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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Gardening in a shade garden🕶

The first time I realized my new house had a very shady garden I immediately thought a colorless back yard. And no chance of a vegetable garden.

Beautiful mature Camellia plants lined the yard, and a few azaleas bloomed in between. One Japanese maple tree that had grown out of its corner, was overwhelmed by a white dogwood tree, and shaded by a large mulberry tree branches.

When spring came, I started making a list of plants that were colorful, plants with many shades of green, and a list with combination of perennials and annuals.

My list for annuals: Begonias, impatiens, monkey flower, snapdragon, pansy, coral bells, lily of the valley.

My list for perennials: foxgloves, hydrangeas, hostas, ferns, primroses, encore azaleas.

I am sure you agree when I say, a Gardner needs to be patient and thick skinned. No matter how much planning is done you are still in the mercy of nature and drastic changes in weather. Gardening is always a work in progress, and the joy of seeing a perennial popping it’s head out of the soil in early spring is absolutely priceless.

Begonia
Hosta

Azalea

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Pantry Must Haves🥫

We usually think of our pantry as the place we store what we need for cooking on daily bases. I have come to realize these days, that my pantry should have everything I need to make meals for not just weeks but maybe months.

Believe me I don’t own a large pantry, so no room for a large varieties of food, but I have learned how to make meals that share the same basic ingredients. And with few more from the freezer, voila I have put together a nice meal.

To create a nice meal has always been important to me. I grew up in a household that eating healthy, and eating delicious meals took an entire day to prepare. Chopping vegetables, marinating the meat, making sauces, all were an important component of creating a delicious food, and setting a beautiful table.

So to keep stress out of my life I have grouped my basic pantry items in 4 categories:

1- cooking

2- baking

3- snacking

4- breakfast

Always store Salt, peppers, spices, cooking oils in large quantities since they are used in daily cooking. Canned sauces, and tomatoes, canned vegetables, soups, tuna, pickles, olives, and pastas are another must haves, with long expiration dates that are easy to buy for storing.

Take advantage of end of season sales for baking, canned vegetables, and pastas. And remember you can store most ingredients like butter, cooked pastas, cooked rice, and breads, for few weeks in your freezer.

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Quiet time with our Family

I used to remember specifically assigning a week night for dinner with my family. Searching for the day that no one missed dinner because of a late meeting, softball practice, or travel plans. We sat around the dinner table and enjoyed nice meal as a family.

Well I know I won’t shock anyone by writing, that since the pandemic, we have been having dinners together as a family for over four months now. We cook, set the table, eat, cleanup, and spread around the house relaxing before we go to bed.

We now enjoy a routine that felt as if it was forced on all of us. Not having the freedom of mind to be some where else, our home more than ever has become a safe place that we see and hear each other, doing things that keep us entertained and comfortable.

We are watching movies from 1930s and search google to learn more about the actors we just watched. Our conversations vary from what we have read, or heard from friends, reminiscing about past summer vacations, and future plans for traveling. History pops up more than ever! Our political history, changes our grandparents lived through, and our hope and conversations for changes that our future would benefit from.

Our home has changed to accommodate all of our needs. Where we read, watch tv, listen to podcasts. We have found and created spaces to relax, and not be distracted by others. This was an important realization. To have our own quiet spaces to go to, and come back together when we want to. Hoping we are learning from our new normal, and keeping each other happy.

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Baking Healthy Desserts

(Scones filled with chocolate chips and berries.)

I truly love baking. I rather bake than cook, and I rather bake goodies that are packed with fruits, nuts & berries.

I know there is always that feeling of guilt that creeps to our head when eating desserts, but I believe when we are baking our own cakes and cookies, we are more aware and use better and healthier ingredients.

For example, scones with cranberries and raisins, covered with vanilla glaze are great as dessert, and when served with a mixture of strawberry jelly and cream cheese or butter and honey is a scrumptious breakfast.

And if you love your coffee in the morning, dunking your scone in a hot cup of coffee is a great way to start your morning. 🌞

Click on the video and watch how I serve the scones.😋👍

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How to make Orange oil and potpourri.

Orange oil

Scents can improve our mood and energize us. Citrus smells not only have a positive effect on our mood, they can also reduce stress and anxiety. When peeling an orange, it is hard to avoid the fruity smell dispersing through the air and its oil on your hands.

Beside enjoying a peeled orange, there is also orange marmalade, candied oranges, and orange oil to enjoy.

Making orange oil is easy and a great way to use all the beautiful orange peels. All you need is patience to peel the pith off the skin and leaving it to dry for a few days. Fill a glass jar with the dry peels and add vodka, leaving a small space between the lid and the orange peels.

Keep the jar away from light and shake it twice a day for 2-4 days. Open the lid and cover with a paper towel for the alcohol to evaporate for another day. The next day, drain the oranges using a coffee filter to get rid of sediment, then discard the oranges.

Orange oil can help protect and heal skin, and promote collagen. Add 8-10 drops of orange oil to 1/4 cup of epsom salt to running bath water for a relaxing bath.

You can also substitute the oranges for lemons or grapefruits. Enjoy the fruity smell.

Please watch the video for more on adding fresh scents to your home.🍊

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Peaches make Summer bearable😎

Peach cobbler with whipped cream

Grocery shopping is not one of my favorite things on my to do list. But every now and then, it turns out to be a lovely experience.

A few days ago when I was running through isles to pick up some vegetables, I froze when the wonderful sweet smell of peaches hit my senses. To be honest, these are the small things that make summer bearable. Sweet peaches, juicy watermelons, popsicles, grilled corn on the cob, and summer gardening. Yes, they are mostly food related, but any thing else involving the outdoors means facing the heat.

Going back to the sweet peaches, I planned on baking a peach cobbler, a bowl of fruit salad for a cool dessert, grill them as a side dish, and for breakfast mix it with yogurt.

Enjoy the peaches this summer.🍑

Peach cobbler

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Gardens possess personalities

A garden lined with flowering plants, carefully lined, and color coordinated makes me admire the gardener who invested time and patience to create it.

How we choose Our flowers, herbs, and even the flower pots in our garden is a reflection of our personality. Colors of our flowering plants, the shape of our garden, choosing perennials or annuals sends a signal of how we think and see the world around us.

When I choose to create a garden I pay attention to how the sun will pour over the space, and how they are placed with the older plants. When I figure that out I start visiting my nurseries and purchase my plants based on what I fall in love with. Color, shape, how rare they are, or replacing an old plant that didn’t survive the winter.

Gaura lindheimeri, is one of my most favorite large flowering plants. They have a free-flowing, angelic personality that my eyes crave to see.

Geraniums are my trustworthy plants; they are bold, resilient, long lasting, and beautiful on their own in any pot. No matter how wilted and unkept they are, I grab them from clearance racks and bring them back to life.

There are many annuals I repeat every year like impatiens for my shady corners. They spread and bloom all summer and their colors add a pop to forgotten corners.

Next time you walk by a garden after you admire the hard work it took to create it, you can try to guess the personality of the gardener behind it.

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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

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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.
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