Iced London Fog

Hello! It’s been a little while, we had a bit of a bumpy start to our summer but now things have calmed down so I figured I’d share a recipe.

I’ve recently discovered the joy of a London Fog on ice. It was a total summer drinks game changer. I can’t get enough of them!

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I don’t always have the means to go to a cafe to get one either so I’ve learned to do them at home. So simple, which I love!

Okay so you need…

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  1. Put your ice in a glass, I used a mason jar because all our cups are puny and I like big drinks.
  2. Add your sweetener. You can use sugar, honey, or a drinks syrup, and you can always add less or more depending on how sweet you want it to be.
  3. Mix in the Tea. When I brewed mine I filled a regular mug with hot water and two tea bags. I don’t use boiling water because that can make your tea taste bitter.
  4. Lastly, pour in your milk and stir. If you prefer you can sub your milk for almond or coconut instead for a dairy free option.
  5. Enjoy with a rhubarb square or a strawberry peach galette!

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-Dawn

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DIY Cloth Napkins

Hello Everyone! Hope you’re having a lovely Saturday!

Okay so I love filling my home with meaningful things.

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I also try to be mindful of those things I’ve brought into my home, whether it’s a new shirt or a new-to-me book shelf. I am by no means a minimalist, aesthetically it’s appealing but it’s not for me, I need the 3 different frying pans 😛

So I try to be aware of what I purchase: where it comes from, the materials, or maker. But also how it impacts the environment. I wrote a post on that topic last week, read it here if you missed it.

I was needing some brighter, more summery inspired cloth napkins. I didn’t really want to just buy some, I wanted to sew some myself so they’d have more value and to work on my mediocre sewing skills.

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I found my fabric at MCC, a local thrift store, for $1.50 and I had enough fabric to make 9 12×9″ napkins.

Okay so jumping in…

Materials you need are:

  • Fabric
  • Something to measure with
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Iron
  • Somewhere to iron
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  1. So step one will be to measure and cut your fabric, whatever you chose. Cotton and linen are ideal, but because I bought mine second hand I don’t know the specs.

 

I cut my pieces to 12×9″ but you can adjust yours to whatever size you want.

2. Next would be to cut a little notch into the corners just under 1/2″ like this IMG_1269 (1)

3. Then you’ll want to iron down the short length side like this (for me that would be the 9″ side), remembering to press it down onto the back of the fabric.IMG_1566

4. and then trim the corner edge like this, and then iron the other edge like this

5. Next you’ll start to sew the edges down, to make it easier for yourself when you get to a corner make sure the needle is in the fabric then lift the sewing foot and turn your fabric square so the it’s straight with the hem, put the foot down and resume sewing. Remember to back stitch at the beginning and end of each napkin so it doesn’t unravel.

6. Repeat on all your napkins, and there you have it 🙂

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They’re not flawless because the hem isn’t rolled in but they’re perfectly imperfect. Easy and so simple. IMG_1579

You can fold them like a brochure and they fit nicely under utensils.

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IMG_1583 Now you can have your very own cloth napkins that you’ll hopefully treasure because you made them yourself.

Is there anything you’re sewing this summer? Tell me about it by leaving a comment!

-Dawn

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DIY: Spring Wreath

It’s the first day of Spring! Yaaaaay!

If you missed my last post about Spring starting you can read that here.

I just wanted to share a quick little DIY to help spruce up your living space especially for this fresh season. You can also check out my Fall Wreath for more inspiration.

Okay so you need a few things to make this.

