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I Better See A Daggone Hobbit Up In Here

A hiking review of Cascades and Barney’s Wall near Pembroke, VA
8 miles round trip, 1,600′ elevation gain
TRIGGER WARNING: Terrifying Photos

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I don’t hike. I’m not one of those people who gets blissed out in the woods. The beach, yes. Ticks, bears, snakes, serial killers and poison ivy? No. However, I enjoy being married to one of those blissed out hikers, so I hike. Occasionally. And under great duress.

We paid $3 for this super awesome warning, but I guess they won’t tow away your car if you have it, so, okay cool. Also, nobody listens to me. Hiking. Is. Dangerous.
They even tell you that up front. Can’t say you weren’t warned.

So the hike to the falls is gorgeous.

We got there early and had the trail to ourselves. This section felt like hiking into The Shire.

There were fallen trees everywhere and even over the trail in several places. We climbed over some and crawled under two of them. Yes, crawled on our knees. Not kidding.

The falls are truly magical. Especially early in the morning before the waters fill with amorous Virginia Tech students.

I maintained a good attitude for the first 2.5 miles of our hike. Right up until we met a couple on their return trip from Barney’s Wall. They had just encountered a bear at a campsite near the top. I went into High Alert! Stressed out of my mind for the next 5.5 miles, I scanned the woods in every direction. Every boulder was a bear. Every distant stump was a bear. I’ll never understand how this is supposed to be relaxing.
Panic mode: Expert Level

View from Barney’s Wall. We met a lady on the way down from Cascades who said she’s never made it up to Barney’s Wall. My advice to her: Don’t. Just Google pictures of it. It looks the same. That lady said her group had just seen an enormous snake. The biggest one she’d ever seen. Good times.

Bear Campsite. And I really had to pee. No worries, we’re only 4 MILES from a bathroom.

Remember that I said we climbed over fallen tree trunks? I started over this one, reaching out to steady myself on a small tree nearby. Guess what I wrapped my hand around?

Creepy.

And his friend Super Creepy. And yes, I screamed like a girl. Hiking is like being trapped in a horror flick set in nature, not in some axe murderer’s wood shed. They don’t tell you that dying of a heart attack while hiking is a very real possibility. Just from sheer terror.

Oh, thank you, Jesus! Only two more miles of this mess. I just have to make it back to the car. I can do this, right? The sound of rushing water from the creek was not helping the really-gotta-pee situation.

We took the Upper Trail back to the parking lot and freedom. It was a nice assortment of rocks, pointy rocks, sharp pointy rocks, rocks covered in wet slippery leaves and mud puddles. And trees overhead just waiting to fall and crush us.
And my husband l.o.v.e.d. it.

If you’d still like to visit after all that, go here to check it out: https://www.virginia.org/listings/OutdoorsAndSports/CascadesNationalRecreationTrail/

https://www.hikingupward.com/JNF/TheCascadesBarneysWall/

Cascades Pro Tips: Highly recommended for a quick hike with great views. Get there early for parking and solitude. Because the Cascades hike is so popular, the trails fill up in beautiful weather. We took the Lower Trail for the climb to the falls. The scenery is beautiful, but be prepared to climb up and down stone steps toward the end. A little challenging for this shorty. If you want an easier stroll, the Upper Trail is wider and more accessible. The Upper Trail views are slightly less spectacular but still pretty.


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Seed Starting Pots – A Recycling Project

Do you know that you’ve got an endless supply of seed starting pots in your home? Well, they’re not pots yet. They’re more commonly known as empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls! (I’m trying to refrain from potty puns.)

