Apple Varieties 101

I thought with the arrival of fall, it might be a good time to review the different varieties of apples. There are so many kinds to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Hopefully, this short lesson will help you navigate your way to the best variety of apple for what you’re doing.

Natural Sweeteners – Honey

I like to use three different natural sweeteners – honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. I’d like to take a few minutes today to talk about honey. I’ll be following up with posts about maple syrup and coconut sugar and the reasons why I use each one. The primary reason I use natural sweeteners is for the nutritional health benefits. … Read More

Burlap Mason Jars

As I started to write this, it occurred to me that Burlap Mason Jars probably have been done a few times already. So…I googled it, and… I found about a billion different versions of them. Should have known, I’m never really on top of trends. Anyways I’m joining in, and today I have my own version for you (just in … Read More

DIY Air Freshener

I saw this idea floating around the internet a while ago, but… like most things that I pin, I forgot about it until recently. I just made one small change to the original idea: I put mine in a decorative container because I wasn’t crazy about seeing a bowl of baking soda hanging out in my living room.

Coffee Bean Candle Centerpiece

The idea for this centerpiece comes from my Mother-in-law. She has a couple of them, and her house always smells amazing! After spending some time with them lately, it was just the inspiration I needed to finally make one for myself. Her centerpiece is made with hazelnut coffee beans, which smell really delicious. I had a dark roast from Guatemala … Read More

DIY Sequin Vase

A couple of months ago, I decided to sew some sequins on one of my t-shirts. I went so far as to buy sequins, but… I never quite got around to it. So, when I saw a tutorial for a sequin vase from it all started with paint, I knew I had to give it a try. It’s much more … Read More

Spring Centerpiece

This flower centerpiece is super easy – no flower arranging skills required! The main idea is to keep the crisp clean look of white and green. The kind of flowers you use is totally up to you. Since the trees are flowering here, spring blossoms were my first choice. If blossom time is already over in your area, lilacs, tulips, … Read More

Bulk Vanilla

Vanilla is probably my favorite spice and it is also the most expensive after saffron.  It adds depth of flavor to so many things.  Added to chocolate it makes the chocolate more chocolatey and you just can’t beat that.  That being said, it can be fairly pricey, especially at the rate I go through it. So, today I’m going to … Read More

Green All-Purpose Cleaner

This simple recipe is what I have been using for the past few years and it has been working great. When we were living in Calgary last year, it was more convenient to buy a bottle of natural cleaner from the grocery store. It turned out to be a waste of time. More often than not they seem to leave a bit of a residue. That’s why I like this cleaner so much, it’s effective and it costs less than a dollar to make.