DIY: Hilariously Cute Dachshund Mugs

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Looking for a cute DIY gift for your Valentine? Check out this pair of mugs I made, based on this tutorial from Design Sponge. 

 

You could totally also do a Corgi, if that’s your long-dog of choice.

All you need are some blank mugs (these ones I scored at World Market for about $3.50 each), and a porcelain pen. I drew the dachshund on a piece of paper, traced it, and transferred the tracing onto the mug. If you mess up with your drawing, you can let it dry and scratch it off before baking your piece to set the ink.

Got another idea that would be cute? Let me know in the comments!

Bourbon Chocolate Bundt Cake

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After a so tragically close 49ers Super Bowl loss this weekend, maybe we all could use a little comforting…Southern Comforting. But careful, this cake is some real WHISKEY BUSINESS. Lolololol jk not funny. I swear I’m fine. But let me take a moment to share with you my latest creation: Chocolate Bundt cake…with bourbon.

Everyone loves a good rum cake, which is basically where I got the idea. The trouble with rum cakes is sometimes they can be too sweet, which is what makes whisky an interesting choice for a cake. The oaky flavor of the whisky, along with the richness of the cocoa in the cake really serves to make this cake the perfect palette of grown-up flavors. A bundt cake is the perfect medium for this kind of cake too because (in my opinion), bundt cakes shouldn’t be overly sweet or fluffy. Usually they are a little heartier, and more dense, and the flavors can stand on their own without being dressed up with much frosting or decorations. And this cake is all about the flavors. Seriously, try this cake. You will love it.

 Make it

You will need the following for the cake…

  • 14 cup bundt cake pan
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder + more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups baker’s sugar + more for dusting
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey (we used Bulleit Bourbon, Knob Creek or Marker’s Mark would be good too, according to my husband the Bourbon Buff)

And the following for the glaze…

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey (Use the same kind that you put in the cake)
  • Double Boiler
  • Candy Thermometer (not entirely necessary, but nice to have..)

Do it

To make the cake…

1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F, with the rack right in the middle. Prepare your bundt pan by spraying it with cooking spray (or butter if you’re fancy, my pan has wayy too many nooks and crannies so spray is easier), and dusting with equal parts cocoa powder and sugar.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until fluffy (about a minute in the mixer). Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla.

4. In three parts, slowly mix in the dry ingredients, alternating with the yogurt, ending with the dry ingredients. Lastly, slowly add the bourbon until just combined.

5. Pour batter into bundt pan, and bake for 55-60 minutes at 325 F. You’ll know it’s done when you can insert a toothpick (or wooden skewer) and it comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack, invert when cool.

To make the glaze…

1. Set up a double-boiler, and bring water to a simmer.

2. Add butter, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla and whiskey, stirring constantly.

3. Cook for 7 minutes, or until glaze reaches 160 degrees F. Drizzle over bundt cake and voila! You’re done!

Sorry for not getting more photos, it was gone quickly! :)

Bundt cake adapted from Martha Stewart’s Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe. Glaze recipe from Martha Stewart’s Bourbon Sauce Recipe

Double Dutch Sweets Holiday Giveaway + Discount!!

***THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER, CHRIS!***

Hey reader friends! I wanted to start finding ways to share my love and thanks for all of you for reading and supporting Read Make Do. Luckily, I knew just the candy maker to help me with that.

Just in time for the holidays, Read Make Do is giving away SIX candy bars from SF Bay Area candybar wunderkind, Double Dutch Sweets!! That’s 3 of the Ramona Bar, and 3 of the brand new Beatrice bar!

How to Enter

Comment below, or on the Read Make Do Facebook page, and next Wednesday at noon using Random.org a winner will be selected. I’ll then ship the chocolates to you. They make a great stocking stuffer, or you can secretly keep them to yourself. I won’t tell.

If you don’t win, you can order all the Double Dutch Sweets you want by using this discount on her online web store. shop.doubledutchsweets.com !

DISCOUNT: RMD15 at Checkout

The Ramona bar is like a classy take on a Snickers, with buttery caramel, honey nougat, roasted peanuts, and Venezuelan dark chocolate. It gets even better, they’re finished with a touch of Maldon sea salt.

