Best Easy Whipped Coffee

This whipped coffee recipe has been popular for awhile now. If you’re looking for a great homemade iced coffee for the coming spring and summer months this is a good one. This cold coffee recipe originated in South Korea and is also called Dalgona coffee. With only three ingredients it’s easy and fast to make. I recommend using a stand mixer, but you can whisk it by hand also, it just takes longer and more energy (arm power) from you. This iced coffee recipe is something to treat yourself to.

Ingredients:

Serves 1, Prep time: 5 minutes (with a stand mixer)

1 Tbsp Instant coffee

1 Tbsp granulated sugar

1 Tbsp hot water

1 cup milk (dairy or other)

3-5 ice cubes

Cinnamon (optional)

Instructions:

Add the instant coffee, sugar and hot water to a bowl or stand mixer and stir to dissolve. Whip for about 3 minutes in the stand mixer until you get a thickened, whipped texture.

The coffee mixture will turn from a dark color to a lighter color as it is whipped:

Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour over your choice of milk and then add the whipped coffee topping. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you desire. Add a straw, stir and enjoy!

This ice coffee homemade recipe is something you’d think would only be in a specialty coffee shop, but is one that can easily be made from home. Enjoy!

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Home Stairs and Rails with a Serious Wow Factor

These creative ideas for stairs will amaze you! These home stairs are unique and ingenious and will inspire you with beautiful home stairs ideas for home stairs designs such as under stairs ideas, wood stairs, stairs slides and stairway railing ideas.

Stairs and rails help set the look and feel of a home. These stairs and stair railing ideas are the ultimate conversation piece for those who visit these homes. These unique and ingenious house stairs ideas are gorgeous and make bold statements.

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A stairs slide would be every child’ dream.

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Gorgeous Spring and Summer Window Box Ideas that Will Stop You in Your Tracks

Window box planters add huge amounts of charm, personality and curb side appeal to a home. Here are some beautiful, creative window box planter ideas to inspire you!

You’ll notice in a lot of the photos the common idea of using a thriller, spiller and filler planting formula. This is a way to describe the types of plants to put together in a window box or container to create a beautiful, full, lush look. A thriller plant creates height in your arrangement, a spiller plant will naturally drape over the sides of the container or window box, and filler plants are medium sized plants to fill in the spaces around and between the spiller and thriller plants.

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Pussy willows added to any planter symbolize spring, and adding them to the white cyclamen flowers looks beautiful together.

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Adding cool weather flowers for spring window boxes such as pansies, daffodils, hyacinths can be swapped out later for summer flowers that tolerate more heat.

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Beautiful spring blooms!

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A lush box filled with only white accents with variegated foliage is simple, graceful and beautiful. I love the look with these white impatiens, caladium, dracaena spike in the center and trailing vinca vines.

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A variety of sun loving succulents, using the thriller, spiller and filler planting idea. Love the variations of purple, pink, yellow, rust color, and green succulents. Other sun loving plants and flowers great for window boxes: petunias, million bells, zinnias, portulaca, daisies, lavender, euphorbia, and I’m sure you can think of others.

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Slow growing succulents can be packed tightly into window boxes.

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Ferns add a dramatic impact to a window box. Other plants that do well in shade are Ivy, Creeping Jenny, hostas, coleus and caladium.

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Some succulents like direct sun, while others do not. An important note to remember: Figure out how much sun your window box planter will get before buying your plants. That way, you’ll know what kind of plants to get.

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Fuschia impatiens with trailing dichondra do best in shade.

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Dwarf evergreens (eg. ‘Green Mountain’ boxwood or ‘Emerald’ arborvitae) with variegated ivy and fuschia impatiens. These do best in shade.

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Homemade Lemon Rosemary Vinegar Cleaner

Are you looking for an all-natural homemade all-purpose cleaner? This diy lemon rosemary cleaner is inexpensive, easy, environmentally friendly and leaves a light spring-like fresh scent you’ll love!

For this recipe I use white vinegar, lemon slices and fresh rosemary. I clean with vinegar all the time. I use it it for everyday cleaning for sinks, countertops, exterior surfaces of toilets and more. By infusing lemons and herbs into the vinegar it helps reduce (not completely eliminate) the smell of the vinegar while leaving a lovely fresh scent.

*Important note: Do not use vinegar on granite countertops as the acidity can damage the seal.

Ingredients:

1 -32 ounce mason jar

3 lemons

3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary

White vinegar

Small spray bottle

Instructions:

Slice your lemons into thick slices and add them with the rosemary to the mason jar and fill to the top with the vinegar. Put on the lid and let sit for 10-14 days.

How to Use Vinegar to Clean

When you’re ready to use the infused vinegar, fill a small spray bottle half-full with the vinegar mixture(leaving the lemon slices and rosemary in the jar). Then add an equal amount of water to your spray bottle, filling it to the top. You won’t use all the vinegar solution at one time, so just leave it to marinate longer until you’ve used up what’s in your spray bottle.

