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Amy Thompson
Five Sinless Sweets (No Refined Sugar, and SO tasty!)

Five Sinless Sweets (No Refined Sugar, and SO tasty!)

Five delicious treats that are practically healthy enough for breakfast! We've taste-tested and approved each one. While they certainly qualify as healthy, they definitely don't sacrifice anything in the flavor department! This lemon polenta cake is unusual, surprising and so tasty! It's the honey and lemon sauce that you pour over at the end that makes it so irresistible. A wonderful, sunshiney, springtime dessert, it looks lovely sprinkled with bright, yellow forsythia blooms (They're edible! Did you bring some inside to bloom early this year?).   My three-year old requested this maple cheesecake with blueberry sauce for her birthday. It satisfies even the most...

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Amy Thompson
Grow your own Easter grass in baskets

Grow Your Own Grass for Natural Easter Baskets!

Learn how to grow your own grass for Easter baskets from Taryn at Wooly Moss Roots. A wonderful, kid-friendly project with beautiful results. And check out our Easter Collection for creative basket ideas! Children can participate in this entire process; it's a great hands-on project. I think many children enjoy how tactile it is. And it's great to have another excuse to get your hands dirty and dig in the soil! To make your spring baskets, first choose your baskets. Look for baskets that are rounded on the bottom because the shape makes for such wonderful, grassy nests. I cover our...

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Amy Thompson
Syrup on Snow: A Simple, Cozy, Winter Delight

Syrup on Snow: A Simple, Cozy, Winter Delight

In winter's darkest days, here is a little taste of spring's hopeful sunshine, in the form of golden, maple syrup candy. Some call it Snow Taffy, or Sugar on Snow. It is simple, delicious and just a bit magical. The bold act of pouring molten syrup directly onto ice cold snow, fresh from the outdoors, feels primitive, a bit witchy and undeniably festive. Breath is held while golden syrup unfurls into oddly shaped, lumpy and stretchy, stick-to-your teeth sweet ribbons of candy. The simplicity of the recipe belies the immense amount of joy this simple tradition inspires. Syrup on Snow Ingredients:...

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Amy Thompson
Three Easy Steps to a Less Cluttered Playroom

Three Easy Steps to a Less Cluttered Playroom

You know it's a problem. You clean up toys half a dozen times a day. It seems they have more fun dumping them out than actually playing with them! And when they do play, they seem to flit from one toy to the next, rather than deeply engaging with any particular toy. But how do you declutter your children's toy collection without tears? And where do you start? 1. Start small, but just start. There's no need to purge your entire collection all at once. Start by sorting. Create a collection of your child's favorite toys. Invite them to help. Depending on...

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