cookie dough fudgesicles.

fudgesicles
Milo had reminded me that we hadnt made popsicles all summer, so we ended that dry spell right before summer escapes us!  Well we have a heat wave now, so the timing couldnt have been more perfect.  He wanted something chocolate – so we made these fudgesicles and they are delicious!

Ingredients:

cookie dough –

  • 3 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips
  • 1-2 T almond milk

fudgesicles –

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk ( I used reduced fat b/c its what i had on hand and these turned out really creamy and good)
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • 2 T natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup cashews, (soaked for 3 hours in water and strained if you dont have a vitamix)

Directions:

  1. Make cookie dough by mixing together all the ingredients, except chocolate chips with an electric mixer. Stir in chocolate. Cover and chill until time to freeze popsicles.
  2. In a small saucepan combine the coconut milk, sugar, vanilla and chocolate over medium heat until chocolate is melted. Add peanut butter and strained cashews. I threw everything in the vitamix and blended.
  3. Crumble cookie dough between 10 popsicle molds. Pour fudgesicle liquid over it. Freeze over night.
  4. Run molds under warm water to remove.

the best beet smoothie.

BEET

This year the beets in my garden turned out pretty small  – i think i planted them too close together; but that means they are smoothie sized! This one is pretty darn good!

1 cup coconut water
1 small beet, chopped
4-5 cubes frozen pineapple
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 orange, peeled
1 small apple, cored
handful or two of spinach (or kale)
1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon maca powder (optional)
Squirt of honey or agave (optional)

blend and enjoy! Add more water if its too thick. This made two smoothies.

my first quilt: finished.

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The quilt is finished! Im quite happy with it, although its far from perfect! This was a great learning experience and I actually enjoyed it.  The finished size is probably just a little short from a full size bed; I just kind of eyeballed it, making something big enough that Milo can use and grow into a little bit.

Once i finished piecing together the top I thought I was close to being done.  Unfortunatley I had about 5 more hours of work cut out ahead of me. And since I brought everything downstairs to work where I had a bigger space, I wanted to power through this. This probably explains the far from perfect part because I was getting pretty tired. I used an old sheet for the back of the quilt.

Edging: I had some difficulty here – First with understanding it, then with executing it. I made my original edging 2.5 inches, but I think i will work with at least three inches next time to give it a little more wiggle room to work with.  Also I chose to machine show it on when i sewed it on one side, it goes through it on the other side so i have to figure out the trick to making it neater.

Some tips/tools that definitely helped me through this

  1. a walking foot.  I got mixed reactions from friends saying I didnt need one – but since my machine is new, i didnt want to break it, so i opted to get one – I did break four needles however though towards the end, and the walking foot fell apart, but I dont think I could have gotten through this quilt without doing serious damage to my machine.
  2. transparent thread. what?!! didnt know this even existed.  I read somewhere to get nylon, but i couldnt find any, so i used polyester and im a little nervous its too weak, but time will tell. I was kind of racking my brain trying to figure out how I was going to pick ONE color of thread that worked well for the entire quilt, since it was so multi-colored.
  3. youtube. when in doubt, youtube it.

So I kind of power-through-ed this one, trying to get the hang of it. The purpose was to make something using scraps, and I definitely succeeded and love how it turned out – so much I already started another one….

blackberry cornmeal muffins.

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These muffins!

I made these muffins and now I always want to make these muffins. They are so perfect.  The fruit makes them a little sweet, but the almond meal/cornmeal gives them the perfect texture. I definitely love a good cornmuffin, and these do deliver!

The original recipe is linked above.

  • 2 flax eggs (2 Tbsp flax seed meal + 5 Tbsp water)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup fine cornmeal
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup blackberries, roughly chopped and tossed in flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a muffin pan.
  2. Prepare flax eggs in a large mixing bowl and let rest for 5 minutes. Also measure out almond milk in a liquid measuring cup and add apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. To the flax egg, add maple syrup, sugar, and oil and whisk vigorously to dissolve sugar.
  4. Add applesauce and whisk to combine. Then add almond milk mixture and whisk a little more.
  5. Add almond meal, cornmeal and flour and whisk until just combined and no large lumps remain. The batter should be quite thick and scoopable. Add blackberries dusted with flour and gently fold into the batter.
  6. Scoop batter into muffin tins until almost full – there should the perfect amount for 10 (or 11) muffins.
  7. Bake on a center-positioned rack for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for 15-20 minutes in the pan (to continue baking/firming up a little), then loosen with a butter knife and gently lift out. Let cool completely on a plate or cooling rack.

kimchi fried rice.

kimchi

This is a really easy dinner to throw together if you have some rice on hand. I usually make a batch on sunday, to use for the week; sometimes I do a double batch and freeze some so I can throw quick dinners together.  Usually the rice cooking is the longest part of making dinner.  You can definitely customize this to your liking – add more vegetables for sure.