  • Grapevine Wreath (I get mine from Michael’s, they’re different prices depending on the size you use. I used a 14″ this time.)
  • Some fake flowers  and foliage in Spring-y tones (You can get these at Michael’s for $$ or dollar stores for $. I went with some dangly purple ones and then cut them in half.)
  • A letter for your initial (either Michael’s or dollar stores will have them, my sister had actually made this one for me with some twine.)
  • String to attach your letter, and give you a way to hang your wreath.
  • Scissors
  • warmed up hot glue gun

Okay now the steps…

  1. Take flowers off their long stems, you don’t want them sticking out of your wreath. Start to place them where you’d like them to go around your letter and add your foliage. When you’re happy with the placement glue them there so it doesn’t get mixed up or they fall out of the wreath. IMG_0759
  2. Next thing would be to put your letter down and tie it there, use hot glue if you need to keep it put. I reuse mine so I try not to glue it. IMG_0760
  3. and lastly tie a loop to hang it! I didn’t for this one so you don’t have to either, but I normally do. And that’s it, so easy! IMG_0762

And well yeah that’s it. Super easy like everything else that I like to do haha.

-Dawn

Winter Beginnings 2017/18

Okay I know I should have written this last year at the beginning of December but I couldn’t. I didn’t know what I wanted for this season, I was so sleep deprived as any new mom so realistically I just wanted sleep.

I have now caught up on all that sleep as Evan and I have managed to sleep train Cornelia over the crazy busy holiday season and I’m feeling a bit like myself again.

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Although, I don’t feel the same as I had before Cornelia came to us. I forget just about everything which is unlike me, I’m starting to need coffee each morning, I want to dress differently and just my everyday everything just seems completely altered. I needed to give myself time to recover and decide what I wanted for this next year. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on myself and just even 2017.

I felt like 2017 was a year of anxiousness. Evan and I pretty much spent the whole year impatiently waiting on our little babe to arrive in September. And there was so much pain in the world and in our newsfeeds (Trump’s inauguration, Hurricanes, Wildfires in Canada and USA, Vegas shooting, North Korea, extremist marches, the list goes on…) There was no way to avoid it.

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I was seeing was a lot of trends, things becoming popular across the globe because of the internet, everything was moving so fast (ideas, videos, memes, clothing, etc). I feel like I’m suffocating in screen time and I need to come up for air. (I think we all need to come up for air, but that’s not the point, right now).

So 2018

I need to find MY air. What do I like, I don’t want to buy a shirt because everyone else is wearing that shirt, I don’t want to listen to that radio station because everyone likes that music. Do you understand my point?

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I want to get off social media and off the internet because it drives me crazy. Not all platforms make me crazy, like this little space that is Simply Scholing. And I really can’t give up Instagram, but I don’t want those “Instagram mom models” to influence what I like. Maybe I’m insane and what I want isn’t achievable, but I really do want to try.

I want to read a book or go on an adventure, I’ve always wanted to go to the Othello Tunnels so maybe we’ll go as a family this Spring. Just get away from all the fast and furious.

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I love all things vintage and often feel like I was born in the wrong era, so maybe fill my home with some curated treasures or dress a little differently. Basically just finding what I really like not based on anyone else’s opinions.

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Another thing for 2018…

(I don’t normally share anything too personal like spiritual things, but I’m gonna share this.) In December I felt called to be more generous in 2018. I’ve never been good at sharing, maybe it’s the oldest child in me. I kept hearing God tell me I need to exercise generosity so I’m going to be working on that.

Moving on to my Winter goals…

For every season I set myself goals you can read past ones here: Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Autumn 2017

So the things I want to work on this season are…

  • A bullet journal, which will keep my thoughts together and be a diary for me, but mostly Cornelia and any of her small, exciting milestones.
  • Okay, I know I gave a mini rant about how I need to get away from the internet, but Building this blog. I enjoy being in this space and sharing, even if no one were to read my words. I simply need to find the balance of being present here but also being able to turn it off.
  • Being better stewards to the Earth in our home (cloth diapers and wipes for Cornelia, biodegradable soaps, being aware of plastic packaging, etc.)
    — Blog post about my fave products from The Body Shop, and what they do as a company.
— Vinegar is the number one best household product for natural cleaning

So yeah.

Do you agree with me? Do you also feel like our world is moving so fast and you can’t catch your breath? Are there certain things you wish to achieve this year or season? Let me know by leaving me a comment!

