Thank you James Taylor for this peaceful reminder of rest and reassurance…wishing you peace and love…


Have a Nothing New  Day! ~Kristin



Choosing  homemade vegan biscuit stones today

Choosing homemade vegan biscuits today even though they are like tiny little rocks…

Appreciating the freedom to choose today…and having access to the resources to allow the choice (financial, social, emotional, intellectual, political, religious)….

To read or not read, engage or not, voice or stay silent, what and when to eat, buy used or new, buy fresh produce or canned, worship or not, share or not share, be there or opt out, look or look away, turn off the TV, what route to drive, to drive at all, respond with kind/neutral/mean behavior, choice to use credit/bankcard/cash, to read in my first language or have to translate…

Pondering this…did you have choice today?

Have a Nothing New Day! ~Kristin




I had an internet hangover this morning. Created it myself. Yesterday, I got into looking deeper and deeper into the Paris attacks along with the accompanying conspiracy theories about Friday’s events and other world violence that made my brain twirl. All negative, hopeless, fear-producing sites and links and videos and audio…down the rabbit hole. Hung out there for way too long. Even some information that seemed accurate (?) was not really helpful to me nor did it allow me to share anything of value with others. Oh I did change my FB profile pic to a beautiful blue world peace image…insignificant on the surface perhaps but I think it was the small step that got me up and moving out of the hole. Mostly wasted time and scary, irrelevant information filling my mind and heart, it was highly unproductive and I am not smarter for it. Or more safe, or less safe.

I was resuscitated by an uplifting conversation with my Sis which led me to the exact right scripture verse for comfort. A dark day brightened. Where does your help come from? Where is your bright spot? How can you share it? Who needs a day brightener?

I vow to stay positive, kind, open, fearless and hopeful….join me?

Have a Nothing Internet News Day! ~Kristin






World Peace

World Peace

As I worked alone (with help from Curtis and Buddy) in my quiet home yesterday – making pet beds and other goodies to share on Good Day ROC this morning – I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the luxuries I enjoy on a daily basis…Food, clothing, shelter, love, security.

It was a sunny, warm(er) day, windows open a bit for some fresh pre-Winter air. A day to rest. I could hear neighbor kids a few doors down, rustling leaves, flag flapping, squirrels on the porch “hiding” walnuts from the trees in back, wind in my big pine tree out front. All luxuries.

Peace….and prayers for peace…

and Pet Beds….

sweater pillows

Have a No Where To Be, Nothing New, Peace-Filled, Pet Bed Day ~Kristin




Scraped - shoulda stopped here...

Scrape then paint – how hard could it be?


Proof of  injury

Painted - Pre-glazed

Painted – Pre-glazed – finished product pics to follow…

Well. I think my newly glazed windows on the back porch turned out OK, with a lot of pane/pain but it was an “easier” road thanks to helpful tips in Steve Jordan‘s AMAZING BOOK “Window Sash Bible” and having watched him work at my house a few weeks ago. His company name Pain in the Glass (ha!) is a reflection of his humor but opposite to his open, kind, peaceful style of workmanlike ways – as my Dad used to say.

This “project” took a lot of time, patience, singing, arm strength, positive self-talk, extra putty and 7 pieces of new glass…I SHOULD HAVE ONLY scraped and painted as originally planned but “scope creep” turned the 14 (fourteen) 16×20 glass and wood beauties into a 4 day semi-nightmare – perhaps the lowest point ever of my “DIY Career”. Worse than the wallpaper removal and carpet tear up – and those were B A D. Took 2 trips to Debbie Supply in East Rochester (they are the BEST), 1 Home Depot run and hours of work and effort – it is all a blur. In retrospect, I had no business taking this on and thinking that a day of observation, some reading and a Youtube video would put me in a position to experience success. I might be lucky to be alive.

There were a few broken windows (several broken by me) initially because I was not respecting the nature of glass which I can imagine is an ongoing thing – I know a little more now but I imagine this is life long learning even for the experts. One cut finger and one cut toe – falling shard expertly landing on said toe.

Heretofore, being of sound mind and body, I announce on the World Wide Web to NEVER undertake glazing again! I bow down to Steve’s talent, knowledge and wisdom and was working hard last night to channel his calm expertise as I finished up trying to beat the pending rain and the cooler weather – and the Open House Deadline today…by the porch light, in the wind and drizzle AND with squirrels barking at me from their nearby tree nest at one point (it was a tiny bit creepy out there, I might say…). Came in at 11:39pm. Not ideal.

Therefore, I also I offer TEN THOUSAND THANK YOU’S to you Steve for everything you know and do! I am grateful and happy to count you as a new friend.

Have a Nothing New Day – and no broken windows! ~Kristin

(PS. Steve is restoration expert and made the bay window in my OLD house beautiful and functional once again – he is an artist.)




Besides the gratitude of being home and waking up in my own bed….there is always…Laundry!  (NOTE: This last trip I woke up all 3 mornings not sure of where I was…yikes…only took a moment to remember but it is still the hardest part of life on the road to be in so many different places all the time….)

– a No Drive Day yay! Took me about 5 minutes to grate the soap (while coffee was brewing) and soon the laundry was rolling downstairs….happy are the days to have a washer/dryer in my home – that was not always the case – another gratitude touchpoint!

Thanks to Wellness Mama for her perfect “recipe” 🙂

Ingredients – all in paper or cardboard recyclable and biodegradable packaging -stellar!

-Washing Soda


-Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Bar Soap (or any kind of hard castille soap)

Ratio of 1 Soap to 2 Borax and 2 Washing Soda….I usually find the grated bar soap to yield 2.5 cups. Then I add 5 C each of Borax and Washing Soda…in the end the average cost per load (1/8C) is just under $.09….compared to other natural brands which can average $.20 a load this is a bargain – all you need is some advance planning and a little elbow grease to grate the soap.

