Chocolate Sprinkled Coconut Macaroons – Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free

Chocolate Sprinkled Coconut Macaroons – Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free

Since going gluten, egg and dairy free I haven't had any obvious choices for dessert - which is probably a good thing! Now that it's Christmas I'm missing cookies and I want dessert with my Christmas dinner! I don't like to spend a lot of time grocery shopping or preparing, so the following recipe is one that was adapted from several and is based on what was already in my kitchen. Ingredients 4 cups of coconut (I had two types flaked & desiccated, used all of it) 1/2 cup of almond flour Continue reading

Putting the Cart Before the Horse

Putting the Cart Before the Horse

Sometimes it's necessary to put the cart before the horse. Sometimes you need to know how much cart you're going to require before buying your horse. Once you know how big the wagon and heavy the load, only then can you determine if you'll need a Clydesdale or a colt. I've been struggling in my mind with a cart and horse issue. Or more accurately a vehicle and RV issue. I want an RV but I don't know what style I want. There are so many! Motor homes, converted buses, converted vans, towables Continue reading

Stephen Clark & Pirates on the Straits Lakes

Stephen Clark & Pirates on the Straits Lakes

Typically a homebody, lately my calendar has been chock full of social events! Saturday night I interviewed Stephen Clark of WXYZ Action News for an upcoming post on CyberCletch.com and he and his wife, Larenne, were kind enough to invite me to a party on one of the Straits Lakes. The water provides a completely different view of a neighborhood and its residents. One of the "pirates" told me there was "nothing like lake living," I'd have to agree. Stephen Clark wrote & performed "Pink Pirate Continue reading

Coming to Terms with Body Image

Coming to Terms with Body Image

Those little cells that hold the fat in our bodies have been the bane of my existence since high school. I look back on how I felt about my body from the time I was a teenager and realize I've never been happy with it. There were always a few pounds I had to lose and I tried to manage it with some very extreme diets. In my early 20's I quit smoking and gained a few more pounds, then I had children and gained a lot more, while raising children, even more crept on. I've always been active Continue reading

New Math

I love teachers who integrate alternate methods of teaching - and styles of learning - into the regular classroom work. My son's math teacher gave Cayce and two of his friends a video assignment for her class. My son worked on this every day last week and we all had a great time watching him create the scenes and observe how he weaved them together. This kid has a vision before it gets filmed. Perhaps this will be part of his future? Can't see the video? Click here. I'm a little Continue reading

Backyard Rainy Days

Backyard Rainy Days

I love the sunshine but can't deny that my backyard is most beautiful on overcast, drizzly days like today. The wildlife comes out and even buds beginning to burst make the landscape look green and vibrant. While I was waiting for my tea to steep, I decided to try to capture the robin and babies who are nesting under my deck. I wasn't so successful with capturing the skittish mom in a clear shot with her babies, but I did capture a few other things... Continue reading

Land of Extremes

Land of Extremes

I loved the variance in the Arizona landscape. One minute I was sweating it out while photographing Sedona's Red Rocks and 45 minutes later I was standing in snow on a ski hill near Flagstaff. Not long after I took this picture heading into the desert with Mount Humphries snowy peaks in my rearview mirror. Continue reading

Downsizing to a Shed

Downsizing to a Shed

"The tiny house movement is not a fad, the McMansion was a fad." Michael Janzen Tiny House Design Blog Currently, I own a 3000 square foot home and between working to pay for it, cleaning & maintaining the it, I have no free time. I'm imprisoned by the house and the size has lost it's appeal. I understand why a person would choose to live in a shed-sized tiny house. It offers freedom from the very things that keep me imprisoned. It offers better cash flow and allows owners to Continue reading

What Band Kids Do With Their Spare Time

What Band Kids Do With Their Spare Time

I've covered a lot of Walled Lake Schools music on my blog over the past few years because my children were so heavily involved in band. This will be the last year I cover school concerts since my eldest is in college and my youngest has chosen bypass orchestra next year in order to pursue other courses that will help with his career of choice. He would have participated in the Walled Lake Marching Band but he's not able to because it's mandatory that he also be taking a music course (in most Continue reading

Cactus and Convertibles

Cactus and Convertibles

Could there be anything better than cruising Arizona with the top down? Continue reading

Infusion of Energy

Infusion of Energy

Seems like i just got home from New Orleans and I was heading out to Phoenix Arizona for the Infusionsoft Conference, affectionately called InfusionCon. I won the airfare, hotel, and conference fees as part of Bloggers in Motion, a contest sponsored by the software company, Infusionsoft. Infusionsoft is an all-in-one small business automation solution for CRM, marketing and e-commerce. While there I tweeted and blogged on Infusionsoft's blog, I met some fabulous people and learned loads Continue reading

Fat Tuesday on Bourbon Street

Fat Tuesday on Bourbon Street

Mardi Gras in New Orleans. You've heard about it, and since I keep getting asked how many beads I acquired, I assume many of you are missing a big part of what really happens during Mardi Gras. It's actually a very family oriented event! The activities you've heard most about, only happen within a few short blocks on Bourbon Street, whereas the family friendly Mardi Gras festivities stretch the length of St. Charles Avenue and beyond. For those of you curious about a stroll down Continue reading

Life is a Parade!

Life is a Parade!

“Life is like a parade, and it’s one that most people watch go by. And then there are some that get in that parade." ~ Jonathan Goldsmith If you know me at all, you'll understand that I live for road trips. I feel most alive when exploring something I've never seen before. A decade ago, our family took a road trip from Columbus, Ohio to New Orleans that included stops in Nashville and Memphis. This year, I planned to meet a friend in Nashville and based on the weather, travel somewhere Continue reading

Virginia Serenity

Virginia Serenity

Found this serene scene along a quiet dirt road on the outskirts of Charlottesville. Continue reading

One Room Church

One Room Church

Barracks Road, Charlottesville, Virginia Continue reading

Rusted Chain

Rusted Chain

Worn wood fence and rusted chain along a Virginia back-road near Charlottesville. *Thanks for the idea JD, you were right* Continue reading

Cauliflower Mountains

Traveling through the Blue Ridge Mountains I came across this beautiful scene in the early morning fog. As the fog lifted, portions of the mountain treetops were bathed in frost where clouds had left accumulated moisture. Reminiscent of Jack and the Beanstalk, the valley looked as though giant stalks of cauliflower had grown up overnight. I would have taken many more shots but I was lucky to get this one with what was left of my dead camera battery. I need to remember to charge more often! Continue reading

Barracks Church Door

Barracks Church Door

This picture was taken along Barracks Road near Charlottesville, Virginia. I thought it would make a beautiful Christmas card next year. Continue reading

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Ghosts of Christmas Past

It's just after noon on Christmas Eve and so far I've sent a newsletter out, cleaned the kitchen, cleaned a bathroom, snaked the shower drain, and begun preparations for tonight's fondue dinner with the kids. Christmas has changed so much since my children were replaced with mature teenagers. It's easier, but lonelier. My childhood Christmases were spent at my grandparents. They're both long gone, but I clearly remember traveling through some very scary weather to get their house. Although I Continue reading

Back from Vegas

I had the pleasure of attending a conference in Vegas in October. It was wonderful to connect with other business owners, to see old friends, and develop new business relationships. I wrote an article over at CyberCletch on the 10 Lessons I learned from Cirque de Soleil. I had never seen a Cirque performance and am so thankful Tamara insisted we go. In case you missed it earlier, here's a little video I put together from all the video snippets, camera and phone images I took. Video Continue reading