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Have you ever heard of a shrimp plant? We hadn’t! That’s the sort of thing we learn by going to Farmers Markets and local farms. We planted the shrimp plant in healthy compost and dirt and watched it thrive. The plant is native to Mexico, so we were...read more
We’ve really learned how to curb our cravings and eat in moderation (creatively)! One of our new favorite treats are our delicious chocolate honey coconut minis! One bite fulfills our need for a sugar-boost and it’s surprising how long we can make 6 little...read more
Did you know there are rocket-powered aircrafts that hit hypersonic speeds? One is called the North American X-15 and it can get around the world in just over five hours. It’s supposedly the fasted manned aircraft that can even hit Mach 6. We read it was an...read more
When 2017 began, our design business, The Lills Design, received a huge influx of traffic and new clientele. We were also able to finally make the fixes and tweaks to our VW Bus, Moksha. We were able to get his brakes done, change out the calipers, replace the rotors...read more
One of us grew up with no dog to be found and the other one of us had dogs and pets of all kinds as a child. When we decided to move in with one another (which was almost immediately), it didn’t take us long to invite a dog into our own grown up life. It really...read more
A long time ago, we met a young girl who was having a rebellious streak against her parents. She explained their determination to control her life and how it made her lash out in very loud ways. We remember her mother even talking to us and how we got into the...read more
We’ve heard a lot about how common grocery store fruits, like strawberries, are often covered in pesticides, genetically modified and look and taste different than what nature intended. We were really able to understand the difference when we visited our local...read more
Back in the day, one of our most favorite treats from the local health food store was the Coconut “Hail Merry” Vegan Tart. We would buy one tart to share between us and cut it into tiny slices so we could savor every little bite.read more
While sitting out in the sun one day, we snipped a few of our homegrown herbs and thought to dry them. We brought the leaves into the kitchen, put them on a cooking sheet and into the oven. Once dried, we softly crumbled the basil, parsley and sage leaves…read more
Our little business, The Lills Design, offers web and graphic design, photography and video. When companies or people are in need of websites, we work with them to build their very own brand online. We often run into situations where people are using third party...read more
We picked up some squash that we had never eaten or cooked with before, called Delicata Squash. It’s also known as Bohemian or Peanut squash and is a winter vegetable that is cream colored, has green stripes and great texture. It is so easy to work with, the...read more
We’ve made quiche together since we met each other back in 2005, but these days we only eat things like butter or dairy products on treat days. Quiche is so worth the wait and leaves us filled and satisfied. The best part is, they are so easy to make. Enjoy our...read more
High-fructose corn syrup is a chemically processed sweetener that causes the body to store fat, rather than burn it, which leads to weight gain. It also causes diabetes, cellulite, tooth decay, kidney stones, acne, aging and a number of other issues. We read it even...read more
For our fifth wedding anniversary, we headed to North Carolina to take in some mountain air. We boarded the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, enjoyed first class and took in some spectacular views, like the Nantahala Gorge. Although the water was noted as 32 degrees, we...read more
When we got to back to Beaufort, “Moksha”, our 1978 VW Bus, was running smoothly. Over time though, we began to notice some oil leaking from the middle of the undercarriage. We had plans to get to the Edisto River for our fourth wedding anniversary and...read more
We try to steer clear from traditional pasta, flour and calories that come with it. When we get a craving for spaghetti, which doesn’t happen very often, we pick up spaghetti squash. It’s a healthy pasta substitute, it’s naturally stringy and tastes...read more
The two of us remember reading The Berenstein Bears books when we were little. Each book focused on a specific life topic, like strangers, messy rooms, bullying and more. We were stunned when we came across the beloved childhood books, titled The Berenstain Bears,...read more
When it’s cold outside, our Mini Veggie Pot Pie recipe comes in handy. We normally try to avoid butter and all purpose flour, but we celebrate our hard work with weekly treat days where we can enjoy some comfort food. Veggie Pot Pie hits the spot, warms the soul...read more
We met a very interesting man who made us aware of an odd topic of conversation that is going on around the world. He said people have put together the photos of Earth that NASA has taken over the last few decades and each depiction looks very different. The...read more
Throughout time, great minds have changed the way we look at things. Humans used to think the world was flat and then they were taught the Earth revolves around the Sun. Physicist, Nassim Haramein has announced a new theory. He believes the Earth is actually being...read more
Treat days are a perfect excuse to enjoy homemade fries! They are so much better than any frozen fry from a restaurant or fast food joint. Sometimes we like to cut them thinly, other times, nice and chunky. We pair them with homemade ketchup and even like to go wild...read more
We’ve been enjoying the benefits of coconut oil for years. It’s a main ingredient we use in our homemade toothpaste and mouthwash. It cleans the mouth and makes our teeth shiny and smooth. We use virgin, unrefined coconut oil every once and a while in our...read more
It’s absolutely amazing when the universe provides signs that tell us symbolically that we’re heading in the right direction. On our trip to Sarasota, Florida, we were tested the moment we arrived. The brakes on our VW bus went “spongy” all of...read more
Rather than buying tomatoes from the store, this season we picked up organic plants from our local farmers market and began our own tomato garden. A variety of young tomatoes found a home in our beds. As they matured, little green tomatoes began popping…read more