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Kitchen Herb Planter

September 10, 2013

It’s Tutorial day! Anyone excited?

I LOVED making this project. Why? 1) I got to use my power tools. 2) It was EASY. 3) It was cheap.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Alright lets get right into it…

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

First things first, we need to get our wood. Boy’s roommate found a great pallet for me from his work and I’ve been saving it for a project. When this idea popped up I just knew it’d be perfect. Unfortunately it meant I needed to tear that pallet apart. I broke out my hand jig saw and cut through the board on the end on both sides of the pallet.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Tearing a pallet apart is NOT an easy job. If you have a better way PLEASE TELL ME. I was pretty frustrated trying to tear it apart. By cutting off the sides I basically only left the center support beam. After that it was easy to use a hammer to tap the pieces out the of center beam. After tearing it all apart, I cut my boards down to the sizes I picked out for my table. After everything was cut I screwed together my box.

TIP: ALWAYS drill pilot holes This helps prevent your wood from cracking when you screw everything together.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Now, the box just needs a bottom (otherwise what’s the point, right?) I used another piece of the pallet wood to make a quick base for the bottom of the box. Since this was a Kitchen theme, I decided that the handles for my box needed to be silverware. I found a great spatula and serving fork and used a hammer and an unused piece of wood to bend them into handles for my box.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

To attach the handles I used shorter screws, but ran into a small issue with the heads being too small. To fix this issue I took nuts from my stash to extend the screw heads allowing them to hold the utensils onto the box.

After the box was built I needed to add the plants. Keeping with the kitchen theme I bought four containers from my local Salvation army to hold the herb plants. I think the old coffee pot is my favorite. It truly brought the theme home. The other containers are  an old dry measuring cup, an old wet measuring cup and a canning jar. The total cost for all the jars and utensils was $7.

I filled each of the containers halfway with rock to provide some room for drainage of the water. You don’t want your plants to sit in water as it will rot the roots. But by adding rocks the plants roots will grown down into the rocks allowing them to absorb water as needed. We planted each herb into a “planter” and then added them to the box. At this point I noticed that if I moved the box at all the herb planters would shift and possibly tumble (knowing my luck).

Wanting to avoid an accident at all cost, I bought some white rocks off Amazon (here
) and added them to the bottom of the box to hold each herb planter securely. This also added a nice visual touch to the bottom of the planter box.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Lastly, I decided to make some “name tags” for each of the plants. I have about a thousand corks just hanging out (no, I didn’t drink all the wine… only half…). I grabbed some BBQ skewers from my kitchen and stuck corks on the pointed end and used a sharpie to write the name of each plant on them. And that folks, is all she wrote. The whole project couldn’t have been more simple.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

What do you think? Would you make one? I think the box is great because even after I end up killing the plants (which will eventually happen. I don’t have the greenest thumb on earth) I can use it to hold a ton of other decoration for Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s very versatile.

What herb project/ pallet projects/ kitchen projects have you made? Link them up below so I can go check them out.

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Until next time… Crafter Justynn, out.

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Smores Cookie Cups // Creative Life Antics

What better way to start off September than with a completely delicious diet breaker… Right? For Month TWO of Fill the Cookie Jar (I’m on a roll here people…) the theme was “Fall Favorite”. Now, you might be thinking how is “S’mores” a fall favorite? Let me explain…

When I think of Fall, I think of the end of summer and more bonfires (to keep you warm). When I was in high school and even now, I mostly only did “bonfires” when the weather got cold, less bugs and I feel like I can sit around it longer. ANYWAYS…

This recipe is an adaptation of the one by Culinary Couture — Peanut Butter S’mores Cookie Cups. Which, btw you should stop by Meriem’s blog.. super yummy recipes! I edited the recipe a bit to make more sense for me so I’ll show those changes below in red.

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Yields: 18 cookie cups (Mine made just BARELY 18… but I probably used too much for the bases… actually– I KNOW I used too much)

Ingredients:
1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used closer to 2/3 cup. What? I love Peanut Butter…)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (This I also used a tad* bit more of. And by *tad* I mean I accicently spilled a bit more into the bowl)
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup marshmallow creme (I didn’t actually measure this out, I just scooped a bit for each one about the size of a cherry for each cup)
1/2 cup Nutella (or any chocolate hazelnut spread) This I substituted completely with Hershey Bars broken up into pieces.


Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until well incorporated. Stir in milk. Gradually add in dry ingredients, beating after each addition until combined. Chill dough in fridge for about an hour.

Using lightly floured hands, take about a tablespoon of dough and press it into the bottom of each muffin cup. Dollop a teaspoon of Nutella Hersery Bar into the center of the dough, followed by a teaspoon Cherry sized *ball* of marshmallow creme. Next, take about a teaspoon of dough, roll it into a ball, then flatten it into a disc and cover the marshmallow creme in each muffin cup.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. (DEFINITELY DO NOT OVER BAKE THESE, the bottoms will burn) Cool in tins for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

NOW… onto my “addition”…

I then took the cooled “cookies” and dipped the tops into a chocolate Ganache. Yep. I just went there. Diet completely just flew out the window. Ganache sounds so much harder than it actually is guys… It’s just semi-sweet chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream stirred together over medium heat on the stove. Then you let it cool off and voila done. I use one small container of Whipping cream to a whole Large bag of Chocolate Chips… Yeah, the Big Bag.

I dipped the tops “ala cupcake style” in the ganache and put them on a cookie sheet int he fridge to cool. I definitely suggest keeping them refrigerated until you are ready to eat and then “warming them up” a bit.

The scary part though is HOW MUCH they really do taste like s’mores. I made them for a girls weekend up north, six women… 12 cookie cups… GONE the first night. The ladies both loved and hated me.

Whatever, I’ll take it. Not convinced yet? Then I’ll just show you more pictures… Feel free to hate me. 🙂

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Until next month… I wonder what the theme will be then?

 

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