172. cookie butter shake.

Don’t let this boring photo fool you. THIS SHAKE IS DELICIOUS.

If you haven’t tried trader joes cookie butter yet, you need to. Or if you haven’t tried it, save yourself and NEVER touch it. But you will be missing out. This stuff is AMAZING. I haven’t done a ton with it yet, but I have dipped dark chocolate squares in it, ate it right off the spoon and smeared it on apples.

Tonight I put it in a shake and it blew my mind.

1 cup soy ice cream (vanilla)
1 banana (not frozen)
1 T cookie butter
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk

171. tank dress.


This has been on my to-do list for quite some time, and I’m pleased to have finished it! I went thrifting this weekend and found this sheet for $1.99 and a tank for 99 cents. I mainly used this tutorial, but kind of skimmed through multiple versions and using my own knowledge made it work. I used the hem that was already on the sheets, so that was one step I was able to skip. Though its not perfect, I definitely learned alot and am pretty pleased with the results.

170. mezuzah.

Our really good friend is moving to Isreal next week for a year and she came by tonight to see our new house and to say goodbye. She brought me this DIY mezuzah and we made it and she said a blessing and hung it in our doorway. We may not be jewish, but she is, and this will be a great reminder and way to have to her with us everyday! Were going to miss you Rachel!

169. instagram coasters.

Since we got a new table, I figured we could use some coasters. I have seen ways to take scrapbook paper and adhere them to tiles and make coasters, but I did this using some instagram photos. I always print a bunch, and then I don’t really do anything with them because I can’t really find frames. This was so easy and I loved how it turned out!

I print my photos using scrapbookpictures.com, and while writing this post realized they closed this year. They printed 4×4 photos for about 12 cents a piece! Bummer. Good thing I had a stash of photos previously printed…

I went to Home Depot this morning and got some of these 4.25×4.25 ceramic tiles for 13 cents a piece. I adhered the photos to the tiles using mod podge, then used a sponge brush and brushed it over the top of the photo as well. I let it dry and did one more coat to make sure everything was good and sealed. I  got a package of little felt pads for the bottoms for $3 and stuck these to the bottom of each one.

I think I could buy a little photo hook and put it on the back and use these tiles to display the photos on the wall. These would also make really great gifts! And they were so inexpensive, I could easily make more and swap them out as I take new photos!

168. multigrain waffles

 

Haven’t made waffles in a while and Milo wanted some this morning. Did a quick search for something and came across this recipe for Multigrain waffles. I had everything on hand and added my own touches to it. I think next time I will throw in a banana, or even some nuts. These are extremely versatile, and super healthy!

Vegan Multigrain Waffles

1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup quick cooking oats
1/3 cup ground flax seed meal
2T hemp seeds
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 TBSP maple syrup
2 cups almond milk
2 TBSP vegetable oil

directions:
Preheat waffle maker according to your manufacturer’s directions.

In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. In a mixing cup, add the oil and maple syrup to the soy milk. Whisk the milk into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, and most lumps are gone.

Spray or brush the waffle maker with oil. Pour enough batter into waffle maker and cook per the waffle maker’s instructions

167. House update.

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Just a little update on the house….

My friend Jesse is amazing and made made us this dining table and delivered it this week! I sent him some ideas a whole back and we back and forth on this is what he came up with. It’s so perfect. I ordered the hairpin legs from a site online. I would love to get original Herman miller chairs, but settled for these three knock offs. I’m hoping to stumble across some originals at a garage sale or the thrift store some day. I know it’s a stretch but you never know. Someone I know found an eames rocker at a garage sale for $5 once, so you never know!! a girl can always dream, right?!

Anyway, it’s still a work in progress. We need to hang artwork and get seating for the other side of the table. Jesse is going to also build us a bench.
We’re thinking of possibly painting that one wall in front of the table. Not sure yet….And in that second photo, you can see the fireplace – we just realized we need some kind of mantle there and I want to get some new tile, so THAT in iteslef is a project we can hopefully start soon! Anyone know how to hang tile??

