Washi Tape Garden Tags

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Washi Tape Garden Tags

Washi Tape Garden Tags

This week we’ve had incredible weather in Victoria.  Warm, sunny weather means I’m out in the garden getting everything planted.  Usually when I’m planting seeds, I simply use craft sticks to identify the veggies in each row but today I ran out of sticks right in the middle of planting.  I searched around my house and garage but couldn’t find anything else.  As I was looking, I noticed the washi tape tags on my iphone cord (see post here) and an idea popped into my head… why not use washi tape on wooden shish kabob skewers (which I have a ton of).

It’s super easy to make these garden tags.  Here’s a really quick run down:

  • Find a few different designs of washi tape
  • Cut a strip of washi tape about 4 inches long
  • Place the top of wooden shish kabob skewer in the middle of the sticky side of the washi tape and then fold the tape in half so that both sides meet and stick together
  • Cut into the end of the washi tape to make a little “V” and give the tape a pennant look
  • Write on the tape with a permanent Sharpie marker
  • Put the stick into the ground in the area you want marked and identified.
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Out of This World 5 Minute Mediterranean Hummus

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5 Minutes Mediterranean Hummus

5 Minutes Mediterranean Hummus

5 Minute Mediterranean Hummus – Growing up in rural Ontario, my opportunities to sample a variety of culinary options were incredibly limited – I was a meat and potatoes country girl all the way.  The first time I tried hummus was when I went away to University.  I think I almost died and went to heaven at my first experience with hummus – so rich, creamy and flavourful. I’m pretty sure that’s all I ate for that entire summer. Then I went to Greece about 10 years ago and had the fortune to sample the real authentic stuff. Oh how I love Mediterranean food!

Tonight I was thinking about my love for hummus when it occurred to me… why not add some of my other favourite flavours to make the ultimate tasty dish. I ran to my kitchen and whipped out whatever ingredients I could find in the fridge and got to work. When I was done and had my first taste, I knew this recipe was a keeper.

Click here to print recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2  a can of chick peas (you can add a bit more if you’d like)
  • 8-12 olives (I used a mix of green and black)
  • 3-4 sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp of crumbled feta cheese

Instructions:

  1. Put all the ingredients together into a food processor and turn on until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy.
  2. Scoop out and serve with fresh bread, crackers or veggies.
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DIY Wall Art Anyone Can Make – Easy & Inexpensive

| Crafts & DIY, For the Home

Easy and Inexpensive wall art anyone can make.

Easy and inexpensive wall art anyone can make.

DIY Wall Art Anyone Can Make – We’ve lived in our new house almost a year and a half now.  Like most people, we did all the big updates first and now we’re just making tweaks here and there. Our en suite bathroom is a monotone cream colour and while it looks clean and simple it also looks a tiny bit boring.  I figure it’s just Michael and I who ever see it but even for us it needed a little something. Michael is one of those guys who likes to have a say in how the house is decorated – no pinks or floral’s for him.  We decided that instead of painting the bathroom, we’ll try to bring in more colour with accent pieces, so to start things off I decided I could make a quick and easy canvas wall art.

This is something anyone can do… no artist talent needed for this project. Oh, and did I mention this is super cheap to make too.

Materials:

  • 3-4 different colours of paint (I used cheap acrylic paint from Michaels – $1.99 a tube)
  • 1 colour of paint for the base and a brush to apply it
  • Canvas (again, I got this for about $5 at Michaels)
  • Circular pouncers (mine where Martha Stewart pouncers)
  • Hanging supplies (hammer, nail, string/wire, staples)

Instructions:

  1.  Lay your canvas on some old newspaper and paint the entire thing with your base colour – I used a warm white colour. Allow to dry.
  2. Starting with your largest pouncer, dab into paint and then onto canvas – mainly at the top and spread out. Now, use the next largest pouncer and do the same thing but go down the canvas a little bit more.  Carry this on with all the pouncer sizes until you’re using the smallest pouncer sporadically at the bottom of the canvas. Make sure not to go right to the bottom of the canvas (unless this is a look you want).
  3. Repeat this same process with all your paint colours.
  4. When everything is dry I reapplied some of the first colours I used again, just so they weren’t buried underneath all the other paint and to fill in any open spots.
  5. Allow to completely dry.
  6. Staple string/wire evenly across the back of the canvas. Put a nail in the wall where you’d like the wall art and then hang the canvas.

 

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Really Rad Roasted Radishes (+ carrots & potatoes)

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Roasted Radishes, Carrots and Potatoes

Roasted Radishes, Carrots and Potatoes

I know I’m a bit of a dork but I get so excited seeing vegetables growing in my garden.  The whole transformation from that teeny tiny speck of a seed into a wonderful, colourful and tasty piece of food that helps to feed my family still amazes me every time.  Yes, I know I can run over to the grocery store and buy my vegetables but there is just something so much more satisfying about growing it myself – oh, that and it tastes divine straight out of the ground.

Today after work I popped up to the garden to see how everything was coming along when I noticed some of my radishes were looking ready to be picked – how exciting, my first harvest of the year.  Now, I have to be totally honest here, I’ve never really liked radishes.  In fact, the only reason I grow them is for my mother-in-law’s partner Gary, but they’re out of the country for the next month.  So, that brought me to my dilemma this evening – what do I do now that I have all these radishes that are ready to be eaten.  After some consideration I realized that I could probably just roast them like I do my other veggies.  I gathered, chopped, seasoned and roasted and voila, they were spectacular. Roasting the radishes really mellows out the flavour so they aren’t so spicy. Note, that’s why you hardly see any radishes in the finished photo above – my husband ate most of them before I could get them to the plate to photograph.

This recipe is pretty loosie-goosie, just add a little more or a little less of whatever ingredients you like.

Ingredients:

  • 8-12 radishes halved or quartered
  • 8-12 baby potatoes quartered
  • 3-4 carrots chopped into chunks
  • tbsp olive oil (more if you use more veggies)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp steak spices
  • 1/4 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp parsley

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Gather and wash veggies and chop into pieces.
  3. Put into a microwave safe bowl and microwave on HI for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Take out of microwave and pour olive oil and all the spices into the bowl with the veggies.  Stir around so that everything is evenly coated.
  5. Spread veggies onto a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Take out of oven, let them rest for about 5 minute to cool and then serve with your meal.
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