Archive for June, 2011

June 22, 2011

And, Pink…

A pink tutu, too too…

Sewing and even speaking in duplicate right now:)

Since I was so sure of your understanding and trust, I wanted to give you a double blessing by visiting you twice… 2 Corinthians 1:15

June 17, 2011

Strawberry Tutu Cute!

Turning out tutus and other strawberry stuff…

Strawberry Shortcake makes an appearance on bonnets…

Red gingham lovin’ with this little bib…

Just around the corner…

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. Proverbs 31:13

June 14, 2011

Can You Guess the Flavor?

Colin’s birthday cake – can you guess what flavor he requested this year?

Tough one – how old is Colin now?

I’ve made so many carrot cakes over the years so I always try to sneak the age in there along with the names When I look at old pictures now, I’ve some clue as to which birthday I’m remembering. That way, I don’t have to guess!

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Ephesians 3:20

June 9, 2011

Strawberry Dreamin’

June 7, 2011

Black Bean Blender Brownies

Today, we’re testing recipes for Colin’s upcoming birthday party. He’s craving brownies and I just had to try this recipe I found on the Whole Food’s website: Flourless Brownies. I’d seen recipes for black bean brownies and really wanted to try it out. Since Colin is looking for a fudgy rather than a cakey brownie, we made a test pan.

Organic black beans…

All the ingredients are to be mixed in a food processor, but alas my processor died awhile back and has not been replaced. I used the next best thing, my blender…

Super nutritious and taste rich eggs from Ravencroft Farm…

More blender magic…

Blender black bean brownies baked (say this several times fast)…

Cut and ready to try…

The result: A fantastically fudgy brownie enjoyed by all:)

Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food? Job 12:11

June 6, 2011

New Chicks, Pizza & Donut Chips

School is finally out for most of us (except for my high school sophomore) so this morning we went to Ravencroft Farm to see the new chicks. New chicks mean more delicious, organic eggs – I love new chicks!

So precious!

The huddled masses…

After a fun day in the sun, we had home-made pizzas for dinner:)

Do you remember life before Domino’s Pizza? One of my dearest friends when I was growing up, her parents’ owned and operated a pizzeria – the kind everyone flocked to after Friday night football games. They made incredible pizza, but the piece de resistance were their beloved donut chips – oh, my! These lovely little bits of fried pizza dough were tossed in sugar and served with a bowl of hot fudge for dipping. Dreamy!!

It’s a little scary how some of my best memories are tied to food – hmmmm…

Donut chips are simple to make. I simply doubled my pizza dough recipe so I had enough for pizzas and fried dough. Since I don’t have a frier, I heated canola oil in a pan.  Using my pizza cutter, I cut pieces of pizza dough – some much bigger than others. I plopped the dough in the hot oil and within seconds the dough puffed and danced. I sprinkled and tossed them with granulated sugar & delighted my sons with a nostalgic after-dinner treat.

Not exactly uniform…

Dancing dough…

A whole lotta lovin’!!

And some hot fudge to boot:)

I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body. 2 Peter 1:13

June 3, 2011

Strawberry Festival

I’m thrilled to announce: I’m going to have a booth at a local strawberry festival in July. Since the last Art Fair I did was in 1998, I’m kind of nervous too! Wish me well as I plow through a whole lot of work in the next few weeks:)

SAT. – JULY 2 – 10am-2pm

The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness. Psalm 72:3

June 1, 2011

No Bake Cookies for Graeme

Peanut butter quickly went from a staple to a luxury in our home once we discovered Graeme’s peanut allergy. We had to rethink our go-to lunch and give up peanut butter balls, peanut butter fudge, peanut butter cookies – the list goes on…

I’ve tried to find an adequate substitute in making sunflower seed butter. The reviews are mixed. The sunflower seed butter & jam sandwiches are pretty good, and the cookies are yummy.

But, I’d forgotten about No Bake Cookies. My older sons loved these little oatmeal peanut butter treats which were a breeze to pull together. Sooooo, why not try it with sunflower seed butter…