Spring Inspired Eating

I’m so excited for spring and the ability to start growing things again. Spring also provides so many inspirational ideas for spring celebrations. For your upcoming event I’m sharing some spring inspired recipes and ideas to get you started.

Breakfast:

Orange-Almond Scones, Strawberry-Orange Muffins, Berry Crumble Muffins, Orange Rolls

Dips, Appetizers, & Snacks:

Dilly Cucumber, Rosemary-White Bean, Carrot-Ginger, Nut Butterfly, PB&J Blossoms (choose your bread preference), Butterfly Peppers & Dip, Stuffed Cucumber Cups, Honey Rolls, Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad,

Main Course:

Chicken Focaccia Sandwich,  Grilled Salmon Sandwich, Chicken & Pineapple Kabobs, Chicken & Mango Kabobs, Spicy Shrimp Skewers, Baked Tomatoes Stuffed with Tuna & Rice, Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Quinoa & Citrus Vinaigrette,  Thai Chicken Salad Wrap, Southwest Chicken,  Snow Peas & Chicken Salad, Roasted Spring Vegetables,

Desserts

Lemon Bars, Umbrella Cookies,Spring Puzzle Cake, Pastel Petits Fours, Sweet Mini Pizzas, Lemon Truffled Pie, Strawberry Cream Dessert, Rhubarb Crumble, Kitchen Sink Cookies,

Cupcake Ideas

Butterfly Banana Cupcakes, Kite Cupcakes, Spring Showers Cupcake, Flower Basket Cupcakes

I hope you get to try some of these delicious looking recipes.  What are your favorite spring fruits and vegetables or snack ideas?  I’d love to hear about them.

Recycled Crafts

Today we’re talking about having our creative fun and doing some recycling or being extra earth-friendly while we’re at it!

Make a button clock

Reuse those papers and cards and make decorations and ornaments

Need a new piggy bank?  Make one!

Have a t-shirt you love but doesn’t fit anymore? Make it a bag!

Make an organizer for your magazines and papers from a cereal box.

Another bag idea from a beach towel.

Husband have old wool jackets he doesn’t wear? Make them into a throw!

How about tin can Jack-o’-Lanterns or making beautiful candle jackets for spring?

Make bookmarks with left over ribbons.

Homemade, recycled bird feeder.

Pinecone birdfeeder.

There are many other recycling ideas out there, what have you done that was fun and creative but either recycled or made use of natural materials?  Share your ideas below.

FF: Kreative Notions

Today we’re talking with Syda from Kreative Notions.  Syda’s journey is filled with different creative inspirations and I’m excited to share her with you today.

Why are you passionate about being creative?

Being creative allows me to connect, share and inspire others.  I didn’t discover my creativity until my late thirties and since that time it has gifted me connection, purpose, healing and immense joy.  Very often my life has been transformed, lifted out of the darkness and made brighter through creative play.  I want to inspire others to use creative play to enhance their joy, their connections and their lives.  Not to mention the pleasure and gratitude of knowing that someone is writing in a journal that I designed or wearing a T-shirt with a graphic I created.

What got you started with art, cards and being creative?

I began writing poems as a teenager, however I never considered myself to be “creative.”  Later, my husband would give me a camera for my birthday while we were dating (and several upgrades since).  I discovered macro photography and became obsessed with taking extremely close-up photogs of our freshly planted flowers.  Today my photography hobby continues to expand and grow.  I love that it allows me to become childlike; taking photos of odd things and transforming them into meaningful works.  In 2000, with photogs piling up, I took a stab at scrap-booking.  Still, I didn’t see myself as creative.

My true creative passion began to take shape when I received a hand stamped Christmas card.  I wondered if it was something I could do.  I sent out my first handmade holiday card in 2002 and the rest, as they say, is history.  I’ve been making greeting cards and small gifts for family and friends ever since and have often been told I should start a business and sell them.  So, here we are.  🙂

I chose the name Kreative Notions for my website and business because I enjoy a variety of creative play:  writing, photography, paper crafts, art journaling, collage and more.  I love playing with paint, gesso, Mod Podge, rubber stamps and UTEE to name a few.  I love finding new ways to inspire and play.

Do you have a favorite piece you’ve designed?

Today my favorite would be a special order journal cover I recently created with a turquoise background and white gerbera daisy.  A little white lace ribbon was all the embellishment it needed.

What exciting future plans do you have for your work?

My business is still in its infant stage.  I’m only getting started.  I like the idea of hosting a workshop, e-course, or creative challenge.  I like the idea of participating in a craft fair, or discovering a local boutique to host some of my creative energies.  First things first.  I just purchased The Right Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee and I am looking forward to setting down a creative business plan.

I do have plans to develop a newsletter over the next month.  There’s a subscription form on my website and there will be a drawing contest when I reach my first subscriber goal.  (hint-hint)

Throughout the next year, in addition to expanding the collections I offer in my Etsy Shop and CafePress Shop, I’d like to create a day planner and perhaps a guided journal.

