DIY desert terrarium tutorial
For a while now I’ve had a little desert plant that hasn’t seemed to be doing well in my windows. I’ve tried watering it less, I’ve tried watering it more, I’ve tried different locations, and nothing has worked. It’s the kind of yellowish floppy one in the back right of the photos, and since I originally bought it intending to put it in a terrarium, I decided I’d see if it would thrive in a new home. Here is how to make a cute little desert terrarium that will (hopefully) make your plants happy.

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1. This coconut pecan cashew butter looks amazing.
2. I really want to make one of these beautiful mounted staghorn ferns for my wall.
3. An easy last-minute Easter decorating idea.
4. Although these are a holiday project, I think these gold-dipped log candleholders would be appropriate all year.

Hahaha, the best thing I’ve seen lately.

You have to read this amazing story, about a 13-year-old girl who hunts with eagles in Mongolia.

I made these spinach puffs for a party yesterday, and even though I kind of did a terrible job at following the recipe, they still turned out great. Hooray for forgiving recipes! They’d make a great Easter appetizer.


Over the last several months I’ve been trying some new beauty products, and I’ve found some stuff I really like. So I figured I’d spill the beans on what’s working for me lately.

beauty products

Benefit Feelin’ Dandy Lip and Cheek Kit – I mainly bought this because I wanted a sample of Posietint before I committed to a full size bottle, but I’d also heard good things about the High Beam highlighter. Turns out the whole kit is great, and when I run out I’ll definitely invest in full-size bottles of the Posietint and High Beam.
Urban Decay Naked2 - I had been hearing about the wonders of the Naked kit for years, so I finally decided to splurge and try this famed palette of neutrals. Now I understand why it’s so popular–all of the shades are incredibly versatile and flattering.
FingerPaints Gel Nail starter Kit – Never have I had a manicure that lasts longer than a few days without chipping, but the gel manicure I gave myself with this kit was incredibly durable. Now I can’t imagine doing my nails any other way.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarin-Basilic – I tried this on in a department store in San Francisco, and then couldn’t forget the scent. Most perfumes give me a headache, but for some reason this one doesn’t. It’s super light and citrus-y, which seems perfect for spring. Also, isn’t the bottle super pretty?

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Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos
Until I made these tacos last week, it had been a while since I had actually cooked anything. First there was moving, then there was falling on stairs, then there was making myself sick by taking too many painkillers and drinking alcohol (obviously not smart, kids, don’t do it). And then the timing worked out that we didn’t have a stove or oven for a few days while we got a gas lined installed in our kitchen and got a new gas range delivered and hooked up. So although I pinned this recipe and fully intended to make it right away, I ended up having to wait. Which probably made these tacos taste even better, although I don’t really think they needed much help. I mean, they’ve got roasted vegetables, which are pretty much always delicious, plus Mexican spices and avocado and sour cream, which make anything better, so it’s a pretty potent recipe right there. And I can’t take any of the credit, because the recipe is pretty much entirely from here (I just tweaked it a tiny bit).
Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos

Recipe from here.

For the Tacos:
1 1/2 Tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon water
1 (15 oz.) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 head cauliflower, washed and cut into bite-size florets
Small corn or flour tortillas
1 cup finely chopped red cabbage
1 large avocado, seed removed and diced
Hot sauce
Mild cheese, like mozzarella or cheddar, grated

For the Lime Crema:
1 cup sour cream
1/8 cup fresh lime juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, lime juice, olive oil, and water. Stir in chickpeas and cauliflower florets. Place seasoned chickpeas and cauliflower on two lightly greased baking sheets. Roast for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally during cooking, until chickpeas are slightly crispy and cauliflower is tender. Remove from oven and set aside.

To make the lime crema, place the sour cream in a small bowl. Whisk in fresh lime juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

If using flour tortillas, heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat and lightly toast tortillas until they’re browned on one side, then flip and toast the other side. To construct your tacos, take a tortilla and place roasted cauliflower and chickpeas on top. Top with red cabbage, avocado slices, grated cheese, and hot sauce. Drizzle lime crema over the tacos and serve!

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4-12-14 links
1. Dress up your bedroom with this easy DIY wall sconce.
2. This chain layer necklace is a fantastic statement piece. (Reminds me a lot of this piece.)
3. Make your own fun faux jewel and wire rings.
4. Got an awkward window nook? Then you can turn it into a cute little cafe corner.
5. Keep track of your keys with this pretty leather braid keychain.
6. Refresh tired linens by naturally dyeing them with beets.

Hot hairstyles for spring

This Sunday (4/13) the Portland Flea will be in St. Johns. Definitely going to check this out, since the venue alone (a converted funeral home) sounds worth the trip.

I’m a little bit obsessed with this eyelet dress.

Steven made us these oatmeal cinnamon pancakes for breakfast this morning, and they were really great.

Just in time for spring cleaning, here are 10 tips to get rid of old clothes.

Our mattress is currently on the floor, so we’re on a the hunt for a bed, and this one is at the top of my list.

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