Monday, August 31, 2015


The weekend seemed so busy and yet felt like not much got done. Seems like a lot of weekends are like that. The sky was stunning all weekend, I spent a lot of time looking up. I decided I was done with this hot, endless summer and baked gluten free pumpkin muffins, gluten free apple spice muffins, coconut almond granola, and pumpkin spice french toast. Take that Arizona! Of course, we still have months of hot still to go. At least September is just a day away, just the word September brings hope. Just two more months to go!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

* Gratitude Sunday *

Joining Wooly Moss Roots for Gratitude Sunday.

Gratitude Sunday, Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes...

~ The sunsets the last few nights... sigh
~ A trip to Ikea to get a new duvet cover... so lovely
~ Reading to the girlies
~ Lulu used the potty! It was only once, but still! WOOHOO
~ Friends who have my back
~ Sneaky chocolate
~ Sweet new dresses
~ Sunday evenings when the whole gang is here for dinner

Friday, August 28, 2015

{Soulfood Friday}

Joining A Soulful Life for Soulfood Friday.

Something from the week that nourished my soul.

some loveliness

a corner

a moment

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thoughts on Thursday

I think wishing for a life I don't have is only making me miserable. I mean I know it seems like a no brainer, but sometimes, sometimes I think maybe we all do it. Don't we? Wish to go back to the better days, or dream of this better perfect life that will come when just this one last thing happens. But that means right now, at this moment, at this time we wallow in suffering and angst. I'm really good at wallowing. Not that that is a good trait. It's just something I tend to do. But, you know... it sucks! I means I spend days, weeks, months, god I'm embarrassed to say it but years sometimes just wishing away my life for this mystery time when things will be better. I wonder how much of my life I have wished away? Maybe it is better that I don't know.
I guess for now, for now I need to realize that the "some day" isn't happening and to wish for it, to pine away for it is making my now time just blow! What sort of life is that?
My love and I have been formulating a plan to be more here, more together, more NOW! This cloud of funk that has been hanging over us, is our own making and the only way out is to take out a huge fan and just blow that trash away! It will take us being a unit, working together instead of feeling isolated and separate. Maybe it's been a midlife thing? Who knows, but it has been going on too long and it is time to put our foot down and say ENOUGH!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Knitting time

Joining Small Things for the Yarn Along.

It's not much, but it is a start. A small start on my holiday knits. I have given up the ghost on big projects right now. I just don't have the gumption. I am, however, inspired to make mason jar cozies, and washcloths. I am looking forward to making teas and body scrubs to go along with these knits... at some point. Ha

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Kitchen crafting

Joining Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On.

I have been trying to perfect a gluten free muffin for the kids. Trader Joe's has a really nice gluten free pancake mix that I am using in all sorts of ways. Today's experiment was a hit!

GF oatmeal chocolate chip muffins

2 cups gf pancake mix (I used trader joe's brand)
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/3 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup full fat canned coconut milk
3 TBSP coconut oil
1 Tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Mix the dry. mix the wet. add the wet to the dry. fold in the chips.
preheat oven to 400f
line muffin tin with paper liners. fill liner 1/2 -3/4 full
bake 15 minutes or until golden and tooth pick comes out clean.


Friday, August 7, 2015

{ This Moment }

Even though Soulemama has stopped doing it, I love it too much to quit. This Moment, a single photograph from the week. A moment I wish to pause, savor, and remember.

picking apples from a very old apple orchard in Sedona

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thoughts on Thursday: Taking back the words

There are words out there that have been taken. They no longer hold the same meaning they once did. Words like "natural" or "green" or even "organic" all words that have been taken and tainted. You don't really trust a package that says it is "all natural" any more. Because really, in most cases it isn't.

Another word has been tainted for me, taken from me. Sacred. It use to mean something magical, beautiful, special, holy. Now it is just a tag line. A word that is over used and sold by the pound. I can't let that word be taken completely from me. So I have cut myself off from that source, I am allowing myself to use that word again, to feel it deep inside me. I do not need someone else to tell what is sacred, or how to honor the sacredness with in my life. They do not know what my life is and I must stop depending on others to give me what is sacred in their life. I am taking back sacred, my definition of it, my  moments, my holy.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Yarn Along: at least it is started

Joining Small Things for the weekly Yarn Along.

I swear, I think planning a trip to the moon would be easier to do then to find time to knit. BUT, at least it is cast on and started, I think 6 rows even! If I keep this up, I might have half a sweater by Christmas. Haha Still it is a nice knit, and the book is most excellent. Hopefully there will be more time to knit and to read.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

KCCO: napkins?

Joining Frontier Dreams for KCCO.

I figured I wouldn't be too sad if these fabrics got manhandled as much as they will be when they become some new napkins. Our old ones, oh my, really embarrassing! These will be fun, sort of mix it up a bit. I have plans, when the budget allows, to buy a rainbow of fabrics and use the color of the day in the Waldorf tradition. But for now, these will do nicely.

Monday, August 3, 2015


Joining Pumpkin Sunrise for Weekending.

It was a good weekend. Started it Friday with a good, hard, crazy monsoon storm (finally), and ended with a quiet day at home on Sunday celebrating Lughnasadh. There was pancake eating, pizza, frittata and cornbread, lots of roasted veggies, and fruit salad.
Saturday we spent with family swimming and had others over to the house for a visit in the evening.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

~ Gratitude Sunday ~

Joining Wooly Moss Roots for Gratitude Sunday. Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slowdown, to reflect, to be grateful.

~ Hikes in the rain
~ RAIN, finally after almost 60 days
~ Releasing, or at least attempting to
~ My daughter's best friend Derek
~ The use of a cabin for next weekend, so we don't have to do a turn around trip
~ Fruit
~ The kids laughing till they cry
~ Having enough food to eat every single day