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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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Well if you do not like chocolate, than this post will probably do nothing for you. But since I cannot imagine anyone not liking chocolate, I will continue on :-) Granted you may not be a chocoholic like me. Red wine and chocolate have their own food group in my life. Since wine raises my blood sugar, I have had to imbibe lightly (which is probably a good thing) but dark chocolate has been my life raft on this journey. As I posted before, the first 6 weeks of my diet I did not eat sugar but I ate dark, very dark 80-90% chocolate. I would have a square, which I would take tinyyyyy nibbles off when I thought I was going to break down like a small child (which I felt like a lot, especially those first 2 weeks coming off carbs and sugar). Luckily I already liked really dark chocolate. Which has very little sugar and is good for me, so as long as I do not eat the whole bar in one day. My appreciation of chocolate is beyond a candy bars. Really started in my teens when my mother and I went on a day-long chocolate... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Storybook Woods
Good day fellow Tasha fans. In light of the fact that Tasha Tudor's family has their own blog, I have decided to hand Tasha Tudor day over to them, so to speak. I will continue to honor Tasha every year in my own life and with my family but not on my blog. The reason I am posting about this is to ask you if you have my button on your blog would you mind removing it and linki Rookery Ramblings instead for Tasha Tudor day. Really the family should be.directing this. I love that every year we all take a moment, stop and think about Tasha. Think about how she has inspired us to live life more simply but fuller. Tasha affects my day to day life in a real way and I am very thankful for this. Also a reminder Tasha Tudor day is one month from now, August 28. I think my girls and I will have tea out in the garden. Maybe read Becky's Birthday xox Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Storybook Woods
This message is very close to my heart. I am a crier, emotional and have a lot of empathy of those suffering, outsiders like me but this was frowned upon by some in my childhood. I was told a lot to suck it up and not show my emotions. I was told it made me weak but I realized in time that my emotions were my strength. It takes strength to be vulnerable and those criticizing me, actually were afraid themselves to show their vulnerability. It is a risk to be vulnerable but it is worth it, even if we are rejected. Because being emotional is what makes us human and that makes us a better person. 1.mirror 2.lace 3.girl Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Storybook Woods
One of the joys of living on the water in the northwest, is how tepid the summers are. It rarely goes over 75. Most people do not have air conditioning or ceiling fans. And for those few hot days, well like when it snows ... we fall apart ;-) This last weekend we were in for record breaking heat, so I turned to my facebook friends for no-cook ideas. They always give me the best advice. One friend mentioned an ice box cake. I will be honest and say I have not had many of these, even as a child. So after much research this is my spin on ice box cake. Pineapple and caramel have always been a favorite combination of mine. I love the sweet acidity of fresh pineapple against the richness of caramel. Now this would be even better with homemade cookies but since the whole point was not to heat up my kitchen I bought cookies and salted caramel sauce (Trader Joes). The amounts do not have to be exact, just have plenty of everything. I have to say I LOVED this combo. A real fav and perfect on a really hot summers day!! Pineapple Salted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Storybook Woods
Do you make sure you have time in your day to wander? Physical, mental and creative wandering is so important. It is where we find ourselves!! 1.girl 3.meadow Related articles Encouraging Thoughts Bloom Journal Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Storybook Woods
The summer issue of Gatherings is out (and I made the cover, woohoo ;-). Sadly this is our finally issue. I am sorry to see Gatherings end but I think we are ending on our best work yet and that is a beautiful way to end. I learned so much being a food editor. Working with Annetta Bosakova (all the photos are her work) and Heather Spriggs Thompson has been such a learning experience and I grew quite close to both of them. Heather has always trusted my "food vision" for the magazine and I cannot tell you how much that means to me. Annetta is always able to take what is in my minds eye and make it come to life. That is not an easy task but then she is very gifted. The summer issue has a recipe for making Herb Infused Butter (which is very different from herb butter. I keep jars of it in my fridge for cooking). There is also two recipes using the butter: Grilled Chicken with Bay Butter/Honey Glaze and Lavender Butter Chocolate Brownies. I am always looking for new way to use fresh herbs! These brownies can be made gluten free, whole... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Storybook Woods
"I mean really, if we would look at each day as if it's the first time we've seen it, how would it appear?" quote by Melissa. Thank you for the post, it touched me!! 1.water 2.balloons 3.girl 4.quote from book Home Behind the Sun Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Storybook Woods