If you’re using paper towel rolls, cut them in half or thirds.
(Do you think my background looks like tiny rolls of toilet paper?)
Press the tube flat.
Open up the tube and pinch the first folds together and press flat again to form a square.
Measure across the top; mine is just over one inch.
Use half of that measurement to mark the fold lines. My fold line is 1/2″ from the bottom.
Using sturdy scissors, cut along each of the 4 corners up to the fold line. You don’t have to mark the flaps A, B, C & D. I’ve done that to better explain this step. I hope!
Now fold each flap toward the center of the pot. Starting from the top (A),
work clockwise (B, C). When you reach the flap on the left (D), tuck the top half of it
under the first flap (A). That will secure the bottom of the pot.

You want the pot to close tightly at the bottom so the soil is contained.
If yours has a gap, re-fold the flap a little higher until the gap is closed.
Now you have a little seed starting pot!
But he needs some friends.
Fill with potting soil and plant those seeds!

When your seedlings are ready to transplant into a larger pot or the garden, open the flaps and plant it whole. Or, carefully cut the side of the pot open from top to bottom without disturbing the roots. The pot will decompose over time. Happy gardening!

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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Meal Prep for Week of 3.24.19

We’re trying several new recipes this week. Three of these are recipes that we’ve made before and they are keepers! The baked oatmeal is a breakfast favorite. It’s an easy dish for guests and is a crowd-pleaser. The Steak Fajitas and Roast Chicken with Carrots and Bacon are tried and true as well.

Here’s the menu for this week:
Breakfast:
Blueberry and Raspberry Baked Oatmeal https://www.sohowsittaste.com/blueberry-raspberry-baked-oatmeal

Lunch:
Sweet N’ Spicy Pineapple Chicken Skillet https://cleanfoodcrush.com/sweet-n-spicey-pineapple-chicken-skillet/

Dinner:
Strawberry Avocado Salad with Honey Lime Dressing https://cleanfoodcrush.com/strawberry-avocado-salad-clean-eating/
Roast Chicken with Carrots and Bacon – I’m taking some help from the grocery store and using a bag of organic baby carrots. I prefer crispy bacon, so I’ll fry it separately and sprinkle it on top when I serve this dish. https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chicken-bacon-skillet/
Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas https://kirbiecravings.com/sheet-pan-steak-fajitas/
Quick and Easy Chicken Salad https://cleanfoodcrush.com/quick-easy-chicken-salad-recipe/
Garlic Butter Salmon and Red Potatoes https://cleanfoodcrush.com/one-sheet-pan-garlic-butter-salmon/

Quick and easy Chicken Salad – I made a little extra dressing because we are serving this over a bed of baby spinach.

Snacks:
Homemade Granola – This recipe name should say “processed sugar free” because it contains maple syrup. https://www.5dollardinners.com/homemade-granola-sugar-free/
Greek Yogurt, Grapes, Mandarins, Cantaloupe, Pineapple
Bell Peppers and Cucumbers, Celery and Peanut Butter
Homemade Dill Dip is from this dressing recipe. We use Sir Kensington’s Organic Mayonnaise and substitute raw honey for the sugar. https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/layered-salad/

I found the joie containers at Home Goods; they hold about two tablespoons of dip. The tiny jar in the back is from a restaurant. It’s the perfect size for this use.

Treat:
Double Dark Chocolate Brownies https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-double-dark-chocolate-brownies/

So good! The recipe says to finely grate the zucchini, but we don’t have kids that we’re trying to sneak vegetables into, so I gave my zukes a regular grate. You can see them in the finished product, similar to a chocolate zucchini bread. If that bothers you, go with the fine grate.

I hope you’ll try some of these recipes this week. Let me know in the comments if you do! Have a great week!

This is not a sponsored post. I am not in partnership with, nor do I own any of these websites or the recipes linked here.

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 Meal Planning

An empty refrigerator can only mean one thing. It’s time to get meal planning! But first, a note about “real” food: I define real food as made in nature and not in a factory. If you define it differently, that’s great! Do what works best for your health, lifestyle and budget.

