Pumpkin-Apple Boozie Smoothie

I have always made up drinks, especially after getting our Vitamix. This fall, I am hoping to document them better, so I can make them more than once. Pumpkin-Apple Boozie Smoothie (serves 3-ish) 15 ice cubes Small nub of ginger root 3/4 c Pumpkin (puree or canned) 1 1/2 c Apple Juice or Apple Cider…

Jalapeño Apple Pie Spinach Smoothie

A large handful of spinach 8 – ish ice cubes 1 apple 1 cup – ish apple juice 1 dash apple pie spice 1 Tablespoon -ish pickled jalapeño juice Blend in the Vitamix by starting on low and cranking it to high.

Nut-free Pistachio Ice Cream in the Vitamix

At a recent vendor event, where I was there with Usborne Books & More, a Vitamix rep was doling out various samples to entice people to buy his blenders. One such crafty creation was a “pistachio” ice cream containing no pistachios. His variety used a french vanilla creamer loaded with unhealthy ingredients. I spent time…

Millet & Peaches with Maple Syrup in my Instant Pot

My experiment was a success! If you like peaches, millet and maple syrup, give this a try! 1 c. Millet (whole) 1 c. Half and half 1 c. Water Pinch Himalayan salt 2 tsp. Maple syrup (we only use the real deal) Rice button Release steam manually Fluff with a spoon or fork and Shut…

HBO as a Learning Resource

Growing up when HBO was known as Home Box Office, it seems odd to be writing a blog post about using it as a learning resource, but, here we are. Their historical shows are pretty accurate and, when you think something might be slanted or slightly off, it’s a perfect reason to grab some books,…

The HUNT is over! The Quarter Map is complete!!

​Some people collect coins by ordering them and making sure they have all of them. Our family does it the old-fashioned way: we find them in our pockets and in our jars and dishes of coins. After I found a collection folder at a garage sale when Nate was small, Dad and the kids started…

Prosperity, Abundance and Caps

The spark. What was yours? Can you pinpoint different times when you had a spark? Because I have had several. One was just yesterday! What am I talking about? If you don’t know, we need to talk. It is the moment you retrieve an old dream, a bigger vision, more “possible”! And, more than that,…

Advanced Leadership Retreat 2016 – whabam!

From speaker George Boelcke and author Eric Ode to personal stories to people laying out their vision and getting gifts, it was the best ever! The ideas and inspiration are just bursting out of my brain and hard to contain. Now, after some decent sleep, I can see that Usborne Books & More will have…

Recycled Window Decor: Wine Bottle Spider Plants

You have a spider plant making babies, a bunch of empty wine bottles and a boring window ledge. Add water, and you create a sunny spot where the Spider Plant babies will grow into new plants as well as reminder of several favorite wines! Spider plants help clean the air and grow easily, so soon…

An Open Letter to Joy Behar – reblog

None of the women on The View has ever represented me. I don’t watch the show because they are mostly loud and blathering. But….when stupid rises to the top, you need to skim it off. Please read: An Open Letter to Joy Behar