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How-To Preserve Garden Herbs For Winter

Today’s how-to is all about preserving garden herbs for winter.  Did you know that was a thing?  If only my teenage self could see me now.  She’d be horrified that I not only keep a garden, but take extra steps to preserve my herbs for the Winter.  It’s all good, teenage Allison, chill out.

how-to preserve garden herbsLearning how-to preserve your herbs to use in the cold months of the year is a thing, and it’s a super easy thing at that.  Also, tasting *fresh* garden herbs in the depths of frozen Winter?  I don’t want to go Martha on you, but it’s a good and lovely thing, a very wonderful thing, so let’s get to it.

I planted a lot of herbs in my Summer garden this year, and had rosemary and basil coming out my nose so I’m grateful there’s a way to preserve that business.  (although don’t try to preserve basil, it’s a wimpy plant for the freezer)  Let’s get started, shall we?

How-To Preserve Garden Herbs For Winter

Items needed:

  • chopping knife
  • cutting board
  • fresh rosemary
  • ice cube trays
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Saran-Wrap
  • freezer

garden rosemaryStep 1:

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Moms Simple Homemade Granola Recipe

My mom’s granola is one of the better things this earth has to offer, and I’m not even kidding a little.  It’s the simple things in life that make it so good, you know?

homemade granola Growing up as one of the younger siblings in a family of 8 kids, I got ripped off a fair amount of my young life.  I never had anything new, and anything precious I did have was broken / stolen / maimed within moments of landing within my reach.  But, like any good cliché, I always had a playmate, which came in handy every year when we took our family vacation. >> Read More

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Decadent Toffee Apple Dip Recipe

Apple Dip Serving2 copy This Toffee Apple Dip is going to make you very popular this fall. I know this because once, many years ago, my husband and I attended a grown-ups only Halloween party at a neighbor’s house. In the middle of the buffet was a platter of apples and a bowl of a creamy, sweet dip I’d never heard of before. Guests were wild for it. The lovely gal who made it explained that it’s her go-to treat to take to all sorts of functions, and graciously shared the recipe for her Toffee Apple Dip. I was instantly envious that I hadn’t discovered it first.  I wished it could be my go-to treat for parties. But, as it was, I tucked that recipe away for the right opportunity to share.

Luckily, I moved out of state a short time later and could wow my new neighbors with toffee apple dip. Now it’s my go-to treat recipe for all it’s sweet and creamy, with a buttery toffee crunch. Plus it’s healthy, because, well, apples. And it’s incredibly simple.

Toffee Apple DIp

Your Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/3 cup
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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Best Of Me Romantic Movie For Your Weekend

***Congratulations to our winner, Elizabeth C. who said: What a hard question! I have a bunch of favorite movies…
But because it’s nearly Halloween and I’ve been watching a lot of scary movies, my favorite movie currently is Poltergeist.

 Please contact Petit Elefant directly, Elizabeth, and a special thanks to everyone who participated.

I’m a movie fan.  Which is to say, I love a feel-good movie of any sort, especially the romantic.  So sue me.  Life is hard enough on its own, and sometimes I want a little escapism on my weekends.  And my weeknights.  And the in-between ones too.  Which is the whole point of the movie industry, yes?

The Best of MeOkay, well this weekend Nicholas Sparks’ book turned movie, The Best of Me hits theaters, and I for one am planning to be front row center.

Well, maybe not front row, that’s a little drastic.  But you know what I mean.  I love a good sappy movie, and I need a break from real life, so boom, magic! And anyway, have you seen James Marsden?  He’s not so hard on the eyes, that one.

Best of Me (Check out the Le Creuset pot in this scene from The Best of Me. >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

What The Eff + How Are You?

Eff, it’s been a hard year for me.  EFF.  Like, the hardest year since ever.  How about you? You hanging?  I’m taking this Fall one day at a time, one foot in front of the other, sometimes even one half hour at a time.

But I don’t want to get off to a bad start on this post, so let’s start off by watching Jimmy Fallon and will.i.am break it down in the best video to hit 2014 Ew, ew!

