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Just a few nibbles to tide you over, until I decide to write a real post.  Whenever that may be.

  • This weekend, I went into the danger zone.  A “stunk” got caught in the raccoon trap, causing all sorts of stinky mayhem.  Country girls can survive, that’s all I’m say’in.  On a side note, skunks are a lot prettier up close than I thought they would be.  Also, they smell even worse than I ever imagined.
  • The She Reads Truth app has finally launched and it is great!  They have some free studies, some lightly priced ones, plus free scripture lock screens and more.  It’s a great way to get your daily Bible reading in and learn along side a wonderful community of gals.
  • I am fascinated by Tsh’s capsule wardrobe for their upcoming world-wide tour.  She and her family are hitting the road for one whole year of travel and she has her very limited wardrobe all ready to go. I don’t know if I could pull that off!
  • I desperately need these sticky page flags!   I might need these as well.  And since we’re add it, might as well throw these in too.
  • I wish I had never discovered this, because now I want to spread it on everything.
  • I just finished Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  Through the first couple pages I was thinking, “I don’t know about this…”.  Then I got sucked into the vortex and when it ended I was screaming, “Nooooooo!!!!!”  It’s that good. (warning: it contains language and some dark (but real) subject matter; parents preview it before letting your teens read it.)
  • Every weekend I intend to rent a movie.  But then I start strolling through my Netflix queue, watch 5 documentaries and never get around to picking a movie!  I need some recommendations!

Seriously, I need your movie suggestions so next weekend I don’t end up watching 15 Secrets of the Vatican.


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It’s midyear, I just passed another birthday and it seems like as good a time as any to stop and take stock (inspiration from this site), reflect a little, give you a sneak peak into my day.  If you would like to join me you can share your list on the FB Page!

Making : Angel wings. No, that’s not a metaphor for anything, it’s part of an art course I’m re-taking this summer.  They are about 2 feet long, made of wood joining biscuits (I have no idea what they are really for).

Cooking : Pesto.  Although, I guess that doesn’t technically count as “cooking” since it’s just a matter of tossing all the ingredients in the food processor but I harvested my basil this week so pesto-making is on the list tonight.  As for real cooking, I plan to make some bone broth in the pressure cooker this weekend.  

Drinking : Coffee, decaf. With a tiny bit of creamer.  I really need to stop using creamer (nothing but chemicals) but its a tough habit to break.
Reading:  Oh boy, this is a tough one to answer because I’m always in the middle of about 7 books at a time.  Today I will finish The Happiness Project, which was a great read!
Wanting: To start working out again, for reals.  Not just physical therapy.  Sigh…
Looking: At the mess of half-finished art projects on my desk.  Focus, Carey, focus!
Playing: 2048 app.  So simple, so addictive.
Wasting: 2 serrano peppers in the crisper.  Let’s face it, there’s only so many things you can do with hot peppers.
Sewing: Nada. I only sew when I absolutely must.
Wishing: The next season of Nashville was on. I binge-watched the first 2 seasons and now I’m impatiently waiting.
Enjoying: Summer.  Even when it’s “too hot”, I’m at my best in the summer months.
Waiting: Ina’s got a new book coming out this fall!
Liking: Stitcher.  I also use Instacast to listen to podcasts, but Stitcher has some great features as well.
Wondering: Why in the heck I can’t get those first two paragraphs single spaced! These are the things that drive me crazy.
Loving: My new, red, 20 oz Klean Kanteen.  Klean Kanteens are the best! #kleankanteen

 This next 6 months brings some clarity as to why my body keeps shutting down.
Marveling: At how much food I have grown over the past year.  It has it’s ups and downs but overall, my garden rocks!
Needing: To remember to take all my supplements.  I always forget something!
Smelling:  The coffee I’m drinking.
Wearing: Skinny jeans, black peasant-ish top, black flats. Pretty standard uniform for me during the week.
Following: Wellness Mama, Chris Kresser & Liz Wolfe.
Noticing: I need to give my fingernails some attention this weekend. Maybe a coat or two of bright blue polish?
Knowing: It will all work out somehow.
Thinking: How I won the Family & Friends Lottery.  They really are the best.
Feeling: I haven’t felt well all year.  My body needs a serious reset.
Bookmarking: A bunch of Paleo recipes.  I’m not really a ‘Paleo” zealot, but I need to avoid the high-inflammatory foods for a while and since there are so many great recipes floating around these days that just happened to also be Paleo, it will make meals easier.
Opening: My order from Sephora came in! I ran out of concealer weeks ago but I waited to re-order so I could cash in on my birthday month freebies.
Giggling:  I’m not much of a giggler.


