DIY SUCCULENT GARDEN

Succulents are trending. I honestly think I see a succulent pin or blog post at least once a week. I’m jumping on the band wagon and showing you how to make a succulent garden.

First you need to go out and buy your succulents and cacti. Your local garden center should have a variety, if not there are many vendors on Etsy who sell them. When choosing which ones to buy make sure they vary in height, width, texture and color. This is important because you need balance in your mini garden.

For my garden I chose twenty-two succulents and two cacti. When handling cacti make sure you wear needle proof gloves.

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Before planting your succulents and cacti, place them on a table and arrange them in the way you want them in the planter. This way you can figure out the best placement for each plant.

Place small rocks on the bottom of your planter. This allows the water to drain. If water cannot drain, the soil becomes too wet and the roots can rot causing your plants to die. Don’t skimp on the rocks, trust me.

Place succulent and cactus soil on top of the stones. This is also an important step because this special soil has higher sand content than regular soil. This helps imitate the plants natural habitat.

Once you have finished planting all of your succulents and cacti place the leftover stones around the plants in clusters. You can also use reindeer moss. I used a combination of both.

 On a Side note, if your garden is full of weed and need to get rid of them I strongly suggest you check out the Best weed whackers available in the market today. Anyway, the materials I used are:

Materials

  • 1 planter (mine is from West Elm)
  • Enough succulents and cacti to fill your planter (varying in size and color)
  • 1 bag of succulent & cacti soil
  • 1 bag of stones
  • 1 bag of reindeer moss
  • 1 pair of needle proof gloves (if using cacti)

 

 

DIY Hanukkah Dreidel Card

To add some extra flare to my Hanukkah tablescape I made these DIY dreidel cards. The letters that I used appear on actual dreidels. I thought it would be cute to put a different one on each card. It would be nice if you wrote a couple of words or a sentence on the back of the cards for each person at your party.

Materials
– card stock
– scissors
– glue pen
– gold and silver glitter
– a pencil
– template

Directions
– Print out the template in the link above.
– Cut out the dreidel and trace it four different times onto four different pieces of card stock.
– Cut each one out.
– With pencil draw the one letter on each dreidel. I just google imaged dreidel letters and free handed them onto the card stock.
– Put newspaper or a garbage bag onto your surface to avoid glitter everywhere. Take your glue pen and retrace the letters that you just drew.
– Quickly dump a bunch of glitter onto the letter, wait a couple of seconds then shake the glitter off of the card.
– Repeat this step with each card.
-Now it is time to do the border. Trace the outside line of the dreidel card with your glue pen and apply glitter, shake off after a couple of seconds.
– Let dry for 30mins – 1 hour before touching them.

How To Make a Cheese Plate

Every monday night I have a group of friends come over to watch Bachelor or Bachelorette, depending on the season. Most of the time I try to make an appetizer or a main course. This week I made a Cheese Plate. I also added charcuterie, fruit and crackers to bring in more textures and flavors to the plate.

I choose four cheeses; one blue, one soft, one hard and one that is crumbly. It’s nice to have options for your guests. For meats I chose a spicy sopressata and prosciutto, both are crowd pleasers. I always try and find interesting crackers for added flavor, these crackers have cranberries and hazelnuts in them. They go perfectly with all of the cheeses. Last but not least, the fruit. Can’t go wrong with fresh figs and honey, champagne grapes and dried apricots. I used a slate cheese board with an olive wood cutting board and layered them for visual interest.

All of the cheeses were purchased at Lucy’s Whey in Chelsea Market.
Blue – Point Reyes Farmstand Co.
Soft Cheese – Moses Sleeper by Jasper Hill Farm
Hard Cheese – Reading Raclette by Spring Brook Farm
Crumbly Cheese – San Joaquin Gold by Fiscalini Farms
Crackers – Raincoast Cranberry Hazelnut Crisps