I am humbly asking for your prayers, happy thoughts and good karma. As you may know, the company Mr. Décor works for is closing here in Phoenix. We are trying to prepare financially by selling the condo Alyssa lived in while attending ASU. We are currently in negotiations with a potential buyer. (Praise Jesus!) It is our hearts desire to sell, if you could please pray for God's will.
In addition, after months of hard rejection Mr. Décor has 4 job interviews this next week.
This is totally me this morning trying NOT to freak out.
Somehow I am now heading to school to take a French exam. But that’s a prayer for another time. :)
As you may know, my kids are older. They aren’t interested in hand-woven Easter baskets containing homemade bubbles, DIY jump ropes, and hand crafted sidewalk chalk. However, like most kids, money is always appreciated. Rather than just sticking the cash inside plastic eggs this year I decided to try my hand at creating origami springtime creatures out of dollar bills. I checked out Pinterest and found all sorts of inspiration and links.
This is supposed to be a rabbit.
I am not even going to bother showing you the “flying bird”. Let it be known that just like last year my kids will be hunting golden eggs with squashed up dollar bills inside. (I’m thinking they will be just as happy.)
Ok, next let’s create some Easy Springtime Pretzels. My kids love it when I buy the plain jane variety at Sprouts.
They require just three ingredients:
Pretzels, almond bark and sprinkles.
Microwave the almond bark according to the package directions. Yep, so easy. Take a fork and dip the pretzel into the melted HOT LAVA. Coat entire pretzel. Then repeat the process EVER SO SLOWLY 8 million times. Continually burn yourself from random drips and question why you thought this was a good idea.
Lay out the pretzels and top with sprinkles. Quickly realize that the majority of the sprinkles will be wasted on the paper.
After one hour of repetitious drudgery realize that the huge bar of almond bark has covered just 50 pretzels. Find joy in the knowledge that the now empty bowl is forcing you to abandon this tortuous chore as well as your expectation that you would have several jars of springtime pretzels to share with friends and family.
Wrap up the pretzels in a small airtight jar and add a pretty ribbon. Feel absolutely no guilt as you hide the jar from your family and make plans to eat it all by yourself thereby insuring your pants will continue to not fit.
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As my children are now older I have found myself transitioning from egg hunts to really focusing on Easter itself. In this way we celebrate not just one day, but the entire Holy week. On Palm Sunday I went and got sprinkle donuts in spring colors. I never do this and my kids were thrilled.
This morning I arose early to make Julia Child’s Quiche Aux Oignons (Onion Quiche). I used leeks which I love dearly and they feel like spring to me.
You can find Julia’s original recipe HERE.
I made three changes. First I used a Trader Joe’s pie crust. Because who has time to roll out pie dough on a Tuesday?
Then instead of 7 cups of onions cooked for an hour I used two leeks thinly sliced with a small package (4 ounces) of pancetta (Italian bacon). They cooked in 3 tablespoons of butter for 10 minutes and set aside to cool.
I so wish you could have smelled this goodness!
The rest of the recipe was followed to a “T” and placed in the partially cooked pie shell. Ms. Child does not say to put the pie dish on a cookie sheet but I do. In the event of a spill over the sheet is much easier to clean than the oven.
25 minutes later I pulled this delicious beauty out.
I let it cool for about 5 minutes then served it up with some really sweet blackberries.
Because some of you might ask, the tablecloth and napkin in the first image are vintage. They came from Grandma Joyce Gunn’s closet. I adore the set and the bright colors also feel like spring to me.
Also, for those who wondered how I made Monday (yesterday) feel special and spring like….parfaits all the way!
The onion tart is perfect for Easter brunch.
I’m taking in a bit this morning to Madame de Soleil, my French instructor. 5 extra credit points for sure. :)
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