ding dong, spring is here!

The dull, boring nothing on the front door screamed out to me. To be honest, it has been screaming for about 3 weeks now.

The neighbors are starting to talk.

Spring has sprung in the Pacific Northwest.

20150330_154204Time to get a little creative and celebrate the season.

As far as wreath making days……only one glue gun burn.  not bad. 20150330_160331Get your coupons cut out, high tail it to the craft supply store, plug in those glue guns and might I gently suggest some jaunty polka dot ribbon for the “sass” factor!  (my budget was $20.00 and I came in at $17. and some change)

Happy Crafting…..Happy Spring!

20150330_160338

hold please

20150324_125915We skipped out-of-town for a few days.

Oh sure, I sent a couple of post cards and ate too much and of course bought a souvenir, just not a long vacation where you stop the mail and fret over outfits or need to recover from a vacation. Only four hours away.  Easy peasy.

The length of vacation where the laundry can be caught up on the night you return.

The kind of get away where the main goal is to relax and breathe.

You know?  Like when you call the Blendtec company to discuss a worn gasket and you are instantly placed on hold.  You didn’t really plan to be on hold, so you twirl your hair, doodle a bit, hop on the exercise bike and peddle a bit.  You know?  “Hold Please.  You are important to us.  We will talk to you soon.”

20150325_130217So for a few days we goofed off.  We were on hold. 20150325_102850

We tried a new to us restaurant. We will be going back.  Tasty!

We walked on the beach.

We played Scrabble.  (I won, girls rule………..sh, I don’t want to be too boastful.  I feel a rematch coming on.)

20150325_103040-1We drank fresh roasted coffee.

We talked and talked.

We laughed.

We met new dogs.

We saw 7 Bald Eagles!

We saw a pair of Swans just sitting in a pond.

We spotted a huge bunny.

We ate 3/4 of a crab pizza. It was amazing.

We drew squiggly lines in the sand.

We got wet in the rain.

We saw oodles and oodles of skunk cabbage.
skunk cabbage, oregon

20150325_102014We did the stuff you do when you are on hold.

We goofed off.

Sometimes, we have to gently remind ourselves to do nothing of great importance.

Not great importance, however of such great value.

Once in a while it does our souls good to step away and pause for a moment or two.

hold please.

breathe.

When was the last time you pressed the “hold, please” button?

Groovy Granola Bars

Can you teach me how to make granola bars?
Sure thing.  Easy Peasy.
Buckle up………..oodles of ingredients………….(secret, you can use pretty much whatever you want, just keep the amounts similar)  I think everyone has their “own” recipe.  This just happens to be the framework for mine.
So easy, you will slap your forehead and wonder………..WHY on earth have I not made these before now?
Here we go:
2 cups gluten-free oats (or 1 cup oats & 1 cup toasted quinoa, so good)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2/3 cup raw, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup sesame seeds (great calcium)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins or blueberries … I like cherries (no sulfates, please)
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Himalayan Sea Salt (be generous)
1/2 cup almond butter
3/4 cup raw honey
3 Tablespoons flax-seed oil
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
preheat oven 350*
20150320_102334In a 9 x 13 inch pan……….I like to toast my main ingredients prior to mixing up a batch…..
Mix oats, seeds, coconut, wheat germ, nuts,  and toast 10 minutes……..stir….toast 6 more minutes.
In a medium saucepan combine…. salt, almond butter, honey & oils.  Bring to a boil.
Pour over oats.  Stir.  Stir in cherries (or raisins etc)… stir some more………let cool a bit more…. Stir in mini dairy free chocolate chips.
Press mixture down into pan.  20150320_105726
Bake 20 minutes.
20150320_111201 (1)Cool 2 hours (hardest part).
Cut, generous bars.  Wrap in wax paper then plastic wrap.  Store in a big container.
Take on a road trip.
Amazingly delicious.
Love to hear what you add or subtract.  What’s your secret ingredient?

when life gives you lemons…

If you are old enough, after you read this post, you will be singing along with The Beatles, all day long.   If you are not old enough, you may want to check it out on You Tube.  Catchy little tune.

 

Here comes the sun, 

Here comes the sun. 

And I say, it’s all right. 

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter. 

Little darling,m it feels like years since it’s been here. 

 

Yesterday, the mailman left a 17 pound box of a surprise on our door step.

20150319_100442What the heck could someone mail me that weighs 17 pounds?

Sunshine and healing that’s what!!!!!

The sunshine and healing came in the form of ……17 GLORIOUS pounds of fresh picked Meyer Lemons!

