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Over the last year, I’ve enjoyed this wonderful opportunity to share my projects with the Going Home to Roost community. This wasn’t an easy decision to make, but as I find my life’s path pointing in a new direction, I must say goodbye as a contributing writer.

I don’t know for sure yet where this new path is taking me. It occurred to me recently that to have anything else worth writing about, I must first get out there and experience more of the world. I want to start a vegetable garden, take some art classes, travel with my daughters… there’s so much on my life’s to-do list that remains unchecked. There is so much of the world I have yet to explore.

If you’d like to stay in touch, I do plan to document some of my journey on my personal blog, but I will most certainly be coming back to Going Home to Roost as a loyal reader. For today I leave you with this quote, which will hopefully inspire you as it inspired me:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

- Mark Twain

Warm wishes, and thank you all for a wonderful year!

Ashley

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French Toast Latte

February 27, 2012

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french toast latte

One of my favorite breakfast treats is french toast. I had been planning on cooking it for breakfast this past weekend after months of not having it when it occurred to me: french toast latte! There is nothing about the combination of espresso, milk/soy milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla that doesn’t go together. It tastes as good as it sounds!

french toast latte

The recipe isn’t difficult either – it still follows my basic simple syrup recipe for creating flavored lattes – this time we’ll just swap white sugar for brown sugar.

Serves 2

Ingredients

- 6 ounces brewed espresso

- 6-8 ounces steamed milk or soy milk, rice milk, etc.

- 1/2 cup water

- 1/2 cup brown sugar

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon OR two cinnamon sticks

- 1 tablespoon real maple syrup

Directions

Combine brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. When it reaches a boil, add vanilla extract. Allow to boil for one minute, then remove from heat. Quickly and cinnamon and maple syrup, and stir well. If you used cinnamon sticks, remove them when the syrup has cooled. Pour your finished syrup into two mugs – 1/8 to 1/4 cup, depending on how sweet you like your drinks.

french toast latte

When espresso or dark coffee is brewed, add to the mug. Stir coffee and syrup well, and add steamed milk, spooning any foam on top. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and enjoy!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Upcycled Shadow Box Shelf

February 20, 2012

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If you’re like me, you may have gone crazy with the clementines this winter. I ended up with five leftover clementine crates, and I don’t like tossing them out. Usually I keep them as extra storage bins for my crafts – at least, I keep the sturdier ones made out of wood. Then, it occurred to me that those crates could make really cute, free shadow box shelves on walls! With just a little paint or fabric, they could be dressed up and almost unrecognizable as they showcase photos, plants, art, sculpture, etc. They’re perfect for eclectic decor

Materials

- clementine crate(s)

- decorative elements such as fabric, patterned paper, paint, etc.

- tools such as hot glue, paint brush, scissors, etc.

I decided to cover the bottom of my crate with tangerine fabric. The same idea would work with solid or patterned paper. Alternatively, you could paint the crate with bright colors, or spray paint the whole thing one solid color.

To add a fabric base like I did:

1. measure and cut fabric to fit into base

2. one side at a time, apply hot glue along bottom edge of crate, pressing edge of fabric down before glue hardens

3. tuck fabric corners into corner holes (if they’re open like mine)

4. apple a dot of glue on each corner, pressing fabric corners into it to secure fabric

The great part about the wooden crates is that they usually have holes on the bottoms already – perfect for hanging the crate onto wall with nails or screws! Before decorating, just hold your crate up against the wall where it will hang, choose two holes for hanging, and mark their location on the wall with a pencil. Put the crate down, insert nails or screws into the wall at the markings, and hang finished crate on the wall. Perfect!

What are some things you have done with fruit crates?

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Valentine’s Day may be tomorrow, but there is still time to create some seriously pretty love notes. If you’ve seen my Etsy shop, you would know that I know paper cutting words, so I created this easy tutorial for making your own letter stencils, and using color to your wildest imagination.

Supplies

- card stock for stencil
- pencil, and eraser for mistakes
- craft knife / X-Acto blades
- paper or card stock and envelopes for cards
- color medium of your choice – paints, colored pencils, oil pastels, etc.

Begin by writing your message in block lettering. If you don’t feel comfortable writing free-hand, try printing your word(s) in your favorite font to use as a stencil.

Cut out the letters as silhouettes with your craft knife.

