325. Infinity scarf complete.

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Infinity scarf complete. Red heart yarn was a little too stiff for this, and I should have made it to wrap three times, instead of two. At least I learned from it! I will try again.

324. space ship.

We went to a space themed party for milo’s friend, and we worked on this space ship together. Its now proudly hanging in milo’s room!

323. infinity scarf: stage one.

I started working on this infinity scarf using the same pattern as my cowl I made earlier this week. Still have a ways to go, but I’m making progress.

322. fauxstess cupcakes.

Everyone was up in arms yesterday all over facebook about the hostess cupcake business coming to an end. Although I dont eat them now, they were a big part of my childhood. My grandpa used to take us to the hostess store and we’d stock up. I was a huge fan of twinkies and cupcakes, but snowballs were my absolute favorite. I probably havent had a hostess product in about 10 years, (once I realized they use animal fat in their products that sealed the deal for me) – but the memory is bittersweet. It dawned on me that Milo will never know the hostess name – so him and I worked together this morning to make the fauxstees cupcakes that are from the ppk here. These also remind me of when I first went vegan. Baking from the ppk and vegan with a vengeance were my go-to for vegan recipes. These were kind of the kick off of the vegan cupcake craze, and they bring me back to those days. These did NOT turn out very pretty, but milo enjoyed eating them!

 

321. roasted brussel sprouts, butternut squash and cauliflower.

So its official. Im crazy for brussel sprouts. Like, I can’t get enough of them. I spend my days daydreaming of what I’m going to do with them next.
When Dj called to tell me he wouldnt be home for our usual friday-night pizza dinner, and I was on my own, I was thrilled because this meant brussel sprouts were on the menu instead!  I researched some recipes on the way home, and of course came across this one from Shutterbean!

I used that one as my starting point, but veered off it a little bit. I added cauliflower, because I had some leftover from earlier in the week. The seasonings were SO good. I ate mine over french lentils and made it a complete meal.

So basically I cut up my brussel sprouts, squash, onions, 4 cloves garlic (i love garlic) and cauliflower. I mixed together in a bowl – 1 T olive oil, 2 T balsamic, and 1/2 tspn curry powder. I sprinkled in some salt and pepper as well and coated my veggies with it. I sprinkled brown sugar on top (about 1 T or so) I baked it at 400 degrees, for 20 minutes, then mixed it around, and baked it for about 20 minutes more.  I ate it over french lentils and was very very happy! YUM.

320. lego mario

A few weeks ago, one of our neighbors came by with his entire collection of legos for milo to keep! I’m not too well versed in legos – but I made this mario out of legos after seeing a photo of it here.

319. crocheted cowl.

Oh my, crocheting is SO much easier than knitting. Not even sure, after all these years, why I even bother with knitting.
I made this in about 90 minutes, using this tutorial. Its so so easy. It needs some work (its wider on top than the bottom). Also the tutorial said to make it 37 stitches across. I ended up making mine 55, and its still kind of hard to get around my ever so tiny head. so you might want to adjust that if you are doing the tutorial in the video. but this is basically a row of single crochets, two rows of double crochets, and then repeat! and because I used a big hook and thick yarn, it took no time. I definitely want to take on more crocheting projects…they are SO much more forgiving than knitting!

Next I plan to turn this pattern into an infinity scarf.  Currently checking my stock of yarn to see what I have enough of to make that happen!

318. felt owl ornament.

I have alot of things pinned to make for christmas! I know its still a ways off, but it already seems to be everywhere AND it snowed last night! This project isn’t THAT christmas’y, so dont worry….I saw these cute little guys, and picked up some styrofoam balls so I can make some (and some other ornaments coming up!) I was supposed to buy 4 inch balls, and I wasn’t paying attention and bought 3 inch, so I had to modify the pattern a little bit. He turned out ok – although I think he looks kind of yoda-like, wouldn’t you say?!

317. portabella pizzas.

I had these pinned for a while on pinterest and have been dying to make them. This weekend when I was grocery shopping I finally remembered to buy portabella mushrooms to do so. These were so so yummy. And I had everything else on hand to make them happen. I forsee alot of these in my future.

You can find the recipe here.

First make the cheese sauce: this will make enough for about 5-6 portabellas.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1 T flour
  • 1 t lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ t garlic powder

Directions: add all ingredients to a saucepan on medium and whisk vigorously until smooth. Keep watching the mixture as it starts to thicken, whisking occasionally so that it doesn’t stick to the pan.

Then, fill each mushroom cap with sauce and cheese sauce, then top with veggies. I baked mine at 450 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, then broiled them on low for about 4 minutes.