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May 29, 2012, 9:24 AM
Filed under: Craft Ideas, Healthly Living, recipes

Coconut Flour Chai Spiced Cupcakes -TASTY AND GLUTEN FREE!!!!!
                        By Jamie Calabro
1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
 1 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
 1/4 tsp baking soda
5 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
 1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine dry ingredients together and set aside. Using mixer, combine wet ingredients until they are really well combined and even a little foamy. On low-speed, mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Batter will thicken only slightly and will resemble a pancake batter. Mix till all the lumps are gone. Pour into cup cake papers (2/3 full) and bake for 25-30 minutes.  Cream Cheese icing works well with these flavors or eat them plain.

Buttoned-Up Elegance

Give a lightweight, linen curtain beachy flair  by stitching a border of mother-of-pearl buttons across the bottom of the rod  pocket.

Blackboards

Transform any object with a flat, smooth surface  into a blackboard. Here, enamel bakeware was used, but you can make use of  anything that strikes your fancy, such as an old mirror or a salvaged window.  Apply two coats of chalkboard paint using a small sponge applicator or roller,  as the fibers in regular paintbrushes tend to leave behind streaks. Chalkboard  paint comes in both liquid and spray versions. If you try the spray, be sure to  cover the surrounding area carefully to prevent spatter.

All-American Floral Wreath

4 steps for the winsome wreath

1. Saturate a 12-inch floral foam wreath  base with cool water.
2. Insert green leaves into floral foam, for  texture. Or skip this step and insert short, clipped stems of pink and white  peonies around the base, slightly varying the stems’ angles while concealing the  foam.
3. Display by hanging from florist’s wire, or looping a  grosgrain ribbon belt through the middle.
4. Maintainwreath a  week or more; place it daily in a shallow container, refreshing the foam ring  with cool water.

All-American Floral Wreath

4 steps for the winsome wreath

1. Saturate a 12-inch floral foam wreath  base with cool water.
2. Insert green leaves into floral foam, for  texture. Or skip this step and insert short, clipped stems of pink and white  peonies around the base, slightly varying the stems’ angles while concealing the  foam.
3. Display by hanging from florist’s wire, or looping a  grosgrain ribbon belt through the middle.
4. Maintain wreath a  week or more; place it daily in a shallow container, refreshing the foam ring  with cool water.

Read more: How to Make a Fresh Floral Wreath – Country Living

Cover a Lampshade

Measure the diameter of the lampshade bottom and  top, and add 1 1/2″ to each. Measure the shade’s height and add 3 3/4″. Cut a  length of fabric to size with sewing shears. For the bottom hem, fold the fabric  3/4″, iron flat, and machine stitch. Cut a piece of string 1″ longer than the  fabric’s length, fold the top 1 1/2″ of the fabric over the string, and iron  flat. Machine stitch two straight lines (1/2″ below the fold and 1/2″ above the  fabric’s edge) to create a drawstring seam. Fit fabric over lampshade, draw the  string tightly over top of shade, and tie. Evenly distribute folds and stitch  seam closed.

Candles in Seashells

Lovely on their own or as a companion to sand candles, these small lights  celebrate the beach and the summer. Collect only good-sized empty shells, or  save the shells from your next clambake or oyster fest.

seashell candles

MAKES SIX CANDLES
Supplies:1.5 x 6.5-inch seashells

Six 2-inch lengths thin wire wick, primed

6 wick holders

0.8 ounces stearin

1 disk wax dye, if desired

8 ounces paraffin wax

Directions: 1. Clean the seashells  thoroughly. Then, to be sure they are really clean, put them in boiling water  for a few minutes.
2. Insert the wicks into the wick holders and place  one in the middle of each seashell.
3. In the top of a double boiler over  medium heat, melt the stearin and wax dye, if using. Add the wax. Melt and mix  thoroughly. Heat to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Fill each seashell nearly  to the top and allow to cool completely, or overnight.
5. Trim the wicks  to 1/4 inch and arrange the candles on a dish or in a bowl of sand. Light and  enjoy!

Bandanna Table Runner   –

Add a cheerful touch to the summer table with  this patchwork-style runner. Line up enough bandannas to fit the length of a  table, leaving some overhang, and stitch together. To back the runner, cut an  old cotton tablecloth (any light-colored one will do) to match its width and  length. Sew together along the edges or attach with iron-on bonding.

Camping-

Here is a a great way to spend time together without spending money.  If you don’t own a tent chances are you know someone who does.   Or you can find a range of tents types and sizes for around $50-$100  for an investment in your family it is well worth it for the years of use and togetherness.

Take the kids camping in the back yard.  Make it Dad and his boys (or girls-they need dad time too)!  Or go to a local park check and see if they permit camping overnight and if they allow campfires or b-b-qs.  Bring your own food, go for a nature walk, horseback riding, bring some outdoor games, go swimming in the lake, cook out, and make s’mores.  Be a family make memories that your kids will remember for years to come:)

Allentown KOA Campground

6750 KOA Dr., New Tripoli, PA 18066-2419 Get Directions
610-298-2160 Toll Free USA: 800-562-2138 Website

Open April 1 through November 1, the Allentown K.O.A. Campground welcomes you and your family to their clean, modern campground. Enjoy the swimming pool, hay rides, and special family oriented activities. Conveniently located near Dorney Park and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and within a short drive to Hershey and Gettysburg.

Lake Towhee

Old Bethlehem Pike, Quakertown, PA 18951 Get Directions
215-757-0571

This 552-acre park has much to offer, including a playground, picnicking, hiking, ball fields, horseback riding trails, boating, fishing, group and individual camping, ice skating, nature area and a 50-acre lake. Open sunrise to sunset.

Appalachia Spring Ranch

7187 Troxelville Rd., Beavertown, PA 17813-9109 Get Directions
570-966-0884 Website
Enjoy a vacation with horses, education, hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing and photography.
For more locations and information search the PA Tourist Commission site. http://www.visitpa.com
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