DIY Natural Fall Decorations with Acorns and Pines🍁

This mess free DIY fall center piece is easy, fun and inquires a walk outdoors among the pine and oak trees.

If you ever look for an excuse to enjoy the early fall, take a leisurely walk to collect your supplies to create a very beautiful useful natural center piece. It would be a great reason to spend time outside with your family and get everyone’s creative suggestions to put together several centerpieces for any room in your home.

Supplies: sharpie, metallic paint, brushes, acorn, pine cones, cinnamon broom, essential oils ( citrus, sandalwood, vanilla..)

Collect acorns
Pine cones
sharpie
Metallic paint (gold or silver)

Please watch my video for step by step instructions, and ideas for each center piece.🍁

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Smoothies for a snack 😋😌👍

Who doesn’t like to snack? When taking a refuge at home from the summer heat, it is easy to wonder around the kitchen looking for snacks. I am fan of snacking, and I can spend hours creating cheese trays or snack trays. I mix the chips with the healthy nuts and berries, and balance the bland with salty and spicy. Healthy snacks is what I am all about. Being a vegetarian most of my life my family gets bored with my healthy collection of berries, and nuts, so I give them a break by making smoothies on hot summer afternoons.

With smoothies everything goes. What you add for sweetness is a major part of keeping it healthy. To make smoothies sweet I often add honey, maple syrup, nutella and peanut butter. To make the mix smooth for drinking I add vanilla or chocolate soy, orange juice, or milk. Some cinnamon, vanilla extract with few drops of lemon juice for extra flavor.

Stay cool, and fill the gaps with yummy snacks.😘

Smoothie recipe:

Two bananas

1/2 mango

1/2 cup raspberries

1/2 cup blueberries (or other berries)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1cup OJ

1 Tsp Nutella

1Tsp of Honey for sweetness add as needed

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Give any room a fresh look

It is not easy to keep our high traffic rooms at our home clean, and organized. Our kitchen, living room, bathrooms can look rundown and dull, even if they are cleaned and put together at the end of each day. Our home sometimes needs a fresh look, or a touch of color.

Adding a tray or a platter with colorful rocks, and sea shells can help you put together an interesting accent piece for color and a fresh look. If it is the play room and your kids can help you create an accent piece or a tray with candles, to help you relax in a cozy corner with a good book.

You can put together :

1- A deep platter or a tray

2- Cut flowers

3- dry flowers

4- rocks

5- sea shells

6- candles

7- botanical oils

8- herbs

Please watch my video on how to create these accent pieces, just click on the link below:

https://m.youtube.com/user/HouseResort

Chocolate sauce makes perfect Dessert 😋👍

we decided on what we are cooking for dinner, and for dessert, maybe a cookie, or ice cream, but you can add so much creativity to bunch of everything when you pour, yes pour chocolate sauce on the top.

We can leave our picky eaters to pull their own dessert together but mixing fresh fruits, and nuts or crumbled graham crackers.

Here is a list of our yummy delicious favorites, but this is a chance to get creative:

1- Bananas, peaches, berries..

2- coffee cakes, sponge cake..

3- waffles, pancakes..

4- favorite cereals: graham cereal, mini wheats..

5- walnuts, almonds, raisins…

6- ice cream, whipped cream…

Chocolate sauce recipe:

In a sauce pan

  • Mix 1/2 cup of unsweetened coco with 1 cup sugar until you don’t see any lumps
  • Add 1/8 tsp salt
  • Add 1/2 cup of cold water
  • Bring to boil over medium high, reduce heat let it simmer constantly stir for 40 seconds. Remove, let it cool add 11/2 tsp of vanilla.
  • Enjoy it cold or warm.
  • Just click below to watch the video on how to prepare this chocolaty sauce.
  • https://youtu.be/6_gcUrcVyt8
  • 10 Great books on Architecture, Art, and Design.

    If these days you find yourself with some extra time on your hand, check out these amazing books, to read or give as a gift.

    I am always looking for art books with great photos, and I found several on this list. I came across these books on architectural digest. Hope you find one you like to own👍

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    Learned a great lesson !