Discard your vinegar solution after one month to keep it from spoiling.

There you have it! A fresh spring-like scent, all purpose natural cleaner.

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Watermelon Nail Art Tutorials for Summer

I love everything summer! Here’s a fun way to enjoy and celebrate the season with these great watermelon nail art tutorials! 🍉 I love the different looks you get using pink vs red or dark green vs a lime green. I hope you enjoy!

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Use French tip nail guide tape for the different colours on the nail tips for a smooth line. Add the black seeds with a nail art brush. Add a clear top coat after nail color is dry.

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Amazon has some GREAT manicure and pedicure essentials. They’re a little hard to find (considering the site has thousands upon thousands of items to browse through, is this really that surprising?) but with a little persistence and clicking through the “customers also bought” items, you might just score a treasure or two. Lucky for you, I did the legwork. Check out the beautiful manicure and pedicure essentials I sourced below – Happy Shopping.

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1. Nail Dryer

2. Nail Files and Buffer set

3. Grip and Tip Nail Polish Holder

4. 10 piece Plastic Acrylic Nail Art Soak Off Cap Clip

5. Electric Bubble Nail Soaking Bowl

6. Ginger Lily Farms Botanicals Pedicure Spa Tablets

7. Pedicure Kit

8. Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak with Epsom Salt

9. HoMedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa

10. Professional Cuticle Cutter Trimmer Manicure Tool

11. Zizzon Professional Nail Care Kit

12. Wistonia Nail Art Brush Set

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Backyard Oasis: Let’s Get Outside!

With the warmer temperatures, let’s get outside and make the most of it with some great backyard oasis ideas. Whether you want ideas for a small backyard oasis, a private backyard oasis or a backyard oasis on a budget, here are some ideas on how to create a perfect backyard oasis and make your backyard awesome.

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Magical Outdoor Lighting:

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Outdoor lighting adds a bit of whimsical ambience, that helps make the ordinary special.

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A small dipping or plunge pool.

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Kitchen Garden Beauty

I love kitchen gardens! The first time I saw one I was captivated! Here you’ll find beautiful kitchen garden ideas and garden tips for creating a kitchen garden oasis. What is a kitchen Garden? And what is the difference between a kitchen garden and a regular vegetable garden?

A kitchen garden is an outdoor garden that is conveniently located as close to the kitchen as possible, so that it’s easy for you to grab what you need from it to prepare your meals. It’s usually smaller than a regular vegetable garden, but not always. A regular vegetable garden is more for harvesting large amounts of vegetables in the future for preserving. A kitchen garden is for smaller amounts and is more for using in the present and using things while the produce is fresh. Since a regular garden is for bigger production, vegetables are often lined up in rows, whereas a kitchen garden is more aesthetically pleasing and adds beauty to your home and yard.

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Kitchen gardens, also called Potager gardens(a French term) were invented in France and are made up of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers to bring beauty and functionality to a space. When one type of plant is done producing, it is replaced with a different crop.

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Raised beds are often preferred because of the warmer soil temperatures in them, easier on your body to tend to, and you can fill them up with good quality soil.

Herbs de Provence~ Thyme, rosemary, lavender, and others to grow in a kitchen garden

You can grow anything you like in your kitchen garden but it’s a great idea to choose crops that you can use sooner rather than at the end of summer. The main idea is to have early producing crops that you can use fresh. You also don’t want to plant things that spread out and take a lot of space, such as pumpkins.

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Some suggested flowers to grow in a kitchen garden: sweet peas and alyssum for their scent; edible flowers such as roses, and nasturtiums; and Dahlias, sunflowers and zinnias for their beauty and pollinator attraction.

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Some suggested ideas for herbs: Lavender, basil, chives, rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, dill, and summer savoury.

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Some suggested vegetables would be lettuce, onions, spinach, bush beans, pole beans, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, Swiss chard, peppers, beets, peas, and I’m sure you can think of others.

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Delicious fruits to add to a kitchen garden could be strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and depending on your location, smaller dwarf fruit trees. You don’t want to grow big fruit trees that will cast shade over your kitchen garden.

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A kitchen garden is a beautiful garden idea that will add beauty, functionality and pleasure to your home for years to come. Visit my Pinterest Kitchen Garden board to see a lot more kitchen garden inspiration, tips and ideas.

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Seriously Good Greek Salad

This seriously good Greek salad recipe is super easy to throw together. Crunchy cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, flavorful cherry tomatoes, crisp red onion, kalamata olives, and tangy feta cheese all combined in a homemade lemony garlic dressing. You really just dump everything into a bowl , add the dressing, and toss.

