Showing posts from May, 2010


Monday has escaped me. I can't remember what I did, but I know I had something going on. lol

Tuesday, I went and cleaned for my neighbor. Now that summer is here, they aren't going to be needing me anymore. Not on a regular basis anyways.

Wednesday we went to Parsons with grandma to decorate graves. We went to an antique store while we were there and they had tons of cool stuff! They had all my favorite corningware- blue cornflower. I had a nice set at one time but hardly used it and my neighbor's friend lost all his to mother nature so I gave him all mine.  I figured I could always find more again and I was right! I totally have to go back there when we get our house built so I can have room to store it all! They also had my favorite brown glass pots. And a room full of replacement lids for all kinds of things. Some of their prices were high for some things and other things were really cheap.

Thursday was co-op day. It was my first time helping at the divide here, but I…

Rain, rain, Go Away!

I am ready for some nice dry weather for a change. I was hoping to hit the berry patch last week but was so swamped that I haven't even made it over there. The season isn't that long either. And with all the rain that we've had, I can imagine it's one big muddy mess!

This week kept me very busy. I have been busy knitting up dish cloths to put on my etsy site which I hope to launch June 1st. Monday I went with Nick to work and was supposed to go to my knitting group but then got stuck at the library without my knitting bag which was in the car at the bus barn. I ended up not going at all because it was almost 2 o'clock by the time Nick was able to pick me up and some of the ladies leave at that time.

I know I need to get back into driving but I'm just not ready right now. And yes, mom, you were right when you said not to give up driving because now the thought of it scares the crap out of me! It's almost a dream I have when I think I used to drive a car, becau…

Ballband dish cloth easier than I thought!

So... I've been busy knitting items for my etsy shop and I remembered a pattern I had stashed away that was on the inside label of the yarn I buy. I've seen it numerous times but I never looked at it up close. Well, I did when I first started knitting and it looked so complicated, I never bothered to read the pattern.

So I dug it out yesterday and read through the pattern and was still a bit unsure of some of the abbreviations and terminology. Nevertheless I began knitting it and found it was super EASY! And the abbreviations I wasn't sure about, "YF" and "YB" made me laugh.

All it meant was to move the yarn to the front and to the back. While it is an easy pattern, I have had to take it out three times. It definitely needs my concentration. (so no watching t.v. while trying to knit)

I will post up a picture of it when I get it completed.

Even though my site has no listings, the web addy is:

I'm hoping to have at least 10 lis…

House shaped dish cloth

Nick recently bought me a dish cloth pattern and a new cone of yarn. I've been busy knitting all week trying to use up the cone of yarn to give me an idea of how many I can make with one cone. So far, I've made 6 and there is still a lot of yarn left. My guess is that I'll be able to make 8-9 dish cloths. Not bad!

I like the pattern. It's easy to knit, but it gets tiresome only because of how I copied down the pattern. I used index cards and there are so many cards to go through. And the way I wrote it down is a bit confusing too. I just need to get to the library to make a copy of the pattern.

Speaking of patterns, I'm planning on getting a three ring binder and making paper copies of my pdf patterns so I have one easy place to get to all of them. I plan on organizing them into categories too. Like free to share with others and copyrighted must buy your own copy.

I'm hoping to find one of those zippered pouches that fit in a binder to hold my pocket scissors and …

Spring rolls, chamomile and soap.

I made some fresh spring rolls for my friend who works at the post office. I was so excited when she said she'd try them. I love friends who try new foods. Especially thai food.

Not that the fresh spring rolls I made were Thai but I was just warming her up to trying new and different things before I spring some yellow chicken curry on her. Speaking of fresh spring rolls, this  brand is my favorite. They don't seem to tear as easily which is nice when you're trying to wrap them full of goodies.

I made my favorite peanut sauce and took some wasabi paste up there for her to try. She liked it and I sent some extras home with her so her family could try them.  I really like dipping it in the wasabi paste as well as the peanut sauce.

On my way up to the post office I happened to look down at the road. I was so excited to see the chamomile springing up along cracks in the road. I just hope that some is able to blossom into flowers and I can harvest some this year. Even better to fin…


So, the other day Nick and I were  out driving to get a bite to eat when a truck drove past us. It was like the kind that you see that hauls animals, commercially. I looked in expecting to see pig snouts looking back at me as sometimes is the case, when my eyes took some time to adjust. In the truck bed were stacks and stacks of chickens. Live ones. They were so tightly packed in that it was hard to see where each one was. There were beaks and feet sticking out all over the place.

It surprised me that the chickens were there in the open for all to see. It was sick!

And where were we headed? We were on our way to Taco Bell/KFC (intending to eat chicken) but after I saw what I did,  I decided not to have chicken after all.