If you are on a budget like me, the first step is to review the online weekly grocery ads. In our small city we have Aldi, Kroger, Earth Fare, Fresh Market, Wal-mart and Food Lion. Skim the ads quickly because we’re looking for foods that are natural or minimally processed. List the sale items by store. I’m old school, so I use a low tech piece of paper for this step. Use ‘notes’ in your phone or a grocery store app if that works best for you.

Now it’s time for the menu. If you have go-to recipes for the sale items, list those. When I need some recipe inspiration I search my favorite real food websites. If strawberries are on sale this week, enter “strawberries” into the search box. Scroll through the recipes for something appealing and save to Pinterest or print the recipe out. I typically plan five dinners per week. This leaves room in the schedule for a leftovers night or eating out.

Bonus points if your meal uses more than one sale item!

We have a high tolerance for eating the same meal repeatedly, so breakfast and lunch are the same Monday-Friday. If that’s not you, make enough at dinner to have lunch leftovers the next day.

Once you’ve compiled your recipes, fill out the rest of the grocery list. I skim each recipe and make sure that I have the pantry items on hand. If not, they are added to the list, keeping a tally of how many of each item I need. For example, if three recipes call for garlic, total up the number of cloves needed and note that next to “garlic” on the list.

If I’m going to buy an item at a certain store, I add the store’s initial to the check box.

Now it’s time to grocery shop! I’m heading to the store(s), but if you’re using a grocery app, plug in your list or order online. I hope this is helpful to you. If you have any questions about my process let me know in the comments.

This is not a sponsored post. I am not in partnership with, nor do I own any of these websites or the recipes linked here.

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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How to Make a Date Night Passport

Here’s a fun gift idea for your honey or anyone you enjoy spending time with, really. Create a Date Night Passport for them filled with gift cards to your favorite restaurants, IOUs or tickets to events. This does not have to be expensive!


I made this one for my husband’s Christmas gift a few years ago.

For this project, you will need:

  • Slim pocket calendar or notebook with a plain cover  – I found mine at the dollar store. If you don’t want the clear, plastic cover you can create your own booklet. You’ll need a piece of heavy cardstock to make a cover. The advantage to creating your own is that you can make it any size, design or theme you like.
  • Sturdy white or ivory cardstock paper – a few sheets, depending on the size of the calendar. I used six pages of 8.5” x 11” cardstock cut to 6.75” x 6.5” for a total of 6 passport pages, 12 folded.
  • A variety of stamps or stickers – for the book title and to mimic passport stamps on the inside pages.
  • Stamping ink in black, brown, navy or dark grey

If you would rather doodle your own passport stamps, you won’t need the stamps or ink. Just grab your favorite pens or markers.

  • Paper cutter or a ruler and scissors
  • Stapler

Remove the paper calendar from the cover and measure the pages, unfolded. Cut 6 cardstock pages to that measurement. Neatly fold each page in half. If your measurements are not square, make sure to fold in the direction of the passport cover spine. Next, stamp the pages however you like. I made a page for each month of the year and stamped ornate keys, postage stamps, medallions and fleur-de-lis, using chocolate brown stamping ink.

A favorite passport ‘stamp’. This is a rub-on transfer from the craft store.

On the passport cover, add your title. I used silver stickers to spell out “Date Night” and added a small silver flourish below the title. Assemble the pages in order inside the cover and staple down the spine.

Now comes the fun part; filling the passport! Here are some ideas:

Gift cards: Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Shops, Book Store, Massage, Manicure/Pedicure

Tickets: Movie Theater, Sporting Events, Concerts, Live Theater, Comedy Club

IOUs: Back Rub, Breakfast in Bed, Foot Massage, A Day Trip, Hiking, Movie Night at Home, A Honey-Do Chore, Seasonal Activities (Pumpkin Patch, Fall Foliage Drive, Ice Skating, A day at the Lake or Pool, Parades, Farmer’s Market, Holiday Lights Tours) Antiquing, Thrift Shopping, Picnic in the Park

No truer love was ever found than that of my husband and Starbucks coffee!

