Hiking Summer of 2016

First hike of the summer with our dad's shillelagh.
Hope you enjoy the walk....
Love, Lizzy

What I am reading: I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson

Thanks for coming on over to my blog today!

I hope you are enjoying your day!

Boston, MA

I would love to share with you a new book I am diving into one toe at a time!

I Quit Sugar  by Sarah Wilson

It is a beautiful book with wonderful recipes and lots of information if you (like me) are interested in eating better.

I am starting off slow, as Sarah suggests.
I am enjoying shopping for new ingredients, (some I have never heard of before?) and putting them all together into something delicious and nutritious.

I purchase most of my ingredients from Wegmans, because that is my grocery store, and they have a great selection, also my local health food store and local farms.

I am new to eating good foods often.
My goal is to find recipes that I love so I will want to eat them as much as I love to eat cookies.

A great lunch idea...
inspired by Sarah

Marathon Bread (from Wegmans) toasted
with avocado,  fresh tomato (from Indian Head Farm) and a poached egg.

Post Script:  I have to share with you my awesome find on my next blog post for the best way to hull an avacado!

I am new to avocados.

Many say how easy they are to peel and remove the pit etc...
but I found this awesome tool that did it all lickety-split and I love it!!

Next...here is a recipe that Sarah suggests you try the first week.
I am really having so much fun!

Picture from;  I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson

This granola is so tasty and and fun to make.
One ingredient that was optional and new to me was
Brown Rice Syrup.

Lundberg Family Farms

Brown rice syrup is very thick like honey.

I baked my granola for 35 minutes but forgot to mix it up while checking on it.
It might have cooked quicker had I done that.

The kitchen smelled devine!

As soon as it was slightly cooled I topped it on some fresh fruit.

I purchased a cute jar (made in Italy) to put my homemade granola in!  

Purchased at Wegmans

I lifted up both sides of my parchment paper to make a sort of a tube and it slipped right in my jar!


World Watercolor Month July 2016

This month is World Watercolor Month!  Are you up for a challenge of using watercolors every day for the month of July?  I thought I would give it a try since I love to use watercolors as a medium.  I love them more for coloring than actual painting, but nevertheless, I thought I would see where this challenge would bring me!  I have never used paints from the tube before....so another new challenge for me....
Last night I started warming up with oranges and yellows....

World Watercolor Month July 2016

Up, Up and Away....

I recently found out about a job opportunity that looked like it might be a match.  It matched all that I had been in the past with a little of what I was loving in my present.  It matched a schedule I was used to and it provide a salary I had, in the past become accustomed to.
I applied, and although some/a lot of it was outside of my comfort zone, I continued to pursue it.
I realized that I would have to muster up lots and lots of energy for the responsibilities it entailed.  Where would all that energy come from?  Well, I thought, it would just well up from inside me.  The salary is substantial and I would need to show them I am worth every penny.
This job I knew would have taken every thing I had to give and more.
I would give it my all.
In the end, I did not get the job.  Someone with more experience got it.

In my head..."Yeah!  I am so relieved."
I immediately thought...What do you really want to do? And the answer came...

I want to write and illustrate books for children.


I could use all that energy, I knew I could muster

 to give to the calling that is tugging at my heart.

Being Brave

Being Brave

This year I turned 50.  
I love being 50.  
Something about it makes me think of 
I'm here!

Comfort Zone
Neale Donald Walsh

This is my mantra.

Catching up….Winter Weekend Musings

Hello there....
I hope this post finds you well.
Here are a few things I have been doing lately.
: )
I have really been enjoying being part of The Documented Life Project.  My journal is getting chunky, and I feel like I have only yet begun.  It is nice to have a place to keep track of things but also have it contain bits and pieces of your dreams and beliefs and experiments with new art mediums.  

With this journal, I told myself that I am not going for perfection.
So, it kind of takes the pressure off as I start something....
I just go for it and then live with the results....even if it is not exactly what I had intended.

I sewed a little journal in a pocket to write down inspirational things I hear or read.

A groovy doodle I saved turns into...

a groovy March envelope for receipts.

I have really enjoyed this winter.
It has had all the elements that we imagine when we imagine New England Winters.

Ice skating on ponds, a crunchy coating of ice on top of inches and inches of snow...

The kids at recess are having the best time ever, bundled up in their snow suits and sliding down slick worn down snowy hills.

At night
I have been enjoying reading a favorite children's book, The Willows in Winter by William Horwood, illustrated by Patrick Benson.
I love children's literature...
and my new glasses!
(purchased at Christmas Tree Shop)
: )

I love, love, love the illustrations and the writing is so cozy!

....and here, to share with you
are a few hearts I have found along the way....

I hope, you too, have found some joy this long cold winter.....
I will leave you with this beautiful, inspirational video I found on You Tube....
Happy Weekend!
Love, Lizzy
: )