The Lady of Shallots

I love shallots. They have such a soft buttery onion flavor. Super tasty in chicken salads, etc.

They’re pretty much my favorite allium.

What a cute little shallot, am I right?

Problem is: shallots are darn expensive. They’re no caviar, but $3 for a handful of bulbs is a bit steep when onions are so cheap.

So, what’s a stir-crazy shallot-loving gardener to do? Grow my own, of course!

Just buy a few from the store (make sure they have some roots, even just teeny trimmed roots will grow again!)

Put them in the top of any pot of dirt that gets sun and water. That’s it! If you’re patient, you should be seeing green shoots and white roots in no time.

This should work for onions, green onions, several other groceries with varying degrees of success. More grocery store gardening adventures to come!

Deep Sea Fishing Game

Lately, Eve has been going a bit stir-crazy.

She’s not the only one going a bit bonkers.

Hey! I know that fish!

Why am I showing you felt fish?

Because they are making my afternoon a little less crazy today.

And all it took was:

  • Felt of various colors
  • Scissors
  • Magnetized hematite beads
  • Hot glue sticks& Glue gun

I looked up some of the animals from one of Eve’s favorite shows (Octonauts. That would be Octonauts. Also, Finding Nemo.)





Here’s a few of the felt aquarium buddies:

Manta Ray, Blue eels, Jellyfish

The process is pretty simple.

You cut the felt into a shape that looks like the fish you want. (See the red ones? No specific species there, but definitely a big hit. Blue “eels” were also VERY simple.) If you want some patterns, I like to look up coloring pages of the shape you’re trying to imitate. You can even pin the paper to your felt to cut it out, if you want.

After the fish are cut out, heat up your glue gun! This next part is a snap. Just a dot of glue, and a bead, dot of glue, and a bead. (For the squid, jellyfish, manta ray, etc: they got 2 eyes, because they looked like their faces were in a frontal view.)

Fashion a “fishing pole”:

A dowel, some yarn, and the hook from a command hook. Ta-da!