Center your stencil over your blank card where you want your wording to appear. Begin filling in your letters with complimenting or contrasting colors. I used colored pencils…

… and neon paints:

Your stencil can be used over and over until it wears out, but make sure it isn’t stained through before using again on a clean blank card.

That’s it! I hope you all have a very lovely Valentine’s Day.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Vanilla Ginger Latte Recipe

January 16, 2012

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This was the perfect warm drink recipe for a cold winter day in Michigan – but I suspect it tastes just as good in warmer regions, too! I created this recipe when I needed a little spin on my go-to favorite drink: the vanilla latte. All it takes is a bit of ground ginger to give this drink a kick!

Serves two.

Ingredients

- 4 ounces brewed espresso or strongly brewed dark roast coffee

- 1/2 cup milk, soy milk, or other milk subsitute

- 1/4 cup water

- 1/4 cup sugar

- 2 tsp vanilla extract

- 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Directions

Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan, stirring often.

When syrup has reached a rolling boil, add vanilla and ginger, continuing to stir.

Let mixture boil for another minute – this allows the alcohol in the extract to burn off. Remove from heat

Brew your espresso or strong coffee. Steam and froth milk or milk substitute. Pour espresso into a mug, followed by syrup, then milk

Spoon the leftover foam onto the top of the drink. Enjoy!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Diy Keepsake Holiday Ornament

December 19, 2011

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Whether for your own mother or for a growing family in your life, this pretty keepsake ornament is a thoughtful handmade holiday gift. Inside the glass bulb are the names of each member of the family (pets included!) written or printed on little paper banners. The holiday and year are also included on a banner – a festive way to mark and remember this holiday season.

Materials

1 clear glass bulb ornament with hook

as many paper banners as needed, in complimentary colors

a fine-tipped pen

Directions

Measure the opening of the bulb to make sure paper banners will fit inside without crumpling. Cut out as many paper banners as needed for each name. I also included one banner to mark the year, and another banner I left blank for decoration.

Gently fold the banner in half and lightly pinch the crease – just enough so that that banner stays shut, but not so much that it is permanently creased shut.

Re-open the banner and write the name of a family member. Repeat for each family member. Write the holiday and year on one banner if you desire, and leave another blank. I included one glittering bronze banner to leave blank.

Gently, partially fold the banners again, and drop inside the ornament. Once all paper banners are inside, replace the cap of the ornament.

Shake gently to release banners from each other’s folds if needed, and package in a protective box for gift-giving.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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This white chocolate peppermint latte is little like Christmas in a mug! Quite similar to my peppermint mochoa latte recipe, this recipe is perfect for those who don’t like cocoa or just want to try something different. The white chocolate is smooth and creamy, while the peppermint is cool and refreshing. This recipe is just for one latte, but it can easily be doubled for two at a time.

Ingredients

1/2 cup milk or soy milk
1/4 cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate bar
1 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 ounces espresso or strongly brewed coffee

Directions

Begin by combining the milk and white chocolate in a double boiler or a glass bowl atop a pot of boiling water (which is what I did). It is possible to just combine them in a pot, but you risk scorching the milk.

Whisk the mixture until the white chocolate is completely melted. This could take ten minutes or so. While white chocolate is melting on the stove, prepare your strong coffee or espresso.

When the white chocolate has melted into the milk, add the vanilla and peppermint extracts. Continue to whisk periodically until coffee has brewed.

Pour your white chocolate syrup into a mug, and then add coffee. Top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes if you wish!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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giveaway a day: day 4

December 8, 2011

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giveaway day 4

i’m starting to get used to this giveaway a day thing, it’s fun! todays comes from our very own lovely contributor, ashley pahl from indie pretty projects. she’s giving away a $20 gift card to either of her beautiful etsy shops: ashley pahl or nature party! i think you’ll find both to completely wow and dazzle you (she’s so my style!).

here’s how you enter!

comment here letting us know what your favorite item is from either ashley pahl or nature party. to enter twice, you may “like” indie pretty on facebook and leave another comment here letting us know you did so.

the nitty gritty:

giveaway ends wednesday, december 14th at midnight, pst. one winner will be drawn by a random number generator and announced here on thursday. good luck!

pssst! don’t miss the other giveaways going on this week:

monday: enter to win this beautiful skirt! (ends 12/11/12)

tuesday: enter to win this chic antler deer pillow! (ends 12/12/12)

wednesday: enter to win a set of these genevieve necklaces! (ends 12/13/12)

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