I sincerely hope you enjoy these labels for your holiday gifting!
Cos I totally hated making them.
Ugh. It’s hard for me to understand how on earth 15 years ago I was working towards a career in all things printing, typesetting, and graphics. The entire idea was ridiculous. Sitting in front of a computer makes me nertzy. Hate it. Then again I can’t afford to pay someone else to do it, so here I sit in misery making labels and packaging.
That reminds me! If you love shopping local please stop out to Bean Creek Garden Center ( 645 S Meridian Rd, Hudson, MI 49247 ) Saturday November 30th from 9-5 for Small Business Saturday. You will find all kinds of unique gift items for all the people on your list! I’ll have some of my grapevine wreaths and a selection of homemade jams and jellies among other things there too.
Simply download these guys, print them, and cut them out! Print on cardstock and attach with a ribbon or print them out on sticker paper. I’ve also included some blank wreaths that fit the top of a regular mouth canning lid. You can write your own little note in the center of the wreath!
This article first appeared in Simply Hers Magazine, in the November/December 2019. If you haven’t picked up a copy of this FREE local publication you’re really missing out!The magazine is ran by a great bunch of women!You can find them in all of your favorite local stores.
Ever since my favorite drinking
chocolate mix stopped being made I’ve been on a quest to find a
replacement. I had tried all name and number of dry powdered hot
chocolate mixes, I even made a few of my own but nothing compared to
the creamy texture and rich chocolate flavor of my drinking
chocolate. One day I stumbled upon Abuelita’s Mexican hot chocolate
drinking tablets in the grocery store and I had finally found what I
had been searching for! It got me to thinking about making my own
with different flavors and chocolates. I just love it when an idea
pans out in real life and I am very excited to share with you my
recipe for hot chocolate tablets. I’ve included 4 flavors below but
really the combinations are as endless as your palette. These little
guys make a wonderful gift for friends and family around the holidays
and recipients will love them not to mention they are super quick
and easy to make with ingredients and tools you already have!
double boiler – If you don’t have one no problem! Simply sit a glass bowl on top of a small saucepan of water. Boom! Instant double boiler.
You will need some sort of mold to pour the melted chocolate mixture into. A muffin tin with cupcake liners yields the perfect size tablet. Silicone molds would work perfectly as well just make sure they hold about much as a muffin cup. An ice cube tray can be used as well for smaller portions.
In a double boiler melt chocolate over
medium/low heat, stir in instant coffee and sugar. Pour into
prepared molds to the top, then lightly tap pan on the counter to
release any air bubbles and allow to harden.
This recipe will yield 3 tablets.
– An entire bag of chips will yield 6 tablets. Simply double the other ingredients if using the whole bag.
To use: Add 4 cups of your favorite milk (works great with alternative milks as well) into a small sauce pan and drop in one tablet. Then warm milk over medium heat and whisk until no chocolate chunks remain, stirring constantly bring mixture to a gentle boil then immediately remove from heat. Some specks of chocolate will still remain giving it a beautiful rustic appearance. Pour into mugs and enjoy! – Tablets can but cut in half or quartered to make smaller batches- Here are some more great flavors to try! (we LOVE the Cinnamon Bun!)
My last post was about a year ago. I
look back and wonder how time got away from me like that. A lot
of things happened in late summer and fall of 2018 and to be quite
candid, it sapped a lot of my ambition. Coupled with the fact that I
felt this blog seemed to me like white noise. There are thousands of
people out there writing about the same things I am. What makes me
or my perspective different? Honestly I’m not sure. I just do a
bunch of different things – Not much compared to others, but more
than most. I do these things because I like to do them, I like to be
busy -not to feel superior.
I realized that I have no desire to set myself up as an “expert” in anything, in the grand scheme of things I’m a newbie, there’s always going to be someone who knows more and I’ll always be a wanna-be. Not because I don’t ever accomplish a goal but because I learn something new every single day. I wanna try new things, I wanna-be more creative, I wanna-be successful, I wanna-be better, I wanna continue to grow and evolve and be willing to change and adapt when needed. My friend and I butchered our combined flock of roosters (15 in total) together a couple weeks ago and we both learned a ton not only about the process, but ourselves as well (like how we pamper ourselves with Aleve liqui-gels). Next time we’ll have it down to a science. Do I feel the need to write a tutorial about it when there are tons of how-to videos, blog posts, and books about the subject? Not a bit.
Here’s what you can expect. I’ll be posting more about what I am doing to (slowly) bring this 1890-something farm back to life, and all the things I’m learning. Maybe some videos of the process (if you thought I couldn’t possibly get more annoying you’re wrong lol). There will also be recipes. I hope to bring about free learning experiences in things I feel very solid in; basic canning, crafting, and gardening etc. -Again I’m not an expert, but I can get you rolling in the right direction- and offering a place for expert friends to teach a skill. You’ll be seeing more posts from my friends talking about their passions (most of them don’t even know it yet…) these are my go-to people when I need help and I appreciate them beyond words.
What’s in the works for next season?
A resource tab up top listing the most useful information I’ve came across.
A small market garden is planned – We always have more than enough to go around plus it’s something I know I can do.
Blueberries and Red Currants have been planted as our family’s memorial to my Grampa, Dale Bernath. He’d be over the moon to see this place and I still don’t know who is going to fabricate things for me. He was an inventor that’s for sure.
The laying flock will be expanding in the spring and by late summer/fall we should have free range/pastured eggs available.
Maybe Broilers – If there is enough interest. we shall see.