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Wednesday in the Studio

I had a few hours of personal time in-between client appointments. It was time to paint again.

The Paintings

I might reopen the Etsy shop, but under a different name. It might be open by the fall. I want to keep painting and have a larger collection.

I have the bottom colors finished. Next will be more detail using acrylic markers..

Maybe I can spend more time in the studio later this week.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Day 4: Something Green

Plants. I love a home full of plants. Indoor plants provides a natural look to the decorating but plants are a benefit to our health and home

Benefits of Plants

  • Air purification, indoor plants can absorb carbon dioxide and they help release oxygen
  • Plants release moisture into the air.
  • Plants improve your mood
  • Reduce fatigue, improves stress and anxiety.
  • improve focus
  • minimizes headaches.
  • helps with dry skin

Photography of My Plants

From left to right: cactus, green onions, Christmas cactus

Palm tree- it’s 11 years old

Snake plant

From left to right: ivy, peppermint

Christmas cactus

Both of these are cactuses

Poinsettia tree- I took the plant a few years ago and replanted it in a larger pot. I heard it can be grown indoors. It needs to be in a dark place to get the red leaves, but around Christmas I get a few red leaves even near this window.

From left to right: mini rose, and some kind of cactus (I think)

Cactus

Mini rose plant

Some kind of tree plant.

Those are my plants, they are in my living room, dinning room, and the bedrooms.

I love bringing nature into my home. It’s fun watching them grow and bloom.

If I move, I really would love to have a sunroom to put my plants in.

Your Shopping Wishes

plant grow light
potting soil
pots for plants-looks like a great deal
Sticky traps for indoor plants to catch insects
watering can with plant mister

Happy Day

Caroline

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A Review of Meals this Week

My diet consists of gluten free and dairy free and soy free. I have an autoimmune illness, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

On Monday, tuna, chicken BBQ and chicken burgers were prepared. Rice and roasted vegetables were also prepared.

An order from Whole Foods Market was made. They have the best gluten free and dairy free products, that I can not find anywhere else. Plus they deliver, so it’s easier to order there as my work schedule can be difficult to get to a grocery store.

I did not have a dessert every night. I finished the cinnamon muffins last night. The gluten free homemade biscuits were starting to loose it’s freshness so I had to toss those.

A spinach smoothie was made for Breakfast, along with eggs, avocado on toast and left over veggies were warmed up.

The refrigerator is now empty of this week’s meals.

This evening, I’ll make dinner. It will be a salad and a baked potato.

Tomorrow I work, so I have the chicken soup and tuna thawing. I will make those for dinner when I get home from a long day at work.

I’ll have to eat the grapes today for a snack. I also got out of the freezer the gluten free brownies I made the other day. And today I’m going to make blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins will be my breakfast for tomorrow along with fruit. I’ll post the gluten free blueberry muffins.

Meals

Happy Day

Caroline

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Friday Morning Cleaning at the Studio

This morning, the floors needed to be cleaned. I decided to get the floors finished before I get ready for work. Today I’ll be working from home. I love Friday’s for that reason.

There’s some areas of my house that needs dusting. I’ll try to do that in-between my sessions.

The candles in my family room and bathroom are turned on(I use hot plate warmer and plug in candle wax- I have cats!) Hoping the fragrance from the candles will energize my home and make it feel refreshing.

Photos of Fresh Snow

We had fresh snow last night. Maybe 2 inches of snow. It’s much warmer than it was the last three days. But there’s more cold and snow in the forecast next week.

On my walk early this morning, these photos were taken.

Preparing for Smoothies

On my counter there’s bananas that are becoming brown. I don’t care for them at that point, so I cut them up and put them in the freezer for future smoothies. Also can be used for banana bread. Great way to save money and be intentional about your diet.

This evening I’ll be knitting and resting. I work on Saturday, all day!

Happy Day

Caroline

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Chicken patties gluten free

Gluten Free Chicken Patty Ingredients

  • ground chicken
  • coconut aminos
  • sesame oil
  • minced garlic
  • minced ginger
  • sea salt
  • sesame seeds
  • red pepper
  • black pepper
  • pineapple rings

Recommended Cookbook

from Against all Grain by Danielle Walker

I usually serve this with my salad. I like to have the pineapple cut up in the salad, along with watermelon, cantaloup and cucumber, with a lemon basil dressing from Paul Neuman. There is a toping in the recipe book that is exceptionally good and tasty, but I don’t think I will be making that when I pull this out of the freezer.

This is one of my favorite recipes to make, because it is simple and easy to freeze.

Dinner

I warmed up the left over rice and veggies from earlier this week. Then I warmed up the chicken burger. (Goal for meals, is to use what I have and what I made).

