Dec 19

From the Farm Blog Hop… Homemade Christmas Centerpiece

From the Farm Blog Hop

Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

And, also Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Yule, Solstice Blessings, Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year! Did I get everyone? If I left out someone’s special holiday, I do apologize, and wish you a very happy that, as well! :)

In light of all the holidays, though, the From the Farm Blog Hop will be taking next week and the week after OFF and we will see you back here on January 2nd!

And now, I am very pleased to say that I chose How to Make a Homemade Christmas Centerpiece from Faith Filled Food for Moms as my featured post.

From the Farm Blog Hop Featured Post // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

photo credit: Faith Filled Food for Moms

The centerpiece is gorgeous. And she has a list of other great centerpiece ideas as well. I had the privilege of having my four-year-old niece with me “helping” to read everyone’s posts and choose a favorite. And I must say, that there is one on the list that is especially suited to the kids’ table, if you happen to have one.

I bet you can’t guess which one was Adorable Niece’s favorite! ;)

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Dawn @ Oh Sweet Mercy

Honey @ Honey’s Life

Lee @ Lady Lee’s Home

Karen @ Blue Yonder Urban Farms

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Last Minute Holiday Gifts // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Dec 17

My Week on Wednesday and Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Join us each week for My Week on Wednesday to find out what Christine from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers has been doing all week and also to find some GREAT links about that week's THEME

 

Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday!

I hope you are all enjoying your holidays, and holiday preparation! It’s been a little bit crazy around here with plays and concerts and dance recitals. But a good kind of crazy. The kind of crazy where you look at your little dancing Pixie and think, Could she get any cuter? and listen to the Boy playing his clarinet and wonder, Is it even possible that I made something that is that talented?

Not to mention the tear-jerking performance of Ebeneezer Scrooge at our school’s performance of A Christmas Carol. I don’t actually even know that kid — if it had been my kid up there, I’d still be recovering! :)

But, anyway… I’m fairly certain that there is a lot of that going around. The craziness, I mean… maybe not the sobbing at an elementary school play.

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Now I like to have my holiday shopping all wrapped up (pun totally intended) by our Yule Party. For one thing, it’s much easier to relax and have fun when I know that those last couple of gifts are not hanging out there… waiting to be made or purchased.

Plus we do exchange a few gifts at Yule.

But mostly it’s like setting your alarm clock for a half-hour before you actually have to get up. Or telling your perpetually late friend that you’ll meet her at the restaurant at noon… when you have no intention of actually showing up until 12:30. That way, when she shows up at 12:45, you’ve hardly waited at all.

I used to have that friend. Now I am sometimes afraid that I am that friend. (I think it has something to do with having children.)

So I’m thinking that maybe you don’t quite have all your holiday gift-giving ducks in a row. So I’ve put together a list of great last-minute gift ideas from myself, my fellow bloggers at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

Last Minute Holiday Gifts // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

From the Kitchen

Outrageously Delicious Homemade Jam from the Herbal Academy of New England — the jam is raw and uncanned so just whip some up and your loved one has fresh jam for their toast

Tea Infuser

via Amazon

Tea. Grab some of your favorite teas, a mug, and maybe a tea ball, or this cute little fellow, and you are good to go

Wine. And be sure to check out these cute little hat and scarf sets from Little Fall Creek to dress up your wine bottle.

Homemade Granola from Fabulous Farm Girl — besides being delicious, having a ready-made breakfast cereal can be the gift of 5 more minutes to sleep!

Homemade Spice Mixes like Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Spice — they are perfect for flavoring a latte or hot chocolate

A cookie tray. For delicious cookie ideas try Ancestral Cookie Recipes and 21 Holiday Cookies

Jam. If you’ve been making jam over the summer, grab a couple of jars, stick them in a cute holiday bag, and you have an instant gift!