First off, happy 4th. I feel so blessed to live where I have such freedeom!! Now onto my project. I was at a friend shop and spied this beautiful shelf. I loved all the curves and cutouts. I had it in mind for my kitchen but when I got it home, it did not work in the space like I was hoping. Loving the shelf, I walked around my home trying to find just the right spot for it. Then it hit me, this would be a perfect room divider. My living room, is veryyy long with 3 distinct spaces, divided by arches. At one end is my "photography studio", the middle is a sitting area and the other end is the dinning room. It is all open to each other. I have been looking for a way to make the dinning area feel more separate, all the while still feeling like a part of the space. The only problem is my shelf was meant to hang on the wall. Hubby came to the rescue. The back of the shelf hangs lower than the front. So he put in little feet in the front and now it stands on all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Storybook Woods
You are much stronger than you thought and there is always a light at the end of a tunnel xox 1. girl 2.papers 3.tomatoes Related articles Bloom Journal Encouraging Thoughts Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Storybook Woods
Once a week I head to the island, so Chloe can hang out with her best friend. They have been doing this for a good 14 years. We mom's knit, chat and cook all day. Both of us are foodies and have similar diet restrictions. I have to say, over these years we have ate very well. This is a salad I made the other week for our get together. I have to say it was quite tasty and easy to make!! Grapefruit Cucumber Stuffed Avocado Salad one avocado, halved, pitted and skin removed 2 grapefruits, cut into wedges. I save the juice from the leftover grapefruit in a little bowl 1/3 of cucumber, cubed 6 or so kalamata olives, sliced a drizzle of good olive oil garlic clove, minced salt and pepper to taste Mix all ingredients except the avocado together. Add a bit of the leftover juice from the grapefruit and adjust taste to suite your palate. Fill avocado with salad and enjoy. This salad is easy to bling up. Any fruit, cheese, snow peas, a little chopped salami are all good. The possibilities are endless. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Storybook Woods
Spread your wings and do not listen to your fears, so you can fly! 1.butterfly 2.bubbles 3.girl Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Storybook Woods
I look at cake or a loaf of homemade bread and it calls to me. Sadly I cannot answer! Carbs: bread, potatoes, pasta, corn, cakes, they all raise my blood sugar and I had to say goodbye to them (except for a rare treat). To me the hardest part about cooking low carb, it is just that low carb. I mean it is easy to find some meat dish to cook for dinner and there are now a zillion low carb dessert recipes but what about the rest of the meal? Sure there is salad but day in and day out, it is hard to eat the same thing. Plus so much of how we eat is cab based. Bread or potatoes on the side with that roast, sandwich for lunch, pancakes for breakfast or pasta for our red sauce? There are carb free options and I will list a few of my favs below but still it is HARD! I just want to put that out there and acknowledge it. One of the things I have had to embrace is just eating different. I mean do I have to have pasta with my sauce? Is a sandwich a sandwich... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Storybook Woods
My daughter have taught me this better that anyone else. Be you, listen to your gut, make wild choices, even if others think you are crazy. In the long run, you will be the one who is glad you did!! 1. pillows 2. fruit loops 3.dress Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Storybook Woods
This recipe is a facebook request. I post what I am cooking and everyone wanted a recipe. It is super easy, no-cook, vegan, dairy free and carb friendly. You could make it with other fruit too. Make sure you check out my tips below!! Raspberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream w/ Chocolate Bits 1 cup fresh raspberries, or more if you have it 1/3 cup sugar (I use coconut sugar) 2 cans, cold, full fat coconut milk (I use 1 can coconut cream and 1 can light coconut milk) 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate 2 tsp coconut oil In a food processor with blade attachment add raspberries and sugar. Pulse berries a few times to break them up and extract juice. You do not need to grind up the seeds. Strain our seeds with a fine mesh strainer. Pushing down to get out as much juice and flesh as possible. Throw seeds away. In the processor or blender mix berries and coconut milk. Then pour in ice cream maker. Mine takes about 20 minutes. While the ice cream is going, melt chocolate and coconut oil. You can do this in a microwave or on the stove. When ice cream is firm,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Storybook Woods
Even though there are rules and goals when one makes a lifestyle change, you cannot be too black and white if you want to be successful long term!! 1.skirt ,2.about a girl ,3.Lollipop Related articles My Style Encouraging Thoughts Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Storybook Woods
