Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Garden Ideas!

Moss mounds & decorative pebble

Mosaic floor

3 Tips for Getting your Garden Started

How to grow Lavender

Bench raised bed made of railway sleepers. This would be great for a small veggie garden. 

Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Adventures Await!

Outside Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand

Flower Market, Amsterdam by Thrasivoulos Panou 

Strasbourg, France in the Alsace Region

Lake Orta, Piemonte, Italy 

Paris, City of Lights

Christmas Decor!

White spray paint & glitter over colorful village home from Dollar Store. I'm doing this tomorrow!!

Snow globe ornaments made from salt and pepper shakers. 

Christmas decor, love the filled lanterns

Cute idea! I think I'll do lace ruffles for girls and bow ties for boys. 

Stencil a reindeer silhoutte and glitter the inside of it on canvas. Perfect to sit on top of a mantel

Cute Crochet!

Happy Crochet Chick

Free Crochet Set Pattern 

Crochet flower anklet pattern

Owl Crochet Patterns 

OMG! Golden Snitch Headphone ball 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Garden Ideas!

Welcome sign holder plants & lanterns

Great idea to create more seating 

DIY Outdoor Lamp

Solar Garden Lights 

Making a barrel into an outdoor sink...love it

Thursday, 26 March 2015

How To!

Do to an old pair of heels, heel makeover

Recreate with cheap floor length mirror, the inner part of embroidery hoops, and thin wood strips for over the bed! Create a great entry by starting with a cheap mirror and dressing it up. Home decor, DIY inspiration 

How to Make Teacup Candles

How to make erupting ice chalk paint - summer recipe for play! 
How to Grow Pomegranate Trees in Containers 



Beef Marinade

  • 1 pound flank steak, cut across the grain into 1/8 thin slices, then cut into 2” length pieces
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha/hot Asian chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or mirin
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 5 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 3 ½ - 4 cups broccoli florets, cut into bit size pieces
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 medium scallions, sliced (optional)
  1. Pour marinade ingredients directly into freezer bag and mix well. Add beef and massage in marinade until well covered. Refrigerate for 2-8 hours.
  2. When ready to make Beef and Broccoli, whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. In another small bowl, combine garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon peanut oil. Set aside.
  4. Drain excess marinade off of beef (if there is any).
  5. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat until very hot and sizzling. Add beef to the skillet and break up any clumps; cook without stirring for 1 minute, then stir and cook until beef is browned and almost cooked through, about 1-2 minutes (it will cook more in the sauce). Don’t overcook or it won’t be as tender! Transfer beef to a large plate and cover. *If your skillet is small, then cook in 2 batches.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon peanut oil to the now-empty skillet; heat until very hot and sizzling. Add the broccoli and saute for 30 seconds. Add water, cover pan, and lower heat to medium. Steam broccoli until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
  7. Push the broccoli to the sides of the skillet and add the garlic/ginger/red pepper/oil to the center of the pan, mashing the mixture with a spoon, until fragrant, about 15 to 20 seconds, then stir the mixture into the broccoli.
  8. Return the beef to the skillet and toss to combine. Whisk the sauce to recombine then add to the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened and beef is cooked through, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle with the scallions, and serve.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Garden Stuff!

Poofing the Pillows

DIY Vertical Planter 

Toilet planter. This just made me smile

Recycle Tire Planter

No doubt many of us have one of these old trikes in the garage! great idea! 

Monday, 23 March 2015

Christmas Items!

Miniature Candy Topiary How-To

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Roll Recipe 

So pretty.

Sweet little trees in antique drawer 

Snow Covered Street Lamp 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Garden Love!

'Heaven is a Garden' has a section on the 'draw of a high point'

Magic of lights 

 Winter garden

Rock garden for dry area 

From Flea Market Gardens. Love!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Places i've been!

Charm of Istanbul. During sunrise with bright, shining sun.

Beautiful Venice, Italy 

Twin Lakes State Park, Upper Michigan

The fabulous clock at the Musée D’Orsay, in Paris. 

 Most Romantic Travel Destinations - Belize