Create a Baking Basket - Kitchen Quick Tip

Monday, March 30, 2015

Another in our kitchen organization series. When I go to bake or stir up something from scratch, I don't want to have to go here or there to gather my ingredients so I created a baking basket. All my baking and scratch cooking needs in one place.


In my basket I keep all that I would need for basic baking organization in one place.

Here is what I keep in my baking basket:
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Cookie scoop
Yeast packets
Baking soda
Baking powder
Cream of tartar
Vanilla and extracts
Food coloring
Frosting tips



Keeping baking items organized makes it easy to grab my baking supplies with one hand and mix up something from scratch just like that.

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A Week In The Garden And Coop

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring has rapidly turned to summer here in Southern California. Warm to hot temps have begun. March to April is the most beautiful in the garden here.

Our nasturtiums are huge this year. They have swallowed up our gnome garden.

garden gnome in the nasturtiums

I have mentioned that I planted along the Arizona planting schedule this year as our temps have for sure warmed over the last few years. This sweet 100 and champion tomato plant is amazing. Along with my compost tea, the warm temperatures have made them grow like mad. I already have tomatoes that are baseball sized. I have a feeling I will pick tomatoes in April this year.

early spring tomato in Southern California

In areas where the soil is too compacted for planting I have tucked pots with different types of zucchini which I do yearly.

mosaic garden sign




rusty garden girl

Isn't nature the amazing artist? I love the feather pattern on my dark brahma bantam hen. The girls are laying daily.

dark brahma bantam hen

Cilantro Lime Rice

Friday, March 27, 2015

A super easy refreshing rice side dish. This cilantro lime rice recipe is great with fish, chicken or Mexican food.


All you do is cook some Jasmine rice according to package directions but add a good tablespoon of butter while it cooks. When the rice is done but while it is hot, add the juice of 2-3 limes, some salt and a nice bunch of chopped cilantro. Mix thoroughly and serve. Enjoy!

Farmhouse Easter Decor

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

 You know I think of our house as a farmhouse in the city so our decor follows suit. The hubby did a bit of a farmhouse Easter decor job this year. Really farmhouse describes us perfectly. Decor that is well loved, used, useful and mix and match. How about a little Easter tour?

farmhouse Easter decor, rustic decor, ball jars, mixed media

I stole some of our plastic Easter eggs to drop in a ball jar.

farmhouse Easter decor, Easter eggs in a ball jar



farmhouse Easter decor, green rolling pin, Easter egg wreath

I really find it hard to decorate with pastels but I love yellow and green for spring decorating. These chicks and the chick picture are my favorites.

farmhouse Easter decor, chicks and eggs



farmhouse Easter decor, prim Easter eggs


I found this sunshine pillow at Home Goods and since we are Sunny Simple Life I had to have it. We sure have lots of sunshine in Southern California.

farmhouse Easter decor, sunshine burlap pillow

Simple Saturdays 3/21

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Join us for ideas on living a Simple Lifestyle and being Self Sufficient!

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