The Beatrice bar is the grown up sister of Ramona, the same salty and sweet caramel and nougat combo, but with toasted almonds. Yes, please!

Oh, and cute wrappers designed by yours truly. ;)

Seriously, go buy some now! They are AMAZING, I promise. I’ve done lots of “research” and I can say from experience, they are the best candy bar I’ve ever had. You’ll love them too.

**US Residents only, must be 18 or older to qualify.**

A Magic Carpet!!

[Note: Sorry for the hiatus! Turns out that a month of every birthday ever + Thanksgiving = Very little free time! Lots of fun projects to share with you though. For starters…]

We are pretty pumped.

Why are we so pumped? I’ll give you another hint.

YUP. After living here for a year, we bit the bullet and bought a new rug. You know how you’re supposed to “Go big or go home”? Well what do you do if you’re trying to go big AT home? I guess you go really big. Like, 9 feet by 12 feet big. That’s pretty dang big.

“Hey weirdo, why are you so excited about a rug?” you might be asking. I have a 2 part answer for you.

1) You’ve obviously never seen Aladdin.


2) You’ve never struggled with carpet shopping.

Our old rug was one that I had came to after a series of poor choices. It was a jute, 5×7 rug from World Market that was mostly intended to be indestructible. I had purchased the jute rug to replace another rug, after I learned that black dog hair + white shag rug = THE WORST DECISION YOU COULD EVER MAKE. I bought the jute rug as a sign of resignation. I had given up the dream that I could ever own anything beautiful, sighing softly to my two black dogs and saying “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

When we moved into our new house, I decided to put the jute rug in the highest traffic area, since I knew it would see a lot of Schipperke wrastlin’ (for adorable footage of my dogs wrestling and being BFF’s, you’d better click here). I also put it there, because I simply had no better place to put it.

The main problem with the rug was that it was too small for the room. I’ve talked about before how the biggest problem with our living room is it’s one big long hallway. In some ways, having your living room right next to your dining room is fun, but in other ways sometimes you feel like you’re just hanging out in your dining room. And that’s weird, right?

“Hey living room, how you living?”
“Oh hey there dining room.”

I googled lots of random phrases in the past like “How to make your living room not so lame” or “How to deal with living in a bowling alley”, and found a lot of great advice about how to deal with making a non-room feel like a room (especially this article from Houzz, super helpful). And that answer 90% of the time had to do with establishing a sense of place with the right size rug. (The other 10% had to do with finding furniture that broke up the flow of the room, which we did by buying our new sofa with a chaise).

In order to get a rug to truly “fit” a room, it should be large enough to extend under all or most of the furniture in the room. Uh, unless we lived in a 5×7 room, our poor little jute rug wasn’t going to do that. Sorry, bro. So we looked and looked, and finally found this 9×12 beauty on Overstock.com for about half of what a normally priced rug would cost. AFFORDABLE!

So after I dragged a 97 lb rug into my house all by myself (LIKE A BOSS), we unrolled that bad boy, lifted up all the furniture (it was a lot a lot a lot of work), and got it in there.

JERRGGGGGGGGG. That was the noise I made while we positioned everything. Seriously, do you realize how hard it is to move a rug this big????

After I caught my breath, I managed to put everything back and then that’s when some angels came down from on high and sang to me as a heavenly choir. They were all:

HALLELUJAH.

HALLELUJAH.

HALLELUJAH. HALLELUJAH. HA—LE—-LU—-JAAHHHH.

We had a party last weekend too (that you will hear about in the future), and people totally were all hanging out by the fireplace in the living room, dogs were chilling on the floor, it was a comfortable place to be. Also, does this rug look familiar to you? That’s because we totally have its friend rug in the office!

BOOM. Check out that Moroccan motif throughout our house!!

LET’S RECAP why this rug is so awesome!

1. It makes the room feel more like a real room, and not like a bowling alley.

2. I can go sock-free on it and still have cozy toezies.

3. It’s super beautiful.

4. Potentially magical qualities.

5. It visually creates a flow between the living room, dining room and office, while still separating each space.

So that’s why I’m so excited about a rug. Now go forth, and be excited about rugs too.

Don’t Mess with Austin

Hello friends! Sorry for the hiatus, I’d been doing a lot of travelling the past few weeks, and thought I would break my usual post-style and share some travel adventures.

