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More Gardening with Moxie


Here is a lovely video of my garden and I have just put some Zucchini in the ground so I am looking forward to making this recipe later.

Zucchini Pancakes!

This zucchini pancake recipe marries the warm-spiced flavors of zucchini bread with the ease of quick and healthy whole-grain pancakes. When topped with maple syrup and pecans, these zucchini bread pancakes make an irresistibly delicious breakfast. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/8 teaspoon each ground nutmeg and cloves.

Makes: 5 servings, 2 pancakes each

Serving Size: 2 pancakes each

Active Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Low calorie | Low sodium | High calcium | Healthy weight | Diabetes appropriate |

View Our Nutrition Guidelines » INGREDIENTS
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 1/4 cups white whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons low-fat milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Put shredded zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible.
Whisk flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, milk, butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, add wet ingredients and whisk until combined. Fold in the zucchini and nuts.
Coat a large nonstick skillet (or griddle) with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Cook pancakes in batches, using a scant 1/3 cup batter for each and spreading it to make them about 4 inches wide. Cook until bubbles dot the surface, 1 to 3 minutes. Flip and brown on the other side, 1 to 2 minutes more. Reduce the heat if the pancakes are browning too quickly. Serve hot.
Toast nuts before using in a recipe for the best flavor. To toast whole nuts, spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes. To toast chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
Per serving: 300 calories; 15 g fat (5 g sat, 7 g mono); 89 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrates; 5 g added sugars; 10 g protein; 4 g fiber; 369 mg sodium; 311 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Iron (28% daily value), Calcium (21% dv).


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Hey everyone!

So I want show you what I have done so far with my first year of working with a garden in the ground. 



Everything I have ever grown have been in pots or containers like this lovely shamrock that I have had for over a year.  I’ve had a wonderful amount of plants over the years but I’ve not have a garden till this year. 





Moxie always loves it when I go out to weed and check on my garden that I have planted. Image              Image



She loves to hide in the among the onions hunting bugs while I dig around. Here is where I planted the peas a month ago along with the carrots and beets.

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This was my planting of Carrots … they didn’t all come up but they are doing okay the ones that survived.  

My beets I started as well in my own make shift starter cardboard tray.  

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Anyway I am going to post some more photos of the cucumbers, bok choy, turnips, beets, and whatever else I am forgetting. Honestly I am thinking of going back to school to study horticulture because of how naturally it comes to me.  It would allow me to study and work on things I have a talent for. I have to consider several things like the cost of it and where I would qualify to attend but I think that this is something that I need to look into.  The cost is really something I am worried about because of how much college seems like it has diminishing returns like buying a new car.  But after working several years in simple office grinding environments I feel like I am not getting healthy and after suffering 2 different cancers, obesity, arthritis, pre-diabetic, anemia, so something has to give.  My skills at research, calculation, my love of watching and studying growth around me and the ability to communicate well needs a new avenue.  Being without work currently is giving me the opportunity to work on things that will be best for me and how I can better effect the world around me in a better way.  I hope everyone can spend time to know themselves and enjoy life. 

Lost Monday


I have lost my cable for my camera for my garden and that makes me sad because my garden is doing really well.  Moxie is thinking I am just messy and I should clean my house and I would find it.  I told her she should start and show me how and her response was to roll over and tempt me with rubbing her belly.  That is why I can never get things done.. there is always a belly that needs to be rubbed. 

But I should get to finding that cable so that means today will be busy with the cleaning and organizing.. but it is so pretty outside and there is the cat too.  I don’t hold out much hope for me to get much done but I will do my best.  

Oh I applied for a job at OMSI the Science Museum here in Oregon and while I will likely not get it but it would be fun to be in a job where I can nerd out. 

Hooray for Freedom!


My family has a long line of service so I am so honored when the nation takes the time to enjoy today because use being able to enjoy that took sacrifice.  That sacrifice was given in exchange so that we can be free and it was done so with honor and love.  

That being said I am free from a great deal of stress from my job now as I was let go last week and I am glad to be starting a new chapter in my life.  I am was glad for all the things I learned about finance and the housing market and the friends I made at work are some of the best I’ve had in some time. 

Anyway I am going to be focusing on my writing and my garden until I start working again or I granted the gift of doing what I am best at… writing and helping others.  I will appreciate and need all of your love an good thoughts to help make positive things happen for me going forward.  

And here are some more pictures of my lovely cat.





Totally cute right?  Well have a beautiful night people.




Garden With MOXIE!


