baked oatmeal.

bakedoatmealI took a stab at making oatmeal again. Im always on the fence about it. I topped this with some plain coconut yogurt and it was a nice change from my usual bowl of cereal or smoothie.

I found the recipe here

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (i used walnuts; pecans would be good)
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon aking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Scant ½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1 3/4 cup almond milk
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 2 egg replacers (I used flax eggs – 2 T flax/6 T water, mixed together and sit for 10 minutes)
  • 1 1/2 T coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 cup blackberries or other berries
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Grease the inside of an 8-inch square baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, coconut, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup (if using), almond milk, flax eggs, coconut oil and the vanilla.
  5. Place the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the baking dish.
  6. Arrange two-thirds of the berries on top of the bananas.
  7. Cover the fruit with the dry oat mixture, then drizzle the wet ingredients over the oats. Wiggle the baking dish to make sure the milk moves down through the oats.
  8. Scatter the remaining berries across the top, and sprinkle some extra coconut flakes and raw sugar on top if you’d like.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes, until the top is golden. Remove your baked oatmeal from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.

avocado and lime tofu bowl.

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I dont really know what to call this recipe. I just kind of winged it. If you do a little meal prep ahead of time, you can throw this together for lunch in no time. Made for delicious lunches that week.

Tofu
1 block of tofu, water pressed out
1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
juice of half lime
1/2 tspn garlic powder
1-2 T maple syrup

Avocado (reserved for topping)

Slice tofu. Mix ingredients together and marinade tofu slices a few hours or overnight. I put it in my air fryer at 370 degrees for about 15 minutes. If you dont have air fryer you can bake at 400 degrees (in marinade liquid) for about 30 min, flipping halfway through.

Rice
brown rice
cilantro
lime

Make some brown rice. squeeze juice of lime over the rice, and add some chopped cilantro. there is some cilantro lime rice!

Broccoli slaw and Dressing: ( i just kind of eye balled this)
Brocolli slaw
2 T soy sauce
1 T rice wine vinegar
1 T lime juice
1/2 t maple syrup

mix ingredients for dressing and add to the brocolli slaw.

Make the bowls:
Layer cilantro lime rice at the bottom of the bowl. Top with tofu, brocolli slaw and avocado. add extra cilantro if you heart fancies it.

maple olive oil banana bread.

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I’ve made banana bread several times on this blog, and this one proved to be a winner. I found the recipe on shutterbean, but changed it up a bit to make it vegan, and a tad bit healthier. It didnt raise as high as it should, but it still turned out pretty tasty!

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 egg replacers (i used neat egg)
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup puree)
  • 1/2 cup plain vegan yogurt

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 8 x 4 inch loaf pan.

Whisk together the flours, baking soda, salt and spices in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil and ugar, breaking up any lumps. Add the maple syrup and vanilla, whisking until smooth. Prepare the egg replacer and add and beat until fully incorporated. With a wooden spoon, stir in the bananas, then yogurt. Add the flour mixture to the liquids, stirring until just combined. Do not over mix. Pour batter into prepared pan, evening out the top if necessary.

Bake until a cake tester inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes. Remove from the oven, and leave the bread to cool in its pan for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

cashew alfredo.

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This recipe is so comforting and delicious in these cold months. I also think it would be a great summer dish with some of that fresh basil and herbs from the garden! I didnt have any fettuccine on hand, so I used rigatoni and YUM!

Heres what I did:

1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
6-8 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup raw cashews (soaked if you dont have a high speed blender)
3/4 cup – 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons  nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon (3g) fine salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

You’ll also need
Noodles
Sautéed vegetables of your choice (think mushrooms, brussel sprouts, broccoli, spinach)
Fresh parsley, finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper

Add 1 teaspoon of the coconut oil to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Once heated, add the diced onion and minced garlic, and cook – stirring as needed – until the onion is soft; about five minutes. Once soft, add the onion and garlic to the base of a high powdered blender, such as a Vitamix. Add the cashews, almond milk, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper to the base of the blender, too. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy; 30-45 seconds. Transfer the sauce to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use. If you don’t want to use it right away, it will keep for up to five days in the refrigerator.

To serve, divide the cooked noodles between bowls and drizzle with cashew alfredo sauce (heat sauce if desired). Top with sautéed vegetables then finish with parsley, salt, and pepper.

 

 

ditto.

Ditto.jpgMy family, and even some of our friends, are crazy for pokemon! I recently came across this pattern to sew up a ditto and I ended up making four. One for my son and three for some of his friends. They were a hit! I found the perfect fuzzy fabric at Jo-ann’s and I purchased 1/2 a  yard for $4.50. I still have enough to make about two more! I got the eyes for $1.50 and used embroidery thread to stitch the mouth.

You can find the pattern here, but also, Im going to insert it, in case it goes missing.
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I cut out the pieces as advised, and poked holes in my pattern where the eyes and mouth should be. I used a sharpie ON THE INSIDE of my pattern piece to mark where the eyes and mouth will go. I then used embroidery thread and hand sewn the eyes and hand stitched the mouth.

