Oatmeal Pancakes



I really don't know what to call these oatmeal things.  They are a cross between a cookie and a pancake.  We eat them as both.  I make a batch in the morning and we'll eat the leftovers throughout the day as a snack.  They don't look like much but man are they good.


1 cup oatmeal
1 cup soymilk or any other non dairy milk
2 T flour
2 T sugar
1 T baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1 t vanilla extract
1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I use Trader Joes)

Mix everything together while a skillet is heating with a little bit of coconut oil.  I use a cast iron griddle.  But use whatever you've got.

Drop by spoonfuls onto hot grill.  Keep an eye out because they cook quickly.  I like them a little overdone (some may call it burned) but do keep watch.

They need no syrup but a little Earth Balance margarine is good when they are hot of the griddle.  Larry loves to take them backpacking.  They are quite filling and great with morning coffee.  I'll slice some fresh fruit on the side for breakfast.  Can anyone think of a clever name for them?  xo




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Saturday




I'm heading to the farmers market soon and will be picking up some fresh flowers for the house.  We are having company tomorrow and so they are on my list. Not that I need a reason, I think I'm reason enough but they are a lovely gesture.

I will shut up about the new blog design any day now but today isn't that day.  I'm just so in love with it. I have so many ideas for posts that I can hardly contain myself and that is v unusual.  For some reason the new design has given me license to be more creative and get out of the slump I've been in.  Did you notice the new changes made yesterday?  The print within the posts is larger and darker and I'm rebuilding my blog list up there on top  I'm adding my favorite products on the sidebar, which has been fun.





My garden is hanging on like its life depends on it, as it does every end of summer.  This one has been brutal (I believe I've typed those words every summer that we've lived here.) Seasons come and go and the garden follows.

PS - Here are some things that I found interesting this week...

Is this The Prettiest House Ever?

Simplifying after a tragedy

Now This is a Garden

20 Simple Changes to Prevent Getting Sick

Have a beautiful, restful weekend dear friends. xo



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Emerson Fry Caftans





I've long been a fan of Emerson Fry and her beautiful clothes but none more so than her caftans.  I've had mine for about 5 years and it has survived every closet clean out I've done.  It continues to be a favorite in my wardrobe.


 Wearing it to Sunday morning brunch in Las Vegas



The Grand Canyon



And yesterday running errands around town.

The older I get the more I love the loose, airy fit. Plus it is 100% chic.  I'm thrilled that it is now on her website all the time.  It wasn't always so. She'd run it in small batches and it was hard to catch.  It's made of organic cotton and hand blocked, low-impact dyes.  Plus, omg does it hides a world of sins.  I'm dying to purchase the Cerulean Blue one but will most likely put it on my Christmas list that is running in my head. You can check them out on my sidebar over there - isn't that easy!  I'm loving this new blog layout sick and I'm working like crazy to get my blog list restored.


Would you, do you wear caftans?  I highly recommend. xoxo



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Saturday






Thank you all so much for the kind words and support of this blog. I'm pretty excited about it, amazing what a new logo can do to me. It's like a fresh coat of paint on an old tired room.  Also happy that none of you seem to mind the links. I'm just learning about all these things and I think they will wind up improving the blog in general.  So I much appreciate your input.  

The cool nights we've been having suggest fall is around the corner so I've been trying on my jeans and they are tight...what. I'm gonna forget about that right now bc the change of seasons always excites me. Someone please give me a closet to clean out.

Whatever your plans this weekend, hope it's lovely.  xo

Also,

Is anyone watching Ozark?  It is SO good!

Also, also other good things...


My idea of the perfect vacation home although I could live there all year long.


What a moving address !!!


A jaw dropping Newport manse wouldn't mind living here either.

Bye.









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new and hopefully improved




Hello dear friends.  I've finally, after 9 years of blogging, updated the layout of this blog.  I hired Shari at Little Blue Deer to help me overhaul it.  She has exquisite taste and I think it looks so chic I could cry.  But the main reason I did it was because I got so many requests for the simple things I use each day, I wanted a permanent place for you to see them.  By clicking the pictures on the sidebar it will take you directly to the site for you to read about and make an informed decision for yourself whether or not you want it.  There are usually tons of reviews of the product so you don't have to rely on my opinion alone.  If you were to purchase directly thru my link I will be paid a very small commission.  You don't pay that commission though, the company selling the product pays it.  So I make a little, you save and it seems a win win.  If that offends you in any way, just ignore the whole thing!

I made a few mistakes when transferring the blog and lost my blog list which I will begin to rebuild.  Also, I deleted my followers list. I don't even know if that is relevant any longer but if you are no longer getting some sort of notification you can resubscribe easily. I'm sure for the next few days/weeks I'll be tweaking things left and right so I ask for your patience:)

Now you can easily click on my Instagram button and see what is happening there without even having an Instagram account. Another neat little trick is that if you want to Pin a photo to Pinterest all you have to do is hover over the top left of a photo and a little Pin will appear and just click it and it's done!  That's kinda cool.

So hopefully this will all make it easier for you readers who have been with me a long time and also for new readers.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me all these years. You readers are the most important part of this blog, thank you so much.  Here's to many more years of blogging!  xo



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my bedroom makeover






It's not all beans and rice around here.




Thank you Pinterest and Instagram for leading me to this Raphael wallpaper by Sandberg.  It's made in Sweden and for me a bit too pricey, so I kept scouring the internet for deals.  I found it on eBay for a fraction of its normal cost.  The seller, Bea, who is a sweetheart has a shop that is loaded with beautiful papers and fabrics at amazing prices.  Go see for yourself HERE.





We've hung wallpaper before but it has been awhile and I was unsure of how much to get.  She had 6 double rolls for sale and I bought 3.  I should have gotten all 6 because I could only do 2 walls.  Which in the end is okay but I'd rather have done them all.







I love that when you walk in the front door of the house you can now see a glimpse of the pretty paper at the end of the house.  I absolutely love it and it feels as if it has always belonged here. And how darling is the vintage bamboo shelf?  M gave it to me because she had no room for it.  It looks perfect against the paper don't you think?





In addition to the wallpaper I also got rid of my dresser completely.  I was ruthless and was able to condense a 4 drawer dresser into 1 drawer in the armoire.  The room feels so lovely and feminine right now.  I still haven't gotten the nerve to drive a nail into it to hang any pictures.  That's going to take some time. xo




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