DIY – Wooden Sign

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I really love words and scripture on wooden boards look lovely. The lettering is printed on the board by using a Sharpie paint pen. So clever! Homespun has an easy and fantastic tutorial HERE . I think this is super cute, I hope you like it too.
Blessings ~ Sarah xxx

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Vintage Dictionary Bible Verse – Philippians 4:8


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I love words and I particularly love bible verses. SO what a great marriage to have a bible verse on top of words! You can buy this at the Etsy online store. Do you think if we had this scripture on the wall above our television screens that we may make different choices in what we watch or let our kids watch? Hmmmm… sure is food for thought!? This scripture is a lovely reminder to think on good and pure things. Hope you have been having a lovely week and are able to think on….

“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  – Philippians 4:8 (ESV)

~ Sarah xxx

DIY – Garden Planter

Love this by Censational Girl. I like the muted natural tones of the rocks on the planter. Click HERE for more of her awesome projects!

Enjoy ~ Sarah xxx

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diy: rock covered bucket

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Basic ingredients for a rock covered bucket: strong (not flimsy!) metal can or bucket that holds its shape when moved (I chose this trash can); 2 sheets 12” x 12” river rock mesh tile; thin set mortar; grout (sanded or nonsanded); putty knife, large sponge.

If you want to make it a planter, punch a few holes in the bottom with a hammer and a thick nail first for drainage.  To adhere the river rocks to the metal bucket, I followed the same basic steps as I did with this mosaic planter, first applying a thick layer of thin set mortar then cutting the mesh tile with a box cutter and layering the tile on the outside of the bucket.

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I found it helped to turn the bucket upside down using the top rim as the base to hold the mesh tile to the bucket and allow the thin set mortar to dry.   You need to work in sections, mixing small amounts of thin set at a time and allowing each section to dry for about an hour, then allowing all of the thin set to dry for a full day.

I was a little skeptical at first (since in most circumstances thin set mortar isn’t designed for metal) but then delightfully surprised just how well the thin set and mesh river rock pebbles clung to the sturdy metal bucket once the thin set was dry.  I’m not convinced this idea would work with thin set if using individual pebbles or small river rocks – in that circumstance I’d choose an epoxy adhesive instead of thin set.  And if you use a flimsy container, the project just won’t work – it definitely needs to be a bucket that holds its shape or you risk cracking mortar and grout.

apply river rock tile to bucket

The next evening I mixed up some grout, added it with a putty knife, then removed excess with a sponge.

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wipe off excess grout with sponge

I was nervous about the thin set not clinging to the metal, so I’ve been testing its durability for the last few weeks by moving it around a lot and getting water on it daily,  and it’s all stayed completely intact so I’m feeling confident it will last.
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Great DIY – Totes

Don’t you just love this idea? These totes are from Torba You could use the same idea for monogramming pillow cases, cushions and various art work. I haven’t made them yet… but these totes look cute, and fun which is always a great combination for any DIY project.

Enjoy ~ Sarah xxx

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Easter Egg Garland – DIY

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This is a reblog from the cute and talented Alissa.You can go to her blog for the full tutorial by clicking on her name or the

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Enjoy ~ Sarah

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I made some Easter eggs today out of string, and turned some of them into a garland.

Make a stiffener mixture. I used 1 cup of liquid starch mixed with a half cup of flour, and blended it in a blender. You could double or triple this recipe if you’d like. I did.

Next I got some string, I used embroidery floss. You could also use pearl cotton thread or crochet thread.

Apparently the embroidery floss section of the store is a dangerous place, I grabbed a bunch and couldn’t stop myself.

Then you stick your string in a bowl of starch goo, but don’t just plop it in there like I first did. Your string WILL get into a knot… and it’s not fun to try and un-snarl gooey string. So don’t do it. Instead coil your string into the mixture and gently press it into the goo, I didn’t get one knot doing it this way.

For a little egg, blow up a water balloon and wrap the gooey string around the balloon. Make sure you wipe off the excess goo and let it fall back into the bowl, it doesn’t need to be drippy.
One skein of embroidery floss was just enough for one water balloon sized egg.

It’ll take several hours for it to dry. Once it dries, pop the balloon. You might have crusty stuff in-between the string, I scraped that out with a straight pin.

I think it’s important to mention that you need to fill the water balloons up with air and not water. Your eggs will be ruined if you pop a water balloon filled with water.

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Chicken Bacon Wild Rice Soup

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Here is a yummy reblog recipe. Enjoy!
~ Sarah xxx

Chicken Bacon Wild Rice Soup
Author: Pinch of Yum, from Cambridge Medical Center Cookbook
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 30 mins
Serves: 6

Ingredients
3 (10 3/4 oz) cans chicken broth (I make my own broth from Chicken bones)
2 cups water
1/2 cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1/2 cup margarine or butter (I use Olive oil or butter)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (I use Gluten Free flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups half and half (I use rice milk)
1 1/2 cup cubed cooked chicken or turkey
8 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon chopped pimiento
2-3 tablespoons dry sherry, if desired

Instructions
In a large saucepan, combine chicken broth and water. Add wild rice and onions. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 30-45 minutes (or until rice is tender).
In a medium saucepan, melt margarine, stir in flour, salt, seasoning, and pepper. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly.
Gradually stir in half and half, cook until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Add remaining ingredients. Heat gently, stirring frequently. Do not boil.

Recipe – Minestrone Soup

Love this recipe from food wishes! If you click on the photo you will go directly to the food wishes source. I know you will love it too! Of course I make all my food completely gluten free. I just substitute pasta for gluten free pasta. In the USA I used Canadian bacon as it was leaner than regular bacon. In Australia I use regular GF bacon as it is fairly lean. I also try as best I can to use in season and organic produce. Organic produce can be terribly expensive so we can’t always afford to buy organic all the time. We do our best and that is really all anyone can do. ~ Sarah xxx

Ingredients:

3 oz pancetta (or regular bacon)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 diced onion
1 cup diced celery
4 minced garlic cloves
4 cups chicken broth
1 (28-oz) can plum tomatoes, crushed fine
2 cups water, plus more as needed
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp dried Italian herb blend (mine was thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil)
red pepper flakes to taste
1 cup freshly shucked cranberry beans (aka shelling beans)
2 or 3 cups chopped cabbage
1 (15-oz) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 bunch swiss chard, chopped
2/3 cup raw ditalini pasta
extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and fresh Italian parsley to garnish the top

Organization

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With the end of a year and the beginning of a new one we often want to become more organized with our daily time and chores. Sometimes we can feel like we are going backwards and going no where fast. Even when we are making great progress sometimes we can feel like we aren’t. If you are feeling like that then this ebook might be a great resource for you. If you click HERE you will go to The Pomodoro Technique’s website. If you scroll to the bottom of their page they offer a free ebook. Looks like a fab book. I really hope you enjoy it!
Blessings to you & yours ~ Sarah xxx