…around here that is.  You may have noticed a serious lack of posts and then for a couple days the site design got a little weird, and is still a little weird.  Just know that I’m in the middle of a bunch of major things:

  1. For the past couple months I have been participating in Jon Acuff’s #STARTexperiment, you can read all about it here.  It has been AMAZING and I’ve met all sorts of wonderful people.  But it has also been incredibly time consuming.  All for a good cause, you will see the fruits of it soon, I promise.
  2. For all the non-bloggers this isn’t going to mean much but I have spent the past few weeks trying to switch this site over from being hosted at WordPress to self-hosted.  The end result will be in a more dynamic site design, better features, etc. HOWEVER… it has been a humongous pain in the derriere.  If you ever have plans to begin a website or blog of your own, please remember my words: start out self-hosted!
  3. I have been laying the groundwork for this year’s “31 Days Of” series that begins in October.  It’s going to be chock full of information, but it’s a little too soon to reveal that yet.  Keep checking back for further info.
  4. I’ve been enjoying my summer, plain and simple.  I’ve spent lots of time on the river with my family, tending my garden, volunteering at church, making lots of great food and trying not to get sunburned (and failed).  It’s been a great break, but I’m really itching to get back to business here.

So all that to say, I’ve been gone most of the summer, but I’ll be back soon with 31 Days of ??, recipes, squirrels and more!


I am a member at Influence Network, a site dedicated to bringing bloggers, writers and dreamers together under the umbrella of dedicating our lives to making our online lives mean something.  We encourage each other, equip ourselves with articles and classes and share, share, share.

Today the Influence Network is hosting a linkup where we all share a bit about ourselves and get to know each other (and our sites) better.  We each must post 3 things:

1. A photo of yourself that you love. We want to put a face with a name! 

2.  Three get-to-know-me things. Deep, quirky, fun – you pick. 

3. One valuable thing you’ve gained from the Network. So without further ado, let’s get to the questions:

1. A photo of me that I love– no woman over 30 likes to either post pictures of herself or say that she likes a photo of herself,  talk about pushing us out of our comfort zone!  I’m usually the one behind the camera so I don’t have a ton of recent pictures of myself but if I had to pick my favorite from the past year it would be this one:

It’s kind of cheating because the real reason this is my favorite picture is because it’s of my nephew Jake at the Color Run.  But it’s a decent photo of me, paint and all.  And it is a great memory.

2.  Three get-to-know-me-things:  OK, where to start….

  • I am a 4th degree black belt (Yon-Dan) in Shotokan Karate-do.  At one time (a very long time ago) I was 3rd in the nation in my weight division in sparring and was invited to compete at the Pan American Games in Peru for the United States Karate Team.  Yup, that’s true.


  • The next thing you should know about me is… and most of my readers know this already… I think God put squirrels on this planet just to make me laugh.  Show me a squirrel and I will laugh.

Source: Alexa on Pinterest

  • Lastly, you should know that I love to cook and share a lot of that cookery here on my site.  Every Friday (OK, most Fridays) are dedicated to sharing a recipe, either my own or someone else’s.  If you have a recipe to share, I would love to include it on a future Friday Recipe post!

3. One valuable thing I’ve gained from the Influence Network:   We all have a dream, big or small, and we (members of The Influence Network) are doing our best to frame those dreams within the idea that our online life should glorify the God that created us.  It shouldn’t be this way, but it takes a lot of guts to admit that you have a dream, and at The Influence Network we have the space and safety to talk about those dreams and even receive insight from other dreamers. We are trusting God with our dreams and encouraging each other along the way.

So that’s my input on this linkup, I can’t wait to get to see the other gals and their answers!  If you would like to see the other bloggers in this linkup or learn more about The Influence Network, hop on over to The Influence Blog!


It’s been a while since we had a heart-to-heart so let’s catch up!

Currently I am recovering from my 7th surgery in 9 years.  This last surgery (ohhh, please be THE LAST) was to remove the titanium hardware from my knee that was used to attach my new ACL in surgery #6.  The hardware you see in the above photo is not leftover from an Ikea cabinet, it’s what came out of my knee! I am in awe and completely baffled as to how all that fit inside my little knee.

