H2oh!

I love Jesus, but I drink a little. – Gladys Hardy

I just want you all to have the best day, please, I give this video clip to you as a gift: Ellen and Gladys on the phone

If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed all the drink concoctions coming across my feed. Today, I give them to you.

Rosé Water

Strawberry/Mint water is pink! after a 24 hour steep. Who doesn't love a little H2O Rosé?

Fill a pitcher with water
5-8 strawberries, sliced
5 large fresh mint leaves or 10 smaller ones

Let it steep over night in the fridge for Rosé Water the next day (it has a delightful, fresh taste to it with the mint and a lingering faint strawberry)

Cinnamon Ginger Tea with Coconut oil

Cinnamon-Ginger tea. Only it looks like hot chocolate, yes? Because I took the crazy train to town and BLENDED my tea with coconut oil. Frothy little liar. I might need help. #comebacktomeliver #andpancreas #andsanity

Boil one cup water
Steep one cinnamon stick with one inch peeled fresh ginger, add 1 tbsp coconut oil and blend to combine. Sip decadently.

Get it Girl Smoothie

Get It Girl Smoothie: (with adjustments from @thekitchenbeet's original recipe) 1 C water, 1 C each spinach and kale, 1 grapefruit, peeled, 1 C frozen blueberries, 1 TBS chia seeds, 1 heaping TBS hemp powder and coconut oil each and a swirl of agave necta

With adjustments from The Kitchen Beet’s original recipe:
1 C water, 1 C each spinach and kale, 1 grapefruit, peeled, 1 C frozen blueberries, 1 TBS chia seeds, 1 heaping TBS hemp powder and coconut oil each and a swirl of agave nectar and juice of one lime. Blend to combine then girl, go get it.

Chia Seed Refresher

1.5 tsp chia seeds, juice of a lemon or lime (and optional honey to taste) plus water. Stir and let sit for 10 min. Stir before you drink, enjoy the little bubbles of chia. It's so good, you guys. Mini bubble tea-esque.

1 C room temp water
1.5 tsp Chia Seeds
Juice of lime

Stir to combine, let sit for 10 minutes then devour. And giggle. (You’ll want to keep stirring so the chai seeds don’t settle. I use a straw and pretend I’m in a lush garden with a sunhat on.) Pictured with a cucumber garnish: you’re so fancy.

High-Five Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

That's the #highfive for the day. Grapefruit gin and tonic with lime and mint. Because I said so. #yardwork #homesteading #saturday #allthefun

Here’s how I feel about Gin and Tonics: Strongly. So let’s start strong, shall we?

In an 8 oz jar (everything is better in a jar) fill 3/4 with ice
Then fill half with Grapefruit San Pellegrino
Top it off with your choice of gin, I’m partial to the lime gin
Slice up a lime and toss 3 perfect circles into the drink, swirl
Then stab 3 stems of fresh, blooming mint in the top and high-five those petals.

You did it. Well done.

I’ll continue to raise my glass to you: Cheers!

3 things to do with glass jars

We’ve taken to reusing our glass jars out of necessity because our drinking glasses kept breaking. Jam jars, ball jars, and other random jars don’t break as easily and I’m a sucker for most anything in a miniature form. (Jam jars, check.)

learning how to make Italian Soda's

But then I was looking through my old pins and boards on Pinterest and came across this lovely idea.

I have those jars, too.

details of remodel

Currently housing my thank-you cards for easy access and a beautiful, texture filled display.

I’ve used this jar for years – it’s been filled with Fall Trail Mix, cookies for a bake sale, and homemade hot chocolate mix.

Fall Trail Mix!

Cookies, each sold seperately

Hot Chocolate

And any way, it got me thinking. I haven’t put plants in them yet. You guys, you can buy these jars (in different sizes) at Walmart (no this is not an ad).

Jar with lid at Walmart. Under $10

2 Gallon jar – $9.97

1 Gallon jar – $7.44

And we all love the Terrariums you see, but how easy is this? Stick a potted plant (even in a bowl) in this jar and it’s an instant center-piece. Did your Easter gathering just get interesting?

