Make Your Own – Almond Butter


If you have ever priced or purchased Almond Butter at the market then you will know how expensive it is. Well, if you have the supplies pictured above you can make your own for less and control the ingredients included (think sugar)!  I did not attempt this without any guidance. I found this great recipe and tutorial at Katie’s blog Dishin’ and Dishes. She goes through the steps with great pictures so that I could make sure that what I was doing was right. It seems like your food processor will go on forever but just be patient, the almonds WILL turn into butter. A great addition to the almonds is Cinnamon Bark essential oil – you only need a drop or 2! (Find out more about essential oils here.)




Make Your Own Garden Markers

Our family has had a few different gardens over the past couple of years and, although we missed last season with moving and renovating a house at planting time, we are ready to plant again. A great way to remember what you planted are garden markers. Most plants come with their own plastic markers, but it is much more fun and festive to make your own:


Wooden fairy wands from a craft store are inexpensive and have enough room for little hands to write the veggie of choice. The wands pictured were painted with chalkboard paint so that they could be used again next season.


Another possibility is decorated rocks. Find rocks large and smooth enough to write your veggie’s name. Use either a paint pen or a small brush and acrylic paint to decorate.

What do you use for markers?


Garden Prep with Essential Oils

Garden Prep

Garden Prep

We have finally gotten moved in to our new (to us) home. We have downsized quite a bit and are continuing to change our lifestyle to a more simple existence. Unfortunately, the simplicity starts with lots of complications. :-/ We have lots of work to do on the inside of the house (more on that later), and the outside needs some TLC as well. Yes, the picture above is the “before” pic for our garden. We’ve got a long way to go.

We are going to start by clearing out the grass. We are going for a drastic move since we don’t want to keep digging grass out of our garden. However, I refuse to use dangerous chemicals. That means I need an all natural alternative.

My research led me to The Thrifty Couple and their DIY version. You can find out more at their website but the basic ingredients are vinegar, salt, Dawn or oil (I’m going with coconut oil), and a citrus essential oil. We have been using essential oils in our home for a while now and love them! (If you want to find out more about how essential oils can work for your family go here.) I will let you know how this concoction works in the near future.

Now if only I had an alternative to digging out concrete…