The girls were always acting out something. You can learn while you play! Well this is a hard post for me to write but I want to reflect these moments on my blog. I have graduated!! Chloe, my youngest has graduated, therefor I am officially no longer a homeschooling mom. I can remember 24 years ago being pregnant, only a month along with Auberne` and reading about HSing (& breastfeeding) and being scared to death (when my sis pointed out I had 8 months to learn all this, I had a HUGE melt down on her. Poor thing!!). Having severe dyslexia and not even knowing it until I was 10, school was hell. I truly can only remember a handful of happy days. So I really was not wanting to put my daughters in that system. (Do not get me wrong, PS is great for some, just not all. I do not want to trash talk PS). I started going to HS support group when Auberne` was 1. Co-leading that group, when Auberne` was 4. By the time we hit school age, I had already be in the HS community a long time. I am glad I started learning and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at Storybook Woods
I was given a HUGE box of old bottles by a friend of my hubby's. He is a diver and has a huge collection of bottles, many covered in barnacles. He mentioned to David he was going to thin down and wondered if anyone would want them. I am sure my hubby's hand shoot his hand right up, as he knows me so well ;-) I picked out the gems to display in my house (I will share those soon) but there were a few extras. Since I live on the water and have a shell/sea glass walkway, I thought putting the bottles in my garden would be perfect. I just simple pushed some rebar in the ground and set the bottles on top. So simple!! Related articles Cabinet Redress Pearl Cabinet Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Storybook Woods
Think of every cup of tea (or coffee) as a brave step into a new world!! Images 1.girl 2.embroidery 3.cup Related articles Encouraging Thoughts Bloom, Eating Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Storybook Woods
Well this post will be short and sweet ;-) I have gone around and around on what is the healthiest sugar and honestly I cannot find a clear answer. Except, you really should eat as little sugar as possible. Second if you are going to eat sugar, eat the purest form you can. At this point, I still eat coconut sugar and some stevia. If you want to know more about how coconut sugar is made (very similar to maple. I am told a flower will put out sap for 20 years, so it is quite sustainable) this video is interesting. I have tried honey and maple but they spike my blood sugar too much. But that is me (and not you). The real problem ... and we all know it, is the stuff is so additive. It sooths one nerves, give comfort and calls to us day and night. At least that is how I feel about sweets. So I am "trying" to work on having a healthy relationship with sugar. I had none for a couple of weeks. Now I am trying to be balanced and when I crave it, I look elsewhere. I look to something not... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Storybook Woods
This is really cool Annetta. Great upcycling project!!! Clarice
Let Us Never Forget, Happy Memorial Day !! Image starting left 1.Nicole Sayre 2.Hearts 3.Vintage Card Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Storybook Woods
As I have written before, that I am looking for ways to eat more protein but cannot afford to eat pastured meat everyday. I have been experimenting and have created some real disasters, also some family favorites. This salad is a family fav and they say the “meat” taste just like the real thing. This salad is easy, simple to suite your families tastes and healthy. That is a win/win. One word about getting your family to eat food they are not use to. First you cannot climb the mountain in one step. I was not sure what my family would think of this salad, so I left the "meat' off to the side, thinking that could just sprinkle it on. Actually they heap it on but that is okay because they are still eating a big salad. At first I had a lot of olives, chips and cheese but slowly started reducing all that and adding more veggies. So work with what you know your family likea and do not freak if they want a lot of the goodies and not the veggies. In time you will win them over!! Raw Taco Salad Makes a large salad for 4-6... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Storybook Woods
Support, empathy, someone just to listen is so important in our journey. You do not need a lot of friends. One loyal friend is really all one needs. One you can be honest and real with. Images left to right 1.quilts, 2. forget-me-nots, 3.girls Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at Storybook Woods
Well I have finally joined instagram. I am wanted to take better photos. (working with Annetta has me wanting to up my game. Her photos are so breathtaking). I am enjoying it. If you are in instagram, come by and say hi!! Related articles Gatherings Spring Issue Earl Grey White Chocolate Mousse Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Storybook Woods
In my last post I talked about vegetables, fruit and their carbs. My diet consists mostly of vegetables but protein plays a big part too. I basically eat a paleo diet (w/ a few exceptions). I drink raw cows milk. We eat LOTS of fresh eggs. I consider vegetables and eggs (yoke and all) the most perfect food there is. We also only eat grass-feed beef, pastured meat (we purchase 1/2 a cow and 1/2 a pig at a time) and wild fish (which has help Chloe to not have any more ovary cysts and trips to the ER). BUT here lies my problem. Pastured, grass-feed and wild protein is expensive, at least where I live. A gallon of raw goat’s milk is $16.00. A dozen eggs can be $8 (I pay $4 and consider that a bargain). I feed 4 adults and cannot afford to serve us meat every night. We do eat a lot of vegetarian/vegan meals but they can be pretty carby. All these restrictions has really challenged my cooking skills. Having said that, I need meat. Not every day but if I go more than 4 days without meat, I do not feel well. I feel... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Storybook Woods