The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Hi friends!

Happy middle of the week to you, I hope you are staying toasty warm and not too snowbound in some
parts of the US.  On the West coast it’s crazy to imagine as much snow as folks in New England
and surrounding areas have received! 

We’ve actually had a few sunny, dry days here and I have seen the first daffodils spring up here
and there.  That always gets me through the final tail end of the rainy season.
Which sometimes lasts until the beginning of JULY.

Because of all of the craziness of unpredictable February weather, I decided (I didn’t
think you would mind) that we could make cookies today.

My criteria for making cookies is as follows: It has to be one of the following days of the week, Sunday
through Saturday, they have to be easy, and they have to taste like more.

If the recipe meets all three strict criteria, this girl is making cookies. [Read more…]

Warm Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe

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It’s the middle of February and many of us are ready for some sun and a break from
bitter cold temperatures.  Y’all back East are covered in many feet of snow, and we have
had enough rain for a century in the Pacific Northwest.

One thing for sure is, our hands and feet get especially dry this time of year.

I spend so much of my time painting, sanding or hammering stuff that my cuticles and
hands tend to look pretty sad at the end of the day.

Coconut oil is one of my favorite oils to cook with and has tons of awesome health benefits
as well.  So I figured I could make a body scrub out of it too.

I am glad I did, after just a day of using it a couple times at the kitchen sink, my palms are
soft and cuticles don’t look like the Sahara! [Read more…]

How to make liquid Castile Soap

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I am far, far from being being completely green in our home yet.

Making some changes as far as how I purchase the things we need, and in what quantities to avoid
extra packaging has helped.  I implemented a better recycling routine recently and am seeing a huge
difference already in how much garbage we have once the recycling is all removed.

That is shocking actually!

I am phasing out many of the cleaners and detergents we have used for a long time.

We all have allergies and sensitive skin, and so much of what is in the giant jugs of detergent and
soap is mostly fragrance and water anyways.

One thing I fell in love with a few years ago was Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Soap, but found myself
going through it quickly, and those little bottles were pretty spendy. [Read more…]

DIY Bohemian Style Woven Tapestry

Do you ever wish you had a super cool tapestry for a table or your wall?

And perhaps it looks like something you would find in an amazing shop full of Bohemian fabulousness.

But you made it, and it was easy, and thrifty as well.

Are you in?

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Inspired by so many gorgeous woven wall hangings and recycled fiber projects I keep seeing, I thought I might give
weaving a shot and see if I like it.

 Not only did I find myself staying up very late in the weaving zen zone, I loved it!

And if you use materials you already have, or for the most part, making a pretty Boho tapestry is not hard at all.
I followed the instructions I found at the Free People Blog (I can get lost there for hours, it’s ah-ma-zing)
and made my loom from a piece of foam core board from Dollar Tree[Read more…]

No spend month: Day 1 Getting started (it’s all about that pantry)

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Welcome to our very first No Spend Challenge!

I am so excited to be doing this, and if you are reading this for the first time, let me tell you what this will not be.

This is not a 31 day exercise in making you feel like a financial failure, because you are not!
This is not a way for me to make money, it’s a fun challenge we can do together to purge, save & use what we have.
This challenge is not designed to make you feel deprived but liberated by changing a few simple things that will make
a big impact.

I know we are probably not going to pay off all of our debt, set aside our retirement and win a Nobel Peace Prize
in the next month.

But we can make some positive changes, that are small and attainable, that we all have time for.
One thing a day, added together makes an impact.

If I learn how to make a few more recipes from scratch or bust out my slow cooker another night or two per week,
I may not save $500 that month.  But I might in a year, and that is a lot! [Read more…]

19 Homemade Recipe Mixes + Pantry Staples You Can Make

 

make your own mixes homemade recipe mixes

 

One of my all time favorite ways to keep an eye on how healthy we are eating and keep my grocery budget in line
is making my own mixes and staples that I use the most each month.  Some people are far better at this than I,
and have it down to an incredible, organized science.  I am not that organized but I sure do love to make my own
coffee creamer for pennies, and gluten free mixes that keep tummies happy.

And of course, watching that budget never hurts either!

Here are a few of my recipes, and some of my favorite homemade mixes and recipes out there, check them out!!

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Inspiration Monday Party | Mason jar features & Giveaway!!

We have some BIG NEWS today! Our sweet bloggy friend, Debbie, from Refresh Restyle is joining the fun on Inspiration Monday as a permanent hostess! We’re thrilled to have her on board! If you’re linking up via her blog, it’s fantastic to have you partying with us! Your links will now be seen simultaneously on all six blogs at the same time {and you only have to link up with one of us}.

 

Be sure and follow all of us on our social media outlets as we love to share and promote your posts there, too. Search #InspirationMonday for the fun!

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Since it’s the last Monday of the month, we also have a wonderful giveaway from Amy at Stitching Barefoot. She makes the most adorable children’s clothing as well as some super fun accessories {like awesome camera straps}!

Enter below to win the $75 credit to shop with Stitching Barefoot>>>

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Feel free to follow our Inspiration Monday Pinterest board, where we pin the weekly features as well as other party links throughout the party week.

And this week’s features were curated by our fabulous new Inspiration Monday hostess, Debbie, from Refresh Restyle. Check out all of the ‘UH-MASON’ features {hee hee, did you see what we did there? Uh Mason.}

1. Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar from Daily Leisure 2. Mason Jar Vases from The Real Thing with the Coake Family 3. Homemade Butterscotch Sauce from The Grant Life 4. Pink & Gold Chalk Painted Mason Jars from The Happy Housie 5. Teacher Appreciation Gift with Printable Tag from Oh My! Creative 6. Orange Vanilla Smoothie from My Life of Travels and Adventures 7. Sunflower Birthday Party from Our Adventure Story 8. Pineapple, Orange and Celery Juice from Ma Niche 9. Glam Glitter Vases from Yesterday on Tuesday 10. Strawberry Agua Fresca from A Night Owl Blog 11. Salted Caramel Cafe Mocha Smoothie from A Little Claireification 12. Mason Jar Wall Vases Tutorial from The Newlywed Pilgrimage

 

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Dusting off the fancy china and using it

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and Rubbermaid, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RMDishRack



 

I recently unpacked and begin to finally use my Grandma’s china set after
many years in storage.  I was unsure of how many years until I unwrapped
pieces in newspaper from 2005.

 

I will be sharing the story behind her china set soon.  Today however is
all about keeping those favorite dishes, platters, glasses and pans safe
between using, scrubbing, and drying.  I know we all tend to want to just
stuff the dishwasher full and forget about the contents, but there are truly
a few things that should not go in the dishwasher.  I have lost more
pretty wine glasses and warped nice cooking pans this way and finally
decided it’s time to just get a proper dish drainer.

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Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties