How to plant+ take care of succulents!

I am not claiming at all to be a professional, I am just sharing tips and tricks that have worked for me.

Do you feel like you kill any plants you try to grow? Here are a bunch of tips to keep them alive+ how to plant them!

If you have trouble with plants or you just want to try to grow one, then this post is for you! Succulents are awesome and super easy to take care of, there are just a couple pro tips you need to know, and I’ll cover them all in this post!

So first thing first, before you can take care of your succulent you need to plant it! Do you feel like you kill any plants you try to grow? Here are a bunch of tips to keep them alive+how to plant them!

The supplies you will need to plant your succulent are: 

  • Small pebbles. You cant get them from a craft store like michaels.
  • Dirt. You can use potting soil from a garden supply store.
  • A planter. Any planter, cup, or bowl will work as long as its deep enough for the roots to grow. I got this one from a local furniture/decor store.
  • A succulent plant! Obviously 🙂 I got mine from Lowes but you can also get them from Home Depot or your local garden store.

Do you feel like you kill any plants you try to grow? Here are a bunch of tips to keep them alive+how to plant them!Step one is add the pebbles to the bottom of the planter. This will help with draining the water so the roots don’t sit and rot in it. I got my pebbles from my local craft store.
Do you feel like you kill any plants you try to grow? Here are a bunch of tips to keep them alive+how to plant them! Step two: Add about half of the dirt to the planter. 

Do you feel like you kill any plants you try to grow? Here are a bunch of tips to keep them alive+how to plant them!

Step three: place the plant into the planter and add the rest of the dirt to the planter, gently pack down the dirt so the plant stays up.

Some tips for keeping your succulent alive and healthy:

  • Don’t over water your plant. I water my succulents 1-2 times a week. Be sure to check the instructions on your plant to see what the recommended amount is for your particular succulent.
  • Keep the succulent out of direct sunlight. But make sure to check the directions on your specific plant. You should probably always keep it inside unless the directions on the plant say it is ok to keep it outside. Again, check the directions on your plant, not all succulents are the same. It kind of depends on the climate where you live.
  • Be sure the planter you use isn’t too small. Make sure the roots of your plant have plenty of room to grow. If your planter is too shallow then the roots won’t be able to grow strong, And your plant will have a harder time staying alive. One succulent I bought and I didn’t have a planter for it so it didn’t get planted for a couple months. Meanwhile, the succulent just grew in the tiny plastic pot it came in. At first, the pot was fine for the plant, but as it grew it became way to small and the roots didn’t have room to spread out and grow strong. I did eventually get the succulent planted but it was never very healthy and it ended up dying. 🙁 The moral of the story is make sure you have a good planter before you buy your plant and plant it as soon as possible!
  • Finding a good planter. Really anything will work as a planter as long as it is big enough. One of my succulents is in a sauce bowl that I got from Target, another one is a cute little pot from the target dollar section. Just make sure it isn’t too small/shallow. 

 

Here’s a step by step diagram for you to refer to when you plant yours! Hover over it to pin it!

Do you feel like you kill any plants you try to grow? Here are a bunch of tips to keep them alive+how to plant them!

 

Raspberry cupcakes!

Moist yellow cake topped with smooth raspberry frosting!

Raspberry Valentines day cupcakes!

Hey guys! So there are only a few short days until Valentine’s Day! If you haven’t already, go read Monday’s post to help you get decorating! Now onto today’s post. 

Raspberry Valentines day cupcakes!

Yesterday, I made these yummy vanilla-raspberry cupcakes! These cupcakes are made of two parts. A delicious vanilla cake, topped with smooth rich raspberry buttercream frosting! Then you can add sprinkles if you want and of course, eat them!
Raspberry Valentines day cupcakes!

