It’s been a long cold winter, and gathering all of these bright spring-time decor items sure warms the heart. The photo above shows just a couple of my favourite finds from the past few weeks. The little Dutch girl egg cup was 99ȼ, and the bunny salt&pepper was $1. It’s still possible to find terrific vintage items at very desirable prices. I hope you’ll enjoy the video of my Easter thrift haul.
For the first time ever, I’m participating in the $5 Goodwill Challenge issued by Hillary at Old World Home. I’m so excited to check out everyone’s videos!
Here’s my response to the challenge:
To really get into the spring celebration, I’m doing a giveaway! You can enter up to three times into the draw for a hardcover copy of Furniture Hacks by Hester Van Overbeek.
Here’s a bit of a sneak peek in between the covers:
So here’s how you can enter the draw:
- comment on this blog post
- subscribe to my YouTube channel and comment on my $5 Challenge video – tell me what you think of my spring decor!
- follow me on Instagram and comment on any one of my posts.
I had never heard of, let alone TASTED Honey Butter until this past Christmas when my mother gave me a small jar. It is absolutely delicious on toast, so I quickly went through my jar, and had to call up Mom to ask for the recipe.
It’s very simple, and only requires four ingredients – and it’s really quick to whip up a batch, and makes enough to share perhaps one jar…you’ll want to hoard the rest for yourself!
A sweet and smooth spread for your breakfast toast.
Homemade Honey Butter
A sweet and smooth spread for your breakfast toast.
Making use of thrift shop and yardsale supplies, you can whip up some easy but impressive St. Patrick’s Day decorations. Watch my video to get the handy how-tos.
I’ve had this image from craftdir.com pinned on my Pinterest Craft Inspiration board for a bit, and finally found the perfect teapot while I was out thrifting at the end of February.
Watch this little YouTube video of me (who has never had a green thumb!) try my darndest to recreate this project.
The verdict? Well – part nail….part fail.
Here’s what went wrong. I either should have used a bigger teapot, or stuck with one plant. I should have used less soil in any case, so that it was well below the spout, because when you water the plants, the soil goes up the spout, and stays there – – this is not attractive at all!
So…I think I’ll dismantle this project, and try again, with just one plant, and move the other two to some other planters that have room to spare.
I spent a “little” time on the weekend making some really easy, but super impressive treats for St. Patrick’s Day! I took them to the office yesterday, along with some hand-crafted St. Patrick’s Day decorations (stay tuned for another YouTube video for the craft projects!) I caught one of my colleagues taking a photo of my presentation. That made me feel really good! You can check out how easy these were to make on my YouTube channel:
First up? Mint chocolate M&M cookies! While I was visiting the States last month I picked up these M&Ms. I’m not sure if they are available in Canada or not. Often I find there is much more variety in the US of many products. I also got a bag of Neapolitan M&Ms stateside, but my son claimed those as partial payment for cat sitting services.
Mint Chocolate M&M Cookies
Soft and chewy.
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pkg M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Mix dry ingredients together and set aside.
- In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla.
- Combine dry ingredients with creamed ingredients.
- Stir in M&Ms, reserving some to press into the centre of the cookie.
- Roll spoonfuls of dough into 1.5″ balls. Do not press, as cookies will spread during baking.
- Bate 8-10 minutes until the cookies are just browned. Remove from oven, and allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet.
Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats
Who doesn't love marshmallow treats?
- 1/2 cup of butter, plus extra to grease pan
- two 250g bags of marshmallows
- Family Size box of Lucky Charms 20.5oz
- Grease a 10×15″ pan with butter.
- Melt butter over low heat in a large stock pot.
- Stir in mini marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in cereal.
- Pour mixture into pan and press evenly.
- Allow to cool, and cut into squares
Irish Cream Chocolate Fudge
Rich and decadent - and boozy.
- 3 tbsp butter
- 3 cups of mini marshmallows
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 Irish Cream
- 200g pkg of semisweet chocolate chips
- Grease 8″x 8″pan, line with 2 pieces of parchment paper, butter the paper and set aside.
- Mix butter, marshmallows, sugar, chocolate chips, and heavy cream in a medium-large saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until marshmallows are completely melted.
- Remove from heat. Stir in Irish Cream until combined.
- Pour into prepared pan and allow to cool.
- Once cooled, refrigerate for an hour to set.
- Remove from pan and cut into 36 squares.