Every year, I make pumpkin bread. It is delicious, healthy and my own recipe.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 1/3 cup dark brown sugar (I use 1/2 raw sugar and 1/2 brown sugar)
- 2 t. baking soda
- 1 t. salt
- 2 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. nutmeg
- 1/2 t. ground cloves
- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 cups pureed pumpkin
- 4 eggs
Combine dry ingredients. Combine applesauce, pumpkin and eggs seperately and add to dry. Stir just until combined. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
- 1/2 - 1T. unsalted butter (optional)
- cinnamon & sugar mixture (optional)
Melt butter and brush over loaves. Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar.
Photos by Jeff Scooler
Today we are going to my moms to make soap. Hubby wants to go to a cemetery to take pictures. Then, we are going to pick raspberries and snow peas.
So stop by the EAST Challenge page on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/groups/earthpathchallenge to see pictures of the entries, and then go and vote at the EAST blog http://earthpathartisans.blogspot.com/ You can also see many of the entries in the members' shops by visiting the team shop's favorite items page http://earthpathartisans.etsy.com/ Voting ends July 21st
I am not participating in the challenge. Hopefully, the next challenge I will have more free time to create. I have been so busy lately. I opened up a second etsy shop http://www.soulysupplies.etsy.com/ I am selling rare, designer beads and supplies. And I am also helping my hubby run his photgraphy shop http://www.scooyouphotography.etsy.com/ He is very talented so check out his shop for very unique and amazing photography.
Here is one of my newest pieces. Earrings made with sterling silver turkish silver findings. It has labradorite and iolite wire wrapped around the edges. And a blue labradorite briolette in the middle.
Gleneden Beach - photo by Jeff Scooler
We all had such a good time. We didn't want to leave. I could watch the waves all day and not be bored. The weather wasn't great. In the 50's and it rained two of the days. It didn't really matter to us. I've lived in Oregon all my life so I'm used to playing in the rain.
Mike Miller Park - photo by Jeff Scooler
We also went to Mike Miller Park which is in Newport. AAA's magazine, Via listed it as a easy one mile hike around old trees and a pond. I wouldn't call it easy. There are very steep hills, I almost lost a shoe! Some of the hills seemed almost impossible to get through. It feels much longer than a mile. My son fell 3 times. I don't recommend bringing children under 7 with you. It is quite gorgeous with mini eco systems, beautiful old trees and a pond. The path is covered with huge tree roots which can be tricky to walk on.
I went to one of my favorite crystal shops, The Crystal Wizard. It is located on the Gleneden beach loop. I got 5 new stones. I could spend hours there. They have a beautiful amethyst geode table and some breath taking lemurian seed crystals. Here is a very unique selenite crystal I bought.
- Wind power electricity
- Recycle all paper, glass, plastic, plastic bags, cans
- Low flow heads on all sinks and showers
- Eco, phosphate free dishwasher detergent
- Limit driving and combine trips
- Flush only when necessary
- All light bulbs are CFL
- All appliances are energy star
- Limit electricity use
- Recycled paper towels and napkins
- Turn off water when brushing
- Recycle yard debris
- Cut up our christmas tree and use for fire wood
- Natural makeup, soap, body scrub, lip balm, lotion
- Green laundy detergent - I found several sellers on etsy and can even get it scented coconut!
- Green gardening - We do some now but I want to switch to all green products
- Hybrid car
- Green cleansers - there are some new products on the market I want to try
Here is one of my newest pieces. It has a angel aura druzy pendant. There are faceted mystic quartz crystal nuggets, rainbow moonstone and faceted mystic smokeyquartz. The clasp is rainbow moonstone and all metal is sterling silver. It is available for sale at my etsy shop.
I had the flu most of last week so I didn't get any pieces done. Saturday, we went to a farmers market. Sunday, I worked in the yard.
This week, I'm working on pieces I'm donating to two charities. One of the charities is called Project Night Night. Project Night Night is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children. Project Night Night donates tote bags with a blanket, book, and a stuffed animal to children in homeless shelters. Project Night Night is helping the emotional and cognitive well-being of each child by providing objects of comfort. They are having a silent auction and I am donating these earrings made with natural pyrite druzies, turkish silver and sterling silver. For more information on Project Night Night, here is their website : http://www.projectnightnight.org/
Every year, I dread spring until our magnolia tree blossoms. Then I get excited to see all our bulbs bloom. The snow crocuses come up first, then the ice stick tulips.