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help japan

| handmade inspiration

help japan
it is so wonderful to see the handmade community pull together to help the relief efforts in japan after it's devastating earthquake and tsunami. click over to each of these items to learn more about how you can help the effort. also, please share any other relief efforts you know of in the comments section, so that we can all partake in helping. love and light to you, dear japan!

clockwise: help japan, i helped japan, red circle organic tee, help japan- rising sun soap, help print, japan disaster relief bracelet,


| lifestyle

umbrellasi miss the rain. colorado gets over 300 days of sunshine every year. my hometown in north carolina gets just under 100. though the sunshine is wonderful, i miss the pitter patter of rain drops on the roof, a day off from running outside, and a special time to curl up with a good book and gaze outside the window. i also miss what the rain brings. green luscious grass, gardens galore with plants of all kinds and flowing streams and rivers around every bend.

lucky for me, they make umbrellas for both rainy and sunny days alike. i'll take any one of these fabulously feminine canopies.

clockwise: dianna wedding umbrella, white heidi, abigail lace parasol, giselle pagoda, camilla anglaise parasol, petite star dome

squirrel mailing labels

| free downloads

free printable
these squirrels and acorns make for one of the sweetest mailers i've seen. from one of my new favorite go-to-diy blogs, how about orange, jessica jones designed this free download to help pretty up your packages. see this post for full instructions on how to download, and be sending out adorable notes in no time!

road trip part 1: new mexico and arizona

| bonnie forkner

road trip
hello lovelies! well, we're off on our big road trip and i wanted to share with you our first few days on the road! i won't be talking about the trip everyday (don't fret), but will try to give you a few updates a week. that way, you can see the country with us!

road trip
day 1: drive. arrive to new mexico just in time to hit the sack.

road trip
road trip
day 2: set up camp in new mexico. go to david's bike race. swing on the swings at the empty playground and let toaster get dirty. really dirty. bathe toaster in the (freezing) river. build a campfire (and almost start a forest fire). make and eat dinner (pasta and soup). play a (long) game of bananagrams. go to bed.

road trip

road trip
day 3: pack up camp. drive to arizona. ponder why the plants are so angry. set up camp. go take pictures of the super neato cacti. gather firewood and build a big fire. make dinner (veggie burgers and green beans). lay under the stars. pick out the satellites and the galaxies. be in awe of the universe. go to bed.

road trip
road trip
these cactuses are huge!!

veggie burgers with ashely pahl

| cooking ideas

As a vegetarian, veggie burgers have been a staple in my diet because of their high protein and convenience for lunchtime; however the high price tag for frozen veggie burgers has been stinging lately - usually $3.49 - $3.99 for a pack of 4. So, I decided to give a bulk veggie burger recipe a try - and I love them!

These are great because not only do you know exactly what is in your veggie burger, but these only cost me roughly $0.27 each when made via this recipe, and they can be easily frozen and stored for later.

The recipe is adapted from The New York Times:


  • 1 can black beans - drain and rinse
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with chili or onions - drain and rinse
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 cups quick rolled oats
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Blend all ingredients except the oatmeal in a food processor until smooth. Stir mixture into a large bowl with the oatmeal; stir. Scoop mixture onto lightly oiled trays, flattening and shaping them into patties. Bake for 8 minutes; flip, and broil for 2 minutes until tops are crispy brown.

This recipe gave me 12 veggie burger patties, and took about half an hour to complete. These burgers are great on wheat buns with toppings like onion, tomato, lettuce, and avocado. If you freeze them, microwaving them straight from the freezer for 1 minute, 20 seconds, should could heat them thoroughly.

If you're not into the Tex-Mex style of veggie burger, there are many other recipe out there - Cooking Light has a veggie burger recipe slide show that is worth a peek!

ashley paul indie pretty projectOut to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

peanut butter granola {and road trip}

| seasonal recipes

happy friday, friends! today i am very excited because we are headed out on the biggest road trip we've ever embarked upon. the mister and i (and toaster) have packed up and are officially on the road!

road trip
this is a map of our adventure! first up on our trip we're headed to new mexico for a camping trip, then to tuscon, az for some business. the hub will be coaching a cycling camp, while i'll be enjoying the warmest weather of the year (don't mind if i, do!)! next we'll be going home to north carolina for about ten days before we return to colorado springs, just in time to turn around and head out to california for david to do some more coaching while i begin looking for our next place to homestead. the big move to california is just around the corner, i can't believe it!

peanut butter granola
so if your head isn't spinning you'll remember that i mentioned we were going camping first? that's where the granola comes in! i have (of course) been planning our camping meals, and was so excited when my dear friend heather sent over this delicious recipe for peanut butter granola. it is easy, cheap and super yummy.


- 2/3 cup honey
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 cups rolled oats (not the quick ones!)
- 1 cup almonds
- 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup dried cranberries


preheat oven to 325 degrees. mix honey, peanut butter and sugar in medium sauce pan.  simmer over medium-high heat and stir until well dissolved together. remove from the heat and stir in cinnamon and salt.  mix oats, almonds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.  stir in warm mixture and toss to coat.  spread granola in a single layer and well-greased baking sheets. bake for 15 minutes, stir, and bake for another 15 minutes.  let cool completely, then stir in the cranberries and raisins. enjoy!

peanut butter granola
what are you doing this weekend? everything here at ghtr will resume as usual, as i'll have interent access throughout our trip- and hopefully some exciting new places to show you!

xox! bonnie