My birthday was in the end of October (lots of cake, friends, and karaoke), and then me and my boo took a birthday trip to Austin, Texas. Why Austin? Jason went to Austin a few years ago to play at South by Southwest, and he came back swearing it was the perfect city for me. Well, turns out he knows me pretty well, because I am now calculating out when is the next time we can go.

We ate, walked around, ate, walked around a lot more, talked to every dog on the street (Austinites seem to be very pro-dog, which I was pretty pumped about), and made friends with nearly every person we encountered. They’re a friendly bunch in Austin.

Here are a few photos and notes from our travels:

On day one we walked around a lot, and eventually made our way to the Capitol Building. It’s actually the largest Capitol building in the country. I would have guessed that though, because it was huge. Here’s a photo of the park surrounding the Capitol.

The lens flare is because it was just too beautiful. Like staring into the sun.

Since I’m your typical Bay Area type, I was pretty pumped to go check out the Whole Foods headquarters. I know that might sound nerdy, but seriously, it was amazing. It was at least 3x larger than any Whole Foods I’ve ever been in, and they had a giant kiosk in the middle labeled “CANDY ISLAND.” If I had to be trapped on a desert island for the rest of my life, can it please be a dessert island? BA-DUM-CHHHHH.

Srsly though look at that. Can I have all of them please? Including those little banjo chocolates? k thx bye.

We ate a lot of amazing food in Austin: Fried Pickles, a sandwich made primarily of Waffle-Fries, Tex-Mex that would melt your face off it’s so good. We went to a small Southern chain with a cult-following called Chuy’s, that I was expecting to be like any other chain, but it was pretty dang delicious.

We also checked out some more indie establishments, like this amazing Tavern called Haddington’s.

Everything about this place was wonderful. Their branding was beautiful, their food was made from really fresh ingredients, and their bar-tenders were all really talented and entertaining. Seriously, if you go to Austin, go here. It’s a little more grown-up than some of the College-Crowd bars on 6th Street, but that’s more my speed anyway.

We even went to a Macrobiotic Vegan Restaurant while in Austin, which was a pretty interesting experience. We couldn’t figure out at first if it was a buffet or not (We just kind of sat there until after about 20 minutes someone brought us food), or what we were eating. While I’m open to macrobiotic food (I’ve been vegetarian since I was two, and back and forth vegan), we probably could have used some more explanation from the staff as to what was going on.

While we were there, a butterfly landed on me and partied with me for about 5 minutes, so I think it was trying to tell me something. Probably a message about macrobiotic food. Thanks, Butterfly.

“Eat Macrobiotic, Yo.”

After that, we secretly wanted some dessert so we went to a placed called The Green Mesquite with the slogan “Horrifying Vegetarians Since 1988.” It was pretty much the polar opposite of macrobiotic vegan, but also it was pretty dang delicious. Also, this is their regular size iced tea.

Please note the spoon for scale.

But we didn’t just eat in Austin (seriously, I know it sounds like it. I just appreciate good food). We also walked around a TON, and enjoyed the natural beauty of Austin. My favorite thing we did was walked on the south bank of the river, which coincidentally is one giant off-leash dog park. Tons of dogs just run around, chase tennis balls, and run off a dock into the river. I’ve never seen so many happy dogs in my life. Afterwards, we stood on the Congress St. bridge and watched kayakers, and more dogs in the distance. It was perfect.

I’ve done a lot of travelling in Europe and Japan, but not much throughout the US. I think our next destination will probably be Nashville, New Orleans, or Santa Fe. Any awesome travel destinations for us? I’m not going to waste any vacation days when there are so many great things to see and do.

Homemade Chai Ice Cream


With all the rain we’re having in SF this week, I think it’s safe to say: It’s officially Fall. I’m pretty pumped about Fall, since the season brings the best clothes, best bike riding weather (who wants to ride bikes when it’s 90 degrees out? Not me.), and I can use the fireplace. Still, there is one trapping of Summer that I am never ok with letting go: ICE CREAM. Which is how I came up with the idea for a recipe that uses my favorite fall flavor, Chai Tea, to make ice cream socially acceptable for Fall.