I think mine just did.

So, to recap because I used a number in the title of this post … here’s my 3 ways to use glass jars.

1) Store pretty textiles in them. Cards, paper, stationary. Tea towels, cheese cloth (or if you’re a cheesemaker, your own little haven of tools/special items), your fabric or knitting supplies.

2) Store foodstuffs! Any foodstuff will do. (I’m a sucker for layering color and texture, or very neatly stacked rows of miniature cookies.) ((Miniatures, it’s like catnip.))

3) OR! Make an indoor garden or fool-proof terrarium with out the mess.

When you’ve conquered your center-piece you can move on to this easy and adorable gift for the little bunnies in your life. I know I will.

Gimme s’more

GIMME s'more-ah that smoothie.

Here, we made you something.

There’s a skating party tonight (!!!) and that called for whirley-pop popcorn as an after-school snack and a chocolate shake. Only, we don’t have any ice cream. Or chocolate syrup.

So we made it up and it was goooooood.

delicious

Grab a couple banana’s, some crunchy peanut butter, nutella or hazelnut spread, a few ice cubes and a little coconut milk.

smoothie

Top it off with a small handful of mini-marshmallows and a sprinkle of chocolate chips or whatever you have on hand. Some whipped cream would be awesome, or nothing at all … and take a gulp.

smoothie

I closed my eyes and pretended I was barefoot on the grass and I could smell spring. It was probably the best idea I had all day.

Happy slurping.

Fall Trail Mix [recipe]

You’re right, I’m hardcore ignoring the literal mountain of laundry to fold, the dinner that hasn’t made it in to the oven (yet is prepared) and a to-do list of emails, contracts, homework, work and other general life stuff to bring you this trail mix. I’m also ignoring the thousands of Spain photos I have to touch and the ginormous photo-storage problem I’ve accumulated over the last 7 years.

Because I have to start somewhere. And the trail mix won.

Fall Trail Mix!

You’ll need a few things:

Pretzels
Candy Corn
Sesame Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
M&M’s
Raisins

Fall Trail Mix!

I had a handy little 5-year old helping me draw, he traced a pretzel for you. He also ate the little pile of them. Research.

You could add other nuts but both kids have rules about tree nuts and peanuts in their classrooms so I left them out. Go crazy with the dried fruit, pineapple? DO IT. Make it to your liking, there are no rules.

I dumped everything in a huge bowl and stirred gently with a wooden spoon til combined then I dumped it right into my large canister (bought at Walmart. It was probably $12, I can’t remember.) and set it out on my counter. The kids can have it as a snack after school or in their lunch and it’s festive. When it’s gone, I’ll replace it with the Homemade Haut-Chocolate.

Enjoy!

Homemade haut chocolate.

haut

This homemade hot chocolate mix is a family favorite. We had it out at the Holiday Open House and I promised the recipe. A few of you went to the store that night 😉 (How’s it working out??)

hotchocolaterecipe

It’s a 4 ingredient winner every time.

homemadechocolate

I’m a good half way through my recipe for the year – when you first make it you’ll want the biggest bowl you own, then you’ll need to find a bigger one. This recipe will fill my glass jar almost to the top. Maybe 3/4 of the way … I bought the glass jar from Walmart and the scoop as well.

Then, you wait for the first snow storm of the year which will mean it’s a snow day.

snow day

And no you did not cry when your husband woke you up this morning with that news, you didn’t. You couldn’t have because all this snow and being stir crazy and stuck in a house with your kids for ANOTHER day is exactly what you wanted to do today. I promise.

You go ahead and prepare the water because when it’s ready – you pour. And everything will be ok.

add water

no you stop

You can add your favorite marshmallows and let them melt just so. Then you can pop the question.

hotchocolatevalentine

I’d say yes. Then we could wear fuzzy slippers in front of the fire while the snow falls outside.

You’re welcome.