Discover how to create a super succulent bowl with these seven easy steps

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Get green-fingered with these seven simple steps to create your own sensational succulent bowl at home

Discover how to create a super succulent bowl with these seven easy steps

Bring the splendour of nature indoors with your own special succulent bowl. Known for their robustness, succulents can be a great choice for novice gardeners or those wanting a plant with minimal upkeep. Plus, in general, increasing the greenery in your home helps to purify the air inside, as well as helping to balance humidity – particularly helpful over the winter when you might be more likely to struggle with colds and sore throats.

So, whether you’re looking for a mindful activity to deliver ongoing wellbeing benefits, or simply a beautiful ‘green’ decoration for your home, here are seven easy steps to create your own succulent bowl...

1. Select your succulents

With a wide variety of shapes and sizes available, mix and match a range that appeals to you. You might want to try a ‘flaming Katy’ for a spot of colour, or a ‘string of pearls’ for an added dimension, with its trailing leaves.

2. Prepare your pot

Choose a container that catches your eye – perhaps a terracotta bowl or a terrarium – and fill it with potting soil (ideally one with sand or perlite to assist with drainage). Since succulents originate in harsh, arid conditions, they will need a desert-dweller mix to really help them thrive.

3. Release the roots

When taking your plants from their individual pots, tease the roots apart if they’re compacting too tightly. This ensures your freshly potted plant can start to spread its roots almost immediately, soaking up any moisture it needs.

4. Start your planting

Dig a hole towards the middle of the bowl to house your tallest succulent, and place it in, securing with the earth.

5. Plan some breathing space

As tempting as it is to pack your plants in, ensure you leave room for each to spread out as it grows. Succulents grow really quickly, so your little creation will look ‘finished’ in no time, but overcrowding can lead to mould or insect infestations, so it’s important to let them breathe.

6. Water immediately

This ensures you get rid of any air pockets around the roots, and gives them a much-needed drink after being repotted. Going forwards, water your succulents when the soil feels dry to the touch – if it’s still damp, give it some more time to dry out.

7. Seek out some sun

Succulents are sun-worshippers, so try to place your bowl somewhere that gets a decent amount of sunlight each day – ideally six to eight hours. Then, simply enjoy watching them grow!

Types to try:

Echeveria elegans – this is one of the classic succulents, with a pale, green-blue hue, which grows into rosette shapes.

Sedum morganianum – has notable trailing leaves, which can look particularly great in hanging pots, or to add some dimension by hanging over the edges of your bowl.

Senecia rowleyanus – known as the ‘string of pearls’, is a low-maintenance option that also features trails of leave

The Little Things Newsletter #336 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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October 29, 2022

Welcome to the weekend, friends! Are you loving this fall weather as much as I am? I have a whole list of soup recipes to work on over the next few days and I can hardly wait to have the freezer filled with easy meals once again. I’m playing with a couple of new biscuit recipes too, so it’s going to be a tasty weekend.

ON THE BLOG this week: Creamy Turkey Green Chile Soup is loaded to the brim with chunks of leftover turkey and roasted green chile. My husband and boys give this recipe two thumbs up around the table every time I make this.

Cheddar and bacon filled Corn Waffles are great for Sunday brunch or for casual school mornings. I like to triple this recipe and stash them in sandwich bags in the freezer.

BBQ Chicken Zucchini Boats are a saucy, cheesy, deliciously hearty meal that is a refreshing change from the typical sandwiches we usually make with leftover chicken.

Sweet and rich with the slightest bit of crunch from the corn, this creamed corn is made as easy as can be with frozen corn. We enjoy it all year long.

Cheesy, savory, and creamy with a toasted, buttery top broccoli gratin is about to become the most requested vegetable by your family.

2 Ingredient Pancakes have been showing up all over the internet lately. Low carb pancakes that are easy to make, and tasty as can be, we’ve been making these 2 Ingredient Cream Cheese Pancakes for years.

Creamy vanilla cheesecake is poured over a simple graham cracker crust and then topped with a creamy layer of pumpkin to make this Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie. As much as this dessert looks fancy, this is a very simple pie recipe that results in an unforgettable finish for any meal.

Creamy peanut butter fudge filled with chunks of Oreo cookies is an irresistible favorite on any dessert table. The simple peanut butter fudge is made with just four ingredients before being generously filled with Oreos.

What I’m CRAVING: This Fall Harvest Salad by Modern Honey caught my eye and it looks sooooo good! Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s also loaded with so many terrific bites – fresh apples, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, feta or blue cheese, and crispy bacon.

My FAVORITE THING this week is my new waffle iron. I made the above corn waffles in

Friday Faves

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Hi hi! Happy Halloweekend! How are you? I hope that your week is going well and that you have a fun and festive weekend ahead. We have Trunk or Treat and a Halloween party at a friend’s house. I’m definitely looking forward to it!

