Propagating Succulents, 3 months

I started my succulent cuttings around January 26th, it’s now mid-April and I’ve been documenting some really exciting results.

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My last post noted some beautiful, healthy looking roots; these roots led to the cutest, tiniest succulents I’ve ever seen in person.  Here are the final steps to my succulent propagation experiment.

Once roots begin to form, give them some room.  I repurposed an old egg carton to hold each cutting separately.  Continue to spray with water every day until a small plant begins to appear, cut watering to twice a week, once they’re a half inch, once a week.  Once your plant has fully rooted in its final pot, you can treat it like any other hardy succulent, water when it dries completely, give it lots of bright light (not direct, these baby leaves burn!) and enjoy.

Chickpea Burgers, obviously vegan or why would I write about it.

I make my fiancé lunch before he goes to work every morning and since cutting meat all he really eats are leftovers from the night before.  I used to make him really wonderful sandwiches with different meats and cheeses, with those options out I looked for something that would make a filling base for a sandwich.

My every day battle is getting both of us the proper nutrition in tasty and interesting ways, these little power burgers do the trick!

 

Makes 8 burger sized patties

15 minute prep

10 minute rest

30 minute bake

 

Ingredients:

Two cans garbanzo beans

One sweet potato (cubed and steamed)

One onion (chopped and caramelized)

One teaspoon each: basil, parsley, oregano, olive oil

One half teaspoon salt and pepper

Two tablespoons cornstarch

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350

Mix two tablespoons cornstarch with six tablespoons water, set aside

Cube sweet potato and steam until fork tender (I use the microwave)

In medium pan sauté and caramelize one chopped onion in one tablespoon olive oil

Drain and rinse garbanzo beans, mix seasonings together, add to food processor

When ready add sweet potato and pulse mixture several times until it begins to mix

Add the caramelized onion

Scrape sides occasionally and continue to pulse until the mixture begins to stick together

Transfer from processor to mixing bowl, stir in cornstarch

Allow the mixture to sit for ten minutes

Rub coconut or olive oil on baking sheet, form eight patties

Bake twenty minutes, sprinkle oil on top and flip, bake ten more minutes

Serve immediately, or save finished patties in Tupperware for a few days.

 

To reheat:

Heat olive oil in pan on medium heat, add patties and cook til heated through and crispy.  Another one of those recipes that tastes better after 48 hours.

 

 

 

Vegan Taco Tuesday

I’ve been on a roll with vegan dishes lately, this one got a five out of five stars from my manimal!  I just had to share.

 

Ingredients:

One jar medium chunky salsa

One avocado (pitted, cubed)

One cup cooked red quinoa

One cup bean spread (smush up beans with a bit of salsa! BAM vegan bean spread)

Corn tortillas or shells (this easily makes twelve shells)

About twenty cherry tomatoes (halved)

 

Method:

Heat oven to 250, bake shells for 5-8 minutes.

In one bowl mix up your bean spread using one can of beans (black beans are delightful) with half a jar of salsa, a squeeze lime juice on top.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cubed avocado, halved tomatoes, the rest of the salsa, and the quinoa.

Once shells are done, spread a bit of the bean dip inside, stuff with tomato avocado mixture, serve with limes to squeeze and Sriracha on the side.

 

The beauty of this recipe is how incredibly quick and simple it is.  Keep on task and it can be done in twenty minutes, it’s filling and satisfying, store the rest in the fridge for a few days, it tastes best after 48 hours.  Enjoy!

 

Woven Shelves Barstool DIY

Living in the attic of a retired biology teacher gives me a lot of access to many different materials to fuel my DIY obsession.

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I needed an end table and found this bar stool lying around, the main issue was creating shelves in as low-tech a way as possible. I decided weaving would be the sturdiest option with crochet edges to tighten it all together, the shelves then had plenty of tension to support plants, knick-knacks, and brick-a-brack.

 

 

 

 

 

I began by wrapping yarn between two rungs on the stool, I made one consistent layer of yarn, this is what I would weave into.  I then strung a contrasting color over and under every two pieces of yarn, keeping the rows about a half inch apart.  I repeated this process on the top rungs.

 

 

 

 

I knotted the ends together then crocheted a single stitch up the loose ends, effectively hiding them, tightening the weave, and adding a border.

 

 

And that’s that! Free, adorable, personalized end table.

 

Propagating succulents – 1 month

After one month of patience and obsession, I’m pleased to present…roots!  I’ve learned a lot and am excited to have developed a method to continue growing succulents.

 

Propagating succulents seemed too easy, so I had to try it for myself.  First I went down to my local big box hardware store and picked up a few succulents off of the sales rack, they were nice and leggy so I didn’t feel bad taking them apart, and they only cost a dollar each!

