Real Food Menu for Week of 12.15.2019

Slowly but surely, we’re decorating the house for Christmas. We’ve never been early decorators, although I admire those who are. I just can’t get it together. We buy our tree later in the season, so it is fresh for our family visiting between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Don’t want the tree to be the first to leave the party!

Some years we’ve had to buy the Charlie Brown trees due to our tardiness, but we love the scraggly ones just the same. Amid all the last-minute preparations, here’s what we’re eating this week:

Breakfast:
Healthy Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal – Smells and tastes amazing! Bake once, and eat breakfast all week long. We doubled the cinnamon and cut the carbs by using monk fruit maple flavored syrup. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt for a protein boost.
https://www.erinliveswhole.com/healthy-carrot-cake-baked-oatmeal/

Lunch:
Crock-Pot Italian Chicken Soup – Creamy (dairy-free!) and packed with flavor, this recipe is a favorite! It’s very forgiving; use whatever veggies you have on hand. If including broccoli, add it during the last hour of cooking so it doesn’t get mushy. Top with chopped parsley and a little parmesan cheese if you like.
http://yourworldnatural.blogspot.com/2013/01/whole30-challenge-day-10-and-delicious.html

Dinner:
Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon and Zucchini Noodles – Yum! We ate this a few weeks ago, and my pictures turned out horribly. (Darn you, dark-at-5:00 evenings!) I’ll try to get some good pics and update the post.
https://abraskitchen.com/mediterranean-sheet-pan-salmon-with-zucchini-noodles/

Autumn Pear and Goat Cheese Chicken Salad – We can’t get enough of this one! Subbing parm for the goat cheese.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/autumn-pear-goat-cheese-chicken-salad/

Creamy and Skinny Tuscan Soup
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/creamy-skinny-tuscan-soup-recipe/

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken and Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce – New Recipe!
https://www.themediterraneandish.com/mediterranean-grilled-chicken-dill-greek-yogurt-sauce/

Perfect Roast Chicken – Ina’s recipes are always a home run. This chicken turns out perfectly every time. Great company meal!
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/perfect-roast-chicken-recipe-1940592

Snacks:
Bananas, Apples, Grapes, Avocados, Oranges. Almost daily, Mark makes popcorn in his Whirley-Pop. Who needs potato chips when you’ve got a fresh bowl of hot popcorn? A sprinkling of Lily’s chocolate chips makes it a decadent treat.
We’re also having roasted red pepper hummus with cucumber slices, and an antipasto snack of olives, grape tomatoes and mozzarella pearls. And by *we* I mean *me*; Mark doesn’t do hummus, or olives.

Treat: With all the Christmassing going on, we really don’t need a treat this week. See also, sprinkling chocolate chips on popcorn, above.

4 quart enamelware popcorn bowl

How cute are these vintage (1960’s?) popcorn bowls I thrifted a million years ago?!

I hope your week is off to a happy start, with loads of fun activities planned for the days ahead!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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An Arthurized Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers For Men

I know it’s cliche, but coming up with gift ideas for the men in my life is no easy task. Generally speaking, if they want something, they just order it. They’re problem solvers like that. If you get stuck trying to think of fun stocking stuffers for the men in your life, here are a few ideas:

Something to wear:

‘Cause fun socks are for the guys too.
Football
For Dad
Punch up a navy suit or wear them with a hoodie, jeans and chucks.
When his sense of sarcasm is fully developed.

My personal favs…to go with this shirt.
For the guy who likes to make the most of each day (These shirts are super soft)
Although not every day is a gift.
When he really loves his job.


My Grandpa would have loved this one; one of his favorite shirts said “So what?” on the front. The back side said “Who cares?”

Grooming Gifts:

Retro Rocket Trimmer – Ya gotta do it anyway, might as well make it fun. Mark’s had this one for several years and it’s still going strong.

Caffeinated Shave Products Fresh smelling and moisturizing. He needs a little more caffeine in his life.

A rock? Sure, if it’s one of these.
Favorite scents: Watermelon Tourmaline, Turquoise, Marble and Malachite
Have this one on hand if he’s on Santa’s naughty list this year.

For the guy who knows his way around in the kitchen:

Mark uses this milk frother every day.

Dishwasher Sign We have and love this. This handy product puts a stop to those scintillating questions like “Do I need to start the dishwasher?” and “Is this ready to unload?” You have more important things to discuss.

Meat Shredders – We use these often.

I think he’d love this oven mitt…or this one.

Pizza Wheel – He can always use another tool.

Speaking of tools, here are a few that are small enough to slip into a stocking.

