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Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 | 4 comments

The Many Uses for Rosemary

The Many Uses for Rosemary

Of all the plants in our garden, the hearty rosemary is doing the best. Its woodsy scent is divine, noticeable every time you pass it by. So what to do with a bumper crop of rosemary? Here’s a few of the ways we’re using it this season. Orange Rosemary Salt Scrub This recipe for orange rosemary salt scrub couldn’t be easier and makes a great gift. Pulse the dry ingredients in a food processor (1 cup salt, zest of one orange and 1 tsp. rosemary leaves taken off the stem), transfer to a bowl, stir in 1/3 cup olive oil until evenly combined, then place in a jar. To use, rub a dab on wet hands, rinse and dry. Not only does it smooth and soften your skin, it also smells wonderful. Lemon Rosemary Room Scent Leslie made some of these room scents for a past food swap. Place a few sprigs of rosemary and lemon wedges in a jar and fill with water. When ready to use, just...

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 | 3 comments

DIY Kids: Homemade Valentine’s Day Favors

DIY Kids: Homemade Valentine’s Day Favors

We welcome 11-year-old Ana Duss as today’s guest blogger. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so I knew I needed to make something for my friends. I found a lot of inspiration from YouTube videos and Pinterest. After thinking long and hard about what to make for my friends, I decided I would make a few simple candy kabobs with red, pink, white, and purple candies. I told my mom about my idea, and she took me shopping to get the things I needed to make my kabobs. I got Sweet tart gummies (in purple and pink of course), Jolly Rancher gummies (I found these X and O shaped ones that were really cool), a bag of Dove chocolates (shaped like hearts), and delicious white and red Peeps marshmallows shaped like hearts as well. A few days passed and I decided I needed to make these kabobs pronto! So I spread my supplies out on the kitchen table and went to work. My mom had gotten some clear treat bags, string,...

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Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 | 3 comments

Shop Del Ray: Creating a Get-Well-Soon Care Package

Shop Del Ray: Creating a Get-Well-Soon Care Package

I wanted to send a care package to my out-of-town friend to help lift her spirits as she recovered from knee surgery. Pondering the options, I thought – what better way to gather gift ideas than to see what I could find in a few of our Del Ray businesses. First stop, Cheesetique, where I chose some hearty crackers and dark chocolate. Next, I picked out a Valentine’s Day-themed, gluten-free cookie from Happy Tart. From the market at Bon Vivant, I chose a handmade massage bar from our local soap-maker, Mellenie Runion, of Truly-Life. Finally, to round things out, I added a few extra items from CVS – a magazine, some nail polish, and tea. Everything fit just so inside a recycled shoe box filled with shredded newspaper. Off in the mail it went, including a notecard wishing my friend a speedy...

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Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 | 0 comments

Easy Seasoned Oyster Crackers

Easy Seasoned Oyster Crackers

I heard about these seasoned crackers from my aunt a few years ago — a basic recipe using oyster crackers, dry ranch dressing mix and oil. When I went to make these, I didn’t like all the weird ingredients in the dressing mix (#2 ingredient was MSG). So I looked around and found this homemade salad dressing mix which would do the trick. I gathered the following ingredients and pulsed them in my food processor: 1/2 cup powered buttermilk 1 T dried parsley 1 t dried dill 1 t garlic powder 1 t kosher salt 1 t onion powder 1/2 t granulated sugar 1/4 t black pepper 1/4 t cayenne pepper For one batch of crackers, I mixed 6 t of dry ingredients with 1/4 cup olive oil until well blended. Then, tossed in one 9-oz bag of oyster crackers, making sure the crackers were evenly coated. I baked the crackers on a cookie sheet for about 18 minutes at 250 degrees. When they came out of the oven,...

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 | 0 comments

A Homemade Holiday: 15 DIY Gifts

A Homemade Holiday: 15 DIY Gifts

If you are looking for something to make your friends, family, children, neighbors, school teachers and co-workers, here are 15 projects to get you inspired. Sock Monkey Wood Slice Trivet Lemon Ricotta Cookies Blanket Roll Geoboard Braided Dog Toy Terrariums Lemon Cranberry Biscotti Freezer Paper Stencils Photos Mounted on Wood Blocks Dollhouse Miniatures Buttery Maple Granola Upcycled Maps: Baskets and Picture Frames Decoupaged Serving Tray Felt Dryer Balls and Juggling Balls What DIY gifts are you working...

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