Painted Terra Cotta Pot

I prefer to purchase plants that are going to be very difficult to kill. Not because I fear that I will kill them, I’m actually quite good at caring for my plants (thanks Mom!), it’s because, like most people, I don’t need one more thing to take care of everyday. After working, cleaning house, running errands, cooking, feeding all the mouths in my house, and taking care of myself, I don’t need to worry about watering the plants. So when I decided to add new plants to my home, I chose the most easy-going, low-maintenance plants that I could find. Enter succulents!

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“Daily Life” Page

Check out the new “Daily Life” page above to see a roundup of all posts about Japhy, Butters, hiking, cooking, etc. It’s a great place to check out the behind the scenes here at DownShannonLane.

As you can see, Butters and Japhy are simply ecstatic about the new page.

True Friendship

You know you love someone when 24 hours away from them is painful. Butters spent a day at the vet being spayed and Japhy spent every minute missing her. He is dying to play with her but she is way too sore. So he has settled on being as close to her as possible.

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“Healthy Eating” Day 4

Welcome to the last installment of healthy eating for the week. The healthy eating will most definitely continue once we are done with the big move but right now we are focused on cleaning all the random food out of our cabinets and fridge. Luckily I had just enough vegetables in the fridge to make sautéed zucchini, squash, broccoli, and peppers for dinner.

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“Healthy Eating” Day 3

Hi folks! Sorry for the break in healthy eating. Work, moving, and life in general have been crazy as of late on my end. Don’t worry though the challenge has continued! For day 3 we decided to go slightly unhealthy with our vegetable and made fried cauliflower!

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“Healthy Eating” Day 2

After the veggie sandwiches yesterday, I couldn’t wait to come up with something yummy for lunch today. There was one thing that I knew would be on the menu, okra!

When I was little I loved eating dinner at my grandma’s house. She lives about a mile down the road from my parents so I basically requested to eat there everyday. To this day she still makes almost all of my favorite foods: cheese grits, ham loaf, broccoli, corn, mashed potatoes, green beans, fried okra, and so much more. Her veggies always taste better than Mom’s who were steamed in the microwave. When I started learning how to cook I realized her veggies are better because of one major ingredient, butter. Not the healthiest ingredient but it does make almost everything taste pretty good. Plus she’s been cooking with it for almost 90 years and she and my grandpa are very healthy. However in the interest of preparing my meals in a nutritious way I have been seeking healthier ways to prepare food. So instead of fried okra I settled on trying roasted okra!

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“Healthy Eating” Day 1

I just love this time of year when all the fruit and vegetables are fresh. There are vendors scattered about town selling food fresh from the vine. There are so many fresh choices at the grocery store because frozen veggies can be good but they are definitely not the same. I live in a rural area so a drive down the road presents fields full of yummy fruits and vegetables. My fridge is simply filled to the brim with yummy stuff.

All of this veggie goodness has convinced the boyfriend to take the plunge most men dread, to tell you the truth he’s actually probably dreading it, a week of meals with no meat! Now I am by no means a vegetarian but until moving in with David I only consumed meat at a couple of my meals a week. So for me it is definitely not a meal breaker if meat isn’t included and I am very excited about crafting up some delicious meals for him to try. At the store I bought several “David Approved” veggies: cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, okra, zucchini, avocado, grapes, lettuce, peppers, corn…. It is going to be an exciting week!

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“Taking Care” of the Body

I have never enjoyed running. I don’t understand the “runner’s high.” All I can think about when running is making it stop asap. But in an effort to keep in shape and exercise my dog I have started running. 

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