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what I saw of the lunar eclipse

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one of my favorite pics…lots of depth

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I love dew drops…or was it rain…

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bright reds!

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my first trip to NYC and Central Park

{all my pictures are now taken by my new Canon Rebel t3. this camera is AMAZING, and I would recommend it for anyone}


Central Park





some flowers 🙂


Turtle Pond


view from Belvedere Castle


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turtles at Turtle Pond




























a quick mouth sore remedy

I was talking with some people at my church and somehow the topic of home remedies came up. My pastor said that mixing a pinch of baking soda with your water will help clean your mouth and get rid of sores. Yesterday I woke up with one of those annoying canker sores under my lip, so I put a pinch of baking soda in my cup every time I got water. It went away that afternoon! Normally they last a few days. So now I’m always putting baking soda in my water 🙂

Also, putting a little bit of apple cider vinegar in your water is great for you (although I’ll admit, I’m not sure I want to try it because of the smell/taste :P) it contains iron, helps an upset stomach and sore throat, cures hiccups, and MUCH more.

If you have any home remedies or anything similar to share, comment below 🙂

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

I made peanut butter cookies last week but didn’t like the way they turned out. I followed the recipe exactly {which I never do} and was a little ify about the amount of sugar required {1 cup!!} So today I decided to play with the recipe, add a little of this, not as much as that, mix in a little of this, and voila! I made a cookie which turned out to be really yummy if I do say so myself 😉


Ingredients: {note that I estimate the measurements when I’m cooking, so I’m giving you what I estimated} 🙂

  • 1 c smooth peanut butter (I use natural)
  • optional: 1/4 c almond butter
  • 2/3 c brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp gluten free all-purpose flour (w/o xanthan gum) {I used my own mixture}
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 -1/2 c chopped almonds
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips {milk, dark, white, semi-sweet, any would taste great)


1) set oven for Image

2) In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter and almond butter just to soften them up a bit. Then add brown sugar and mix well.

3) Next add the flour and stir until well combined.

4) Now add egg and stir really well

5) Add the almonds and chocolate chips and stir


6) scoop some batter into the palm of your hand and roll into about the size of a ping-pong ball

7) place about an inch apart on a stoneware cookie sheet and press with a fork

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8) cook for 10-15 minutes until golden on top. Immediately transfer cookies to a cookie rack. Cool completely before eating!

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Enjoy!! 😀