-Dawn

Autumn Beginnings 2017

So it’s been a while but that’s because our darling baby girl came! Our Cornelia Joy was born September 3rd and we are so in love, but who isn’t 😉

Today is the first day of Fall so I thought it was appropriate to come back with a beginnings post! You can read my last one here! Autumn is my all time favorite season! I love the doom and gloom that we get here in the valley it just makes everything so cozy and I love that. Also it’s holiday season which makes it even better, everything up till Christmas is just my fave haha.

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At the beginning of a new season I always reflect on the past season and set new goals for myself in the coming couple months. I’m not always as successful as I want to be with goals but then I carry them over to the next season. Doing this helps me grow better with more short term goals, because if I give myself more time, chances are I’ll forget or give up.

As for the goals I had set for myself I think I really did okay, I had told myself to take it easy and sure at times I got pretty stressed out but overall I found ways to keep calm and I worked hard to trust in God and know that he’ll provide.

I had also spent the summer prepping for our new addition and a cut in our income and I think it helped that by the end of the summer I felt ready and had the basic necessities for a baby.

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In this season of Fall I don’t really have any specific goals, more just areas of life that I want to improve on.

I’m just learning what this new stage of life is. Figuring out our family of three, what does it look like being a mom. I’m so excited for it, watching our little girly grow. We are so blessed.

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One thing I’m going to be focusing on is a more conscious lifestyle for us in our home. When Cornelia is a bit bigger she’ll fit the cloth diapers that I had bought second hand, right now we are able to use cloth wipes for her. In the kitchen I’m already using washable ziplock bags and beeswax wraps. And I’ve started to work on a more conscious wardrobe for myself like by being more aware of the fabrics and the makers of my clothing. All of which I’ll be writing on in the next couple months so stay tuned for those exciting posts!

Another thing I want to try is a bullet journal. Generally I’m pretty organized, or at least I’d like to think so haha. I make lots of lists, I love lists. I live for lists, seriously. But I need to keep those lists a little more organized so I think a bullet journal is a good solution for that!

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Do you have anything you want to try this Autumn? Oh! and if you’ve got any bullet journal tips let me know by leaving me a comment!

dawn

Summer Beginnings

Starting the end of August I’ll be on maternity leave, and it’s not going to be easy. My income will be cut in half and so we won’t have a whole lot of disposable income.

Preparing for this baby has me feeling like I’m preparing for the coming long winter like our great great grandparents had done. There’s so much I need to get ready and plan for. I need to stockpile food and make sure I have things for the baby and for ourselves so we stay sane.

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I know we’ll be okay because I have faith that God will provide for us because he really truly has so far.  But I also need to be diligent in my preparation; I believe he provides but he doesn’t just give hand outs to those who just sit around asking for hand outs.

Don’t get me wrong, I am so beyond excited to be able to spend that time with my baby and I will learn so many sufficiency skills but let’s be honest. I am STRESSED. Preparing for this is hard, and I might have a hint of understanding how my great grandparents had felt when preparing for their own winter.

Okay moving on!

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Okay so at the beginning of every season I always sit myself down, and make some goals for myself. It helps me get through a year without going crazy because it gives me a short term goal to focus on so I can actually achieve things that I want to do. It gives me a time frame in which to learn a skill or mark something off my “to-do list”. Sometimes I don’t always attain a goal (like I’ve been trying to cook at home 3 nights a week for seriously, the whole last year) but that’s where I give myself grace and keep it on the list and each season I get better 🙂 See my very first post with my goals HERE.

Looking back at what goals I had set for myself in Spring Beginnings, I can say I managed to do 2 out of my 3 goals. Sorta haha

  • I can honestly say I’ve cooked from scratch way more then I have in our almost two year marriage, can’t promise it was at least 3 times a week consistently.
  • I can also say that I minimized what was in my home, but I’m also still slowly working on that one. No rush on this one but as long as its done before the baby comes I’m happy. I’ve got a big pile of things that need to go to the thrift store and I’ve been slowly adding stuff to that pile.
  • I have not had the energy to really work on developing my waste management. I do try to reuse ziploc bags where I can and obviously continuing to recycle, but I really wanted to work on using less plastic so that’s something I will revisit in the fall, with research during the next couple months.

