Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fly fishing

...2.5 hrs into the middle of nowhere, Interior AK. A creek by the side of the road.



Monday, May 18, 2015

Dandelion bread/ muffin

Spring time has my kids on high alert for the first dandelion. We started making dandelion bread every spring in 2013 after I read the blog of a sweet friend. I've fiddled with the recipe to make it fit with what I had on hand.

The outside pictures are of my kids and a friend's kids. We drove to the Alaskan Pipeline just less than a mile from my house. Useless fun fact following: in some places the pipeline is above ground, while in others it is buried like it is near my house. Useless fun fact #2: the fuel running through the pipe is so warm, it warms the ground around it. My yard is still brown, but the warmth from the pipeline makes it warm enough for flowers to start blooming. Look carefully at the stripe of green where the pipe lays in the ground. L gets credit for taking the pics.

Dandelion bread/muffins


Baking spray...I spray muffin cups for easy removal

2 cups all purpose flour( I used white whole wheat)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dandelion flower petals that have been washed and plucked
1/4 cup canola oil (or 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt...makes it even healthier)
4 tablespoons honey
1 egg
1 1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400.

Combine wet
Combine dry (including dandelion petals)
Mix together
Fill 12 sprayed muffin cups
Bake 20 or so min


It tastes sorta like corn bread.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

My blessings:



Please remember to pray for those with hurting hearts today. Mother's Day can be a very bitter sweet day for many women. Pregnancy loss, child death, and infertility all rear their ugly heads on days like today. Mother's Day is not a day of cheer for 1 out of 10 women!



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Simple Joys

My life, being handicapped, is chock full of constant irritation. I try not to dwell on them, because then I'd just be depressed. 

One silly thing that brings me joy is a new purse. Every couple of months, I let hubby spoil me, and I get a new purse. Silly, but I derive some weird pleasure from organizing and setting up a new purse.

This is my new purse. I bought one that is almost as bright as my car!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy camera accident

I so couldn't take this on purpose, but I love it! Prince Charming was playing by the bank while Daddy was fly fishing.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My Fairy Garden

I'm of the firm belief that you are never to old to play make believe. I indulge my childhood whimsy with fairy gardens.

Last year my hubby bought me a ready made Fairy Garden. Of course, by the end of summer, my children had squished it to oblivion.

He bought new plants at the nursery, and some new Fairy pieces, and re-planted my Fairy Garden.

My hubby loves me!


Saturday, May 2, 2015

I made it!

I made it! Even though "Super Julie", our church secretary, had to come to the rescue twice...we made it through a 3 week TDY.
ER trip...broken toe for Princess Hope
Body covering rashes
Sick dog
Naughty moody children without Daddy
A moose killing arrow being launched into my backyard that no neighbors will claim
Clogged potties
Severe insomnia
Chipped tooth
Broken wheelchair
...and so much more that I won't even list..

But, we made it! We are alive, as are all four dogs. Hubby is peacefully sleeping next to me after getting home in the wee hours of the morning.

Sometimes being an Army Wife is no fun whatsoever!

I want another merit badge :) 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cheater Lasagna

My online friends turned my mind to this idea. You don't HAVE to add ground beef, but I need lots of protien, so I did. I can make a killer lasagna from scratch....but some nights I don't want to.

You need:
2 bags frozen cheese ravioli
1 bag frozen chopped spinach 
1 jar of your fav marinara sauce
1 bag shredded mozzerella cheese (2 cups)
Optional: 1 pack ground beef, browned

1- I chose to do one extra step....brown up ground beef and mix it in with my marinara sauce.
2- ladle 1 or 2 scoops of sauce in 9x11 baking pan...I used disposable...
3- dump one bag of ravioli in the pan and spread it out evenly
4- dump one defrosted and drained bag of chopped spinach on top of the ravioli and spread it out evenly
5- put two or so ladles of sauce on top of the spinach
6- dump the second bag of ravioli on top, spread it out too
7- spread the rest of the sauce
8- sprinkle on the cheese
9- bake at 350F for an hour

And my news...

I got a saxophone. I haven't played since 1994.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cleaning "magic" pots

It is now common knowledge that I have a strange sort of relationship with my enamel coated cast iron pots. I love those silly things...but they do stain as I use them.


I looked up a cleaning method online and Princess Hope set to work making my pots shine again.

You just put a couple of inches of water in the pot, plus one scoop of oxy clean laundry stuff. Bring it to a boil, boil for 2 min, then let it sit to cool.

Wash with soap and water and tada! Clean Pots!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Essential oils invention

She is how old a bought herself a pillow pet?

Hey! There is no age limit on stuffed toys ;)

I use essential oils lately to help me sleep. I can't use a big diffuser cuz hubby doesn't like them. However, I didn't want to get strangled in my sleep by a necklace diffuser. So, I bought a pillow pet and a necklace diffuser, and made my own sleepy time diffuser.

I took the pendent off the chain and had Princess Hope sew it on the wingtip of my new $7 pillow pet mini.  It worked great last night. Besides isn't it a cute butterfly!?!