Dog~Y~Licious Treats

Today is Lorelai’s Birthday! ๐Ÿ’•


She loves treats of any kind, but these peanut-buttery ones are her favorite.
So I baked a batch to spoil her on her special day (and, since the recipe makes about 20 cookies, for days to come ๐Ÿ˜Š).

If you wanna spoil your furry friend too – here’s the recipe

~1 cup flour
~3/4 cup oats
~1/4 cup wheat germ
~1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
~1/4 cup vegetable oil
~1/4 cup honey
~1 tsp. baking powder
~1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 Celcius)
Combine all ingredients, and mix on low until blended.
Form into tablespoon-sized balls, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet (I do use parchment paper)


Flatten balls to 1/4″ thickness using tines of a fork


Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack and…..
Let them eat treats! ๐Ÿถ

Enjoy their happiness! ๐Ÿค—

Until next time
~Tina xoxo

PS. Lorelai just had 2 cookies….now it’s time for a nap! ๐Ÿ˜„




Roommate: Mother Nature

As the days get shorter, the days chilly, and the evenings colder there is, sadly, not too much opportunity anymore to enjoy Mother Nature in my yard. So I’m working on bringing her inside.
I stopped living with indoor plants because the Army moved us around a lot, and I always had to leave my beloved plants behind. So eventually I stopped buying them. But now we’re settled in a nice home, and we’re here to stay. Between you and me…have been for a while, and I did have a Christmas Cactus, a little Palm, and an Aloe plant. Then one day it hit me – I can have as many plants as I want, and I get to keep them! ๐Ÿ˜

So I went shopping, and brought home some pretties ~and a vintage stand from a Thrift Store!
*Sorry about the lighting – it was a sunny day…cold, but bright

I bought a beautiful ‘Peace Lily’ for the bathroom

….and a cactus  ~ Meet ‘Albert’ ๐Ÿ˜Š



‘Albert’ is about 23″ tall (with pot), and named after the other guy with the crazy white hair! ๐Ÿ˜

The patio-door space, and my studio window are reserved for the 3 Hibiscus trees that have to come inside soon.

No more bright sunlit spots, so I’m done….I thought.
During a trip to the store I found a (relatively) new plant that doesn’t like bright light, prefers the medium light. Yay! I bought 4 and they now live in the dimmer corners of the house…the bedroom dresser, the bookshelf, the dining room table.

This magic plant is called ‘Red Aglaonema’. It’s one of the easiest houseplants to grow, and keep nice.
This beauty displays dark green leaves, generously flushed with various shades of red or pink. It looks great year-round, but now it makes a great alternative to the (more fickle) Poinsettia.
Take one to the office! It’ll spruce up your workspace, and a plant at work can make you more efficient and improve your memory (according to University research)

How to care for your ‘Red Aglaonema’
~Keep it away from direct sunlight – if you want to place it in a sunny window, please protect it with a sheer curtain
~Medium water needs – allow soil to dry between thorough waterings
~Fertilize a couple times a year with any houseplant fertilizer.

Besides being super-easy to care for, it’ll work really hard to purify the air you breathe!
I told you it’s awesome! ๐Ÿ’•

Now, tell me, do you wanna run out and get a few? Please show me where your new ‘roommate’ lives! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Oh…one more thing…if you have cats, dogs, kids that think plants are a special snack – please check out the info on this link before you buy any plants!

Alrighty…now go shopping!

Hope to see you next time

~Tina xoxo


PineCone Home Decor Project – revealed

Now you’ll (finally!) ๐Ÿค“ find out what I did with the pretty pine cones I told you about this morning in my post Dear (Decor) Diary

I did bake the cones for an hour at 200 degrees/F.
Honestly – I did like them better before the baking. So I think, if I make another project, I’d just clean them – how? Find out right here Home Decor DIY ~ Stage 1
Especially in a project where they are more visible.





What do you think?  They lost their luster, didn’t they? But – what’s done is done, and they still work quite well for our arrangement.

Here’s what you need …
~a glass vase

~your pine cones


 ~decorative glass gems 

~1. Start by filling the vase with the gems – about 2″ high.