I do recommend Seventh Generation liquid soap if you need it – comes in a cardboard “bottle” – yay! $12.99 for 66 loads….very concentrated…good stuff but a little pricey. I also like Wegman’s Free and Clear (.$10 per load for the huge bottle) but….it is in plastic – I prefer something more biodegradable.  There is very little powder laundry soap out there it seems….

Happy Monday to you – Happy Laundry – and Have a Nothing New Day ~Kristin





…and happily, there was a pint of blubes in my frig – oh Joy! Rapture!

A simple joy to have the ingredients on hand and the time to make this treat…not taken for granted! Fresh NY blueberries and real maple syrup supplemented with non-NY flour, sugar, cinnamon, oats, and coconut oil…I left out the lemon juice and cooked it for 25 minutes.  It is kind of perfect. Makes one serving haha.  I have “cheated” on my month of NY Only Foods and I’m not mad…forgive me?

That is all.

Love, Kristin

Have a Nothing new Fresh Fruit Crisp Day!




Bean Spread and Roasted Peppers

Bean Spread and Roasted Peppers

Here is my first cranberry bean treat – I added some olive oil, salt and pepper to a scant cup of cooked beans and heated them up – mashed ’em with a fork and made a spread out of them – yum!  Added a little Wegman’s Spicy Green Sriracha (not local) and topped if off with some roasted peppers I had made this past week…delicious and filling. I bought the locally made bread (Baker Street Bakery – Park Ave in the ROC) from Red Bird Market in Fairport.  Life is good.

More recipes to come….

Oh, I am by the way, allowing some non-NY foods this month – grateful to have the means and access to these supplemental foods – now that I am vegan (since March 13, 2015 – Thank you Jeannett Manzanero at Palm Beach State College!) I am adding these items in to make it a little easier – other than these, I will be eating only NY fruit, veg, beans, bread, grains, & pasta/pasta sauce.

-Olive oil

-Coconut oil


-Coconut and almond milk

-Vega brand protein powder

AND, when I travel, I will eat natural foods grown or made within 100 miles of where I am at the time – heading to PA a few times as well as IA this month – fun! I will bring a cooler of NY provisions when possible but when needed will Farm Stand It to get what I need for eats.

Hope you have BEAN able to rest a little today (note what I did there…bean instead of been)

Have a Nothing New Day! ~Kristin

PS – I canned peaches today – channeled my ancestors and honored the former residents of this old house, who I am guessing canned their share of peaches in this very kitchen.  Photos pending.



Where have you bean all my life?

Where have you bean all my life?

You may find that I get funnier as the month goes on – or not. Good luck.

I soaked 2C of beans in 6C of water for 24 hours then cooked them on simmer for almost 2 hours….1.5 hours would have worked…yielded about 4C of beans when all fluffed up. I put some in little containers to freeze and kept some in the frig to eat in the next few days….

Taste test? Tastes like chicken – haha no – tastes good like a bean should – a little nutty flavor which will be tasty in my greens & beans tomorrow (swiss chard from Fimka and Larry – nice!)

A handy guide for preparing and cooking dried beans here:

Oooo – I also harvested my garlic today – – film at 11. And mowed the front lawn (my wonderful neighbor Josh mowed the back – I am so grateful!), went to the Public Market, the Fairport Market, the Used Tool store, Redbird Market, Hart’s Local Grocer with grand neighbor/friend Marcia.  A true luxury day of doing errands and getting back on track with a few things including a lot of shredding and cleaning…hooray! I shall rest now – I hope you can too.

Have a Nothing New Day! ~Kristin






Let there be beans.

Let there be beans.

Pretty beans.

Pretty beans.

Beans as art.

Beans as art.

I drove out to NY Beans in Caledonia, NY today – about 40 miles on the other side of town – so worth it!  Lynda at the front office had set aside this hefty 25 pound bag of cranberry beans for me – cost $18!  That is $.72 per pound – a great price!  They are $.99 a pound at Wegman’s. Yes I drove 40 miles and…..I now have A LIFETIME SUPPLY of beans…yippee!

Here is the scoop on the NY Bean people:

“New York Bean, LLC is the largest dry edible bean handling facility in New York State. Located 25 miles south of Rochester, our location has easy access to NY/NJ and the Toronto ports, making for economical containerized shipping. We handle, process and ship Black Beans, Light Red Kidney and Cranberry Beans grown in New York State. We also handle Navy, Pinto and Great Northern Beans for distribution on the US east coast.”

NY Bean is a big supplier to Goya brand – you know them? My cranberry beans were grown in Wyoming County – only 80 miles away from me in Monroe County – I like that – vs the typical 1500 miles that most of our food travels to get from farm to your table. Where are your beans from?

In case you were wondering – here is the back story for these beauties – thank you Woodland Foods!

Cranberry Beans (Phaseolus Vulgaris) are related to the Kidney Bean (Phaseolus Vulgaris). Cranberries are like the Pinto Bean but reversed in color with pink skin and maroon mottling. They are somewhat plumper than the Pinto and are about 1/2 inch long. Cranberry Beans have a sweet, mild flavor. Also referred to as a borlotto, crab eye, roman, romano, rosecoco or saluggia bean. They may be interchanged in recipes wherever Borlotti or Saluggia Beans are required. Like their Mexican and Italian cousins (Pinto and Kidney), they will turn pink when cooked. They’re delicious in recipes with sweet or savory spices.

Recipes to follow – are you excited?

Have a Nothing New Bean Day! ~Kristin