Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape

Easter is just around the corner, and I thought it would be fun to create a new tablescape for our family gathering. After this long harsh winter, nothing makes me happier than seeing the freshness and vibrancy of green mixed with natural elements of Spring. This year’s table is all about embracing simplicity.

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots

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Putting a tablescape together for Easter can be cheap and cheerful. I always like to mix the old with the new in any decorating project to make it interesting and budget-friendly. It’s all about layering and using materials with different textures and tones.

I started with a basic runner that I created out of a piece of cotton canvas. Tearing the edges and putting it through the washer and dryer was all it took to get the natural feel I was going for.

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots and Tulips

 

I set the table with my existing dishes and flatware, and layered some new yellow and white striped linen napkins that I wrapped in a bee-printed cotton ribbon from May Arts.

Nature Inspired Easter Tablescape with Peat Pots

 

I topped the napkins with simple peat pots that I filled with organic wheat grass I picked up at the grocery store. I  embellished the pots with jute string and a flag I printed out and attached to a chopstick. Here’s where you could mix it up a bit and use them as place cards instead. I plan on sending these Easter peat pots home with everyone as a small gift.

Easter Peat Pot Supplies

 

Here’s the Easter printable I created in a soft mint color. Simply click the image to get the PDF (or go here), print on cardstock, cut out, fold in half and glue to a chopstick, skewer or popsicle stick.

Printable Labels for Easter Peat Pots

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10 Easy Ways to Go Green at Home

Thank you to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s post and helping me share some of the ways we’re making our home a little more eco-friendly #DEsmarthome.  As always, opinions are 100% my own.

Around our home, we’ve made small changes that make a big difference to the environment and, in turn, our wallets. Growing up in the country created a strong connection to nature for both my husband and I. Our moms were composting long before that became the “cool” thing to do, and reducing, reusing and recycling were just part of farm life. Now, many years later, we embrace being eco-friendly and try our best to leave the smallest footprint on the environment as we can.

Think it’s hard? Not really. It’s about making simple changes both inside and out…

Easy Ways to Go Green at Home

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Saying “Thank You!”

Although blogging is a labor of love for me, I still consider it my job. Anyone who has managed a blog for any length of time knows it requires careful planning, perseverance, and a high level of commitment to create interesting content week after week. Today, I want to take a moment to thank the people and companies who make it possible for me to keep the Satori blog rolling along!

Let’s get started…

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Pushing papers is a collection of letterpress notecards and greeting cards carefully curated by Bee Eastman. Her love of paper and the written word collide to bring you a selection to convey happy feelings, loving words, reminiscing and more.

So express yourself. Scroll through Pushing Paper’s curated stationery boutique and various packages. Discover the perfect combinations of cards, notepads, tags and whimsical products for paper lovers, featuring letterpress and handlettering from high end designers that are sure to enhance your written thoughts.

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Our Sunday Best Showcase- Link Party #10

It’s time, once again, for Our Sunday Best Showcase, the weekly link party I host alongside Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, Aimee from Twigg Studios and Nicolette from Momnivore’s Dilemma and Ink and Sky.

sunday best showcase link party, every sunday at 8am CST

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I know I keep talking about the terrible weather, but when is this snow going to end? I found myself perusing tropical vacations this week instead of getting my work done! Oh well, a girl can dream, right?

This week, I shared my latest e-design project that involved a plan for freshening up a living room. I also shared a recipe for lemon poppyseed biscotti, where you can Enter to Win a premium zester from Microplane. You definitely want one of these babies in your kitchen!

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Thank you to those of you stop by each week to link up! I’ve been sharing some of my favorites on FacebookPinterestTwitter and Google+. Be sure to keep in touch so you don’t miss a thing!

Today, it’s Jo-Anna’s turn to share the features. You may need some willpower!

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How amazing does this Hot Fudge Brownie Cheesecake look? Recipe by Life With The Crust Cut Off.

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Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti + Microplane Giveaway!

Thank you to Microplane for sponsoring today’s post and helping me share one of our favorite cookie recipes.  As always, opinions are 100% my own.

Do you like baking? Now that my son is away at college, I don’t do near as much as I used to. A treat for me is eating dates and nuts or a square of dark chocolate. Occasionally, I crave something with a bit of crunch to pair with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea. Biscotti is that satisfying indulgence, and this lemon poppyseed recipe is a little friendlier to the waistline when compared to most cookies too.

Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti Recipe

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This is the time of year when I turn into a lemon fanatic. I’m not sure if it has to do with the cheery bright yellow color or my body simply craving more vitamin C from the effects of winter. To me, recipes with citrus are fresh and vibrant, kind of like spring!

Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti

1 cup all-purpose flour (I used nutri-flour “tastes like white” blend)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 TB. poppyseeds
¼ tsp. sea salt
1/3 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice)
1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 eggs + 1 egg white
2 TB. butter, softened
1 ½ TB. grated lemon zest
1 TB. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, poppyseeds and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together both sugars and butter, adding the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix well.

Ingredients for Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti with Walnuts

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