Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Trellised Zucchini Plants

I take a lot of photos of my garden. Yup, I am obsessed with watching the bounty grow. It just dawned on me I should share some of what I learn while gardening. So, here I go!

This year I decided to trellis my cucumbers and zucchini because I want more produce in my garden boxes. It's working quiet well. I only had enough cages to trellis 3 of my zucchini plants, but I figured it would still help with spacing. I am amazed how awesome they look growing upwards instead of down. I heard the trellising can combat bugs and disease from he ground as well.


Not trellised 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Blue Baby

My latest abstract acrylic piece. I love the flow and the different blues!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Abstract Art

I wanted to share 2 of my latest pieces of art.  Abstract has drawn me in lately, I think it is a reflection of my state of mind. It feels amazing to express it on canvas.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Vinegar Wood Stain

I recently talked my husband into making some frames for a few canvas paintings I had. He made them out of wood from Home Depot and then I needed to stain the raw wood. I researched options, being the frugal person I am I really didn't want to buy stain. I also was looking to see how to make the wood look distressed.  I found a way to make my own mixture from vinegar and steel wool. Super cheap, super easy and super cool looking. Get it...IT'S SUPER! :)

I've done 2 batches of the stain. One with distilled vinegar and one with apple cider vinegar. Here are the results.
On the right: untreated wood  
One the left: 1 coat of apple cider vinegar stain

Frame before stain.

Frame stained with apple cider vinegar stain.

Box frame stained with distilled vinegar stain.

Box frame stained with distilled vinegar stain.

Ok, now you've seen it. Isn't it cool?! 

Here's the instructions:  
Fill glass jar with your choice of vinegar. Add 1 piece of steel wool. Poke several holes in the lid of the jar and set aside for a few days. The stain will get darker with time. I waited 2 days with mine. Then take a paint brush and stain away. It dries quickly so do as may layers as you like to get the results you desire.

Note: I read that some people use a spray bottle to do this. I tried it that way and it was a mess! It caused drips on my frame and chemical reaction made the bottle leak. Never again for me, the jar method worked much better.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

40 & Hot!

This is the latest cutie of a gift idea. My dear friend turning 40 next month LOVES hot and sour soup. I love to give her these soup mixes and thought it would be a cute filler item for her birthday swag bag. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

40th Birthday Sucker Pot

I am having too much fun not to share. A couple of my closest friends are turning the big 4-0 this spring. I have been busy crafting and making fun little gifts for them. This is the latest one. I bought a cute mug at the dollar store, a foam ball, a bag of suckers and put this little gem together.  I think it turned out super cute and my cost for the entire project was only $5.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Delicious & Healthy Muffins Made With Beans

Making muffins with garbanzo beans sounds crazy, right? I know it does but for some reason I thought it sounded like a great idea and like something fun to try.

I found this recipe posted on S&W Beans website and adapted it to my needs and ingredients on hand. The original recipe can be found here

These muffins turned out beautifully and made the house smell so good. They taste great and I am so happy to have tried this recipe.

The following is the original recipe along with my notes of the changes I made to it.


  • 2 cans Garbanzo Beans, rinsed, drained 
  • 1/3 cup milk  (I used almond milk)
  • 1 cup sugar  ( I used 1/2 sugar and 1/8 cup of Truvia)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened (I used applesauce)
  • 3 eggs (I used 3 flax eggs)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (I omitted because I didn't have any)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries ( I had 1/4 cup of frozen blue berries so I used that)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans  (I used 1/2 cup of a mix of dried cranberry, raisin, dates and chocolate pieces)

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 24 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper cups. In food processor or blender container, combine beans and milk. Cover; process 25 seconds or until smooth. Add sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Cover; process 20 seconds or until well blended. In large bowl, mix all remaining ingredients except blueberries and pecans. Stir in bean mixture until all dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in blueberries and dried fruit mix if using. Spoon into muffin cups, filling nearly full. Sprinkle with pecans if using. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Serve warm or cool. Store covered at room temperature up to 2 days, or for longer storage, freeze for up to 3 months