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Okay, that’s a lie. I got it at Marshall’s — but it has the whole patina thing going for it and I love it. And, of course, the $14.99 price tag was perfect. I also love the green/blue patina since it works well with the teal shades of the peacock feathers throughout the patio area.

As for my herb garden attempt, I was not surprised to see bits of mould growing in my cute little white pots. But there were some sprouts too – which I guess is good news, wasn’t a total fail. I put them outside to get more sun, maybe they will recover but definitely defeats the purpose of having a windowsill herb garden, and I don’t think the chalk will hold up in the rain. Oh well.

This time I cheated. I justified buying the cute plant holder since the previous evening I bought mint and basil herb (already grown!) from Harris Teeter and knew they would fit perfectly. Now I have fresh basil and mint for caprese and mojitos — but I am also realistic and know they will probably die soon due to my lack of care. If only the planter had real working faucets – that would be ideal.

I even used the basil last night when I made caprese roll-up lasagna (which was delicious and healthy РI used fat free ricotta and 2% milk / part skim mozzarella cheese). Also made spinach salad with tomatoes, pine nuts, goat cheese, and homemade kalamata vinaigrette (really easy to make, just 1/2 cup of pitted kalamata olives, 1/4 cup olive oil, and about 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar into my nutribullet and blend).