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birthday Chex mix for Tablespoon

birthday Chex mix

Warning: This Chex mix is crazy addictive. I couldn’t stop eating it when I was photographing it. Also, the little birthday candies mean you can personalize it for the birthday boy or girl. So really, it’s practically perfect. (Perfect would be calorie-free.)

To make birthday Chex mix, visit Tablespoon. 

 

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traditional housewarming gift: bucket of awesome (with a free printable)

housewarming gift idea with FREE printable

 

Recently I went a-searchin’ for a housewarming gift for recently-married relatives of ours moving into a new home. Of course, I hit up google and Pinterest. I found a few that spoke of a traditional housewarming gift (a tradition I, for one, have never heard of) wherein you put together an assortment of symbolic goods. I find this genius since so many move into new homes NOT needing more “stuff.” These symbolic goods included:

bread so you never go hungry
wine so you never go thirsty
candles so you always have light
sugar so you always have sweetness (honey was a common one, too)
salt so you always have spice and flavor in life
broom so you always have cleanliness
coins so you always have good fortune
rice so you have fertility (I’m not going there)
olive oil so you always have health
wood so you always have stability
knives so you always have protection

 

Have you ever heard of this? I’ve moved into 3 different apartments and 2 different houses in the past twenty years, and no one ever got ME a gift of symbolic goods (harrumph). Well, I love this idea, so I thought I’d make my own. And I even made a printable so you can make your own, too.

housewarming gift idea with FREE printable

 

In my housewarming gift, I included:

  • bucket from The Containter Store 
  • bottle of wine 
  • candles
  • loaf of bread
  • sea salt from Whole Foods
  • Girl Scout cookies
  • practical things: magnetic kitchen helper guides, hammer tool and cord ties, all found at The Container Store 

And I made this printable for Bread, Wine, Salt, Cookies, Candles and Tools.

traditional housewarming gift with FREE printable

It comes with a tag to label your container, too.

traditional housewarming gift with FREE printable

How cute is that? (Just answer “very” please.)

 

housewarming gift idea with FREE printable

 

To add the tags, use a color printer to print THIS PRINTABLE on letter-size white photo paper or cardstock. Cut around the gray lines and attach the tags.

 

housewarming gift idea with FREE printable

housewarming gift idea with FREE printable

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Earth Day treats to make

Earth Day decorated cookies and marshmallows

 

Earth Day is Wednesday April 22nd… how will you celebrate? Here are some earthy treats from the archives.

 

 

 

vegetable garden cookies

garden cookies

 

 

rainbow earth marshmallow pops

rainbow Earth Day marshmallow pops
Earth Day treats to make

Earth Day marshmallows

 

 

 

Earth Day cookies

Earth Day cookies

 

 

 

 

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mix and match soup for Tablespoon

mix and match soup

Think you can’t make homemade soup? Of course you can. This may be one of my favorite posts created for Tablespoon, because it’s so easy to make and so very versatile: A soup base recipe with tons of mix and match options for add-ins so you can personalize your own soup. Sausage, white bean and kale? One of my favorites. Or ham, potato and pea soup. Try chicken, rice, carrot and spinach. I could go on and on.

Find the recipe for mix and match soup HERE at Tablespoon.

 

 

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Wednesday Links: My favorite (fantasy) books of late

roundup of great books to read

So yeah. I read teenage fantasy novels. Voraciously. And I’m proud of this. I studied and read and researched and wrote for years. I have an MFA in Literature and read and researched and wrote and read some more to get it. I have an MLA in Liberal Arts and studied literature at Oxford for a summer. I read Dickens, Woolf, Melville, Eliot, Austen, Bronte, Dickinson, Shelley (Mary and Percy). Oh boy, I read so much. And then I went years without reading because I was so exhausted by reading. And then I found young adult fantasy novels. And I can’t stop. If you’re looking for well-written, interesting, exciting page turners, here are some of my favorites. Lose yourself in them, please. I’ve even binge-watched so much less Netflix since finding these. And if you have any more suggestions for me, I’ll take them!

My favorite books for twenty years:  His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman (labeled ‘children’s,’ not YA, but I have to mention them)

My next favorite favorites: The Graceling, Bitterblue and Fire, by Kristin Cashore

The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins, of course

The Divergent Series, by Veronica Roth

The Mortal Instruments (6 books), by Cassandra Clare

The Birthmarked Trilogy, by Caragh M. O’Brien

Eve, Once and Rise (3 books), by Anna Carey

The Guardian Trilogy, by Lauren Falter

The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, by Rae Carson

The Infernal Devices, by Cassandra Clare

Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale (I need to read more of hers…)

Outlander (8 book series), by Diana Gabaldon (this one is definitely adult, not YA, but oh so good)

I want to read them again now that I’ve typed them all out.

 



 

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