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COLLECTING RIVER ROCKS

This DIY is an easy one for the upcoming long weekend! Get ready for some fun!

You will need:

  • To find a river
  • Bucket for collecting
  • Instagram account

1. Locate a river in the late afternoon. It should be moderately peaceful to work best.

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2. Choose rocks that match your color scheme, and that are sized small to medium. We went with a range of teals and light blues, with cognac for contrast.

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3. You may find other objects that don’t fit in your scheme, but you still like. Feel free to collect them as a starting point for another day. These tiny shells grabbed my attention.

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4. After you have acquired your river rocks, lay them out nicely so you can instagram the photo!

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Enjoy your rocks! And have a safe and happy labor day (and college football) weekend!

LAZY FARMER PIZZA

Our farmhouse has a strict August rule: no oven between the hours of 2pm-sundown. No fresh baked cookies for after-school snacks. No lasagna for dinner. We are in the process of inventing dinner for breakfast, more details to come.

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But for now, I think we most lament pizza for dinner. We love pizza. Thankfully, we found a weekend loop hole. On the occasions where you have a late lunch, which leads to a late dinner, sundown comes before dinner. And the oven embargo can be lifted for a quick minute to make a simple pizza.

This pizza is the laziest. We find the pre-made french bread in the bakery section. The kind already buttered and everything. Then we add some mushrooms, cheese, and some arugula. Quick and delicious, and worth the couple extra degrees.

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I understand if you use your sundown oven time for dessert, but this is a worthy contender.

RECIPE

Heat oven to 425.

Slice a handful or so of mushrooms. Place mushrooms on top of pre-made french bread from bakery section.

Top mushrooms with handful of grated mozzarella.

Bake for 8-12 minutes, until cheese is melted and bread is warm.

While pizza is baking, dress 2 handfuls of arugula with a little bit of olive oil and salt.

Remove pizza from oven, slice if necessary, and top with mountain of arugula.

MAKE A GALLERY WALL

Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall post? Someone hung something on a wall somewhere, and we can’t wait to see it. So we’ll end our summer sprucing up week by putting some things on a wall too!

To start, first choose some things to hang on the wall. You get more gallery wall points if they are items you already own, but you get more diy points if you make things to put up. Your preference. Our collection included a ukulele, a banner, and a rusty longhorn.

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Next, you will need something to affix the items to the wall. Here, we used a combination of pushpins, nails, and screws, depending on the heaviness of the item.

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How nice do those things look on the wall! Can’t wait to add some more things to the gallery!

EASY SUMMER PIE

We could write poems about pie. The dessert that is simultaneously appropriate for summer evenings, and cozy winter nights. It can be warm or cold. It can take minutes to make or hours. But it is usually consumed in the presence of loved ones. Pretty sure there is a poem in there somewhere, titled the singular duality of pie.

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When we need a pie, the first thing we do is look in the fridge. If there is not a pie already in there, we move to plan B. Our go-to for quick pies is the almost expiring products in the cupboard. This pie was brought to you by this can of sweetened condensed milk.

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This pie is a simple summer pie. It is bright and citrus-y, and doesn’t spend too long in the oven heating up your whole house. It starts with a cookie crust, which doesn’t require as much muscle sweating as rolling out pie dough. We used these tasty citrus sable cookies, but the cookie of your choice, like these, would work just fine.

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After the crust spends a few minutes in the oven, you just mix the filling together, pour, and pop it back in. Let the pie get nice and cold, and then pac-man style eat it all up with some not too sweet whipped cream.

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You know you have a can of condensed milk slowing dying back there. Go save it.

For the cookie crust:

About 2 cups of cookie crumbs

Up to 1/2 cup melted butter

A little sugar (depending on cookies used. I didn’t use any extra.)

Mix all ingredients, adding butter until it starts to stick together. Press into a 9″ pie pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 until it looks toasted.

For the filling:

14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

4 egg yolks

1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 cup lemon juice

While crust is cooling, mix yolks and milk, then add the juice. Beat together well. Pour into pie crust, and bake for 15ish minutes at 350, until pie is set. Serve cold with fresh whipped cream.

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FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS

Let’s be farm friends, ok? We’ll make it official and make some friendship bracelets.

Gather up the supplies: embroidery floss, scissors, and a piece of tape

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Great! To begin, tie the strands of embroidery floss together with a little knot. Tape the floss to something sturdy below the knot. This makes it easier to braid tight since its not flopping all over the place.

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Start braiding! You can braid a couple feet, so there will be plenty to wrap and tie. Don’t remember how to braid?

Now its time to wrap around your wrist and tie. Its helpful to have a friend do this, hence the friendship needed.

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Tie it in a good square knot, and feel the power of the friendship!

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