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Jul 24, 2014 by

Soy-Free, Meat-Free Protein
This is great information! Protein is such an important part of a healthy diet. Mary’s Kitchen


Entryway Updates
Here is a fun post about this entryway’s transformation! This art work all has a story. 623Designs


Be our Guest!
So gorgeous! I’m sure you will agree. The Heathered Nest

Guest Room 5 watermarked

I LOVE LOVE sunflowers! Penny’s Vintage Home



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Jul 17, 2014 by

Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo
This is absolutely gorgeous! G+ GrandParents Plus

wrought iron table and chairs redo

Gluten Free Strawberry Muffins
This is a must try recipe for us! Peanut Life Adventures

gluten free strawberry muffins

Fresh Blueberry or Strawberry Pie (No bake)
Oooh lala! G+ GrandParents Plus


Dollar Tree Organization
Organizing on a budget! The Women of Westwood

dollar tree organizing


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Jul 11, 2014 by

Summer Ideas
Thank you for sharing these great ideas! Wesens-Art

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The Three P’s: Petunias, Pots, & Paint
This is so pretty! It’s Always Reuten

flower pots

Painted Star Cookies
These are such pretty cookies! Peanut Life Adventures

painted star cookies


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Jul 3, 2014 by

Potting Shed Redo
This is such a beautiful little shed! Penny’s Vintage Home

garden shed redo

Cactus Rock Garden
This is soooo… cute! The Pin Junkie

cactus rock garden

Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe
These look so amazing! The Crafty Blog Stalker



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Jun 26, 2014 by

This week I have 3 very yummy features for you! Enjoy!

Fresh Strawberry Muffins
Sunshine by Channon

strawberry muffins

Chocolate Banana Muffins
The Pin Junkie

chocolate banana muffins

Red White and Blue Almond Trail Mix
Home Made Interest

red white and blue trail mix


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How to Start a Garden Journal

Jun 24, 2014 by

bouquet of small roses on a garden journal

When the wind, rain, cold and snow make gardening seem like a thing of the past, you can revive (or begin) your interest in gardening by starting a journal. You can continue it throughout the growing season, making changes and trying ideas on paper before actually digging. It can also be used as a sort of scrapbook to remember your gardening adventures. It is not expensive to get started, and in fact, getting your gardening experiments out on paper can save you money in the end. Here are some ideas for your garden journal.

1. Choose your notebook or other method for keeping your journal

What you want to put in your journal and how big a garden you have has a lot to do with what kind of journal you’ll want to buy. If making notes on a single, moderately-sized garden is your main goal, a simple notebook may be just what you need. If you have a large garden, you may want to use a large, 3-ring binder with dividers. If you want to add pressed flowers, empty seed packets, magazine pages, photos, etc., then a scrapbook or photo album may suit your needs.

Remember that you will need to keep track of things each year, so either use a different journal for each year or have a way to divide your journal clearly into years.

2. What do you put in it?

This is as varied as the gardener! Some ideas are: pressed leaves and flowers of plants you want to remember, sketches of potential layouts and beds, observations about the weather, notes on the growing habits of your plants, ideas for additions to your garden such as benches, trellises, etc. (More on what to put in your journal below)

2. Make it memorable

Gardeners often think they will remember details about their gardens – after all, your garden seems so up close and personal all summer. But when fall comes and the garden succumbs to frost and cold, and snow obscures the landscape, it is hard to remember where things were planted and how they were laid out. You may even forget some of the plants you had growing, especially if they are annuals. You can help your memory by putting pressed leaves or flowers in your journal, noting the name of the plant and where you got it. You can do the same with sketches, empty seed packets, or simply notes.

Take note of where you planted things as well. Labels in the garden are fine for the summer, but they are easily dislodged and lost over the winter.

3. Note what works – and what doesn’t

It can really save you money to take note of what does well in your garden and what does not. You don’t want to waste time and money planting and re-planting those flowers or vegetables that struggle or fail in your garden. Some situations and environments are just not conducive to certain plants, and it’s easy to forget that in the midst of spring planting fever.

4. Recipes

If you grow edibles, keep the recipes in your journal. This is where a 3-ring binder or pocket dividers come in handy – you can take the recipe out and refer to it without having the entire journal on your kitchen counter.

Get creative! This is your journal, and it can be as private or public as you like. You can involve your kids, too, by getting them their own journals or adding their contributions to yours. Gardening journals are a wonderful way to connect with your garden.

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Jun 20, 2014 by

Chipotle Chicken Sourdough Grilled Cheese
This looks so delicious! Burnt Apple

chipotle chicken sourdough grilled cheese

Joseph and the Many-Colored Macaroni Necklace
This brings back great memories of making these as a child! Raven Threads


Flowers made with the Work of Art Stamp Set
These cards are so cute! Stamping with Linda

flower cards


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