Journey toward happiness

April 27, 2010

A few things….

Filed under: environment, Fun, North Carolina, Uncategorized — Tara @ 11:58 am

I have not been very active with my blog lately. A lot has been going on(see previous post). I can’t help but wonder, why I continue blogging.  I do have a bunch to say, but can’t quite finds the words to say it all. As I sit and ponder where I am in life and where I want to be, I am not sure where blogging fits into the scope of things. Please don’t take me wrong, I am not just giving up and quitting(not anytime soon anyway).  Hopefully, once I get some other things in my life straightened out, blogging will fall into place.

In the mean time, here are some pics from our BIG backyard project.

This is how it started. Just a typical back yard. The only features were the greenhouse and small vegetable garden.

The first mini-project. We used tree limbs and old 4×4 posts for the edging. Lillies  inside.

The new rain barrel catches plenty of water for the plants.

The yard was all tilled and posts holes dug.

The fence completed and the bones of the arbor put  into place.

All done! Yay!!! Now for the planting and weeding and fertilizing and…..

Some of the lovely flowers that are in bloom:

Pink Climbing Rose

Red Climbing Rose

Guinness Columbine

Purple Iris(my favorite)

Hope you enjoyed the little tour through our project. There will be more pictures as other plants bloom.



March 28, 2010

Inspiration Sunday

Filed under: Fun, Handmade, Inspiration — Tara @ 6:33 am

All the pretty colors!

March 23, 2010

Tuesday’s Teaspoon

Filed under: Fun, Tuesday's Teaspoon — Tags: — Tara @ 6:40 am

Just wanted to share a website that is packed with helpful information! The Farmers’ Almanac. It has information on what day is the best to plant, cut your hair, dig holes, and more. Check it out!


March 21, 2010

My Week

Filed under: animals, Fun, Handmade, recipes — Tara @ 11:05 am

We have had an absolutely beautiful and hectic week in NC. The sun has been shining and the temperature reached 76 degrees yesterday.

We have been very busy working on the new garden in the back yard; taking 150 square feet and turning it into 2500 square feet. The area will have a veggie garden, flower garden, and fire pit. It looks like total chaos right now but,  the pay-off will be worth all the hard work!  Here is a little sneak peek of one of the miniature garden areas that we completed on Monday. We took old 4×4 posts and tree branches and cut them down for the edging. The little tree is a Rose of Sharon and that is surrounded by lilies.

Tuesday was the first soccer game of the season for NC Man’s nephew. He is so cute!

Then Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day, was Zeke’s third birthday. I made him a doggie cake and he wore a hat as we sang “Happy Birthday”.

He really loves this cake! I make him one every year! The recipe is actually for cookies but, I just bake it all together for the cake. Here is the super easy recipe:

Baby Food Doggie Cookies

3 jars baby food, meat, beef, strained — *see Note

1/4 cup cream of wheat — *see Note
1/4 cup dry milk
Combine ingredients in bowl and mix well. Roll into small balls and
place on well-greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake in
preheated 350 degree oven for 15 min. until brown.
Cool on wire racks and STORE IN REFRIGERATOR. Also freezes well.
NOTE: Carrot, Chicken or Beef baby food. substituting wheat germ for
cream of wheat.


The rest of the week, we have been  in the garden. We are slowly getting all the weeds and roots out.

I hope everyone else had a fun-filled week!


March 16, 2010

Tuesday’s Teaspoon

Filed under: Fun, Tuesday's Teaspoon, Uncategorized — Tags: — Tara @ 6:47 am

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! The holiday is celebrated by Irish, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians in remembrance of the patron saint, St. Patrick. Did know you know that the color blue(not green) was originally associated with St. Patrick? Or that March 17, 461AD is the day that St. Patrick died? Did you know that the longest-running St. Patrick’s Day parade in Canada is in Montreal and has been held in continuity since 1824?

If you want to know more about this holiday than just green beer and pinching, check out wikipedia’s article on St. Patrick’s Day.


February 16, 2010

Tuesday’s Teaspoon

On my new food allergy free journey, I have been doing lots of research. There are alot of really cool blogs out there. Here are a few of my favorite ones.

Blaine’s Low Carb Kitchen

Gluten Free Mommy

Gluten Free Green Mommy

So, whether you have a wheat sensitivity or you are on the low carb diet, check out the great looking recipes and amazing stories on these sites.

Happy Tuesday to ya,


February 1, 2010

As promised…

Filed under: EtsyBlogger Team, Fun, NC Triad Etsians, North Carolina — Tags: — Tara @ 12:17 pm from the new camera. I am really pleased so far.

The bench on the deck after the big snow storm. The temperature got up to the mid 40’s yesterday so the snow on the bench melted.

Snow around the trees.


Mia is not so pleased with the new camera. She gets annoyed being the subject of so many pictures.

Zeke doesn’t seem to mind being my muse.

Well, maybe he does mind a little. But on rare occasions, I can get him to pose for multiple pictures.

Just a little fun post!

Happy Monday ALL!


January 31, 2010

New Camera

Filed under: EtsyBlogger Team, Fun, Garden Girl Creations, NC Triad Etsians — Tags: , — Tara @ 6:17 pm

My honey bought me a new camera today. I love it! Can’t wait for the 2 hour charge to complete so I can start playing with it!!

Olympus FE-4010 12MP Digital Camera (Gray)

Watch out! I will be taking lots of pics again.


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