I pinned my pieces, right side together, wrong sides facing me –  and sewed all along the edges, making sure everything was closed up and secured. I left the bottom open. I flipped it inside out to make sure my seams were all nice and closed – then put it back to  facing sides together. I pinned the bottom piece on, wrong side facing me, and left about a 1 inch or so opening so it can be turned inside out and stuffed.

I turned it inside out, filled it with stuffing and sewed it shut using and invisible seam, by hand.

This is not my pattern; credit belongs to:
OKEMON PLUSH PATTERN POKEDEX: mewkish.deviantart.com/journal…

 

marshmallow chocolate chip cookies.

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We needed something sweet and these hit the spot one evening. This recipe doesnt make a ton, so you arent stuck eating them for days – Perfect for a last minute – i need some cookies – kind of night!

Found the recipe here.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2-5 tbsp almond milk
  • 2 tbsp veg oil
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 mini marshmallows per cookie

Instructions

Combine all dry ingredients (except marshmallows) in a medium mixing bowl, then stir in wet to form a dough – it will be dry at first, so keep stirring until a cookie-dough texture is achieved. (Only if needed, add 1 tbsp extra almond milk)  Roll into balls, then smush two mini marshmallows into each cookie and re-roll into a ball. Preheat oven to 325 F. Place cookie balls on a greased baking tray and bake 11 minutes on the center rack. They’ll look underdone when you take them out. Let them cool 10 minutes, during which time they will firm up. You can also choose to make extra cookie dough balls and freeze them to bake at a later date.

salt + vinegar potatoes.

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Salty. Tangy. Potatoes. Sign me up!
I cooked these in my air fryer, but you bake/broil them instead.

Slice yukon gold or finerling potatoes in 1/4 inch slices. Place in saucepan and cover with vinegar. boil for about 10 minutes until start to get soft. Preheat oven to 400 degrees or place in air fryer. Toss with a little bit of olive oil and toss with salt. Bake in the air fryer at 370 for about 15 minutes (tossing occasionally); or bake in over for about 15 min, flip and then bake about 10 min more. For crispier potatoes, broil for a few minutes.

peanut noodle salad.

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Whoah, this salad was a hit! we made it twice in one week so we can eat it all week long for lunch.  With a little meal prep ahead of time it comes together in no time for a quick, delicious weekday lunch.

Original recipe found here
I
 changed things slightly, using tofu instead of tempeh and reducing the amount of maple syrup.

Salad

  • 6 ounces rice vermicelli noodles
  • 2 whole carrots, “ribboned” with a vegetable peeler or spiralizer
  • 1/4 cup (15 g) chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup (30 g) loosely packed spinach, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  •  1 batch peanut Tofu (ingredients below)
DRESSING
  • 1/3 cup  salted creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce, 1 red Thai chili minced, or 1/4 tsp red pepper flake
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Water to thinTOFU
  • 1 package of tofu, water pressed out
    SAUCE
    • 2 Tbsp salted creamy peanut butter
    • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 Tbsp lime juice
    • 2 Tbsp maple syrupSlice your tofu; marinate for a few hours or overnight. toss in airfyer and cook 370 for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.

 

homeade naan bread.

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I made some indian food (cauliflower tiki masala from Isa’s new cookbook…YUM), and I couldnt find any naan at the grocery store, SO I made my own! It was pretty easy. I started the dough right before I started prepping the rest of dinner. It takes 40 minutes to rise, so I was able to get everything prepped and in the oven, just in time to start making the naan while everything baked. I was pretty impressed at how these turned out too. Totally made the meal!

Found the recipe here.

  1. Combine warm water and yeast in a bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes until foamy.
  2. Add salt and flour. Mix thoroughly. Knead dough on a floured workspace about 20 times and form into a tight ball. Put dough in a well oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel.
  3. Put in a warm place to rise for 30-45 minutes. Dough won’t rise much, but it doesn’t need to.
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured workspace. Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll out with a rolling pin to about 1/8″ thick.
  5. Grill naan pieces on a grill or electric griddle. In a pinch, a frying pan sprayed with some nonstick cooking spray will work. Grill for 1-2 minutes on each side.
  6. This recipe yields a very soft, chewy naan.

block printing with second graders.

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I did another art talk in milos classroom. This time I taught second graders about”The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokausai.

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we talked about all the different things they saw in the painting and then I talked to them about wood block printing and and the process behind it.

Then we did our own block printing, using styrofoam plates! Ahead of time, I cut the edging off the plate, so they had a flat circle to work with. I had the students draw whatever they wanted on the plates with a pencil; we spread some paint on the plate using a foam brush, then placed paint-side down on the paper and rolled over it with a brayer. (just a note, we found fatter lines worked better, so when a dull pencil works better than a pointy pencil)  We each made a few prints, so they can see what a “process” it was.

I loved seeing how creative the kids were with they chose to draw. It made a little bit of a mess, but I think the kids had alot of fun with it!

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