The Chai is adapted from a recipe by  SolBar at Solage Calistoga. You’ll also need some sort of ice cream maker. I used a KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment that my friend Sue gave me (Thanks Sue!!!). It worked like a dream.

 Ingredients

For the Chai Tea

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground ginger, or 1 oz fresh ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons of Baker’s Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tablespoon cardamom pods, crushed
  • 3 ea whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 16 oz cold water
  • 2 Tablespoons (roughly 2 bags) Assam tea
  • (Optional) Milk or Soy Milk – if you want to have some leftover Chai tea for yourself
For the Ice Cream 
  • 1 cup 2% milk (or whole milk, if you like really rich ice cream)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup of Chai Tea from previous recipe (refrigerated)

Make it

Make the Chai 

  1. First you need to make the Chai tea. Combine the ginger, sugar, honey, vanilla bean, cinnamon, crushed cardamom pods, cloves, ground nutmeg, and water into a large pot.
  2. Bring the pot to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from heat, and add the Assam tea. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea, making sure all the large clumps from your chai brew have been removed. Let the tea cool, then cover and refrigerate. If you’d like some chai for yourself, you can have it hot or cold with an equal amount of milk or soymilk.

Make the Ice Cream

  1. In a large bowl, gently whisk together your granulated sugar, milk, and heavy cream until the sugar is just dissolved. Cover, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  2. Add your milk mixture to the ice-cream maker (note: if you’re using a kitchen-aid mixer like I did, you need to freeze the attachment bowl 2 days before to make sure it is SUPER cold), and slowly churn your mixture. As it begins churning, add the 1/4 cup of chai.
  3. Allow to churn for 20-30 minutes. You can enjoy your ice cream now, or for an even better texture, put your mixture in the freezer for an additional 2-3 hours.

Tips:

  • Be careful not to over churn your ice cream, as it will actually begin to start melting over time.
  • For long-term storage of your ice cream, use waxed cups. Disposable coffee cups are great, or if you can find soup containers at a restaurant supply store that would be great too.

That’s it! Super easy, and the whole recipe takes very little time at all (in between all the waiting…but hey, good things come to those who wait!). I’m super excited to share this recipe with my friends and family. I feel like it would be AWESOME with some Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving. Srsly.

To Paint, or Not to Paint?

Spray paint is your friend. Well, unless you’re under 18, then back away.

But for those of us who are over the age of 18, and don’t mind feeling like they’re a criminal when they have to be escorted to the front of the hardware store for checkout, spray paint is your friend. So why is it I’m having such a hard time coming to terms with whether or not I should paint these:

Let me explain where this is coming from. Recently I was going through my garage, continuing the year long process of unpacking some mystery boxes. When lo-and behold, I was greeted by some old friends.

No, not the WoW box. Please, if I re-installed that I would never get anything done.

The doves were a purchase from eBay around 2006, and I purchased them for about $20. The deer horns were a birthday gift from Urban Outfitters, gifted to me in the year 2007, when decking your home out like some sort of urban hunting lodge was totally the hip new thang.

Neither of the antlers nor the doves have seen the light of day since I moved out of my college apartment in early 2008. All of my good intentions to hang them in my last house never came to fruition, yet somehow they survived the great pre-moving purge of 2011 (to give you an idea of how long these sat in a box gathering dust). Something in my heart must have told me they were worth keeping.

Which brings me to a set of very serious questions:

1. Do I paint the deer antlers? If so, where am I going to hang them? Are they worth keeping? Do you want them?

2. Do I paint the brass doves? If so, where am I going to hang them?

Obviously they are worth keeping, solely because every time I look at them I hear JUST LIKE THE WHITE WINGED DOVVEE OOOoooo baby ooooooh say oooooohAnd I picture myself like this:


Ok that’s Stevie Nicks with a Cockatoo, but still. Pretty much the same thing.

So why am I having such a moral dilemma about painting the doves? Is it because of my emotional attachment to them? Have I known them for too long and now I feel like I can’t paint them?  I can’t think of the last time I’ve had something brass in my house and thought “Hey! I’m really glad that’s brass, that totally doesn’t look like the 1980s [sarcasm sarcasm sarcasm].” And if I paint the doves white, maybe then they’ll look more LIKE THE WHITE WINGED DOVE SINGS A SONG SOUNDS LIKE SHE’S SINGINNNNN (ok I’ll stop).

