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Sprucing Up Seed Packets

There is something so romantic and nostalgic about an old, dusty book, isn’t there? Using books to decorate is one of the most effortless ways to add character and dimension to your space. Stacking them up on the mantle or displaying them on a serving tray are both tried and true ways to utilize them. However- when their shelf life has ended, finding a way to recycle them is important as well.

It’s simple to breathe new life into and repurpose old books that are falling apart. Turning them into a quick and simple craft makes a sweet, inexpensive gift. You can easily add these seed packets into a housewarming gift, wedding gift, or use them as party favors.

bookseed3Use an old page to wrap the seed packet of your choice, hand stamp the name of the plant you’re wrapping, tie on some twine, and for a little color, add a sprig of greenery.

bookseed4This would make the sweetest wedding favor, addition to thank you notes, or hostess gift. It’s personal while being simple and practical for those who love growing their own herbs or enjoy the natural beauty of wildflowers.

bookseed5Remember to be respectful of your books and only use those that are falling apart and have little value. The main purpose of recyling is to take something that is unusable and give it a new purpose. Donating old books to local charities, libraries, or schools is also a great way to extend the lives of books as well. Enjoy!

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Using Greenery in Your Space

One of the easiest ways to bring warmth and texture into your home is with the use of greenery. I’ve always loved using greenery in my home and the homes of clients. It brings an organic feel to a space that can otherwise feel cold or sterile.

I’m an advocate of all kinds greenery, but lately I’ve been pretty into the idea of moss. The texture and movement it creates is so beautiful and each kind is so different!

moss2Moss comes in tons of colors, textures and varieties…Scotch moss, Deer moss, Spanish moss, etc.

moss3I love the whimsical way this variety of Scotch moss looks in these pretty milk glass vases. Simply add a layer of gravel in the bottom of your vessel for drainage, top with a layer of potting soil, and then add your choice of moss.

moss4As usual, I love the use of unexpected items for planters. Moss will live well indoors for months if misted regularly with water.

moss5How about foraging around your garden for some moss with your kiddos and making some little moss jar terrariums like these?

moss6Have fun with the greenery in your space! Whether you prefer fresh or faux, there’s no wrong answer or incorrect way of incorporating it into your home. Your home is just that, your home. Whether you love moss planters, succulent terrariums, or faux florals – make it your happy place. Enjoy!

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DIY Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream Pie

With the temperature on the rise, what sounds better than a refreshing and sweet treat on a warm afternoon? Cold lemonade, ice cream, and fresh strawberries are all beginning to sound more and more appealing each day we move closer to those hot summer months. My kiddos love anything strawberry or lemonade so this is a perfect blend of both!

This easy to make Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream Pie recipe combines all of those refreshing flavors and is made with fresh, natural ingredients!

ICP2Here’s What You’ll Need:
12 Graham crackers, crushed into fine crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream (optional)
2 cups fresh strawberries, diced
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 pint (or 2 cups) vanilla ice cream, softened in refrigerator for 20-25 minutes

ICP3Directions:
-In a food processor, grind cookies into fine crumbs. Mix cookie crumbs with melted butter and sugar until mixture adheres to itself.
-If it’s still crumbly, add a tablespoon of heavy cream or water.
-Press crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9″ pie plate. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
-Place strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until berries are softened and juices are released – about 15 minutes.
-Pour strawberry-lemon juice through a sifter into a medium bowl and refrigerate until cold.
-Mix softened ice cream with strawberry-lemon mixture.
-Scrape ice cream mixture into crust and smooth the top.
-Freeze firm for at least 6 hours or overnight.
-You can keep the pie in the refrigerator for up to a week.
-Serve with whipped cream and sliced strawberries if desired.

ICP4Maybe the best part of this entire recipe is how pretty the final product is! It is the perfect addition to any warm summer afternoon, a gathering of friends, or a picnic with the kids. Just make sure to keep it in a cooler to avoid pink drips- it may not be quite as pretty down the front of a little one’s shirt! Enjoy.