• crafts,  diy

    Mailbox Makeover

    Happy Fall to you all!  Thought I would post some pictures of my latest project! Our mailbox has been in some need of TLC for some time now and I finally managed to pick one up on sale at TSC (sorry that was a lot of abbreviations!) So, a mailbox, some white rust-proof paint, a paintbrush and your’re ready to go! The reason I haven’t put it up yet?  We are MOVING!! At the end of October we are moving just down the road and into the woods.  We are SO excited,  The mailbox is getting packed up and is moving down the street with us!

  • food,  gardening,  live life outside

    Blooming

    I love this time of year when everything is growing, blooming, and so alive! My lavender is doing really well this year.  Last year, not so much.  I tried wintering it in containers but the roots froze and that was the end of that.  Soooo, last year we planted lavender in the ground where it wintered just fine! The rest of the garden is coming along nicely…

  • live life outside,  photography

    Storm Front & Quivering puppys

    We had quite the storm front come through tonight.  Threats of tornado’s and hail ~ we got thunder, lightning, and HUGE rain! After the storm moved on I got a few pictures of the evening sky…  My poor shivering mass of a Golden Retriever was finally brave enough to go outside for a pee. (She’s not so good with thunder) The sky almost looked like it was on fire… Now if you will excuse me I need to make sure none of the dogs pee’d in my shoes this time around.

  • art,  Creativity

    Charcoal

    I recently rediscovered charcoal.  I love working with it.  I had forgotten. If you’ve never used it I highly recommend trying it.  It’s available at any art supply store and it’s so easy to use.  I love the ability you have to shade and really get your fingers dirty. I was introduced to the idea of adding white pain at the end to add highlights and I think it’s brilliant, not to mention another opportunity to finger paint as an adult!  Below is a youtube video on the basics of getting started with charcoal.  !

  • cooking,  gluten free

    Overnight Oatmeal ~ love it.

    I’m sure you’ve seen this floating around facebook.  I decided to try after my 28 day Clean Gut cleanse as a way of eating oatmeal again without the gluten. Overnight Oatmeal1 cup almond or coconut milk1/2 cup whole oats (large flake)1/4 tsp. vanilla1/4 tsp. cinnamon1 tbsp. raisins2 tbsp chia seeds1 tbsp ground flax seed Mix everything in a mason jar. Screw on lid and place in fridge overnight. By morning the chia seeds have softened and all the milk has been absorbed. I really love it. My husband prefers dried cranberries.  I like mine cold but I have a co-worker who warms her’s up and loves it. Are oats gluten…

  • pets,  simple living,  thrifty stuff

    Make Your Own Suet Cakes

    I remember when suet cakes were less than a dollar each.  I realize I sound like some old woman complaining about the price of gas, but seriously! If you are cheap like me here are a few easy steps to feed those ravenous winged creatures outside.  The ones who even now are making enough noise to wake the dead because my suet is chilling in the fridge… All you need is some fat ~ I use bacon fat.  I never throw out bacon drippings, it’s something I learned from my grandmother and I could never shake it. I let them cool a bit and spoon them into a mason jar…

  • tattoos

    Permanent Doodles

    My father will tell you I’m a doodler.  Every piece of paper left on the kitchen table became unrecognizable if I was bored, or heaven help you if I was on the phone… nothing was safe. This habit/hobby took a more permanent turn last month after using my tattoo sketch pen on myself.  I love that pen. I spent the evening doodling on myself while watching TV, proceeded to go to bed, and woke up with half the image on my face.  It seems I sleep on my own arm at times.  Good to know. Dave informs me I drool… like Niagara Falls.  This might also be a contributing factor.…

  • cake,  gluten free,  Health

    Gluten Free Quinoa Cake

    Following my gluten-free lifestyle change I tried this for a party I was going to…. Gluten Free Chocolate Cake*turn out more like a brownie 2 cups cooked quinoa (1/2 dry + 1.5 cups liquid = approx. 2 cups cooked)1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk4 eggs1 tsp. vanilla extract1/2 cup melted butter or Earth Balance1/4 cup melted coconut oil1 cup white sugar (I used organic raw)1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1/2 tsp. baking soda1 1/2 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. salt Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9″x13″ OR 2 round cake pans with parchment paper.In a food processor or blender combine the eggs, milk and vanilla ~ blend for 10 seconds.Add the cooked…

  • gluten free,  Health

    Clean Your Gut ~ finding your triggers.

    In January I cut gluten out of my diet.  I read Clean Gut by Alejandro Junger and did the 28 day cleanse, eliminating sugar, alcohol, wheat, corn and dairy. I will admit that I was NOT willing to eliminate caffeine. The heart wants, what the heart wants. Anyway, the only dairy I ate for the 28 days was cream in my morning coffee.  It’s pretty much 28 days of protein, vegetables and berries.  It completely changed the way I felt.  At the end of the 28 day cleanse you introduce certain foods back to see how they react.  Turns out wheat and I don’t get along. Eating processed sugar was…