Beach Craft

beach craft

Have you found yourself bringing home natural treasures from the beach (or your little one has)? Then, once you’re home, you put them all in a little bowl–which is lovely, but you kind of wish you could display your finds in a more creative way.

Well, that’s what I was thinking, so I decided to hang them on a branch. I had seen something similar on instagram (oh, how I love instagram!). I had filed that image away in my brain for future inspiration. Another summer rolled around, and my little boy and I came home from the beach with a handful of shells, a stone, and a seagull feather, and I knew just what to do.

beach craft

Now you do, too. It’s so easy. Just get some string (I used kitchen twine), and a branch, and hang your treasures on it. You need to either find shells that have holes in them, or drill small holes in them. You can also wrap the string around the shells and stones.

beach craft

My son enjoyed helping me with this craft, too (until he got bored, and decided to go watch tv). He’s 4. If he was a little older, he might have the attention span to do more. He loved collecting the shells and sorting them out. He also loved watching me string them up and turn them into a wall hanging.

beach craft

Once you have tied all the shells, etc. onto lengths of string, lay the strings out along the branch, to check the spacing. If you feel like securing the items a little more, just use a tiny drop of glue on the knots. I did that, on a few spots. When you’re happy with the spacing, secure each string to the branch.

beach craft

Then, use a length of string (I doubled mine up, to be stronger), knotting on each end, to suspend the branch on the wall. I used a Command hook on the wall, in case I decide to change things up later.

beach craft

See how easy it is? Now, get those shells and stones out, and string up some of your favourites. It will make you remember being at the beach, and you’ll feel just a tiny bit more relaxed. Sounds good, right?

beach craft

Those of you up in the northern hemisphere can save this for later. Summer will return, and you’ll be collecting your own treaures. You could use other things, if you’re not into shells, like crystals, pine cones, seed pods, and the like. A forest-inspired wall hanging would be really cool, now that I think of it. So, there you go. An easy craft to bring some natural beauty into your home.

beach craft

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Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, Basil, and Bocconcini Salad

Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, Basil, and Bocconcini Salad

Every summer, I look for new inspiration for salad recipes. While I have my favorites, which I make year after year, I always enjoy coming up with something new, or tweaking a favorite recipe to be even better. Salads are a great medium for experimentation, since you can mix things up almost endlessly. I especially love sweet and savory flavor combinations. In a salad, fruits can add just the right level of sweetness, and balance out the other flavor elements.

Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, Basil, and Bocconcini Salad

This Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, Basil, and Bocconcini Salad is just such a salad. The sweet cantaloupe (or “rock melon”, for those of us in Australia) balances the savory prosciutto (it is a classic combination, of course). Basil and cucumber bring freshness, while baby bocconcini adds creaminess. I made this salad for a barbecue last summer, and I just made it again, this summer, as a side dish to go with Cajun-spiced salmon, for dinner. It is definitely one of my favorite salads now. I hope it will become one of yours, too.

Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, Basil, and Bocconcini Salad

I just want to add that, like pretty much any salad, the dressing is not really necessary. I like that it adds a little zing to the salad, but the salad is really delicious on its own, too. I’ve mentioned, in the ingredients list, that the Dijon mustard is optional. Again, if it’s not your thing, just leave it out. I’ve experimented with all of these combinations. I think they all work well. I also think a raspberry vinaigrette or a classic balsamic vinaigrette could work well with this salad, too. It’s up to you.

Enjoy…

 

 

Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, Basil, and Bocconcini Salad

Ingredients

Salad:

  • ½ cantaloupe/ rock melon, peeled, deseeded, and diced
  • ½ seedless cucumber, peeled and diced small
  • 4 slices prosciutto, chopped
  • 12 baby bocconcini balls
  • A small handful of basil, torn into small pieces

Dressing:

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard (optional)
  • 2 large or a several small basil leaves, chopped or torn into tiny pieces

Directions

Salad:

Put everything in a medium-sized glass or ceramic bowl. Stir gently. Cover salad with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.

Dressing:

Put everything in an old jam jar. Put the lid on. Give it a good shake. Chill until ready to use.

This recipe was created by Kim Sequoia for a delicious moment.

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