sunshine muffins.

sunshine

I had almost a whole can of crushed pineapple and I needed something to do with it. After a quick search on pinterest, I found this recipe and modified it and made these delicious muffins. They tasted like sunshine! Now if only some of that spring sunshine would make an appearance!

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 flax egg (1 T flax, mixed with 3 T water)
1/2 cup almond milk, mixed with 1/2 tspn apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups grated carrots
1 tablespoon minced orange zest
An 8-ounce can crushed pineapple with juice

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare your muffin pan and set aside.
2) In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
3) In a medium bowl combine oil, flax and water, almond milk, vanilla, carrots, orange zest and pineapple. Stir to combine.
4) Add liquid mixture to flour mixture and combine briefly with wire whisk. Stir in chopped nuts. Fill muffin cups to top. Bake for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and bake for about 20 minutes longer, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Turn the muffins out onto a wire rack. When completely cool, store in an airtight container.

kid’s size reversible apron.

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I made this reversible apron for my friend’s daughter’s birthday. You make it with a fat quarter, and you use every piece of the fabric because you turn the armholes into pockets! It was my first time using rick-rack, but I love the little flair it adds to the apron. This is a pretty easy project, and it takes no time to sew! The instructions are really well explained, and can be found here.    Seems like the possibilities are endless…..I definitely see more of these in my future, especially because I saw some awesome superhero fabric at Jo-anns the other day that was just calling Milo’s name!

cold fighting smoothie.

COLD

Its like the plague has hit our home. First, pink eye struck. Then a bad cold I’ve been fighting for over a week. Then 103 degree fevers and a trip to ER for milo…. Now my husband is sick. Its been a LOOOONG week. and my cold is still lingering!

I made up this smoothie to help us get some vitamin c in our bodies first thing in the morning. It may not actually “fight” a cold – but I wanted something nourishing and fresh in our bodies to start the day since we haven’t been eating much real food otherwise. It definitely tastes good!

1/2 cup almond milk
1 orange
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 handful spinach/and or kale
Squirt of honey

Mix it in a blender and drink away!

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.

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.

261. pumpkin pie smoothie

I think its about that time where we start to put pumpkin in everything…

This morning it was our smoothie!

1 cup almond milk
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 T flax (optional)
1/2 tspn pumpkin pie spice
1 T your favorite protien powder
cinnamon for sprinkling on top

Blend it and enjoy.

192. bird mobile.

I’m really excited about this project!
I saw this on pinterest and followed the link and it looked like it was super easy to make! I started digging through my fabric scraps and instantly sewed the little birds. The directions call for sewing by hand, but I just used my machine and went slow around the curves. They turned out great! (the pattern for the birds can be downloaded from that link.)

I had to make a quick stop to home depot for the screw eyelets, which ended up costing $1.18. I took a stroll around the park to find a branch. I hot glued the birds to the branch. Screwed the eyelets into the branch and hung from the ceiling using fishing wire.

This would have been a great and much longer-lived idea for a mobile for milo’s room when he was a baby. I thought about hanging this in his room, but opted for hanging it above my computer in my office.  This was so fun to make and I’m really happy with it!

83. easter hand puppet.

This is a super easy, hand-sewn, felt hand puppet that I made for Milo’s easter basket. Original post and directions found here.