Craisin, Roasted Hazelnut, Goat Cheese Salad

A little over a month ago I made a choice to start eating a little more vegetarian. It's actually more vegan since I can't have dairy.  I'm not doing it for social reasons. I love meaty meals. My body just prefers a better balance and I feel healthier with more plant based proteins in my diet. It's … [Read more...]

Fruity Oatmeal Cookies

I took the oatmeal cookie recipe from my beloved 1974 Betty Crocker cookbook and adapted it. Today I didn't feel like using shortning. I switched it out with butter. I didn't want the cookies to flatten out too much, so I baked them on parchment paper. One big rule I've found out about baking is … [Read more...]

Mission: Baking Cupboard Cleanup

  Yes, that's my baking cupboard. It's even a little more of a disaster than that. I had a few ingredients out on the counter when it dawned on me to take a picture of how bad it looks right now. The weather cooled off today so I got the baking bug. Opened my cupboard because I knew I … [Read more...]

Recycled Can Cutlery Holder

One thing facebook is good for is finding random projects. Yes, pinterest is THE place to find projects. But I get overwhelmed on there. Or maybe it's distracted? I can start looking on pinterest for veggie patty recipes and next thing I know I'm pinning gardens, furniture and a buttload of other … [Read more...]

May Must Haves

Between facebook groups and online ads that pop up, I find a lot of random stuff that I fall in love with. I forget so much of it and that's annoying. Especially when some things would make great gifts! So here is a list of must haves I've found for May. Enjoy! Hot Pink with Black Polka and … [Read more...]

The Basics on Pairing Herbs in Food

Cooking with herbs can be intimidating at first. There are so many choices. I love spices and when I bought a new spice rack it came with a few I'd never heard of before. Everytime I look at a spice website there are a ton of new one's I've never heard of. It's overwhelming. Herbs and spices … [Read more...]

Shut Up, I’m Busy

For once I don't care that I'm behind in a challenge that I so wanted to accomplish. There are more important things in life than getting a blog post up sometimes. I had this grandiose idea of what I was going to get done the last couple of days. I brought my notebook and I was going to organize … [Read more...]

Easter Traditions

We are not a religious household. You won't find an Psalms quoted on this day. In fact I don't really know what a Psalm is.  Feel free to explain it. All holidays around here are about time with family. Being a firefighter family that holiday could be on a different day, but the plan is to get … [Read more...]

Bring on Spring Break

It feels wrong that it's spring break but the kid won't be doing any traveling. However, I will be gone the entire week lol I'll run around and enjoy spring break for him while he does some rehab for his hamstring and gets back in shape for track. I took the week off from fitness class and I … [Read more...]

Awesome Val, Day 3

I told you a few days ago that I had joined a challenge to be more awesome. It started on April 1st but you can still join. Make it quick because she's closing it down in the next day or so I believe. I've been working on being more positive. Not mushy, drive you crazy positive, but focusing on … [Read more...]