Making Your Own Soda


Homemade Summertime Refreshment



Last Christmas, my husband asked for a Soda Stream so he could cut down on the sugary soda and make his own sparkling flavored waters. I thought this was a great idea and searched the internet for recipes for homemade soda syrups.  Turns out there are so many great combinations and they follow a basic recipe of a simple syrup and fruit and herbs.


To make a simple syrup, combine one cup of water to a half cup of sugar. To flavor your simple syrup, throw in about 3-4 cups of fresh fruit and fresh herbs and bring to a boil. Mash up your fruit with a potato masher to release the juices and flavors. Simmer for a half hour. Strain the fruit and herbs with a fine mesh sieve, mashing the fruit into the sides to further bring out the flavor. Store the syrup in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.

When your want to make your soda, add 3-4 ounces of your syrup to your sparkling water.


For my first attempt, I made a Ginger Peach Combo



It was delicious, so I tried a Grapefruit and Mint Combo. (Not so delicious.) But there are so many flavor combinations to try, I’m ready to experiment.



Strawberry Basil

Cherry Vanilla

Blueberry Sage

Pineapple Mint

I think you’re only limited by your imagination! And these sodas are especially good if your kids, like mine, drink too much commercial sodas. These are all natural and you can control the amount of sugar. And these soda syrups would make really pretty hostess gifts. You don’t need a soda stream-you can just add it to plain sparkling water from the grocery store.


If you try this, I’d love to hear how yours came out!




Valentine’s Projects Galore

The very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.–jane austen

Oh my gosh! No quote could ever be more true to me! I do not pretend to not know how blessed I am to have three (3!) “hims” in my life…my husband, and my two boys.

Most days I take this all for granted. Don’t we all sometimes?

But with Valentine’s Day approaching and being the crafty little crafter I wish to be, I’ve been perusing the internet for heart themed ideas. There is no shortage, let me tell you, and it can become very overwhelming.

So I put together some projects and links that look interesting, fun and tasty.

But first off, a little something from the lyrical genius of Bruce Springsteen that will get you in the mood. This song is beautiful, the words ever so true if you want a long and lasting relationship.

Now that you’re in the mood, how about some food? (Rhyming unintentional).

In my household, pizza is ALWAYS welcome!

Noreen from Picture the Recipe came up with this very cute heart-shaped pizza.


Cupcakes, pies and cookies are always welcome too!

Style Motivation has a bunch of recipes with beautiful pictures, but I like this one best!

20-Hart-Shaped-Food-Recipes-for-Sweet-Valentine-12Wouldn’t those be lovely to receive?

Ok…we need a pretty tablesetting…

Lemon Tree Creations came up with a tablescape I would definitely mimic.

Mason Jars Vintage Valentines? I'm in!

                    Mason Jars and Vintage Valentines? I’m in!

Printables! How could I forget the printables? There are so many wonderful graphic artists out there on the web that sometimes offer their printables for free! Yay!

Tatertots and Jello is one of my favorite blogs and this link will hook you up to some very cute projects and FREE  printables.

Like this one

from funky polkadot giraffe.

     from funky polkadot giraffe.

So now we have food, desserts, tablescape…what are we missing?  Hmmmm…..


(duh, me!)

Whipperberry came up with these very cute homemade Valentines that I think I will try.

Melted Crayon Hearts

       Melted Crayon Hearts

I hope I have left you with some Heart-sy Valentine-y ideas to try this year.

And if all else fails, Hallmark cards work for me!

Right, Babe?

(My husband knows from past experience what happens if I don’t get a Valentine’s card.)

Me without a Valentine's card...

Me without a Valentine’s card…

Love and Peace,


C’mon Spring!!!! We’re Waiting….

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And waiting and waiting…


I don’t know where you live, but in my neck of the woods it’s still gray, dark and cold and rainy.  It’s been a long winter and though the calendar says April 11th, it’s still not spring- like. 

So I bought myself some flowers and put them in a pretty blue vintage Mason jar to add some cheer along with the drear(y) weather.



So if you read my last post, you saw the Mason Jar Soap Dispenser…well, guess what?  I found out (while perusing ) that Ball is selling new mason jars with the vintage blue hue!!!!

You can find the link here:

So Cool!!!!

I love the way they look even with grocery store flowers tucked in.




And if you look closely at this picture…my sweet pup is napping in the background.

  What else is there to do on a dreary day?

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser



Who Doesn’t Love a Great Mason Jar?


I found these beauties at an estate sale and had to snap them up!



I love the turquoise hue to them and the metal lid on the one on the left made me so happy!

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Mason jars, of course
  • Hammer and Nail
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Soap pump (I just used an old one I had).



Pound a hole into the lid with your hammer and nail.  I actually used an old jar lid for this one because I didn’t

want to ruin the metal gray one that actually came with the jar…


With your needle-nose pliers, make the hole bigger, but just big enough so your pump will fit snugly. .

Go slow and be careful because once it’s too big, you can’t go back.



All that is left now is to screw on your lid and add some soap!  This seriously took about 10 minutes to complete and I think it came out so cute


Now go share the Mason Jar Love with the World!


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