Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn Oakley and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Coconut-Chocolate Muffins

I have been on a coconut kick lately, so when the kids asked for muffins yesterday, I decided to find a recipe that could fulfill my craving and make them happy too. I have adapted this recipe to accommodate what we had on hand. And everyone was pleased with the results!

Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar (or sub 1/2 cup honey)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup culinary coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
Mix everything together, pour into greased or lined muffin tins, and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Yum!


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Yarn Along


Joining with Ginny at Small Thing's for this week's Yarn Along .

I have finished Phoebe's Phoebe's sweater.... and I am just finishing up the hood of the mouse's wee sweater and adding in the final touches to the knit mouse, like her face. It will be finished in time for Phoebe's birthday on Sunday! Finished and modeled pictures to come next week!

I have started reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and have been enjoying it. I also just got California by Edan Lupecki from the library. I have been waiting for it for quite some time, so I am pretty excited. It's about a future (apocalyptic) world... but that is about all I know. I'll tell you more next week.

What are you reading? What are you knitting?

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Monday, February 23, 2015

California Love

Over the weekend, I got to go on a trip to visit a few of my favorite friends in California. The kiddos stayed home with dad, and I had a few days where the only being I had to take care of was myself. It was really nice.
We spent a day at Pinnacles National Park and went on an 8 mile hike. We saw a California condor, a falcon, and a great horned owl, we crawled through a pitch black cave, and we saw some amazing views.
We ate lots of good food, took a trip into San Francisco, did another (shorter hike) in Tilden Park, and relaxed. It was a perfect weekend, and it feels great to be back home.
Here are a few pictures from Pinnacles... I was regretting that I didn't bring my camera and only had an i-phone to take photos with......












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Friday, February 20, 2015

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo- no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Inspired by Soulemama.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Enjoying the Sun

You may have noticed that I have been posting way more than normal lately. Maybe you wondered if suddenly I quit my job, hired a nanny and had free time galore? Nope. None of those. Actually, I have been inspired lately by a simple little thing, that many of you may take for granted, called the sun.
Now, here in Oregon we normally don't see much of the sun during the winter. Less sun means less outdoor activities to blog about, less photographs to share, and an overall decrease in my general motivation.
However, the past week or so has been just wildly warm and sunny. I am talking blue skies and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Not normal for us. At all. At my core, this warm weather is freaking me out. It makes me realize how quickly climate change is happening and makes me worried that this lack of snow may lead to summertime water issues. But, on a superficial level, I am completely loving this and trying to soak up as much sun as possible before it goes away again. Maybe for a long time.
We have been going on adventures, riding bikes, eating outside, gardening, and mostly just playing in the front yard for hours every afternoon. I can read (or blog) and the kids can dig, kick and goof around. It has been wonderful.
I decided to make a quick nature journal and take it on an adventure with us Monday morning. Finn drew a couple of photos and then wrote a few sentences about what he saw when we got home. It worked out pretty well. I plan to have him make a series of nature journals this summer (when we will adventure much more frequently).
Anyways, here are a few photos of our explorations:








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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Yarn Along


Joining with Ginny at Small Thing's for this week's Yarn Along .

I have finished Phoebe's Phoebe's sweater.... and I love it, despite it's heft. I have included it in today's photo, but not in its full glory. I figure I will wait until I give it to Phoebe on her birthday (Match 1st) and display it properly (on her) then!

I am now frantically trying to finish the Phoebe mouse, with its dress and matching sweater, all before the birthday as well. I have been under the weather a bit these past couple of days, so I have gotten a bit behind my (self-imposed) "schedule".

I just finished all three of the books I was reading last week, and I think I am going to start A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It's one that has been on my to-read list for years. I am headed on a mama-only adventure this weekend, so I need something good to read while I am childless....

And for all you animal lovers out there, today's special yarn along guest is Matty Cat.


What are you reading? What are you knitting?



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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Quick Thought...


Did you know that environmentally conscious behavior as an adult is less a result of learning and absorbing facts and more a result of having experiences in nature? What that means is that if we want to raise our children to be environmentally aware, we need to take them into nature! The love that they will develop for the natural world will help them make future decisions that will protect our planet.  So-- go on a hike, play in a stream, pick berries, help plant trees, get outside!

facts came from Childhood and Nature: design principles for educators by David Sobel Pin It Now!