Burr Oak State Park

On Saturday my friend Anna and I met at one of the state parks for the annual winter hike hosted by the Buckeye Trail Association.100_0369

There were four choices of hikes, an 8 mile, 5 mile, 3 mile and a 1 mile. Anna and I chose the 5 mile. We hung out at the tail end of the group, took lots of pictures and chatted with one of the guides. He has land in the area and has some great plans for it. You could tell he is passionate about his plans for the future.

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Despite it being winter the scenery is still beautiful.

And we saw many beautiful and interesting things.100_0361100_0365100_0367

I really enjoyed our hike, even though the terrain was a bit rough and I stumbled a few times along the trail, but no worries I didn’t hurt my self. I did learn one thing though,

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these boots despite the fact that they are called hiking boots are definitely not meant for hiking and I am now on the hunt for a better pair of boots. All in all though  it was a good day and I look forward to another hiking adventure with Anna.

Icy world

Wow I hadn’t realized it’s been awhile since I’ve written but I’ve been busy creating and I tend to lose track of time when that happens.

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Anyway today we woke up to an icy wonderland and the kids once again had no school however none of them seem to want to venture out in the ice. As for me I braved it 100_0334[1]then managed to slide down the hill on my backside and inadvertently snapped a pic as I went for the ride. Nothing was hurt but my pride and I managed to get back up without any troubles.

I was then able to get a few pictures of the beautiful icy world outside.

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What’s it look like in your part of the world?

Art share

 

Once in awhile I like to pretend I am an artist. Creating these goddesses is not only fun but also therapeutic. I tend to suffer from knowing my self worth and believing in myself but with each goddess I create I find a little more of me and know that I am worthy of self love.

 


I think that each one I create portrays a new side of myself that I am only just discovering.

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I hope you enjoyed my art share as much as I enjoyed creating these dolls and sharing them with you.

Making Coconut Milk

I’m sure that this is nothing new since there are tons of blogs out there that probably have already shown you how to make coconut milk but this is what I did this morning and figured I’d share anyway.

Coconut milk really is very easy to make with only two simple ingredients, water and shredded coconut. I used four cups of water and two cups of coconut flakes.

I blended them up in my Nutri- Bullet- I love this thing BTW. I use it a lot. I will have to share one of my favorite smoothie recipes soon.

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I use a cotton flour sack towel to strain mine in since I don’t have a nut bag or cheese cloth. These towels work perfect for me. No fancy tools needed here.

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Squeeze as much of the water out as you can.100_0319

I save the pulp,100_0320

and put it in a freezer bag for later use. I will probably dehydrate this to make into flour. No since letting it go to waste.100_0321Then I just pour the milk into a mason jar and into the fridge it will go. It lasts about a week if I’m not drinking my smoothies everyday then it lasts me 4 days.100_0323

See how super simple that was. Took me all of maybe 15 minutes to make.

Snow Day

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Friday night into Saturday morning we got hit with a snow storm that dropped around 5 to 6 inches of snow.100_0274We managed to get dug out, not that we actually went anywhere but it had to be done so we could get out if needed.100_0272While out exploring I took a tumble but thankfully it was a soft landing. So I decided to head back inside and work on some art. Not that I had anything better to do, well I did have other things but they aren’t nearly as much fun as my art.

20180114_061603I am working on creating a series of cards to sell at the local artwork that is held monthly.  I call these ones “Hippie Chicks”  I want to get copies made so I can keep the originals. 20180111_121106This little guy was the first one I created and started the idea of the “Hippie Chicks”. However he already found his way to a new home and was a hit.

I hope you stick around because I have so much more art to share and one of my New Years goals is to get myself and my art out there in the world.

New Year, New Goals

100_0122[1]I try not to make resolutions but instead strive for goals. Resolutions are easily broken and I don’t do well with sticking to them.

Goals are something I can do. I set goals last year and achieved many.

2018 goals are much the same as last year.

I vow that 2018 will be a year of change in so many ways.
I will get out and do more, the couch does not own me. I want to bring more into my life. . I will experience life instead of letting it pass me by. I hope to attend a few classes aka social events each month as my schedule allows.  Travel is one thing that I hope to achieve also. Seeing new place and having new experiences is a big goal for this year.
I will find my passion and embrace it! This is an on going battle for me. I love both food and art. I want to be a part of the local art community but also the local food community. It’s about finding balance and working on figuring out which one I want the most.
I vow to make new friends and cherish the older ones. I made several new friends last year and hope to meet many more this year. This goals is a big on for me because I am such a introvert.
I will encourage others even if I am not being encouraged and feel discouraged.
I will not worry about money issues so much, sure I may not have much of it and the bills will still be there for sure but I’m going to stress less and do the best I can to get by!
I vow to be kinder to those around me and worry less about things that aren’t my business.
I will do all that I can to be the best and most authentic version of myself.
I will not take life so seriously because life is meant to be enjoyed and embraced and lived! Life is to short to wish it away and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. So today I vow to start living.

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Party Time!

Today I had my annual Harvest Party. It went well despite the fact that it rained all day. I had originally planned to have it under a canopy in my side yard but had to change locations and the front porch became party central. There were six of us. Two of the ladies I invited were not able to come due to last minute happenings. We ate lots of good food, had a few laughs and made mini pumpkins.mini pumpkin 

Donnely did a dying demonstration and we hand painted wool roving using kool-aid. I dyed a skein of thick-n- thin handspun Merino that I’ve had for about a year now. It’s a red, orange mix, nice fall colors.fall merino Still not sure what I want to knit up with it yet.

All in all we had a great time even if Mother Nature decided to rain on my parade so to speak. I’m already looking forward to next years party.