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Friday, April 17, 2015

Gardening - Cool Weather Plants

I'm going to start a new series sharing my gardening ups and downs. Basically, each week {or every couple weeks} I'll share how things are going and what I've been up to in the yard.

All this is from a few weeks ago - I had a really busy spring break, but now I finally have time to start this series.

A few weeks ago, we planted our early garden. We planted peas, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower. These plants are called cool weather plants. They are less susceptible to the cold weather and actually flourish when the temperatures are cooler. The rule of thumb for my area is to plant cool weather plants in mid-March. I didn't end up planting until the end of March this year.

Garden Boxes

This will vary for different parts of the country. My mom, who lives only about an hour away, has to plant later, because she is higher in elevation and therefore it stays cold longer.  Someone from a local garden shop would be a good resource to ask any questions you may have about when to plant different types of vegetables in your area.

I typically plant next to my soaker hoses to make sure the plants get watered. I have found much more success in our garden since we added the soaker hoses. Instead of having to remember to water the garden, it's automatically watered when we water the lawn.

We've had an early spring this year. These are our cherry blossoms. We had a cold snap and I'm afraid that we've lost them now.
Cherry Blossoms

The apple blossoms...

Apple Blossoms

And my favorite, the peach...

Cherry Blossoms
The peach tree is right outside my kitchen window. I love looking out at the blossoms. They're so pretty. It's also fun to watch as the peaches grow.

I also finally got around to trimming my raspberry bushes. It really should be done as soon as the buds start to appear. If I get around to it as soon as they start budding, then I'll trim them to about six inches from the ground. This year I was late getting to it and so I left them higher. My husband has done it in years past and barely trimmed off the tops. Basically, it hasn't seemed to matter too much how much is trimmed off. 

Raspberry Plants

Next up on the list is to get everything weeded.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Daisy Braid Bread Recipe

 If you want the perfect make-ahead, but still enjoy a hot bread recipe: you must try this Daisy Braid Bread. This has become one of my go-to breads for Sunday dinner. It's perfect because you can make the dough ahead of time, either in the morning or even the night before and refrigerate it. Then just stick it in the oven and serve it hot with dinner.
Daisy Braid Bread Recipe
I found the recipe over at It's Always Autumn. I tweaked it a bit to include wheat flour. If you want a white bread recipe, head over there and check it out.

Daisy Braid Bread Recipe

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Daisy Braid Bread Recipe 

1 1/2 c. warm water
2 T. yeast
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. margarine, softened
3 c. bread flour
2-3 c. wheat flour
1 T. dough enhancer
1 T. vital wheat gluten

Combine water and yeast and let sit about 5 minutes until yeast is foamy. Mix all ingredients together in a kitchenaid, adding the flour as needed to form a dough. Knead 5 minutes. Let rest 20 minutes. Divide dough into 6 sections. Take 3 pieces and roll each out into a long "snake" Braid the pieces together and place the braid in a round cake pan. Place in fridge, covered for 2-48 hours.
Take directly from fridge and place in hot 350 oven for 25-35 minutes. Brush with butter.

Daisy Braid Bread Recipe
This makes two loaves. I usually bake them both at the same time. We eat one and freeze the other {after it's cooled} for another time. The day we want to eat it I pull it out in the morning and by dinner it's thawed and I just stick it in the oven for 5-10 minutes to re-heat.

You may also like:

Grandma's Dinner Rolls

The Best Homemade Wheat Bread

90 Minute Sunday DInner Rolls

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Turquoise and Copper Bracelet - Cousin Creative Circle Blog Hop

My fellow Cousin ambassador Dawn had this great idea to do a blog hop. We all started out with the same materials and were given over a month to come up with a jewelry piece. I'm super excited to see what everyone made.  Make sure to read through to the bottom where I'll have links to the other bloggers projects.

Turquoise and Copper Bracelet
I don't know what it is lately, but I've been having a bit of a creative slump. I pulled out the supplies a couple times, started one bracelet that's still not done, and finally came up with this. I love the combination of the turquoise and copper.

Turquoise and Copper Bracelet

Want to make your own?

You will need:
Copper Chain
Turquoise Glass Beads
Copper Findings Starter Pack
Jewelry Pliers
Wire Cutters
How to Make a Turquoise and Copper Bracelet

 1 - Add a large turquoise bead to an eye pin and form a loop at the other end. Do this with four beads.

2 - Cut two 2" pieces of chain and one 1" piece of chain.

3 - With jump rings connect the chain with two of the beads in the following order: 2" chain, bead, 1" chain, bead, 2" chain. {At this point I ended up removing a single link of chain from each end, because it was too long for my wrist.}

4 - Cut two 3" pieces of chain and two 3 1/2" pieces of chain.

5 - Now with these pieces of chain and the remaining beads we'll make two more strands for the bracelet. Attach with jump rings a 3" piece of chain, bead and 3 1/2" piece of chain. Repeat. When we attach them to the bracelet we don't want the beads to line up with each other, so flip one of the strands the opposite way.

6 - Cut a 7 1/2" piece of chain.

7 - Attach all the chains together at each end with a jump ring. While doing this you may need to trim off a piece of chain here or there so they are the same length.

8 - Add a lobster clasp to one end with a jump ring.  Add an extra jump ring to the opposite end.

Now for the dangle charm.

9 - Insert small copper bead onto eye pin and form a loop at the other end.

10 - Insert small blue bead onto a head pin, form a loop and attach that loop to the loop of the copper bead.

11 - Attach to the charm to the jump ring near the clasp.

Turquoise and Copper Bracelet

I also made some quick earrings.

Copper Dangle Earrings
 Basically I took the charms from the 7pc metal copper charms set and attached them to an earring. Can't get much easier than that.

Be sure to check out my friends projects. Here are the links:

Rebecca - My Girlish Whims
Lisa - A Bead a Day
Carolina - 30 Minute Crafts

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 I am a member of the Cousin Creative Circle. I receive product from Cousin Corporation of America. In return, I create jewelry pieces from that product, and share about them through my blog and other social media outlets. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.

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