Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Question: What Am I ????

My breakfast plan was to have chocolate cherry ice cream, homemade, no added sugars and free from dairy. BUT, it's so flippin' cold here, that I'm gonna go for a warm bowl of rice with broccoli and cauliflower. Followed by ginger, turmeric and cinnamon tea for dessert.

Anyway, it's Friday here at The Manor and I'm about to make something with the image below. What am I? Winners receive three dusty paperbacks, two frames and a lamp. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016


I just made a yummy lunch using only these bits. Make, eat, clean, away and DONE!!!!

I flippin' love it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Decluttered Brain - You Betcha

The main reason that I decluttered to the tune of 80 percent is because I wanted to be able to work from home, more efficiently. That is, I wanted to make household chores quicker, so that I can enjoy spending more time working on food photos and food writing.

My plan, worked.

But what I didn't expect was for my memory to improve along with my energy and focus. Or, that I'd finally realize that yeppers, I do have lots of food stuff to share.

Thank you, uncluttered brain.

And thank YOU for reading. Time for lunch. I'm gonna have a big bowl of veggies. What are you having? 

Friday, June 17, 2016


I love that it's 8AM and my last load of laundry is in the dryer and the rest is folded and away. Where before, we had an overflow of clothes.

I love that last night, I did the bills in under ten minutes, and that everything is housed in a single sunshine yellow envelope. Where before, I had boxes of saved bills, receipts and budget charts.

I love that, of the 80 percent of personal belongings that were removed from this house, that I miss none of it.

I love that in a few hours, Tim will be home early.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Best Rest Day, Ever !!!!

After lots of good work, I'm resting. That means me in the Lemon Tart Room, blankets, bookend pups and I Love Lucy on DVD. The best bit, is that even under the covers, the house feels simple and easy to be in.

Best rest day, ever.

I made these over the weekend, to give as gifts.

Be Afraid - Be Very Afraid

Friday, June 10, 2016


Dig me. This is my closet. Two robes, one long flannel that I wear as a robe and one hippie dippy dress. And in my drawers, are just the stuff that fits and that I enjoy wearing. No clutter. No storage. No just-in-case.

I. Am. So. Happy.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

There's a Bee in My Bonnet

Today, I woke with a bee in my bonnet. Or, more true, a rash on my skin. But they feel about the same. Itchy! So I crawled out of the coffin, got dressed and made myself a cup of warm lemon tea. Which is just water, lemon and herbal stevia extract (not that stevia crap sold on supermarket shelves. That stuff is pure piss. Don't even get me started).

But I digress.

It took me 4 weeks to get rid of 80 percent of my belongings and it might take me another 4 to put everything back together including plant seeds, touch up paint and finish making blankets. But with this bee in my bonnet, today should go a long way in being closer to done.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Big blanket for a friend who LOVES cats.
2 blankets for her cats.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Freedom !!!!

Only 2 days left to our 10-day staycation and boy, it went whoosh. But it ain't over yet. Today, we're gonna hang home and do fun things. We were hoping for a nice big rain storm but looks like another sunny day. That's okay too!

I'm about to make pancakes, free from dairy and eggs (of course) and then I sew. Last Friday for Tim's birthday I made him a new blanket. I love sewing again. Even better, I'm FREE from all of the just-in-case fabric, that I'd been saving.


PS: What is/was for breakfast ????

Reversible Year-Round Halloween Blanket

Friday, May 27, 2016

FQ: What Are We?

It's the start of our 10-day staycation, it's Frankenberry's birthday, we've got a lunch packed and we're headed out for an adventure. But, before I go, tell us what these are and win two birthday boogers and a shoe.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Question ????

I'm hesitant to write this because a few weeks ago, if someone told me that they got rid of 80 percent of their personal belongings, I would have thought that was extreme and maybe even, a little nuts.

But now, that's just where I'm headed, and I could not be happier. I started Thursday at 50 percent and ended the night at 60 percent of my own belongings, gone. I feel light, free and happy. Beyond thrilled. Truly.

