Friday, January 31, 2014


i've been knitting.

finishing old projects, starting new ones.

do you ever daydream about knitting?

some great knitting resources:

Monday, January 27, 2014

vegan 'snickers'

over the weekend, i found a recipe for
homemade, vegan 'snickers'
using just four ingredients:
dates, peanut butter, chocolate, & peanuts.

way more wholesome than a real snickers,
much like the date/nut combo in larabars
but with layers of chocolate & peanuts on top.

really, really, really, really good.
yeah... you'll want to try these.

find the full recipe here.
the only change i made was to use salted peanuts,
because that's how it should be.
i know a date-hater who loved these
& couldn't detect any dates.
all we are saying, is give dates a chance.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


maybe you'll feel it, too
right here

also finding lots of inspiration
here, here, and here.

Friday, January 24, 2014

toasty oatmeal muffins

to ensure a happy weekend,
i baked these toasty oatmeal muffins
{original recipe is here - i made a few changes}

toasty oatmeal muffins

dry ingredients:
8 tablespoons butter, divided
2 cups rolled oats
1 3/4 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons baking soda
{i added 1 cup chopped pecans}

wet ingredients:
1 1/3 cups brown sugar, packed
1 3/4 cups milk
2 eggs, beaten
{i added 1 teaspoon vanilla}

topping ingredients:
½ cup rolled oats
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup pecans, chopped fine
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, melted

melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet. 
add the oats and stir over medium heat for about 6-8 minutes until golden brown. 
blend into flour in a blender. 
add the remaining dry ingredients (not the brown sugar) and blend to combine.

melt the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter.
in a large bowl, whisk the butter with the sugar. 
add the eggs and milk and vanilla. 
whisk in the dry ingredients. 
the batter will be very thin. 
allow to rest at room temperature for 20 minutes to thicken up before ladling into muffin tins.

stir together topping ingredients & sprinkle over the muffins.

bake the muffins at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

yield: 12 large muffins or 18 medium muffins.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Wednesday, January 22, 2014


i am hibernating.
hope you are cozy & warm.
{bunny card is here}

Monday, January 20, 2014

ties of hope and love

reading this

Friday, January 17, 2014

friday faves, all f-words

{on my kitchen table}

f balm


{but you could follow the guidelines & do it at home}



{might go see it this weekend}

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


i bought one on saturday,
then had to go back and buy them all.
that's how good they are.

Monday, January 13, 2014

a heaping portion of overwhelm, balanced by a big bowl of minestrone

things around here have gotten, um,

underscoring the chaos today:
we have too many pets.
{yes, you told me so}
our dogs are being treated for giardia.
our snow has turned to mud.

two things making it better tonight:
this soup
{recipe below}

this wine
{this year is my favorite beaujolais nouveau ever}

my minestrone recipe/formula
in butter & olive oil, saute:
with some salt & pepper.
add water or stock,
tomatoes/chick peas/kidney beans.
cook some pasta & add it {we like little shells}.
saute zucchini & green cabbage,
add to soup with a bag of frozen peas.

serve with grated parmesan & good bread.
like this
see?  makes everything better.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

a treasury & a song

i want to slip away on a
don't you?
let's go

last week i heard this song.
when i listen, i can hear missy.
it is the soundtrack to my treasury.
close your eyes or watch the waves
and see if you can hear her, too.
you can also listen here.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


ned has a new a steel & flint
wrapped in a leather pouch.

he has been using it to build fires
{with parental supervision, mind you}

and even painting about it.

build a fire & stay warm.

Monday, January 6, 2014

word. what's yours?

mine is ease.

do you have one?
do you think it's silly?
does it work for you?

even if you don't have a word for 2014,
what word would you pick if you had to?

{baby shirt is here}

Saturday, January 4, 2014

eat, drink, be merry

here's what we've been eating
{and what i've been drinking...}

veggie chili

eggs benedict

spicy cocktail almonds & bellinis

spicy cocktail almonds
i ordered a 5lb bag for christmas & it's almost gone

bellini =
prosecco + peach

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