Sunday, June 24, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #226



Messy Messy Fail - Did you know that chipmunks and squirrels are able to destroy a plastic bird feeder in one chewing session?  I left the house in the morning with the birds enjoying the bird seed but returned to pieces of the feeders strewn across the lawn.  I guess that's what I get for spending $5 on a feeder.  

Tidy Victory - I have never planted a veggie garden before, but with the raised beds that came with our new house, I had to give it a try.  I purposely bought seeds that could be planted outdoors later in the season (May-June) to just give it a try and see how it goes.  We are waiting for carrots, lettuce and pumpkins to show their little selves.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #225



Messy Messy Fail - One of my favorite scented hand lotions literally blew up in my purse today.  Everything smells like rose & carrots (if you can imagine that).  To see what it smells like, try it out yourself Rose + Carrot Hydrating Cream.

Tidy Victory - The garden is slowly but surely getting weeded out. I discovered we have what is called bishop's weed and it is quite invasive.  I'm trying to pull all of the roots out of the ground, we'll see how it goes!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #224


Messy Messy Fail - It's official - my second thyme plant is dead.  I seriously have no idea what I did.  It has little white specs all over the stem and on the dirt around the stem.  Any ideas folks?

Tidy Victory - I made the cutest cupcakes EVER for my sister's Velveteen Rabbit baby shower - pictures to come on my Instagram and Facebook profiles!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Happiness is Homemade Link Party #223


Messy Messy Fail - I have still successfully not grown ANY succulent from the seeds I purchased.  At this point I think it's safe to say the seeds are shot - nothing is growing.  Well that was disappointing.

Tidy Victory - The peonie bushes all around the house are starting to bloom and I cannot tell you how gorgeous they look or how amazing they smell.  I've always wanted just one peonie bush, but here at Starry Acres I think we have at least 10!  So lovely to have fresh flowers in the house!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #222


Messy Messy Fail - Still trying to make my succulent seeds grow - the saga continues.  

Tidy Victory - We kidnapped a telescope from my mom's house last summer.  We realized when we got it to our new home that the main lens was missing, but Nana Patti found it and brought it to us this weekend.  I knew Jupiter and Venus were out so I got the lens in, found the planets and WOW!  I have never seen a planet that close - we could even see Jupiter's moons!  Really spectacular!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #221



Messy Messy Fail - In my funny Facebook purchasing problem, I got 100 succulent seeds for $6 (S&H) that I planted at least 3 weeks ago.  Haven't seen a sprout yet.  I don't think I am keeping the soil wet enough, and if I keep the plastic cover over the container it grows mold.  I tried putting some holes in the plastic cover to see if letting a bit of the moisture out helped.

Tidy Victory - I cannot explain the amount of rhubarb that is growing out of the garden.  It's actually quite overwhelming.  I haven't decided exactly what I'm going to bake yet, but there will definitely be a strawberry rhubarb pie!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #220


Messy Messy Fail - I had some leftover cake and frosting in the fridge, so I thought I'd be super clever and make cake pops.  Looked it up on Pinterest but it was a total fail.  I only had popsicle sticks to use and they were too big, so they essentially just fell apart.  Lesson learned - don't use popsicle sticks for cake pops.  No cake pops for me!

Tidy Victory - I was so excited to have found my hummingbird feeder in a box in the red barn - I cleaned it out, filled it and hung it in a tree right away. Almost no sooner than I got in the house there was the cutest little dark hummingbird enjoying the sugar water.  So darn CUTE!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #219


Messy Messy Fail - What does one do when one runs out of dish washing soap to wash dishes?  One uses hand soap.  Soap is soap, one says.

Tidy Victory - I am super excited to share that I have been selected to be a Grove Collaborative influencer!  Check on my Instagram and Facebook pages for some sweet demonstrations of their latest products!


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Museum Trees - A Review


Messy Messy Fail - There are literally gusts of up to 60 mph going on outside this old farmhouse right now as I type.  Mother nature is pruning- and we'll be picking up tomorrow.  That's what small children and a little red wagon are for.

Tidy Victory - New material - IT'S A MIRACLE.  Keep reading and have your #mindblown!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #218


Messy Messy Fail - We have a Panasonic vacuum cleaner, the kind that you drag on the floor behind you.  What do they call that kind - canister?  Anyways, it's been making quite the high-pitched whining noise for a few months now.  We have one vacuum shop in town - "bad motor" they said.  All I could see was dollar signs.........

Tidy Victory - They were able to replace the bad motor with a used one from another vacuum!  Total money save and TOTALLY working again.  

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #217


Messy Messy Fail - Does ANYONE ELSE get ants in their house when the weather starts to get nice?  Hopefully it's not just us........they were doing laps around my sugar container like it was their job!  Ant traps were set out and it took a few days, but it seems as though we got rid of them.

Tidy Victory - All of the garden beds at our new house have been raked out except for one - it was such a gorgeous day and I have been itching to see what's growing out there!  So far I have found tulips, crocuses, coral bells, WISTERIA (yes!!!!!!!), iris, daylilies and PEONIES!  I can't stop thinking about all of the fresh cut flowers I'll have to bring into the house this summer!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #216



Messy Messy Fail - So the toddler (who is really no longer a toddler might I add, need to update that) requested a Spiderman cake for this birthday.  I found a cool idea on Pinterest - melt some marshmallow from a Spiderman figurine on the cake to the number 4 birthday candle, like he's shooting webs.  Got the marshmallow on, put the cake dome on to protect the integrity of my cake, marshmallow melted off.  Now that was a fail.

Tidy Victory - I pulled off making three different types of macaroni and cheese, Italian chicken sticks (baked chicken fingers) and jalapeƱo bread for all of our party guests!  Here are the links to all of the recipes I used:

Pinterest


Best Ever Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

Jalapeno Corn Bread

Blog post links


Best Ever Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

Jalapeno Corn Bread