Wednesday, April 22, 2015

~the best part about vegan baking~



has absolutely
nothing
to do with 
health benefits
or the fact that
to some
like me 
:)
it tastes better
because you know
there's good stuff
going in
while satisfying
that sweet tooth

often times
with fewer calories
to boot!



but 
that's not it either

sure there are growing numbers
of those with egg and milk
allergies
not to mention
new mamas
(hey jilly bean)
whose breastfed babes
can't tolerate dairy
and going vegan
just makes sense
especially if they'd like to enjoy 
a few hours
 of sleep at night
so...
when you want a cookie
and a cookie you 
must have
enter vegan baking



getting warmer
but
still not there

the number one reason
i encourage you 
to try
 vegan baking


you can lick the beaters

i seriously can't believe
that this hasn't been
talked about more

#lickthatbeater

followed by
scraping the bowl clean
with your finger
sampling
the raw goodness

without worry of
salmonella

just like when you were
a kid

remember
 those days
of 
blissful ignorance?

well
they can once again
be yours

Oh
happy day!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

top of the muffin to you

i don't get it...
the defining of things



case in point
Old Maid New
a crafting
songwriting
God worshiping place
to hang out together



yoga 
one day
repurposing the next



lifestyling
vegan masterminding



throw in 
a wife's perspective
mother's club
homeschool woes and highlights sharing
grandmother's bragging



redecorating



maybe i should
organize my days
where mondays would be dedicated to
house-cleaning tips
tuesdays : creating

if only



if only
my mind worked that way

blessed are those who do



like you
however
one day i'm listening to country
the next ushers in a need
for Seger
i go with the flow
or try to
letting my inner child
that whimsical butterfly
direct my days
as much as she can
but alas
 we all have
parameters
that prevent us from
fluttering off too far



and so it goes

today as i was making
banana nut muffins
from a whole foods workshop
topping them with my favorite stuff
~hemp seed love~
making a few small-sized
 for
my little muffins
i thought of you

sure 
i could wait for something 
really special to happen
before stopping in
or
i could sit for a spell
while munching on one of these beauties
and 
just say 

hi...
how's it goin'

:)


Sunday, March 22, 2015

inspired by :: marshmallow pops

Marshmallow Pops

ree drummond
aka
the pioneer woman
made these marshmallow pops
for her daughter's sleepover

talk about your
coincidences

i was having a sleepover of 
my own


with this sweet little girl
who was busy
painting her masterpiece


while eating breakfast
of leftover cheesy bread
and planning our
next
adventure


which 
coincidentally (again!)
involved a
marshmallow


it got me to thinking
of our breakfast dessert
because every meal
should have its
dessert
don't you agree??


what are the chances that i'd have
large marshmallows in my cupboard

it was destiny

then again
i didn't have any of the other
ingredients
but that didn't stop us


popsicle sticks? 
nope!
but straws will work in a pinch


melted chocolates in all flavors
and colors?
notta!
slightly softened peanut butter
will do the trick


sprinkles?
oreo cookies?
graham crackers??

no. no. and no.


chopped chocolate chips
minced cashews


for a peanut butter
marshmallow pop

are we genius or what?!


the first bite
confirmed it

yes.

yes we are!


our breakfast-dessert masterpiece
in their glamour shot!

thanks
 pioneer woman
for inspiring fun
and helping to make a 
memory

marshmallow 
peanut butter cup pops

breakfast doesn't get
any better
than that

:)

still having fun...
what have you all been up to?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

never too late

note:
i wrote this piece weeks ago and for whatever reason was unhappy with my words and decided against posting it...truly forgot about it until i stumbled upon it this morning...shocked myself when i saw the title sitting there in my unpublished posts... i clicked on it to remember what i had to say on the subject because these very words have been toying with my brain to the point that i have been writing a song with the same title...obviously something i'm trying to work out right now...so as you read this, please keep that in mind...it's an unfinished work in progress
i'm so close to figuring it all out
and i will undoubtedly share the findings here
until then
 i will rejoice in the perfect imperfection.

life
a series of
baby steps
toward your genuine self
being true
being real
keeping it real
in a world full of one-liners
cliche or not
it presents its challenges 
within this framework
of self

your mind is on a collision course
between
wants
needs
should's
should-not's
do's
don't-s
throw another being 
into the picture
and the obstacles are doubled
quadrupled!
going beyond self
taking their perspective and feelings
into account
into consideration

filtering
the self

questioning
self

unavoidable.

and
left 
 wondering
what this
being real thing
would look like

chaotic
peaceful
miserable
joyful

i'll let you know
when i get
there.

