Easter Mini Garden

Several years ago, I stumbled upon the sweetest project while scrolling through the internets (thank you, Pinterest!). My family and I have enjoyed making an Easter Mini Garden together each Lent season since then. I have a hunch that you will LOVE this idea, so I wanted to pass it along today.

It is such a simple, but beautiful and powerful visual reminder of Christ's death for us and His resurrection from the dead!

easter mini garden hhh To give proper credit where credit is due, you can find the inspiration and instructions for the project here. Click over to see photos for instructions, too!

The Easter Mini Garden is easy and relatively inexpensive to whip up! I've seen a few different variations, but here are the basic supplies and instructions:

(It's possible you can find some/most of these items in your home or yard) shallow terra cotta potting tray terra cotta mini pot (for the tomb) little stones or pebbles grass seed (or moss!) potting soil twine or string a few small twigs (to make the crosses) one stone (to cover and then roll away from "the tomb")

1. Lay the mini pot on its side in the center the potting tray 2. Scoop soil on top of and around the sides of the pot. Pack it in to form a "hill" 3. Sprinkle grass seed all over the soil. Be generous! 4. Pour pebbles in front of the "tomb" opening 5. Use twine to tie together three crosses and then stick the crosses into the soil on the "hill" 6. Place the stone halfway in front of the "tomb" 7. Water the grass with a spray bottle each day to keep the soil moist 8. Place the Easter Mini Garden in a sunny spot in your house and watch the grass grow a bit each day! The grass might even need a trim if it grows well and quickly!

This project is such a joy. It provides yet another opportunity to chat with my child about what our Savior has lovingly done for us. We have not only enjoyed these in our own home, but at church, too! Sunday School kiddos have made them to use as centerpieces for Easter breakfast. They took them home to enjoy afterwards!

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die." ~John 11:25-26

Will you make an Easter Mini Garden? Or do you enjoy making another Easter project each year? Please share it with us!

God bless your Lenten season, dear friends.

RachelSignature

 

From the Depths of the Freezer...

Today I am going to share with you another one of those "Why did I wait so long?!" projects that I tackled this weekend. I have been reminded for a second time now, that these projects are NOT HARD PEOPLE! Why I keep putting them off for months and years, I just cannot figure out! Project of this week? Cleaning my freezers. I'll admit it. We were doing the freezer dance. You know the one. The one where you quickly throw something in the freezer and shut the door before it slides down and drags another five items out. I'll also sadly admit we've been doing this for a while. Maybe for weeks. Maybe for months. I am a busy woman right?! I don't have time to take the 14 minutes that this took... wait? It only took 14 minutes?! Yeah. Okay, I didn't time myself, but it honestly didn't take very long. I was eating pancakes at the same time even.

So here is the sad display of both my freezers. We have your typical refrigerator freezer upstairs and a chest freezer in our basement.

freezer1

So I probably don't really need to tell you how to clean our your freezer, but I will anyway to fill up this post. :D Remove all the contents of your freezer. Pile them on your counters, like so.

freezer2

Throw away all the yucky stuff. I may or may not have had items over 2 years old. I MOVED expired food. All judgements are completely warranted. Also, I am not showing you a picture of all the food I threw away. I am too embarrassed. It had to be done.  Also, to show you how completely disorganized I was (I am not sure why I am admitting this to everyone!), I had two bags of frozen peas open, three bags of frozen corn open (that's right, three), two bags of frozen strawberries open, and two bags of frozen bananas. Kind of ridiculous, I know.

So in order to organize this monstrosity, I decided I needed to do three things.

  1. Physically organize the food so it would stop falling on me.
  2. Create some sort of freezer inventory so I don't waste so much food!
  3. Do this for free(sies). Get it? Pun intended. We are not planning to keep my refrigerator, or really much of anything in our current kitchen when we remodel. I do not want to spend money on shelving, containers, or a marker board that may not fit in or with our new kitchen in a few months. So free it had to be, plus why not let things be free!

For my deep freezer I just organized the items by location in the freezer. I haven't put anything into containers since the freezer is pretty big and not that full, so it doesn't seem too chaotic. Plus, quite frankly I don't mind digging around in there to find what I need. That's what deep freezers are for! As long as I know what is in there to find.

freezer3

For my upstairs freezer, I dug out some containers from the back of the cupboard (perhaps another organization intervention is needed) that I don't use that often. I put the veggies in one, the fruit in one, crammed the breastmilk in the way back (that I at least already had stored in a container) along with my pancake mix and ice cream, and organized the other items in the door. Presto! No freezer avalanche. I did move a lot of items from upstairs to my downstairs freezer. I am trying the keep items I use more frequently upstairs, and the other stuff downstairs. I don't need two packages of my homemade "refried" beans upstairs when we eat one every month or two. Admittedly, a shelf would be nice in this freezer, but I am doing just fine without one, and a shelf would not be free.

freezer4

As far as inventory, I decided to make a make-shift marker board out of a plastic sheet protector. I typed up the categories that I wanted on a sheet of paper and slipped that into the sheet protector. Now I can use an erasable marker on the outside to keep track of what I have in each group. I can erase when I need to for updates. I keep it located on the side of my fridge with a magnet. Easy peasy! I think eventually, if I find that I keep up with and find that this system works well for me, I may invest in a nicer looking marker board. It would also be simple enough to paint the inside of a cupboard with chalkboard paint and keep your groups organized there. You could also be super simple and write it on regular paper, I just didn't want to have to re-write everything all the time.

freezer5

Cheers to fresh, non freezer burnt, family meals in our future. Do you have a freezer frenzy happening in your house? Have you found motivation to tackle any projects on your to do list? Fill me in!

BeckySignature