These past couple months have been particularly trying. A trip to India, a demanding work schedule, three sick kids, Thanksgiving, followed by own sickness, really did me in. Christmas is quickly approaching and I’ve only just started to pull together ideas for Christmas gifts. When did December roll in and how is Christmas only two weeks away!?
I did manage to carve out a bit of time this week to crank out a Christmas gift, perfect for any adult, really, due to its versatility. Trays like this one, though obviously functional as a serving tray for guests, are also great to pull together odds and ends (books, flowers, candles, etc.) to display on a coffee or end table. My serving tray was simple to make and cost very little for the materials. Wooden serving trays can cost $50+ so this was a steal at less than $15 in (extra savings for wood stain on hand!).
1, 1″ x 4″ x 8′ pine board, cut to four 24″ long pieces
1, 1″ x 2″ x 8″ pine board, cut to two 13.5″ long pieces (or the total width of your above four boards)
2 drawer handles w/screws
First, cut your boards (or have your local hardware store cut for you!) so you have four, 1″ x 4″ x 25″ pieces and two, 1″ x 2″ x 13.5″ (or the total width of your four boards) pieces. *Note that lumber measurements are often generic therefore a 4″ wide board at your hardware store may actually measure 3.5″*
Despite this week’s holiday, (thank you Labor Day) this week has been a long one. Shortened work weeks seem to always make the days longer as I try to cram in a full week’s worth of work into four days. Nevertheless, it’s Friday so it’s time to rejoice, relax, and sip on a delicious libation.
On Valentine’s Day the boys and I made cutout watercolor hearts from coffee filters. Sounds a little weird, yes, but they turned out beautiful. They inspired me to make this watercolor bunting, though it took me quite a few months until I finally made one. I love that I could still recruit the boys to help color the filters (they also love when they get to help with a “project”) to make it a “mommy & me” craft. Another plus, it’s super simple and quick to make! Unfortunately I don’t have any kind of parties planned anytime soon because the bunting would look particularly beautiful streamed outdoors.
This has been my go-to guacamole for years. I skip the jalepenos and tomatoes that you’ll often find in guacamole recipes and instead go heavy on garlic, onion and cilantro. It’s always been a big hit with my friends so I thought I’d share it!
Note: if you’re one of those people who is iffy on onions, this may not be the best guac recipe for you!
2 ripe avocados
1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
3/4 tsp kosher salt (or more, to taste)
Mix the lime juice, onion, garlic, cilantro and salt into a small bowl. Set aside for 15-30 minutes to allow flavors to meld.
Mash avocados to desired consistency (I like mine slightly chunky). Mix in the onion/garlic/cilantro mix. Serve immediately.