Drill bits

Sandpaper, Electrical tape, Duck tape, Painter’s tape and super glue are useful gifts for most handymen.

Dude food:

If you have go-to stocking stuffers for men, I’d love to hear about them in the comments. I’m always up for some new ideas. Happy shopping!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 12.8.2019

Oh, y’all. We are in the throes of it now. Christmas decorating, shopping, gift wrapping and cooking has begun in earnest. And I love all of it!

On Friday evening, we attended my company Christmas dinner at the historic Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. The hotel absolutely sparkled from top to bottom with all the Christmas trees decorated by community groups. We’ll go back and stroll through one evening when it’s not as crowded. It’s a fun, local tradition and definitely worthwhile!

Here’s what’s cookin’ this week:

Breakfast:
Blueberry Coconut Chia Pudding –
https://kirbiecravings.com/blueberry-coconut-chia-pudding/

Lunch:
Hearty Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup – Hello, old friend! We’re subbing ground turkey for the beef in this recipe. The brown rice and ground meat make this a filling lunch.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-stuffed-bell-pepper-soup/

Dinner:

One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies – Take some help from the store and use baby carrots. Ain’t no shame in that game!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/one-pan-balsamic-chicken-veggies/

Sukuma Wiki: A wintertime favorite dish. Again, lightening it up a little by subbing ground turkey for ground beef.
https://thedomesticman.com/2013/07/02/sukuma-wiki-kenyan-braised-collard-greens-and-ground-beef/

Simple Pumpkin Soup

  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Gluten-free, dairy-free and delicious, comfort food

Ingredients

  • ½ c. onion, diced
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch of cayenne (or to taste)
  • ¼ tsp. ground pepper
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian)
  • 1 (13.5 oz.) can coconut milk
  • Garnish with pepitas, if desired

Directions

  1. Dice the onions and gently brown with olive oil in a large saute pan.
  2. Add pumpkin puree, salt, maple syrup, nutmeg cayenne and ground pepper.
  3. Slowly add chicken broth and coconut milk. Heat through, but do not bring to a boil. Garnish as desired and serve.
  4. http://www.arthurizedhome.com


Turkey Herbed Stuffing-Style Riced Cauliflower – Here’s a nice, light dinner or serve as a side dish with a piece of grilled chicken. For extra flavor, I like to add a tablespoon of poultry seasoning in addition to the other herbs.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/cauliflower-stuffing/

Convert Kale Salad – We’re definitely getting our greens this week. It’s called ‘convert’ because people who think they don’t like kale, try it and convert. I usually sub in pecans for the pine nuts. Don’t skip the step of massaging the kale! Make this a day ahead, so the kale softens in the dressing. This is a good salad for meal prep as it keeps well in the fridge for a few days.
http://belated-bloomer.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-little-wrap-up-of-these-finals-days.html

Pre massage.
Mix up the dressing.
Post massage.

Snacks:
Bananas, Mangoes, Avocados, Cukes, Celery and Almond Butter, Popcorn
Same ol’, same ol’.

Treat:
Maple Vanilla Baked Pears – This year’s crop of pears have been so sweet they haven’t needed jazzing up. If your pears could use a little something extra, try this recipe. So good!
https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/simple-maple-vanilla-baked-pears/

Have a fantastic week!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 12.01.2019

We kicked off our Thanksgiving Day by participating in one of Roanoke’s most loved and best supported races, the Drumstick Dash. This 5k brings in a significant amount of the Roanoke Rescue Mission’s annual food budget. Mother Nature contributed a side dish of cold weather and gusty winds for race morning; but we Roanokers are a hardy lot and were (mostly) undeterred. Over 10,000 of us got our dash on before partaking in our Thanksgiving meals. What a fun way to start the day!

We’ve had our fill of turkey, football, online shopping, reading and napping, and are ready to get back to our workaday routine, starting with the weekly menu. And, it appears we’re on a bit of a soup kick!

Breakfast:
Blueberry and Raspberry Baked Oatmeal – An old favorite. We make this in the winter using frozen berries.
https://www.sohowsittaste.com/blueberry-raspberry-baked-oatmeal/

Lunch:
Greek Chicken and Rice Bowls – One word: Yum!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/greek-chicken-rice-bowls/

Dinner:

French Onion Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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I’ve had this recipe for so long, that I can’t remember where I found it! I substitute gluten-free all-purpose flour for the wheat flour. The key to this rich soup is in caramelizing the onions until they are a deep, golden color. It’s worth every minute in flavor. Serve with crusty bread or sandwiches on the side. We like Brazilian cheese bread or gluten free baguette.

