Can someone please put us on a reality TV show?

No, I haven’t lost my mind entirely. And no, I have NOT decided to apply for Married at First Sight! I have a couple of projects that need doing. Home projects. I have all of the ideas, but very little in the way of outdoor ability. Or money.

outdoor dreaming

Our garden is looking a little winter worn, and is in desperate need of a refresh as we head into the warmer months. I wouldn’t know a green thumb if I tripped over it. So I figure one of those make-over shows is just what we need! Nothing OTT, because we rent the home we live in … just something a little more user-friendly, with an easy to use grow-it-yourself veggie patch. The kind of garden that spiders and mozzies do not want to visit!

herb garden  vertical herb garden

You all know I’ve got loads of ideas filling up my Pinterest boards, so if anyone’s keen, you can check out my ideas here and here. How adorable is that table? It’s the Murphy Bed of outdoor tables. Love it. I have the PERFECT spot for it on our deck too. Of course, I’d want to paint mine. Maybe something like this? Bonus points if you can make it with one of these in it.outdoor mirrors are FABULOUS

No links to reality TV? Okay then, how about a cute gardener who might like to do it for free? Or in exchange for food. Yes, I did say cute gardener. I should probably have added single too. Good with his hands. Handy with tools. Actually, that’s an almost better idea than the reality TV one – although Beary is so handsome that he should really be famous!

Once the garden is done, I’ve got a little laundry project in mind too. This one I can almost do myself, just need a hand with hanging the dryer and installing a bench…

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RIP Cecil

Why on earth do we human beings have such a God complex over animals?

It is past time we showed some respect for the creatures we share the earth with. Spoken from my stance as a vegetarian, but also as someone with a heart, values and a strong sense of right and wrong.

Sounding familiar? If you’re a regular reader it would. It’s how I opened my recent post about the YuLin Festival a little over a month ago. Yet, reading the news over the past 24 hours, there seems very little else I could say to start this post.

Cecil, a majestic 13 year old lion is well known, long-studied and one of the most beloved animals in this Zimbabwean National Park, Hwange. He lived in a protected area of the park.

RIP Cecil

Until this week when Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota paid $68,000 to perform an unspeakable act.

His party tied another dead animal to their truck and when Cecil got the scent, lured him out of the protected area of the park. Then they shot him with a cross bow. He escaped at that point and spent the next 40 hours. Yes 40 hours being chased by Palmer and co. When they finally had him in their sights, Palmer shot him.

And then he beheaded Cecil.

I have no words. I mean, I do, but the words I have are a string of expletives longer than the day. What sort of utter fuckwit would do that? Seriously? I will just NEVER understand that mentality. Ever.

Apparently Palmer thought it was a legal killing. I don’t give a rats arse if you thought it was legal buddy, you stalked and killed an innocent animal.

What the hell happened in your life that your imbecilic brain thinks that is an acceptable thing to do? And not just to do because you happened to be there, but to plan and pay to do {along with the 18,500 other absolutely revolting humans who go to Africa to trophy hunt each year}?

Do you know how much good you could have done if you’d donated that substantial amount of money to animal welfare? No, you probably have never given it a second’s thought. Because there’s good and evil, and stalking, killing and beheading an innocent animal definitely does not fall on the good side of life.

So, your dental clinic is closed entirely right now? Good. I hope it stays closed. I’d really like for you to know a little suffering. Actually, I’d like you to know a lot of suffering.

I’m sure there are a few animals who would agree with me.

palmer & lion palmer & leopard palmer & rhino

Oh, and just so you know, the lion in the photo immediately above is not Cecil. Oh no, that’s Palmer with a different lion he killed. Apparently he’s quite the legend in hunting circles.

Asshole.

RIP Cecil. I’m sorry on behalf of humans that the end of your life was fraught with fear and danger. I’m sad … but I’m also furious. I wish they would lock Palmer and cohorts up – and throw away the key.

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Tasty Tuesday {raw gingerbread cookies + balls}

Please can a batch of these just magically appear on my desk right now, next to my coffee? I love me some ginger.

Tasty Tuesday {raw gingerbread cookies + balls}

In the past month, despite attempting to commence a cleanse, I have totally fallen off the healthy wagon. In a spectacular way. Seriously.

I’m blaming sugar. And butter. Salty delicious butter. Vegans, tell me your secret: how do you break up with butter? I digress. {But I really really do want to know…}

These little morsels might just help me get back on that wagon. I have all of the ingredients at home so am going to make them tonight. So I can snack on them while watching The Bachelorette finale. {Don’t judge me!}

Head on over to Rawmanda for the full recipe and many other tasty treats.

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Silent Sunday {slumber party shenanigans}

  

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Story time

Story time

Ridonculous, aren’t they? I’m a very lucky mumma. That’s a lot of love right there!

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Wordless Wednesday {BEYOND}

Wordless Wednesday {BEYOND}

Penuckle & Love Bug {Jo Lyons Photography}

Penuckle {one of the #PieSlicePuppies having the most amazing introduction to life being fostered by Pikelet’s Ma & Pa} is available for adoption shortly through Maggie’s Rescue. Jo was the official photographer on Saturday and last night she sent me this photo.

Oh. My. Sweet. Sweet. DOG. Seriously, the photos are all BEYOND!

 

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Tasty Tuesday {lemon coconut slice}

Lemon. Coconut. Slice. SOLD!

I love lemon slice. Love love it. Generally though, it’s not lemony enough. Enter this little bad boy. Oh so good.

Tasty Tuesday {lemon coconut slice}

Recipe as it appears on One Green Planet:

Coconut Flour Crust

  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • 6 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup raw almonds {we didn’t have any in the pantry so used a combination of pistachios and macadamias}
  • 1 medjool dates {I used 3}

Lemon Coconut Filling

  • 2 cups of coconut cream
  • 3 teaspoons lemon zest
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave or maple syrup {we used organic maple}
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut {this was a definite for us}

What to do with it …

  • Pre-heat oven to 180*C {350*F} and line a 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper.
  • Pulse almonds and dates in a food processor until chopped. Do not overdo it or you will end up with almond butter.
  • In a mixing bowl mix coconut flour and coconut oil until smooth. Mix together with processed almonds and dates from above step. Press mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan.
  • Bake crust for 8 minutes in oven until the edges become slightly brown.
  • Remove pan from the oven and cool.
  • In the mean time, process coconut cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, and maple syrup in food processor. Process until smooth. Adjust level of sweetness or tartness to taste by adding more lemon juice or maple syrup.
  • Pour filling in the pan, over the crust. Spread the filling evenly over crust and into the corners. Sprinkle shredded coconut on top and lightly press on top of coconut filling.
  • Put pan in freezer and freeze for about an hour until filling sets. Carefully remove the squares from the pan, place on a different plate and set in fridge. Allow squares to slightly thaw in the fridge before trying to cut them.
  • Keep squares in the fridge and eat within 5 days.

Tasty Tuesday {lemon coconut slice}Apparently you can keep it in the fridge for 5 days. Apparently. Ours disappeared way sooner than that.

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