I frosted these using the large sized open star tip in this AMAZING set I got on amazon, in a Wilton frosting bag. Before getting these frosting tips I just thought I was horrible at frosting cupcakes, until I realized that I was using the small Wilton brand tips that are really made for making designs, not frosting a cupcake. So I bought these tips and instantly fell in love with them! They are so great! You can frost both mini and normal sized cupcakes! Buy this set here.
Raspberry Valentines day cupcakes!Another thing I love about these amazing tips is that you don’t have to use a couplers with these tips. All you do is just pop them into the frosting bag, add the frosting, and trim the tip of the bag off! Then just frost the cupcakes! Down below, you can see all of the items I used in this recipe and where to buy them. Now onto the recipe!
Raspberry Valentines day cupcakes!

Raspberry vanilla cupcakes
Moist yellow cake topped with smooth raspberry frosting!
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the cake
  1. 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  6. 1 1/4 cups milk
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 3 eggs
For the frosting
  1. 6 cups powdered sugar
  2. 2/3 cup butter, softened
  3. 1/2 cup raspberries
  4. 2-4 Tablespoons milk
For the cake
  1. Heat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans.
  2. In a large bowl beat all cake ingredients with mixer on high for 30 seconds, scraping bowl.
  3. Beat on high for 3 minutes scraping bowl occasionally.
  4. Scoop into cupcake liners with a cookie scoop. Fill 1-2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and check with a tooth pick. Let cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. In a large bowl, mix the powdered sugar and butter with electric mixer on low speed until blended.
  2. Stir in vanilla and one tablespoon of milk. Slowly beat in just enough milk to make it smooth and spreadable. If the frosting is too thick beat in more milk, one drop at a time. If it is too runny, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar.
  3. Frost the cupcakes!
Adapted from The big book of cakes
Adapted from The big book of cakes
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Healthy raspberry banana smoothie!

Thick, delicious, healthy smoothie! Perfect to start out your new years health goal!

Start out your new years healthy eating goal out with this amazing smoothie!Happy New Years! Have you set any goals yet? One of mine is to eat more healthy. You too? Smoothies are one of the best ways to stay healthy, 1. Because they have tons of fruits and veggies and, 2. They taste great and you end up drinking them all the time! Win, win right? 

I’ve created this wonderful raspberry banana smoothie to help you eat better! Ive also decided to make a section on my blog called healthy tidbits where I’ll be posting healthy recipes to get you to your goal! This raspberry-banana smoothie is the first one going in!

Start your new years healthy eating goal out with this amazing smoothie!Have you guys set anymore goals? Here’s my list:

  • Eat more healthy.

Everything we eat seems unhealthy! Every day were supposed to eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies (though I doubt anyone does) I just want to try to eat more good food and eat out less, even though it tastes so good. 🙁

  • Blog post more.

I’ve gotten pretty bad at posting consistently lately and would like to improve that. I only post once a week sometimes less! I’m making a goal to post at least once or more a week, so you will be hearing from me more!

  • Improve my photography.

Since starting my blog in February I have seriously improved my photography, but I want to keep improving, get as good as it gets!

  • Get better at food science.

I want to get better at food science. I’ve learned the basics but I want to get to where I’m know everything there is to know.

  • Finish room redo.

My room redo has been going on for quite some time. I’m getting pretty close now though! Just a few more little things!

Plus a couple more. What are your goals for 2017?

Start your new years healthy eating goal out with this amazing smoothie!So this smoothie is made up of a few simple ingredients.

  • Raspberries 
  • A banana 
  • Milk
  • A tiny bit of sugar (optional)
  • Ice cubes

To make it, just stick everything in your blender, I use a Vitamix. (We’ve had our Vitamix for years and it’s still going strong! I absolutely love it!) And blend it!

Start out your new years healthy eating goal out with this amazing smoothie!

Healthy raspberry-banana smoothie
Serves 2
Thick, delicious, healthy smoothie! Perfect to start out your new years health goal!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  5. 5-7 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place everything in your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately.
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Delicious healthy smoothie!

