Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy Columbus Day!

Columbus Day Traditions

In many parts of the United States, Columbus Day has evolved into a celebration of Italian-American heritage. Local groups host parades and street fairs featuring colorful costumes, music and Italian food. In cities and towns that use the day to honor indigenous peoples, activities include pow-wows, traditional dance and lessons about Native American culture. 
Make it your own day and celebrate!  I for one will be enjoying my fill of Italian food!  Ciao!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A little DIY project

This ingenious DIY project was inspired by Design Sponge.
It brings back memories of going away to girl scout camp when I was just a young'un.  We would have our suitcases stacked at the ends of our cots in our platform tents.  My Mom sent me to camp with a suitcase very similar to this one! 
Who would of thought I could add extra storage while utilizing an object filled with wonderful memories from my youth?!
This is my next soon as I hijack the suitcase from Mom!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Labor Day Sale!!!

A Labor Day Sale So BIG ... It Deserves Nearly A Week!
The Longaberger at home® Labor Day Sale is under way.
Save an additional 25% when you shop online or at all Longaberger at home showrooms and Longaberger Homestead®!
The sale lasts through Monday, September 3, but we recommend you shop now for the best selection.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Mobile test post

Hi all! I am joining the "smart phone mobile blog" age. Trying out this new fangled trick my phone can do! Bear with me as I try a test post. Perhaps this will allow me to be more consistent posting to my blog.

Putting in a little desk time catching up on long overdue work.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sunflower Season!

Ah Sun-flower! weary of time.
Who countest the steps of the Sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the travellers journey is done.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year, New Body

OK, NO!  This is NOT me.  I am just inspired to adopt this way of thinking about my health and yes, jump on the first of the year band-wagon and TRY to lose a few pounds.

About 6 months ago, I started having some pretty severe foot pain that I learned was plantar facitis.  Still hurts, but I am determined to lose some of the excess weight I have put on as a result of my not moving as much as I should.  A gimpy foot makes it hard to do that.  I am now as heavy as I was just after having kids.  Yikes!  I feel terrible and I know I have to do something about it. 

Instead of swearing I will go to the gym everyday, which I will fail at, I will start with attainable goals like those listed here.  I can do that!  So, I hope to begin a healthier life this year.  I will keep you posted as to how it is going.  

Happy New Year, happy new healthy body. :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Grab and Go HEALTHY Cookie

Grab one or two of these delish cookies as you run out the door in the morning or for a light treat before a workout. 

Superfood Breakfast Oatmeal Cookies (adapted from The Healthy Foodie)

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup cottage cheese or canned coconut milk for vegan or dairy-free (blended tofu might work but I haven’t tried it)
2 eggs, whisked (for vegan, 1 mashed banana or blended tofu or 2 flax eggs)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil (or other oil, butter, ghee or Earth Balance)

Dry Ingredients:
1/4 cup amaranth flour (or buckwheat, oat, brown rice, sorghum or other gluten free flour)
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
2 Tbsp chia meal (or more flax meal or almond flour)
2 Tbsp almond flour (or your favorite gluten free flour – buckwheat, oat, teff, etc)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 to 2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger, optional
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or your favorite nut or seed)*
1/2 cup goji berries (or your favorite dried fruit – blueberries, apricots, cherries, raisins, dates, figs, mango, cranberries etc)
1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds (sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds or more fruit or nuts could be subbed if desired)

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line one large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a blender or a food processor, mix all the wet ingredients together until smooth and set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients together.
4. Add blended wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix delicately to combine. Fold in hemp seeds, goji and walnuts.
5. Drop by tablepoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. *You can leave the cookies as is if you want them looking like little mounds, or you can flatten them down some with the back of your spoon.
6. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes, depending on how flat (or unflat) you made your cookies, or until they look just slightly undercooked. Cool completely on a cooling rack then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator, where the cookies will keep for up to a week and enjoy!

*You can easily make these nut-free if necessary, just omit and replace with your favorite seeds or dried fruit
Recipe Notes: For a sweeter cookie, feel free to add 2-4 Tbsp of coconut sugar or use honey/agave/maple syrup and decrease the cottage cheese/coconut milk by 2 Tbsp.

Makes 12-15 cookies