Life is Crazy, so let's get crafty

Free Pattern Tuesday (a day late) Brutus the Buckeye

This crocheted Brutus is Amazing. My SIL was making crocheted bears for me, but I think we just might attempt this pattern next. Thanks so much for the free pattern!

Drunken Aunt Wendy


Being from Central Ohio, it is almost a requirement to be an Ohio State Buckeye fan. I can’t say that I am, but most of my extended family is. This year for the family gift exchange, I thought there should be a plush Brutus, to love, and squeeze. This was the end result.

Let me know if you find any problems with the pattern.

Copyright Wendy’s Wild Life 2011
Materials and Notes
Vanna’s Choice – Beige
I love this yarn – Brown
Caron Simply Soft – Grey Heather
I love this yarn – Fire red
I love this yarn – Black
I love this yarn – White
15 mm plastic safety eyes in white
Large eye yarn needle
Poly fiberfill

Bobble – work 1 part of DC 3 times into designated, YO, pull through all four loops on hook.
Ch – chain
SC – Single crochet
DEC –…

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Well, because…Go BUCKS


What can I say.  I love my Buckeyes.  I love my state, Ohio.

If you are not into college football, or have been living under a rock, we won the National Championship last year.  I am proud to say we are an amazing team (I might be biased).

I was born and raised in Ohio.


I even graduated from The Ohio State University!  I might even bleed Scarlet and Gray…(OK that might be a stretch).


I thought I would share some of the OSU projects I have been working on.  The wood signs are from reclaimed wood.

I LOVE making wreaths of ALL occasions, but these OSU wreaths have impressed even myself.  I hope you enjoy!

And just in case you decide to tune in I will give you the 2015 schedule.  YOU ARE WELCOME!




Isn’t the saying “‘HOLY GUACAMOLE”

Well clearly these are zucchini/squash babies.  And yes, I said babies…because they are the size of a newborn baby.  Or my puppy.  Whichever you please.

But, now I need your HELP.

Here is the thing.  I have not been able to get quality zucchini all summer.  I refuse to buy from the store.  My friend’s crop did not turn out because of all the rain.  So, when we went to the farmer’s market Saturday and the farmer invited us back to his farm, it seemed like a good idea.  “I’ll pick them for you”, he said.

Well, alrighty then.  Maybe I might have gotten a little carried away.  Maybe, just MAYBE now I have 20 of these bad boys and I do not know what to do with them.

I was under the presumption I would be able to shred and freeze them for later recipes, like yummy breads during the winter.

First, I could barely cut into it. Uh-oh.  I sawed at it for a bit.  I blamed my knives.  I definitely second guessed my strength training I have been doing.  Finally, managed to get it open it resembled more of a pumpkin.  It was stringy and big seeds.

So what do I do.  I try to make zoodles out of it, I mean of course, why not.

They were not good.  Very crunchy.

I slept on it. The next day I decided I would try my next favorite thing to do.  THE CROCKPOT!  I let them steam in some S&P, EVOO and water all day.  I am not sure if they are going to be any good.


So you see…I need HELP!  I CANNOT let these bad boys go to waste.  What do I do with them?  How can I make them work?

I am calling on you zucchini connoisseurs to PLEASE HELP.

Also, feel free  to leave me some recipes to try.  I know I am going to make these work out!  🙂

1 Event That Will Help You Expand Your Readership: Meet and Greet

Blogger newbie here. This is my first ever reblog…but I’m jumping at the chance to meet and explore new blogs!
Hope you enjoy mine so far 🙂

Dream Big, Dream Often

imagesWhat day is it??!!  Meet and Greet Day!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.
  5. And if you leave a link and don’t follow me, how about ya show ole Danny some love?

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and meet n greet your butts off!

The Social Media post will publish…

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Galaxy Bottle “PinterTest”

I know I have mentioned before that the SIL and I LOVE, love, love pinterest.  We specifically love trying those ridiculous pins that seem almost “too good to be true”.

And more often than not, the pins are not as easy as they appear to be…

This Galaxy bottle was much easier than we thought.  There were several different ways to make it, including pictures and videos on YouTube.  Per usual, we decided to wing it using materials we found around the house.

And of course I thought I’d share the process, since it was so fun.  Even my 2-year-old niece helped!

Galaxy Bottle

What you will need:

  • paint in colors desired
  • cups
  • wine bottle, or any reusable jar
  • jumbo cotton balls
  • glitter


What we did:

  • We gathered paints we had, including glow in the dark
  • Then we mixed the tiniest bit of paint and water in our red solo cups 🙂
  • Now comes the layering of cotton, glitter and paint water
  • We made sure to keep pushing the cotton down so it was compact and able to absorb
  • It took about 30 minutes to make 2 bottles (not bad)

I will admit, even during the process I was skeptical.  My SIL and I were both doing it differently and looking at each other like the other person was doing it incorrectly.  She kept adding massive amounts of liquid without cotton, whereas I was waiting for the cotton to absorb the liquid.  At the end, you cannot even tell which is which.  What matters is that the project was fun.  We definitely had spills, and laughs. Try to do this outside if you can! (Our weather was gorgeous)

Unfortunately, they did not glow in the dark.

Does not matter because, I LOVE this project so much!  I already have a chalkboard tag that says “you are out of this world” going on it!

I hope you enjoy making this.  I know I did.   🙂

A healthy, happy family

Well here it is.  I thought I would just briefly open up about why I have ventured on this journey of eating clean and getting healthy.  I have shared snippets of this information, but not really sat down and told a story.  So here goes…

When I was younger, (oh boy sit down and grab some popcorn folks it is getting serious), I was chubby.  Like, I got made fun of, chubby.

