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:

Pick rosemary from your garden.  Or from the grocery store shelves.… >> 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!

Happy Wednesday And A Beautiful Girl

It’s another beautiful day, friends.  The scent of Autumn is in the air.  The snow is starting to fall, one trickling snowflake at a time.  It’s cold enough for hot drinks and cozy fires, a good novel on the couch.  Time to tuck in with your favorite TV shows and hunker down for the Winter.

wordless wednesdayWhat are you watching, what are you reading?  I’m reading romance novels, one after the other.  Ones with totally implausible plot-lines and modern day, swashbuckling heroes.  There’s always a firefighter or some other tough guy, with plenty of money and six-pack abs.  And a damsel slightly in distress.  It takes feminism back a solid half-century at least, but it’s mind numbing, and sometimes that’s what counts when it’s always dark outside.

I’m behind on life.  I have an inbox jam-packed full of emails I need to return, and laundry that needs to be folded.  Doctors to call, appointments to make, groceries to buy, posts to write, stairs that need vacuuming.  But right now I’m spending a lot of time with my kids.  They need me, I need them, and the house can wait.  Hopefully the email and you guys and everything in-between can hang tight … >> 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!

Sweet iPad Air Two Giveaway For You

A giveaway! Friends, you are going to love me today.  I have an immensely rad giveaway for you today! I have partnered up with the lovely Christine Koh (Boston Mamas), Audrey McClelland (Mom Generations), Heather Flett (Rookie Moms), Jane Maynard (This Week For Dinner), Morgan Shanahan (The 818), Rachael Herrscher (Today’s Mama), and Sarah James (Whoorl) to offer one lucky follower a 128GB wi-fi iPad Air 2 ($699 value)!

ipad air giveawayEnter to win between November 10-21 via the Rafflecopter widget below; you have 8 entry options and of course we encourage you to enter all 8 ways to maximize your chance to win! Once the giveaway ends, the winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email, with 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

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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!

Empowered Underwear For Girls, No Really!

Buying underwear for tween + teen girls can be a seriously stressful experience.  And I’m not just talking about your end of the deal as a parent or guardian, I’m talking about the sweet girls you’re taking shopping.

Ladies, do you remember your first experience buying a bra?  I was equally stoked and horrified to get my first bra, and the whole experience is a hazy memory of hormones and tears.  It was even worse when I went to school the next day and every boy in the 5th grade asked me about my over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder.  When they weren’t busy snapping my bra strap.  I think the first boy I slapped was, in fact, a boy from my geography class who had done just that.  It was pretty horrifying, and I was a tough girl.

tween brasSeriously, you guys, will puberty ever get easier for anyone?  The latter years of Elementary School and Junior High are a hot mess, and puberty only compounds the whole special experience.

But, the great thing about the world is that now that we have the blessed Interwebz, (saints be praised) we as women can connect to people across the globe and find wonderful humans who … >> 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!

Shopping For Social Good fashionABLE

Are you shopping for the holidays yet?  I know I’m jumping the gun a little bit, but it’s never too early to be prepared is it?  That’s the Boy Scout motto and everything, so let’s all get prepared together and be shopping scouts on our A-game.  I believe in us, you guys, I really do.

african scarfI traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to participate in the first AYA Summit hosted by ONE.org in Google’s offices in D.C.  It was a meeting of the minds, to discuss what’s being done about global issues affecting girls and women, issues we need to be working on, because the solutions are really simple.  I’ll get into all that later, because I have so much exciting stuff to share with you, ways you can get involved to actually make a difference.  For real.

envelope clutchBut before we jump into that, I need to share some shopping 4-1-1 that’s about to expire.

Have you heard of fashionABLE?  It’s an organization aimed at fighting endemic poverty by creating jobs for women in Africa, which empowers them to break the cycle of crippling poverty, violence, sex trafficking, and a host of other issues.

So basically,

you buy >> 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!

Bold Picks for Fall Fashion

This fall I’m going for bold fall fashion, and I’m ditching the cardigan-boot combo. They are great basics, sure, but they are called basics for a reason. And who wants to be basic? Personally I go for the clothes that will make me stand out. Pairing bright colors, adding a wild shoe, or wearing a vintage patterned top that stands out will do the trick. Maybe I’ll add a wide belt, a hat, or a high waist detail to daily look, Don’t be afraid of your local second hand store: some of my most treasured clothes came from someone else closet. Fall doesn’t have to be an excuse to burrow into bland colors and parkas and bulky boots. The day is only as interesting as you make it, and the same goes for your wardrobe. Bente Bold Fall Fashion

I’m a sucker for anything that looks like it would belong in Cher Horowitz’s closet: shoulder pads, glitter, beads, patterns, etc. It doesn’t always have to be extravagant, but it does have to pop. You can wear something this bold just about anywhere. I like to pull it out for concerts or special occasions where a little bit of drama and elegance are in play. Paired with black or red pencil skirt and maybe a wide leather belt makes a really great look. This is fall fashion that carries right on through the winter holidays, too.
Bold Fall Fashion
High waist anything is flattering to nearly any feminine figure. No matter what the color, it never fails to make you look sophisticated and fashion forward. I usually go for bold combinations, like the red skirt and green shoes combo you see here. A bit out of the ordinary but not sloppy or gaudy because the rest of the outfit is simple in shape and colors. Fall days can range from sunny and warm to brisk and chilly, so adding a fun denim or leather jacket keeps this ensemble versatile. It never hurts to step outside of your comfort zone and try things that you never thought would work.
Bold Fall Fashion

All black everything is timeless. This outfit is made up of a turtle neck leotard, high waist black jeans, tan ballet flats, and a cropped denim jacket. This is another little number that can be worn casually or dressed up, depending on the shoes. These comfortable fabrics are ideal for active and hectic days: dance class, shopping, yoga, work/school, lunch date, soccer game…My favorite outfits are those that can be used comfortably, fashionably, and worn everywhere.

So, what fall fashion finds will you be adding to your look this season? >> Read More

Bente McPherson

3 Crazy Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

DIY Halloween CostumesIf you are looking for awesome DIY Halloween costumes for kids, stick around. Because Halloween is coming, friends. And you’re going to need some costumes. And you’re going to need them easy and you’re going to want them cheap. Maybe these 3 quick and painless ideas will inspire you.  All of these costumes were pulled together using things we found already laying around in our closets & craft bin, with the exception of a few minor accessories to add a little zing here and there. No sewing required on any of them, and they are suitable for boys and girls both.  Aiming for perfection here isn’t the key, aiming for fun and easy is. Best part of these DIY Halloween costumes is that my dashing little subjects were over-the-moon happy with each of these costumes.

DIY Costume Rodeo Clown

Rodeo Clown

Why it’s cool: The rodeo clowns are the real heroes of the rodeo. They dress funny, but they are just as brave as the cowboys riding the bulls. Maybe even a little tougher. And I love bandanas.

What we already had: denim cutoffs a few sizes too big, plaid shirt, long johns (optional–if you live in a warm climate, you can skip these) … >> find out more...

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.

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.

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