Our home smells like a beautiful lemon tree that is bursting forth in all her glory.  Oh my stars!  You can almost feel the healing and goodness just looking at my pictures. 20150319_112114

When life (read that as friends from sunny California) gives you lemons you make: 20150319_170608

Apple Cider Lemonade

Lemon herb rice

20150319_173324Lemon tarts

save 14 lemons out to use for this week’s juicing adventure (yes, we use 14 lemons a week)

juice 2 for humus and guacamole to make today

Give 4 away………..Hey, there is NO WAY, I am chancing being a greedy Gus and nixing my good fortune and karma! (yes, folks, you have to GIVE away a portion of your good fortune………….or it will circle around and bite you.  fact.  Do not mess with karma.)

My brain is still twirling and swirling as to what else I can make.

Marinate some fish with lemons, onions and fresh parsley…….Coho Salmon on the grill is a favorite.

A splash of fresh lemon with some raspberries ………….hello beautiful sorbet. 20150319_100458

My 8-year-old friend painted an amazing sunshine, just for me.  She wanted to share her California Sunshine with Miss Daleen.  I can “feel” that sunshine warming my bones.  Glorious sunshine.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t get super frigid winters with mile high mounds of snow.  What we do get is gloomy, gray, dark days. We get drizzle and pouring rain.  We get chilly, cloudy, dull, no color days………….

20150319_124216From the mouths of babes…………….

Sun, Sun, Sun, here it comes!

ps.  have I mentioned lately what a lucky/grateful girl I am?

 

 

33

Sometimes it is difficult for me to do something 33 days in a row.  Heck, 33 minutes on the exercise bike is tricky some days.

The idea of celebrating being married for 33 years is a big deal.  Happy 33rd Anniversary…………Jazz hands & dancing, big deal! 

Mr. Right is………as Goldilocks would say: just right.

I jotted down 33 reasons I want to stick around for another 33: 

Mr. Right writes me a letter every single morning.  With stickers and drawings.33.1

He makes a mean cup of coffee.

Raised two amazing boys.

isn’t grumpy & always says yes, when I wake him up at 3:45 in the morning and ask are you awake?

Brings me flowers every Sunday.

Makes juice for me every single day.

listens with interest when I suggest hair brained ideas and then………jumps on board.

Best Papa to three little short people I know! (Best read aloud person I know.)

plans the next vacation, when we are grumpy and sad ending the last vacation

Mr. Right is well-educated but never makes you feel like you are less.

He always over tips a breakfast waitress.

always uses gift wrap and ribbons when he gives me surprise gifts

still takes my breath away when he wears Levis.

Makes me bring my “A” game when playing board games.33

He is patriotic.

If there is one piece of anything we cut in half, he always gives me the bigger half.

He never fails to listen to friends, co-workers, family when they call with a problem.

Mr. Right is most kind, compassionate and educated dog owner you will ever meet.  He loves animals.

He has never once complained about how much money goes into the monthly “hair beauty” envelope.

He has just as long of a friendly conversation with the hotel owner as he does with the maid in the elevator.

He loves “honey-dew” lists.  (and completes them!)

He is honest.

Never tells the daughter in-laws, no.

Makes the best waffles in all the land.  And he empties the dishwasher every morning.

He is always researching, studying, learning something….. every single day.33.3

Tells me my new make up is the perfect eye shadow color (even when it is new foundation that I was wearing)

He never once grumbles when I go over my phone minutes.

He gives me oodles of space to grow and explore and do things on my own. Then asks about my projects. (and asks questions and looks interested even if he is not)

Mr. Right never rolls his eyes when he sees my “fluffy and joyful” suitcase spilling out all over & with his is next to mine, neat & tidy and pressed & orderly.

My boyfriend doesn’t eat sugar or dairy or gobs of gluten…….. and on the list goes,  because I can’t.

He needs me, for that I am very grateful.

He does the “boy things”.  Bury and have funerals for dead birds, he makes sure the car is in tip-top shape & always has gas, he takes the garbage out every night…..

20140802_142253Mr. Right never lets me forget that he loves me.

 He is easy to love right back.  

Man, I love that guy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

45, 46 & 47

Hello campers!  I have been away from real life for 7 days.

Read that as I was playing hooky from life.  In other words…… VACATION!

States I have visited now equal…..45, 46 & 47.

We started in Louisiana.  Then meandered through Mississippi and ended up in Alabama.  Alabama….. land of grandgirlies!

Sometimes, when I attempt to write on my blog, I make a list of words to help me remember.  Maybe I should just type the list of words?   Before you read through the list, let me just say in advance, today and every single day this week, I will be biking 5 miles and walking 2 miles. This week will be green juice and more green juice.  Every single meal will be vegetarian and whole real foods.

one dayRead that as, “How I ate my way through Spring Break 2015″. 

