Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Diet, Desserts, and Dogs, an awesome blog full of recipes for people dealing with various food allergies. I couldn't find the recipe again when I went back to look for it, but it is super easy. Just soak 2 cups of raw almonds in a pot full of water overnight. In the morning when they are nice and plump, drain and rinse them, then put in a food processor with a fresh 1 3/4 cups of water. Blend the heck out of it, then, working in small batches, wrap up blobs of your almond mixture in cheesecloth and squeeze out the "milk." This almond milk is much thicker, richer and sweeter than any almond milk you can buy at the store. In fact, it is more like cream. I think I will water this batch down just a tad to make it last longer and make it a bit less rich.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Well, I finally got my act together enough to photograph the organic sandwich and snack bags I made about a month ago. These cuties have been sitting in a safe place waiting patiently for their photo shoot. Isn't the lamb print the most adorable thing ever??? These are from the Modern Whimsy line designed by Laurie Wisbirn for Robert Kauffman's organic line. So now, in addition to being lined in completely food-safe 100% cotton unbleached muslin, you can get your fabric snack and sandwich bags in an even earth-friendlier option. So far I've listed the pouches in the vine and lamb prints, but have all of these fabrics for you to choose from: I'm still offering the snack and sandwich bags in the Half Moon Modern prints, but am starting to have a hard time tracking down more fabric (thanks so much for all the orders!). If you like what you see, please vote for my reusable snack and sandwich bags in the Handmade Olympics - voting ends on the 27th. Thanks!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
There's nothing quite like pushing promising zucchini seeds into the garden dirt on a warm spring afternoon and then feeling those tell-tale droplets on your face and arms that tell you your three year old is urinating on you from the tree fort.
The flowers he and his brother picked for me almost made up for it.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Ooh - I am so excited! My reusable snack bags have been nominated in the Handmade Olympics for favorite eco-friendly handmade goody! Hip-hip-hooray! Do you know about the Handmade Olympics? I first saw the Handmade Olympics at Rikrak Studio last year - there are 6 categories and you get to vote for the winner of each one. Everything in the Olympics is hand-made and you are guaranteed lots of eye candy while you peruse and vote, as well as plenty of fun things to spend your money on. :) But the most important part is that you can vote for ME! Just click here and cast your vote. And while you're at it, go and vote in the other categories too. Such a fun way to get involved in the hand-made community and support some awesome artists. Voting closes April 30th - thanks!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Well hello, how was your Easter? Here is a picture of my boys headed out for our Easter Egg hunt. Pretty darn cute. What you can't see by looking at this picture is:
- The fact that it is almost 7 pm and the sun is starting to go down
- Our uncooked, uneaten fancy dinner sitting in the refrigerator
- The boys' beautiful white wicker Easter baskets lying abandoned in the dirt of our neighbor's driveway
- A new pile of gross laundry in the middle of the previously clean kitchen
- Taco Bell wrappers testifying to the not-so-fancy Easter dinner we ended up eating
- The stitches in Moses' forehead, the need for which precipitated all of my previous points
Easter egg hunts, it seems, can be dangerous. Moses was one of two children in the minor injury clinic of our town who had sustained an egg-hunt-related injury (the other little girl had a broken leg, poor thing). And while holding a bloody rag to my son's head while he vomited into an empty Kleenex box in the back of the car (all while delivering a pretty convincing argument for why my 3 year old is not old enough to receive a "fire pellet gun" in his Easter basket) is not how I envisioned spending this Easter, I am so SO grateful that he is OK and walked away with nothing more than a couple of liquid stitches (that's right, he didn't even have to endure a needle!). Turns out the vomiting was car sickness rather than a concussion symptom, and he perked right up once he learned he was to be glued back together rather than sewn.
After all that drama, yesterday felt like a day to sit around and do this spring break thing right. It was the perfect combination of sunny and breezy outside - just the right weather to eat some of those hard-earned jelly beans on a blanket in the pasture. Today it is drizzly, so we will head to the dollar store, where the youngest is hoping to find a "fire dagger" he can buy with the money he got in his Easter eggs (he seems to have put his dreams of a fire pellet gun on hold for now). I'm hoping they are all sold out. :)