Monday, February 2, 2015

artwork and musings

'...the more time you spend trying to meditate, the more time you have, because you bring more attention to the things that you're doing. Attention, expands time. If you bring more attention to a moment, then that moment is much longer. There's more that you can bring to the moment, more that you can take out of it. '
~author unknown
but i love it
letting that thought
guide me

grabbing hold
of the
thread
as it
transforms my breakfast
from a simple wedge
that nourishes
quenches
and becomes
the partial orb 
that found itself on every drawing
of childhood

taking an ordinary day
and making it
extraordinary

could be the blizzard conditions
could be work cancellations
whatever it is
i'm feeling
giddy as a school girl
(yes! i said it!)

an explosion of emotion
that is enhanced
by the
light
created by that
amazing orb 
making its appearance
after the great snow
as if to say

everything's gonna be alright
see for yourself

one has only to look
at some examples
of contemporary art
to see
that what was true in my childhood days
still holds today
I Love...
sunshine!
(upper left corner)
totally changes the mood
from
scary cat to
playful antics
smiling
happy faces
and
of course!
the sun is shining
in the upper left-hand corners

once again
its all about the
light source
most recently
a get well card
brought to me
during the peak of illness
by my brave daughter-in-law
because
it was so important to
my girl Kierstin
who
wanted 
needed
me to have it
ASAP
because she wanted me to know
what i already knew

i am loved
holding hands
happy
 healthy faces
hearts
and
a whole lotta
sunshine
so bring it!

the snow
the wind
but as long as there is
plenty of light
i will find
 new insight
clarity
and
the attention
enhanced by meditation

the attention
that expands time

and the moments
in turn

will be
 given their
due.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

inspired by

you never know when
it will strike

yesterday
while watching
Weather Channel's
Jim Cantore


giving credit
where
credit's due

he not only
reported
 on
winter storm juno
with the gusto
that is 
Jim Cantore
he strapped on some
snowshoes
and hoofed through nearly
two feet of powder
playing
exercising
oh yeah...
and working

in the past
i've seen him
ski while working!
this man 
loves what he does
loves the great outdoors
you can read it in his eyes
totally in his element
it does a heart good
to see
a perfect balance of
passion and career choice

more than that
 he got me
looking out my window
with
sunshine and temps
in the teens


and the long shadows
began
 calling me

the list can wait
time to play

a proving it
 selfie

a nearby metro park
was James' choice
and since he
agreed to my madness
i gave him that

we may not have been hit
with the blizzard
here in the Midwest
but there was
just enough snow on the ground
to provide some 
resistance training


James 
such a good sport
 always willing to join me

we'll call it phys ed


other than our breath
the crunch of our boots
and the occasional
conversation
there was
 quiet


the kind of quiet
that can only 
be heard
in
 winter woods

alone
without another human in sight
we enjoyed
the peace


that blue sky
confirmed it

this day was meant
to be 
encountered

with silence on that scale
every sound 
had us turning
imagining
something
someone
was watching us

and oh
they were


keeping a very 
close eye
on us

as we 
kept ours 
on them


just woods?


take a closer
look


the final leg of 
our two mile jaunt
had us
crossing
Shrek-like bridges
and quoting lines
while James
had it swaying


"there, there donkey...
there, there..."


we were most definitely
not alone
on the 
Big Woods Trail


with a
 good day
send-off
we completed the walk
and had such a story
to share

so
 thank you
Jim Cantore
for inspiring me
to get my butt off the couch
and 
experience it

after all

life is a gift...
experience is the
beauty.
--yogi tea 


Get out there
and
experience the
beauty.