What tips and inspiration can you share?

The Kreative Notions motto is:  “Mistaeks are Mandatory….make lots of ’em.”

Release your attachment to the outcome.  Don’t think about it.  Let go of what it “should” look like.  Some of the best things come from mindless play.

You can learn more about Syda, including join her newsletter, at her website, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as visit her Etsy and CafePress shops and see what she’s created lately.

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Thank you so much Syda! I look forward to seeing where your creative journey takes you!

What inspiration can you share with someone today? You may never know the impact of your thoughts, but it’s always worth it!

Chips and Dips

What makes a party better than chips and dip?!  Below are some yummy recipes for chips, as well as dips.  Share your favorites too!

Chips:

Baked Whole Wheat Pita Chips (& Avocado Goat Cheese Dip)

Baked Tortilla Chips (& Roasted Chile Guacamole)

Baked Bagel Chips (& Garlic Vegetable Spread)

Baked, Spiced Whole Wheat Pita Chips

Fried Lime Tortilla Chips

Fried Spicy Tortilla Chips

Fried Cumin Dusted Tortilla Chips

Fried Won Ton Chips

Dips:

Edamame

Hot Spinach Artichoke

Hummus

Hot Artichoke Crab

Mexican 5 Layer

Grilled Eggplant

Pan-Fried Onion

Sun-dried Tomato

7 Layer

Herb

BLT

Hot Tomato, Jack and Crab

Southwestern Style

Guacamole

Salsa

I’m hungry now!  Share your favorite dips and chip ideas below!

Poetry for Children

Today is Children’s Poetry day.  I must admit as a child I didn’t appreciate poets and poetry quite as much as I do now.  I thought I would share some great poets and their poems with you in inspiration and honor on this day.

Roald Dahl

“So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.”

The official website and some activities you can do in conjunction with his poetry.

Eric Ode

“Grow me a poem of sunlight and soil.  Paint me a poem of canvas and oil…Sing me a poem, I’m ready to dream.”

You can learn more about Eric, and see more of his work at his website.

Kenn Nesbitt

“My cursive’s utter lack of style will make you want to curse. But, even so, I have to smile; my teacher’s writing’s worse.”

You can learn more about Kenn and read more poems at his website.

Shel Silverstein

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!”

You can read more about one of my favorite poets, Shel, at his website.

Jack Prelutsky

“A poet is not something you become; a poet is something you are.”

You can learn more about Jack at his website.

I’ve had lots of fun traveling down memory lane with these poets today!  Who are your favorite poets?  Share them below.

FF: Jess Klein Photography

Today we’re getting to know a photographer, Jesse Kleinpeter.  Jesse has some really great thoughts for us today!
Why are you passionate about photography?
I enjoy the perspective it gives me on life.  Beauty is literally all around us & the camera always reminds me of that.  I especially enjoy how a simple captured moment in time can often evoke such powerful emotion!
What got you started with photography and being creative as a hobby/business?
As a child I was always fascinated by how a photograph freezes time, allowing a moment to last forever.  Without a camera, so many memories would just fade away.  Therefore, being the sentimental guy that I am, I decided to embrace the world of photography!
Plus, I am driven by the reaction of my subjects when they see their photos.
Do you have a favorite photo you’ve taken?
I was in the right place at the right time at a small town parade when a man marching with a flag broke formation and waved at his son to come see him. I was very emotional as I watched and knew I had captured something special.  I took several pictures back to back.  My two favorites are posted on my website – They are titled “God Bless America” and “We Salute You America” and can be found under the people section.
What exciting future plans do you have for your work?
Picking up the camera always proves to be exciting. I would like to get a little more involved in fashion photography, and have also always wanted to be a part of an art exhibit!
Do you have any tips/inspiration to share?
One of my favorite quotes by Henri Cartier-Bresson has always remained inspirational to me, and pretty much sums up any tips I could offer…
“What is photography? …it is seizing the moment.  It is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.”

You can learn more about Jesse at his website, Facebook, Twitter, blog and see his photos posted on Instagram (search JessKleinPhotog).

Wow! I want to go grab my camera now and go take some pictures of the things growing outside!  Thanks for the inspiration Jesse!

Share your thoughts and passions about photography below too!

Crafting into Spring

March 20 we officially launch into spring, although my senses tell me we’re already there.

I’m in a crafty mood today so I’m sharing some of the great creative crafts around the internet.

Ideas from Martha

Daffodil Candy Cups, Crepe-paper spring birds, Paper basket bouquets,

Kaboose

Fabric Scrap Flower Garden,

Enchanted Learning

Eggshell Plant Pots

Family Fun

Fingerprint Stationary, Bead babies, Colored sand vases, Painted Pebbles, Sparkling Sun Catcher, Spring No-Snow globe

Michaels

Garden hat card, Spring flower bag.

Do you have a favorite spring craft?  Share your favorite fun activities below.