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26 November 2012

healthy no-bake yumness!

With only a half cup of honey needed to sweeten this whole batch of cookies, i have tweaked this no-bake recipe to perfection. 




Cocoa Honey Oatmeal No-Bake Cookie



1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup cocoa

1/2 cup milk (any type)

1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil or butter 

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled or quick oats 


1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of fine sea salt

(1/2 c sliced almonds, diced apricots,

 raisins, etc... (optional)


Use a medium sauce pan, over medium heat.

First pour in milk and honey, bring to a 

gentle boil. Stir in honey,coconut oil and 

peanut butter.

Boil for one minute. Remove from heat. 

Stir in: vanilla, sea salt, and oats. 

May also add any additional nuts, raisins, 

etc... if you wish) We added sliced almonds.
  Drop by spoonfuls onto lined cookie sheets.




 Mmmmmmmmmmm..... chocolatey!


  Stick the pan into the refrigerator until the mounds are set, then eat away.



Cocoa Honey Oatmeal No-Bake Cookie

1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk (any type)
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil or butter 
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats or quick oats
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of fine sea salt

(1/2 c sliced almonds, diced apricots, raisins, etc... (optional)

Use a medium sauce pan, over medium heat.

First pour in milk and honey, bring to a gentle boil. Stir in honey,coconut oil and peanut butter. 
Boil for one minute. Remove from heat. 
Stir in: vanilla, sea salt, oats 
May also add any additional nuts, raisins, etc... if you wish) We added the almonds at this time. 
 Drop by spoonfuls onto lined cookie sheets. Stick the pan into the refrigerator until the mounds are set, then eat away.

18 November 2012

sewing hour/ gender neutral rant...


As a mother of 2 boys, whom I have designed and sewn dozens of pieces for over the years...   
May i just remark for one moment on how much more fun girls clothes are to create?  I am like a fashion designer for elves over here...
I guess my taste in baby girl clothes is a bit  unconventional.    I am actually a bit irked by the idea of dressing this incredible miracle i am  facilitating the growth of over here in my tum tum -in any of the pink and purple fluffy ruffles. flowers, bows and ponies that i see as the normal dress code for little girls these days.  




I must say, I embrace femininity and am




(Paper bag skirt: if anyone wants a tutorial, let me know) 


absolutely stoked to have been born a female.  The creative freedom that comes with being able to wear pants, dresses, tights and skirts ,braids and make-up.. 
I have  personally found to be an artistic/ creative outlet my entire life. 
And maybe my daughter will too,  and however she chooses to express that is 100% fine with me.  
I'm ready for it... fairy dresses? fine.  princess wands, no problem. Tutus? Don't get me started, I freaking LOVE tutus. 
 I simply don't want her to be raised up from babyhood with any pressure in that direction, being told that is the way it is, i suppose is what i'm saying.  

She has 2 older brothers who are both quite nurturing with dolls at this point and they also have a CRAZYTIME fancy for swords, trains, and superheroes. They love dressing up and  having tea parties.  Serge even plays Mommy with his baby doll,  peter and nurses it.  Even now, in his 2nd year of school, with peer influence and all, he still has the confidence to play mommy.  

And I feel like this is all the proof I need, to know I have succeeded by them.  At least allowed them to be who they were born to be, and not a macho-tough guy version of themselves, just themselves.

 Now on to the table turned version of gender-whatever child rearing.  (I just made that up.. do you like it?)
Wish me luck!
And now for an oldie but goodie...



13 November 2012

mmmmm... Somewhat guilt free gingerbread cookies



  The time of year has (almost) come.  Sergei gets out one of his favorite stories  (in all of it's creepiness) we just so happen to love this version here... 


and gets urgent baking ideas.

We have tried various recipes in the past, but finally with a bit of  healthy tweaking found one that is worth putting in the recipe box. Phew.

Main things we love about this recipe: 
* short dough chilling time
* they came out soft! 


(So, once the rolling and the cookie cutting came around, the camera had to go, considering there were also 2 more toddlers involved)

But they smelled amazing baking, the outcome was wonderful, and we finally got to use this icing piper i got at an estate sale this summer. Serge took the icing job pretty seriously. 



We had our eye on this guy... doesn't he look wiley?! 


  
mmmmmmmm..... Happy almost holidays!


Ingredients:

  3/4 cup honey

  • 1 stick butter softrened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour, plus more for dusting work surface
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • Icing:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Cream the honey and butter until thoroughly combined.
 Add the eggs and molasses and mix until combined
Mix together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and combine with a spoon or spatula.
Remove the dough from the bowl and wrap in plastic wrap; place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Allow the dough to sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes, until pliable. 
Take about 1 cup of dough at a time and roll onto a floured board until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out with cookie cutters and transfer to prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Transfer to wire racks to cool.

And to our suprise, when we came downstairs in the morning...
 we found Bo Jingles also quite enjoying himself amoungst the cookies.

little twerp!
































12 November 2012

up-cycled needle felted woolie night night


A friend of mine inspired me to make this bunting the other day. She stopped by in the evening with her sweet baby girl.  We chatted as I showed her my new stash of clearance fabric, watching her little one roll about on the floor in the sweetest little sleepysack. Talking about heat miser husbands and chilly nights, and how it just feels so much better wrapping your baby in wool at bedtime for that extra added cozy... 
As mentioned in this previous post, my boys are super thrashing blanket kickers, so I totally get it.
I went on the computer that night, and holy cow! If you want a wool sleep sack, you gotta shell out the green, for realz...

Not really sure why I've never sewn one before, but i sure will be making more.  Nxt on the list? Cashmere!


I just wung it and made a pattern from tracing a sleeved bunting onto an old wool sweater (whose arms had long ago been turned into longies)  I may end up sewing a zipper in the bottom, if slipping baby in through top proves tricky.
Then to be lazy yet decorative,  I needle felted a strand of bulky weight wool yarn around the neck and armholes.



The blue wool literally jumped out of the basket at me , so I just went with it.
I made this friday evening after my ultrasound, so I was just beginning to feel all sortsa nesty... 
I love this part, the super human motivation to sort, organize, clean, create...And maybe even post a blog post once in a while.

  

This is the only pathetic tutorial photo I took before i got lost in the cuteness of it all... Pretty self explanatory though , right?