The deer horns I don’t really care about. Partially because I know they were cheap/new/trendy, and partially because I have a real deer head hanging in my garage (long story, not mine, no I didn’t kill it, no I don’t support hunting, it came with the house) and I don’t really want to hang him anywhere either. My biggest fear is if I hang up too many antlers around the house all the sudden it will feel like I’m hanging with Gaston.

Yup, that’s a deer head. In my garage. And I’m a vegetarian. Glad we got that cleared up.

So I decided to ease my fears by looking around at what other’s had done. I found a LOT of projects online about painting brass lamps, and brass door hardware. Nothing specifically about painting brass figurines, but hey, brass is brass.

 

The best was a project I had found using something called “Chalk Paint”? Ok what is that? I know what Chalkboard paint is (obviously), but I’ve never heard of chalk paint. Here was the result of that project:


That looks pretty dang awesome. That started out as a piece of brass, and now looks like stone/chalk/soap/something that isn’t brass. So I suppose my options for the brass doves are:

a) Spray Paint them (glossy finish)

b) Paint them with chalk paint (matte finish)

c) Don’t paint them

With the antlers, I’m still not sure what I want to do. What do you think? Any ideas? Advice please! <3

 

 

 

DIY: Pinwheel Party!

A few weeks ago, I had the honor to attend the wedding of two of my favorite people: Marissa and Chris. While every wedding is special in it’s own way, theirs was especially fun. On a perfect late-summer day in Northern California underneath a giant magnolia tree, a group of people celebrated the love of two especially awesome, fun-loving people. And what perfectly simple and adorable way to convey their happiness than pinwheels? Srsly.

There were pinwheels EVERYWHERE at this wedding. The cake topper, on the boutonnieres, in the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Tons of pinwheels, everywhere you looked, just silently spinning in the summer air. It was awesome. And the most impressive part? The bride Marissa and our good friend, graphic designer [and overall boss at life] Stephanie Laursen MADE all of them by hand.

And the best part? Marissa and Stephanie agreed to show me how they made them. Yup, even after making several hundred thousand pinwheels, they were still down to make more. So here’s how you can DIY some pinwheels, so you too can have a pinwheel party!

 What You’ll Need

 For the Pinwheels

  • Assorted Paper Construction paper at least, but I’d opt for some nice craft paper, possibly with a pattern and bit of texture to it)
  • Teensy tiny glass beads 
  • Decorative Pins The ones shown here are pearl-tipped
  • Wooden Dowels or get creative with some of those old Panda Express Chopsticks I know you’ve been hoarding.
For Assembly
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wire Cutters
  • Scissors and optionally, a paper trimmer
  • Ruler
  • 1 Thumbtack
  • Pencil

Make it

First start by using your wire-cutters to trim the sharp points off the end of your decorative pins. Don’t want anyone putting an eye out now.

Then, use your blunt pin (or a thumbtack) to depress a hole into your wooden dowel.

After that’s done, set your dowel aside and get out your paper. You need to trim your paper into a square. The square can be any size, depending on how big you want your pinwheel to be. Marissa made 12×12 pinwheels, 8×8, 4×4, etc. Follow your heart, make the pinwheel you want.

After that’s done, draw diagonally across your paper from corner to corner–this is going to mark where you’re going to make your cuts.

Now using your marked lines as a guide, cut partially (BUT NOT ALL THE WAY TO THE CENTER) into your pinwheel paper. See the picture below for about how far you should go:

Cool!

After that’s done, cut some little teensy squares out of a different paper. I like how Marissa’s pinwheels had contrast, so I’d say mix it up use a different paper than your pinwheel body.

Go big and use a glitter paper, if you’re feeling fancy, but remember:

That’s some real-talk, Boromir. That stuff gets everywhere.

Anyways, use your thumb-tack to push a hole through the center of your tiny paper squares. They are going to be the front piece of your pinwheel (you’ll see what I mean).

Then on your large pinwheel paper, poke holes carefully in 1 of the flaps on each of the triangles, always on the same side. Basically, you want to alternate as you go around your square, you want to poke a hole, then skip one, poke a hole, then skip one. One point of your triangle will be attached to the center of the pin, and the other will be pointing outwards, to create the “spokes” of your pinwheel.

