Monday, August 13, 2012


i have come to the realzation that textin has been makin me stupid. i cant tye like i used to at all. i keep missing letters becausre well, autocottect just fizes it for me, i also dont nbeed to worru about capitalIng anythingbecause well, autocorrect fixes that too, this is me tuping wwithout stippong every third letter to fix my errors. it has not alwaus been this bad...

One of THOSE Days

We tend to have a lot of them...

Thursday, August 09, 2012


 I got this recipe from a friend's blog.* They have become quite popular around here, and I have made them many times! These bars got their name for a reason-- they are packed with protein, omega-3s, antioxidants and fiber, PLUS they are gluten-free and dairy-free!  And now I must share it with you, because it's so easy, so healthy and sooooo delicious!

2 cups almond meal (or almonds ground up in a food processor)
1/4 cup flax meal/ground flax seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries or apricots
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup melted coconut oil (unrefined)
1-2 T honey
2-3 t vanilla
a few squares of dark chocolate or 1/2 bag dark chocolate chips
Blend all dry ingredients plus almond butter together in a bowl.

Melt coconut oil and stir in honey and vanilla.

Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix until consistently moistened. It should be a thick gooey paste consistency. Press into a 8x8 square glass pan. Chill in fridge for an hour.

  Melt chocolate and drizzle or spread over chilled bars. Return to the fridge for another 30 minutes.

Cut into bars and ENJOY!!! Keep in fridge or freeze for later.

 You can also make substitutions if you want! Try natural peanut butter or different dried fruit. I even added chocolate protein powder once and made chocolate superbars! It's a really flexible recipe so have fun and enjoy! These bars pair really well with a cup of warm tea for a mid-afternoon snack.
*All photos and recipe taken from

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Amusements: Handmade Jewelry & Accessories

Check out my Amusements page. I added my current projects!

Drab to Fab

Allow me to show you one of the reasons I cringe at having dinner guests:
because we make them sit on THESE hideous beasts.
(The ONLY reason there is a BEFORE photograph of these gross chairs, is because there is an AFTER.)
 We received these chairs used, but in pristine condition. Our kids have managed to destroy them in less than a year. Gross. I would have taken a close up, but did not want to make my dear readers gag. We considered buying a new set of wooden chairs, but holy money trees! (As in, we would have to plant many, many money trees in order to afford that. Or just chop the trees to make wooden chairs...) So, we decided on reupholstering. We actually made this decision last year when we bought the chairs (you know, back when they were unadulterated), but then decided to wait until they were gross and then take the plunge. We have arrived. They are gross. We took the plunge. I went to JoAnn Fabrics last week and chose a few (okay, maybe fifty) fabrics I liked, took pictures of them all, and came home to view each fabric with the room. We chose one, got it cut, grabbed four cans of Scotch Guard, brought it home, and remade our chairs from drab to fab in 2 hours flat and $50 down! I call that a success.


We even tested out the "water repellent, stain resistant" claims by pouring water on the chairs ON PURPOSE. Folks, the water beaded up and rolled right off. GO SCOTCH GUARD! I am in love.