28 April 2024

NOT BIRD POOP (so that's good)

As soon as I settle outside with the tablet, wireless keyboard and good music, next door cranks the mower. It's soooo loud. Though, that's the least of my problems. Today I'm sick. Been indoors resting, resting, resting. Just wanted fresh air. 

Wait. What's that? Something wet landed on my left arm. I think it's rain. Yep, not bird poop. It's rain. 

So that's good. 

In other news, the Le Creuset from the last post baked like a dream. I've done two bakes and the first one needed a few more minutes in the oven due to the higher rim and the second bake required no extra time. Really love this square bake dish. I'm all about having a few solid pieces with less kitchen clutter than a bunch of crappy bake dishes that work so-so. Same goes for chalk painting tools. Give me a solid brush over those crappy ones, any day of the week. 

In other, other news, yesterday I watched Harry Met Sally or is it, When Harry Met Sally? I dunno. Either way, it's been awhile since I've seen it and it was my perfect being-sick-on-the-couch, movie. Speaking of the couch, I'm headed back there with a nice big cuppa cold water, tea or soup. Still can't decide which yet. Then read blogs and when that's done, I'll pick another movie. 

Lots of rest, rest, rest going on here today. 

Chat again soon. Huggs and Bugs, Me.

PS: Here's hoping that your day is going better than mine. 

25 April 2024


I freakin' LOVE the baking isle at HomeGoods. A few years ago I snagged a great deal on a lid-free Le Creuset. This thing bakes like a dream. Dream I say, dream. Only downside, no lid.

Well guess what my Boogerbutts, I finally found a Le Creuset with are you ready? Are you sitting down? A lid! Yeppers, scored me a lidded Le Creuset and I am one happy whisk.

Did the heavens just open and angels start singing? Because that's what's going on here this morning. And dig this, since I don't have to go to work until later, first thing I did this morning was pop in a test bake.

Hot dog. 

Wait, is it lidded or lided? Or with lid? Really, I don't know. Either way, in about ten minutes I check the bake to see how she's doing. This Le Creuset has higher rim and that can change bake times. I'll let you know in the next post. 

Meanwhile, I give you today's cartoon .... 

19 April 2024


This weekend I have two, count 'em two days off in a row. And lemme tell ya', I'm gonna play, play, play.

In other news, Tim made serious progress on the updated shared office and photography space. I predict many, many new photos to come. 

In other, other news, I meal prepped yesterday so when I get home late tonight food is ready. I also started Saturday lunches so if we hit the road, we have homemade food ready to grab and go. 

Love, love, love that.

Well Boogerbutts, that's all for today. Just a quick pop-in post. Long shift today although I gotta say, feels like it's gonna be a good one. Chat again soon.

Huggs and Bugs, Me.

16 April 2024


What? How is it another day already? Can someone please tell me where they go? 

In other news, last night Hubby stopped to get subs. 38 smackers for two large subs. Sure, we'll each get two to three meals each. 

Still. Almost 40?

Nuts to that nonsense. I'll make our own.

In other, other news, Saturday we hit Barnes and it was WONDERFUL. Sunday we opted to skip Barnes and stayed home. Lemme tell ya', I played in the kitchen all ding dong day long. 

Between cooling times and dirty dish, I also plopped on the couch to watch The Spring (and Summer) Baking Championships. I love those do-some, sit-some kinda days. And dig this, I wrote a new formula for sprouted spelt baked cake doughnuts. More on those soon. For now, I'm headed to work, even though I'm daydreaming about writing new bakes.

Chat again soon. Huggs & Bugs, Me.

13 April 2024

Hello Weekend!

Hello Weekend! It was my short-shift Saturday at work. Smoochie Face dropped me off and after work we headed out. Ten guesses where we landed. Clue in the cartoon. 

10 April 2024

Monster of Frankensteined Brownie Bake

Still chipping away at the updated photography space. For me, going back to the lower tables and saw horses makes shooting easier. Hoping by the end of this coming weekend it'll be done, done, done.


