Craft ahead. Now that the major holidays are passed I look at what needs to be done while our days are still slow. My son will need to have a hand made card for each of his class mates for valentine’s day. I like to add somthing special to them. This year I have already crochet 30 of these little hearts and have them tucked away. This week I will make make 4 or 5 larger hearts for teachers. Crafting ahead saves my sanity.
Save your marigold seeds. I love marigolds they make lovely chicken treats, tate tea, look so nice and ward of bugs. What’s not to love about these amazing little flowers. Back in October I pulled all of the flowers off of my biggest healthiest marigold plant. I than had my 7 year old sew them all together and hung them to dry. Now in December while the ground out side is frozen solid I pulled them down and pulled out the seeds. My dining room now smells like marigold and I have a jar full of seeds for my 4th year of free marigolds.
Make your own laundry soap. I change what kind I use every few months. because honestly I get sick of making the same kind but I think this one will stay around for a while. I am currently using a dawn dish soap based recipe. I found the recipe on pintrest (what can’t you find on pintrest?)
To make a one gallon batch.
*1 gallon container with a tight fitting lid
*3 tablespoons of borax
*3 tablespoons of washing soda
*2 table spoons blue dawn dish soap.
Here is the link to the original recipe
while the last few months have been super crazy I have managed to find the time to work on my blanket and work on this super silly hat for my friends new baby. I had some lovey friends give me more yarn for my blanket and I delight in seeing it grow as I add each persons yarn. As for the hat….well I think it speaks for its self. Although I have to say the hardest part was finding breast colored yarn locally that was soft enough for a baby and not too expensive.
This morning my little and I made scones with some blueberries we bought at the farmers market and some raspberries we picked from the garden. these scones were so easy to make and they taste great! I used a recipe from my favorite cooking blog smitten kitchen ( http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/07/very-blueberry-scones/). These were so simple that the 3 year old did most of the work and they came together in less than 10 minutes. I did make a few changes to the recipe to make use of what we had. first I added raspberries from the garden and I also replaced the wheat flour with oat since I am out of whole wheat.