But enough about me, I want to hear from you. Friday Question: Have you ever done a major purge? How did you feel?

If you've never done a purge, would you and if so, what percentage of your stuff would you be comfortable ditching and/or donating?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Light, Happy & Free (oh my)

I'm two weeks into getting stuff out of the house. With the clutter gone, I feel happy and light. And I'm free to jump into new adventures.

There are bakes to write, pictures to shoot and videos to film. Which is not maintainable in our current state of clothes we don't wear, piled papers, extra fabric and zero space to house a photographer's box.

I finally got out of my own way.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Question: Ditching & Donating

Yesterday, I donated several good boxes of stuff to the local second hand store. Proceeds go to the pound and vet hospital. Both places keep their prices low. And our personal choice is always go with a pound puppy over a pedigreed, any day of the week.

Anyway .... most stuff was easy to donate, but when it came to donating gifts that were given to me, I felt a little bad. But we just don't have the room. More so, I don't want to extra stuff. Once I dropped everything off, those feelings of guilt vanished. Whoosh. Gone. I felt light and happy.

Today, I finished sorting the fabric and I'm happy to report that I'm down to a few boxes of prints that I love. No more of this, keep the fabric just in case business.

No more I say, no more.

Friday Question: Is it easy for you to ditch and donate? Do you ever feel bad about giving away a gift that someone gave you? Or, do you ever hold onto an item for that fan favorite reason of, just in case? Or, or, or, the other classic, because said item reminds you of a memory or person?

Do tell. Do tell.

Friday Question: Mung Beans

The goal was to make these last night and tell you what I thought. But I was out longer than planned and when I got home, I plumb forgot. Instead, we each had a BIG bowl of steamed potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli. Then I made a wholemeal spelt flatbread thingy. It was yummy.

But I digress ....

Let's get to Friday's Question.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

What Are We?

I've never eaten these before. Gonna try them tonight. Pretty excited because I love trying new foods.  Tell us what these are and win a broken rubber band and a pickle. Those allergic to pickles may swap out for a tub of toe-jam.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Ready to Rumble (suck on that, corn)

We went to see Captain America but my allergy to corn (just smelling it), continues. Albeit, the rash this year was not as bad as last year during Avengers. However, the next day was horrible. I'll omit the details and just say it sucked wet monkey balls.

On the bright side, here's a tip. Don't want anyone to sit next to you. Then wearing blue plastic gloves, and over-sized sweatshirt/hoodie, noise canceling headphones and a mask around the mouth and nose should do the trick. Nobody wanted to sit next to us and it was great!

Anyway, it's Monday and I'm rested and ready to rumble. Suck on that, corn! The goal this week is to continue downsizing the kitchen/lab and office. More about that another time. See you in four days, when I'll play catch-up on your blog posts.

Until then, have a yummy week.

Monday, May 02, 2016

My First Half Marathon, DONE !!!!

Hello Buttfaces!

I'm rootin' tootin' excited. If I sound obnoxious, it's because I jogged a half marathon this past Friday. Actually, 13.44 miles because I love fours. The best part about jogging is when I do it, I don't know that I'm sick.

It's really that simple.

What I was sure of though, was that I would complete my first half marathon because I went into it with the mindset of walk/jog. BUT, what I didn't know, was that I'd jog practically the entire distance. That, surprised me.

So, to my autoimmune issues I say ...

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Question: What Are We?

Answer them correctly, and win a wad of abc gum and a cob of corn. If those prizes don't tickle your fancy, please reach into the mystery bag of goodies, at your own risk.

What are we?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Sleep was on and off last night. And now, it's a little after seven and we have the heat blasting. What the flip, Spring? Where did you go? I miss you.

Anyway, I've got Frankenberry's breakfast started and then he'll head to work and I'll tackle a few house projects that I've been unhappily ignoring. Maybe if I wear these boots, it'll give me the boost I need to get this crap done. And in other, other news, today is five years since we adopted Wiggy.

