Month: June 2011


The Artful Life: Creating a Snail Habitat | Elysian Studios


While gardening this weekend, I happened across a little snail nestled inside one of our new plants.  Honestly, I thought he was dead, so I threw him out with the plant container! However, we later got that container back out of the trash to use as a rock scoop, and guess who was creepy, crawling around? Yep, Mr. Snail (a.k.a. “Speedy”).

The boys watched him for awhile, utterly transfixed.  What was the very next inevitable question?

“Can we keep him? PLEASE?”

O.K.- So for any other parent caught in a similar predicament, here’s how you can easily say “Yes”:

You will need:


1. A plastic produce carton- the kind that berries come in.  These have ample holes for air circulation, yet your snail won’t escape!

2. A disposable plastic drinking cup (any size). You will need to trim down the cup with scissors to create a shallow saucer (3).

4. Fresh leaves from a nearby tree/plant.

5. Stones of various sizes. Be sure to have one will fit into your water saucer- not too big/not too small.

6. Mulch, bark or twigs.

7. A small plastic plant container. Be sure it’s the right size that you can close the lid of your berry container!

8. Scissors (for step 2), water, and a tray to place the habitat on (so that it catches any dirt/water that may spill out!)


1. Start with your clean, empty berry container.  Place the water saucer, and begin to add in large pieces of bark/mulch.


2. Place a large stone in the water saucer.  This will allow your snail to crawl in and out of the water.  Sometimes he just hangs on the side of the rock to take a sip from the water. Without the stone, you may end up with a drowned snail!


3. Place the plant container on its side. Put some stones or mulch in the bottom to weigh it down.  Snails love cool, shady places, so this will be a nice little shelter for him (or her!)  Fill the container with a nice amount of stones, bark, and leaves.


4. Fill the saucer with water, and sprinkle water over everything in the habitat.  You will need to freshen the water every couple of days and add some fresh leaves. Make sure your lid will close, and you are ready to put your snail in his new home!  Place the habitat on the tray and find a nice cool, shady spot to keep it.

Have fun watching the snail crawl all around! They are really quite fascinating!


A few interesting snail facts:

Snails eat bark, fresh leaves, bits of fruit, decaying matter, and the chalk from limestone rock (this is good for their shells!)

Snails like a moist, shady environment.  They do not like hot and dry conditions, and they don’t care for the sun.

Snails sleep during the day and are most active at night.

Snails belong to the mollusk animal family.  They are related to oysters, clams and other shellfish.

Snails are “gastropods,” which is Latin for stomach (“gastro”) and foot (“pod”).

Here’s some great snail links:

Questions and Answers about Snails

BBC Nature Wildlife Snail Facts

Diagram of a Snail

Snail Videos


Celebrate Father's Day with Bacon Burger Dogs! | Elysian Studios

Celebrate Father’s Day with Bacon Burger Dogs!

Categories: family, Father’s Day, Holidays, recipes

In honor of Father’s Day, we’ve whipped up a batch of Bacon Burger Dogs for the grill that would make The Cosby Show’s Cliff Huxtable proud!

To make them a little bit healthier, we’ve created the “slider” Bacon Burger Dog.

Ingredients (makes 8):

1 pound ground beef (we’ve used ground turkey to cut the fat and calories even further!)

1 egg

4 good quality beef franks, cut in half

8 slices of Hickory Smoked Bacon

Cheddar Cheese

Salt, Pepper, and A1 Sauce

Nonstick Cooking Spray, such as Pam

Mini Hamburger Buns


Season the ground beef (or turkey) with salt, pepper and A1 sauce.  Add the egg and mix well.


Divide the meat mixture into eight portions.  Have your hot dogs cut in half and bacon separated, ready for assembly.


Make a rectangular patty with the hamburger meat, and place one hot dog half on it.


Roll up the hot dog inside of the meat mixture, and press the patty together firmly.


Wrap one slice of bacon around each burger dog.  Repeat for all eight.


Preheat your grill and spray the griddle with non-stick cooking spray.   Place the Bacon Burger Dogs on the grill for about 6-8 minutes per side.


Once you’ve flipped the Bacon Burger Dogs, top them with cheese for the last few minutes of cooking.


Assemble your Bacon Burger Dogs on the mini buns and top with the condiments of your choice.  Serve with dill pickle spears and fresh summer corn! Enjoy!!


What are some of your favorite Father’s Day meals and traditions?  

Who’s your favorite TV Dad?   

I hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating the special fathers in your life!

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Color Inspirations: June {Summer Love} | Elysian Studios

Color Inspirations: June {Summer Love}

Categories: Inspirations, June, Summer

It’s the First Day of Summer! 

It’s the longest day of the year, and I’m ready to grab my flip-flops, favorite book and head to the pool!  I can’t wait to start serving delicious, refreshing cocktails and sweet, icy treats! 

Here’s a few more of my summer inspirations…



Coppertone Ad, Lakeside Deck, Bike to the Pier, Vintage Grace Kelly, Baby Blue Suit


5855060462_6cd43d69d5_z-9530097 Norman Rockwell, Fruit Pops on Ice, Midway Rides, Jammin’ to the Car Radio

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Any summer recipes you just can’t live without, or books you can’t wait to read? I hope this summer is nothing short of fabulous for you!

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