Juniper

Cat photos. Everyone likes cat photos!

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Juniper and I were hanging out this afternoon. She was rolling around and just asking to be photographed!

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She ignored me for the most part.

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She was sleepy.

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And I just love that little face!

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Rollin’!

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Scratchy back.

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And dirty paws.

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She’s active in the afternoon when we come home from work. If it’s after 3pm…she’s zonked out on “her” chair.

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Shy little girl.

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Deep in thought. Not really deep…she probably just saw a fuzzy on the floor.

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Close your little mouth baby kitty!

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Two paws up for kitty time!

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More packages!

Today was another fabulous mail day! I don’t know about you, but I love getting letters and packages in the mail. When we get mail though it’s not just for us…it’s for Juniper too! She demands to hop in every box that comes through our door. She will check out envelopes and junk mail for us too. You never know…maybe we missed something!

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Fantastic packaging! I can’t tell you what’s inside though. You’ll find out the day of the wedding. Hold your horses!

Last week I had a treat yo self moment from Cisthene.  I’ve been eyeing some bangles for a few weeks.  I just went for it.  Treat yo self!

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I love fancy packaging! I don’t like snakes though so the faux snakeskin creeped me out a little bit. I can appreciate it though!

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Bracelet!

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Juniper thought it was for her. She tried to pick the bracelet up in her mouth after batting it around a bit.

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Eric and I took a little drive tonight to a park that we had never been to before. The park seemed pretty nice from what we could see. There were trails around a marshy area, but you had to park about a half mile away and walk to the trails. We decided not to do this since it was starting to rain. You’d think we’d be used to the rain by now. We did find some lovely blooming flowers and bushes near the trails!

Happy Thursday!  Come on Friday!

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Juniper!

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Our little kitten turned two years old today! I can’t believe she’s that old already. I bought her a few toys to celebrate the day. I also bought her a new soft brush to get rid of that pesky winter fur. Juniper had this same exact toy when we adopted her. She lost it somewhere…I assume under the washing machine…but she loved it! She started playing with this right away after I took it out of the package.

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She likes to play fetch with the mint toy too. She likes to play fetch with most of her toys, but this one is easy for her to carry around in her mouth.

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It’s Birthday-bath time! Someone needs to vacuum up those sock fuzzies!

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I also picked up this little comfort toy for her. You can warm this toy up in the microwave for 30 seconds and the beans inside the toy will be nice and warm for your cat. It’s supposed to be comforting for the cat. I plan on warming this up everyday for her and giving it to her to cuddle. I hope to have the person watching Juniper while we’re travelling this summer warm this up for her everyday so she feels comforted. I feel really bad about leaving Juniper this summer!

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Miss Purrito investigates!

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Happy 2nd Birthday my little rescue kitten!

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Finally Friday!

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Juniper is usually more excited when a package arrives in the mail than we are. She sits beside us while we open it and as soon as its contents are taken out, she hops right in! I found her laying in the a box she turned on its side after my shower today.

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I started a new batch of kombucha 10 days ago! It will soon be time for drinking! This is a really small batch but in a few days I’ll start brewing a gallon. I bought a little heat mat for the brewing because it is just so cold in our house. I think the mushroom is really loving it!

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I was craving pasta and vegetables tonight for dinner. I warmed up some peas, kale and mushrooms to top the pasta.

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I made a cashew cream sauce for the pasta using 1 cup of raw cashews, 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, 1/2 cup soymilk, 1 tablespoon cayenne powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon paprika!

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I poured the cashew sauce over 16 ounces of whole wheat pasta.

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And then topped the pasta with veggies! Happy Friday! I even exercised after work and took a nap. I don’t mess around!

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Sunbathin’.

Today was very much a spring day in the Pacific Northwest! The sun was shining and the skies were clear. I think it was even close to 50 degrees F! I came home from work and opened all of the curtains for Juniper to look out of. We’ve been getting more and more sun the past few weeks. Juniper has been sunning herself more often too.

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Sunny little toes.

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Kitten shadows.

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I was getting ready to exercise after letting in some light and then I spotted Juniper taking an afternoon bath.

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She had a dirty face.

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Don’t forget to wash behind your ears!

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Put your tongue back in!

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Juniper was sleeping when I came home from work. I guess she needed a good scrubbin’ after a long nap.

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Too much cute!

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All done!

I’ve started to work out with Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred!  I’m on day 4.  I’ve been feeling great after working out!  I wasn’t expecting to get as sweaty as I did but she honestly gives you a good workout.  Give it a try and get moving!

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Merry Christmas, Me!

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Along with many fun things I received for Christmas, there were some gift cards. One was for Etsy. I knew exactly what I would buy with it! A faux longhorn cow skull. Maybe it doesn’t seem very vegan of me, but I’ve been wanting one. The crazy horse lover and romanticised cowboy lover in me has been wanting one for a very long time. And since I’m a fan of obnoxious colors…metallic silver is was.

I bought my skull from this Etsy shop.  She was super helpful and even used a custom color for me at no extra charge!