I needed something quick and I’m always looking for ways to eat more kimchi and this was perfect.

1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 block of pressed tofu and diced
1/4 cup kimchi, chopped
2 cups cooked brown rice
2-3 T soy sauce
1 T kimchi juice
4 green onions, sliced

Heat your wok and add about a tablespoon or so of oil. Throw in your onions, garlic and tofu. Saute until onions are soft and tofu is golden; be careful not to burn. Add your kimchi and kimchi juice and swish around a little bit.  Throw in your rice and add the soy sauce ; Cook until heated through and add the green onions.

peanut butter sprinkle blondies.

sprinkeblondies
Sprinkles! peanut butter! oats! chocolate chips!! but really, SPRINKLES!!!
Do I need to mention this had me at sprinkles?! Super fun to make and serve up – anything topped with sprinkles is a winner in my book.  Especially when a birthday in invovled.

found the original recipe here.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 3 big pinches of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 4 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • to top: SPRINKLES!

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and sugar. In a 2-cup measuring cup whisk together the maple syrup, vanilla, almond butter and olive oil. Add to the dry ingredients and beat until almost together. Add chocolate chips and oatmeal. Mix until combined.
  2. Scoop the dough into the pan and place on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten slightly and sprinkle with lots of sprinkles. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set.

quilt + progress.

Ok, so I’ve never finished my granny square blanket. Im not giving up on it – no way – I just do more crocheting in the winter when I hibernate in the house and watch alot of movies. Summer leaves me wanting to sew for some reason. I was looking at some new projects to take on, but the thought of buying more fabric gives me anxiety. I wanted to do something to use up the fabric stash i have, so I had the idea to make a quilt. I started sorting my fabric and notice I had alot of blue, brown, green and grey type of stuff so I went with those. Alot of it is leftover scrap fabric. Decided to go with 3 1/2 in squares; updated my rotary blade, bought a long acrylic ruler and went to town on cutting squares. This is made up of fabric scraps from previous projects, old sheets, old shirts, old pants and new fabric. I thought I would make a baby sized blanket; but then realized I have so many squares cut, might as well make a bigger one for milo. Plus its my first one, probably not going to be well done enough to give away anwyays. So i got all my fabric cut and laid out and you know what?….this hardly put a dent in my fabric stash! Doh! I used up alot of the smaller scrap pieces I had but I feel like i put back just as much as I took out. I think I see more quilts in my future.

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Heres everything laid out and ready to sew!

I started sewing some squares and then rows together. I found that putting washi tape on my machine as a guide to keep a 1/4 inch seam allownance helps tremendously. Also when pinning the rows together, MAKE SURE to pin the seams. My seams arent perfect, but so much better now that I have been doing this.

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Here is my progress after week 1! about eight more rows to go…Then Ill decide if I’m going to add more….

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And as you can see here, the quilt is already a hit! More updates to come….

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beaded suncatcher.

suncatcher

My mother-in-law recently unloaded a lot of random craft supplies on us, and in there we found a BIG tub of various beads. One evening a friend and I started stringing them and came up with the idea to make these little suncatchers.

What you need:
Fishing wire
Scissors
beads
Small plastic bracelet or top of a mason jar lid
string or twine

String beads on the fishing line and make a bunch of strings of beads.
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When you are finished, tie them along the perimiter of the bracelet and cut loose threads. Tie string or twine to the top for hanging. Hang it and marvel at the lovely colors as the sun hits them.

hawaiian korean bowl.

I recently took a trip to portland and, as to be expected, ate the most incredible food. One night we went to one of the food truck parks and I chose the vegan bowl at Hawaiian Grill.  It was pretty tasty! It was red beans, brown rice, kimichi (the kimchi was SO good and spicy!), pickled cucumbers, avocado, spinach and drizzled with peanut sauce. I figured I could try to make a version when I got back and I took a stab at it. I have been trying to figure out more ways to eat kimchi, and I can add this bowl to that list!

Cooked beans ( i recently used this recipe and made THE BEST black beans from a bag using my crockpot)
Cooked Rice (I currently really love red rice)
pickled cucumbers ( You can use something like this recipe to make some)
Avocado
Kimchee
steamed spinach
Seasame seeds
Peanut sauce (recipe below)

  • 1/4 cup salted natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • hot water to thinPut in a mason jar and whisk together. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Assemble the bowls:
Put rice and beans in bowl; Add cucumbers and spinach. Add some peanut sauce; top with kimchee and avocado and sprinkle with seasame seeds.

plushie.

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Remember when I made this rice bag plushie?
I made another one, but used stuffing this time!
I actually made two – i brought one to my friend’s baby in Japan and recently gave the one above to a friend’s daughter for her birthday. I love making these little guys!

The pattern is found in this book, which is still one of my all time favorite craft books! Its such a great way to use up fabric scraps!

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