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I love banners, buntings, and garlands and I have been seeing them everywhere lately. (click on the photos to see the owners)

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Lavender Garland (by Vintage Amethyst)

newspaper snowflakes (by mayalu)

delicate newspaper bunting (by mayalu)

Mini Bunting (by Chez Larsson)

spring banner (by littlethings1)

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295: 11.22.07 (by girlhula)

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blueberry dreams (by Leaca's Philosophy)

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins
• 2 cups cake flour
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 pinch salt
• 3 ounces cream cheese, cut in cubes
• 2 teaspoon lemon juice
• 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 Whole eggs
• 1/4 cup melted butter, hot, about 175°
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 cup blueberries
• paper muffin cup liners
Preparation:
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°. Line the cups of a muffin tin with 12 paper liners. Set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir well; set aside. Using metal blade in food processor, process cream cheese, lemon juice, and vanilla in food processor until smooth. Add eggs and process 15 seconds. Scrape down side of container with a spatula. With processor running, pour hot melted butter through food chute gradually, but within 10 seconds. Process another 10 seconds. Add milk and process 5 seconds. Add dry ingredients to container and mix with 4 to 6 half-second pulses. Add blueberries and fold in with a spoon. Pour an equal amount of batter into each muffin cup, filling each about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes. Cool on rack 15 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.

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Joy St. Claire Photography is offering a free wallpaper that is spring divine.

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yakisoba....my version (by Leaca's Philosophy)

Noddyboom is hosting a blog recipe swap on Wednesdays and asked me to join in. If you are interested hop on over and check it out.

I love yakisoba at Benihana’s and I decided to try to figure out how to make it. I do not have exact measurements, sorry, I do not cook that way. I am going to guesstimate.

Yakisoba
1 pkg. soba noodles or chow mien noodles, prepared
4 small zucchini
3 carrots
1 bag of broccoli slaw
1 med onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
salt and pepper

Saute onion and carrots in olive oil over high heat. Add broccoli and zucchini after the onions start to look translucent. I saute the zucchini until it is tender but I like mine a little firm. I add the garlic, salt and pepper at this time. Toss in the noodles.

Sauce
1/3 cup Tamari
pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp sesame oil

Wisk ingredients in a small bowl and pour over noodles. Toss it around until everything is incorporated.

I added one cup of cooked chicken but it tastes great with out it too. It is all up to you and your tastes.

Tomorrow I have a surprise for you guys…a guest blogger and a giveaway!!!!!

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When I lived in Wyoming we owned our own home with one acre of land and we always had a very large garden. I could spend hours in my vegetable and flower gardens. I loved my yard, loved fresh vegetables and loved nurturing my family in ways I could not even comprehend. There is something about planting, growing and feeding your family that makes you feel industrious.

I was just chatting with Jackie over at Smoothpebble about this very thing. She is making laundry soap and she is very excited about it, she asked if it was silly. I completely understand why it makes her so excited. We live in a consumer driven world, blah, blah, I know, but it is true. Our great-grandmothers would be rolling in their graves if they seen how easy we have it.

I think things like sewing, hand made crafting, gardening, and soap making are dying in our homes. It is sad really because it is so rewarding when we take the time to do it. Now I will get off my soap box. =]

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I watch Martha Stewart faithfully, I even record it. The other day she made a salad table that allows you to grow salad greens and herbs on your porch. They even made a salad box that you can just put in a small space. I called my husband right away and told him he was making me one. I am so excited to grow things again.

What do you do with your hands to create and nurture yourself and others? I am really interested so please do share even if it is a goal that you would like to do in the future.

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This weekend I shot the volcano but we decided to go to the local cannery and ask if I could get some shots of the eagles, there were hundreds. They were really nice and let us come by the big NO TRESPASSING sign.

This one was my best shot and I am declaring it my BSM!
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Do you think I can count him as one of my 100 strangers shot? I am getting braver, I was closer!
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In Alaska when you start to see seagulls it means it is spring. There is ice chunks the size of Volkswagens, snow on the ground, no green other than spruce tress but still it is a sign of spring.
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Untitled (by elusive.)
photo by elusive

Gossip (by Grant Hamilton)
photo by Gossip

Getting back to work (by Matt?!)
photo by Matt?!

210/365 (by Shelby Nycole)
photo by Shelby Nycole

whiteballoonsandalightswitch (by danske)
photo by jen gotch

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I am sorry but I have to share the new ones with you. I have been doing fabric banners now. I love them. I could decorate every room with these. I see them and just smile. It does not take much to make me smile I admit. =]

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the final note
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~ This hat made me chuckle a little.
~ This photo is what my dreams are made of.
~ Her words always make me think, smile, or giggle.

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