The last photo is part of the kitchen. Pretty happy with it as is. We have lots of storage and counter space.  I really wanted to do a backsplash, and this already came with one. Its probably not the colors I would have chosen, but itll do. Dont forsee the need to redo something that doesnt look too bad. Im loving that they painted it teal. And the cabinet pulls are these little crystal balls. Dont think I would have had the guts to pick them, but I’m kind of glad they did. At about 5pm, the light shine through and they make pretty little shapes and rainbows all over. I love the window in front of the sink. Hoping to make a curtain one of these days. I love the big fridge and dishwasher! And water dispenses out of the fridge. THAT is a huge bonus. The oven is electric, which I’m not THRILLED about, but I’m getting used to it.

So that’s what we’ve been working on the past few weeks. There will be lots more to come!

166. hanging heart.

Nothing too crazy tonight. I’ve been pretty tired and uninspired this week. Need to start cooking soon.

But I did manage to sew this little fabric heart using fabric scraps.

165. hot yoga.

So tonight’s post isn’t necessarily making anyting crafty or tasty, but its definitely a HUGE accomplishment I never thought I’d be capable of saying I completed.

I took a 105 degree, hot power fusion yoga class tonight at power yoga. And I survived.

I hate heat. I kind of prefer winter over summer (kind of). The idea of hot yoga made me cringe. I had no desire to do it. EVER. Mostly because I figured I would be absolutely miserable during it.

Yoga is something I realize I need in my life. Its so theraputic and it helps relieve so much stress, gives me some “me” time, and its a work out! Now that I moved, I needed to start it back up. Core Power Yoga is only a few minutes away and I noticed they had offer a few free classes. So I went on Sunday to try it out. I had no idea the basic class there is 95 degrees. So I sort of tried it by accident in a way….I get a week free of yoga there, So I figured while its free, whats 10 degrees more? If I hate it, I’ll never go back, and it didn’t cost me a thing, so why not give it a try….I had nothing to lose in my eyes, except an hour of my time.

So I went tonight with two of my friends there … And I will say I will definitely go back.

Because I spent alot of time earlier in the year practicing yoga on a regular basis, it gave me the strength to power through the poses and sustain the heat. I wasn’t struggling, which made the heat alot more bearable. You don’t hold the poses for very long; alot of the focus is on stability acutally.

I don’t think this will be my favorite form of yoga, but its definitely different and feels good to have some variety. I  have never, ever, sweat so much in my life during a one hour period. This year I have now completed TWO BIG yoga accomplishments that I never in a million years would have even thought possible!

164. garden snake.

I love the birds in my yard. I bought them a bird bath, make sure they have a constant supply of bird seed, make them special treats, and leave them stale bread. What do they do in return? They are jerks who eat my garden!  Everytime I go back there to water, birds go flying out of there. They completely ate my watermelon plant. So I planted two more. One is almost already gone, and they are now eating my okra and some of my green beans. One of my okra plants is almost all eaten up before it had the chance to even do anything.

So I googled how to keep them out of your garden. One of the things it said to do was to cut up a house and they might think its a garden snake. Well, I don’t have a hose to cut up, but I did find a deflated bicycle inner tube, so I spraypainted it blue, hoping to draw attention to it, and hoping it keeps them away.

I guess windchimes, a large owl, or pie pans are all supposed to help. I saw you can make a windchime out of cd’s, but for lack of time and wanting to try to nip this in the bud ASAP, I just stuck some cd’s into the ground as well hoping the reflection scares them away.  Not sure how well any of this is working. When I went to water this morning there was a robin near my tomatoes pecking at something!! (hopefully weeds) At least she wasn’t near my okra or watermelon!

C’mon guys. Stick to the bird seed!  Can’t we just all get along??

163. dinosaur planter

Go get yourself a plastic dinosaur from the dollar store, use an exacto knife to cut the top out, spraypaint it and put succulents inside. Viola! Instant dino planter.