Hot Cocoa Treats

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This year I’m making these cute hot cocoa kits!
Gather all the ingredients and assemble, it takes about 15 minutes! Stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, teacher gifts…Super easy!

Hot Cocoa Christmas Treats (makes one)
1 8oz. Mason Jar with Lid
2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder.
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 tablespoon Christmas Nonpareils (optional)
2 tablespoons Chocolate Buttons
1/4 to 1/2 cup Mini Marshmallows

Assemble in layers: Cocoa Powder, Sugar, Nonpareils, Chocolate Buttons, Marshmallows (I used Vegetarian Marshmallows)
Try to cram as many marshmallows into the top as you can, they stabilize the ingredients and keep the layers separate.
Twist on the lid firmly and tie on a decorative bow.

Instructions for Hot Cocoa: Heat 1 1/2 cups milk until steamy. Add Cocoa mix. Stir well. Enjoy! 🙂

 

Happy Holidays!

Note: WFH is going on vacation until the New Year.
So, to all my readers: Have a very happy holiday and a wonderful new year!
See you in 2018!

Happy New Year!

Hey there Wishers!
I hope the holidays were joyus and your New Year’s hangover wasn’t too bad!
I’d like to take this opportunity before we start in on our annual re-cap to thank you all for the continued support in 2015.
So many new subscribers and lovely comments and emails, you’re a wonderful bunch!
Thank you!

In January we discovered Chateau de Guandes and followed it’s ambitious owners as they patiently nursed the old Dame back to her former glory.
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By September the Waters Family welcomed their first guests when a wedding was held on the grounds.
They are proceeding by leaps and bounds and I intend on checking in on them through 2016.

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This spring we branched out a bit and experimented with a few recipes with delicious results.
Pork Lion Piccata
fruit compote

We also met Slinkachu and Kirra Jamison our in the feature Art is Everywhere.
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Last summer we met the wonderful illustrator Maori Sakai,
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We thought Fall would never come, but when temps finally dipped into baking weather we jumped right in with Banana Crunch Muffins.IMG_2173
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And finally in December we made some delicious make ahead dishes to share at holiday gatherings!
Pear & Pom salad

Shrooms & rice

In the year ahead we’ll make more lovely things to eat, explore new ideas in art and fashion and meet inspiring people doing incredible things from all over the world.
Happy New Year friends, may 2016 be a remarkable one!

Lavender Shower Scrub

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Oh my gawd! It’s a blog post? Yes, yes it is! Did you miss me? Did you even notice…
Ah, well. For those of you who did, sorry. I’ve been busy having a summer break full of other projects. Posts might still be sporadic while I meet deadlines and the like, but I had to pop in to show you this! My garden is full of lavender so after the few dozen bouquets what to do?

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Lavender Shower Scrub
1 1/2 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup Baby Oil
1/2 cup dried Lavender Flowers
2 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Dry the Lavender in a warm dry spot then pull off just the flowers and discard the stems.
Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl. Place in a decorative container and use in the shower.

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To use: Shake container to mix contents before using. Rub onto dry skin then rinse thoroughly.

More shower scrubs to come! The combinations are endless!

Happy New Year!

Hey there!
2014 was an epic year for the blog, thanks to you! New commenters speaking up, as well as many new subscribers.
Thank you guys, it’s so nice to hear from you. I love blogging, and to have an actual audience after 5 years of mainly talking to myself is inspiring.

I tried a few new things this year. Adding a new crafts page to the main directory with Weekend D.I.Y. Also a new feature, with a monthly post featuring “real world” fashion that, according to stats, you really liked a lot.

In the coming year we’ll have more of what you liked, and a few changes that will make WFH a worthwhile place to spend your free time. Let me know what you’d like to see more of on WFH!
Here’s to a great 2015!
Happy New Year,
Kathy

Here’s a quick look back at what we got up to in 2014:

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Friday Photos were a lovely addition last year. I hope to do more of these in the coming year.

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Formerly “Sunday Surfing” the new Link Love was a reader favorite. I hope you all stayed in your jammies and grabbed a nice cuppa and had a leisurely look at the fun side of the internet.

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We were introduced to many inspirational bloggers this year with Meet a Blogger. Many more to come next year I assure you!

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We ate well this year!

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Really well! Get your appetite whetted for more fantastic recipes and entertaining ideas!

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We learned a few new things about packing light when we traveled to Maui this summer.


Mid August I added Watch This! to the blog line up. Trendy, fun, informative, and just plain mind-blowing videos from around the world were another reader favorite! More this year! Stay tuned.

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Probably my favorite feature last year was the monthly Bookworm series. Come by Goodreads and let’s be friends!

Marbled Trinket Dishes

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These took me 30 minutes to make. I kid you not!
You’ve been treated to my fan-girling over the site A Beautiful Mess in the last couple of months, and this latest D.I.Y. is my favorite so far!

You will need:
Oven (Preheat to 275 (130) degrees)
Oven baked clay: White + three other colors
Rolling Pin
Paring or Exacto knife
Oven safe bowls
Tin foil
Baking Sheet
Gold acrylic paint

1) Roll out two white snakes and three smaller snakes of contrasting colors to about 5 inches each.
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2) Twist the snakes together to form a candy cane like design.
3) Roll out to about 10 inches then fold the snake into itself and roll again.
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4) Fold the snake into a ball and roll out to about 1/4 inch thick.

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5) Use a round bowl to cut out the clay into a circle.
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6) Place the cut out clay into an oven safe bowl to help it hold it’s shape while baking.
7) Small balls of tin foil tucked between the clay and sides of the bowl helped hold the ruffled shape. (sorry not pictured)
Make very sure your bowl is oven safe -it will say on the bottom- if not don’t risk it.
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8) Place on a baking sheet then in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
9) Cool for about 10 minutes before un-molding.
10) Paint around the rim of the dish to finish it off.
(I just used my finger to pat on the paint as it was better for the uneven surface.)

Behold! So pretty!

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One of these will find a home on my desk. I’m always taking off my earrings setting them down or scooping them into my desk drawer.

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One for the bed side table, vanity, kitchen sink and, everywhere else I leave my jewelry.

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