Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pillowcase pants

Ooh Boy!

Yum! I just made a delicious smoothie for breakfast.



It tastes like a malted milkshake



In my blendtec I mixed:
  • 12 oz original almond milk
  • 3 t hemp seed
  • 2 T cacao nibs
  • 1/2 T carob powder
  • 1 frozen banana


It is making my heart happy!!



The last few days, since I am home bound with no car, I have been sew sew sewing my heart away. I am making several things for an upcoming baby shower. I have made a baby bonnet that is so adorable it almost makes me want another baby...almost. I have also made a burp cloth out of a really cool looking old pillow case from the 70s, a toddler dress out of some great fabric I have had for years that has skates, tennis rackets, bikes, etc on it and some reusable baby wipes!  I have also been cleaning like crazy!



Don't forget to sign up for the giveaway!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

What's happenin'




Drinking almond milk with homemade zucchini (from our garden) bread.

I modified a zucchini bread recipe I found on this blog.  I substituted spelt flour for the all purpose flour,  left out the poppy seeds, used almond milk instead of rice, and agave in place of maple syrup. It was so moist and delicious!



We are about to have more pears than we can handle. We will be drying them, making jam and pear crumble with them and generally enjoying their juiciness!


Although I have a million other things going on right now,  I have started making this. It's just too cute to not make. 


We just got back from vacation and had a great time despite the fact that Phil got stung by a jellyfish and our car is back in Augusta, Ga with the transmission blown....what can you do?


Phil's homemade wine is ready, we just finished making pancakes to snack on and watched several episodes of No Reservations and now we are off to bed.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Yeah! Another Giveaway!!!

I am doing another giveaway for a $40 gift certificate from CSN stores.  They have a lot of products to choose from - everything from a  bedroom vanity to treadmills,  cast iron skillets to a wide array of "green products, and a million other items.

To enter comment below (followers who comment will be entered twice to win so if you aren't following yet here is your chance also if you post about this giveaway on your blog and let me know it will get you another entry)!!


A winner will be chosen at random next week.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Time Out

So it's been a crazy week or two to say the least. I have a lot going on and much of it requires a lot of brain work.  We are getting ready to head to the beach this weekend with my family and scrambling to get ready (including finally getting the lawn mowed after it: 1. broke 2. we ordered parts twice to fix it 3. it caught on fire 4. mid turn the steering wheel came off in Phil's hands....crazy and in the middle of it all I came home one day to our wonderful neighbor mowing it a few weeks ago).  I am in the middle of a few potential business ventures. One of them was dreamed up my best friend Lori and involves a lot of sewing and ingenuity. The other is I am going to start selling some homemade, all natural items...starting with the all natural deodorant I make (and have been using for awhile now - it's fabulous).  Needless to say, I am waking up in the middle of the night lately with my mind going, trying to figure and calculate a million things!

We had a big 4th of July party here and it was a lot of fun! Babies everywhere, great food and a successful fireworks show in the backyard.



My sister came over this week with all the cousins and the kids got to play together. They had such a blast and it was so fun to watch.







On top of all that, I have had various sewing projects that I am working on.


Well, we'll see what comes of all this!! Have a great day.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Spanish Rice




I really could eat the whole pot! It's very comforting and easy to make.

1 onion, diced small
3 T tomato paste
1 t chili powder
1/2 t cumin
2 cups rice
2 unbeef bouillon cubes


In a large pot over medium heat, saute onion in 1-2 T oil til onions become very soft and brown a little. Remove from pot and set aside in a bowl. In same pot ,add 4 c water,  unbeef bouillon cubes, tomato paste, chili powder and cumin. Once bouillon and paste are dissolved bring water to a boil, add rice, return to a boil again. Stir well, cover and turn down to low to simmer (about 15 minutes).  Once rice is cooked, add onions back and stir til combined.

Friday, July 9, 2010

No Meat Zone

Hey I have a recipe featured over at This Dish Is Veg. It's for a recipe I posted on here in winter. They are posting another one of mine tomorrow!!

You can find it here.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Dark Chocolate Covered Bananas

I bought a box of Diane's Banana Babies (Dark Chocolate ) last week when they were on sale at Publix. They were really good! However at regular price they were almost $5 for 6 dark chocolate covered banana's (really half bananas). We all liked them a lot, though they were a bit too much for Elias to finish a whole one.

I decided to try and make my own much cheaper version. I made mine bite size. They are cold, delicious and hit the spot when you are craving a frozen treat!

1 cup dark chocolate chips (Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips are vegan)
1/4 c Vanilla Soy creamer
3 bananas, cut up

In a small saucepan, melt chips with creamer on medium-low heat, stirring often. Once melted, turn heat off. Cut up bananas into bite-size pieces. Using two spoons to coat, drop banana pieces into saucepan and move back and forth between the two spoons til coated. Place on silpat on a baking sheet. Once all bananas are coated, place in freezer for several hours til bananas are frozen throughout. Store in freezer.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Crunchy, Salty Snack

Confession: I have a major weakness for potato chips.
Now that that's out of the way..
Here is healthier alternative when you are craving something crunchy and salty.  It's far less fattening and much better for you than eating a whole bag of potato chips...by yourself...in one sitting (not that I've ever done that - many, many times).


2 c dried chickpeas (you can used canned), cooked, drained
1 T oil
seasonings of your choice (I used garlic powder and onion powder)-cajun or curry seasonings would work
salt to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Preheat oven to 400 and bake 20 min, then stir. Return to oven, baking another 20-30 minutes (keep an eye on them after about 15 minutes). Cool and salt more if necessary.

These are great for road trips!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Salsa

Here is an easy salsa recipe that helps use up all those summer tomatoes that are coming in!






6-7 tomatoes, diced
1-2  T Fried garlic, optional - but highly recommended
1/2 large white or red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, deveined, deseeded and diced, optional
Juice of 1/2-1 lime
Handful of cilantro, chopped
salt to taste


What makes this really easy and quick to make is:

My mother gave me an onion chopper and it is awesome! In this recipe you can use it for both the tomatoes and the onion. It saves so much time.
This salsa recipe is so wonderful, I ate it like soup (it's the garlic that makes all the difference).




Here are our first cucumbers of the season. Elias planted them all (phil's sadly didn't make it). I think Elias has a green thumb already. He is so proud of himself.