Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Planting Succulents in a Tool Box

Remember those cool metal tool boxes we each got at the Power Tools Retreat??  
Planting succulents into your tool box is easy and the results are so beautiful.

 Get your tool box, or any metal box,bucket or container you'd like to use.  The possibilities are endless!
 Grab some potting soil  Picked this 1 cubic foot up at Walmart for just around $5.00
 Grabbed a bag of Pea Pebbles for around $3.50 at Walmart.  These are great for all pots that don't have a lot of drainage.

 Pick up a variety of succulents and garden plants.  I found all of these at Walmart.  No rules to picking plants, just be aware that succulents will take less water then the garden plants so some areas will need to be watered more than others.
Garden plants need watering every other day depending on the weather, more when it's really hot and outside, less if this will be an indoor plant.
Succulents need to be watered, then completely dried out before watering can happen again.

Love this variety of color and shapes of the succulents
 Put a layer of Pea Pebbles into the bottom of your container
 Now layer your Potting Soil
 Start placing your plants with the talls in the middle and the smallers as fillers around the edges

I love when the plants trail over the edge of my pots so I added the ivy on each side and they will grow longer.  I also added the pansies for the pop of color.  Just keep filling in the plants til they look cohesive.  Remember - they'll be growing bigger and those empty spots will fill in.

 They love the sun.  After I plant I usually give an even watering and then set the container out in the sun.

This beauty was set out on the coffee table at my last retreat.

I then gave it to our cute Power Tools host as a gift for teaching us so much!  This thing weighs a ton and he just lifted it up as if it was nothing!
These are some other containers I'm planting in...anything goes!  Happy Planting!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The House

The Heber House is an amazing place.  
I love hosting my retreats here!

Love my hand painted sign done by Amanda Elton of the Black & White Shop
All the retreat attendees received this adorable print by artist Aimee Ferre.  Check out her shop!

Comfy beds, cute decor.

The Instagram Wall.  
If you've ever been a guest of the Heber House, chances are your picture will show up on the wall!

The Living Room
Dining Room

Beautiful Kitchen
The Map Room

Check out my upcoming retreats and join me at the Heber House!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Easy Asian Dinner

One of the best things about the Reclaim Yourself Retreats is the food!  
Creative brains need good food
I served these delicious Turkey Lettuce Wraps for dinner one night.  This is a super easy Asian dinner and tastes so good!
 Asian Turkey wraps are easy and delicious!  Serve with romaine lettuce, white or brown rice, wontons and spring rolls (Costco) for some crunch. 
When that sauce is drizzled over...YUM!
  A simple vegetable platter was served.  Green onions were cut for toppings on the turkey lettuce wraps.
Instead of a heavy dessert, I served a light refreshing drink using lime sherbet, sprite, topped with whip cream and a strawberry.  So good!

Thanks to Monica of Six Sisters Deli in Eagle Mountain for sharing her delicious recipes!

Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Yield: 8 servings
1 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, optional
Mix all together and set aside to marinate while you prepare other ingredients.

Now Chop the following
2 cloves fresh garlic, grated, (set 1/2 aside for sauce.)
1 inch of peeled ginger, grated, (set 1/2 aside for sauce.)
1 small jalapeño or Serrano chili, minced fine
1 carrot, chopped small
1/2 onion chopped small
1 rib of celery chopped small
1small can water chestnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon siracha or sambal sauce (optional)
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon vinegar, or lemon or lime juice
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
Mix well: set aside
4 tablespoons soy,
2tablespoons hoisin
1/2 garlic(previously set aside)
1/2 gingerpreviously set aside)
1 teaspoon siracha
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon or lime juice
In a skillet, on medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons oil. Stir in ground Turkey mixture Stir fry until fully cooked, remove from pan, set aside.
Add a little oil to the skillet, add in carrot, onion, celery, and water chestnuts. Stir fry about 5 minutes make a space in the middle of pan and add a little Oil. Stir in remaining 1/2 the garlic, and remaining 1/2 the ginger, and the jalapeño into this oil and stir until you can smell it, about a minute, then stir it through out the vegetable mixture. Add the set aside cooked turkey, and 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce. Stir well, taste, season with more siracha or soy if desired
Serve in lettuce cups with sauce


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Crafts

The crafts are one of the things I look forward to at each retreat.  There are so many fun projects to do and this is a few we did at the Power Tools Retreat.

 You can purchase this board from Michaels
 Shanon, a designer for Cricut taught us how to make the paper flowers that we glued onto the wood.  These paper flowers are beautiful! 

 We tried the flowers in shadow boxes how they turned out.

 Cute girl Staci
 When your crafting into the late nights, we tend to get a little silly
Stacie & Linda 
Ashleigh was so much fun! 

The next day we got busy on the Power Tools.  Brandon of Two Pitts of a Pear is a very talented guy.  He explained things so well and then let us get hands-on exerience.

 This is the cute framed pallet I built!  It looks even better with the floral wall art on it!
 Tiffany and Randa
These women amazed me! 

 Linda, Brandon, Ashleigh and Mike

It was so cool to learn how to use the power tools and then to be able to create something with our own hands.  I'm more confident using power tools and I just purchased bead board & peg board for a project I'm doing!