Ingredients

  • 8 brown onions, sliced
  • 1 oz. butter
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. thyme leaves
  • 2 T. plain, all-purpose flour (I use gluten free)
  • 2 T. brandy
  • 2 T. dijon mustard
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  1. Place the onions, butter, oil and thyme in a large saucepan over medium heat, cover and cook for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden.
  2. Add the flour and cook, stirring for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the brandy and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the mustard, stock and water and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.

French onion soup with gluten-free Brazilian cheese bread.

Salmon in Roasted Pepper Sauce – Delish! We like it over herbed cauliflower rice, which Aldi carries in the freezer section.
https://cooktoria.com/salmon-in-roasted-pepper-sauce/

Green Curry of Broccoli Soup – Simple to make and so flavorful.
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2012/01/16/7-surprising-reasons-to-eat-more-soup-green-curry-of-broccoli-soup/

Mason Jar Spinach Salad – I’m making for dinner, instead of meal prep.
https://www.theseasonedmom.com/spinach-and-bacon-mason-jar-salads/

Weeknight Taco Soup – We’ll lighten it up with ground turkey to make it Mediterranean diet friendly.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-weeknight-taco-soup/

Snack:
From time to time we go a little crazy buying produce and we may have done just that this weekend!
Apples, Oranges, Sweet Peppers, Bananas, Grapes, Hummus and Cucumber Slices

Treat:
Coconut Snowballs – No, I’m certainly not hoping for snow, but these goodies would almost make a snowstorm worthwhile. Almost.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/coconut-snowballs-recipe/

Have a great week, everyone!

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Make a Pumpkin Pie Bunting

How fun is this little bunting?! I decided to write a tutorial so that you can make one (or a million) too!

For each 8 slice bunting, you will need the following materials:

Kunin ‘Pumpkin Spice’ felt sheets – 1 sheet per bunting, bought at Joann Fabrics
Kunin ‘Cashmere Tan’ felt sheets – 2 sheets per bunting, bought at Joann Fabrics
Clear Tacky Glue
Hot Glue – I use mini glue guns for small projects like this one.
Scissors – I use mine for fabric only. They stay sharp for years this way.
Twine – Raid the garage, any twine will do. Cut to 8′ length.
1″ White Pom Poms – You’ll need one for each slice of pie. I used store bought; but tiny, hand made poms would be darling.

To make the pie slice template: Cut a piece of chipboard or heavy cardstock into a 3″ x 4″ rectangle. Find and mark the center of one 3″ end.

Draw lines from the opposite corners to create the triangle, as shown.

Curve the crust end of the template just slightly; use a small saucer as a guide, if you like.

Using your fancy-schmancy template, cut eight slices each of cashmere tan and pumpkin spice. Glue each slice of pumpkin spice onto a slice of cashmere tan, using clear tacky glue. (The glue is important. I tried white tacky glue and it seeped through the felt and was visible when dried. #craftfail #tragic)

We’ll trim the sides of the slices later, so avoid gluing all the way to the edge. (Dried glue is difficult to cut through and shows between the layers of felt.) Dot the center of each slice with glue so the weight of the pom pom doesn’t pull it loose.

Don’t worry about lining the edges up perfectly. Set the slices aside to dry.

For the pie crust: Starting on the long side of the felt sheet in cashmere tan, cut strips in gentle waves slightly narrower than .5″ wide. Repeat until you have six strips total.

Lay the strips out, and then flip every other strip over so the waves are opposite one another as shown below.

Overlap the ends of each set of two strips. Using hot glue, dot the ends and press together in a narrow “v” shape.

Once the glue has set, start to lay the strips over each other without twisting them. As you work, dot the underside between the strips with hot glue. I glued every second overlap. Be sure to burn off your fingerprints with the hot glue. I don’t think you can call yourself a crafter if you don’t. (Of course, I’m kidding. Please take care when crafting dangerously.)

Continue overlapping and dotting the underside with glue until you reach the end of the strips, then glue the end closed. The strips should lay fairly flat. You’ll need three complete strips for the eight slice bunting.

Use the template to trim the sides of the now dried, pie slices.

Find the center of the length of twine and place it between two pie slices spaced 1.5″ from each other. Using hot glue, quickly glue the twine down. Spacing evenly, work outward from the center, adding three more slices on each side.

Next, glue sections of pie crust trim to the top of each pie slice. Leave a little excess overhanging the edges.

Turn the bunting over and cut off the excess crust. Take care not to cut the twine accidentally! If the cut ends of the trim are loose, dot hot glue on to secure.