This link shows a picture of what I saw under the title: Catching, Transport and Slaughter. The only difference was the chickens I saw were brown and they were in cages along the length of the truck not the back.

Tropical Energy Smoothie recipe

Tropical Energy Smoothie from

This is a delicious way to combine fruit with protein to energize you any time of day. One serving provides you with a rich source of health-promoting nutrients such as vitamin C, folate, manganese, and iodine. Enjoy!

Prep and Cook Time: 5 minutes

2 TBS tahini
1 medium ripe banana
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1-1/2 cups pineapple juice
1 medium papaya

Scoop out flesh from papaya with spoon. Add to blender with rest of ingredients. Blend until smooth. Serves 2 (8 oz glasses each)

Got the latest Yoga Journal in the mail today. These recipes featured in the "Eating Wisely" article sound scrumptious!

Who to believe

It seems there is always someone claiming that some food is either good for you or not good for you on a daily basis. And it seems to change all the time. How many times have you heard that butter is good for you? And bad too? With all the talk out there, who can you trust?

For myself, I notice that even though it's quite confusing who to believe, there are always a group of people that say the same thing and it's what I've adopted into my lifestyle.

Eat fruits and veggies.
Eat whole grains.
Eat free range meat.
Stay away from processed foods.
Eat foods in their natural state.

Northern White Bean Roll Ups

Had these leftover for lunch today. Delicious! I wrapped mine in spring roll wrappers for a tasty alternative treat!

Northern White Bean Roll Ups:

1 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup cooked white beans
3 Tablespoons finely chopped tomato (I used 2 Tablespoons salsa)
1/2 teaspoon finely minced garlic (I used 1/2 clove garlic chopped)
1 Tablespoon fresh minced parsley (I used a dash of dried parsley)
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon herbed vinegar (I used white vinegar)
1 Tablespoon finely minced fresh oregano (I omitted this)
1/2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
2 jumbo whole wheat chapatis or whole wheat tortillas

Combine rice, beans, tomato, garlic and parsley. In small bowl mix olive oil, vinegar, oregano and herbs and sea salt. Pour over brown rice mixture and combine well.

Lay Chapatis on flat surface and place half of filling on center of each. Fold sides in first and fold top and bottom toward the middle. Dot ends with wat…


On the drive home from Nevada, we watched the lightning, listened to the thunder and watched the falling rain beat upon the earth.

I saw something I've seen a thousand times only in a different way. The road we traveled was dark. We could not see what was to come- only what was directly in front of us. That is until the sky lit up- a bolt of lightning before us and you could see the road up ahead.

It was just a quick glance. But a reminder of what was there. God spoke to me and said-

Sometimes you can't see what lies ahead. But I am there. I will guide you on unfamiliar paths. Paths that you may not know where they lead. Trust me to get you where you need to go. And as you walk in faith, I will show you glimpses of what is to come. To give you hope.

(I found this note cleaning out a drawer this weekend that I wrote when we lived in KS)

Raw Food recipes

I got these from a raw foods class I took in Kansas.

Cranberry Relish:

12 ounce bag cranberries
1/2 cup RAW honey
1 Tablespoon lemon juice or 1/2 small lemon juiced
1/3 cup soaked raw almonds
1 stalk celery, chopped into sections
1 granny smith apple

Blend 1st 2 ingredients together, then add all other ingredients. Chill covered. Good for 3 days.

Super Salad
This is my favorite salad recipe.

1 tomato diced
1 carrot shredded
1 zucchini grated or spiralized
3/4 cup broccoli
3/4 cup cauliflower
2-3 green onions
1 cup red cabbage
5 leaves Romaine lettuce
1 bunch cilantro

Mix together for dressing:
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Braggs liquid aminos
1 large clove garlic minced

Additional toppings:
Choose 1-3
Raisins  Hemp seeds (definitely great!)
Nutritional yeast (yum!)
Dulse Flakes
Raw Granola

2 cups buckwheat (soak and sprout 1 day)
1 cup raw walnuts (soaked and rinsed, then chopped)
1 cup raw cashew pieces
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup raisins


The other day I was visiting my neighbor's beagles when I kept hearing this strange sound. I didn't know what it was no matter how hard I looked all over the place. Then on my way back home, I found a stick and tossed it into the pen for the pups. When I threw it, I heard a swooshing sound and saw a bird flying out of the area.

Upon further investigation, I noticed a bird's nest on top of one of the traps hanging from a nail by the pen. I felt bad for the bird. I wouldn't have thrown it had I known! I went inside and got my digital camera out. The nest was too tall to peer inside so I held the camera over it and took a video of it and a few pictures. This is what it showed:

Up until that point, I did not know what type of bird it was, but I guessed a robin. I was right!

The next day after a storm came through, there was a bird's nest on the ground in front of the camper. There was a baby bird with a few feathers on it dead as well.  It looked like it had just hatched…