Kid’s Activities: Zoo Trip, Water Park, Go-carts, Mini Golf, Aquarium, Geocaching, Hot Chocolate Date, Run a 5k together, Science Museum

IOUs for Kids: Library Date, Build a Fort, Pillow Fight, Favorite Dinner, Favorite Dessert, Craft Day, Card/Board Game Night, Permission to Jump on the Bed, Bake Cookies together, Skip a Chore, No Rules Day (My SIL occasionally did this with our nephew)


Oh, hey! Date night at the movies?

Now it’s time to make this your own! What activities would you add to this list?

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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A Quick Tip for Potting House Plants

This sweet little planter belonged to my Grandma. She had a fierce green thumb and could grow anything.

I had a shamrock (oxalis) house plant that hung in with me and my less-than-fierce green thumb for over 15 years. No, I don’t keep track of my houseplant’s birthdays; I only know this because he moved jobs with me and I’ve been at this job for 15 years. Over the past year he started languishing and I knew it was time to let him go to Jesus.

Enter Shamrock 2.0

See that drainage hole? If you plant without blocking it, when you water the plant the fresh soil will wash right out and you’ll have a muddy planter tray. Not pretty.

To prevent that we’re literally going to filter it. With a paper coffee filter, or three.

Place the first filter over the drainage hole and then layer a few more in the bottom of the pot. Without disturbing the filters, carefully place the plant in the pot. Top off with extra soil if needed and you’re done!

Enjoy your new house plant!

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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Meal Prep for the week of 3.17.19

With St. Pat and his truckload of potatoes in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for a fresh week of clean eating. We’re trying some new recipes and eating a few meals from the freezer, which is the beauty of double batching during meal prep. The taco and bell pepper soups are ready to heat and eat. Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Baking Chocolate and Coconut Granola. Your kitchen will smell amazing while this is in the oven!

Breakfast:
Berries and Cream Overnight Oats. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? We make this recipe as is and add a handful of blueberries. https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-mornings-strawberries-cream-overnight-oats/

Lunch:
We’re trying a couple of new recipes this week.
Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas https://kirbiecravings.com/sheet-pan-steak-fajitas/
and
Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry https://www.theendlessmeal.com/creamy-coconut-lentil-curry/

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas – The flavor is amazing and the spice mixture is spot on. The next time we make them we’ll try grilling the steaks and sauteing the onions and peppers separately.

Dinner:
Southwest Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole. My sister-in-law, Kathy gave me this recipe, so I don’t have a link but I’ve shared it below.
Taco Soup https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-weeknight-taco-soup/
Pizza Baked Chicken https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-pizza-baked-chicken/
Bell Pepper Soup https://cleanfoodcrush.com/?s=bell%20pepper%20soup
Grass Fed Beef Burgers with Steak Fries

Taco Soup

A note about pepperoni:
We try to eat 90/10. 90% foods made in nature, and less than 10% foods made in a factory. This is part of the 10%. Try to find uncured pepperoni without added nitrates.
We eat pepperoni sparingly, as a condiment.

Snacks:
Bananas, Apples, Oranges, Cantaloupe, Grapes
Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes
Chocolate Coconut Granola with Greek Yogurt – I left out the brown sugar and added some honey. I also reduced the baking time to about 12 minutes, each round. Watch this carefully so that it doesn’t burn. I sprinkled some Lily’s chocolate chips on while the granola was still warm and let them melt into it. The next time, I will sprinkle some extra coconut along with the chocolate. https://www.momables.com/chocolate-coconut-granola-recipe/

Treat: Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies https://kristineskitchenblog.com/carrot-cake-breakfast-cookies/

Kathy’s Southwest Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole – Great for guests and brunch potlucks. Bake it the night before and warm gently before serving.
Recipe:
1 lb. Sausage – I use Jimmy Dean’s Natural
1 medium onion, minced
1 4oz. can green chilies, drained
1 t. garlic powder
Cook all of the above together and spread evenly in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.
10 eggs, beaten
1 T. crushed red pepper flakes (or to your taste)
4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Mix the eggs with the crushed red pepper flakes and pour over sausage mixture. Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake for 45 minutes at 350°.