This summer I’m not really going to give myself any goals other then, take it easy.

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I want to relax this summer. Growing a human is hard so I need to be taking extra self care. I have this tendency to over stress about the future sometimes so my goal is to not do that. Ultimately, trust in God and let him carry us through this year.

Often times when I get stressed like this I’m always go, go, go. I’ve got all this stuff on a list that I need to finish as soon as I possibly can, but this summer I’m going to be more relaxed about that.

Like the baby’s room, I’m the type that needs it set up NOW. We’re taking our guest/storage room and we’ll be making it into the nursery. So before my parents came in March, I swear you couldn’t even get into this room it was just so full, I cleaned it up enough that they could sleep there. And then it took me until this week to finally get it empty enough that I was satisfied and that we could actually start setting up the nursery.

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This is just very unlike me but I’ve been impressed with my relaxed attitude and patience that I hope it carries out for the summer. I still have that list but I’m going to take my time with it and RELAX.

One other thing is that recently I’ve been doing a lot of looking into zero-waste lifestyles and sustainably shopping. I’ve looked into all sorts of things like eco-friendly laundry detergents, where to buy sustainable clothing, and going plastic free. Part of this is because in the coming fall, I might not find as much value in plastic wrap over meat or milk. So I’m learning ways on how can I make my stuff last longer and not feel so awful about throwing away a ziploc bag that I paid for (money going in the garbage). Another part is knowing that we’re doing at least a little damage to our earth, you can’t deny that, by polluting it with garbage that doesn’t break down for hundreds of years. I’m not trying to be a hippie or crunchy, but as a Christian I think we need to be stewards of the earth as well as good neighbors. 

So this Summer I am preparing, and relaxing, and researching. Winter is coming.

(sorry I really really really needed to sneak that in, we’re GOT fans)

 

Do you have any goals or plans for the summer? Let me know, by leaving me a comment!

If you want to read about my garden go HERE

dawn

Lemon Pepper Veggie Dip

It has been a sad rainy week here in the Fraser Valley, although I don’t mind 😉 It means I don’t have to water my garden and maybe the promise of a not too hot summer for my pregnant body? Anyone else feel the same? Probably not. Haha

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Okay I promised in one of my last posts to share a veggie dip so here it is today! I’ve made this dip for other foods (mostly perogies, to be honest) and it was actually a perogie dip recipe that I’ve adapted. Originally it was based with sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest and other spices but I made it a little simpler and quicker to make.  So I’m just gonna jump right in!

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Here’s what you’ll need…

lemon pepper veggie dip recipe

I use Olympic brand of Greek yogurt because they locally source the milk from BC and they also have really big tubs, also make sure it’s plain so you don’t get any conflicting flavours. And then I use Trader Joe’s Lemon Pepper in a grinder and really I just guess and say it’s about a tablespoon amount.

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Now, just mix everything together in a bowl and it’s ready to serve! I’m serving this fresh cut veggies, even radishes from my garden!

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This dip goes really well with other foods like perogies, of course, but also BBQ chicken or steak, and roasted potatoes. It’s a great summer recipe because of the freshness the lemon adds. Also, by using Greek yogurt you have a little added protein to your plate.

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I love that it’s made from scratch, and it’s so simple and easy (If you regularly read my blog then you know I LOVE simple and easy).

This dip is healthier then using ranch dressing or any other type of store bought dip which can have hidden gross stuff, which isn’t good for healing your gut. The Greek yogurt and lemon juice have healthy tummy promoting bacteria! Just like a traditional diet should 🙂

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Give it a try and tell me what you think by leaving me a comment!

dawn