    A bouquet of herbs from our porch garden

    Quiet corners to relax

    Everybody helped with this delicious mega nacho dish

    I am sure we all have heard it, “everything in moderation” . There should be a balance with everything we do. Eat, exercise, social media, travel, and many other things we think of when treating ourselves. Too much of one thing, we are off balance.

    Considering what our world is going through some activities are difficult to plan, when we are aware of the hardship, people around us are going through.

    Call it guilt, but to feel happy and satisfied just doesn’t feel right. I believe we need balance in our world in order to enjoy a good movie, a good hardy laugh, or a great hug.

    If there is one important lesson in this difficult time to learn, and later teach our children is to be happy with every small thing around us. Turning our home to our sanctuary, cooking a great meal with our family, plant some herbs, go for walks.

    Face time, zoom, sharing photos is fine for now, they allow us to share our time at home with our friends, and family. We are staying in touch with our grandparents, help with home work, take flowers or herbs from our garden to neighbors & send thoughtful messages to our friends via email. It is our way to make others happy, and make our days special and productive.

    We all must Stay positive, stay at home and healthy, until things are back to normal.

    Staying entertained at Home

    Homemade pizza, making the dough was great fun

    I know every entertainment idea is not a good idea for all of us, but a few can make us all busy and happy at the same time.

    Here are a few fun ones :

    Cooking & Baking🥖🍳🍝

    Cleaning🧼🧽🧹

    Organizing🧺🗂

    Watching Movies🎟💽

    Exercising🧘‍♂️🤸‍♂️

    Gardening ( cleaning the yard )🌷

    Quiet time🤫

    Time on social media🤪

    By now we are all aware of the fact that being cut off from all social interactions is necessary in order to stay healthy. The fact that Corona virus can seriously harm people with health issues and the elderly, is a very frightening fact. Every time I hear the number of corona virus victims I am deeply sad for all involved.

    Helping others to keep their positive attitude helps us too. Checking on our elderly relatives, and neighbors, and reminding ourselves this is not forever.

    Didn’t want go to store for burger buns, so we baked some

    We are taking photos when we go for our long walks

    A One of a Kind Farmers Market

    With unique ingredients and organic recipes, the Santa Fe farmers market is one of the most famous markets in the Southwest.

    We start by strolling through the beautiful market’s pastry and bread vendors, enjoying the natural colors of hand died yarns. The fragrance of lavender hand made soaps and moisturizers is very present.

    Take a large shopping bag with you because you won’t go home empty handed.

    Jolly cupcakes

    Gingerly driving the Jolly cupcakes to school🤣

    Every year during the holiday season my daughter’s school encourages all students to contribute to their chosen charities.

    Students, bake, cook, do crafts, sell paintings, just about absolutely anything their heart desires to make some money for their charities.

    Marketplace at school is an exciting day, and a learning experience. Students get the chance to learn about helping others, organizing their time, creating something that others want to buy, and learn about marketing their products.

    This year my daughter with her best friend decided on baking cupcakes with flavors of the season. Minty wonderland, caroling coffee, ginger bells, and fa la la vanilla. After spending an entire Saturday afternoon baking, they had 40 cupcakes ready for sale. And the night before the market, couple of hours was spend making beautiful, delicious frosting in holiday colors.

    After driving to school, very cautiously, and an hour early to grab a good table, they were ready to sell.💰

    The jolly cupcakes were a hit.🧁🧁😋👍

    Santa Fe Indian Market

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    Santa Fe Plaza

    Held on August 17&18 on the Plaza, it is one of the most interesting and family friendly places to visit.

    The largest and the most prestigious Native American fine art show in the world, every year it attracts more than hundreds of artists-and more than 150,000 visitors. During the show artists display their hand made jewelry, sculptures, and paintings as tourists and locals enjoy the traditional Native American cuisine from the nearby market.

    The most glamorous of all the events, the fine Art Gala & Auction gives visitors the chance to bid on some of the most unique pieces of the market. And during the market there is dance and music performances, even a Native American clothing Contest, where contestants model their finest traditional attire.

    August is Santa Fe’s peak season and for good reason. Average high temperatures are in the mid-80s, with few afternoon showers and cooler nights.

    We hope you get the chance to experience this beautiful city and enjoy its clear blue sky.