Country at Heart, Living in the City

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This past week, we had more snow that had stuck, so my mom had taken a snow day. Between the two of us, I mixed up banana bread and she had made chocolate chip cookies.

Yesterday, after work, I stopped at the grocery store to pick up what I needed to make some more egg white scramble. I picked up pork sausage, egg whites and tomatoes.

Today, after work, I ran errands. This included stopping at IKEA, and looked around a bit, it makes me want my own place again, so bad.

I love how they are able to create a functional small space, that is also homey.

These are just a couple of the set ups that I saw that I really liked. While I would have chosen a grey sofa instead of the floral, and had grey walls in the living room, I like the set up and openness of it. The bedroom looked more rustic, like it could be a cabin in the woods.

Afterward, I continued on and went across to NW Portland, where I went to my favorite tea shop, where I had picked up even more tea. I had ordered a fair amount a couple days ago, and it was delivered today. It is totally worth going over to NW Portland to get my favorite tea. I definitely stocked up, and will have tea to enjoy for a while.

They packaged the box up very nicely.

As crazy as it may sound, if I had a job that I could support myself on, I may get reconsider living in the city, or a city anyway. That is crazy, for anyone who knows me.

Country at Heart, Living in the City

Hey Everyone!

This past week, we had more snow that had stuck, so my mom had taken a snow day. Between the two of us, I mixed up banana bread and she had made chocolate chip cookies.

Yesterday, after work, I stopped at the grocery store to pick up what I needed to make some more egg white scramble. I picked up pork sausage, egg whites and tomatoes.

Today, after work, I ran errands. This included stopping at IKEA, and looked around a bit, it makes me want my own place again, so bad.

I love how they are able to create a functional small space, that is also homey.

These are just a couple of the set ups that I saw that I really liked. While I would have chosen a grey sofa instead of the floral, and had grey walls in the living room, I like the set up and openness of it. The bedroom looked more rustic, like it could be a cabin in the woods.

Afterward, I continued on and went across to NW Portland, where I went to my favorite tea shop, where I had picked up even more tea. I had ordered a fair amount a couple days ago, and it was delivered today. It is totally worth going over to NW Portland to get my favorite tea. I definitely stocked up, and will have tea to enjoy for a while.

They packaged the box up very nicely.

As crazy as it may sound, if I had a job that I could support myself on, I may get reconsider living in the city, or a city anyway. That is crazy, for anyone who knows me.

Preparing For the Ladies Retreat

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So, I am going to be attending a ladies retreat this weekend, and I have been slowly preparing for it over the past couple of weeks.

last week I had picked up what I am going to be giving as gifts.

Today I ran errands to pick up the dry goods for what I will be using in part for meals for myself and the food intolerance friendly breakfast I am making for Saturday morning. I am also going to bake up a batch of gluten free vegan muffins Friday morning before I leave, to take with me.

While I did a test run of the gluten free and dairy free egg casserole I am planning on making, I also spent the time to do up the tea and sugar free sweetener bags I am giving as gifts.

I love doing all this crafty Homemaking stuff. I enjoy doing things for others and using all the creative ideas I get to bless others.

Beings that I have food intolerances myself, I can understand and relate to others who also have food intolerances. Being able to cook for myself and others who have food intolerances is a passion of mine, besides loving to cook in general.

Stash Tea Haul

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This past weekend I had gone out to the stash tea store in Tigard.

Beings that Fall arrived quickly and working a new job where I work at night, having a variety of tea, but caffeinated and decaffeinated / uncaffeinated was critical. I picked up two more boxes of English Breakfast Tea as well as a variety of other teas, including Acai Berry herbal tea, cranberry pomegranate herbal tea, raspberry and white decaf tea, Christmas Eve herbal tea and Christmas Morning black and green tea blend.

Besides the fact that the Stash English Breakfast Tea is my favorite English Breakfast Tea, Stash is also a local company. It is based in Tigard, Oregon which is one of the suburbs of Portland.

I am all for supporting local companies. I like keeping my money in where I live. By buying local I am supporting my community and those who live and work here.

While at the Stash store, I also purchased a hydro flask travel mug, for my tea. While I have several travel mugs, none of them are really insulated. So they would burn my hand while allowing my tea to cool off really fast. I have found in the few days I have had my hydro flask, that I can make myself tea at 10:45 at night (before I go to work) and it is still hot at 6:00 am the next morning. I like having hot tea throughout my shift.

Going more Natural

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Over the course of the last few months, since I began using ItWorks and Perfectly Posh products that are naturally based, I was reminded of something I had really wanted to start doing a while back. That is to live a more natural lifestyle. That started when I had to go dairy free, and generally gluten free.

