Shaking the sand

“You can shake the sand from your shoes but it never leaves your soul”

These are the words written on a wooden sign that hangs in my living room. 

I picked it up on my honeymoon getaway with my ex husband while in the outer banks. It was a rainy gloomy day and we were trying to fin something to do to entertain us. We found ourselves in and out of thrift stores and antique shops looking for nothing in particular. I just knew this sign had to come home with us. 

Sometimes you just know when something is right. I was drawn to those words and still am today. As I sit here looking at them on my decorated wall I can remember many points in my life where the saying rings true. 

There are just some things in life that you are bonded to. They stick with you like the tiniest grain of sand even after your shook out your shoes and blanket. 

It is a part of growing, growing up and sometimes growing apart; growing nonetheless. 

I have experienced many good and bad things in life that fill up this category. Lessons learned , never regreting because it all builds up to who you are meant to be. 

I am energized as my soul is full of wonder and ambition to complete the next goal. All of those little grains of sand still with me as I venture though the journey. 


Fall is in the air

Yes. I am a fall fanatic. I decorate my house with pumpkins and leaves and other fall themed things all the way up until it’s time for Christmas decorations.  

It is such a pretty time of year and we love to make s’mores by the bonfire. 

When I got up this morning it was so cool and crisp outside I just had to open up the windows. I love that lull between seasons where I can turn off the ac/heat for a few days or weeks. 

I made some desserts to help a friend with a catering event he has this weekend and had some left over pumpkin and apple pie filling so of course I needed to find a use to use up the rest. Still deciding what I am doing with that pumpkin purĂ©e but I remembered a quick recipe to use up the apple pie filling. 

Want to hear it ? Keep reading 🙂 

Simple dishes make me happy. Especially when they are kid approved. 

Apple oatmeal breakfast bars …. yummy , semi-healthy, kid approved. 

To make these you will need …

  • 1 1/2 cups Oatmeal ( I use a natural blend with flax seeds and chia seeds for added nutrients)
  • 1/2 cup + 6 tbsp salted butter cut into pieces 
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed firm 
  • 1 1/2 cups flour 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • Optional: Cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice or another spice you love if you’re feeling like some added flavor 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking dish. 

Combine all dry ingredients and whisk together.  Then, using a pastry cutter or fork combine the butter with the dry ingredients until well blended. 

Once well blended, press about 1/2 of the mixture into the bottom of your 9×13 pan. Top with apple pie filling and then top with the remaining dry mixture. 

Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes. , allow to cool and cut into squares. 

Serve warm, cold or with icecream for an added treat! 

We ate ours this morning with a side of fresh strawberries. 

It’s hard to believe September is already half way over! Happy fall y’all ! 

Mason jar hacks

Have you ever held a mason jar or an old spaghetti sauce jar and wondered what can I do to repurpose this ? I know I have. Mason jars are becoming very trendy and people are becoming super creative on how to utilize them. 

I wanted to share with you a few that I found to be super helpful! 

I have been utilizing them to save on pantry space for a while now as well as traditional canning. It’s nice to not have a bunch of bulky boxes crammed into a small space and it’s nice to be able to see exactly how much I have left over ! I use them for baking good too ! 
Today I made some homemade salsa to utilize some of the last picks from the garden. Although I didn’t use a canning recipe or method , the salsa will stay fresh longer in the jar than in a Tupperware container.  There is just something about those little seals on the lids. 

Around my house you can also find jars filled with qtips and holding my packets of greens on the go! 

I just started a jar (don’t use a lid on this one) to save the “flowers” my munchkin brings in to me. A friend shared this use the other day and I just fell in love! How sweet is it to dry the gifts from your little love and keep them in a beautifully displayed way? I just couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself !! 

This inspired me to go out on the internet, the great World Wide Web and find some other uses to share with you! 

Mason jars are great for small spaces ! Tack them up under a shelf to hold small things without taking up much space at all. Perfect for a garage, craft room, or office! (This is not my photo)

Snacks !!! Who doesn’t love snacks ?? This was one of the coolest ones I found … save those plastic applesauce containers … (this is not my photo)

how cool is this ? Reuseable ,convenient, easy to use ! 

Another use is to cut out the top of the salt shaker or a reclosable lid container and pop it in place of the lid for easy use for liquids or salt ! 
So many ways to utilize these  jars again and again ! All of these new ideas have me wanting to do some rearranging of the craft room/office ! 

Have another cool suggestion? Pop it in the comments below !! 

Bucket list 

There comes a point in ones life when you start thinking about all of the things that actually matter to you. Your values. Creating a life of joy and real moments. 

I have found that when I became a parent I started making two lists, but they happily coincide with each other. My desire to travel is parallel to my desire to show our diverse world to my child. We are forever growing , learning , and changing. 

I truly believe knowledge is power and you can never have enough of it. It is something , along with the memories created by checking off your bucket list that no one can take away from you. 

