Easily Found Items become Super Fun and Pretty Easter Centerpieces

flowerveggie-easter-TerriONeed a centerpiece for your Easter table that is just a little bit different and has all the colors of spring? Place a pot within a vase of veggies! You can eat them the next day.

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Make PEEPS part of your decor for the holiday in their own little nests!

Supplies:
Glass containers
Colored Easter grass
Candy: jelly beans, peeps, chocolate eggs etc.
Cut up veggies
Flowers

Tips:
· Look for glass containers where you can fit smaller ones inside the larger ones.
· Cut up veggies or buy them pre-cut to save time. Cover them in water to keep them fresh so you can eat them the next day.
· When layering, use the heaviest product first then layer with the lighter ones as you move up.

Watch me put them together on Sonoran Living.

What is going on your Easter table?

 

Beef Blarney (Barley) Soup Recipe

Do you have a recipe from a friend that you asked for but have never made yourself? I have a stack of them I have begun to make and this barley soup recipe is one that I made on a rainy, drizzly afternoon. It was so hearty and delicious I had to share!

You know it’s called “Blarney” because of St. Patrick’s Day.

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Beef Blarney Soup

ingredsonionServes: 4

Ingredients:

1 Cup Pearl Barley (not the quick kind)

1.5 lbs. Stew Meat or any beef steak that is easy to cube

Olive Oil

1 Onion (at least) in big chunks or diced

3 Carrots, sliced,  but not too thin as you do not want them to cook to mush

Salt, Pepper, Garlic to taste

Bay Leaf

6 cups Homemade Vegetable or Beef Stock (or 2 cubes beef bullion and 6 cups of water)

Instructions:

ingredsmeat1. Brown the meat in olive oil in – I like my cast iron frying pan for this, but you can use whatever you have. When all the meat is browned there will be remains in the pan. Do not throw these away.

2. In the large pot that will cook the soup, pour in a couple tablespoons of olive oil and saute the onion with garlic and lots of ground pepper. The onion pieces will become translucent.

3. Add 6 cups of broth to pot or 2 cubes of bullion and 6 cups of water.

4. Add a little water to the remain and loosen them up. Add them to the soup. Heat to boiling.

ingredscar5. Add carrots and barley and the bay leaf. Simmer for 1 hour.

6. Salt to taste, but if you used bullion it may be salty enough already.

7. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Yummy with grilled cheese sandwiches or biscuits.

Lynn Haworth of Praying Monk Ranch gets credit for the original recipe in my assistant Carol’s cookbook that she made for her daughter.)

Tip: Lynn said she likes to cube her meat with kitchen shears. Great tips! I found it to be easier than slicing with a knife.

 

Hop Into Spring with a Bunny or Three, or Four — You’ll Adore this Quick, Super Art Simple Project

This is such a simple project to do. I think it would be cute in a set of 3. One in blue, yellow and pink!

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Supplies:
Canvas
Acrylic paint/ brushes
Bunny print out (visit my Pinterest page for the stencil )
Burlap
Spray adhesive
Felt, batting or any kind of fabric to cut out a bunny shape

1. Paint canvas and let dry.
2. Cut out a square of burlap slightly smaller than the canvas.
3. Trace the bunny shape onto some fabric and cut it out.
4. Using spray adhesive spray the back of the bunny and the back of the burlap. Adhere to canvas.

Are you ready to do the bunny hop!? Check out my Sonoran Living video to see a few more darling bunnies and the fabric I used!

Don’t be afraid to doodle! Photo Postcard Craft

Ah ’tis St. Paddy’s own day around the corner. I’ve the Wicked Tinkers playing bagpipes in the background and I’m doodling on pictures that will become simple, silly post cards I’ll mail across the miles.

You only need a few items:

4×6 inch photos and post card stamp (34 cents as of March 2015)

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Painters Paint Pens and Bic Mark It Markers — they were in reach in the pen jar on my desk 🙂

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“The only thing worse in life than being talked about and that is not being talked about.” Oscar Wilde

Just doodle and have fun!

Hmm… looking at it on screen I may add a necklace to my gypsy…. and a bracelet bangle, but I am sure as I will wear green on March 17 that you get the idea.

This angel would work with a birthday sentiment too!

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You Can Turn a Wooden Bowl into a Work of Art with a Single Craft Tool

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Supplies:

IKEA Bamboo bowl sku # 602.143.43

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Wood burning tool available at most craft stores (such as this one from Plaid – they usually come with several tips and you may also purchase stencils to trace your own designs

wood burning kit

pencil

tracing paper

Optional: Makers to color the outside.

Tips to wood burning:

1. First practice, practice, practice. Use a piece of throw away wood to try out all the different tips and see what they can do.

2. If you are not comfortable with burning directly onto the wood then trace or draw your design onto the wood.

3. If you are burning onto wood on the outside of a piece, you may decide to put a clear varnish over it to protect it.

Click here to see how the different tips of the wood burning tool work.

What kind of decoration will you put on your bowl and who will you show it off to first?

Fresh Flower Arranging Made Super Simple

Arrange your cut flowers with this delightful new vase (as featured on SimpleSteals).

