Monday, May 27, 2013

A Little Birding

 
 
A few weeks ago a robin built its nest on my porchlight, under the awning. It's a safe, cozy spot, however, it is a high traffic area- someone is always coming in or out of the door. I took a peek into the nest and it is FULL of three growing babies. I'm glad to know the disruption of us using the door isn't having a negative effect on these cuties.
 
While walking this morning I happened upon this family of sandhill cranes. The adults were about 4 feet tall. It felt astonishing to see such large birds in the woods.
 
 
 
 
 

This chickadee was singing its heart out and I managed to get a photo during the few seconds it wasn't flitting from branch to branch.
 
  
There were lots of chipmunks too, they are so cute.
 
 
 

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Raw Brownies and Beautiful Music


 
This simple dessert is quick and easy to make. It's great for taking to holiday parties. I've had this ready to post for some time, and forgot about it. When I started looking for a dessert to take to an upcoming potluck, I remembered it.
 
Raw Brownies

2 c. medjool dates, chopped
1 1/4 c. raw walnuts
1/2 c. raw pecans
16 raw brazil nuts
2 T. ground flaxseed
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
optional- sliced fresh strawberries

Chop nuts in food processor, add dates and remaining ingredients and process till nearly smooth. Press into a 9 x 9 glass dish and chill. Serve with sliced fresh strawberries.


While you are making it, you may want to listen to this: 



I had to share this, it's one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, and one of my all-time favorite songs.




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Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday



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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fall Smoothie and Music for the Soul


 It's cranberry time again and I'm stocking my freezer with cranberries. I like to use them in smoothies all year and they freeze well. I also make cranberry applesauce, it's a Thankgsiving staple.  Last year I didn't buy enough cranberries and ran out in August. So this year I am getting a few extra bags.

This smoothie is full of the tastes of fall. It's made from pomegranite, cranberries, oranges, kale and apple. It was a great way to feed the body after my workout this morning.

Music is a great way to feed the soul. I dislike this time of year; it's cold, dark, the air is barren of bird song, and the trees look dead. I long for spring. I switched from walking and running outdoors, to using the treadmill. Stuck indoors, and feeling stuck in a rut, and I was tired of the music on my mp3 player.
A dear friend recommended some Blues music to me, which I was unfamiliar with. Turns out I love it! Having something new to listen to changed my attitude and made returning to the treadmill fun.

To feed the soul, I will share this:




And this:



What music feeds your soul?



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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Simple, Yet Genius Invention


 
 
I was at a local craft show over the weekend and met the clever inventor of this little gadget.It is simply brilliant! I've been using it all week and it has made peeling and chopping all of those fruits and veggies fun again, lol.
 
I love that this was invented and is made locally. I love that it allows me to reuse shopping bags.I love that it only cost $3.99.   I love this gadget!
 
Here's a link to the  Baggit Brakkit website where you can order your own.
 
 


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Katydids, Basil and Stuffed Peppers



I went outside this morning to pick some fresh basil for my stuffed peppers and saw this katydid hiding among the leaves. Of all the plants in my yard, it knew which plant it most resembled and where to best hide. Nature never ceases to amaze me. Good thing the cute little bugger moved when I was snipping the basil, or I would have snipped him.

These are the yummy stuffed peppers I made using my fresh basil.





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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

GMO Labeling

Go here to sign the petition to tell the FDA we have a right to know what is in our food by labeling GMO foods:
                           http://justlabelit.org/take-action/

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