Carrot Cookies 

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I actually found this recipe in the little booklet that came with my ninja blender.  It looked good (and easy) so I thought I’d give it a try.  It looked good and has carrots so its sorta healthy right?

It was super easy and fast to make since I just added all the ingredients and blended them.  You definitely don’t need a blender to make these though.

The ingredients are:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs of flax eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil

The last two ingredients I added to the recipe.  Just combine everything and drop teaspoon sized amounts onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-12 minutes and that’s it!  It was supposed to make 36 but I got about 28.  (I made some a little bigger)
        IMG_6763DSC_0352DSC_0353These are nice because they aren’t too sweet, although I think they would be good with honey drizzled on them.  I was going to take some to work but Ben likes them so much he didn’t what me to!  I’ll have to make more. 😉  Anyway, enjoy!

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My Vacation Photos

I went on a vacation to Portland, OR last week so I thought I would share some of the photos with you.  We went hiking at Mount Hood one day and drove down to California on my birthday to see Redwood National Park.  It was a great time and we feel like it went to fast, but I missed my cats too!

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Hiking around Mount Hood

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Ramona Falls

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Mount Hood

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Crescent City, CA

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Redwood National Park

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I found Paul and Babe!

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We had to go to Voodoo donuts!

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Painted Shirt 

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I used my Portland vacation for my photos. 😉 I’ll post the rest next.

I had an idea for a graphic shirt without screen printing. (although I’ve been wanting to try screen printing)  I used a white tank top and used a plastic bag over cardboard to paint on.  I used watered down craft paint, but only water it down slightly because it will run.  This is also why you should keep your imagery simple.  I love the way it turned out and what says Summer better than watermelon!

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I should mention that I didn’t actually paint on the carpet, and I wouldn’t recommend it!

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Bird Feeder Save 

Last Fall I may have gotten into a minor turf war with one of the squirrels that was stealing bird food. They were good all summer and only ate what the birds dropped but then they got greedy ad found out they could crawl up the brick wall to get to the feeder. After I slapped one on the tail when he didn’t leave I came home the next day to this. 

 Yup, that’s all from one day. This was personal! 

Anyway I really didn’t want o have to throw out the feeder and tried to still use it but the bird seed would spill out when the birds sat on it. I got the idea to glue a plate into the bottom to catch what was spilling out and then the birds could also have a place to perch again. 

   
 So far this seems to be working and no squirrels have gotten in yet this year. I’ll probably get a new feeder eventually, I just like to reuse if I can and I was afraid they would just ruin a new feeder too.  Bird feeders aren’t exactly cheap! Hopefully everyone can coexist peacefully this year. 😉 

P.S. We’re in Portland, OR right now on vacation for my birthday today so I’ll probably be posting pictures next time!

  

My Fourth Of July Weekend

Hello, I hope you all had a great weekend.  If you live in the U.S. then you probably celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks or a barbecue, but whatever you did I hope it was great!  Here are just a few photos of my weekend.  Ben and I went to Madison, WI for a concert Friday night so we stayed the weekend and hung out in Madison which is a very cool artsy city.  We watched fireworks on the lake, ate cheese curds and just walked around.  This is the second time we have been to Madison and we love it!  also they have a pretty nice contemporary art museum.  Have a good week everyone, let me know what you did for the 4th.

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One of the amazing horse sculptures by the artist Deborah Butterfield at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

The Capitol Building

Waiting for fireworks to begin


  
  

My Patio Garden

I thought I would share some of my garden pictures so far from my little container garden on my patios.  Some of my plants are just starting to come up this year like my flowers, but I’m proud of my self because my marigolds, lily and pansies are all things I bought last year and were able to bring back from seed. (or bulb in the lily’s case)  I don’t always have a green thumb but in the Summer plants just seem so much happier and I’m getting more confident in my growing abilities.  After last Summer I know how much to water my outdoor plants (a lot!) and even though I can’t have a garden yet it’s exciting to be able to eat something you grew!  I’m trying out some tomatoes from Home Depot this year.  This breed is made to be grown in containers, they are named patio tomatoes so we’ll see!  It already have about 10 green tomatoes on in so I think pretty soon we’ll be trying to eat all the tomatoes before they go bad, which in my opinion is a good problem to have. 😉

I’ll do an update later in the Summer to see how my progress is going!  what are you’re favorite plants in the Summer?

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Coleus


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Spearmint


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Basil, the start of a lily, and a little succulent called Kalanchoe that I got from Trader Joe’s. It was starting to die inside but seems to be recovering now that it’s out. Summer really is the best for my plants!


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Geraniums plus my new bee house!


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Tomatoes, strawberries, and more geraniums. Of course the Snomingos are out to party as well!

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Side Tie Shirt

This is actually a shirt I made long ago in high school but I made it with non stretchy vintage fabric from Goodwill, and I wasn’t (and still aren’t) that great of a sewer.  So anyway it never really fit that great.  I was fine everywhere but the bust.  I kept it all this time because I love the fabric and I recently got an Idea on how to fix it.

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The before

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I took out the side seams and bought some white stretchy fabric.  I cut the fabric in to strips about 2″ wide and folded and sewed it into a loop. Then I cut the strips about 8″ long.  I made the bows by tying a knot in the strips and pinned them to the sides of the shirt.  After I knew how many I needed and had them spaced evenly I could sew them in.  The shirt is nice and loose now and has some stretch in it!

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