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Kitty’s Got A New Home


I’m sure everyone feels like that when they move. I had high hopes of being super organized & getting rid of a lot of stuff before moving. But between projects at the house we wanted to do before moving in, & this pesky thing we call a full time job, we didn’t accomplish nearly what we wanted to & just ended up shoving crap in the UHAUL on Saturday. Not even boxed or anything. I was so ill prepared for this move that I forgot I had loaned out my cat carrier…

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Stanley had the strangest car ride of his life. Luckily we moved less than 2 miles.

I would NOT recommend this method of transporting animals long distances. We were in the car seriously for only like 5 minutes. The pictures were too cute not to share!

Now that we have a garage, we decided we wanted to put his litter box out there. We just had to install a cat door.

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A hefty cat door. He is big boned!

We were nervous he wasn’t going to get the hang of it. We put him through it a couple times & showed him that his litter box was on one side & his food bowl was on the other side.

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Within that first day, he got it!

I think he likes our new home. 🙂


The Worst Cookies I’ve Ever Made


WARNING: This post contains recipes. Use it at your own risk. Look at the title, people.

My friend Beth is doing what I’d call a modified version of the Whole 30 food plan. Modified in the sense that she is sticking to the Whole 30 foods but not exactly the Whole 30 mind set. So I asked her if I made a Whole 30 ‘friendly’ dessert would she eat it, & she said yes. I have made Paleo/Vegan cookies before with my best friend Frank & they turned out great. So what could go wrong?

I went to the store and bought some coconut flour. Why coconut? Because it was cheaper than almond flour. Then I went home to look up coconut flour cookie recipes that didn’t ask for butter. I came across a couple of recipes that called for coconut flour, cocoa powder, olive oil, & honey. Wanting to take out the honey, I figured I’d use a fruity reduction for the sweetness. I made some cookies with the cocoa powder & some without.


This picture LIES. These recipes are NOT to be used on friends.

Chocolate “Cookies”

1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp fruity reduction
3 large eggs
1/2 tbsp olive
1 tsp vanilla extract

The dough for this was so bitter, that I added about 4 tbsp of brown sugar to get it to taste like super dark chocolate. Sugar is not Whole 30 or Paleo friendly, but at this point I was trying to salvage the brown mush I had made. I should have known…

Non-Chocolate “Cookies”

1/3 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp fruity reduction
3 large eggs
1/2 tbsp olive
1 tsp vanilla extract

The dough for these tasted promising. Not sweet like a regular cookie, but maybe like a biscuit that would be good with some milk or tea…

Somewhere in the baking process everything went to hell.


Trying to be polite by saying they’re not that bad.


Smiling through the pain.

My poor husband could not hide his disgust.

My poor husband could not hide his disgust.


My disappointed face after I tried them for myself.

Man were these things gross! They were both equally horrendous. It wasn’t just a sugar problem; they were a horrifying consistency. I have since read that coconut flour is super absorbent & not the easiest to work with. What am I supposed to do with the rest of the bag I bought???

I felt so bad for serving these to people I love! The only way I could ever see using this type of recipe gain would be on April Fool’s Day. Or to send a care package to someone I hate.

I promptly threw them out & made some REGULAR peanut butter cookies. Sorry, Beth, but after this atrocity we needed some butter, milk, & sugar!

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Not everything can be a win. These cookies were an epic FAIL.

New Year, New Blog!

As we sat on the couch this evening watching Oregon mollywhop Florida State in the Rose Bowl, I announced to my husband of 12 days that I wanted to start a blog. Being the incredibly supportive & tech savvy man that he is, he helped me get my domain up and running in no time. What better way to start the new year than with a new blog? Or rather, what better day to start a blog than January 1, 2015?

2014 was a whirlwind of cooking & crafting. The crafting was for our recent wedding. It’s funny how I will remember 2014 as the year we got married, when really I should remember it as the year we spent engaged (well, 10 months of it). The cooking was both for nourishment & to keep my sanity during the aforementioned engagement.

I am a rookie. I’m a rookie Christian, a rookie wife, a rookie blogger, a rookie chef, & a rookie crafter. I don’t think I will ever feel like an expert in many of those categories. But if in 2015 I can honor God & love my husband while making cookies & writing about it I will count that as a win.