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Interests: travel, knitting, calligraphy, classical music, wine, homemaking, history, parties, tea, homeschooling, brewing, nature walks, charlotte mason, chocolate., england, old children’s books, susan branch, making bread, entomology, cooking, drawing, sewing, baking, france, decorating, crafting, cozy mysteries, cottages, old building
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Twice a month I have lunch with a girlfriend. She is an amazing cook, so we always eat well. This is a salad I made for one of those get together and was requested to write a recipe for it. I like this salad because it s liking having 2 salads in one. It is actually quite hardy and would make a great meat-free, dairy-free, carb friendly dinner. It looks pretty too, which is nice when you have guests! Please read the whole recipe before cooking! Peanut-butter Coconut Salad Dressing ½ cup peanut butter ⅛ cup coconut milk 2-3 TBL honey or coconut sugar 1 TBL soy sauce 1 TBL fish sauce 1 minced garlic clove * (Add these later) juice of half lime 1 generous tsp. grated, fresh turmeric (or tsp. dried ground turmeric) salt and pepper as need **Water, if needed In a small sauce pan add the first 6 ingredients. Heat ingredients together on low setting on your stove until melted and whisked together. You do NOT want to cook this, you are just warm it up enough to melt ingredients together. Take pan off heat and let cool 10 minutes, then add lime juice and turmeric.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Storybook Woods
Thank you for all the congratulations on my 10 year bloggiversary. I wish I could send each of you a gift. Winner of Wishes Are Like ... Dawn at The Feathered Nest and the winner of the nest ring is Barbra Weaver xox I was requested to do a Things I Love Post, so here you go. What are you loving lately? * Roses, oh my gosh ... what more can I say!!! I think we all need to make a pair of cup-cake flats I love this movie Little Boy A tear jerker and heart warming. It is directed by Alejandro Monteverde who I respect. Ricotta has been my favorite cooking ingredient lately. This is on my to make this month list, Baked Ricotta Spinach Kalamata Olive and Sun-dried Tomato Timbales Knit a Blue Bird of Happiness Who says your too old for swag. Boy he inspires me, I love him! (image source unknown) Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Wow, it is Storybook Woods 10 year bloggiversary. 10 years! I do not know what to say. It seems like yesterday when I started this blog. I had NO idea what blessings, opportunities and friends blogging would bring into my life. Of course 10 years ago blogging was just in its infancy and a whole another world. Nobody was famous. Nobody had books, TV shows, etc. Just a simple wanting to share and connect with others. It has been interesting to watch the medium grow over the years. Like all things, it must grow and change. Some good, some not but I am proud to be apart of the blogging community. My first post in April 2006, "Hello friends, welcome, I am very excited about my new little home. I am hoping to share lots of exciting ideas that I make and find. I truly hope you will find Storybook Woods a place of inspiration. A place to help you play. So get a cup of tea and something to eat and enjoy, Clarice "What we play is life." Louis Armstrong I still feel this way. I truly hope I inspire you, but I have to say, I get much... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at Storybook Woods
From our family to yours, blessed Easter xox Related articles Bloom, Browned Butter Trick Bloom, Being Slayed Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Storybook Woods
I make ice cream all the time! It is so easy, cheap and carb friendly. I have a basic 2 cup cream-1 cup whole milk ratio and then play with the flavors all the time. My latest hit is Smoked Salt Vanilla Ice Cream. Really, it is an easy twist of vanilla ice cream. Smoked salt, apple wood smoked salt to be exact, is my favorite spice to use lately I love it in everything, but what I really love in is desserts. I find the smokiness really adds something to the sweetness. It is such a tiny change, but it makes a huge difference in the flavor. A tip, I find smoked salts lose their smokiness quickly. So if you are lucky enough to have a store with a bulk section (like I do) buy it in small quantities. Freshness is important! Smoked Salt Vanilla Ice Cream makes 3 cups ice cream 2 cups cold heavy cream 1 cup cold whole milk ¾ sugar (I am pre-diabetic, so I use ½ cup coconut sugar and 3 drops of stevia) 1-2 (or more) tsp. smoked salt 1 tsp. vanilla extract Whisk all ingredients together and taste. If you think it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Well it has been 2 years since I found out I was pre-diabetic and made a drastic lifestyle change. I am pleased to say I am still staying strong. I am completely comfortable eating a very low carb/paleo diet now. My cravings do not get the best of me (most days ;-). I have treat days and seem to make it all work. I was re-reading my 1 year post where I talked about gaining confidence and I have to say I feel even more confident now. Over Christmas I gained 5 pounds (not a big deal) but I was able to drop that weight off in 3 weeks. I have NEVER been able to do this before, unless I did something extreme to my body. It just shows me I am doing what my body needs. What thrills me more than anything, and is my biggest goal, I am maintaining what I have lost. If I do NOTHING else, I want to at least maintain. I have yo-yo'ed all my life from 96-240 something pounds. If I can keep this 40/50 pound weight loss off, then I have succeeded. So after 2 years, I would say I am succeeding.