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I used to collect Breyer horses when I was a kid. This is a horse that my Grandma gave me.

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Sometimes the crazy horse girl side of me comes back and then I make purchases like this at the thrift store. It needed a home!

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The skull is actually make out of a lightweight resin. Yee haw!

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I’m making a little altar with my horse and cow tchotchkes. An altar worshipping what?…you got me…I just don’t know really what else to call it!

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While I was hammering away this afternoon I heard some rustling behind me.

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Surprise! It was my little American Tourister!

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It sure is a Monday.

I made a ton of food tonight after my jaunt on the elliptical machine.  I like making a bunch of food at the beginning of the week so I don’t have to slave over the stove later in the week.  I have other things I’d like to do besides cook!

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Pasta with beans and peppers. Hawaiian chilli with pineapple. Jasmine rice.

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I put my new copper dishes to good use.

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I started to feel a little mopey tonight so forcing Juniper to have a photo shoot with me always makes me feel better.

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She didn’t mind though. She had things to play with.

Cyndi Lauper can always make things right too.

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Weekend reading list.

  1.  I found and backed this Kickstart project to restore the only carousel in Wyoming AND the world’s only Cowboy and Indian carousel.
  2. And since saying “Indian” isn’t PC…here’s an article about proper and improper Native American appropriation.  I hate to say it, but I’m super guilty of loving the Native American-inspired patterns that have been littering the fashion world this year.  I can’t help it.  The patterns are gorgeous and you can’t deny that!
  3. Now today I DID find some websites that are owned and operated and made by Native Americans!  These earrings from The Soft Museum are so much fun!  I might need to buy some of these for the wedding.  Sister Sky sells body care products inspired by Native American Herbal wisdom.  They also contain NO animal products and are NOT tested on animals!  I plan on trying their products super soon!  I have my eye on the Sweet Grass Body Lotion.
  4. And on a lighter note, 20 Signs You Are a “Native American-Inspired” Hot Mess.  Number 16 and 19 are my favorite.
  5. This is probably my favorite camera information site.  Moose’s Camera Tips For Beginners is my go-to site!  Give it a browse and you’ll agree with me.
  6. I found this article that listed some right and wrong ways to juice.  Apparently kale isn’t the best veggie to be juicing.  I did not know this.  I always wondered why I see people using spinach more often than kale in juicing recipes.  The more you know, right?
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I caught Juniper trying to nap and watch football at the same time a few days ago.

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Stocking up with a kitten and a new book!

After work today I made another trip to the local Asian store, Mekong, that will be closing in a few days. I’m so sad! Eric and I stocked up on rice noodles, tamari, seaweed, rice vinegar and green tea.

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The green tea is organic too!

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It was super cold outside today, but the sun was shining! Miss Purrito was checking out the sun and looking for the other neighborhood kitties.

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She’s so curious.

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Can you see her curly whisker? She has one whisker that always curls up. It looks like she used a curling iron on it. She’s always had it and it’s super cute!

A few months ago while browsing Kickstarter, I spotted a project for a vegan cookbook.  The design was lovely and the recipes sounded like food that Eric and I would love to try.  I backed the project and it was funded!  Today my cookbook arrived in the mail!  The book has huge photos with almost every recipe!  I like that.  The book also has a matte finish which I prefer over books with glossy covers.  There were also a handful of stickers and a bookmark in the package.  If you want to order your own copy of the book you can do that here!

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From Germany with love.

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Gorgeous photos, no?

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ANNNDD…what I’m most excited about…GULAB JAMUNS! These doughy fried sweet balls are so good! I’ve had them a few times at Indian restaurants when I ate dairy. This might be the first recipe I try out of the book!

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Fun stickers to stick on everything!

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Oh, and there’s an acknowledgements page at the end of the book too.

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And there she is!

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Nachos with avocado-cashew cream!

Last night I was craving nachos.  I got the idea in my head to make some sort of avocado topping for the nachos.  And I had the idea to blend some avocados with cashews…because cashews seem to make most things better.  I did some research and found a few recipes similar to the idea I had in my head.  And I came up with my own avocado-cashew cream topping!

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I caught sleepy Juniper yawning this afternoon. I like to image that she’s singing a song. Perhaps Erasure? Probably Oh L’amour.

Avocado-Cashew Cream

  • One avocado
  • 1/2 raw cashews soaked for a few hours
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder (if you don’t like spicy things, just leave this out)
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast

Blend the soaked cashews with the water until super smooth!  Transfers to a food processor.  My blender didn’t want to blend the avocados.  If yours does…then no need to transfer.  Add the avocado and spices.  Blend and then serve!  I left mine chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes, but it’s ok to use it right away!

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Avocado-cashew cream!

Usually we top our nachos with tvp, refried beans and some melty gooey vegan cheese.  I felt like being a little healthier so I chopped up some raw veggies.  I also had some corn and pinto beans to add to the fun!

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Bell pepper, avocado-cashew cream and tomatoes.

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Also…everything is better with Tapatio sauce! Happy Nacho-ing!

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