DIY Host/Hostess Gift: Succulent Terrarium

Simplicity is key this holiday season because who has time to for any elaborate DIYs? This year, instead of bringing a bottle of wine (or in addition) to a holiday party, give the host or hostess something that he or she will remember you by throughout the year.

My favorite plants are succulents because they’re low-maintenance and oh so pretty. Succulents come in all different colors, shapes and sizes. They also make beautiful centerpieces.

diy succulent terrarium holiday gift

What you will need to make one succulent terrarium:
– a bag of rocks (I bought mine for $1 at the local Dollar Store, but you can always find “authentic” rocks if you just look down when you walk)
– a glass container such as a round globe vase, a deep bowl, or vase with a large opening (thrift store or Dollar Store finds work perfectly)
– cactus and succulent soil mix (between $5-10 at Lowes or OSH)
– 3 to 4 mini succulent plants
– optional: moss, mainly for looks

Make your own succulent terrarium in under five minutes!

succulents DIY host hostess gift

Step 1:

Gently place a layer of rocks at the bottom of the glass bowl. The rocks will help provide drainage for the plants.

Step 2:

Cover rocks with a half-inch layer of cactus/succulent soil.

Step 3:

Place succulent roots in soil, arranging them until you’re satisfied with the look. Cover the roots with soil. Optional: Add additional rocks or pebbles to the top, or cover soil with moss (this is all for aesthetics so it’s your preference).

bowl of rocks for succulent terrarium

DIY succulent terrarium

Care Tips for Succulent Terrariums:

– place the terrarium in partial sunlight
– water the terrarium every two weeks using a spray bottle (you don’t want to over-water them; better to under-water them if anything!)
– if any of the leaves fall off, you can propagate succulents from leaves to grow new plants (how-to instructions found here). HOW COOL!

Deep Fried {double stuffed} Oreos

deep fried double stuffed oreos

One of my favorite desserts EVER are deep fried Oreos. They can occasionally be found at fairs or carnivals, but if you get the craving, they’re very easy to make. But be warned — one is never enough.

Deep Fried Oreos: a horribly unhealthy but utterly delicious dessert. Top it with powdered sugar and serve while warm. Put it over ice cream and you’ll be in heaven.

 

Recipe for Deep Fried Oreos via Good Bakes

My Green Mean Fighting Machine

Last week after the government cashed the money I owed them in taxes (8 DAYS EARLIER THAN THE CHECK WAS POST-DATED!!), I decided that since I was poor until my next paycheck, I’d go to Costco and buy a big bag of spinach as my main source of food for the next week. We’re talking 2.5 pounds of spinach. Hey, I might be broke but at least I’m eating healthy.

My Green Mean Fighting Machine Smoothie Recipe

Spinach is quite good for you and after spinach salads for lunch and dinner everyday for five days straight, I thought I’d try to make my own version of those healthy green drinks from Odwalla and Naked. Too bad I didn’t have one on hand to look at the ingredients so I just threw in what I had.

Robin’s Green Mean Fighting Machine

– 1 cup milk
– 1 tablespoonish of COOL WHIP (so there’s some thickness to this smoothie and honestly, in case it turned out disgusting the COOL WHIP would help it go down easier)
– 1 spoonful of peanut butter
– 3 large fresh strawberries
– 4 handfulls of spinach (after I added all the ingredients I just filled the blender to the top with the leafy greens)

Instructions: blend until the lumps and bumps are gone.

Makes 1 serving of deliciousness (I’m surprised, too!). If you have lots of spinach on hand I highly recommend you turn those greens into liquid.

 

Have you tried making a green smoothie? What did you add in yours?

Easy Valentine’s Day heart-shaped cheesecake swirl brownies

bake easy cheesecake swirl brownies in heart shapes for valentine's dayValentine’s Day is tomorrow and if you really want to impress your sweetheart, make these super cute pink (or red) cheesecake swirl brownies in 45 minutes.

What do you need? One box of Pillsbury Cheesecake Swirl brownie mix, red food coloring and a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

Prepare the brownie mix and cheesecake as directed. In the cheesecake mix, add drops of red food coloring until you’ve reached the desired color. Swirl the colored cheesecake and bake as instructed. Let it cool before cutting your masterpiece with the cookie cutter. Ta da! Enjoy!