happy pups

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If we could learn to be as happy about the snow as these two, Winter would be a lot more fun.

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one little word // learn

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I am always ready to learn, though I do not always like being taught. – Winston Churchill

 

Choosing a ‘word of the year’ is something that’s been going around the blogosphere for awhile now. I was inspired to do the same, on a whim, when Wardee shared her word and asked who else had chosen one word to focus on for the year. Right then, I decided that I would do it. And my word would be Learn.

I want to learn so much this year, about so many things.

I want to learn more about my God – who He is, what He wants me to do, how He wants me to live. l want to learn to love Him more. I want to learn more about using herbs to stay healthy, by taking the Family Herbalist course from the School Of Natural Healing. I want to learn how to use my camera in manual mode, instead of Aperture Priority. I want to learn how to give my body the nutrients it needs for optimal health. I want to learn how to successfully lacto-ferment and enjoy eating what I’ve made. I want to learn how to make macarons. I want to learn how to manage my time better. I want to learn how to manage my money better. I want to learn as many of the things on this list that I don’t already know how to do, like how to butcher a chicken. I want to learn to enjoy gardening. I want to learn… learn so many things. I want to end the year with more wisdom and knowledge that I started it with.

What about you?

psst – I’m doing a photo project again this year – shooting on the even dates. see them on my flickr photostream

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a handsome pair

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Tenor and Triad just wanted you to know that if you hover over their picture, you can pin their darling faces on your “cute animals” Pinterest board.

(in other words, I’ve made a few little updates to the blog – added the “Pin It” button to images, and other sharing options at the end of the posts.)

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five senses friday

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Smelling: the last of the earthy, wet, fallen-leaves-in-the-woods scent, and the beginnings of wood-smoke as the neighbors fire up their wood-burning stove.

Seeing: my pup getting better and better at her job every day

Hearing: howling winds

Tasting: homemade hot chocolate – fresh goat’s milk, rapadura sugar, and a few pieces of a Scharffen Berger Dark Chocolate Baking Bar

 Feeling: the warmth and weight of my Carhartt; ready for winter 

*post contains affiliate links. This means that if you shop Amazon through those links, I get a small commission. It’s not much, but it helps feed that cute pup! :)

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crisp designs

I change up my desktop wallpaper at least once a month, sometimes more. Here’s what I have right now:

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Decorate Your Desktop:05 from A Pair of Pears // see the rest of the collection here

I always look for something simple yet striking, and each change inspires me to clean up my shortcuts and files because what’s the point of a new wallpaper if it’s covered with icons, right?

Tell me – what’s on your desktop?

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things

wondering what’s up with the summer temps in October. it’s wrong, I tell you! wrong! still and all…

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I want this tote bag from West Elm 

these pom-pom apple pie toppers are the cutest

a typeface made using 1,000 eggs

this recipe for caramel chai looks delish

as does this prettily illustrated one

how to take the perfect nap

peanut butter baked oatmeal, another one on my “to make” list

a collection of 30 fascinating photos from the past

this made me laugh out loud

and this video is so very lovely

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the everyday

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read the entire essay here

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Mr. Espresso

 

As I’ve mentioned before, I quite like a good cup of coffee. Usually black, but occasionally I’ll get a hankering for a latte or cappuccino, and sometimes I’ll give in to myself and buy one from Sheetz or Starbucks, ignoring the voice of reason that says “but Lindsey, those things are full of non-real food, processed junk!”

A few years ago I purchased a Bialetti Moka pot,* and I’ve used it every so often to make myself a specialty coffee, along with a rotary beater to froth the milk a bit. It works, but frankly it’s quite inconvenient. So I decided I’d start saving up for a nice electric espresso maker with a frothing wand. I didn’t need anything too fancy, just something a bit easier and faster to use, so I could have a nice cuppa made with real food ingredients like raw milk, homemade syrups, and natural sweeteners.

However, it seemed like every time I’d saved enough extra money for one, some other unexpected expense required my attention (that’s adulthood for ya) and I’d have to start all over again. I’d  check Target when I went in just in case they were on sale, and a few times I almost bought one at the regular price, but I decided it wasn’t a priority and I could wait a bit longer.

Yesterday, we went to a few thrift shops in town, as I am looking for a pair of silver sandals to wear at my friend’s wedding. I didn’t find any shoes, but I found a few nice tops, and as I was standing in line to check out, the thought popped into my head that I should check and see if they had an espresso machine. Now, I don’t know why, but I never really thought to look for one at thrift shops before… but I looked over at the shelf where the appliances were and there it was!

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I walked over to check the price tag, figuring it would be about $20 based on what I know this model retails for. I took a look at the sticker – and what a surprise! $7.50! I checked the manual and all the parts were there, and even though I didn’t know if it would work or not, it came home with me on the hope that if it didn’t work, the previous owners would have just recycled it or thrown it out, rather than donating it. I had the chance to try it out today, and yes! It works!

I think there’s a little lesson in my thrift store find story. It may seem a rather silly thing, but I believe the Lord knew I wanted one, so He provided this to bless me. It’s not something I needed, not even something I deserved, but He did it anyway, because He knew it’d make me happy. Isn’t He Wonderful?

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Small contributions

If you’ve come over from The Nourishing Gourmet – welcome!

 

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A guest blogger/contributor? Who, me?

Yes! I’m so very excited to be working with the lovely Kimi of The Nourishing Gourmet! I’ve been a reader of hers for a long time now and have found her posts on traditional foods very informative and encouraging along my journey to healthful living.

I’m honored to now be part of a great group of gals  who will be contributing a (at least) one recipe a month to the Nourishing Gourmet blog. Each of us will be developing and sharing recipes that focus on traditional cooking and nutrient-dense foods, following the Nourishing Traditions/Weston A Price Foundation guidelines, or sharing tips for how to integrate a real foods diet into your life, like this post by Dina-Marie of Cultured Palate, where she shares what she’s learned about cooking nourishing food for a large family

I’m excited about this opportunity, largely because of the encouragement and accountability it will provide me as I continue on this path to a traditional foods diet. I still feel that I have a long way to go, but if I’m going to be “preaching” it, I’d better be living it as much as possible!

So… click on over to see my recipe for a Spring Green Frittata!

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Love food that loves you back

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As soon as I saw this quote, I knew it had to made into a cute little poster! So I asked Kimi for her permission to whip this up. She said yes, so here it is!

Pin it: http://pinterest.com/pin/253046072785769621/

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