Bracelets Are Here!

They are now in the Etsy store!

Welcome Spring With Flip Flops and A Snow Shovel!

Ok, so I didn't wear flip flops while shoveling the snow, but, I was wearing flip flops over the weekend and even yesterday before noon and then woke up to a lovely layer of snow this morning.  I must say, it really was beautiful.

Monday night it was a bit too muggy and stuffy in our upstairs bedroom for sleeping and then last night, we cranked up the pellet stove because the temp's had dropped to the 20's.  Such a strange 24 hours that we call Spring!

Happy Spring!!

Tuesday's "Three"

3 little things i'm grateful for today....

watching the coop girls enjoy spring clean-up

 this little press makes cutting metal and setting eyelets and rivets much easier

that my husband discovered a clog in our vent before Friday night's vomit-a-thon = a full working toilet.  hooray!

what little things are you thankful for today?
happy Tuesday friends!



Can I just say, it's been beautiful weather around these parts.  Mid 70's today as well as expected for tomorrow.  The last of our snow should be gone by the end of next week.

For those of you waiting for the bracelets to show up on Etsy, they are not there quite yet.  I continue to wait for the silver plates.  The bracelets are all made {upcycled belts}, and patiently waiting for their final touch.  I'm not sure what's up with our mail lately.  Our mail carrier passed away this past December.  Ever since then, whoever is the carrier now just can't quite get it right.  I never mail things from our mailbox, I always just drop it off at the post office in the next town over on my way through.  Well, in January, I wasn't going to go in town for a couple of days so I mailed 2 bills from our mailbox.  A month and a half later, the checks were finally received.  One was going to the same town we live in and one to the town next to us.  A month and a half!!  Now, I'm waiting for my "priority mail" box that should have been delivered on Thursday.  So frustrating.

It's been a tough weekend, which is why this will be a short post.  It started with me up at 1:30 a.m. Friday night vomiting.  Then, every single hour until 9:30 a.m. I vomited.  Yesterday was a bit of a blur since although I wasn't vomiting as much I was completely exhausted and worn out.  The strange thing is I wasn't sick.  I had no other symptoms.  My husband and I ate the same exact foods and he was fine.  Today I feel fine, just a bit tired and sore.

The Coop Girls are so much enjoying prepping my garden beds for me.  They adore their time in the sunshine.  We worked in the yard on Thursday, raking and cleaning it up, and the girls were cleaning up the garden.  We always knew when one found a worm because she would take off running with all the others in tow.  Around the yard they would go until the girl with the worm either lost it or was able to gobble it down.  A few minutes later the show would happen again with another chicken.

Hoping you're having a wonderful weekend and beautiful weather where you are!!

Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

I have to start by saying, I'm not a huge fan of cheesecake.  My husband, however, is.  Because of this, it's not something I typically make because he could never eat an entire cheesecake himself.  Well, he could but it wouldn't be good.....  But when cheesecake is coupled with something else delicious, such as oreo cookies, well then, that's a different story.  I'm in!

This recipe is easily halved or quartered.

Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes
source:  Martha Stewart
makes 30 cheesecake cupcakes

42 Oreos, 30 left whole and 12 coarsely chopped
2 pounds (32 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 275°. Line standard muffin pans with liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each liner.
Beat cream cheese at medium speed using an electric mixer. Gradually add the sugar, beating until combined. With the mixer running, drizzle in eggs and vanilla. Beat in sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookies by hand.
Divide batter evenly among cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until filling is set, about 22 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week. 

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Light Shades Of Green: 10 Tiny Changes You Can Make On Your Path To Green Living

Why "light shades of green"?  You hear it all the time "go green".  Product packaging often promises "green" which is supposed to mean buy it, this is good.  Many times this is true, however, as we often see things listed "organic", "natural" and "heart healthy" when it's not necessarily so, the term "green" can be misused as well.  People often associate going green with spending big bucks and inconvenient changes.  This series is about the small modifications, habit-changing if you will, that can lead to huge personal and planetary rewards.

10 Tiny Changes You Can Make
  1. re-purpose or recycle old clothing rather than tossing it
  2. use cloth napkins instead of paper {they take up very little space in the washing machine}
  3. bottle your own water - use a water filter on your kitchen sink and a stainless steel or glass bottle
  4. shorten your shower by 2 minutes
  5. turn off the lights when you leave a room
  6. use matches not plastic lighters
  7. invest in rechargeable batteries
  8. use a lunchbox, thermos and sealable containers for a packed lunch instead of a paper bag and plastic baggies {don't forget the cloth napkin!}
  9. use cold water in the faucet when brushing your teeth
  10. buy bulk instead of individually wrapped single-serving items

What tiny changes have you made?

Soap Gift Sets On Sale!

Our Soap + Washcloths AND Soap + Soap Savers Sets are now on sale.
$10.00 per set, while supplies last!!
Perfect gifts for Easter or Mother's Day.
Here's the link.  :-)