6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
— Philippians 4:6-9

English Elegance

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If you follow me on Pinterest you know about my love affair with Pashley bikes and Old English countryside manner.  

The quintessential English town and country bicycle. Perhaps the world’s first luxury bike - and still handmade in Pashley’s Stratford-upon-Avon factory. Traditional style. impeccable details. It doesn’t get more romantic than this.

Click here for more info on the timeless beauty.

Chai Spice Pancakes
1 cup gluten-free Bisquik
2/3 cup almond milk or soymilk
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
Nonstick cooking spray (optional)

Mix the Bisquik, pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger together in a metal bowl. Add the soy milk to the dry ingredients and mix them until they are well combined. Put this mixture in a measuring cup. Using a nonstick pan (or a pan lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray) on medium heat, pour 1/3 cup pancake batter onto the middle of the pan. When the top side bubbles and is mostly firm, flip the pancake over. Keep this on the heat for another 1 to 1½ minutes. Repeat until you’ve used all the batter.
Top with walnuts and organic maple syrup.

Chai Spice Pancakes

1 cup gluten-free Bisquik

2/3 cup almond milk or soymilk

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

Nonstick cooking spray (optional)

Mix the Bisquik, pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger together in a metal bowl. Add the soy milk to the dry ingredients and mix them until they are well combined. Put this mixture in a measuring cup. Using a nonstick pan (or a pan lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray) on medium heat, pour 1/3 cup pancake batter onto the middle of the pan. When the top side bubbles and is mostly firm, flip the pancake over. Keep this on the heat for another 1 to 1½ minutes. Repeat until you’ve used all the batter.

Top with walnuts and organic maple syrup.

CUCUMBER!! 8 Healthy Benefits

Not just for your salad.  Here are a few interesting (and healthy) cucumber benefits!!  

1.Quick pick me-up - Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.


2. Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins - Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.

3. Skin and hair care - If you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.

4. Fight cancers - Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

5. Home care - Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.

6. Relieves bad breath - Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

7. Hangover cure - To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.

8. Aids in weight loss and digestion - Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

Click here for more ‘cumber benefits.

Gluten-free Orange and Cranberry Biscuits (with Orange Vanilla Glaze)

1 cup gluten-free Bisquik

1/3 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup almond milk

3 tablespoons orange zest

½ cup cranberries

1/3 cup raw sugar

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup confectioner’s  sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Biscuits

With hand mixer (on low speed), mix Bisquick, sugar, butter, and milk together in a glass bowl.  Mix until just blended. The dough will look lumpy! Combine the dried cranberries and orange zest to the dough, and mix on low speed until blended.

With floured hands, roll the dough mixture into 2 inch dough balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are browned. The biscuits will be firm to the touch. Allow the biscuits to cool for 15 minutes.

Glaze

Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and orange juice, and drizzle over the biscuits.

Was greeted this morning by a glorious Georgia sunrise and eager Tootsie ready for her AM walk.  Seemed like a perfect opportunity to forage for some herbs and wild flowers.

Crate myrtle, honeysuckle, jasmine, echinacea, and rosemary bountifully line the streets in Cabbagetown.  They seemed more than obliging to escort me back home and and uplift my living quarters. 

I thank nature for its largess and splendor.  Good days!

Peach Blueberry Open Face Pie

This recipe yields a small 8- inch pie depending on your filling and how thinly you stretch your dough.

*This is also a Bisquick Pie Crust recipe.  It is very simple to make and it is delicious! Your pie crust will have more of a biscuit consistency.  For a flaky pie crust, follow any pate brisee recipe for your flour of choice.

2 peaches, sliced

2  cup fresh blueberries

1 ½ cup raw sugar or agave nectar

3 cups Bisquick gluten-free baking mix  (plus a little extra for rolling)

¾ cup butter, softened

6 - 7 tbsp boiling water

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

The Filling

Add peaches and blueberries to glass bowl. Stir in 1 cup raw sugar. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for any least an hour (or more, 3-4 hours best).

The Dough

Mix Bisquick and butter in a small bowl. Add water; mix vigorously until soft dough forms. With floured hands roll out dough on a lightly floured surface into a 9-inch circle about 1/8-inch thick. Gently transfer dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Top with peach mixture, leaving a 2-inch border on the outside which you can roll up over the fruit. Fold edges of dough up over fruit, leaving most of the fruit surface exposed in the center. Pinch the dough as you roll it up, so it stays tight and does not fall out while baking.  Sprinkle remaining sugar over the open face of your pie.

Bake until crust is golden and the fruit starts to bubble, about 45 minutes.

Let cool 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Lavendermint Cumberberry Refresher!
This recipe is super easy.  Just add ingredients to taste.  There is no wrong way to do this.
RECIPE
Muddle mint, lavender, cucumber, strawberries and agave nectar in glass (add gin for cocktail). Add ice and top off with club soda.
Stir and enjoy!

Lavendermint Cumberberry Refresher!

This recipe is super easy.  Just add ingredients to taste.  There is no wrong way to do this.

RECIPE

Muddle mint, lavender, cucumber, strawberries and agave nectar in glass (add gin for cocktail). Add ice and top off with club soda.

Stir and enjoy!

“The challenge is not to be perfect, but to be whole.” – John Fonda
blanche manor. (at Blanche Manor Horseback Riding)

blanche manor. (at Blanche Manor Horseback Riding)

Yummy injera bread from Farmers Market!
Injera is made of gluten-free grain teff. Which is rich in iron, protein, fiber, and calcium.

Yummy injera bread from Farmers Market!
Injera is made of gluten-free grain teff. Which is rich in iron, protein, fiber, and calcium.

TINY HOME!!

For years I have been fascinated and inspired by people that chose to “live small” and conscientiously.  I have been obsessed with tiny homes and one’s ability to compact all of their belongings into a space that, in some case, is the size of an average living room.  

I was first introduced to small living with an interiors contest on Apartment Therapy. Many of the super tiny homes were entered by European home homeowners/renters.  How can someone live in 200 sqft?  

A few years after, Ikea built a store here in Atlanta.  The showroom floor featured living spaces that ranged from 112 sqft to 700 sqft.  Each room was smart, thoughtful, and cute.  Little picture frames and glass jars where tightly arranged into a beautiful well lit area.  A seed was planted.

About three years ago, I had a chance to try my hand at smaller living.  I moved from a 3-bedroom 1,500 sqft townhouse in Buckhead (a popular suburb in Atlanta), to a 750 sqft duplex in Cabbagetown (inner city Atlanta).  It was adjustment but me and my dachshund, Tootsie, managed well.  The first two years, were learning years.  It seemed like I was purging household items every week - like a standing Saturday yard sale!  

Then in October 2013, it hit me.  ONE GOOD PURGE.  My litmus: “If I need and if I love it…I’ll keep it!”  Suddenly old clothes and shoes and even my skates went flying out the door.  My “new” space is wonderful and open.

NOW..

I believe I am ready for the next step - building a tiny home!  After watching "Tiny" on Netflix.  I visited the Tumbleweed website.  One word : INSPIRED. 

Lyndsey Lewis of Little Rock, AR built the home pictured above. You can read her story from “At Home in Arkansas”. You can also check out her blog Little House in Little Rock for more insight on building the Whidbey.