We live in a small house, we have a tiny kitchen and each square inch is held sacred. Recently we decided to think of alternative ways to store our spices. An Ikea shelf and recycled mason jars makes our storage problems a thing of the past. Have you thought of placing a shelf over a window? It could work in a bedroom to store books or a bathroom to store additional linens. Share your alternative storage ideas in the comments.
We didn't think we were ready to open our hearts to another dog so soon after the death of our beloved Elgin. But Dharma was depressed. After two months of non-stop whining and crying we realized that Dharma needed a companion. We went to the local pounds, but never found a dog that met all of our requirements.
Not a puppy
smaller than 40 pounds
good with kids
goos with other dogs
We cyber stalked several of the local rescue organizations. Lost Dog Rescue Foundation, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, Best DAWG Rescue, Operation PAWS for Homes . Lauren adopted Elgin from Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) ten years ago and it seemed appropriate to go back there and visit some dogs. We saw several that we liked but they didn't meet all of our requirements. We waited a bit longer and decided to take another trip to WARL and then we found Chloe. She was in the puppy room, which we didn't plan on going into because we didn't want a puppy but the boys begged to "just look".
Once we met Chloe, I knew she'd be a perfect fit for our family. She is actually four years old, not sure why she was in the puppy room. We all adore her and she's fit in so nicely into our family. I highly recommend going to WARL the next time you are looking for a dog or cat to add to your family.
Sometimes even the simplest salad deserves it's shining moment.
Cherry tomatoes sliced in half with an apple and a sprinkling of sunflowers seeds and feta cheese.
(oh…. and it's gluten free, skip the feta and instead add olive oil and it's instantly vegan!)
The amount of snow we've gotten in Maryland has come as a huge surprise for many of us. Our families in GA and NC received an even bigger surprise of snow! Don't forget to fill those bird feeders, supplying food for the local birds to rely on. The bird feeder in our yard has become a local hangout and the kids and I have enjoyed bird watching along with researching the different types of birds that frequent our backyard. The book we are using to research the birds is National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America. Be sure to clear any snow from the top of your bird feeder and fill it often. Enjoy your new hobby!
A new spin on pasta night!
We all have those nights during the week where we barely have time to boil water let alone chop vegetables. Kids have sports practice, I have yoga classes to teach, homework needs done and the dogs need walked. On those particular crazy, busy nights I rely on dishes like this one. Simply boil pasta and in a saucepan sauté onions and spinach. After draining cooked pasta, mix onions and spinach with pre-made pesto sauce. I buy mine from Costco and it tastes fantastic, a little goes a really long way!