How to cook steel cut oats

how to cook steel cut oats


If you are a food geek, and enjoy all forms of food geekery, today is for you friend!
I love learning about food, and finding new or better ways to incorporate healthy foods into our diets.
It’s almost back to school time here for us, and early, hectic mornings are on the horizon ahead.
What I love about this nutty, healthy grain, is that it keeps well for up to a week in the refrigerator once
you have prepared it.  Yep, just a quick zap in the morning, some fruit, nuts, yogurt, you are set!

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Inspiration Monday Party!! | Tasty Tomato Features

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This week it’s all about TOMATOES.

DIY concrete candle holders

how to make cement candle holders

We have had such a fun & busy week around here, I am finally getting a chance to share a couple
new things with you.  I am LOVING all of the fun home accessories, tables, stools, and just about
anything you can think of made out of concrete that’s all over right now.

But first, I wanted to share another update, and that is my weight loss.
It’s been six months since I began this journey, and I have lost 40 pounds so far.
I know right? I’m excited too.  And I have a ways to go on my journey to fitness and better health
in my 40′s.  Feeling good feels good, does that make sense?

And, I wanted an updated photo for my blog, and social media for a while now, but really wanted
to wait until I had reached some of my weight loss goals.

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DIY Painted Herringbone wall

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

how to paint a herringbone wall

I recently had a chance to try out Textured Surface by FrogTape and I knew exactly what I wanted to do
in this space.  I found the bedding for a song (cannot wait to show you the finished room very soon!)
the art & furniture is coming together, like this vintage rocking chair from a friend.  And I love how
bright and pretty her room looks with a clean geometric wall as the main focal point.

Before I show you how I did it, don’t forget to jump over and
follow the FrogTape Textured Surface board on Pinterest,
there are tons of awesome ideas are waiting for you there as well!!

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Inspiration Monday party | + party features!!


Happy Sunday friends! 

I am so excited to party with you all again, I look forward to seeing what you have been working on
and all of your yummy, crafty goodness :)

Here is what I have been up to this week:

diy shibori 5I made some hand dyed dish towels
Shibori style, so fun!!

summer 5 watermark

I shared my struggles from this last year & some
changes we have made that we are super excited about.
Read about it here.

frosted banana bar recipe

and whipped up some really good
Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting, soooo yummy!!

well, shall we party??

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How to Shibori | trending DIY

diy shibori 5

You needn’t have spent time at a summer music festival or at a Grateful Dead event to
appreciate the rapidly trending art of Shibori.  If you did, then you are probably still
recovering and a good DIY project is just what is needed.

There are many techniques of Shibori, the technique we are most accustomed to seeing is
similar to tie-dye.  But Shibori also takes into account the type of fabric being dyed, as well
as the desired pattern. 

Kind of a Feng Shui for textile dying.

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There is a season turn, turn, turn

summer 5 watermark 

 I know change is good, and when it’s change I have been craving or working for
then it naturally feels like a success.

A goal met.

Crossing a finish line.

But sometimes change comes and it doesn’t feel great.

At least not a first.

Embracing it, especially when it looks like the direction we are needing or have to go.
It feels like loss, and trying to imagine the new reality feels like something inside of us has died.

The loss of whatever the dream was, or had been.
When faced with change, or the need to make decisions that mean big change,
it doesn’t feel like promotion, it feels like I am losing something.
Something I had wanted, but it’s not all about me.  So, I check my pride at the door
and get down to the real deal of my heart, and motives.  And stubborn will.

Logan has been asking to go to school for the past 8 or so months.
Not just out of curiosity, but really taking as much of a stand that an 8 year old
can take, and making it known he would like to enroll in our local school for 3rd


I had our curriculum all picked out, and lots of fun activities lined up.



But we made a promise to ourselves when we began the home school journey four years
ago to try it in the first place, to evaluate periodically, and listen to each
child, and their heart.

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Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting {gluten free}

frosted banana bar recipe 

 I needed to whip up a fast dessert recently with ingredients I had on hand.
And I almost always seem to have a lingering 3 or 4 banana begging to be baked into bread or muffins.
I decided I would get as close as I could to a local bakery’s infamous Banana Cake.

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How to organize your pantry | Free bulk food printables!!

Brooke with Blissful Roots is a dynamo, and a girl after my own heart too.
When faced with a bunch of those little bags from the bulk bins, she is amazing us
once again with her super cute (and FREE!) pantry label printables!!
How did you know my pantry is in sad shape right now Brooke?
Tell me I am not alone on this one friends right?
Thank you so much for sharing these & some yummy recipes with us today!
Happy August, twelveOeight readers!  
I absolutely LOVE spending time here with you, but can I just say it feels like I was here yesterday!  
Where did July go?  And how is it already August?  
I think I just need to accept the fact that time flies.  
Although somehow everything but my pregnancy seems to be zooming by.  
I only have three months to go, but the end always seems the longest, right?
#free printable #organize #pantry #diy #organize your home
Today, I’m sharing a recycled organizing project for the kitchen.  
I was going through my spices and bulk items the other day, and discovered I had close to twenty bags of stuff.  
If you’re like me, you love WinCo’s bulk section, and frequent it often.  
I love being able to buy small quantities of items I only use a teaspoonful for here and there.  
What I don’t love, are the big plastic bags I bring home with a small handful of nuts, spices, rice,
granola, or whatever way down in the bottom.  So much wasted plastic sitting around. 

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