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Silly Little Panda

March 9th, 2017 @ 3:28 am

I’m twice the age I was when I started this website, but still just a silly little panda. <3. 





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Caturday Morning Entertainment

January 1st, 2017 @ 4:56 pm

birdwatching

 

Here is Max.  Instead of cartoons, sometimes Max watches squirrels.





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Sunflower Power

November 29th, 2016 @ 11:53 pm

Last spring I experimented with a raised garden bed for the first time. Most of the things I planted needed more space or got eaten by bugs. However, my pride and joy was this sunflower! I also had a few more that got about knee high before birds chewed them up, but this single flower grew so tall and mighty! I am pretty short (only 5’2), but this one particular sunflower TOWERED over me. Call me crazy, but I looked forward to getting home from work every day and visiting it.. mostly to see how much it grew that day!

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Eventually, I had to tie it to a post so that it would stand upright because the flower itself was so heavy. At the end of the season, I let the flower sit out in a place it could dry out, and later took all of the seeds out. There were hundreds! Not as big as the kind I love to eat, but I have used several of them to plant in the yard this year, and I used a great bit of them in the bird feeder.

More like sun tower! ;)





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Backyard Paradise 

August 28th, 2016 @ 6:31 pm

Where is your happy place? 

We have talked about getting a pool for a while.  The family that lived here before us obviously had an above ground pool. When we moved in, there was an area in the backyard already flattened and in a circular shape.  I love to be outdoors, and it’s so nice to have a place to cool off, tan, exercise, and just recharge.  In July, when stores needed to get the school merchandise out, Hubs found this aboveground baby in the summer clearance. 

I’ll admit, I thought it would be a distraction. Some mornings are harder than others when it comes time to leave for work and the sun is out.  Overall, it has worked out beautifully!  Sometimes I can even come home at lunch for a quick dip.  It gets some shade in the afternoon to keep the water cool, and it’s super relaxing after a day of running around.   Today I have enjoyed floating in the sun while scheduling appointments, writing to-do lists, making important calls, replying to emails, and more.  

I only wish we had gotten it sooner! We are hoping it’ll stay warm enough to use it for at least a few more weeks.   :-) 





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Little Kitty 

August 22nd, 2016 @ 6:13 pm

Welcome to the family, silly little Kitty! 





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Overnight Oats

March 31st, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

Apple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats: for a breakfast that is fast, easy, nutritious, and yummy! Plus, you can top it with any ingredients, so the possibilities are endless. Here is one of my favorite ways to make them:

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Step 1: Peel, chop and boil your sweet potato! Once it’s tender, mash until smooth. Add a bit of butter and milk (I used a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil and some coconut milk) – no exact amount, just not too runny. Season to taste. (I added ~1 tbsp. brown sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon).

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Step 2: In your container, add your oats. I used 2/3 cup old fashioned oats plus ~1/2 tsp cinnamon, around 2 tbsp. of brown sugar, and 1 tbsp. chia seeds.

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Step 3: You will add an equal amount of liquid as oats, so I mixed in 2/3 cup coconut milk. Add more toppings if you like! In all 3 jars I added about 1/3 cup of sweet potato mash and a bit of chopped apple (I like Gala). Put the lid on and refrigerate overnight.

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You can enjoy this hot or cold. I like to add in more apple or berries and nuts.

Substitute sweet potatoes for banana, applesauce, peanut butter, yogurt, or……

 





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H 2 Oh yeah!

May 1st, 2015 @ 11:54 pm

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In an effort to drink more water, I decided to try some flavored water recipes!  I’m going to try some fresh and frozen fruit along with mint and rosemary from my garden.

Strawberry, mango & mint:

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Lemon, orange, peaches, rosemary:

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Toss fruit in water, bruise herb leaves to release flavor and add.  Steep in the fridge overnight for stronger flavor, and enjoy!  :-d





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All About Those Lights, No Tangles

January 23rd, 2015 @ 4:38 pm

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Use up your old wrapping paper tubes and keep those lights and garland from tangling. The best part is they are so easy to roll and unroll, plus they are very easy to keep organized. I like to plug the lights in as I arrange them so that it’s easier to see, so I always leave the prong end where it rolls off first. You’re welcome!





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One more day

January 14th, 2015 @ 10:35 pm

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All of the other decorations are put away, but these remain.  The tree smells so nice and gives if such a cozy glow.  I know it’s mid- January and all, but the kitties aren’t ready either. Maybe later!





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Fancy Cat

January 3rd, 2015 @ 5:29 pm

image Here is my cat Schroeder (notice he is the cat from this PB&J layout at the top, hehe).





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