watercolor and sharpies.

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Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetThis year I want to make more art. I’ve been shooting film when I can, want to do some of that adult coloring, got a drawing book I want to dive into, and just got a fingerprint art book as well. I was babysitting Milos friend on Saturday night and I busted out the water colors and we made these fun hippos using water colors and sharpies. It felt good to create and we were pretty surprised at what we came up with.

we started by finding something we wanted to draw. We drew it lightly in pencil then painted it; using water colors. Once it was dry we outlined it in using a black sharpie. If there are any pencil marks left showing, go ahead and erase, as long as it is totally dry.

Hope to do this again!

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baked oatmeal.

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I’ve never been one to love oatmeal. I love the idea and I want to like it, it just doesn’t really do anything for me. When I saw this recipe, I thought I would give it a go – since it was baked. I was thinking maybe it would be like a cookie. Well its not quite like a cookie, but it is delicious and I ate it every day for breakfast for two weeks. I’ve been making it on sunday night and storing it for the rest of the week. I serve it with some fresh blueberries and sometimes bananas; sometimes I add a little more almond milk too. Keeps me satisfied until lunch time and I love all the different textures.  Here’s my take on the recipe:

2 flax eggs (2 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 5 Tbsp water)
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup slivered toasted almonds
2 Tbsp dried currants or raisins
1 Tbsp coconut sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

original recipe/instructions are found here

upcycled dog sweater.

 

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New year means new dog sweater for stella! I can’t tell you exactly how I made this because I kind of winged it as I went along, but I did take an old sweater of mine from JCrew and and used an old sweater that was stella’s and compared it for size – and just kind of went at it using this tutorial.

Those sleeves though! So the ends of this wouldnt fray, I cut the ribbed ends of the sleeves of my sweater and sewed them onto stellas.  I did the same for the bottom of the sweater. This is where things may have gotten a little carried away and I probably should have left it just as is…But she sure looks cute in it!

whole wheat waffles.

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Vegan waffles seem to be a bit more foolproof for me, than making vegan pancakes – but this recipe really does it – AND they are whole wheat! They come out perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. My kid especially loves sprinkles in his waffles, so add some to the batter to make an ordinary breakfast extra fun!

  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups loose-packed whole wheat pastry flour (or white/wheat mix)
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons agave or maple syrup
  • teeny pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup melted coconut or vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. In a small bowl, combine almond milk and vinegar. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, flax meal, cinnamon, sugar, and salt).
  4. To your small bowl (with the almond milk), add  oil and vanilla and whisk together. Then pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined (don’t over mix).
  5. Spray your waffle iron with a little cooking spray and scoop in the batter. I let my waffles cook for about a minute after the beep for an ideal crispy-on-the-outside texture. (we spoon a little bit of sprinkles in the batter to make it fun!)
  6. Serve waffles immediately (while they’re piping hot!), with butter, maple syrup and fruit.(or more sprinkles!)
  7. Let leftover waffles cool and freeze for easy weekday waffles later.

nacho cheese.

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This wekeend was the superbowl. Not that Im one to watch sports or even care really , I am one to jump on the nacho bandwagon. I recently discovered this recipe for stretchy, gooey nacho cheese, and now my nacho game is strong!

  • ¼ Cup Raw Cashews
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Tapioca Starch (also known as Tapioca Flour)
  • 3 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 1½ teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1½ teaspoon White Miso Paste (or other light miso such as chickpea miso)
  • 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup or Agave
  1. Soak the cashews for four hours or overnight if you are not using a vitamix.
  2. Add the cashews the hot water, and all the remaining ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. It will be very watery.
  3. Pour into a small sauce pan and heat over medium high heat, while stirring.
  4. As you stir it will start forming clumps, and then all of a sudden it will become a cheesy gooey mass of yumminess. This takes about 5 minutes. Continue to cook and stir for an additional 2 minutes to make sure it has firmed up completely.

minecraft valentines.

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Valentines Day is next weekend already! Milo and I are a little ahead of the game and made these valentines this year for his class! I designed the valentine in illustrator and milo and built the swords and hearts with perler beads.
Theres a full tutorial, with printout here.

If you make your own invites, you can find the minecraft font for free here.

See our past valentines here and here.