Wow! I’ve actually posted all three days this week! 🙂 Today I’ve got this amazingly delicious smoothie! And, it’s healthy too! (that’s always great!) I love this smoothie! We had it a couple months ago at a church activity, and I fell in love with it! Plus, I can eat it! It’s fodmap friendly! (If you use dairy free milk 😉 )Cold, smooth, creamy, and delicious! A perfect healthy treat!

So, for those of you who are saying: wait didn’t she just post this a couple months ago? Yes, I did post it, when I first started my blog… so the pictures weren’t very good. (I didn’t have this wonderful backdrop!) So today I decided to make it and re-take the pictures. 🙂 I LOVE the way they turned out, thanks to this Aladdin Insulated Mason Jar Tumbler! I  love it! And it’s only $3.75! (Buy it through the link) I know $3.75 sounds like cheap junk, but its not! Its insulated so when the ice melts it doesn’t get water all over the outside! And it comes with a cute screw on lid and straw! ( I didn’t have them in this picture) I put everything in it, from water to smoothies! If it tips over hardly anything spills because of the lid! I love it! (I’ve had it for a couple of months and am planning on buying another one!)
Cold, smooth, creamy, and delicious! A perfect healthy treat!

So, this is a mostly berry smoothie. It has blueberries, strawberries, spinach, a banana, Greek yogurt, (or normal) milk, and honey (optional) This smoothie is a great way to trick your kids into eating healthy! You can not taste the spinach! Just give it to them and tell them its a blueberry milkshake. :)Cold, smooth, creamy, and delicious! A perfect healthy treat!This is a great healthy treat! Its cold, smooth, creamy, and delicious! And it’s really fast to make! This is a great quick breakfast for back to school! Pair it with some protein and breakfast is served! And, if you’re on the go, put it in this awesome Aladdin Insulated Mason Jar Tumbler!

Delicious healthy smoothie!
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Cold, smooth, creamy, and delicious! A perfect healthy treat!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup blueberries
  2. 1/2 cup strawberries
  3. 1 cup spinach
  4. 1 banana
  5. 1/2 cup yogurt (I use greek)
  6. 1 cup milk
  7. 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put everything in the blender and mix until smooth!
  2. Serve immediately!
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Pumpkin bread (gluten free, low fodmap)

More pumpkin! Hey guys! I’m back with another pumpkin recipe! First pumpkin bars, now pumpkin bread! What should I make next? I’m thinking maybe pumpkin donuts or pumpkin cookies, or maybe classic pumpkin pie! What do you think? I’m just in a pumpkin mood! Soft, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread, perfect when served with milk!

Soft, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread, perfect when served with milk! Doesn’t that just sound amazing!? This is seriously one of the best recipes I’ve ever made!  Soft, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread, perfect when served with milk!

After one slice you can’t really stop! My sister was begging for thirds before I had even finished my first! :)Soft, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread, perfect when served with milk! 

The first thing everyone says after eating (well, before: This is delicious!) is: How is this Gluten free!? It tastes so good! My secret? Namaste Foods Gluten Free Flour Blend! Buy it on amazon or Costco for $12! I love this gluten free flour blend! I’ve used it in a couple of my past posts:

It even works for people with Celiac disease!

Pumpkin bread (gluten free, low fodmap)
Soft, cinnamon-y pumpkin bread, perfect when served with milk!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  7. 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  8. 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. 1 tsp baking powder
  11. 1 tsp salt
  12. 1 1/2 cup namaste organic gluten free flour blend
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  3. Mix all the ingredients with a mixer (hand or stand) scraping down the sides until mixed.
  4. Pour into pan.
  5. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean or mostly clean.
  6. Let cool a little.
  7. Take out of pan and let cool completely.
  8. Serve with a glass of milk and enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you want it not gluten free use normal flour.
Adapted from thedomesticrebel.com
Adapted from thedomesticrebel.com
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 Comment and tell me what pumpkin recipe you think I should post!