Bunny Cake

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Here’s the super cute bunny cake I made for Easter this year. It’s very simple but looks great! I received so many compliments, it’s definitely a new go-to for Easter desserts.

1. Start by making a 9-inch round cake using your favorite white cake recipe.

2. If your cake has a rounded top then set it round-side down. Cut it straight down the middle so you half two moon-like pieces.

3. Frost the flat bottom (now the top because its upside down) then careful fold on piece onto the other using the frosting like a glue.

4. Before you stand the cake up on the seam you just made cut a “L” shape into the right corner to make the bunny’s head.

5. Now stand the whole thing up and frost with any white frosting.

6. Cover with coconut shavings and add ears or eyes or whatever!

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Week 3: Home Garden

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Week three going strong! Finally got my mix of edible flowers started. The packet contained Borage, Cilantro, Nasturtium, Calendula, Cornflower, Dianthus, Chives, Pansy, Johnny Jump-Ups, Lavender Hyssop, and English Daisy. Quite a variety so it should look just as good as it tastes once the flowers are in full bloom. I can’t wait! The parsley is doing well about 4-5″ long now with small leaves developing (left) and the cumin isn’t far behind around 3″ and still sprouting (right). I have my flowers in a flower box but have yet to hang it out the window because it’s just too cold and windy still! Coming soon: possibly a DIY project to get all these plants off my table!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

When I first moved out I couldn’t believe how much some things cost that we need to live pretty much– food, laundry, electricity, etc. So when I found this recipe not only was I ecstatic to be able to rid myself of costly, heavy detergents but I also was able to eliminate harsh chemicals from being in my clothing and therefore on my skin. (These chemicals can cause irritation and dryness for some people.) I absolutely have loved this change! My clothes feel softer and more comfortable, the detergent leaves a faint clean smell and works even better than regular detergent. You can see the recipe makes a huge amount of detergent (about 2-3 gallons!) and you only need a tbs or so per load. I’ve been using this same batch for almost a year now and I do 2 loads of laundry a week ~that’s almost a 104 loads so far and I still have plenty left for about $10-$15 depending on the prices of things in your local grocer (I just listed estimates so you could see how much you really are saving while keeping your family safe from chemicals.)

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Here’s what you need:

  • 20 Mule Team Borax 76 oz ~$5
  • Arm and Hammer All Natural Super Washing Soap 55 oz ~$3
  • Fels-Naptha bar soap or other bar soap from laundry section ~$3
  • 1 box baking soda ~$2

 

Start by combining the borax, baking soda, and washing soup in a large container. Use a grater or blender to turn to bar soap into fine pieces. Make sure the detergent is thoroughly mixed and store in a dry area for as long as it lasts!

You can also customize this detergent by adding tings like laundry detergent beads (also found in the laundry section) to make your detergent lavender or cotton scented or what have you. Or a tub of oxiclean can be added for more stain removing power. I personally don’t add this things for the chemical reason and I think the detergent already does a great job but if you’re skeptical of the switch because you love the scent of your old detergent or you don’t think it will be powerful enough these are easy fixes. I think my favorite part is not having to lug around that heavy jug of detergent with my load of laundry. Now I have this cute little container. (:

**I have recently seen a form of this recipe that turns it into a liquid detergent by adding lots of water and heating it on the stove, this apparently helps the stain removing properties. I have yet to try it but when my current batch runs out I think I’ll give it a try and post my results. have any of you ever used this before?

 

 

Broccoli Cheese Potato Soup

Broccoli Cheese Potato Soup

Ingredients:

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1 c diced onion

3 cubed red potatoes

2 chopped heads of broccoli

2 tsp garlic

1/2 tsp thyme

salt and pepper

3 c chicken broth

3 c milk

6 tbs flour

1/4 c cream cheese

2 c white cheddar

1/2 c mozzarella

1/4 c parmesan

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Why I’m digging Spring this year

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I have always been more of a fall girl, I love the crisp air and the crunchy leaves (not to mention my birthday is mid-October.) But, this year I have really been in the spring mood. After that dreadful winter I know we are all cheering in summer but there is the unappreciated spring in between.

1. With spring comes the idea of tulips and hyacinth. Spring is when the flowers and plants first begin to poke through the thawed soil and welcome green back into our lives. I have been celebrating this through my mini home garden.

2. Spring cleaning! Okay, this usually seems like a negative thing, yuck no one likes cleaning all the hard to reach corners and old smelly places but it spruces up your house so much. Finally taking the plastic off the the windows was my favorite part of spring cleaning, letting in all the fresh air. The amount of dirt I got off the place was disgustingly rewarding.

3. Another part of spring cleaning is throwing all your old junk away. (Another one of my favorites!) This year I was really focused on the dresser/closet area. I’ve been reading up on minimalism and the whole wardrobe capsule idea and really want to give it a shot. I started by just throwing away any clothes I didn’t like anymore or didn’t fit me –being very picky. Next season I’m going to start a capsule and see how it goes. Stay tuned!

4. Spring has given me a new sense of energy and re-awakened a fire inside of me for yoga. I have been up at 6 (every morning thats feasible with my class schedule) just downdogging-away, thriving on the burn in my muscles. I love the beautiful orange, pink, blue sunrises while I’m doing my yoga it seems almost symbolic of the energy and warmth as I go through my routine.

5. Finally I am super excited for Easter! Easter has always been my favorite holiday. I love finding eggs and getting chocolate bunnies. Plus I always thought dying easter eggs was way more fun than scooping the guts out of a pumpkin. This year I’m making a coconut bunny cake that I’ll be posting the recipe too next week.

Week Two! Home Herb Garden

Aah! So this week the cumin sprouted like crazy as you can see. The parsley just has little tiny curls poking through the soil so a little bit slower but i am so excited for both of them! I have yet to start my tomatoes and edible flowers (although I better get on that since time is ticking away) since this has been a busy week with going back to school and whatnot.

 

2015-03-26 15.02.57You can see my hyacinth in the background there. She’s not doing too hot, very droopy. Any suggestions to perk her back up? I think sunlight might be the issue.