Fast forward to high school where I grew into my body.  I got some height, and of course leaned out quite a bit.  However, I still constantly felt “fat”.  Being an athlete:  I worked out 5 days a week and played sports year round.  But I was always bigger than my friends.  I could never swap clothes with all the other girls (I am sure my mom was happy about that).  I was not really self conscious of others seeing my body, having to change in locker rooms.  Yet there was always that nagging sensation, that want/need to change my body to fit this certain “image” of society.  To constantly be smaller…

At home…I do not talk about this a lot because it is not my story to share, however it did affect me.  My mother “yo-yo” dieted throughout my childhood.  I watched my mother go from extreme diet pill to weight loss center to obsessive working out, and some worked- for a bit.  She was very hard on herself and her body, emotionally and physically.

I learned quite a bit from my mom.  I mean don’t we all?

I tried not to be so hard on myself, but as college came and I became less active, I gained more weight.  Then a baby and marriage.  And just life.  Before I knew it I was overweight and unhealthy.

And then…

I hurt my back at work.  Not the “you need surgery”, but spasms very badly.  I am new to the back injury scene, and I have to tell you, I AM NOT A FAN.  They took me off work, most people think “ooo vacation”, how about no.  I was not able to do much at first, so I ate.  Ate away the pain I guess.  Except that did not help either.

So here I am; gained an extra 20 pounds (on top of being overweight already), hurt and unable to work, unhealthy, and unhappy, and not really motivated to do much about it.

My brother gave me a spark, which is an energy supplement made by Advocare.  He invited me to a former OSU coachs house to hear more information and I went.  The stories people told there spoke to me.  The company has been around for over 20 years.  I like that they focus on a healthy lifestyle, not a quick fix.  This is ultimately where I decided I needed to make a lifestyle change.  (This is not my Advo story however I do believe in the products and the company).

So that night, thanks to spark (I am a spark girl) I stayed up all night brainstorming ways to incorporate eating clean and healthy into our families diet.

And now…

That was at the beginning of this year and it has been a roller coaster of healthiness.  I love it.  It has been a slow process for me and one that I am okay with.  I have slowly lost weight, but in my mind that is healthy.  Obesity runs in my family, so this will be a lifelong battle.  I have been able to get back into the gym, and I am hoping to get involved in adult sports next summer.

My family is slowly chugging along, and sometimes more resistant.  I was never into fast food or eating out, but they LOVE it, so it is harder for them to give up.

I am super proud of my MOM.  She has made some lifestyle changes and has lost significant weight! She is dealing with the psychological issues that come with low self-esteem and weight issues her whole life.

I am learning to love my body, flaws and all.
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No Bake Chewy Gooey Granola Bars


I have tried to find an alternative to those bars posing as “healthy”  in the grocery store.

But, honestly, I have been lazy.  All the recipes I have looked up seemed extremely complicated.

Until, I stumbled upon a post by detoxinista.  Of course I altered the recipe for my taste and what I had in my kitchen.   And it is nothing short of delicious.

Chewy, and Gooey these granola bars are.  And the kicker…they are super easy to make.


Pepper/Zucchini “Meatballs”

OK, I know I say this word a lot, but I LOVE zucchini. No, seriously I do.  And I particularly love getting it from farmers markets or a good friends garden.  However, it has been rather rainy here in Ohio, so I am just now getting my zucchini fix.

Yes, it is one of those things I refuse to buy at the supermarket.  Especially during the summer.

I am just trying to warn you for all the zucchini recipes to come.  I guess I should probably warn my family too. Hehe 🙂


And yes, I also love the use of memes.  They just crack me up.

Well, here is what you came for…these absolutely divine “meatballs”

Pepper/Zucchini “Meatballs”


  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning (Oregano, Basil, Parsley)
  • 3/4 C. Whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. EVOO


  1. Heat the oil in the pan
  2. Saute the garlic for about 20 seconds
  3. Add peppers, onions, and grated zucchini and cook about 8 minutes, or until liquid is gone from zucchini
  4. Transfer to strainer and drain excess water, let cool
  5. Once cooled, mix in herbs, breadcrumbs and egg
  6. Form into balls and place on greased cookie sheet
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes
  8. Let them cool before you indulge  🙂


*This made 10 “meatballs” and I paired it with some pasta sauce and veggie pasta.  Can you say AMAZEBALLS.  Well, I did anyways.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  Let me know what you think!

Crockpot Healthy Pork Carnitas

First, let me tell you I have been eyeing recipes for pork carnitas for quite some time.  The problem is every recipe calls for beer.  Do not get me wrong, beer can be GREAT… but I am sure you have noticed by now we are trying to eat clean and healthy here.  🙂

With that being said, I went out on a whim and simplified this recipe quite a bit.

And the result is nothing short of AMAZING


So if you are looking for a simple, easy, and HEALTHY recipe for Pork Carnitas – look no further

Crockpot Healthy Pork Carnitas


  • 2 lbs. pork roast
  • 1 Jalapeno, whole
  • 1/2 Red onion, minced
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 C. Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 C. Water
  • S&P to taste


  1. Throw it all in the crock pot, leave the pepper whole
  2. Cook on low 6-8 hours
  3. Shred and let cook another 30 mins at least




Top with whatever your heart desires!

Mine was topped with: Avocado, black beans, lettuce, and cilantro lime rice on a whole grain tortilla


Again, another family fave at my house. I was tempted to post a pic of my daughter shoveling it in her face, but then decided no one wants to see that. 🙂


As always, ENJOY…and let me know how much you enjoy it





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