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A day in the summer life…

Finish reading a book before the boy wakes up. Make breakfast for the dear sleepyhead boy.

Email back and forth with principal and work on my school schedule.

Recaulk where the tile meets the counter in the kitchen.  That’s only a glare in the photo, not caulk smeared all over the place.  Honest.

Find the manual for the vacuum cleaner.

Fix the broken vacuum cleaner.

Vacuum.

Shampoo the family room carpet.

Dirty, stinkin’ animals.

***Have a bright idea! Have the boy give his dog a bath. 🙂

Make lunch for boy.

In your mind, add apple wedges and a bread and butter pickle spear.

Clean the kitchen.

Make a cute tissue holder for the boy’s bathroom that will remind him to floss, brush and wash.

Think it will work?

Start painting a picture for the boy’s bathroom.

So much fun.

Gather the laundry.

Think about making the tailored bed skirt for the boy’s bed.

The green fabric matches the valance.  I’ll use the orange as a stripe around the bottom.

Think about what to make for dinner.

I hate to cook.

Really.

I do.

Make a blog post (trying not to think about dinner) that keeps getting screwed up, with all the text and pictures running together, here and there, willy-nilly.  Sheesh!  This has taken waaaaaaay too long.

At this rate, I won’t have time to stain and seal the deck.   🙂

Orrrrr, maybe we have cereal for dinner.

I LOVE summer vacation!

Love is Brewing

THIS! from A Brooklyn Limestone is such a cute idea!  It reminds me of my nephew and his wife (total couple cuteness!) at Le Man and Wife.  They are curious, experienced, and fun foodies, with a food and drink blog all their own!  I know they would have appreciated these invitations when wedding showers were being planned in their honor, leading up to their nuptials, over a year ago.  My, oh my, where does the time go?

Le Man is a connoisseur of coffee (Hey, Intelligensia: seriously, you need to hire this man!) and they even had an iced coffee bar at their wedding reception.  The guy knows coffee!

And together, they know delicious.

Fourth of July cupcakes

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Here are some Fourth of July cupcakes, made the easy-peasy way, for you to try.  All you need is Pillsbury boxed confetti cake mix— inside there will be a fireworks display of colors.  Super fun for the kids!  I used canned white frosting; after which, the flags were made by making dots of blue food coloring for the stars and cut-to-size red licorice strings for the stripes.  Happy birthday, America!

tea caddy

So, you know I love my tea!  But fumbling around in several different boxes to make my take on Aveda Comforting Tea was a pain, so I made a handy-dandy tea caddy to hold all my various tea bags!  This is a green craft because I used boxes from various teas and a couple Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal boxes I had on-hand.  (speaking of which: I love the lower sugar maple and brown sugar, don’t you?!  I add part of a packet with half a handful of steel cut oats.  Yum!)  Anyhoo, here’s what I did:

Gathered boxes. I thought, I betcha I can make some drawers out of these!  So I put the two oatmeal boxes together, glued, taped, and added some scrapbooking paper to the outside.  I sealed the outside with Mod Podge (remind me later to share my recipe for homemade Mod Podge!) and made drawers out of the original tea boxes.

    See the cloudy and streaky Mod Podge?  No worries, folks, the Mod Podge will dry clear.  And it does a dandy job of sealing and protecting the outside from stains and smudges.  I used a different, more textural, paper for the drawers, being careful to line up the fibers so they matched.

  I used letters I already had on-hand to spell out TEA.  (Seriously, I bought nothing to do this craft.  Score!)  Again, I slathered the outside with Mod Podge a couple more times, allowing each coat to dry completely between coats.  Next, I used small craft charms for the drawer pulls. The top charm says, “Life is measured in moments,” and the bottom charm is a grandfather clock. Tea time!          Love!

Aveda Comforting Tea knock-off

Do you like tea?  Okay, so I am rather obsessed with it, of late.  If I could afford to, I’d drink Aveda Comforting Tea  All. The. Time.  But at around $26-28 for 4.9 ounces… uhh, yeah, it is not happenin’.  So what did I do?   I came up with my own recipe for Aveda Comforting Tea– a LOT less expensive.

An aside, first- I had a pretty gla$$ pitcher that looked lovely holding my tea… but it cracked from the hot liquid, so I got in the car and headed to the thrift store where I bought an old 12-cup Mr. Coffee decanter for $1.50.  Brilliant.  It might not look near as pretty but I can always spruce it up (oh, yes I just might!) and I don’t have to worry about it cracking from the almost-boiling water.

Recipe for a 12-cup decanter.  Boil the water and pour over 6 packets of the celestial seasonings peppermint tea, one packet of the mint green tea, and one packet of the licorice tea.  Let it seep for 5-7 minutes and you’re good to go, but I prefer it chilled.

I would also prefer more licorice flavor, but did you know it can cause some serious side effects if too much is consumed over a period of time?  Yeah, I didn’t know that either, until I started getting headaches after drinking a couple of cups of licorice tea everyday.  I thought, Hm… could this be related?  SoI did some checking.  Bottom line: be careful with the licorice, just to be on the safe side.

(btw, now I order all my teas from Amazon… cheaper and delivered right to my door!)

After figuring out how to make a passable concoction for Comforting Tea, I decided all my little various tea bags needed a home…