Whoosh, goes the time. Whoosh, I say, whoosh.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Question: What Are These?

Did you ever have one of those days where the iPod is playing every single song that you love? That's the kind of day I'm having.  Now let's get to Friday's Question.  Winners receive a pair of sweaty ear buds and three pieces of used tape.

What are these?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Crumbled Cardboard Feet

Yesterday's banana crumble cake didn't work in terms of texture because the topping tasted like eating crumbled cardboard feet.


Today's chicken turned my lips and face puffy and swollen (but no breathing problems). This recent reaction to chicken has happened enough times now that I'll give it a rest for awhile.

Now onto better news. Medjool dates, mushrooms, peanut butter, avocados and cashews have been back on the menu for months with NO ISSUES. Thank goodness, because to me, those are some of the yummiest things, ever.

Now ... for the BESTEST news of my day .....

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Note to Future Self ...

Note to future self: Don't start eating the treats until all videos and pictures are complete and, when shooting said videos and pictures, make sure there's no dog hair present. Also, try and not shoot upside down.

Welcome to Saturday. Here's my video.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Double Shot (with video)

I didn't plan on posting a double shot today, but then I made lunch, and wanted to share. Tell us what this is and win one broken tea pot and four flat tires.

Hint: Click the video below for the answer.

PS: What did you have to eat today? Anything yummy?


FQ: I LOVE THIS STUFF (how about you?)

It's the weekend, or close enough. Woohoo! Now, let's get to today's Friday Question. Tell us what this is and win a stinky pair of socks and a handful of daffodils.

In other news, it's my jog day.  Plus, if there's time (and energy), I'll bake a first draft test batch of a banana crumble cake. Here's hoping I wrote the science right!

Have a Yummy Weekend :-)

I love this stuff. How about you?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I'll Take It

I am woefully behind on today's chores. Yet, as I type, onions are caramelizing, dogs are barking and I'm editing photos. But at least there's laundry swooshing about and I'm no longer in my jams.

I'll take it.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Not So Yum

Saturday, April 09, 2016

That's Progress, Baby

It's another snow storm day here in the land of Spring. But you know what? It's Saturday afternoon, I'm still in my jams, just ate a yummy lunch and I don't have to be, anywhere.


For the last two weeks I've been on a jog/walk 5k every other day, schedule (and I love it). It wasn't long ago when chronic pain made walking to the bathroom by myself difficult and at times, impossible. Imagine my excitement when during today's 5k, I will complete 2 miles of steady slow and low jogging.

That's progress, baby.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

What Are You Eating ????

I'm having a pile of home-baked spicy garbanzo beans and a mound of rice called, Black Japonica. Don't know much about it, other than it's from Lundberg and was within my budget. Also in the oven are baby button mushrooms that I'll cover in garlic and paprika gravy.

Oh my gosh, my belly is gonna be so happy.

What are you having? Or had? Or will have? Really, whatever you're eating, I'm interested to hear about it.

Monday, April 04, 2016


It's our anniversary and we are hanging home, listening to music, waiting for the laptop to charge so we can hit Barnes. What can I say, we love it there.

In other news, I didn't get to catch up (as I do), on the weekend with your adventures, so I'll double up one day this week. Until then, you Lovelies have the yummiest nummiest day, ever!

PS: These are the new treats I made.

Friday, April 01, 2016

FQ: Do You Eat These?

This week is all about my office/lab/kitchen work space. Setting up a permanent food photo area, switching cupboards around, hunting for a NOT expensive fan oven, and donating anything I no longer bake with. I'm happy to report that I am very nearly almost all the way, cannot believe it, done.


But enough about that, it's time for another Friday question. Tell us what these are and if you eat them. Winners receive a set of used earplugs and four unused rolls of crapper paper.

Happy weekend and boogie boogie.

Answer posted in a few days, at the end of comments.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday Question: What Am I?