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If you have been here for a while you already know about my love of printables.  I mean, I love-love them.

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What are printables? Printables are files that bloggers and website owners put up for their readers to download for their personal use, usually for free. They range from tip/organization sheets...

...or inspiration art to frame...

...or holiday freebies...

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...and even printables to help you with your gift giving...




Printables make my life easier because I can download, print & start using it in a matter of minutes. I love other people's creativity!

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I have and hour and a half to get Day 21 and our Friday Recipe posted.  Nothing like cutting it close!

I was busy running errands when I got off work then I took a long, long walk but by the time I got home I was starving.  And impatient.  And that's where today's "simple thing" comes in: Go To Recipes.  You know what Go To Recipes are, don't you?  It's the dishes you cook up on the fly, without an actual recipe.  They are the meals you create by opening up the refrigerator and throwing together a bunch of ingredients.  It's not really a written-down recipe but more of a method of cooking that you have used over and over and over, so often that you know it by heart.

And that's exactly what I did tonight.  I made my Go-To-Pasta which is always comprised of the same basic ingredients: pasta, olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, a protein (chicken, sausage), a fresh leafy green (spinach, arugula) or herb (basil, parsley), cheese (Parmesan or mozzarella)  and a shot of white wine.  I have made this pasta a thousand different ways, a hundred different times and it comes out great every time.  It's quick, it's healthy and it is so simple.

Here is my basic method, but feel free to switch it up to suit your tummy:

1.  Fill a large pot with water for the pasta, cook according to the directions on the box.

2.  In a large skillet drizzle enough olive oil to coat the pan, set over medium heat.

3.  Add chopped garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes to the oil.

4.  turn the heat up to medium high.  Add your meat.   Cook until meat is cooked through and lightly browned.  Add a splash of white wine and allow to cook off for a minute or two.  If you are still waiting for your pasta to finish cooking, reduce the heat to low.

5.  When your noodles are ready, drain and reserve about 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water.  Add noodles directly to the pan along with your cheese of choice and your greens/herbs.  Stir well to combine then if the pasta seems dry you can add back some of the pasta water.

6.  Sprinkle your cheese over the top and serve!

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone.  31 Days will continue through the weekend, only 10 days to go!


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I do not expect you to understand it, but I think squirrels are one of the funniest things on the planet.

I really do believe that God put squirrels (and chipmunks) on this earth to make me laugh.

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When they do things like this, how can you do anything but laugh?

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As if photos of squirrels isn't funny enough, there are videos of squirrels doing things like running an obstacle course:
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An easy laugh for a simple brain such as mine, I love squirrels!



I am a sucker for pretty paper: tissue paper, cardstock, scrapbook paper, wallpaper, imported paper, fancy paper napkins, gift bags, wrapping paper,  I love it all.  It is one of my guilty pleasures, in fact.  I will walk into a scrapbook store and browse the hundreds of pretty papers for about 1/2 hour then then pick out a few pieces to take home and keep in my "stash".  If you buy a lot of them they can get pricey but I'm really good at watching for the sales and it is rare that I don't have a 40% coupon from Michaels so it's a pretty cheap way to put a smile on my face.

I also like to take that "stash" and find new uses for all those pretty papers.  I will make tags for gifts or wrap packages with a band of those gorgeous patterns.  I use a lot of music paper on my canvases and I like to Mod Podge patterned tissue paper over canvases as well.  I save the scraps, too.  I use the little bits as tags or tabs or just collage a bunch of them down in my art journals.

One of my favorite "simple things"!

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That's it, that's what I'm doing right now. I'm staying at my brother's for a couple days and when I got home from work I changed into sweats, pulled up a chair and plunked down on the front porch facing the Yuba River. My brother and Cousin Ashley are raking walnuts in the orchard, iPod playing in the outdoor speakers, a light breeze in the air. Sublime.

When was the last time you just sat still? My parents ended almost every day (at least when the weather was good) just sitting on the front porch, looking out on to the yard, maybe enjoying a cup of coffee or a little pre dinner snack.

There is something to be said for just sittin'. Im aware of the birdies, the frog creaking under the porch and the scent of the newly dug flowerbed. My brain is recharging moment by moment and I've already forgotten what I was so stressed out about when I left the office.

I really should go help rake walnuts. Hmmm...



I'm away from my laptop for a few days so I'm posting from my mobile office (aka: my Iphone) for the rest of the week.

You know I love my coffee (or forever otherwise known as Day 4), but I can't drink it all day.  I have one huge latte every week day morning for breakfast, that's enough.  But still, it's getting colder and I sometimes want something warm in the afternoons to drink.  My next favorite warm beverage is hot chocolate...with whipped cream....and cinnamon.  Uhhh, but that's not an everyday kinda thing.  Unless I want to have to buy bigger pants every month.  So my 3rd favorite and much healthier choice is herbal tea.  But not just any herbal tea... Celestial Seasonings herbal tea.

I have been drinking Celestial Seasonings since I was a kid, my mom always had it around.  We had our standard favorites like Magic Mint and  Chamomile.  But my mom also bought other yummy flavors like Sleepytime and Red Zinger.  And one of my new favorites is this one:

It has so many of the flavors I love:  peppermint, ginger, chamomile, lemon, licorice and more.  With a touch of stevia (great way to avoid extra sugar), it is a perfect afternoon treat that warms me up.

Herbal tea is a simply delicious!

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Here's a  "heads up" on a little blog-share-fest that will be going on during the month of October.  The gals over at... well, they are 8 separate writers each with their own site (below) but in past years they have agreed to each write an ongoing article called "31 Day of...", one post every day during the month of October.  They open it up to other writers and this year I am going to participate.

Now, everyone gets to pick their own topic, anything goes.  Since "simplicity" is my personal focus for the rest of the year I have decided to write "31 Days of the Simple Things."  What are the "simple things?"  They are the little products, events, ideas or foods that put a smile on my face.  They make my life easier.  They are cheap (or free).  They are uncomplicated.  They make me grateful.

The first post will come out on October 1 which is Saturday...<gasp> I'd better get writing!

The writers hosting the event can be found below along with what they will be writing about for 31 days.  Check them out, they have wonderful sites.

Jen - 31 Days to Balancing Both Beauty and a Budget

Jessica – 31 Days of Memory Keeping

Melissa: – 31 Days: Inspired Holidays

Sandy – 31 Days of Warm Connections

Darcy: 31 Days of Photo Tips

Emily: 31 Days to Change the World

Emily: 31 Days of the Little Things

Nester – 31 Days of Charming Imperfection