Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hair! Shining, gleaming, streaming--flaxen, waxen...

Barrettes, Headbands, and Elastics, Oh My!

Mauren & Zoe with our DIY back to school project du jour!

With Kindergarten right around the corner and some school shopping money from an auntie, the girls have more hair accessories than they had a couple weeks ago.   To get the glitter and glamour under control, we looked to Pinterest for some inspiration for a DIY hair accessory organizer!  This is our result!  We had a lot of fun, used a power tool and we're happy with the result, too!

We started with some frames I'd picked up at a rummage sale years ago that had been DIYed into bulletin boards.  We removed the back on one of the frames. 

 We took some spare chicken wire and clipped it to approximate size. 

 Then we took some ribbon and hit the sewing machine.  

We folded the ribbon over on itself and sewed a seam, then repeated two more times.

Next we used the staple gun to staple multiple ribbons in a criss-crossing pattern. We then used the staple gun to staple down the chicken wire.

Following that step, we nailed some pilot holes and screwed in some cup hooks on the bottom to hang elastics and skinny hair bands.

We had to go looking for all the hair accessories next!

...and here's our finished product!  The girls can clip their barrettes to the ribbons or the chicken wire. We had a lot of girly fun on quiet time today!

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Saturday, August 25, 2012


My basil has grown really well this summer.  It was time to take my nice full basil bush and make some pesto.  Pesto is really simple to make and can add SO much flavor to any dish.  
You need:
Extra virgin olive oil
Pine Nuts
Parmesan cheese
Lemon juice
and Basil

Exact Amounts for a recipe that should give you 2 cups of pesto
4 cups packed basil leaves
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of olive oil
6 cloves of garlic
2 T. of lemon juice

This whole process is super simple if you can use a food processor.

Chop up pine nuts, oil, and garlic.

Add basil

Then blend in cheese and lemon juice.

If you aren't going to use the pesto soon.  Freeze in ice cube tray.  When frozen pop out and stick in zip lock bag and stick it back in the freezer to use when needed.

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When we make homemade pizza I love to make my pizza with pesto instead of pizza sauce.  Add some grilled chicken, MMMMmmmmm!

Another favorite recipe of mine is grilled chicken with pesto spread on top and a slice of melted mozzarella cheese on top.  Served over pasta tossed with mouth is watering just thinking of this.  Doesn't help that my hands still have the wonderful smell of garlic and basil : )

My pesto recipe was found on  This is my go to website for anything that has to do with preserving.

The pesto chicken and lemon pasta were inspired from here:


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