In other news, a warm batch of brownies cools as I blog on the tablet, outside with Bug. It's a new formula I wrote based on two other recipes I wrote before. I monster of Frankensteined my own bake. 

This just in. We sampled the bake and it's less of a brownie and more of a soft chocolate cake. That's okay too. Sometimes I'm headed one way, and the ingredients decide to go their own way. Regardless, I always have solid notes to bring to the next bake I write.

Which works because I love writing bakes. For example, I decide how many grams of sprouted brown spelt to use. Or will I go with oat flour? Sometimes it's both. Which fruits and veggies will I sneak into a bake and how many grams of each? I'm telling you writing bakes is the best! And baking doesn't have to mean high sugar, refined oils, eggs, dairy or cholesterol. Nope, nope. I don't bake with those ingredients. That said, I love, love, love watching the Spring, Summer, Holiday and Halloween Baking Championships. 

Such fun shows! Highly recommend.

And that my Boogerbutts, is all that's fit to print. Just gonna pop another bite of bake in my gob and call it a night. Chat again soon. 

Huggs and Bugs, Me.

07 April 2024

Hot Dog. Life is Good.

OMG. If I haven't yet mentioned how much I LOVE being on staycation, allow me to indulge.

I love, love, love, this time we have off. We go where ever the wind takes us. Shockingly, the wind blew us right back to Barnes. 


In other news, I finally bought a new writing/art bag. Got a good deal. Thank you price-matching. And lemme tell ya' this bag fits my art tablet, writing tablet, EMR pens, normal people pens, my paper journal, ear buds, pretty purple mouse and matching keyboard, iPod and a few other goodies to boot.


In other news, once we get home, it's a short rest, snack and then hit the office/writing space for Tim and an updated photography area for me. Or... we'll vegout an watch Creature Features. That's what's fun about staycations. 

Anything goes.

In other, other news, yesterday we went to get Smoochie Face a new writing chair for the office. We were there for one deal and instead landed and an even BETTER deal on a BETTER chair. 

Hot dog. Life is good. 

04 April 2024

20 YEARS MARRIED (how 'bout them apples?)

Helloooo Bloggers! So much to share that I don't know where to begin. Let's start with a belated Happy Easter cartoon. 

Guess what? If you guessed that we're celebrating 20 years of marriage, on staycation and at Barnes, then you win a star on your forehead and an A on your paper. 

In other news, the radish sprouts are spicy and taste of a good radish. The bad news, no pictures yet. On the sunny side, macro shots to come because we swapped things out. 

See, I tried having a taller photography table only I'm short and that didn't work. Going back to a lower bench on one side and saw horses on the other. Much lower and easier. 

Another thing I did was remove the sewing fabric from one of the tables. Since I wasn't using that space for photography, it turned into a dumping ground for unused new(ish) fabric. I've since sewn one blanket for Smoochie Face and have one more to make for the couch. Followed by Halloween potholders. 

Hiding in the corner of the room are wooden planks that don't belong. To me, a room should  be tasked with one to two things. That's a writing/computer desk for Tim and a photography corner for me.  

In other, other news, today's mail had my new purple/lilac/lavender tablet cover. I LOOOOOOOOVE it. I'm at Barnes writing so I'll have to show you next time. Also at the post was a bag of rocket/arugula sprouting/micro green seeds. We LOVE rocket. Love, love, love, love it. Even the name, Rocket. It's perfect for that spicy good kick. Excited to watch the seeds grow, photograph the sprouts and then gobble them up. 

Num, num, num. 

Lastly, the goal during staycation is to weed through my cooking and baking tools one last time. Donate the what I'm not taking. The easier we make the move, the better. Plus, since the Great Declutter of 2016, I'm a "use it or lose it" gal. 

And that my Boogerbutts, is all that's fit to print. Until next post, huggs and bugs, Me.