I am a wife, mama and DIY enthusiast. I love sharing ideas on the art of homemaking, food, babies, design and how to decorate on a budget. My husband and I are remodeling our home in Phoenix and I share my thoughts, projects and journey through this blog. I hope you’ll stay awhile and take a look around.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! We are spending Sunday at Grammy's with lots of cousins and egg hunts. Here is a delicious and healthy frozen "yogurt" recipe that has been my sweet tooth life saver this week. Enjoy!
The days are getting longer and warmer and we are spending more time outside planting and watering. Max loves gardening and heads straight for the raised beds as soon as we get outside. He thinks he's pulling the weeds and helping me out by covering the plants in dirt. It's pretty nice having such a great helper! Seriously, sometimes I can't believe I get to be his Mommy.
We've planted watermelon, cantaloupe, lots of tomatoes, kale, lettuce, green and yellow squash, bell peppers, red peppers and strawberries. I can't wait for this seasons harvest. I'm already collecting recipes on Pinterest.
I collected these branches from my Mom at Sweet Life Garden. They are from her peach trees and will support the tomato plants and sunflowers that we started from seed.
This is my herb box. It's full or parsley, rosemary, mint and dill.
The Florida Prince peach tree has a ton of these beautiful little fruits. I am counting the days until I can make cobblers and some peach ice cream.
I've been trying to come up with some quick and easy snacks the past few weeks. Max and I have been part of Stroller Strides since October, which has honestly changed our lives in so many wonderful ways. Not only am I the strongest I've ever physically been, but we are lucky enough to have met the most inspiring, giving women and families around. Seriously. They are all amazing. The last four weeks I've been working on a program called Body Back, which is also offered through Stroller Strides, and part of the program encourages clean, whole eating. I've always felt like we eat pretty healthy, but this has taken my eating to a whole new level, and I'm excited to start seeing changes. I've been loving the Kind Bars as a go-to snack, but that habit is getting kind of expensive, so I decided to try and copy my favorite, the dark chocolate and mixed nut. I started off with this healthy fudge recipe from A Cup of Jo. This is my go-to recipe when I'm craving chocolate (I use crunchy almond butter). I doubled the ingredients and lay a piece of wax paper down on a cookie sheet. I then spread the "chocolate" evenly in the pan.
I never really use measurements, so when making this, just use the ingredients based on your taste buds. These are just approximations:
- 3 c. Whole Oats
- 3/4 c. Cashews
- 3/4 c. Almonds
- 1/3 c. Coconut or Date Sugar
- 3/4 c. Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 tbl. Vanilla
- 2 tbl. freshly grated Orange Zest
Combine ingredients to taste and bake at 350 degrees until you can start smelling the oats roasting. Add a bit more coconut oil to moisten. The mixture should look shiny or glazed from the additional oil. Sprinkle over the chocolate and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Keep in fridge until gone (it won't take long :)
Like I said, these measurements are just estimates, as I tend to just throw things together, but the bars are so satisfying and help curb my sweet tooth.
For some reason, every time I look at my little boy’s hand
grasping mine, I think of my own mother’s hands. I will forever remember them
as I did as a child - thin, veined, tan from hours spent outside, and with just
a smudge of dirt from the garden.
These are the same hands that now run an urban farm in Central
Phoenix, my mother, who is the architect behind the Arcadia Edible Garden Tour.
This twice yearly self guided tour gathers hundreds of garden enthusiasts who
spend an educational Saturday viewing some of Phoenix’s most interesting edible
gardens. To attend is to be inspired, awed and sometimes even envious, but
these gardens reveal the heart and soul of their owners. Hours of labor,
dedication and sweat are put into these backyard wonders. At Sweet Life Garden,
the urban farm my parents have created, there is a small market featuring local
vendors selling jams, sweets, fine foods and various handmade goods. We'll even be selling our lights at the Sweet Life table.
I see my parents, in their element, and am in awe that my mother's idea,
to show others how to create sustainable gardens, has turned into an Arcadia
staple. And I hope that one day my son will be just as impressed with what my
hands have accomplished. See you on May 10th! Tickets can be purchased here.
I've been thinking a lot about motherhood this week. Steve has been working until the wee hours of the night and Max and I haven't seen him much. Tomorrow he heads out of town for another four days, and I'm already dreading it. Sometimes during those long days, when Max won't nap, or we feel like we're going stir crazy, I try to call on the attitude my mother kept when I was small. We had five girls, and yet, our house was calm and peaceful. I once heard that it takes two minutes for a mother's attitude to start affecting her family, and I think that's true. Max is still little, and honestly has one of the happiest demeanor's, but I can already tell if I'm grumpy, he starts feeling a little off. So I've been trying to be really aware of my attitude and how it seems to set the tone for the whole family. What do you mother's do to help you guide your family in the right direction each day?
Hello there and Happy Saturday! If you're in Phoenix, you're probably outside soaking up the sun and this perfect weather. Us too! I did take twenty minutes to head inside while Max was napping to make a quick bench cushion cover. Husband picked up this cushion at a garage sale awhile back and I wanted to make a cushion for one of the backyard benches. The porch is all sorts of torn up right now with the laundry room still under construction, so I'm using the cushion on the dining bench until I can get the patio cleaned up. I think it'll go great in the garden!
I folded the fabric in half and layed the cushion on top to mark my size and sewing pattern. This was simple, a hem on one edge, just a few straight lines and in about twenty minutes I had a cushion cover. So easy!