While my bucket list is forever changing I though I would share a few of my top favorites:

  • Become a sous chef – make use of my culinary degree 
  • Visit France – a trip my mom and I were planning to take together that never came to light 
  • Visit Hawaii 
  • Ride in a hot air balloon 
  • Find the most amazing fixer-up farm house with wrap around porch 
  • Own a minature petting zoo – specializing in aiding treatment and care for special needs children 
  • Make more time for paddleboarding 


  • Family 
  • Faith 
  • Education

Every day standards: 

  • Learning something new every day 
  • Making a positive impact on the world
  • Leaving a smaller footprint 
  • Remembering to slow down 
  • Give back 
  • Be good to others                                  

We should always strive to do more. Doing more doesn’t have to mean more money or more things. More is simply more kindness, more time, more paying attention. 

I hope you’ll share some of your favorites with my in the comments below ! 

Back to my roots

So it’s a cool 74 degrees here today. Sunny but the humidity isn’t here hanging around. So as I am laying around in my long sleeve tie dye shirt and old firefighter sweatpants (yes I used to be a firefighter) 

I decided it was a perfect day to make a batch of tomatoe sauce for canning. 

I remember my grandmother making basically everything she could and we canned every season, making sauce, jam, jelly, and simply preserving fresh veggies to be consumed later. I am grateful for the memories and the knowledge she instilled in me and I love getting to use her pot to do these tasks myself. 

So I figured I would share a bit of the process with you all. It is a good idea if you’re trying to save some money off the grocery bill and maybe you are wondering what you’re going to do with all those extra veggies from the garden. Pulling out some old school tips and tricks can help you with that! 
So let’s begin!!! 

If you’re going to make your own sauce you’re going to need a lot of tomatoes !

 Maybe you don’t need a whole case but if you have a local produce market you might want to load on up ! The case was $14.00 , I already have jars laying around and almost always have the other basic sauce ingredients on hand. I just make a basic sauce for canning and will doctor it up as I decide what I’m doing with it. 

First you need to remove the skins from the tomatoes. Now some of you may be wondering how in the world you are going to accomplish that without a lot of waste. 

It’s actually very simple , just time consuming! Making anything from scratch is going to take up some time. 

Ok so back to the easy peeling process. You will need a large pot of boiling water , a bowl of ice water (an ice bath) and an empty bowl. 

 You are going to start by making an X on the top and bottom of the tomatoes , don’t cut too deep your just scoring the skin to make it easier to peel. You can also take out the core but you don’t have to. 

Drop a few prepared tomatoes into the boiling water for 20-30 seconds , with a slotted spoon or tongs remove tomatoes from the boiling water and put them in the ice bath. 

You just want them to cool so you can handle them, don’t let them sit too long in the ice water. You will see that the skins will crack and peel , that’s what you are looking for. 

Now your tomatoes are easy to peel and ready for whatever project you’re working on ! 

Extra tip: save your veggie scraps in a freezer bag to make stock with later ! Make sure to avoid starchy foods like eggplant and potatoes. 

Homemade slime

Ok so in this house we like to do “learning” activities that don’t always seem like learning is the goal. My mini and I love science and seeing things come together. 

This was not our first go at making slime. Our first attempt a few months ago was a failed attempt with some very specific chemistry. 

So I searched the internet and found that most people were using very basic ingredients.  This is our recipe and it seemed to work out very well. I’ll post some photos too!  
I’ll start with the ingredients! 

1 1/4 bottles 4 elmers glue

 (4oz bottles , you know because they are on sale for back to school so .50 a pop works for me !) we used white , I don’t think it matters if you use white or clear 

Florescent paint (glow in the dark would be fun)  you’ll only need a few drops of this 

Liquid starch  (you can find this at your local dollar store) I used 3 tbsp per batch ( that will make sense in a minute)

Water , same deal nothing special , and again 3 tbsp per batch 

Plastic cups and forks for mixing so you can just chuck em when you’re done! 

Small piece of wax paper or parchment paper and a sandwich bag for each slime ball you make. 

Ok so I just filled a cup with water and another cup with starch for easy mixing. 
Divide the glue evenly into the other cups and stir in your paint color , use a separate utensil for each cup if you’re not going to mix colors together. 

Once your color(s) are mixed well add your water (3tbsp to each cup) and mix well , this will also take care of any splotchy color areas 

Finally add the magic !!! 

Add 3 tbsp of starch to each cup and mix until it combines. 
You might see some remaining liquid at this point , thats ok. Dump them out onto your parchment paper and let them sit for about 5 minutes. 

At this point you can pick them up and start kneeding them until they fully combine and are no longer leaving bits and pieces on your hands. (this may take several minutes , make sure your hands are clean and dry) 

Store them in zip lock bags when not in use and enjoy !!! 
Let me know if you make this recipe and how it turns out for you in the comments !! 

Have you ever tried to make slime before ? How did it work out for you ? 

Back to school 

It’s that time of year again. Fighting to get back into a regular bedtime routine again and explaining why we go to bed while the sun is still up. 

This year I not only will complete the obligatory back to school clothes shopping spree and get the favorite character book bag despite the fact that it costs more than the plain one , I will also come up with about $80 of school supplies for preschool!!! I am so very grateful when I think about my single mom life that I only have to do that for one kid. (don’t get me wrong I always wanted a big family and am not knocking down anyone who had more than one kid) 

I couldn’t believe it , I really thought I had another year before I had to do that. 

It’s sad and exciting to see the summer start to disappear. The pool will be closing soon and the pumpkin everything will be in full force before we know it.