211. dog bed.

I sewed this large dog bed for Mr. Maddox this morning using some fabric from Ikea. Its essentially a square cushion, I just didn’t do piping. It has a hidden zipper and I stuffed it with some old pillows and a floor cushion we don’t really use. Maddox took to it immediately. We just all took a nap and when I woke up, he was fast asleep on it! Success!

210. brownie bites.

These were a hit at our annual block party today!
Recipe from here. Her recipes rarely fail me!


208. bell pepper soup.

We hosted 12 people this week and grilled pizzas, so we had lots of vegetables left over, particularly bell peppers. They were already sauteed, so I wasn’t too excited about throwing them into a salad. Instead, I thought to use my handy vitamix and make soup for dinner!

This is what I came up with:
About a cup or so sliced bell peppers ( i had yellow, red and green)
1/4 cup soymilk
1/2 cup vegetable broth
pinch of thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic

Sautee the onion until starting to get translucent and then add the garlic. Cook for about a minute or two, and then add all items to the vitamix. You can continue to blend until warm, or remove and add to a pot to heat up.

207. photo walk: red.

I took a photo walk at lunch and took photos of things that were red. Here are some things I came up with.

206. chocolate banana ice cream.

This time I got it right. Vegan chocolate banana ice cream. Yum.

The recipe is from vegan scoop. I just combined the banana recipe and the chocolate recipe. Cant wait to eat this in a bowl with some peanut butter too! Tonight we opted for cones. Great summer treat for sure.

205. house update: milo’s room!

Milo’s room is painted and just about ready. We’re still trying to find a nightstand but other than that everything is in place. We opted not to hang anything framed around his bed since he’ll probably end up knocking it on top of himself. He got a full size bed from his grandma for his birthday and I got him the star wars sheets from pottery barn since I had an unused gift card from our wedding (um…that was almost ten years ago! )

My friend kristen came over and helped me map out the wall with the book shelf. I’m so happy how this turned out!

I hope to eventually finish this dresser for him, but I’m not sure that is going to happen anytime soon unfortunately.

I chose a grey color for his room, but it actually looks more blue than grey. Oops. But overall I’m really happy with how it turned out and so is milo! His words were “wow! It looks really cool!”

204. zuchinni bread.

Im up to my ears in zuchinni, as I mentioned before, so I made some zuchinni bread based on this recipe. It appealed to me since it didnt use much white flour, had no oil, and was low in sugar….and I’m a sucker for anything with a struesel topping. I added raisins, which is something I don’t normally do, and it was good, but I think I will add some chocolate chips next time. Kind of defeats the purpose of being healthy though I guess….

Here is my variation

  • 1 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water, mixed and set aside for 5 minutes)
  • 1 & 1/4 cup shredded zucchini (leave skin on), packed
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 & 1/4 cups almond milk
  • Cinnamon Streusel topping: 2 tsp non-dairy margarine/butter, 1 tbsp coarse sugar (like turbinado), 1 tbsp flour, 1/2 tsp cinnamon


    1. Preheat oven to 400F. Mix the flax egg and set aside. Oil a regular-sized loaf pan.

    2. In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients (flour, powders, salt, cinnamon, sugar, raisins).

    3. In another large bowl, combine the wet ingredients (flax egg, shredded zucchini, maple syrup, milk).

    4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just mixed. Be careful not to overmix the batter as spelt flour is delicate.

    5. Spoon the batter into prepared loaf pan and spread out evenly. Prepare the cinnamon streusel and then sprinkle on top. Bake for about 37-40 minutes at 400F or until toothpick comes out clean and the loaf gently springs back when pressed.

203. banana chocolate chip flapjacks.

Milo woke up telling me he wanted pancakes for breakfast, so I broke out the ol’ vegan brunch book, since its been a while since I’ve made anything from that gem of a cookbook. I made these since they had bananas in them (healthy) but made a few with some chocolate chips in them too since they are milo’s favorite. He got two regular and one chocolate chip, so thats not so bad, is it?

I’ve mentioned before I really dislike making vegan pancakes because they just don’t usually turn out right. These actually turned out pretty good! I burned the first few and had to start over because my pan was too hot for too long, but once I got going I got into the groove and made it work. Another pancake success!

202. freehand embroidery.

I embroidered this little piece using denim as some flower buds and freehanding the embroidery. Nothing too crazy, but just a little practice.