I have found a new yogurt obsession!  You know how much I love my Fage Plain Greek Style yogurt (with honey), it’s by far, in my most humble opinion, the best Greek yogurt on the market.  Well…. now they are selling it in prepared flavors like vanilla, cherry & peach!  Same velvety, thick texture, now with delicious flavorings already mixed in.  They call it “Fruyo” and since it’s so new it can be hard.  Try Whole Foods, that’s where I found it!

I just  have to get this off my chest, and don’t worry I won’t put out any spoilers in case some of you are not completely caught up on the season finale of Downton Abbey but JULIAN FELLOWS SHOULD BE HORSE WHIPPED!  There, I said it.  I feel better now. (Julian Fellows is the writer of the show, and he’s not my favorite person right now.)

And speaking of Dame Maggie Smith (Downton’s Dowager Countess Violet Crawley of Grantham) my cousin and I went to see her in the movie “Quartet“, directed by Dustin Hoffman and it was truly delightful!  The cast is packed with silver screen and stage veterans (Dame Maggie, Michael Gambon, Billy Connoly)  and the script is funny but will touch your heart at the same time.  I’m excited for it to come to DVD this spring so I can watch it again.

One of the few perks to lying around waiting for the swelling in your knee to go down is you get a ton of reading done.  I finished off the book Divergent by Veronica Roth and I have to tell you, I kinda liked it.  If you liked the Hunger Games and are looking for something similar, this is a good option.  I can’t say I was quite as engrossed as I was in the Hunger Games, but the plot puts forth some good food for thought.  I liked it enough to order the 2nd book in the series.

The sun has been peeking out here and there and the days are beginning to warm up, finally.  That has me thinking about the vegetable garden.  Tomatoes are definitely going to be on the list.  And of course my annual forest of basil.  I still have a few cups of last summer’s homemade pesto in the freezer, that’s how much basil I was able to get from my plants last year.

So that’s what has been on my mind the past few days, sitting around, waiting for this leg to get better.  What’s been on your mind?

I’m so thankful for your support, kind words and friendship this past year.  I hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Roost Tribe and it is hosted by Bonnie from Going Home To Roost.  What is it exactly?  Well, each month Bonnie selects graphics, articles, recipes, design tutorials and so much more to share with the “Tribe.”  Also, she shares her experience in being a “creative” business, helping mentor others in the Tribe along their way.  Below give you the lo-down on what a subscription will get ya:

roost tribe


I have to tell you, September was the first month and I am already IN LOVE with this membership.  Bonnie really understands a “Creative’s” needs/concerns/wishes.  For example, one of her first video tutorials was an Adobe Illustrator tutorial that erased my fears of that program.  I have always wanted to learn to use Adobe Illustrator but was so intimidated by it and after Bonnie’s tutorial I am convinced I CAN use it for ATC and have fun doing it.

The Roost Tribe content comes over several emails throughout the month so it’s a fun surprise in your inbox every week or so!

If you have a creative business (etsy, blog, diy, cooking, crafts, calligraphy, etc.) I know without a doubt you can benefit from a Roost Tribe subscription.  It’s just $5/month and so very worth it!

Join Roost Tribe today so you don’t miss out on all the October goodness!!

Lately I only post on Fridays, our Friday Recipe where I showcase a recipe I’ve noticed lately or one of my own creations.  I love to look at the stats on Mondays to see just how many of you are checking-in every Friday, and you do!  I’m not a lame-o really, I wish I could post more but I just can’t pull it off right now.  I hope soon that will change, keep your fingers crossed for me.

In the meantime I thought I might show you a few photos of what I’ve been up to.  I document just about everything that goes on on my life via Iphone, camera, etc. so it’s pretty easy to give you my past few weeks in a nutshell.  So without any further hoopla, here we go:

  • Last week I had about an hour to myself so I wandered around Barnes & Noble, one of my happy places.  Of course I spent quite a bit of time in the cookbook section, doing a little research.  I’m currently researching cookbook styles, layout, paper, etc.  One that I really liked was “Mad Hungry:Feeding Men & Boys” by Lucinda Scala Quinn.  I love watching her on Martha Stewart Everyday and I just adore this cookbook.  It’s so easy to read, the paper is heavy but not glossy (that kind of bugs me) and is chocked full of good ‘ole family recipes.
  • My tomatoes are starting to turn red finally!  This was a tiny harvest of my cherry tomatoes (Sweet 100’s?).  They are tiny but so full of flavor.  They taste just like sunshine.  I pull them off the vine as soon as they are ready and eat them as a snack after I finish watering all the plants.
  • I’ve been cooking, of course.  Random stuff mostly, feeding myself.  And trying to come up with creative uses for all the pesto I have been making with my forest of basil.  The other day I created “Pesto Tuna Melts” on toasted English muffins.  It sounds weird.  It was yummy.  And my brother and I had a conversation about weird people who take pictures of their food.  “Hey, I do that!”, said I.  “Exaclty.” said he.  I get no respect.
  • Have you heard of She Reads Truth ?  It’s a Bible reading “group” using the reading plans on YouVersion.  Everyday you follow the planned reading and if you want to you can post a little “something” on Instagram or Twitter or any other social media outlet with the tag #shereadstruth to share with the rest of the group.  I’ve met some lovely gals and have been so encouraged by this reading plan.  You can check it out here. 

And lastly, my favorite picture so far this year is this one of my nephew Jake and I at the 2012 Color Run-Sacramento.  It was a blast!!  My sister Natalie, Bree and I went together, along with 15,000 other people and let strangers throw colored cornstarch at us.  It sounds crazy.  It was crazy.  You can learn more about the Color Run here and I’ll link up some videos so you can get an idea of just how bizarre/fun it is.

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Well, that’s what I’ve been up to lately!

I have this weird habit. I sign up for things when they are first released (like Facebook, Tumblr, etc.) and don’t actually start using them for months or sometimes years.  I was one of the first subscribers to Facebook way back when no one knew what it was, including me.  My account just sat there untouched for about 2 years.  Then when it started picking up momentum and people were talking about “that Facebook thing” I suddenly remembered, “Oh yeah, I think I have one of those accounts!”

I do this all the time.  I did it with Instagram.  I signed up for Instagram a long time ago but didn’t quite “get it“.  But eventually I caught on and now I just plain ‘ole love it!

For those of you still in the dark, Instagram is an app for your smart phone that allows you to upload pictures and share with other viewers.  But that is a WAY simplified explanation because Instagram is so much more than that. Instagram gives you opportunities, straight from the app, to take photos, add artistic filters, add tags and more.  You can make your account public or private so you can decide who sees your photos.  Of course my account is linked to this website and public for all to see/share so go ahead and pop over to my feed to get a peek at Instagram at work!

Here are a few of the photos you will see there:

There are lots of food related pictures on my feed, like the above post-it note with my scribbles on it.  That is exactly how I create recipes…. scratches on post-it notes.

But those scribbles turned into this delightful stuffed pork loin!

I made a quick but delicious chicken dinner, so I shared it on Instagram. Because that’s me in a nutshell.  Cooking…eating…feeding the masses.

I also share things like my nature walks.

A handful of wild flowers or an old feather off a guinea hen are things I share.  In an often unlovely world, I am fascinated by lovely things when I see them.

And sometimes I share completely random stuff.  Like when my ice cream mochi exploded all over my shirt and jeans.

Coincidentally, Facebook recently bought Instagram so I’m not sure how it will change in the coming months but for now I really enjoy sharing my photos and seeing my friends photos.  I”d love to see yours too!! Just search for careypowell and click “follow” or leave a comment here and let me know your “handle” on Instagram!

If you use a reader, you can also subscribe to my Instagram feed here. http://statigr.am/feed/careypowell

“Where have you been?!”

“What happened to you?!”

“What is going on?!”

I’ve received a lot of these messages in the past couple of weeks and all I can say is I know, I know.  I could tell you a ba-jillion different stories, all very true, about what has gone on in my little world in the past few months but it all comes down to this:  things be crazy.

And on top of it all, my connectivity to things like Facebook, Twitter, and the internet in general have been sporadic at best (not that I’ve had time).

I can tell by the stats that some of you have been lurking around, checking in, probably looking for our Friday recipe.  Oops.

The good news is this:  life is slowly getting back to new-normal.  I’m not 100% certain what new-normal looks like yet, even here on ATC, but come hell or high water there will be a recipe posted on Friday.  Even if I have to use my Iphone to do it, standing barefoot in the middle of a walnut orchard.  OK, I’m exaggerating.  I wouldn’t be barefoot.  Is “Cracking and Eating Raw Walnuts” considered a recipe?

So no more worries, I’m back, mostly.  Let’s get back to the good stuff.


PS:  And soon there will be squirrels.  Because I have seen quite a few lately and you know I just can’t resist.