Hot glue a white pom pom to the center of each slice for the dollop of cream, then hang your bunting! Mine is just wide enough to span the front of the Hoosier cabinet.

See that cute little tractor? I’m gossiping about it on Instagram today. Join me!

Whether you are travelling for the holiday or staying hygged up at home, I hope your Thanksgiving celebration is a happy one.

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Fall Decor in Jewel Tones

Like most things at Arthurized Home, our fall decor color story skews a little unconventional. Once the weather turns cooler, I like to add warmth and richness to our home using jewel tones. I challenged myself to (mostly) shop the house and create a fall arrangement for our coffee table/ottoman in the living room.

A co-worker gave me these deer shed antlers and I love them. I might as well get something back from the deer for all the damage they cause in the garden, right? The glass pumpkin is a new find from HomeGoods (similar) and the flocked votive holders are from the Arthur Archives. I think they came from Big Lots. I bought them in fuchsia as well.

This tray lives on our coffee table year-round and normally corrals the books I’m reading, a mug of hot tea and approximately one million remote controls for Mr. Arthur’s gadgets. Give or take a few.

I’ve simply swapped out the pumpkin and votive holders to create an entirely different look. The mercury glass pumpkin is a JoAnn’s find. It was on clearance at Halloween and may still be in some stores.

Changing the tray, and adding a punch of color in the quilt and book give a playful, new look. This unfinished quilt was made by my husband’s MawMaw. It’s smaller than twin size and I haven’t figured out quite how to finish it. So, for now I just fold the raw edges under and enjoy it anyway. I like its 1970’s vibe.

I’ve added a riot of color in various mismatched, jewel tone votive holders. I love the bright, boho look of it. The books were my Grandma’s and the small pumpkin is a Boulevard pumpkin apple scented candle.

Take care when burning candles in your home and never leave them unattended.

Trading the wooden tray for a mirrored one completely changes the look. I love the way the candle holders reflect on both the pumpkin and the tray.

I hope this inspires you to shop your home and use your decor in unconventional ways this year. Have a cozy fall!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 11.17.2019

I feel like a kid at Christmas! National collection week is here for Operation Christmas Child. About 5,000 collection centers open in the U.S. on Monday. What a great way to kick off the holidays by meeting the practical needs of children in poverty while sharing Jesus with them. Many tireless volunteers will work all week long to collect an estimated 11 million boxes. Good news, great joy, indeed!

Breakfast:
Oatmeal with Raisins, Walnuts and Banana – Not really a recipe. Prepare your favorite version of oats and add toppings as desired. I like to add raisins to the water before boiling, so they plump up nicely. A drizzle of this is a tasty addition.

Lunch:
Greek Chicken Soup – Flavorful and light. We made this a few weeks ago and loved it. If you are reheating leftovers, warm it just until heated. If you boil it, you’ll have tiny bits of scrambled egg in your soup!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/budget-friendly-greek-chicken-soup/

Dinner:
Autumn Pear and Goat Cheese Chicken Salad – So delicious, and Mark loves this dressing. I top with parmesan instead of goat cheese.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/autumn-pear-goat-cheese-chicken-salad/

Turkey Herb Stuffing-Style Riced Cauliflower – New Recipe!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/cauliflower-stuffing/

Huevos Rancheros – I used half the lime juice and added minced onion.
https://deliciouslyorganic.net/huevos-rancheros-without-the-grain/
Serve with clean corn tortillas if desired. Like these:
https://www.asweetpeachef.com/homemade-corn-tortillas/

Marry Me Chicken – New Recipe! I hope it lives up to its name. I could use some new bling.
https://www.modernhoney.com/marry-me-chicken/

Mediterranean Green Lentil Soup – A family favorite.
https://www.unicornsinthekitchen.com/easy-mediterranean-green-lentil-soup/

Snack:
Hummus and cucumber slices, Grapes, Strawberries, and Popcorn

Treat:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream – New Recipe! A treat for the Mister.
https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2017/07/31/chocolate-peanut-butter-nice-cream/

I’ve blogged about packing shoeboxes here and here. For more information on Operation Christmas Child, go here.

I hope your week brings all good things!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 11.10.2019

I’m diving into crazy-busy season at work, so we’re giving the Crock-Pot a workout this week. I love coming home at night to a ready-made dinner.