If you try these recipes, let me know in the comments. Have a great week!

This is not a sponsored post. I am not in partnership with, nor do I own any of these websites or the recipes linked here.

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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Luck of the Irish Mini Bunting

Here’s a fun project for your St. Patrick’s celebration. This craft is simple, low-cost and adaptable to the materials you have on hand.

Kiss Me and Lucky Bunting Directions

Kiss Me: Green patterned cardstock, gold letter stickers, paper cutter (or ruler, pencil and scissors), glue, 20” of baker’s twine, 12” wooden skewers

I used scrapbooking cardstock from American Crafts.

Lucky: Gold metallic card stock, gold glitter letter stickers, paper cutter or ruler, pencil and scissors, glue, thin, 20” gold yarn or string, 12” wooden skewers

I used Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue for both of these buntings.

Cutting the cardstock background flags:
Determine the size you will need by measuring the largest letter sticker you will use. The Kiss Me and Lucky letter flags are approximately 2” x 1 1/8”.  To make the notch in the bottom of the flag, measure ¼” from the bottom and mark it. Now find the center and mark it. With a ruler or straight edge, draw a line from the center point to the corner of the flag. Cut along the lines.

Apply the stickers to the front of the flags, taking care to line them up neatly. I did not have a shamrock sticker for the “kiss me” banner, so I cut teardrop shapes out of another sticker to form the leaves and cut a thin curved stem. Now we’ve found a use for all those “Q” stickers! Place a thin line of glue across the top of each letter flag and adhere to the string. Let dry, tie the string to skewers and you’re done!

Rainbow Bunting Directions

Materials: White cardstock, washi tape in rainbow colors (alt: cardstock in rainbow colors), micro pom-poms, (these are 3/8”) paper cutter (or ruler, pencil and scissors), glue, 20” baker’s twine, 12” wooden skewers

If you are using paper for the rainbow bunting, Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue will work just fine to glue the micro pom-poms. If you’re using washi tape, I recommend Beacon Gem-Tac. It bonds well to slick surfaces.

Neatly apply washi tape to white cardstock. If your washi tape has a repeating pattern, make sure to line it up carefully. Next, cut out the flags. The rainbow flags are 1 5/8” x 1 5/8”. To make the inverted triangle, find the center of the bottom edge and mark it with a pencil. Draw a line from that mark to the top left corner. Repeat on the right side and cut along the lines. Now that the individual flags are cut, place a thin line of glue across the top and apply the micro pom-poms. Let dry. Once dry, turn them over and apply a thin line of glue across the top of each flag and adhere to the string in rainbow order. Let dry, tie the string to skewers and you are done!

I hope I’ve explained this clearly. Let me know if you have any questions.

Don’t have a cake plate? Here’s an easy way to create one: Use a coordinating dinner plate and bowl, turn the bowl over and place the plate on top. Super simple. You can use a dab of hot glue to hold them together temporarily. I don’t recommend hot gluing Grandma’s china, but sturdy dishes will be fine. The glue peels right off when you are done with your “cake stand”.

If you don’t have wooden skewers, use fun paper straws instead!

Need a quick centerpiece for your St. Pat’s party? These buntings are equally cute decorating a potted shamrock.

Happy St. Patrick’s!