Layered Popcorn Gift Jars from Chicken Scratch NY

Just a Little Bit of Pampering

Lavender Bath Salts from Fabulous Farmgirl

Homemade Rose Lip Balm from Naturally Loriel

Sweet Oranges & Rose Perfume from the Herbal Academy of New England — this sounds really amazing! Want even more gift ideas from the Herbal Academy of New England, be sure to check out Last Minute Gift Ideas to Make at Home.

Or grab your loved one a gift certificate for an Herbal Course from the Herbal Academy of New England – 15% off now for the Holidays :)

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photo via Herbal Academy of New England

Homemade

A cute basket of homemade cleaners like the ones from Common Sense Homesteading — Now be careful with this one! I think it’s an awesome gift… but you don’t want your recipient to think you think they are messy! ;)

Homemade Car Air Fresheners from Simple Life Mom

Seed Packet Ornament from Yearning & Learning — I love this idea!

Easy Baby Headband Tutorial from Mom it Forward — A Clever Person could probably figure out how to turn this into a bow or barrette for an older child… or a whimsical adult ;)

Infinity Scarf from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers. If you know how to crochet, you can whip one of these babies out in an evening. I know, ’cause this is my post. ;)

Don’t have a whole evening, but still want to give someone a scarf? Try the No-Sew Fleece Scarf from Mom Prepares.

When all Else Fails — Delegate!

5 Last Minute Gifts for the Kids to Make from Homestead Lady

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photo via Homestead Honey

Even More Ideas

10 (Really) Last Minute Handmade Gifts from Homestead Honey

14 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts from the Herbal Academy of New England

Practical Gifts for Frugal Friends from Letters from Sunnybrook

Back to Basics Holiday Gift Guide from A Return to Simplicity

7 Gift Ideas for the Real Food Person in Your Life from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers (that’s me!)

Procrastinator’s Guide to Christmas Presents from Little Blog on the Homestead

11 Homemade Gift Set Ideas from Simple Life Mom

Christmas Ideas for the Backyard Chicken Keeper from Linn Acre Farm — Maybe this won’t work for everyone, but you know at least one person who keeps chickens, don’t you?

Christmas Gifts Made in an Afternoon from A Life in Balance

Romantic Gifts from Little Blog on a Homestead

Heartfelt Holiday Gifts from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers (that’s me!)

There you go. Take a deep breath. Maybe two. You can do this! :)

And now for the Quote of the Week. Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week.

Okay… maybe this isn’t exactly a quote. But it is a picture with words on it… and it was, hands down, the most shared picture with words on it this week.

Besides. I really love the sentiment.

Holiday Greetings // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

 

Thank you for joining me for My Week on Wednesday. Tell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

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Dec 15

White Hot Chocolate with Gingerbread Spice

White Hot Chocolate with Gingerbread Spice // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersThe other day, when I was working on my Gingerbread Cookie Latte post, two of the most adorable little kids were following me around with these sad puppy eyes.

(Yes, they were my kids, and no, they don’t drink coffee.)

So I decided to make them a special drink of their own using the same gingerbread spice. :)

It was ridiculously easy… and tasty besides!
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However, before you start (if you haven’t already made some for your latte ;) ), you’re going to need to mix up some Gingerbread Spice. It’s easy. I recommend using organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs. (You can order them here.)

Gingerbread Spice Mix // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

2 Tablespoons cinnamon

2 Tablespoons ginger

1 Tablespoon allspice

1 Tablespoon nutmeg

1 Tablespoon cloves

a pinch of black pepper 

Store in a glass jar, like one of these

White Hot Chocolate with Gingerbread Spice

serves two

What you need:

2 cups of the best milk you can find. We use whole, cream top, vat pasteurized milk from grass fed cows.

1/4 cup white chocolate chips (I used these ones, and they are the best I have been able to find so far; if you know of any white chocolate chips that are certified organic, or verified GMO-free, please share!)

