Archive for April, 2014

Gift Idea: Handmade Recipe Box

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

There is nothing I love more than an old and worn recipe card. A card that has been used dozens of times with a dusting of flour or a few grease marks on it.

I remember seeing Brad’s Grandma’s recipe cards for the first time. I never knew her and instantly fell in love with her eloquent handwriting and funny instructions. What an heirloom!

In our world of technology, our computers have now replaced the standard  5″ x 7″ recipe card. Photographs and Pinterest are way too easy than plain, old handwritten instructions. I still love though, the idea of all of my favorite recipes being contained in one little box.

Brad surprised me at Christmas with such a box…with a little help from a Christmas elf named Sarah!

boxwood clippings_recipe box

This little box is something I will treasure for years. I absolutely love it, and the idea of filling it to the brim with tried and tested family favorites has me truly excited!

I think it would make a lovely present for any special lady…Mother’s Day and wedding season will be here before too long. How wonderful would this be as a gift for the bride-to-be?

If you don’t own your own recipe box, maybe it’s time for a treat! Made in the USA, its workmanship is exquisite, and price tag is reasonable for such a lovely handmade product. I know you will treasure it as much as I do!

You can find out more about these sweet little recipe boxes HERE.

Inexpensive Drawer Organization Solution

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Organization is always tricky and something that needs to be worked on and tweaked until you get the designated space to function perfectly for you.

When you finally get it just right, it feels pretty amazing! Like the stars in the universe are aligned again! We’ve been in our home a year now and most of our spaces are functioning ok. One of my favorite little spaces is our bathroom drawers, which stay organized by these plastic fellas…

Emily's Bathroom Organization

They may not be the prettiest, but I love they can be squished together to keep everything separated in its own compartment. Best of all they usually come in a pack of 3 and cost only a dollar at Target or Walmart.

These rectangle and square trays are similar to what I used and cost $1.34 for the 3-pack at my local Walmart. I use these same bins for all my shallow drawers throughout they house. They are especially great to keep my designated ‘junk drawer’ in the kitchen from getting too out of hand.

If you have things floating around in your drawers, you may want to try these inexpensive plastic trays a try!

Gift Idea: Family Tree

Monday, April 28th, 2014

I’ve mentioned before that we have A LOT of people to cover when it comes to gift-giving. Being one of 8 children, we’re always going back and forth as to whether we should still get everyone gift. As Christmas is only once a year, we all say let the madness continue, and we’ll least cover Christmas!

I’ve started the tradition of making my gifts, and this last year I decided to keep it in the family and make these family trees. They were a HUGE success (yesssssss!) what’ s not to love with something so simple and personal?

boxwood clippings_family tree printable

boxwood clippings_family tree printable

These were actually really simple and even cheap to make (giving out all my secrets here!) about $5 each!

I bought the frames at Target on sale at 70% off. There is ALWAYS frames for sale there, so always good to stock up on for a later date. If you need frames immediately go to Ikea for the bargains.

Next I simply printed out the tree from Martha Stewart (found HERE).

Then because I didn’t like the way she did the names I simply typed and printed them out and cut as little flags (see above), and ta dah you’re done.

Tip: When I need something printed ‘nicely’ I go to Staples or Office Depot with my own card stock. They only charge about 10 cents a sheet, and it looks lovely!

Pretty good for just $5 and about an hour of work, huh?!


Stevie’s Salsa Recipe

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and we can think of no other way to make the day even better than this delicious salsa recipe from my sis-in-law, Stevie!

boxwood clippings_salsa recipe

Here’s What You’ll Need:

1 large container of grape tomatoes

1 medium white onion

1 bunch cilantro

2 tsp minced garlic

1-2 serano peppers

2 limes

Dice tomatoes, chop the onion very fine, mince the garlic, chop the cilantro (use 1/2-3/4 bunch to taste), dice serano peppers, squeeze lime and salt and pepper to taste.  Combine all ingredients into large bowl.  Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

We like our salsa extra chunky and hot, so we diced everything a little larger than normal and added corn. Paired with your favorite chips this could be lethal…but hey, what are holidays for!

Thanks for sharing Stevie!

Dressing up a Plant Pot

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Today I’m over at Lil Luna,

this time sharing a cute and easy project that is perfect for Mother’s Day!

lil luna_boxwood clippings_monogramn plant pot

Do pop over!