I also bought some clear Tupperware to keep the plants relatively safe around my cats, I cut strips out of the top to allow for more air flow and light.

Next I plucked the leaves off and laid them out to callous over, after about a day they were ready to be laid over cactus soil.  I made sure to spray the leaves generously with water once a day.

About two weeks in some leaves had some tiny roots, and after three half of my leaves showed some really beautiful roots.

Today I took out the more mature plants I had my leaves laid out amongst and planted them separate, they require much less water than the leaves.

After taking out the leaves that were wilted and had no signs of roots, I had twenty five promising, rooting plants.  About a 50% success rate.

I’m quite pleased with the results and will be continuing the process until I have ninety wedding favors!

 

Pineapple Stitch Variation

I fell into a Pinterest hole the other day looking for a new stitch to try when I came across a vintage picture of the “Pineapple Stitch”.  I got started right away, this stitch gives a beautiful thickness and texture to the blanket and the color changes were really exciting.

In the post it described a second row that I didn’t like because it began bunching and curling, so I pulled the first few rows and tried again with the following variation.

Chain a row (70).

Insert hook into first chain, pull through skip one chain, insert hook and pull through, yarn over and pull through three loops on hook.

**Chain one.

Insert hook into the stitch you worked last (the second stitch you pulled through), skip one chain, pull through the next.  Yarn over and pull through. ** Repeat to the end of the row.

At the end of the row chain three, pull through very first stitch, skip one, pull through the second.  You should have three on your hook, yarn over and pull through.

*Repeat star to star*

For my blanket: four rows of my primary color (neon pink) then one row each of grey, yellow, purple, and navy, then back to pink.  Because of all the color changes there were a lot of strings hanging off the end that inspired the fringed border.

This was a personal variation of a pineapple stitch I found on Pinterest, it took a bit of finagling to keep the ends even.

 

 

Snow Day Crochet (and other activities that don’t rhyme as well)

We’ve had a few snow days recently, I took the time to finish up a few projects around the attic. 

 

Two blankets combining the moss stitch and half double.  The cats have a really hard time watching me crochet, they usually end up on top of whatever I’m working on.

 

 

We took a walk down to the local convenience store for some supplies, wandered about Fulton Park and held hands a lot.

 

 

Repotted some plants I rescued from the sale section at Lowe’s, hung a string to help keep my vine plant off the floor, it seems happier with the support.

 

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Spent every minute with these guys.

Propagating succulents 

The big idea: “DIY” succulent wedding favors doubling as place cards.

The specs: propagate succulents; create, assemble, find tiny planters; grow 90 by August then let love grow.

Suggestions, encouragement, and random facts welcome!

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A “mama”

 

First step, as always; research.  I’ve scrolled past some Pinterest posts regarding succulent propagation and care, the information was out there.  Turns out, multiplying your succulents is (supposedly) really easy! Simply pluck leaves, lay them on dirt, spray with water, and wait.

I had one very specific obstacle to overcome, the cats.  The succulents do best in a low, flat tray of dirt with lots of indirect sunlight.  Open tops aren’t exactly an option with curious paws about, so I bought  shallow Tupperware and cut out several openings on top; thus deterring said paws while letting in sunlight.

I started these plants two weeks ago, I may be seeing roots but it’s hard to tell, one consistent tip I learned in my Pinterest research: patience.

 

 

Holiday Decorations and gifting 

With a wedding coming up and our hopes to buy a house immediately after I’ve decided to DIY and salvage as many decorations as I could this year. Found a bunch of rolls of lights and ornaments and had a lot of fun (and coffee).

 

 

For my future husband; I came across the wishbones from the first Cornish game hens I cooked for him and seashells from the day he proposed to me.  I made them into keepsakes, he had a similar idea for me, he collected and bottled sand from the day he proposed.  Am I lucky or what??

For my mother; I dug through her attic and found a huge amount of photos sitting in a box, beautiful pictures of her on trips to Montana, St. Lucia, and California.  I assembled them into an album that started with pictures of her on her wedding day and gifted that to my parents.  She actually had a similar idea and created a beautiful photo collage of our special trips to California and North Carolina.

We had a lot of fun decorating, mainly adding holiday flair to our every day home décor, ornaments to my bromeliad, lights onto our vine plant, etc.

Woke up to a note from my fiancé on the 26th (he had already left for work) that read simply “BEST CHRISTMAS EVER”.  I would have to agree.

Rainy Day Hike

 

Connecticut has been a little cloudy lately, the manimal was feeling cooped up inside so we bundled and went on a quick but moderately strenuous hike.

Probably safer on a dryer day, we hiked to the waterfall in about ten minutes and came back down.  It was the perfect break from the indoors we needed.
This is Roaring Brook falls in Cheshire CT.  Follow roaring brook road until you come to the second left turn, we spent a lot of time trying to get gps to locate this one!