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Well this is the last Hygee post. I had fun with this and it did inspire me to enjoy my days more, even though they are cold and grey. I was reminded to stop, enjoy, be grateful and embrace the life God has given me. On that note I am going to leave you with this last little thing, breathe. It is such a small, simple thing we do without even thinking about it, but it is something that we also do not use enough. I mean we all breath, but slow, deep, thoughtful breathing can change your health, your mindset, your life. I have been learning about this 4-7-8 breathing technique. Here is a good video by Dr. Andrew Weil. Take the time to stop, appreciate, deep breathe and be thankful xox Image from Related articles Bloom, Being Slayed Bloom, Browned Butter Trick I Have Graduated One Day At A Time Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Storybook Woods
In trying to detox from the holidays I have been drinking lotsss of vinegar water, but also this turmeric tea. Although there is no actual tea, it is more of a hot beverage I keep in mason jar in my fridge. Ready to warm up as I want. I find this quite refreshing. I have to say since Christmas my metabolism has kicked back up. I lost the weight I gained over Christmas plus two more pounds. I really think raw apple cider vinegar is something we should all drink. Plus fresh citrus, turmeric and ginger are also so healing to the body. Citrus Thyme Turmeric Tea makes 1 pint mason jar 1 slice of lemon, I have been using meyer lemons lately 1 slice of orange (if fruit is small use 2 slices) 2 slices of fresh ginger 5 slices of fresh turmeric some fresh thyme, or fresh herb to your liking * 1/2-1 tsp of raw apple cider vinegar Add all ingredients, except the vinegar, to a wide mouth pint mason jar. Fill jar with boiling water and cover jar with lid. Let the tea sit on your counter for a good 20-30 minutes depending how strong you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Make some Pressed Herb Evergreen Candles Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Make a moss and birch ring. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Did you make some Candy Cane Syrup? Now make a Candy Cane Soaked Chocolate Cake. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Make a cup Forested Fir Tea. Another post and recipes about the powerful properties of pine and evergreens. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Is your hair drying out from all the cold weather like me? Give your hair a warm honey coconut oil treatment. I use this twice a month and it makes my long hair soft and shiny. 2 TBL raw coconut oil 2 TBL honey Put on a junky shirt. Warm the two together and mix (It might separate a bit but do not worry it will still work). Apply to hair with your fingers, especially the ends. Put your hair up with a band or large hair clip. The longer you can keep it on the better. I leave it on all day, but leave on at least 2 hours. Then wash your hair. Image from Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Try growing a water plant! Image from Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Storybook Woods
When was the last time you played a card game? Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at Storybook Woods
There is nothing like a hot bowl of porridge in a cold winters day, but with my grain-free diet I could not eat oatmeal (too carby for my body). My friend shared me her version of grain-free and that got my mind going. It took me a while to get a recipe down, but I love it and it is easy. Please check out my notes about the recipe. If you eat oatmeal check out how I make it for my family. Or try out my Lavender Pear Oatmeal ! Grain-Free Porridge makes 1 serving ⅛ cup flax meal (or finely ground flax seeds) ⅛ cup almond flour 1 TBL chia seeds 1 TBL sesame seeds 1 TBL hemp seeds 2 tsp coconut sugar, or more if you want it sweeter small pinch of sea salt stir all together in a small bowl. Pour ¼ cup + 1 TBL boiling hot water over porridge. Let porridge sit 5 minutes uncovered. I then reheat the porridge in the microwave for 1 minute on high. I enjoy my porridge topped with raw cream, unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted pecans, walnuts and a little fruit (like dried sour cherries). Notes This porridge is quite... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Find a comfy spot, a warm blanket and do some embroidery. above image from Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Set some candles out in a bucket of sand. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Go see how many different pine cones you can collect! Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Play with some clay. I particularly love air-dry clay to work with. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Make your tea time fun! Treat! Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Farmgirl Freckles has a wonder post with bath soak recipes. As a girl who takes a hot bath everyday I cannot get enough of these !! Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Make your own paint with water pages Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Storybook Woods
Have leftover candy canes from Christmas? Make some Candy Cane Syrup Related articles Christmas Glimpses of My Home Churchmouse Christmas Menu A Year of Storybook Woods Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Storybook Woods
A bouquet does not have to be flowers. Whats green in your garden? image source unkown Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Storybook Woods