I decided to do some gardening today and plant some of my easter seeds I got from my mother seen below.




Moxie decided that she wanted to help in the garden after she inspected the goodies in the pot.   We had to wait a few weeks to garden because it was all rainy for April but that was a very good thing. 


Moxie then decided we needed to inspect the garden and what was already growing.



Oh before I show you all that here is a shot of the peas that I planted just 3 days ago.


Okay back to the Garden with MOXIE



The flowers look good but lets look at the veggies…




I guess she is okay with the purple onions so onto some just garden watching…








Okay this is Moxie telling me it’s time to go back inside where I can give her food.  Hope everyone has a wonderful day today!

Flash Friday


Yup I took a bunch of photos of myself and I am sharing them…



I think we have all done this…




This is me happy and done with the week.. almost.



What do you think Moxie?






My cat is not impressed with my selfies.. everyone is a critic.

The March begins


It is early in the morning technically but I haven’t slept yet.  I am up with a bad head cold that is making it hard to breath.  My writing has been taking a back seat to my world just not going as planned but I am getting things sorted so that I can come back to writing more.  My hope is that I can write full time and also be a functional member of society in a few years but baby steps are needed always.  I was talking to Moxie my kitty and I asked her if she wanted to go camping this summer but she was too interested in the birds outside to give me an answer.  

I must report to everyone that I have been getting better with walking because a friend at work turned me onto Salonpas and I have since been able to walk more without my cane. The other thing that is helping me is Bromelain an extract from Pineapple stems and this also something my friend gave to me.  I can’t even describe to you the difference it is making in my life but tonight I cleaned my home and I honestly haven’t been able to do that in a month.  I did dishes, laundry and picked up the rubbish that was mocking me on the floor that has been shaming me for weeks. My place is not completely clean yet but it looks better than it has in weeks and being I have a small place it makes a big difference.  

I will be writing some more soon now that I am feeling better and digging myself out of my pit.  Thank you so very much for all of your wonderful clicks and views.

Oh in other news my Kitten Moxie has started playing fetch with me and she is doing well with her leash training.  No I am not training her to be a dog I am enjoying a close and active bond with my cat and these things will help her and me stay healthy.  That is why I call her my workout partner!

Moxie Visits the Kitty Doctor


Yesterday was a big adventure day for Moxie and I as we started out.  First we played then we cuddled and then we needed to be productive people.   Also the fish Flippant was being a butt and saying crap about how we are so lazy so we put an end to that.  We had a free vet visit check up so I called around and found a nice vet office in town that had a cancellation so we could get in today!  So I went out and did some grocery shopping and stopped by the bank to pick up some cash for the vet visit.  I got home and played on the internet because that is what you do but I also took some pic of Moxie.

“Hey Moxie pose for the camera!”



“Okay would you please smile?”



Okay I guess that will have to do.  

Anyway we went to the vet in her stroller and she handle that very well no crying or fuss.  We arrived early for the kitty doctor so we hung out a bit and chatted with the staff.  Sorry no pics from that adventure.  But we finally got to see the doctor and he was nice and I know now that Moxie weighs in at 6.8 lbs.  so confirmed we just have a tiny cat on our hands.  She is still suffering from a cold but she is doing fine with that.  The doc was happy that we were leash training and that it was going well then she did get a shot before we left and she handled that well.  All told she was great if not scared by the situation but she did not hate on me or the carrier when we got home.  This morning she was playing in her carrier and we had much fun.

I hope everyone has a great day.

She’s got Moxie!


Okay so after discussing with my new cat we decided we did not like the name that was given to her or rather it just didn’t feel like her name.  Mostly my fish Flippant was being a jerk and said it was a dumb name but what can you expect he is a fish and between you and me I think he is jealous. 

So after much conversation and walks we decided she had Moxie and therefor that would be her name.  

My delightful new partner in crime is named Moxie!

I have to say that years ago when I was first diagnosed with Cancer I adopted two cats a brother and sister from the humane society.  They were there in my life for one thing as therapy animals and I needed all of the comfort I could while going through my treatments.  I would often say, “The cuteness of kittens cures cancer!”  Buttons and Bows helped me through the most difficult time of my life but because they were senior kitties they passed a few years ago and I have been without since.  I knew I needed the comfort a cat in my life and while I do love dogs as well cats have always brought me more comfort with less effort.  On Saturday I drove around to 3 places looking for a cat that I connected with and then I found her.  She now sleeps at the foot of my bed and snuggles with my hand when I am reading and we are going great together. 

I still say “the cuteness of kittens cures cancer!”