Remember that decorative pin and dowel from way-back when? Now you’re gonna need it.

First, put your little tiny paper square (aka Boromir’s Bane) onto the pin first. Then, start gently folding (but not creasing!) each of the paper spokes inward, and thread them onto the pin.

Oh wow, I just got it: There’s a pin in the center of this wheel. PIN. WHEEL. PINWHEEL. Seriously guys, I just got that. Don’t hate.

Anyways, keep going until all of the the spokes are threaded onto the pin, and then gently push the pin through the back of the paper, like so:

Then, place a single little bead onto the pin. That’s the very thing that will make the pinwheel spin! It’s so so teeny in this pic, but I swear it’s there!

Then apply a bit of hot glue gun to the pin, and (before it dries!) quickly push the pin into the dowel.

Let it dry for a bit, and voila!! Pinwheels!

I love these ladies. Awesome work Steph and Marissa!!! Thank you so much for sharing such an awesome project.

P.S. If you’re wondering why I’m not in any of the photos, it’s because I was too busy taking pictures of cats.

 

Hello HuffPo!

Just a quick post to share something exciting with everyone! The Huffington Post recently featured Read Make Do’s Lemon-Lemon Ombre cake on their Taste page. Check out the slideshow here! Why, thank you HuffPo!

Thanks everyone for reading, and for the love and support!

P.S. If any of you ever give the recipe a try for yourselves, send me your photos and let me know your experiences! I’d love to hear your guys’ thoughts, it’s seriously a really fun cake to make :)
love, kate <3 

Peppermint, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

A few weeks ago, I really put a wrench into the dogs’ naptime plans by planting some agapanthus and a Meyer lemon tree in their favorite snoozin’ spot. Some dog-mommy I am.

“Whyyyy, Mommy, whyyyy?” – Skipper

This is the spot: A small planter, right off our back door, that sees partial filtered sun throughout the day. It’s an ideal place for delicate plants, and it’s just two steps from our kitchen. That’s why it makes the perfect location for an herb garden. Sorry fellas.

Having a small herb garden in our yard has been a long time in the making. At my last house, we had a Meyer lemon tree and a never-ending supply of rosemary. Now every time I have to buy rosemary or lemons, I mutter to myself  “Stupid me for paying for easy to grow plants…”. To make myself feel better from this embarrassment, for over a year now I’ve been buying the $6.99 small potted herb garden from Trader Joe’s. I start with good intentions, then somehow end up killing the poor things within about a month. This even more embarrassing, considering I spent a good deal of my childhood involved in the 4H program (which is kind of like Girl/Boy Scouts for farm kids).

The reality is, most plants shouldn’t stay potted forever, and delicate herbs are no exception. And now that our patio is done, I’ve got the perfect planting area. I’m sure the dogs will make do and find somewhere else to sleep.

Proof that life will go on for these weirdos:

Ok less about dogs, more about plants.

I picked up 4 different herbs from TJ’s at $2.99 a pop. Apple Peppermint (no idea how this is different from normal peppermint), Purple Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. Are we at Scarborough fair yet?

I brought them home, and arranged them in a way where they would have plenty of room to grow, fill out, and not obstruct one another too much. It’s like class photos all over again: Shorties in the front, tall guys in the back please.

Roll Call (Clockwise from top): Rosemary, Peppermint, Thyme and Sage

Rosemary typically can grow pretty wild and tall easily. Thyme (in my experience) gets kind of weedy and will stay low. Sage and Peppermint will fill out nicely, but won’t grow too tall unless you let them.

I removed the plants from their plastic pots and immediately understood why I’d killed pretty much every other potted herb I’d owned previously:

They were pretty root bound.

This one was even worse, poor thing:

Poor fella. Glad that I’m going to plant you in the ground, then slowly eat you over time (or should I say, over thyme?? Get it?? Ok I’ll stop).

In hardly any time at all (it seriously took me about 30 seconds to dig each hole), I got these cuties into the ground.

Here’s a view from a distance, there the plants will be nicely protected by an agapanthus.

So far, our plant plan has been going great. And it looks like in between those two agapanthii, there might even be enough snoozing spot for some certain little black rescue dogs I know. Everybody wins!

“Whutevz, we’re over it.” – The Dogs