~2. Then add the pine cones and the Potpourri in layers.
I started with some Potpourri, set a pine cone on top – against the side of the vase, added more Potpourri, a cone on the other side, and so on.


~3. When you work your layers, make sure you have 2 or 3 pine cones left over – sticking out at the top they’ll give your arrangement the pretty ‘fall-y’ touch.
*This is not where it’ll stay – it’s just the ‘darkest’, yet still ‘light-enough-for-a-photo’ corner in my house…everywhere else the reflection of the window hid all the details.


And you’re done!   ๐Ÿ˜    Pretty easy, wasn’t it?
I hope you enjoy making your ‘Fall-Arrangement’! Please don’t forget to show me what you made!

Before you go – here is where mine lives now…

*see what I mean ‘reflection-wise’

I hope you will join me next time when I’ll show you what you can make with dried leaves, book pages, and ModPodge! ๐Ÿ
(The leaves are still being pressed, and not quite dry yet)

Take care! ๐Ÿ’•
~Tina xoxo



Dear (Decor) Diary….

….and all you lovely people out there ๐Ÿค—

The pine cones are in the oven!

If you’re scratching your head wondering why I would do such a thing ย ๐Ÿ˜ – it’s explained in yesterday’s postย Home Decor DIY ~ Stage 1

While we’re waiting for them, I’d like to show you what I did last week- I finished my first oil painting ๐Ÿ˜Š The ‘HippieDippie Owl’ โ˜ฎ๏ธ

I used a technique called ‘Impasto painting’ ~ which is the thick application of oil paint directly onto the canvas. I then took a thin brush, and swooped through the paint to give it an almost three-dimensional look.
I’m quite pleased ~ I hope you enjoy her too!

Now I’m thinking that the ‘Impasto’ technique is exactly what I need to spruce up some canvas prints ๐Ÿค” You know….to make them look more like original art!
I’ll give it a try, and let you know how that turned out!

Stay tuned for the ‘Pinecone’ Decor DIY, and a few other ideas!

See you in a bit! ๐Ÿ’•

~Tina xoxo

Home Decor DIY ~ Stage 1

Wanna see what I’m doing today? I’m prepping various pieces for some Fall Home Decor DIYs. ๐Ÿ
Let me tell you about Stage 1 of these projects…

~1. Pinecones – I collected a few of these beauties on my morning walk.
To get them clean and free of critters and mildew (without bleach!) I soaked them in a water/vinegar mixture. A bucket or an old pot will do…fill it with water and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Soak them for about 20 minutes, move them around once in a while- you can use your finger, ’cause *No chemicals*, then set them on a newspaper or paper towels to dry for a few hours – overnight is best.

Next they need to be ‘baked’ for 2, 3 hours in a 200 degree oven. Make sure to check them once in a while to make sure they don’t burn!
A nice advantage to this process is that your house will smell amazing.

Tomorrow I’ll show you how they came out, and what I did with them.

~2. I’m also planning some wall art – for that I’m ageing paper…

…and drying fern fronds


Ageing paper – I’m using old book pages. Not an easy task for a book lover like myself -but, I got a book at a thrift store, and it was not in the greatest condition. That made it a bit easier.
Black tea works great to make your paper look old and yellowed.
Just place the page (one at a time) in a big pot, pour hot, strong tea over it (tea bag and all), and let it sit until it has the desired shade. Set it on a paper towel to dry…done!

~3. Leaves, ModPodge, and Music
This one is almost done – it just has to dry now, then it can be framed or be part of a collage. I’ll show you tomorrow what I decided. ๐Ÿค”


Here’s something I made last week. This one is pretty easy – the drying process took the longest. If you read my last post Cottage Home Decor โ€“ DIY you know about the Juniper bush in our yard that is a great source for Fall-Decor supply.

I painted a big canvas (18″ x 24″) with acrylic paint, positioned the juniper, and went to town with lots of ModPodge and a flat paintbrush.
*You wanna do this outside or in the garage – the fumes could knock you out! It takes a day or two to dry (again…away from daily traffic!) but then you’ll have a very unique ‘Piece of Nature’ in your home. ๐Ÿ

I hope you’ll peek in tomorrow to see the results of today’s preparations.

Take care! ๐Ÿ’•

~Tina xoxo