234. carnival cookies.

Shutterbean posted these cookies earlier this week and I havent stopped thinking about them. I had some freshly purchased coconut oil, waiting to be cracked open, and I already had almond meal in the fridge leftover from something I made a while back…Seemed like now was the time to make these! Love that there is no added sugar and these are made from mostly whole foods. And if she posts something vegan, of course I have to try it!

232. front of the house updates.

First, I painted the door.
Then the new address sign.

We finally got new lights installed (dj did it! i still cant believe it) and I finally moved those hostas around the light pole and replaced them with some black eyed susans, russian sage, lavendar and some ornamental grassy stuff. MUCH better. That russian sage smells amazing! I got the lights for a great deal on one of those flash sites, the same day I painted the door. I guess it was meant to be. I really really like them and they make SUCH a difference.

Last thing: that mail box. I dont know what to do with it. Considering painting it. maybe red? maybe black? All i know its it needs some kind of makeover…
Next year I need to battle the larger areas of planting in the front. Any ideas what to do in front of the window where the sad droopy tree is????
Suggestions welcome!

OH! I got a new doorknocker too! This guy from anthropologie worked out great.

231. black bean quinoa patties.

I kept seeing these all over pinterest and they looked so so good, so I thought I would give it a go. They didnt look like they do in the photo on the original post; I ate them topped with salsa, avocado and tomatoes and scooped it up with those tortilla chips it was pretty good. I think its all about how you doctor it up. These have a heavy black bean taste – and are kind of mooshy on the inside….So the texture of the tortilla chips definitely helped.

Recipe found here.

230. new address plate.

The newly painted door has gotten me obsessed with making the outside of our house look more like us. The address plate that came with the house was white with gold numbers. (you can kind of see it in the linked photo)  I tried to spraypaint the numbers black, but we didn’t have the right kind of screws to put them back into the plate, and I realized that the plate itself was ugly and I hated the typeface of the numbers (I’m a graphic designer – i’m picky!). Ive been searching all over the internet (mostly etsy) to find a new address plate. The one I really want is $225. The other one that I really liked is around $100, and I would have to figure out how to get it drilled into the bricks, which I wasn’t too excited about having to do. So I went to home depot with the intention to just buy some numbers to stick on our mailbox for the time being but ended up finding these numbers that I kind of liked. I wandered over to the wood section, and found this piece of wood in a cart of scraps (so they let me have it for free!) The numbers were $1.50 each, and I already had screw hooks from this project.  A kind home depot employee helped me find some wood screws, and it seemed I had everything I needed to make this happen. Came home and put this all together, and it was really simple – all for under $10! I was also able to utilize the hooks that were already in place, so I didnt have to do any drilling into the brick.  I think its a HUGE improvement from what was there previously, don’t you think?!

Now onto replacing that ugly porch light….and to do something about that mail box.  I’m thinking of painting it…black maybe?

229. Cucumber basil juice.

Tonight I made a juice using:

…and it was DELISH!

228. blueberry muffins.

In ANOTHER attempt to use up even MORE blueberries ( I bought some and then the next day got some in a CSA box…ooops!) I baked some muffins! I did an adaption of the berry muffins from one of my favorite cookbooks – Yellow Rose Recipes.

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cup white flour
2T egg replacer powder
2 T ground flax
2 tspn baking powder
1 1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
2 T canola oil
1 tspn vanilla
1 cup blueberries

2 T brown sugar
2 T flour
1/2 tspn cinnamon
1 T earth balance

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray your muffin tins.
Sift together the flour, egg replacer, baking powder and flax. In another bowl whisk together the almond milk, sugar, apple sauce, oil and vanilla. Add wet to dry and m ix well. Gently stir in blueberries.

Divide batter into 12 muffins. Prepare your struesel topping and top each muffin with some. Bake 20 minutes.

227. blueberry banana oatmeal waffles.

In an effort to use up some blueberries, I made these waffles to freeze and have on hand for the weekends.

Recipe is adapted from Vegan With a Vengeance.

1 cup plus 2 T flour
2 tspn baking powder
1 tspn baking soda
1 1/4 tspn cinnamon
1 cup quick cooking oats
2 T ground flax seed
1 ripe medium size banana
1 1/2 cup almond milk
3 T agave (or maple syrup)
2 T vegetable oil
1 cup blueberries

Preheat your waffle iron according to its directions.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and flax. Add the oatmeal and toss together.

In the vitamix, or blender, add the banana, almond milk, agave and oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined. Gently stir in the blueberries.

Make your waffles in your waffle iron. Top with extra blueberries and bananas and enjoy!

226. rainy day.

It was a rainy dreary monday, so we brightened our day by putting on rainboots and jumping in puddles!

225. lambs farm.

Today I made time to do something new with my little guy. I took him to lamb’s farm. We had never been, and now that we live in the north burbs –  it wasn’t all that far away from us. We spent the afternoon chasing chickens, cuddling goats, riding the carasouel and playing mini golf. The weather couldn’t have been beat either! Good day for sure.