For Dessert

Warmed up the last of the cinnamon rolls.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Tuna patties, gluten free

Ingredients

  • Tuna, I used 4 cans, or 2 larger cans
  • Celery diced
  • Green onions diced
  • Gluten free bread crumbs- about 1/4 cup, start with less then add more
  • Two eggs
  • Salt-dash
  • Pepper-dash
  • Sesame oil start with little then add more if needed

Dice the celery and green onions

put the tuna, bread crumbs, egg and sesame oil in the bowl with the celery and onions. mix together.

the patties will seem either really wet or too dry. If wet, add more bread crumbs, you can also add parmesan cheese, or nutritional yeast if you are dairy free. Once the patties are formed, place them in the refrigerator for at least 20 mins to an hour. Then take them out and cook in a skillet until golden.

Or you can cook them on a skillet loose, no in a burger form. Such as this:

I placed this in the freezer..it will be a good spread for a sandwich, with pasta or in a salad. And even a simple lunch with crackers. All you have to do is thaw it and warm it up.

Serve this with rice, quinoa, or gluten free spaghetti, with a side salad, green beans or other vegetables. Remember to put some fruit on your plate for some sweetness!

Happy Day

Caroline

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Organizing a Closet

Today’s focus is the closet. I have been taking time sorting through my closets and reorganizing and decluttering. It’s been a slow process. Because let’s face it, I rather not do this.

I started with my dresser. I put my PJs in there. Also if it is winter, I store my summer tops, vice versa.

Some things are being donated from this pile.

Then I place all tops on my bed from the closet.

I sorted through those. Dividing it into sections,

Sections/categories to consider

  • Lounge pants
  • Sweat shirts
  • Long sleeves lounge
  • Long sleeve for work
  • Summer/spring wear
  • Dresses and skirts
  • Pants for work

And look, I have been looking for this sweater

It’s amazing how it looks. I washing some light weight clothes. I might be able to start incorporating those in my winter outfits soon.

My Goals

  • wear my skirts and dresses to work again.
  • Wear what I have without needing to add anything to my closet.
  • if I need to buy something it has to fit in with: do I need it, can I use it more than once and is it neutral enough it can do with other items
  • I like color, minimalism is not about wearing white, cream, tans, neutrals and black. it is about simple life and if color in your clothes makes you happy and it adds to joy of life, then do it but have rules on how you buy color and fabrics. those rules can be do I need it, can I use it for more than once, is the fabric something I can use for more than one season.
  • Where do you live? I live in a state that has seasonal changes sometimes it can be 3 seasons in one day! Yes, a changing of clothes is not unusual. Shop for the seasons that seem to be longer, for me it is winter and summer. So my summer clothes are also something I can wear in part of the fall. My winter clothes, I can wear some in the beginning part of the spring. It’s adding color, jewelry and a lightweight cardigan to the outfit that can make it feel more like spring.

This is the donation pile.

My suggestions for decluttering are:

  • Find a block of time to work on it
  • what is your vision for this area?
  • make a plan-are you going to reorganize or will you be decluttering and donating?
  • put items in sections/categories-lounge wear, work, date night, active wear, etc
  • make a dedicated area for donation pile and one for throwing away
  • Start noticing areas you have more than enough and areas that might need to be replaced
  • try a challenge of not shopping for new clothes for a year, see what you can do without and what you can be creative with
  • minimalism is not about having one of everything, it is about finding what your needs are, and staying with the vision of simple living.

4pawsartstudio, just has not been making art lately. I have been cross stitching, as my previous post gave you an update about Rue Paris. I will be knitting today in-between my client sessions. It will be snowing later, so I might just take another day to relax and tiddy up my downstairs. I am making barbeque chicken in the crock pot and later will make chicken patties for later in the week. I am working on tidying up my pantry and freezer. I have a goal to plan my meals and thought to wait until most items are eaten and I need to return to the grocery store. That is something to stay posted for in the future, is my menu planning. Art and painting will return, I am needing to get my house organized better with less clutter. (paper shredding is in serious need to be priority this week)!!!

Happy Day

Caroline

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Declutter goals

My next set of decluttering is to help me organize papers, cleaning supplies and go through the storage closet.

  • Shred paper
  • Organize bankers boxes
  • Put shelf in closet
  • Organize cleaning supplies
  • Clean off shelf in bathroom
  • Reorganize storage closet

Steps for Decluttering

  • have a vision of how you want the room/space to be
  • sort items that are similar together
  • donate and discard items
  • One room and one space at a time

Declutter progress

I had tons of trash and recycling to discard. Also donated a few items. And have a small pile ready for a garage sale this early summer.

More decluttering will be occurring in weeks to come.

Gluten Free Dinner


Salad with cucumbers, radishes and avocado. With a side of Mandarin orange.

I grilled a dairy free cheese sandwich on gluten free bread. Canyon honey white bread is fabulous!

This evening will be knitting and resting.

Happy Day

Caroline