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Maker’s Monday: Shade Tree Naturals

It’s “Maker’s Monday” here on House Fenway! Every Monday I feature a small business and/or artist, their wares and a little bit about them. It has always been a fun experience meeting other makers and enjoying their creations and I want to share that all with you. The time and talent that goes into each products made by a small business or artist far out ways anything you could purchase from a big box retailer. This week’s maker is from my home state of Wisconsin (woot, woot!), Shade Tree Naturals.

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Simple & Natural

Living a simple and natural life — that’s what Shade Tree Naturals is all about. Providing body and home products that promote a healthy, natural lifestyle using high quality all-natural ingredients. All of their products are made in small batches to ensure the best quality control with the freshest product available.

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Sustainability is Key!

Sustainability is a top priority for Shade Tree Naturals,  recycling and reusing whenever possible. From their natural ingredients to their recycled packaging, they’re committed to protecting our planet for generations to come.

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The Perfect Gift

It’s Fall, we are on the heels of the holiday season and Shade Tree Naturals is stocked full of wonder flavored lip balms and soap scents for the season. From Orange Clove to Yuletide, you’ll be sure to find the perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer.

Did you start your Christmas shopping yet? Well, here is a Christmas shopping kick-starter! Shop Shade Tree Naturals and use promo code FENWAY15 and receive 15% off your order. Now get to shopping (before I buy up the whole shop) !!!

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Visit some more Small Businesses

Need some more shopping ideas? Remember to shop small this holiday season and check out these other amazing shops!

Gam Gamz Handcrafted

The Vintage Nest

 

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One-Word Resolution for 2018

Happy 2018!

Are you ready for a new year? I’ve never been big on New Years resolutions. Instead, I pick an action word that will encompass what I want my year to be. I aim for it. No promises. No expectations. No insurmountable hurdles. Just living my life with that word in mind.
This year I pick “EXPLORE”. I want to explore possibility, explore my surroundings, explore the unknown, explore my inner self. It’s the year of “40” for me. It’s a big one!
If you could pick a word to live by in 2018, what would it be?

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Recipe: Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

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This time of year my vegetable garden is quickly winding down. Most of my veggies are done producing for the season with the exception of that darn cherry tomato bush. This plant just won’t quit! By the end of the season, I’m pulling my hair out trying to come up with creative ways to eat the over abundance of my harvest. Cherry tomatoes being #1 on my list.

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I found this easy and savory recipe to help me use up all those maters. It uses a handful of ingredients (which are usually found in your pantry) and it takes minutes to make. My favorite way to eat this dish is on a nest of fresh pasta. Yum…it makes my mouth water just thinking about it! Add a glass of red wine and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 (10 oz) containers cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tomatoes are soft and tender (but not mushy).
  4. Eat immediately as a savory meal side or top on your favorite pasta, homemade pizza or grilled chicken!

Need a dessert for after dinner?
Check out my recipe for
Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting >>

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Friday Favorite: MNK Candle

There is something that is so relaxing and grounding about lighting a candle.  The calm flicker of the flame, the pleasant scent, the sound of it’s crackle —a candle can transform your surroundings. I’ve made candle lighting an evening ritual. After a busy day at work and running around with the kids, it’s a great way to realign myself for a decent nights sleep and let go of the daily stresses.

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I’ve found a great line of candles from MNK Candle, which I’ve completely fell in love with. MNK Candle, owned by Megan Kenney, specializes in small batch artisan soy candles. Megan offers a well-rounded candle line with a wide variety of candle scents from an apothecary candles to a traditional mason jar line. There are scents for those who love sweet and flowery and scents for those who are into deep and savory.

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I’ve completely fell in love with one of her seasonal Spring scents, Into the Woods. The scent is hard to describe, but complete heaven. It is a mix of sweet wisteria, earthy red wood forest, moss, sandalwood; rounded out sweet amber creating a scent that is both moody and feminine.

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Megan works hard to develop and create unique scent profiles for each season. It’s always fun to see what the next season will bring. This year’s Spring collection include: Honeysuckle, Magnolia, Clean Cotton, Into the Woods and April Fresh. Hurry and check these out! Since they are created in small batches, you have to snatch them up before they’re gone. To check out MNK Candle’s complete offering visit them here.

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Recipe: Polish Kluski Dumplings

I’m taking a quick break from décor this week to share one of my all-time favorite recipes. We’ve had a very sick household this past week, both of my boys were down with strep throat. (Not fun!) There is nothing better than a huge pot of homemade chicken and dumpling soup to help get everybody back up on their feet.

If I’m strapped for time, and want soup in a quick turnaround, I usually buy store made stock and pre-cut veggies from the produce department. I still make the Polish kluski dumplings from scratch; the recipe is super easy and the ingredients are readily found in your pantry. This recipe transports me back to my grandma’s kitchen. Enjoy!

 

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Polish Kluski Dumplings

1 1/2 c. flour
2 sm. eggs, beaten
1/2 c. water
Dash of salt

Mix ingredients and stir until smooth. Drop from wet teaspoon into boiling soup or salted water. Cook uncovered until dumplings come to top.