I have wanted to use naturally based products for many reasons, mostly health related so that I felt better inside and out, and reduced the chances to have a reaction to products. I still have to be careful about the products I use, and reading labels, as some “natural” products really aren’t all that natural.

Having grown up, and spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest, in the part of said region that is all about recycling, composting, and is driven primarily liberal politics, at some point some of that “natural lifestyle” was bound to rub off, since I have been saturated in my whole life. Having to go Dairy Free and limit gluten, has definitely pushed my toward it that much more. I have also been trying to educate myself on how bad these man made chemicals really are for our bodies and the environment (every time you shower, brush your teeth, and so much more, you are putting chemicals down the drain then are put into the sewer or septic system and have to be dealt with, and end up in the environment). These chemicals have been connected to causing cancers and other health issues that were not around, or if they were around not as prevalent 100 year ago as they are today.

For the past year or two, I have been using a laundry soap that I mix up myself (it is one of those DIY laundry soaps I found on Pinterest), it uses Borax, Fels Naphtha, and Arm & Hammer super washing soda. Ever since I was little, I (or my parents) had to be super careful with what they used to wash my clothes, as I have broken out in hives with several different brands of laundry detergents, and I can’t use anything that is super strongly scented or I break out.

As for other cleaning products, I like Mrs. Meyers Clean Day and Seventh Generation cleaning products. I am not adverse to keeping some lysol around the house for tough situations or to give the house a good thorough cleaning (especially after having had a cold or something), but for normal day to day, I prefer the natural products, that for the day to day cleaning are just as good and won’t put too many crazy chemicals on or in my body.

While I am well on my way to living a more natural lifestyle, there are many things I am not going to give up, like personal hygiene aka brushing my teeth, showering, using deodorant, doing laundry regularly etc. I am still a firm believer in all of that, I am just choosing to use more natural ways for doing them that are better for me and the environment.

 

Neighborhoods with a Small Town Vibe

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When I started this blog, it was solely dedicated to living Dairy Free and generally Gluten Free, and over time has evolved to include Home, which is everything from homemaking, canning, hopefully one day gardening, home decorating, as well as food as it all ties together and is something that is on my heart. One day I want to be able to have a home of my own, and make it an inviting space for myself, and my friends and family to hang out in. Hospitality has been something that has been on my heart for years. 

Since I have had to go dairy free and avoid gluten for the most part, i have been thankful to live in Portland, where I have multiple New Seasons, Trader Joes, Whole Foods as well as Bob’s Red Mill nearby. We even have a Gluten Free / Vegan bakery here which I found out about at my previous job. Having food intolerances as an adult am has made me want to eat healthier and be healthier. While I have no intention of becoming a part of one of Portland’s natural all the way minorities and joining that entire subculture, in many ways I am glad it is here. It makes my life in terms of finding food I can eat so much easier, and it is easier to find products that have fewer harsh chemicals that are bad for you and such. So they haven’t completely converted me (I still eat meat, know the uses and power of bleach and Lysol, and by my clothes from mainstream stores) I am just more aware and conscious of what I put into my body and on my body. 

Speaking of Portland, yes the big city is still overwhelming at times, and there are definitely times being in the city drives me crazy and makes me long for the small town life I had in College. Thanks to the Urban Growth Boundary, the Metro area hasn’t seen the Urban Sprawl that other large cities have seen. It is easy enough to get out of the city. In the past couple of years my best friend and I have been working on exploring more of the city through new places to hike, places to get tea and hang out. A little over two months ago, my best friend and I had gone for a hike for her birthday then went and found the Smith Tea Tasting Room in NW Portland. That was te first time I had really driven in the heart of the industrialy area of NW Portland to go somewhere. 

There are neighborhoods and communities within the city that remind me of being in a small town, and they make me forget for a time that I am still in the city. 

Tea is Amazing! 

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This past week I have bought more tea. Last week one of my friends and I went to the Stash Tea store and today I picked up more at Fred Meyer and a box of Scottish Breakfast Tea at the Scottish Shop for myself. I have never seen Scottish Breakfast Tea in a normal grocery store here in the states only English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast teas. I knew Scottish Breakfast Tea existed, just had to track it down. I figured the Scottish Shop would be the best place to go to look for it. I definitely found it there.   

Today I also picked up a teabag holder. It says it is technically a spoon rest it looks like all the teabag holders I have ever seen, so I now have a teabag holder. I also love the fact that it was made in Scotland and has the Scottish Thistle on it.  

 
So now I am really just waiting on when I can have my own place and be able to have tea parties, and so much more.