I love getting feedback from other blogs because then I find their blog as well. Very happy when I find one that can inspire and teach me new things. This is one of those blogs. I think I’m going to try making one of these next weekend.

Two Barn Farm

Step by Step Instructions on how to build your very own Worm Composting Bin. This is a 5 minute project. I completed it in 3 minutes with a cold beer in one hand. You can buy worms locally or from several sources online. I purchased 2lbs of Red Wigglers online for $29.99.

Here’s all you need:
2 Rubbermaid  tubs (or cheap knock-off like these) or some old 5 gal buckets.
2 blocks (in this case a couple 2×4 pieces)
Shredded Paper (I find that worms like bill  collection letters the best)
Kitchen Scraps (no meat or dairy products just veggies)
Crushed egg shells (provide calcium)
Cheerios and coffee grounds (with filter)
Worms (Red Wigglers or Eisenia foetida, are the best compost worms)
Drill (2 bits 1/8″ and 1/4″)

Step 1: Drill 1/8″ holes in the top (for oxygen) and 1/4″ holes in the bottom for worm juices. In…

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Starting My Seeds

Things I plan to grow: Spinach, cauliflower, peas, carrots, cantaloupe, turnip, catnip, sunflowers, butternut squash, winter squash, garden beans, tomatoes, onions, California poppies, eggplant, true lavender, Calendula, Chinese Forget- Me- Nots, Watermelon radish (these are cool looking!), mesclun, crimson sweet watermelons, kale, sweet corn, carnival sweet pepper mix, pumpkins, early sweet sugar pie pumpkins, Lupine, yellow and green zucchini, morning glories, cauliflower, Blue Boy flowers and lettuce. I bought a blueberry bush too. Next week I’ll be picking up another one of these eco-friendly starter kits for organic gardening at Home Depot. I want to also get a raspberry bush too.

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Soy Nut Butter Blossom Cookies

This cookie has my peanut allergy brother approval.

 

I’ve had this idea to try making a “peanut free” version of my favorite peanut sweets. This is one of my weaknesses. Considering we avoid nuts in general in the house, I wanted to make something so that my whole family felt like we could share. When baked, soy nut butter tastes so very similar to peanut butter. Enough that my friends Erin and Ryan felt it wasn’t too different at all. My brother hasn’t tried peanut butter since he was around the age of one or two. So this was a completely new taste to him.

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Sunny Chili Chopped Salad

We have suddenly gone from amazing summer like weather here in Massachusetts to bitter winds chilling the bones. Can I have spring? Please? I know it technically is spring… but I want to enjoy going outside.

My mom at the moment is in the hospital, and I brought her a couple of magazines. I happened to come across a really good recipe in there for a similar salad.. but I wanted to tweak it a bit to more of my liking. Meat has been hurting my stomach lately, but I’m still trying to have a rounded diet of the right foods. I don’t want to skimp on protein. Quinoa is becoming one of my favorite staples for a great source of filling protein. I have been sticking with Trader Joe’s mixed colored quinoa to add a little life to my meals. As you have come to know, I love color. Brighter the better.

The original recipe is from Fitness Magazine by Chloe Coscarelli (Chloe’s Kitchen:125 easy, delicious recipes for making the food you love the vegan way), but her’s is called “California Chipotle Chopped Salad”. This is my version of her salad.

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Strawberry Lemonade Cake

This took two times to try to get right, and I’m happy with this version. Lately we’ve been getting weather in the mid 70’s/low 80s and it’s March. No way am I complaining, but I never thought I’d be hitting my local ice cream shop and wearing a tank top/shorts in March. People were going to the beach! I had to work… so instead I made a little piece of summer at home in my oven. What I came out with was what I like to call, “Strawberry Lemonade Cake”.

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Guest Cook: Erin Ryan’s Basil Pork Chops

Erin invited me over on the 5th for a special new recipe she found. We had a couple of our close friends over, and then we feasted on her fine cooking. As I walked into her apartment, I could smell this aroma of brown sugar and basil with the savory scent of pork. Erin was busy in her kitchen finishing up the last touches and having me try a couple of roasted potatoes in the oven to see if they were done.
“What is that you are making that smells like a love affair soon to be in my mouth?”

Traditional “Spotted Dog (Raisins)” Irish Soda Bread

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

First day I’ve finally felt better, and I have some catching up to do. Today I’m going to share with you a very basic, but traditional Irish soda bread recipe. My Nana Melvin has promised to give me the family recipe for our version of the Soda Bread, but she made me promise not to post on here. What I will probably do is make some next year as a contest gift and post pictures. Only four people in my family have the recipe.

My parents went out and brought me home some Shepard’s Pie from the pub in Lowell. I’m still trying to get back to 100%, but I can’t shake this cough.

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Growing a Citrus Tree

So I’ve been running a fever and have some sort of flu. My updates have been limited because of it, and I’m still trying to work out why my camera is acting up. To keep myself sane, I’ve been making a list of things I’d like to do/try when I get better. One of my favorite blogs, Naturally Ella, posted up a link about growing your own citrus tree indoors. Considering I’ve been downing OJ, I could really use my own mini orange tree right now. She suggested to me to look at this place for buying one: Four Winds Growers

So here is a collage of things I wish to do in the upcoming months: http://www.glogster.com/glog/6lm55vq8j1nltkvqn37eia0

I wish glogster had a better way of sharing these things.

So for now, I will focus on getting better and then get back on the wagon. Hope all is well with my readers. Feel free to email me with ideas or new places/things to check out Dahlia2188@gmail.com

Dreaming of Spring

I was looking through old photos of my first apartment, and I found some pictures that I took of the chairs I painted. I love bright colors. We had a porch, and I wanted the outside to glow. A place to read and bring inspiration. I was so happy making these. All you need is a couple of old chairs and some spray paint and some base color paint. Who cares about matching.. surprise me.

I love spirals…

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Personalize Your Kitchen

I made this for my mom for Christmas. She is totally in love with dragonflies, and it’s hard finding something to match exactly your personality with colors of your kitchen. This is a very easy project. You will need:

  • Picture Frame
  • Charm (you can get it at a local craft store. It’s nice cause it really brings out the main drawing)
  • Fine tip marker
  • Scrapbook paper print of your choice. 2 Different patterns or shades of color.
  • Glue Stick
  • Glue Gun/glue sticks for it
  • Markers/color pencils/paint

You can use stencils if you can’t draw freehand for your picture or whatever you want to do for a design. Even if you want to get stencils for the writing, this is all free style. An easy project that you can make your own. I will probably make one for myself with sunflowers when I get my own place again. It’s just a great gift if you want to give someone something unique or they love their kitchen.

This past Christmas was a homemade theme. You’d think that it’d be cheaper, but not always so. Still need to learn to buy off-season (learning-> me), but it’s so satisfying when you finish a present and know that only that person will having something made by you. Got the idea to make these scrabble coasters from this Etsy post. We actually had an old scrabble game that my parents were going to throw out and I figured I could make something out of them. I made other ones that had to do with Yarn for my friend Chrissy. These were for my Godmother. I also bought chalkboard spray paint and sprayed the bottom part of 4 wine glasses with them.

In other news, I got invited to another dinner party at Erin’s on Monday. Hopefully my camera will not be temperamental. Looking forward to tasting her cooking and sharing good times with friends. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!