Breakfast:
Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal – New Recipe! I’d never tried oats in the crock-pot before, but this recipe intrigued me. These took five hours to cook perfectly; an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on top, a drizzle of monk fruit syrup, because, why not?
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/slow-cooker-apple-pie-oatmeal-clean-eating/

Lunch:
Crock-pot Italian Chicken Soup – This recipe is an oldie but a goodie! Use whatever veggies you have on hand. This keeps well in the fridge for a few days. There’s no dairy in the soup, so it freezes well…if you have leftovers enough to freeze.
http://yourworldnatural.blogspot.com/2013/01/whole30-challenge-day-10-and-delicious.html

Dinner:

Perfect Roast Chicken – Tried and true. Seriously, so good!
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/perfect-roast-chicken-recipe-1940592

Best Ever Black Bean Soup – New Recipe!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/best-ever-black-bean-soup-clean-eating/

Marinated Salmon – Delish!
https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/marinated-salmon/

Spanish Chicken and Rice – New Recipe! I subbed brown rice for the wild rice. This recipe makes enough to feed a crowd. We had leftovers for days.
https://fitmomjourney.com/trim-healthy-mama-slow-cooker-chicken-and-rice/

Garlic Butter Meatballs with Lemon Zucchini Noodles – This recipe has become a favorite.
https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-butter-meatballs-with-lemon-zucchini-noodles

Snack:
Jicama Sticks with Chili-Lime Dip – We’re serving cucumber slices with this as well. If you like a little extra kick, add a touch of cayenne or a few dashes of hot sauce.
https://www.marthastewart.com/317906/jicama-sticks-with-chili-lime-dip

Treat:
Vanilla Coconut Flour Paleo Cupcakes – New Recipe! Not Mediterranean Diet approved, but Mr. Arthur has been jonesing for a sweet treat. I used this frosting to minimize the carbs. The recipe says it yields eight cupcakes, but mine overflowed; next time I’ll make nine. We felt that these cupcakes were slightly too oily, so I’ll decrease the coconut oil to 1/4 cup as well. These cupcakes were surprisingly light and fluffy! Store these in the fridge, because they contain no preservatives.
https://www.healthextremist.com/vanilla-paleo-cupcakes-recipe/

Have a great week, everybody!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Let’s Have a Crafternoon – Painted Acorns

Here’s a quick and thrifty idea for fall decor. Paint acorns in every shade of the rainbow, (well, except for purple, apparently) and pearlize them. This is a simple and fun craft to make with kids.

Don’t you think these look like tiny candies?

Here’s how I made them:

Collect fallen acorns.

Rinse the acorns thoroughly, and allow them to dry completely.

(Bonus step: Bake the acorns in the oven at the lowest temperature for an hour or so, to kill any unwanted inhabitants. I didn’t do this, but I should have. I left mine in a bucket in the garage for two weeks or so. Apparently the little freeloaders can live for two weeks in there. Notice a worm. Scream like a girl, etc.)

Glue loose acorns back into their caps using clear tacky glue.

Carefully paint the acorn using acrylic craft paint and flat and detail paint brushes. Let the first coat dry, then apply a second coat if necessary to get the desired coverage. One the acrylic paint has dried, apply a pearlizing medium over the acorn. This will soften the tone of the first coat considerably. Let dry, and display as you please.

Crank some tunes, make a mess! Sip a big ol’ mug of tea while you’re working.

Here are some ideas for variations:

  • Go monochromatic, and paint the entire acorn in a single color.
  • Create an ombre display using progressively darker tones of the same color.
  • Mix pearlizing medium directly into the acrylic paint if you like.
  • Dry-brush the cap using white paint for a weathered effect.
  • Paint glue onto the cap and sprinkle glitter over the wet glue.

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Planting Garlic in the Herb Garden – A Final Task Before Winter

I meant to pre-order my garlic bulbs back in July, and it slipped my mind. Oops. Fortunately, we were able to get some of the last supply from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. (Thanks, Anna!) We ordered Russian Red garlic and the bulbs arrived in perfect condition. Russian Red is a pungent, hard-neck variety, with large cloves. It’s a good keeper.

Planting garlic is super easy. Divide the bulb into individual cloves, by removing the papery outer layer(s). Leave the final layer of paper on each clove. How pretty are the colors on these cloves?!

Dig holes to a depth of 3″ – 4″, spaced about 6″ apart. If you’ve got a dibbler, now is the time to put it to work! Place each clove into a hole with the root end facing down and the pointed end facing up.

Without disturbing the clove, carefully smooth the soil over and fill in the hole. Harvest a few more shards of tile and glass, and a couple of rusty nails while you’re at it.

We placed a few inches of mulch over the garlic to help insulate them throughout the winter. And that’s it. Now tap your fingers impatiently and wait for spring!

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