home is where you make it.

When I was about seven, we moved from the tiny brick bungalow, and the only home I’d known, into a shiny, new, yellow aluminum sided four bedroom colonial. It was nestled on a the end of a cul de sac in a neighborhood that was full of strange kids who would become my walk to school friends, kick the can buddies and all around partners in crime….and  I was excited. I love change.

In the past five years since getting divorced, however, I’ve moved seven times. Change at that rate gets a little old. Kick the can games fewer and far between.

kitchen kitsch

My latest stop has me renting a condo, which means the month that you decide to go “off lease” and rent month to month is exactly the time the landlord calls and tells you he has someone interested in buying that condo. Change? It seems to like me more than I like it at this point.

map wall

But, on the other hand, maybe it’s a good thing.

I’m also turning (a BIG number birthday…like a really big one…halfway to being mentioned by Williard Scott and being sponsored by Smucker’s big) this week and have always dreamt of seeing this amazing country of ours.

We (my current partner in crime and myself) have been slowly planning, plotting, budgeting…a way to travel around to the National Parks — seeing everything I’ve / we’ve / never gotten to see. Hence the big map on our wall.


After all, home can be anywhere…..in a big, shiny, yellow aluminum house on a cul de sac, or in the front seat next to your best pal driving across the country…..

stay tuned.



All images © 2013-2016 Jeannie M. Starks / two daisies life

new year, new name, new look.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what this year should be about. the whole ‘clean slate’ thing and all. and if you think of it that way, it’s an exciting thing–a fresh carpet rolled out in front of you with nothing but opportunities and adventures.

there’s lots of change happening in my life, all things good, so I thought I’d dust off the cobwebs here and make some changes.

first off, although I am still a gluten free baker–it’s not my primary focus, and I’m baking less and less. so the blog title had to change and the word “life” seems to encompass what we’re all going through, yes? good or bad, it is life.

changing up the look of the blog just seemed like a natural next step as well. I’m going to focus on living simple, making changes to life that are healthy and cost effective focusing on wellness and sustainability.

so, happy 2015.

and, happy life



frozen lake erie 1.22.2015