I love Jimmy Fallon, for realsies.  The man can do no wrong, and he’s a constant spotlight of happy in my nighttime routine.  His SHOW I mean, his show.  Jeez!

what the eff and how are you?I haven’t been updating Petit Elefant a whole lot lately, and I don’t want you to think I’ve abandoned you altogether.  I really haven’t.  In fact, I spend my days composing blog posts in my head while I go about my life.  I have a lot of things to say to you guys, but I can’t get them out of my head and onto the page.  I’m paralyzed with fear and sadness, leftover emotions from this hard, hard, horrible year I’m in the middle of living.… >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

What is YOUR Pursuit of Happiness?

Happiness seems to be a buzzword recently, and by recently I mean always.  What makes a person happy?  What is true happiness, as opposed to temporary fun and how does one get from the day-to-day happiness of our lives to something more longstanding and ultimately more fulfilling?

Pursuit of HappinessIs this something you think about?  I think about it all the time.  In fact, you could pretty much make the argument that any bucket list, or Life List in my case, is the ultimate pursuit of happiness.  The need to be more, make more, have something better at the end of life.

bucket list I think when I take a deep look inside, my pursuit of happiness is all wrapped up in whether or not, when it’s said and done, I’ve done something worthwhile on this earth, if I’ve made any difference to anyone, anywhere.

Do you know what I’m talking about?

A guy named Chris Guillebeau turned this whole idea on its head with his new book, ‘The Happiness of Pursuit’ (follow Chris on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram).  We’ve all heard the term: The Pursuit of Happiness, yes?  Guillebeau takes a different approach, wondering instead about the happiness in the … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Laundry Room Make-Over Photos After

bathroom makeoverThe laundry room project we’ve been working on for the last month is finished, and it actually turned out really well, with not too many materials.  I’m really pleased with how it all looks now that it’s put back together.

laundry-roomWe’re still working on the tile in the next room as we’re trying to figure out what to do with the pseudo bathroom + toilet.  Should it stay or should it go?

subway-tileThe actual laundry room part is gorgeous though.  I love the look of the subway tile with the wood grain tiles, just like we did in our master bathroom.  It’s such a crisp, clean look. The paint color we chose is, yet again, aqua in an effort to transport us from the middle of Utah to somewhere in The Caribbean.

It sort of works.

I love the color we chose.  It’s cool and calm and a pretty contrast to the warmth of the wood tiles, and it works with the royal blue washer and dryer.

We didn’t need a lot of supplies for this project.  Our main objective was to update and clean up the look of the laundry room, and to help tie it together with … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Laundry Room Make-Over Photos Before

laundry-room

My laundry room has been kind of a train wreck since we bought our home, 11 years ago.  It feels like it was an add-on to the house, without a whole lot of thought going into the actual function of said laundry room, and we’ve pretty much hated it the entire time we’ve lived here.

We’ve talked about tearing out walls and moving the whole thing to the garage, but in the end it just sits next to the family room, the object of our loathing  and the butt of all the jokes at the dinner table.

I do, in fact, realize this is a first world problem, don’t get me wrong. I understand there are far bigger issues in the world than whether or not I’m able to fit a laundry basket next to the washer and dryer I’m lucky to have, in my home.  I get it.  But let’s for a minute focus on my own selfishness in wanting a functional laundry room.

front-loading-washer

A perfect example of the weird non-function of my laundry room is the weird sink shoved in-between the washer and a modesty wall shielding an afterthought of a toilet.  The sink, maybe 8 inches across … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Make Your Own Iced Coffee + Recipe

Iced coffee is one of the most joyous drinks of summer, isn’t it? Icy cold caffeinated beverages help keep the hot summer temperatures at bay while soothing you with their tasty glory. Tasty, tasty glory.

Have you ever made your own iced coffee though? It’s the easiest thing in the whole amazing world. And I have a yummy recipe for you and you, and you in the corner. No need to spend upwards of $8 a cup at your local coffee shop when you can make it for around .50 cents a glass.

For realsies.

Below is the lowdown, (and the recipe!) for your very own tasty cold beverage. The main bummer about iced coffee is that the melting ice in the cup waters down the delicious flavor of the coffee, but don’t worry, I’ve got a way around that.

MAKE YOUR OWN ICED COFFEE RECIPE

Step 1: Brew some coffee

Step 2: Cool coffee in refrigerator

Step 3: Add a dash of vanilla + stir

Step 4: Add ice cold creamer ice cubes

Step 5: Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar

ENJOY!

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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