Leave home at 2:45 am

Airplane

New Orleans

36th floor room

French Quarter

wrought iron, exquisite iron lace balconies

architect’s Row

ferns

fountains

Mississippi River

Plantation houses

statues

Lake Pontchartrain

jazz

Bourbon street

Cigar making shop

Voodoo shop

health and healing bracelet

Cooking school

music

Pralines

River boat

Beignets & cafe au lait

horses

art

artists

Shrimp and Grits (oh, la, la)

French Market (America’s oldest continuously operated public market, 1791)

three prints and two t-shirts

Voodoo Dolls

Christmas ornament

Edgar Degas House

Spanish, Mohan cheese

Crepes

cafe du mondeBeignets & cafe au lait

Seafood Gumbo

Mardi Gras Masks

Beads, beads, beads

postcards

Chicken and Waffles

Shrimp Po boys

Rich, spicy Cajun food

biscuits

butter, more butter

Beignets & cafe au lait

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAabove ground cemeteries

rental car

Biloxi Bay Bridge

Pascagoula

79*

Mobile, AlabamaFour GRANDS!

GRANDGIRLIES: hugs, kisses, more hugs, high fives, smiling

presents for girls

began teaching “On Top of Spaghetti”

Lunch at Mud Bugs (Seafood Galore!)

Tour city

Mardi Gras store (bought a fancy mask)

Moon Pies

Malaga Inn, 1862 (sweet Southern Charm)

girls pretend to sleep on hotel bed

Peanut shop

Chocolate for grands

breakfast with the grands

made beaded necklaces and bracelets

balloons

dogs

singing “Let it Go” really loud

Point Clear

37* (did not bring heavy coats or mittens or ear muffs)

Fabric Store

Panini

Beignets and fresh lemonBeignets and lemon

Mobile Museum of Fine Art

Renoir

Mardi Gras exhibit

gowns, crowns, shoes, beads, beads and more beads

take out food for supper

playground park

fast food with the grands

Frozen yogurt and all the toppings you want with the grands

dollar store with the grands, (of course you can have a princess balloon)

SURPRISE Southern Craw fish Boil 

Southern Hospitality

Craw fish, shrimp, corn, potatoes, celery, garlic, mushrooms

beer

popcorn

Craw fish beads

bon fire

plastic Craw fish (called mud bugs) for everyone

morning visit, sang song 3 more times

sad goodbye (yuck)

stupid rental car

back to New Orleans

Airplane

read 371 page book (tried to forget about sad goodbye)

planned next vacation

drove the hour home

home at 1:30 am

started first of laundry

slept in own bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

who?

The question swirling around our house and discussion among our friends…………If you could magically make it happen, Who would you have dinner with? 

Place cards need to be made for the following people:

Thomas Jefferson, Julia Child,  Benjamin Netanyahu, Beethoven, Harry Truman, Henri Matisse, Mike Rowe,  Billy Graham,  George S. Patton,  Amelia Earhart, King David, Renoir, Wallace Simpson, John Wesley, Cher, Johanna Budwig, Carrie Walton Penner….

The list will go on, as will the discussion.  We will think of a name while on a walk or in the shower.  Of course, for this 870th blog post, after I hit the publish button, I will instantly remember a name I wanted to add to the mix.  Certainly, each name brings with it lively and interesting conversation.

There is nothing more satisfying than a wonderful meal & lively discussion, over coffee and homemade pie,  that lasts well into the evening.

I will have to make a 3×5 card for each person.  I have oodles of questions to ask.

Do you have a list for dinner companions you would enjoy?

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Second Topic for today:

20150226_215934Who wants an Owl Dress?

Grand number 2 asked me very politely if I would make an owl dress for her birthday.  This Grandma got right to work.  When your sweet Grand asks for an umbrella and an owl dress for her presents……….she came to the right Grandma!

The dress is complete. (& the umbrella and boots with owls are purchased)  The dress is fully lined.  Now, I know she may not understand that, as a friend said, she will appreciate how nice it feels to wear.  I adore the material that her mom found.  Owls with umbrella’s.  Who wouldn’t 20150226_215929like that??

Of course, the last thing I did was sew the jingle bell inside the dress.  Who wouldn’t want to jump, dance, squirm and wiggle to make the bell jingle? 20150226_215951

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Third Topic for today:

Who wants a cracker?

20150226_131801 (1)I purchased a mini cookie cutter.  I took a picture on a post it note to show the size.  I am making crackers for my grands!!!!  No, I don’t use dyes or chemicals.  Yes, I know it is going to take a long time to cut out each fish.  My grand children are worth it.

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Fourth Topic for today:   Who has a brand new, amazingly large, pig-tastic, coffee mug?  I do!

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Fifth Topic for today:

Who has the best Sister in Law in the land?  Me, that’s who!

Since she received a little gift in the mail this week, I can share.  Vermont has been dancing with cold and snow…………brrrrr for what seems like forever.  I wanted to make her a little something to brighten her spirits and warm her heart & soul.  (hand made gifts do that) Since she makes the best pies in the20150211_080519 (1) whole world, I chose to embroider a dish towel with a pie and cherries.20150211_080512

Now, Who wants coffee with their pie?

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