Endless Summer Projects: Photo Transfer Journals | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

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Summer is coming to an end and I have a perfect way to keep those summer shots and travel photos close at hand. Using the same method as the transfer image canvases, preserve those memories by creating photo transfer journals. Transfer favorite photos from summer trips, family events or shots of every day life (those are my faves!) The journals will be beautiful and can hold writings of your travels, adventures and memories.

This is our last Endless Summer Project post of the summer though it seems like we just started. It’s been so wonderful to work with Ali of Alexandra Hedin, Jen from Classic Play, Melissa of Lulu the Baker and MJ of Pars Caeli. They are creative, supportive, kind and hilarious women and it was a treat to collaborate. School starts in less than two weeks for us so our summer days are numbered. It’s been a good one. And don’t you worry. Our little group has a few fun things in the works.

Now back to the project.

Endless Summer Projects: Photo Transfer Journals | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

The cover of the white canvas journals is very similar to the surface of wrapped canvases and the process is almost identical. The journal is on the smaller size which makes the work process less but the results are just as rewarding.

Endless Summer Projects: Photo Transfer Journals | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

The journals don’t just have to be summer or travel related. I made up one with images of Love Bug and one with images of Sweet J. The children were tickled to see their faces on the book covers and I hope to use them as journals for this year.

Endless Summer Projects: Photo Transfer Journals | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

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Recipe: Peach Butter

August 18, 2014

Peach Butter | this heart of mine

I’m still in love with the in season peaches. These stone fruits are presently ripe and juicy and full of flavor. Instead of a sweet something, I went more on the savory end. And full fat. :) This peach butter has a hint of sweetness, mostly to bring out the flavor of the peach, plus nutmeg and cinnamon, two of the fruit’s best companions. This recipe should not be confused with the similarly named “peach butter” that, in fact, contains no butter at all and is a (seemingly sad) butter substitute. My recipe contains the real thing, saturated fat and all. It’s divine atop still-warm-from-the-oven buttermilk biscuits.

Butter is a divisive dairy product. There was, and continues to be, the butter vs margarine dispute. I’m definitely Team Butter. Our motto is “Give us butter or give us death”. Or nothing. We’ll settle for nothing. Interestingly, butter can also be altered, in a non-science, non-molecular-level way. Any number of herbs, spices and other flavorings can be added to the softened spread to create a more flavor-filled spread.

Peach Butter | this heart of mine

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Endless Summer Projects: Printable Map | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

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Eek!! I love this printable map by Melissa of Lulu the Baker! The older Love Bug gets the more conversations we have about geography and where places are located. My children especially want to know where our state is in relation to the states our extended families live in. I’m so excited they are beginning to be interested in the larger world. Melissa has a free printable available today on her blog and what you do with it is totally up to you! Color it all, color in the states you’ve traveled to, mark your vacation route or place the license plate game. It’s perfect for a frame too!!

Head on over to Lulu the Baker for the free printable and enjoy!

If you’ve missed our other posts, here’s a recap!

Summer Banner | Large Scale Modern Art | Scavenger Hunt | Collapsible Cardboard House | Mid Century Modern Birdfeeder | Backyard Circus Stilts | 6 Water Balloon Games | Firework Tablecloth | Screen Printed Tees | Outdoor Cooking with Kids | Vacation Mobile | Upcycled Camping Lantern | Shell Memories

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Endless Summer Projects: Shell Memories | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

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Did you miss last week’s Endless Summer Project? Yeah. That’s on me. Alexandra Hedin shared a very unique way to create souvenirs and it’s a must see. Shelling is my favorite activity when on a beach. It is peaceful and calming while also exciting and addictive. It’s all about the thrill of the find. With Alexandra’s guidance, shells can be turned into mementos from your time in the sand. Click on over and get the full details!

If you’ve missed our other posts, here’s a recap!

Summer Banner | Large Scale Modern Art | Scavenger Hunt | Collapsible Cardboard House | Mid Century Modern Birdfeeder | Backyard Circus Stilts | 6 Water Balloon Games | Firework Tablecloth | Screen Printed Tees | Outdoor Cooking with Kids | Vacation Mobile | Upcycled Camping Lantern

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Recipe: Crumble Peach Pie

August 11, 2014

Crumble Peach Pie | this heart of mine

It’s peach season and I’ve been all over the place with what to make with the sweet fruits. First, I thought a light peach sorbet sounded good. Also dreamed about the Peach & Toasted Pecan ice cream I made a few summers back. Then I wondered about a tart or an open faced pie. After consulting MJ, we decided a crumble peach pie was the thing to do. As I do often, I spent time Googling recipes. Being able to read a recipe and mostly understand how it is going to turn out it one of my favorite parts about cooking often. I settled on a recipe by Martha Stewart. It’s pretty tasty.

I liked the recipe for a number of reasons. The peaches are basically left in their natural state. Not too much sugar or fiddling with. Also, I’m on a kick to try to make most of what I eat from scratch. This recipe provided a (simple and straight forward) pie crust, simple peaches and a delicious crumble topping. I added a bit more to the crumble top portion because it is amazing. Additionally, I used dark brown sugar instead of light brown. I think it tastes better but it does make a darker crumble. If that bothers you, go with the light brown sugar.

Crumble Peach Pie | this heart of mine

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