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 Butter. I use to eat it straight up when I was a kid.

How simple to make your own flavored butter! All you need is butter, a food processor,and your choice of flavors.  Presentation, of course, makes everything better…kind of like butter does. Here is what we did.

White Truffle Butter

a stick of unsalted butter

1 tbsp white truffle oil (you could use truffle oil or minced truffles)

1 tsp garlic

salt/pepper to taste

Place all in food processor. Turn the button on and watch her whip it.

Cut square pieces of parchment or wax paper. Fill one end with the amount of butter you want in your stick. Roll the paper and store in refrigerator.

Chipotle Butter

a stick of unsalted butter

 1/4 – 1/2 can of chipotle

Whip her up in the food processor (if you don’t have a processor you can beat it with a mixer or try a blender…but that might be not so much fun to get out!)

Slap this stuff on some corn on the cob…good god it is GOOD!!!

Strawberry & Honey Butter 

a stick of unsalted butter

2 tbsp honey

1 cup strawberries

Whip it up in the food processor. If you want it sweeter…add more honey.

Pesto Butter 

a stick of unsalted butter

2 tbsp of homemade pesto (or store bought)

Again…stick it all in the food processor.

These butters are great for parties or guests. It can go on just about anything. Strawberry butter and toast. Pesto butter on mashed potatoes. Chipotle butter on steak.Truffle butter on some pasta!

I like to save cans with interesting labels for some reason, but that means they have just sit around with no purpose. So, why not plant succulents in them?  I went to the downtown flower mart and for only $40 I got a bunch of little guys to pot.

I had some pots and planters sitting around that needed to be given a friend as well. The wood box I got at a thrift store 6 months ago and since then I have been looking for a good use.  I decided it would make a good planter as well and my neighbor suggested taking off the handle!

I  use cactus mix to plant the succulents and cactus.

  I have a thing for 1970’s garden books. I use to be a plant killer, but with patience and a new found love for a new found hobby, I have managed to keep my house plants alive (only a few casualties in the last year, but I will just blame that on the quality of home depot plants). Plants are like a piece of art, but they are alive, beautiful, and delicate. They bring joy to my day when I frolic around my house.

The next two photos are actually from a book published in 1986.

Between my neighbor and I we practically have a botanical garden. They spill out onto the back porch and into the yard creating somewhat of a 70’s wonderland I have an affinity for.(Also instagram apps help too)  Southern California has the advantage of being able to maintain all these plants year round.

Spider plants and ferns have become my favorite plants and reek of the 70’s. Macrame and anything with lots of foliage would work too.   These images below are from my friend’s house out in New Mexico I took a year ago. He taught me how to care for my plants!

 

My favorite place to shop for plants in LA are:

Rolling Greens

downtown flower mart

Sunset Nursery

photo credits: 1.How to Grow House Plants,Sunset Books.1974. 2,3,4. Sunset Ideas for Hanging Gardens, Sunset Books.1977. 5,6.The Indoor Garden Book,Crown Publishers, 1986. Rest of the photos by: Annie Rocchio

  I have a thing for 1970’s garden books. I use to be a plant killer, but with patience and a new found love for a new found hobby, I have managed to keep my house plants alive (only a few casualties in the last year, but I will just blame that on the quality of home depot plants). Plants are like a piece of art, but they are alive, beautiful, and delicate. They bring joy to my day when I frolic around my house.

The next two photos are actually from a book published in 1986.

Between my neighbor and I we practically have a botanical garden. They spill out onto the back porch and into the yard creating somewhat of a 70’s wonderland I have an affinity for.(Also instagram apps help too)  Southern California has the advantage of being able to maintain all these plants year round.

Spider plants and ferns have become my favorite plants and reek of the 70’s. Macrame and anything with lots of foliage would work too.   These images below are from my friend’s house out in New Mexico I took a year ago. He taught me how to care for my plants!

 

My favorite place to shop for plants in LA are:

Rolling Greens

downtown flower mart

Sunset Nursery

photo credits: 1.How to Grow House Plants,Sunset Books.1974. 2,3,4. Sunset Ideas for Hanging Gardens, Sunset Books.1977. 5,6.The Indoor Garden Book,Crown Publishers, 1986. Rest of the photos by: Annie Rocchio

From Kate and Sean’s wedding.

I have been lucky the past two summers and was asked to be in two of my best friend’s weddings ( and another next summer! ).  For both weddings, I helped the bride makes these signs from old wood doors I found at Silverlake Architectual Salvage.  

Clearly the signs needs to be cleaned off. The paint is often coming off, but I like this look.  Get yourself some cleaner, a rag, a pencil, black acrylic paint, different size paint brushes depending on your preference and handwriting, water, a paint rag, and of course a beer! I drew the word on first with pencil.  Go back over the pencil with black paint as though you are using a pen writing cursive. . You can go back through the touch up the spots where needed. I did this a few times!

Greg and Rebecca used the signs as props and sent these cards out as a thank you! So cute!

photo credit:

first photo: the big affair

postcard photo: annie mcelwain

(post of Kate’s DIY wedding soon!)