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StorybookWoods
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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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This was such a huge family fav I had to share it. A fun way to switch up that cornbeef. Amounts are general, all depending on what you like. You can leave off the cabbage slaw but I really like that cold crunch with the rich pizza. I served with extra horseradish and sauerkraut on the side. All you need it some Dark Chocolate Stout 60 second mousse and you have a perfect Friday night meal! Luck of the Irish Pizza 1 pizza crust, can be gluten or grain free too 1 TBL Dijon mustard 2 tsp horseradish 1 TBL oil, I like avocado oil Sauerkraut Thinly sliced cornbeef, a generous cup or so Grated cheese, a mix of swiss and gruyere is lovely Cabbage Slaw Pre-heat oven 400◦F and roll out your pizza crust. Mix together mustard, horseradish and oil. Adjust amounts to your liking and brush the entire top of the crust with the mustard mixture. Sprinkle some sauerkraut over the pizza, Top with cornbeef and then cheese over the meat. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. While the pizza is baking, make slaw and serve with cooked pizza. Cabbage Slaw 3 cups finely sliced cabbage 2 green... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Storybook Woods
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Do you know that feeling "if I trust you, will you hurt me"? I was burnt bad a long time ago and have trouble letting others into my heart. But I am trying to be brave and risk being hurt. I do not want to miss out having someone add to my life!! 1.watch 2.book 3.rose 4.room Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Storybook Woods
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"Saying no leads to confidence and confidence opens up the world and that is a liberator!" Gosh it has been a year since I started dealing with my blood sugar/pre-diabetic stuff. A year ago I was feeling overwhelmed, depressed, panicked, sick (even though I pretended I wasn't) and thought it might be the end of me writing about food. I was having HUGE sugar/carb withdrawals, wondering what I could eat and having a pity-party. But boy what a difference a year can make! I now am walking 3+ miles 1-2 times a week (when I started I struggled with ½ mile). I continue to let an incident a year ago (almost crashed the car w/ my daughters in it), be my wake up call. When I do not want to do something, I remind myself what will happen if I go backwards. I am weight lifting 5# dumbbells for 10/15 minutes (when I started I struggles w/ 2 ½# dumbbells for a minute. I have really weak and flabby arms. It is the one part of my body I am focusing on). David and I go hiking now! I made myself run. I often have to push in with buff... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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1.peonies 2.dress 3.flower collar 4.art Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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A girlfriend was cleaning out her basement and thought I might like this chair. It has great lines and I thought it would be interesting for photos. It is falling apart thought and cannot be sat on. I took it and then thought of ways it could still be used. Actually Chloe is on the one who came up with the idea of using it as a side table. We needed one and the chair just fit. To make it more stable for cups of tea or a glass of wine, we simply pulled out a pretty metal tray. It works beautifully and it was free. Maybe you have a pretty old chair you can upcycle into a side table? Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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This is another message that took me a long time to understand and reason why you must love yourself no matter what others say or think!! 1.Shades 2.Morocco 3.wood Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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I am a HUGE fan of slice n' bake cookies kept in the freezer. They are easy to put together, freeze well and whenever you need a treat or visitors are stopping by, you can just slice off a few and bake them off frozen as needed. It is hard to find grain-free baked treats that are both yummy and not time consuming. I found these amazing grain-free Rosemary Shortbread cookies that have become my go to cookie. I played with the recipe and came up with my contribution, chocolate/coffee version. You cannot go wrong with these! Especially when my picky eater even loved them, then I knew I had a hit! Café Cookies, grain free Make about 2 dozen 1 ¾ cup almond flour ¼ cup coco powder 1-2 tsp. instant coffee, depending on the coffee and how strong you like it ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 3 TBL. sugar (I used coconut) *see note about amounts 1 tsp. salt Put all ingredients in a food processor and with the pulse button mix together. Cut butter into small cubes and added to dry mixture. Pulse to start mixing the butter and flour together. Then mix until the dough rolls... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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1.Etsy 2Honey Peach Butter. 3.vintage bees Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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This salad was inspired by one we had on New Years eve. It was a beet salad my husband loved. Now I have known David 29 years and have never seen him eat a beet, let alone like it. I adore beets, so I am thrilled. I came home, played around and came up with this salad. I have to say even though I love raw fennel, roasting it has become my new go to. Roasting fennel, like roasting most veggies, brings it sweetness out and softness the strong flavors. If you like fennel I would suggest you try roasting it and see what you think. I keep some on hand to throw in dishes. It is so much easier to just roast a big pan of something and then have it to use! Tips on changing your beet hater! 1. Golden beets have a much sweeter and softer flavor. Even thought I used red beets for this photo, I try to use golden when I make it for David. 2. Buy the best, fresh beets you can. Also roast/bake them! 3. Do NOT used canned beets. Really I have found most pre-cooked beets to be mushy. You want them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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1.Lily of the valley 2.rose jelly 3.tea Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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1.flower 2.quilts 3.sweater Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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I have been thinking about some chats I have had with friends recently. All were congratulating me on sticking with my diet changes and asked how I avoid food temptations. Like how have I not eaten pasta in 8 months or how do I avoid popcorn at the movies theater and so forth? Well there are a lot of reasons but it mostly came down to two things. First, I do not want to be sick anymore. Second, I like food too much. See, in case you do not already know this about me ;-) I am a food snob. Do not get me wrong, I LOVE food but I love good food, real food, well made food. Some old popcorn with oil and powdered butter does not tempt me. Well honestly, it temps me when I walk in the movie theater but I know when I get it in my mouth I will not be happy. That is it! When I have a treat, I want it to be worth it. I want to savor it. When I am running around and am tempted to just pick up anything to eat, I stop and think. "Do I really want... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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Ohhh this was a hard message for me to learn in my youth. I wanted to be a friend to everyone and ended up being a doormat to a lot. It was hard to learn to say no. I ended up looking like a ... well you know what. But I realized I did not have to sacrifice myself for others. Also if someone wanted me to sacrifice who I was, then they really were not a friend in the first place! PS there is times on ones life where you are called to give above and beyond yourself but that is a specific situation. Not a full time thing. 1.Owl 2.heart 3.candle Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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A look back at my favorite post each month! January Gifts made by my girls Febuary Paper frame March Gatherings Spring April Bloom May Raw Taco Salad June I have graduated July Lavender Infused Butter Brownies, grain free August Bloom, Chocolate September Roasted Pear Sauce Cake October Autumn Instagram November Thankful Spoon December Churchmouse Yarn Christmas Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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Happy New Year! I have several goals this year. 1.My hubby. We have been very busy the last few years and have not had much time for eachother. That will change this year (we are hiking together). 2.To finish the next Wren novel. 3.Of course my health. To continue to make slow but deliberate steps towards health, including accepting my faults. They make me who I am! What is your goal? 1.bird 2.needlepoint rug 3.knit capelet Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Storybook Woods
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At the end of a year one always looks back but do not get mired in the past. It is done! Learn, move forward and take risks xox 1.girl 2.Storybook Woods 3.hydrangea Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Well after 11 months of eating really low carb, I was wondering how I should handle the holidays. I decided to eat what I wanted but in moderation. Actually if I eat too much carbs now I get really sick (which is interesting because I was not like that before I started this whole thing). I had treats this holiday because I did not want to feel deprived. In my opinion feeling deprived undermine long term health goals. So I enjoyed my homemade popovers but had a bigger helping of salad. Having said that over the month my starch/sugar carvings have been creeping up and up. I have been waking up in the middle of the night this past week wanting cookies (which I normally never do). So I need to detox but first I need a plan. I would like to acknowledge that it is NOT easy detoxing. Cravings are a strong thing and do not feel bad about your cravings. Do not feel bad if you feel unhinged, out of control and crazy woman when you cut out sugar or bread. That first week, 11 months ago, I cut out sugar was awful with a capital A. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Happy, happy from my family to yours, David, Clarice, Auberne` & Chloe xox Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Happy Christmas eve! Thought I would share some random photos of my home! This hanging frame is my second favorite thing I did this Christmas. It is in my little entry-way room. Thank goodness for fishing line. I love the stuff! Isn't this antique yarn holder amazing? A good friend let me barrow it for Christmas. This and covering all the pillows with wool fabric and antique crochet lace really added to our Chruchmouse yarn theme! Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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No matter what is happening this Christmas, good or bad, be at peace. You are not alone xox 1.Teddy 2.candle 3.peace Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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I have to say out of all the projects we did for this years theme,Churchmouse Yarn & Tea, this is my favorite. I guess because it came out just as I pictured in my head. I wanted to do a table-top village bit something with real plants and moss. Plus remember no glitter, fake trees or plastic building. This is what I did. I took a large, very heavy silver tray and lined it with heavy plastic. Then I dug up some dirt from my raised beds (I had to watch for earth worms. I did NOT want them on my village :-O) I collected from my garden lots of moss and small plant starts. I found laurel, holly and wild violet. I mound the dirt up around the plants. Also more dirt in the back, so those buildings would be higher than the ones in the front. I covered everything in fresh moss (again watching for bugs and worms as I pulled off sheets of moss from my old stone walls). I borrowed my mothers charming little houses and all the sheep from our 2 nativity sets. Poor baby Jesus does not have any sheep this year. Evey day... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Since our Christmas theme has a Scottish feel, I used that to inspire our Christmas dinner. This is a great menu too because many of the dish (or part of the dish) can be made ahead of time. I will be poaching the salmon ahead, making the custard and herb cheese, as well at the dill sauce a day or two before. For Christmas morning I am planning on making scotch eggs, fruit and cheese platter, scrambled eggs (we like our pastured eggs), whiskey bacon, sour cherry/lemon zest scones. And who knows what else. For Christmas Eve, we are going a totally different direction. Tamales, taco salad, beer/bacon drunk beans, cabbage salad w/ lime/cream dressing. All the cookies and candies we have made or have been given. Plus Christmas sangria!! Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Last year Churchmouse yarn shop had wonderful paper and tartan plaid cones filled with balls of yarn. We wanted to recreate these. Normally we make a wreath for this mirror but a garland worked better. First we made cones from roofing paper (I LOVE this stuff. Everyone should own a roll of it). Then covered it with plaid fabric, velvet ribbon and old mother-of-pearl buttons. The only change we made was to added pine and holly from our garden. I actually pinned each cone to the ribbon with a straight pin. I found it easiest to arrange the cones on the ribbon and you cannot see the pins. I am really happy how this garland turned out!! Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Remember this, have faith, do not rely only on what you can see. Beliving is so important! 1.Village 2.Snowflake 3.Baby Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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As we made a list of what we wanted make for our Churchmouse theme, we had to make felted gingermen (here is the ravelry page for the pattern). You knit a round, then felt it and creat a fabric of sorts that you use to make you gingermen/woman! These were fun to make. Cutting them out I would say was the hardest part. We also hung tea bags, which I have to say look really cool at night with the twinkle lights making them glow. We tore tartan plaid fabric into strips and ties them on for bows. Lastly we used left over cones (which I will share about next) as tree toppers. These trees turned out really sweet! Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Storybook Woods