Felted Acorns

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I have recently become obsessed with wanting to try needle felting. Today my family and I were visiting a local craft fair, and to my surprise there was a felting kit at one of the booths. My mother-in-law decided to get it for me as an early Yule present, and I was thrilled!

As soon as we got home, I started trying out things. I made a few hearts, and balls, but my favourite things were these adorable, little acorns. Thank you so much, Jean!

Yule Cookies

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I found an awesome vegan sugar cookie recipe the other day. My daughter really wanted me to make some Yule tree cookies, so I adjusted the recipe slightly by adding a 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour, so that I could roll out the dough and use a tree-shaped cookie cutter.

I also decided not to use any sprinkles, because I thought the recipe had enough sugar and it looked really cute and simple without them.

Recipe: (via oh, lady cakes)

Natural wrapping paper ideas

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With Yule and Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to post some gift wrapping inspiration for all you lovelies. I have always been a fan of natural and eco-friendly wrapping paper, and I simply adore these cute gift wrapping ideas.

1. Reused newspaper as wrapping paper (via green salem).
2. Lovely branch and bird embellishment (via carolyn’s homework).
3. Rustic natural gift wrapping (via garland of grace blog).
4. Adorable kraft gift boxes w/ plant embellishment (via project wedding).

Tree Branch Ideabook

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I have always loved incorporating natural elements into the home. I decided to create an ideabook on houzz with inspirational imagery of the different ways one could use tree branches in their home. These are just a few of my favourites, but feel free to visit my ideabook for more photos.

1. Beautiful tree branch wall decor (via in the fun lane).
2. Elegant natural tree branch wall shelf (via decordir).
3. Cute versatile tree branch hooks (via design squish).
4. Lovely birch branch shelves (via design awards).

Raw Cheesecake Recipe

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I stumbled across this recipe while browsing Raw Food Recipes, which is a great site for those that are looking to expand their raw/vegan recipe book.

This cheesecake is so delicious, and easy to make. My partner loved it so much that he even said it was the best cheesecake he’s ever had. The original recipe doesn’t call for blueberries on top, but I added them anyway.

To view the recipe, click here.

Yearly Preserves

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I was quite pleased with this year’s preserves. I tried many new things, including canning and lacto-fermenting. I really enjoyed the fermenting process, and the pickles I made were delicious! I’m definitely learning a lot through this food journey, and I am excited for next year.

Preserving Recipes:

1. Frozen Parsley:
2. Canned Salsa: (via simple recipes).
3. Canned Spaghetti sauce:
4. Canned Blackberry jam:
5. Fermented carrots: (via the nourishing gourmet). *note: I didn’t use whey.
6. Fermented Dill pickles:

Vancouver Island Adventures

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I thought I’d share some of the photos that I took while we were visiting Sage’s grandmother on Vancouver Island over the past week. We did a lot of exploring, particularly on the beaches by her place.

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And here are a few photos of my darling daughter, trekking through the wilderness and sitting in front of a giant, old growth tree that can be found in Cathedral Grove. She definitely had a blast exploring, especially when she got to pretend to be a goat!

P.S. – The goat horns were purchased at The Old County Market in Combs, BC (the place with the goats on the roof). <3

August Harvest

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I thought I’d share with you all a few photos of some of my garden’s august harvest. We sure did get a lot of tomatoes and beans this year.

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I think next year I will try for a higher cucumber yield, though. This year mine didn’t do too well, so we ended up harvesting some at Jonathan’s mother’s garden, since she had plenty to spare.

Time to start preserving all these beauties!

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