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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Meal Prep for the week of 3.10.2019

We’re sticking to a mostly Irish/St. Paddy’s theme with our menu planning this week. I’m also trying something new. I’m posting the recipe link in the menu so that you don’t wear out your scrolling finger! Here’s the menu:

Breakfast:
PBJ Overnight Oats – we tried these for the first time a few weeks back and they were a hit! https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-pb-j-overnight-oats/

Lunch:
Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-stuffed-bell-pepper-soup/
Cheesy Cauliflower Muffins https://kirbiecravings.com/cheesy-cauliflower-muffins/

Dinner:
Teriyaki Salmon with Broccoli and Carrots – I use gluten free tamari instead of the soy sauce. https://cleanfoodcrush.com/homemade-teriyaki-salmon-meal-prep/

Balsamic Beef Roast – I’m making enough of this roast to use the beef in Shepherd’s Pie the following day. https://www.5dollardinners.com/balsamic-beef-roast/

Gluten Free Shepherd’s Pie – https://www.noshtastic.com/easy-shepherds-pie/
Take a little help from the grocery store if you don’t want to make mashed potatoes. Bob Evans All Natural Homestyle Classic Mashed Potatoes are made with the same ingredients you would use at home.
https://www.bobevansgrocery.com/products/bob-evans-natural-homestyle-classic-mashed-potatoes/


Shepherd’s Pie won’t win any beauty contests, but it’s so tasty!

Clean convenience food. This is the package you are looking for.
Make sure that it says All Natural, not Original.
Made with: Potatoes, Milk, Butter and Salt.

Sliced Steak Tagliata with Sweet Potato Wedges and Warm Tomatoes in Vinaigrette – This dish sounds fancier than it is and comes together very quickly.
https://www.hellofresh.com/recipes/sliced-steak-tagliata-5a4e74c4c2880042c2002211

Steak Tagliata

Rainbow Cobb Salad: This one is more assembly than a recipe. Layer your favorite lettuce in the bottom of a large serving dish and then working in rows, place your other ingredients in rainbow order like the photo below. We served this salad when we had family visiting and it is great for parties because your guests can pick and choose what they want.

Lettuce layer: Use any lettuce that you enjoy. We like romaine and baby spinach.
Red (and pink): Do you like how I’ve added pink to the rainbow?
Beets, Cubed Ham, Bacon crumbles, Tomatoes, Sweet Bell Peppers
Orange: Carrots, Sweet Bell Peppers
Yellow: Sweet Bell Peppers, Quartered Hard Boiled Eggs, Corn
Green: Cucumbers, Broccoli, Bell Peppers
Blue: Hmm. There aren’t too many blue veggies out there, so let’s skip right to purple. We layered in pepper jack cheese. Use any cheese you like.
Purple: Red Onions, Purple Broccoli (if you can find it), Shredded Red Cabbage
Serve with your favorite dressing.

Snacks:
Apples and peanut butter, Veggies and homemade dill dip, Bananas, Oranges, Pineapple and Cantaloupe

Treat:
Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chocolate-chickpea-blondies/

Let me know if you try these recipes. I hope your week is filled with St. Paddy’s fun and shenanigans!

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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Style Your Books for St. Paddy’s

March means rainbows and shamrocks at Arthurized Home and while we don’t go all out with an Irish theme, we add a few touches here and there. Here are some ways to bring the St. Paddy’s love with your books.

Rainbows: Gather up books with attractive spines and arrange them in rainbow order. The subjects don’t matter, you’re just looking for bright, eye-catching color.

Neutral with a touch of green: Maybe bright colors are not your thing. Grab a stack of books with a neutral look, stack them and add a nod to the holiday. I found these tea cups years ago at a thrift shop. These well-loved books belonged to my Hoosier Grandma, the Grand Dame of Irishwomen.

If you don’t have something similar, you could use a green tea cup or a small, potted shamrock. Shamrocks (oxalis) are cheap as chips in the grocery stores right now. Maybe tie a pale green ribbon around the books, or place a small bowl of gold foil-wrapped chocolates on top?

All green: This couldn’t be more simple. Stack books with green spines in an ombre gradient. Add a decorative item on top. Try a small gold candle, an air plant or a bowl of brightly colored candies.

This decor idea can be used with any holiday, red and green books at Christmas, Fall colors for September through November, etc. Have fun playing with it!

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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