Because the ingredients are sturdy, this Greek salad is one of those great make ahead dishes. There is no lettuce in it that will get soggy, and you can adjust the amounts according to your taste. If you don’t like red onion, don’t add as much. If you don’t like olives, skip them.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup red onion, sliced or chopped

4 cups bell peppers; your choice of color(I used red and orange)

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

2 cups cucumbers, cut into chunks

1 cup Feta cheese, crumbled (I buy the Feta in brine- more flavourful)

1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives

Add prepared vegetables and crumbled cheese(reserving 1/4 cup cheese to sprinkle on top) to a bowl. Mix dressing ingredients together in a separate bowl.

Dressing:

*6 Tbsp olive oil

*2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

*1 tsp coarsely ground oregano. If using finely ground, use only 1/4 tsp or more to taste.

*1 garlic clove, minced

*Salt and pepper to taste

Pour dressing over top and toss to combine. Add reserved crumbled cheese on top. Enjoy!

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Porch Dreaming: Creating an Inviting Spring and Summer Front Porch

A porch is a welcome and relaxing place to unwind and gather with friends and family on those lovely warm spring and summer days. To me, having a porch is almost like a having a certain lifestyle. One where life is lived more slowly. Where neighbours visit more freely. It’s creating a space that engages with the neighborhood and helps build community. Here are some inspirational and inviting front porch ideas including porch decorating, porch swing ideas, porch signs, porch quotes, front porch design, and farmhouse front porch ideas to enjoy and extend your outdoor time. Life is better on the porch!

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Love the warm earth tones with the white, the wicker and rattan, and the hanging chair.

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“Come sit on the porch with me. The drinks are cold and the friendship’s free.”-author unknown

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Love the splashes of color and all the elements that went into making this such an inviting space: drapes, hanging baskets, bed swing, pillows, lantern, stools, chairs, flowers, rug, ceiling paint, side table.

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Picture Books for Kids to Welcome Easter

Find inspiration here for great picture books for kids to welcome the season and celebrate Easter. The books with a “+” symbol are specifically Christian Easter books.

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The Easter Egg by Jan Brett

Jan Brett’s lovable bunny hero, Hoppi, and the surprising outcome of his quest to impress the Easter Rabbit with the best Easter egg of all will enchant readers.  

If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit with his deliveries on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes for a walk in the woods and sees a blue robin egg tumble out of its nest. 

Hoppi keeps it safe and warm until the baby bird hatches. And when the Easter Rabbit arrives, he has a very special way to reward Hoppi for his kindness.

Spring is everywhere in gorgeous illustrations framed with pussy willows, flowering vines and flowers. Side borders feature busy rabbits making their unusual eggs and, in a border above, the robin’s family drama unfolds.

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+ The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt

Featuring the wonderful illustrations of Tim Jonke, this best-selling children’s book tells the Easter story from a new and unusual point of view. Three trees on a mountain dream of what they wanted to become when they grew up. One wants to be a treasure chest, another an ocean-going boat, and the third a signpost to God. Their wishes come true in a way they never expected. Children will be deeply touched as they understand, perhaps for the first time, the significance of Christ’s life and his atoning sacrifice on the cross. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

A Tale for Easter by Tasha Tudor

You can never tell what might happen on Easter… You might find colored eggs waiting in your shoes, or a basket of ducklings at your kitchen table, or a sweet bunny in Grandma’s rocking chair.

+ The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry

Expertly crafted for the attention span of wiggly toddlers, this simple book tells the biblical story of Easter — from Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem all the way to his triumphant Resurrection. Text continues past the Bible story to help little listeners understand the connection between the original Easter and today’s Easter celebrations. With appealing illustrations and a toddler-friendly text of just 200 words, this book will make a great addition to any Easter basket.(Amazon’s description)

The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous

One Easter morning, Katy and Carl went on an egg hunt through Grandmom’s house. Katy couldn’t find anything until she went up to the attic. And there she discovered a very special set of eggs…

Grandmom had painted them when she was a little girl. And now, she hung them from the branches of a tiny tree—an Egg Tree! So began a very special Easter tradition.

This Caldecott Medal-winning story of a Pennsylvania Dutch Easter will surely inspire children to make Egg Trees of their very own.(Amazon’s description)

+ Simon and the Easter Miracle by Mary Joslin

Both thought-provoking and engaging, this is the story of Simon of Cyrene —”a man coming in from the country,” as the Gospels refer to him—who was ordered to carry Jesus’ cross. Over the centuries, his story has been woven into Polish folklore; when Simon the farmer brings his wares to market, little does he expect how he will be involved in the events of that very special day, nor how his produce—of bread, eggs, and wine—will become important symbols of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, remembered throughout the ages.(Amazon’s description)

+ The Legend of the Easter Robin: An Easter Story of Compassion and Faith

This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Easter Robin renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Dandi Daley Mackall. With new vibrant artwork from New York Times bestselling illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation. The Legend of the Easter Robin tells the story of Tressa, whose grandmother reveals to her the story of a small robin who saw Jesus struggling and soared to help him. This Easter tale reminds Christians everywhere how much Jesus sacrificed for us and how much he loves us.

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