supposedly it landed here in ohio a few weeks ago, but we’ve only had a smattering of warm days in which to get us in the mood. we’ve also now entered the rainy month(s) “april showers bring may flowers” usually means it won’t stop raining until somewhere around June 1st.

so it’s time to be thinking about what you can do to nourish yourself if you’re stuck inside a little while longer waiting for the clouds to clear.

starting the day with an organic protein drink is a good beginning:


I make mine using Orgain Organic Protein Powder as a base (but any protein powder that you like would work, mixed with your milk of choice: almond, coconut, soy…..etc)

in a NutriBullet:

8 oz. milk of choice

1 scoop protein powder of choice

4 chunks raw coconut (about 4 ounces)

4 drops turmeric oil

1 capsule royal jelly (open cap up, dump powder into liquid)

blend on high, pour in glass and drink!

The turmeric oil helps with pain and inflammation you may have, the royal jelly is an amazing energy boost.

enjoy and happy spring!


sunset. lake erie.

sunset. lake erie.


a day trip.

after a stressful few weeks: a large custom knitting order finally in the mail, we finally had matching days off; so the mister and I got in the car and headed south on a bright not so cold mid march morning.

I planned it out in advance without letting him know where we were going.





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first stop (after a windy country-road-hour-long-are-we-there-yet-trip) was Miller’s Dutch Kitch’n in Baltic, Ohio….and it is all that one would hope for in a 40-year old authentic Amish Kitchen. home made everything, and we left with slices of pie to enjoy later. (no, not gluten free….) 





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next we stopped headed over to Lehman’s which is like a cross between a museum and the most amazing hardware/five and dime/bakery/garden supply store on earth. I imagine if they don’t have it here, you really don’t need it. for example; bacon or sweet corn pop. I mean, yes that’s what we ended up buying a six pack of the weirdest sodas they sold…..I don’t need a composting toilet or a chicken feeder quite yet anyway.



after leaving lehman’s we spotted a Mennonite thrift store and just had to stop. not only was it the neatest, most organized thrift store we had ever been in (the furniture area looked like a high end show room with 30 year old used furniture displayed just so perfectly) but in the side room there was a workshop where volunteers were busy.

there was a gentleman weaving long strips of denim and corduroy, that other volunteers had cut, into throw rugs. in the other part of the room; a beautiful quilt was blocked out on a huge table, being assembled by another volunteer, next to it a rack full of the finished quilts for sale. Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset




it’s good to get away from the stresses of life, and see that there is still simplicity in the world. passing the buggies, the farmers plowing with horses pulling their plows, the school children playing ball in their tiny schoolhouse yards as we drove by was like going back in time, but it was also like a deep breath of fresh air.

some days you just need to see time stand still.


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our new hand made rug.



the last morning with these two boys, in my tiny studio apartment on the Hudson River, I told them they could only watch a movie if they made my bed.

“we don’t know how to make a bed!”

figure it out, I told them. and you need to do it together, with no fighting.

it was a big bed, a king, with lots of pillows, two blankets and a quilt. they struggled for a few minutes, and then put their heads together and sure enough….they made that bed. I hope they take that lesson with them, and realize that by working together, they can face any challenge, and get things done if they stick by each other, as a team.

Imagenow, here I am in Ohio and making new beds. of the garden variety.

the plan calls for five raised beds (one for herbs, up near the house and the remaining four down near the stream will hold vegetables of all kinds)

as we planned them out; measuring, estimating, researching costs…we realized that the largest expense would be the wood to frame out the beds. finding old wood seemed like the best solution. and just as we asked for it, the Universe (or garbage day) supplied it in the form of a neighbor ridding himself of a picket fence. the pickets were the perfect, pre-cut size and add an adorable home-made re-purposed farm look to the boxes.


we ordered up some good clean dirt and got to filling our herb garden box. my nephew was in his glory. “dirt!”


planting the first plants…. 



the final boxes awaiting their dirt delivery….


and this old guy just enjoying being in the sun (and photo bombing most every shot I seemed to take)….


our team working together to get things done.


springing into spring.

it’s been one of those weekends. one where I thought I was going to accomplish many great things, bake many delicious cakes (failed!) instead I spent a lot of hours on the couch on Saturday putting way too much stress on myself for not doing things I felt I should.

why do we do this to ourselves?

we really should let ourselves off the hook now and then.

so, today, the sun came out. literally, and figuratively. I was able to go outside, take some photos of the lovely flowers in my yard, and get a new glimpse of the world.

take a breath.

then make dinner.

a nice light dinner adapted from smitten kitchen and it just hit the spot.

1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons pitted, chopped black olives
1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
the zest and juice from half a lemon
a pinch of salt
a handful of black pepper

1 tablespoon tahini

A splash of olive oil

a few dashes of hot sauce (optional, highly recommended)

Mix everything but the olive oil in a small to midsize bowl. Very lightly smash the chickpea mixture with the back of a fork or a potato masher. I made it like a coarse chop with a few smaller pieces and some whole beans still in there. Add the olive oil, tahini and hot sauce (if using) mix it lightly and enjoy.

I served mine open faced on gluten free bread that I toasted. Lined up some thinly sliced cucumbers on top, and the contrasting flavors were perfect together.


and don’t be too hard on yourself.