2 Tablespoons coconut oil (like this)

1 T gelatin (like this)

1/4 tsp Gingerbread Spice Mix

White Hot Chocolate with Gingerbread Spice // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Add the chocolate chips and the coconut oil to a small pan, and heat over low heat, stirring constantly. If you have a double boiler, that would be even better, but I don’t have one.

When the chips are melted, add the milk, then the gelatin and the spices. Turn the heat up to medium and warm through, stirring constantly. Divide between two mugs. If desired, use a whisk to create a little foam before serving.

Did you try it? What did you think? Please be sure to leave me a comment; I love to hear from you! :)

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Dec 13

Gingerbread Cookie Latte

Gingerbread Cookie Latte (with Homemade Spice Mix) // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

You may have already noticed this… but I really have a thing for those expensive coffee-house drinks.

But I can’t do them anymore.

I don’t want the horrific amount of refined sugar… or any refined sugar, actually, not to mention the fact that the milk is likely to be from cows fed GMO feed and dosed with GMO growth hormones, and that the syrups and spices are laced with suspicious chemicals.

And the disposable cups. And ridiculously expensive price tag.

Luckily I can whip up a mean latte that can beat out anything Starbucks can produce. :)

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So… just in time for Christmas, it is my pleasure to share with you my brand-new, fabulously delicious Gingerbread Cookie Latte.

Before you start, though, you’re going to need to mix up some Gingerbread Spice. It’s easy. I recommend using organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs. (You can order them here.)

Gingerbread Spice Mix // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

2 Tablespoons cinnamon

2 Tablespoons ginger

1 Tablespoon allspice

1 Tablespoon nutmeg

1 Tablespoon cloves

a pinch of black pepper 

Store in a glass jar, like one of these

By the way, if you’re in the mood for Gingerbread Spice, but not in the mood for coffee, be sure to check out

White Hot Chocolate with Gingerbread Spice.

Gingerbread Cookie Latte // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersGingerbread Cookie Latte

serves two

You need:

1 cup brewed espresso. We use dark espresso ground coffee, and this adorable little espresso maker to brew it.

1 Tablespoon unsulphered molasses (like this)

2 cups of the best milk you can find. We use whole, cream top, vat pasteurized milk from grass fed cows.

2 eggs from pastured hens

2 Tablespoons of raw honey, preferably local

1/2 teaspoon Gingerbread Spice Mix 

2 Tablespoons coconut oil (like this)

To a heavy bottomed pan, which is not on a lit burner, add the milk and the eggs. Whisk to break yolks. Then add all the other ingredients except for the the espresso and the molasses.

Then, and only then, turn on the burner and heat over low and, using a whisk, stir constantly. (Trust me on this. Otherwise, you will wind up with little bits of scrambled egg in your milk… and this is way less than ideal.)

When the milk is warm, and the egg white no longer noticeable divide between two large mugs.

Pour the brewed coffee into a measuring cup and add the molasses. Pour a 1/2 cup of the coffee into each mug and enjoy!

Gingerbread Cookie Latte // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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Dec 12

From the Farm Blog Hop… Homesteading — The Cow

From the Farm Blog Hop

Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day! I can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us this week! :)

For my featured post this week I chose Abundant-Wellness’s Homestead–The Cows.

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photo via Abundant-Wellness.net

Why? Well, a huge reason is that this post is spit-your-coffee-out funny. You have been warned. But also because I just really like cows. And I live in the city, so I won’t be getting one any time soon. So I am living vicariously through the folks over at Abundant-Wellness. ;)

And the pictures rock. The cows are beautiful.

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Krystyna @ Spring Mountain Living

Karen Lyn @ Lil’ Suburban Homestead

Tessa @ The Homestead Lady

Connie@ Urban Overalls

Dawn @ Oh Sweet Mercy

Honey @ Honey’s Life

Lee @ Lady Lee’s Home

Karen @ Blue Yonder Urban Farms

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