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Click here to see the arrangement!

I love the idea of beautiful fresh flowers growing in my home, especially for holidays such as Valentine’s and Easter. This idea came to me after checking out Pinterest.

Supplies:

Bulbs

Container

Glass beads or rocks

Water

Terri’s tips:

  1. First make sure you check your water level daily.
  2. I found that I had to clean out the vase occasionally. It got kind of smelly and slimy. It’s easy to do.
  3. If your bulbs don’t sprout after a week or so check to see they may not. Just pull them and add new ones.
  4. If your blubs are growing to grow tall make sure your vase is tall enough to support them. I actually started mine in a smaller container then once they sprouted I moved them to a larger one.
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How to Dry Your Own Flowers and Have DIY Materials On-Hand for Crafting

 

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Laundry Soap and Fabric Softener

Today’s Simple Steals is a special one because we’re here to show you how you can save some money by making your own cleaning supplies at home! And, you’re helping the planet by not buying more of those plastic bottles!

Today’s Steals:
DIY Laundry Soap:
1 cup of super washing soda
1 cup of borax
4.5 ounces or 1 bar of soap like Zote

boraxNow if you don’t want to spend the time grading the bar soap you can buy it graded in the box. It costs a little more but totally worth the time! Pour it all in a nice big jar and mix it up. Put one heaping table spoon in your laundry, and you’re good to go.

DIY Fabric Softener:
Buying the store bought brand can cost you about 17 cents per load but get this, try putting vinegar in the rinse cycle, it’s only going to cost you about 2 cents per load!

Want to know how easy it is to make your own dryer sheets and dish detergent? Check out the Simple Steals Facebook page.

Want more steals? Do you know of a steal we should know about? Message us right here on Facebook!

Serve Your Love a Heart-Shaped Meal on Valentine’s Day

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Going shopping this weekend?

You may need to add to your list:

Bacon

Eggs

Bread

Jam

or you could make jam… here’s how I did it.

Two slices of bacon, 2 slices of bread, an egg, 2 big strawberries, jam and a heart-shaped cookie cutter are all you need to make this tasty, savory, and sweet breakfast plate for the one who makes your heart go thump-thump!

BACON: Lay a strip of bacon in the shape of a heart in your frying pan. Use a spatula to turn the slice over when it is done on one side.

STRAWBERRY ROSE: Use a sharp paring knife to slice small strawberry petals in several rows, starting from the base of a washed and dried strawberry. Use the knife to gently bend the petals outward.

EGG in TOAST: Use a cookie cutter to cut a heart out of the center of a slice of bread. Melt butter in a frying pan. Place your bread in the pan and toast lightly on one side. Turn it over. Crack an egg in the middle (or scramble the egg first before you pour) of the bread slice. Cook until done.

HEART with JAM: Spread your favorite berry  jam on the bread heart you cut out of the above.

Click here to craft your love a card to go with breakfast.

 

Kiss Me – I Love You – Be Mine: Here’s how to craft a Valentine

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Kiss Me – I Love You – Be Mine

Here’s how to craft a Valentine

Card for the one that you adore

To tell him forever, “I love you”

and a whole lot more!

Card materials and supplies:

Scrapbook paper: white and 2 complementary papers with patterns

Embellishments such as colored paste-on rhinestones, punch out paper curlie Qs, heart buttons in different sizes, red or pink stamp pad, red sting or thin ribbon, and Valentine-themed tickets

Photograph

Scissors, craft glue sick and glue dots, corner rounder, and a hole punch.

Card instructions:

Watch how easy it is to make this card with a Xyron or you can do it this way:

1. Cut white paper, fold in half, distress edges with ink.

2. Crop your picture.

3. Cut one of the patterned papers smaller than the card and 2 pieces of the other patterned paper small enough to fit a bit bigger than your photo.

4. Glue papers, photo and embellishments as shown in the photo above.

Click here for recipes to cook your love breakfast to go with the card.

Watch this segment of Sonoran Living.

Brewed with Love – A Tea Across the Miles (or closer to home) Craft

tea-supersimplewith-TerriOTea blending is easy.

Go to your local health or whole foods store, find the jars of loose leaf teas, then let your eyes and nose get to crafting your perfect blends.

Chai blends well with citrus.

You might like the lovely scent of jasmine with green tea.

How about Rooibos and pomegranate with hints of apples and lemons?

Passionflower with chamomile is calming.

Oolong and white aid weightloss.

Black tea with ginger could make your breath smell sweet while getting rid of your headache.

Green tea with mint leaves and natural chocolate flavor might be just the thing for Valentine’s Day.

However you blend your tea, when you want to share it, here is a super simple way to wrap it up pretty like the photo above.

You’ll need: a tea bag filled loose leaf tea blend, cut about a 4 x 1 inch length of paper, a 1.5 x 1 inch piece of contrasting paper, and a piece of white paper to go inside the small rectangle.

1. Write a saying.

2. Glue the saying as pictured and tape the back.

Simple!

Do you have a friend you miss? I think tea and a pretty antique cup might be a lovely gift to send. The two of you two can set a time and sip together over a Skype call as you chat.