Friendship Boot Planter DIY

Here is a great idea to celebrate a special friendship in your life. Find a pair of worn out boots and fill with your favorite flowers. One of the boots is for your friend while the other is for you. Friends are the flowers in the garden of life. Beginning with a seed of trust, nurtured […]

Foraged Salad

My family is very good at knowing what is edible to eat and what is not. It happened to be a beautiful day outside so we went foraging! This is an excellent way to gain new knowledge and acquire a skill! There is no better way to spend a day then with ones family amidst the creation of our God.

Come with me, let’s go foraging!

First let us find some tools! I suggest bringing a basket, some gloves for protection, and a knife!

The hum of bees is the voice of the garden. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

Make sure you know what you’re looking for, some things we were unsure whether or not they were edible at the state of growth they were in, so we took some and saved them for later when we could do some research. I suggest taking some books with you on edible plants for your state.

Some commons things that we were able to find in Michigan at this time of the year were; dandelions, cat-tails, chives, asparagus, violets, troutlily, raspberry leaves, basswood leaves, elderberry flowers, mustard greens, alfalfa, crab apple blossoms, and plantain leaves.

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You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace, the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12

Once you gather all your desired edibles, bring them back to clean. It is always good to rinse your produce with water and vinegar, even though these were found in the wild they still need to be washed.

 

We used a salad spinner to spin out the water from rinsing. Then I cut up the Cat Tails, I peeled off each section until I got to the core, the bottom white section of the Cat Tail is edible, it tastes similar to celery.

 

Once you have washed your greens, and cut up all plants that needed trimming, either eat straight as a salad topped with your favorite dressing, or mix this with some lettuce.

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Turn $10 of Supermarket Flowers Into a Beautiful Bouquet

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Floral arrangement

I was shopping at Kroger and saw some tulips and I HAD to buy them! I love putting fresh flowers up in my home especially in the spring time.  It makes my kitchen and dining room look happy and inviting.  I looked at the rest of the flowers and noticed the ones already arranged were insanely more expensive.  So I picked out a few that I liked and decided to create my own bouquet.

You will need:

  • Vase
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Flowers
  • Filler

How to:

Choose a Vase, and fill it with water.  You can use a colored vase or an antique vase or anything that can be filled with water.  If you do not own a vase I would suggest stopping by Goodwill or a thrift store and find a vase, they will have all sort of unique things for you to choose from.  They also carry vases at the dollar store, its not necessary to pay a lot for a vase because hopefully people will be looking at the beautiful flowers instead of the vase.

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Floral Arrangement

Pick out your favorite flowers.  You can create a lot of interest by choosing different shapes or colors.  I kept mine all of the same color this time but it would have probably looked a lot better with another color added in.  Also my flowers are all pretty close to the same size if you want it to be an amazing bouquet you should get different sizes and shapes.

Choose a filler, such as ferns or in this bouquet I used Eucalyptus(it smells great!)  Usually fillers are green you could also use baby’s breath. Ferns are great because they spill over the sides and makes the bouquet feel bigger.  Fillers should “fill”all of the empty spaces.

Tip: To keep your flowers lasting long, cut the ends at the desired length at an angle and strip off any leaves that might touch the water.

When I am arranging flowers I usually imagine a circle around the vase and cut it in to 3 parts(like a  Y shape) and make sure each flower is set in all three parts, you do not want all the same kind bunched up on one side.

It is WAY cheaper to buy flowers this way, also if you grow any of your own flowers you could add them in too!  If you are looking to make a bouquet like this for a friend or loved one you could easily rubber band the ends and wrap in clear wrap and tissue paper or you could give it in the vase too.

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Bouquet DIY

Remake Your Bouquet

My hubby got me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers for Valentines Day. An assortment of roses, daisies, freesia, carnations, bells, and ferns.

But a week later the roses and bells have wilted making the bouquet look drab. However the rest of the flowers were holding up well.

I didn’t want to throw out the whole bouquet because of a few flowers and I’m sure you’ve had the same dilemma. Here’s an easy way to remake your bouquet to last you another week!

All you need:

  • Flowers
  • Styrofoam cup
  • scissors
  • marker
  • knife

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Here is the process I use.
  1. Take your styrofoam cup and make sure it fits inside your vase. You want it to sit slightly higher than he top of your vase. I tried two sizes to see which would fit best.
  2. Start with your marker and place X’s on the cup in a checkerboard pattern.
  3. Use your knife to slice your X’s. These are the slots your flower stems will go into.
  4. It’s good for the flower to recut the stems on an angle so they have more surface area to adsorb water, it helps them last longer.
  5. Start cutting your stems to length. The shorter your stems are in the vase the fuller your bouquet will seem to be. But make sure you leave enough stem to go through the cup and reach the water in the vase.
  6. Start placing your flowers through the slots. I like to start with the green ferns as a base and then put the biggest flowers above them so they are easily visible.
  7. Some flowers have multiple flowers on one stem. Use this to make your bouquet balance by separating out stems if you need to.
  8. If you have places that look empty you can reach in with your knife and make a new slot to add a flower through.
  9. Once you like the look of your bouquet add some water to the vase.
  10. Enjoy your newly formed bouquet!

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. The smell of the flowers fills my kitchen and keeps me smiling while I do the dishes.

Happy extended Valentines Day!