Sweet Potato Hash Browns and Eggs

Sweet Potato Hash Browns and Eggs

        I've been playing around the past couple of months with super fast and easy meals. Things I can create when it's 2 o'clock and I STILL haven't had lunch. I'm trying hard to kick the habit of running out for fast food but by about 2pm I'm so hungry I could eat the wallpaper off the walls. That is, if we still had wallpaper. So I did a bit of experimenting and posted this dish on Instagram several … [Continue reading...]

Sometimes It Storms

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  Sometimes we go through hard stuff. Sometimes it is only somewhat hard and doesn't last long other times it is terribly hard and lasts a good long time. Like the difference between a sprinkle and a major thunderstorm with lightening, thunder, wind and hail. One of those storms at sea where the pirates tie themselves to the ships mast or risk being tossed over board. BIG storms. Of course no one wants to go through the big storms … [Continue reading...]

Straw Bale Garden Update

Straw Bale Garden Update

I'm pretty sure this is the best type of gardening I've ever come across. Seriously.  There is no way that I could have a garden this size this year without having a straw bale garden. It's been perfect for me this summer. Well, the days one could consider summer-like. In May we had snow and a couple of hard frosts so I waited a while to plant - usually I plant Mother's Day weekend. But with the higher temperatures of the "soil" in the … [Continue reading...]

Walnuts, Summer Drinks and Stubborn Gladness

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    It's been a rough couple of weeks. I've been going through a "is it back?" kind of breast cancer scare and still don't have any answers. At one point they thought I might have cancer on my spleen but it has been determined that it is a cyst. Whew! It's amazing that I can feel confident that I am all right but at the same time totally stressed out. It makes it hard to sleep and it kills my creativity. But I'm still here. … [Continue reading...]

Make Gold Paint Pop

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  I don’t know if you know this about me or not but I’m kind of crazy about Buddha statues. I’m not sure if it is the bald head, the big belly (which in some cultures means he is very spiritual - so yeah, I'll go with that one for myself too if you don't mind!), the flowing clothing that looks so comfy or the thoughts of peace & happiness that envelope me when he’s around.   I found these Buddhas statues a while back … [Continue reading...]

The World Doesn’t Need Your Guilt

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I discovered Reiki thanks to the fine folks at Stewart's Caring Place just as I was entering my second week of radiation treatment last fall. I wasn't sure what to expect as I'd never had a Reiki treatment before but I figured I'd try anything to help get me through treatment. I'm a Sagittarius, we are kind of adventurous like that. I've loved it and I've been going once or twice a month for treatment since. It is never exactly the same but … [Continue reading...]

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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  It's been an extra super crazy couple of weeks here in my little world. I know that if you have kiddos finishing school you are probably up to your eyeballs in last minute tasks before the summer takes off. I thought I would share my recipe for Homemade Barbecue Sauce with you. I put it on pulled pork (I simply put a pork tenderloin in the crockpot earlier in the morning with a cup or two of water and then let it cook for 6 hours - … [Continue reading...]

Eating Better in Ohio with Door to Door Organics

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  If there is one thing I learned from having cancer it is that I've GOT to start taking better care of my body. So I was super excited when the folks at Door to Door Organics reached out to me asking if I would try their products and service and share my thoughts with my readers. Perfect timing! So I set up my account and a few days later I got an email saying that I could start shopping/ordering. To begin, you choose whether … [Continue reading...]

Straw Bale Gardens

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  I had never heard of Straw Bale Gardening before January of this year. While I was sitting around recovering from treatment I came across a link and followed it right down the straw bale garden rabbit hole. You know how that goes, right? I liked what I found but I wanted more technical information. Most of links ended up at Straw Bale Gardens so I  bought the book (affiliate link) Straw Bale Gardens from amazon and read it cover … [Continue reading...]

Weekend DIY’s for Mother’s Day

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      Mother's Day can be a bit of a let down if you are the kid who is paying your way through college and trying your best to make ends meet. Your siblings all show up with something fabulous they bought for mom and you have buttkiss. What's a kid to do? Try sorting through things mom already has to create a DIY Mother's Day gift. Something the other kids could NEVER buy in a store.   Are you serving … [Continue reading...]

DIY Plant Display for Potted Plants

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  The entry to my home is kind of plain. The front porch has been enclosed to make a wonderful mud room entry but the front of the house is just kind of flat and plain. I like to dress the entry area up with potted plants and this is what it looked like late last fall. All of the plants on the ground around a little statue I found at Pier 1 on clearance. It's OK but it looks like of messy. I can't blow the leaves out from around the … [Continue reading...]