Some adventures from the week:

Double birthday celebrations! It was the Pilot’s bday on Monday and P’s bday was Wednesday. We had family dinners, and P’s bday party with her friends from school is later today.

The kids’ bdays always hit me a little hard emotionally, and for some reason, 7 feels like such a big kid age.

A trip to the pumpkin patch. It’s a fun yearly tradition and we love riding some rides (like the Cornado), petting all of the animals, and enjoying the beautiful weather.

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some fave finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below.

Friday Faves

Fashion + beauty:

Some recent purchases! I got these loafers on sale at Nordstrom and said I’d report back. The quality is incredible – they definitely look more expensive than they were – and did not require any break-in time. No blisters, nada. I think they’re so cute with jeans and dresses!

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Peanut Butter Oreo Fudge

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Creamy peanut butter fudge filled with chunks of Oreo cookies is an irresistible favorite on any dessert table. The simple peanut butter fudge is made with just four ingredients before being generously filled with Oreos.

peanut butter fudge with Oreos on small white stand

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

So before my friends stage an intervention over my love of all things fudge and specifically peanut butter fudge I HAVE to share this recent version with you.

It really doesn’t get much easier than my classic four-ingredient fudge recipe. Butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla. For ease of making and amazing richness, you will be hard-pressed to find a better one.

While I have been making this specific peanut butter fudge recipe for over 10 years now, it is fun to mix it up sometimes with other ingredients. Hence the Oreos.

Oreo Fudge

The beauty of this 4 ingredient peanut butter fudge recipe is not only is it easy but it is easy to scale. Just want a small batch, cut it in half. Making treats to share during the holidays go ahead and double it. It is not a finicky recipe in that regard.

Side note – if you watch the above video for the peanut butter fudge it was made with a HALF recipe for this fudge. The recipe can easily be halved or doubled or multiplied however you like.

As pictured in the video, the fudge should be firm and almost crumbly when mixed together and pressed into the pan. It should not be liquid at all.

This simple four-ingredient recipe is made with real butter. (5 ingredients with the Oreos.) The results can’t be guaranteed if you choose to substitute margarine or another butter alternative. The fudge might be greasy and might not even set up without the original ingredients.

4 Ingredient PB Fudge
  • butter
  • creamy peanut butter
  • vanilla
  • powdered sug

What is the Cinderella complex and how does it impact our relationships?

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How the picture society paints of a ‘fairytale ending’ could be preventing women from finding their freedom

What is the Cinderella complex and how does it impact our relationships?

In 1981, Colette Dowling wrote The Cinderella Complex: Women’s Hidden Fear of Independence, a book which explored the whys and ways a woman might fear going at it alone, and have an innate desire to be ‘rescued’ by a man. In an accompanying article published in The New York Times the same year, she explored how her divorce, and the struggles she had with independence following it, became the inspiration for the book, and wrote: “I came to the conclusion that psychological dependence – the conscious or unconscious wish to escape responsibility – was the unidentified element in the conflict many women are experiencing today. It leads to a condition I call the ‘Cinderella Complex’.”

As Colette Dowling saw it, the consequences of women being raised to be dependent on a man can lead to self-sabotaging behaviours, particularly those linked to success and happiness. You might put off personal goals and targets in order to maintain stability, or you might quickly jump from one relationship to the next to feel safe.

Now, it’s fair to say that attitudes have moved on in the past 40 years, and generations of women have since grown up in a different world. But still, elements of this patriarchal structure do exist, and conversations around dependency and independence in relationships are still of the utmost importance.

When asked where the feelings and behaviours described by Colette Dowling might have come from, counsellor Amy Preston first makes the point that the need to rely on other is a fundamental part of being a human being.

“In the context of the so-called ‘Cinderella Complex’, the expectation of having all our needs met by another person might evolve in a childhood where caregivers were overprotective and met financial needs, while leaving emotional ones unmet,” Amy explains. “If you were wrapped up in cotton wool, yet found it difficult to connect and feel validated by your caregivers, you may not have received the message that you are worthy, capable, and important. As an adult, you may have internalised the message that, not only is an appropriate level of independence unfamiliar and frightening, you are fundamentally incapable of achieving it.”

Amy goes on to explain how we live in a fairytale culture, where it’s very normal to talk about your partner as being your ‘everything’ or the one who ‘completes’ you. “We expect our partner to fill a number of different roles: to make us happy, to complete us, to save us from our past, and to rescue us from uncomfortable emotions. On a subconscious level, this cements the belief that we cannot be happy unless we have a partner to take away all of our pain.”

These beliefs come with baggage. They pile pressure on our relationships, restricting our ability to grow inside and outside of the relationship, and also, as Amy points out, can lead us to overlook potential ‘red flags’ in order to maintain the fairytale.

All that said, in 2022, the concept of a ‘Cinderella Complex’ isn’t totally comfortable. The same systems can cause men to over-rely on partners, yet they escape comparable labels. And while there is certainly space to break down