111. salty sweet oat cookies

I got a new book from the library, which I’m pretty sure I’m just going to end up buying. I haven’t even gotten through about 20 of the pages and I already stopped and made two things. The book is Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites.

First up I saw the recipe to make these Salty Sweet Oats. They combined lots of good things: oats, pretzels, maple syrup, brown sugar and cinnamon. Its kind of like a snack mix, but I guess you can use it as a granola too. I think it would be extra yummy with some chopped almonds or peanuts too!

Then I took those salty sweet oats and turned them into cookies! These turned out really good. What you get is a nice, thick, chocolatey, sweet and crunchy cookie. YUM.

110. laundry soap.

We are also running low on laundry soap this week as well so i finally got around to making some of my own. My mother in law makes her own and she gave me some a while back and it worked nicely.  Its also SO much cheaper than buying store bought kind!

This was fairly easy and makes alot. Here’s what you need/do:
1/3 bar of Fels Naptha soap
1/2 cup Borax powder
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
Water
a bucket to mix/store

Grate or dice 1/3 of the fels naptha soap and put it into a large sauce pan. Add 6 cups of water and heat until soap melts. Add the washing soda and borax, stir until it has dissolved.
Pour four cups of tap water into your bucket, add your soap mixture and stir together. Add another 2o cups of water and stir to combine.

Let the soap cool and set up for about 12-24 hours. The consistency should be somewhat jello-ish and somewhat liquid.

Add a 1/2 cup to each load.

109. pineapple, banana, apple & kale smoothie.

Milo even drank this green smoothie…and wanted more!

108. ginger scallion noodles.

I keep seeing this post on pinterest and it looks so so good.
Then I remember I dont really like soba noodles. And it has alot of oil in it.
So tonight I made my own variation of something similar. Heres what I did:

Chop a bunch of green onions.
Put it in a bowl with 2 T soy sauce
4 T rice vinegar
1/2 tspn (or more if you like it) minced ginger
1 tspn minced garlic
squirt of siracha (more if you like it hot)
1 1/2 T honey or agave (depending how you swing on the issue)
Black pepper
Juice from half a lime

Boil some water and cook some whole wheat linguine (or noodles of your choice).
Saute some seitan, brocolli, spinach and seasame seeds.

When noodles are done, combine everything in one big bowl. Stir in the sauce. Top with more seasame seeds, cilantro and lime juice.

106. toddler pants.

Yet another creation from the people behind Meet Me at Mike’s.  This time these pants are from their other book, Sew La Tea Do, which also has lots and lots of things I want to sew. These books are due back at the library soon, so I better get to it!

I made these from a spongebob pillow case I got at the thrift store for about 45 cents. They fit milo perfectly. and they have pockets too! Making pants is fun!

105. dishwasher detergent.

I ran a load of dishes in the dishwasher this afternoon and finished up the current bottle of store bought dishwasher detergent…So I made some more.

1 Cup of Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
15 packets of unsweetened lemon kool aid.

 Mix all ingredients in a container and voila! dshwasher detergent!
Use 1 Tablespoon per load.
* i used some the next day, and it works great! everything came out clean and sparkly! yay!

104. coin purse


Not sure how I had time to get anything done tonight, due to a very irritable toddler, but I somehow managed to make this quick little zipper pouch while he was winding down watching some cartoons before bed. I tried following a link I saw on a blog, but that was confusing me, so I watched a you tube video and got the hang of it pretty fast.

So there you have it. I definitely plan to get some bigger zippers and make more sizes of these little pouches.

103. baby yoga pants.

This is another project from Meet me at Mikes, ; this was my first attempt at making pants of any kind. I cut the pattern wrong the first attempt and I had a little snafoo with the elastic, but everything was really easy and well explained. The pattern looked huge, but once you get going and you get the elastic in at the top, they look pretty normal, AND pretty cute! These are supposed to fit babies 9-12 months old. I think that’s pretty accurate. I made these from a sheet I got at the thrift store, so once again, these cost me probably under a dollar to make!

102. sushi bowl.

Tonight I made a variation of this recipe. You can do alot with it. Leave stuff out, add stuff in…thats what I did! Unfortuantely there is no photo because I’m having problems with this particular memory card and I KNOW IT, yet i keep using it. UGH.

Here’s my adaptation.

Cook some brown rice.
Let it sit and cool to room temperature.
Add diced cucumber, cooked edemame, cooked tofu cubes, 2 sliced green onions, chopped avocado, and about 2-3 Tbsps seasame seeds.

Mix together 2 Tbspn rice vinegar, 1 Tbspn soy sauce, and half a tspn of minced ginger.

Combine everything and enjoy.

Its a refreshing brown rice dish that tastes alot like sushi!