Homemade Pesto

If you’re anything like me, you love Pesto but have always been afraid to make it on your own.
I used store bought for years and finally caved and bought a basil plant a few weeks ago in an attempt to keep it growing and finally make Pesto from scratch.

It is incredibly easy and cheaper than store bought and you can even substitute the pine nuts for chopped walnuts since pine nuts aren’t very easy to find.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of fresh basil leaves (No stems)
  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts or chopped walnuts
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

Combine basil leaves, pine nuts or walnuts, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese in a food processor or food chopper.

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Once everything is blended and combined, add salt & pepper to your liking.

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Store in jars and seal tight and keep in the fridge if you are storing for later or use as sauce for pastas, flatbreads, pizza, or toss in pasta!

With love,

-R. Vargas

Pretty Planner Party

For the last two years, I have thrown a Pretty Planner Party for a group of friends that enjoy crafting and planning in their planner as much as I do.
We get together and enjoy good & wholesome association, we share washi tape, stickers, coloring pencils, tips and tricks, etc.

Typically I hold the party at a public place but this year I was fortunate enough to host the party at someone’s home which gave me a chance to decorate and plan a menu. I bought the majority of my decorations at The Dollar Tree and 99 Cents Only Store and I highly recommend these two stores if you are ever planning any type of party.

Here are a few pictures I took:

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This was my third year hosting the Pretty Planner Party and I feel like this was the best year so far.

I’m very grateful for the turnout and everyone who brought a dish and supplies to share!

With love,

– R. Vargas

#DIY Bridal Shower Gift

Hello everyone! What goals do you have in mind for this new year?

This year I am working on my creativity and taking it to the next level so for the first post of the year I will be sharing this #DIY Bridal Shower Gift I thought of.
Of course you do not have to use this as a bridal shower gift but since a sweet friend of mine recently got married, I thought this would be the perfect gift for her as a new wife.

During the Summer I went to Target and found this Recipe box marked down for Clearance and I have been saving it for this special project.

Included in this Recipe box were four colored tabs and twelve recipe cards that I divided up.

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If you have been a loyal follower of my blog or Instagram, you may have noticed that I cook and bake quite often. Most recipes consist of family recipes and others are simple Pinterest experiments.

For this project, I only used family recipes that could simplify things for a new wife.

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I categorized the four tabs into:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Desserts

On the front of the card I wrote the title, notes, prep time, total time, and the ingredients and on the back I wrote out the directions. (I used a few of my mothers favorite recipes and made sure I gave her credit.)

I decided to not fill in every blank recipe card so that my friend could write down her own recipes and keep them all together. I did fill in at least one card for each category to get her started.

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I hope she likes her gift and that her marriage is blessed with years of happiness and unconditional love.

Did you like this quick and simple gift? Comment below and let me know!

With love,

-R. Vargas

#DIY Housewarming Gift 

Hey everyone! 

At the request of one of my loyal followers Bobbie of Mrs.Simplicityblog, I decided to share this quick and easy #DIY Housewarming Gift idea that I made for a dear friend of mine. 

Everything displayed can be found at your local IKEA.  


Nothing out of the ordinary or very expensive. Anyone can put together this simple yet sweet gift. You can add in as much as you’d like and customize the items.

Once I tucked everything inside the oven mit and positioned it the way I wanted, voilà! 


You could even tie a ribbon around it for just a little more decor but I personally love the simplicity. 

What did you think of this gift? Is it something you would like to receive? Comment below and let me know! 

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas 

First-Aid Kit Board 

When I read this months issue of the Awake! I knew instantly how deep and personal it was for me.
I also thought it was very timely since February is National Teen Dating Violence awareness month.

The magazine discusses teen depression and what I really respect was that it shed light on how depression is an illness and disability.

Now when I was a teenager “depression,” was not classified as a sickness. It was just a word tossed around to make fun of sad and discouraged people.
Now mind you I was a regular teenager who had their highs and lows and thankfully I never stayed in a depression for too long but there are many people including adults who suffer from depression and never come out of it.

When I felt blue at the time, I just wanted to wallow in self pity. Now I turn to the bible and scriptures seem to be the only thing to bring me comfort.
This magazine was focused on young people and I felt it would be great study material for my oldest niece and I, especially since it had a special project for teens.
We read the magazine, took breaks in between and discussed personal things, read some scriptures together and after about an hour or so we ended our study, went shopping for some materials and headed back home to work on the project together.

The article suggested to create a “First-Aid Kit” for your emotions which included:

  • Contact information of people to call when you feel down.
  • Favorite songs that are positive and upbuilding.
  • Inspirational sayings and encouraging articles.
  • A list of comforting and upbuilding sayings from the Bible.
  • Mementos to remind you of people who love you.
  • A journal containing your positive thoughts as well as positive experiences you have enjoyed.
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Materials for the “First-Aid Kit” Board.

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Her journal for positive thoughts.

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Getting together her contact information to call when she’s feeling down.

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Mementos for her board.

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Her finished project. (She wanted to save room for more pictures throughout the year.)

I’m so happy we studied this article together and she opened up about personal things.
I can only pray she can grow up to be strong enough to seek help should she ever need it and rely on Jehovah someday.

Have you read the Awake! article yet? If so, what did you think?

Xoxo,

–  R. Vargas

 

 

Pretty Planner Party

For the second year in a row, I hosted the, “Pretty Planner Party.”
It’s really nothing fancy, I just get a few sisters together who enjoy crafting in their planner like I do and we craft together and enjoy one another’s company.

Since everyone lives in different areas, I try to meet half way in a public setting.
This year I chose Half Price Books.
I set up the table and placed goodie bags for each guest.
For the goodie bags I like to buy stationery, knick knacks, and a sweet treat.
Each bag is also made specifically for that sister so no two are alike.

Here are a few photos from today:

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What do you and your girlfriends do together?

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas  

Shulammite Spotlight

As a new series to my blog, I would like to introduce, “Shulammite Spotlight,” where I will be spotlighting some of my favorite bloggers that I keep up with weekly. 

Thank you to Rhanda who initially created this series on her blog! 

The first blogger I would like to introduce is Ghenet from Ghenet Actually.

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I came across her blog looking for DIY blogs and just from clicking her link I instantly fell in love.
I’ve been obsessed with her lifestyle blog for over a year now and have the privilege of actually having her permission to share her blog content and pictures.

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She is from New York originally but moved to the UK to be with her husband.
Her blog content ranges everywhere from crafts, DIY’s, fashion, make up + beauty reviews, recipes, and last but not least her scenery and travels around London.

So far I’ve had to say my absolute favorite post of hers is her wedding post.
She was involved in every single detail of her wedding. She put the centerpieces on her tables together and in such a cute way, she even baked everything on her dessert table!

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If you enjoy the simplicity and homely feeling of my blog, you will fall in love with hers! You can also follow her along on Snapchat and Instagram.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my share!

– R. Vargas

All photos belong to Ghenet Pinderhughes Randal.