Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On an orange fence

The entire reason for making this card was to use the picket fence die I got from Simon Says Stamps over 4 weeks ago. Actually, I think I got it just before I went on my cruise in August.

Since I never have enough birthday cards, and I just happened to have a cute birthday themed turtle stamp set (It's My Party from The Alley Way Stamps), I was off and stamping. And die cutting, and Copic coloring, and gluing. I couldn't help myself, I had to use the googly eyes on the turtle, too.

The inside greeting is "Hip hip hooray!". Simple, and it does the job, right?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Watercolor fun

Well, I am back to playing with my watercolors again. Watercolors are so much fun, and very forgiving. I love playing with them.

The first card was a belated birthday card for my sister, and the second one is just because. I chose the "Oops!" sentiment for the first scene since it looks like the maraca is falling on the short cactus. Unfortunately the explanation point looks like an "I", so it appears to say "oopsi". Oh well. 

Both are from stamp sets from The Alley Way Stamps; the first card is from Cha Cha Cha and the second one is from Oinkers. Both are delightful sets.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Almond "butter" blondies

I'm still working out how to use up all that coconut flour I bought a few weeks back. I thought I would look for some more Paleo recipes, since those are more likely to have coconut flour in them.

Also, I ordered a dry container for the Vitamix a couple of weeks ago and it hasn't been shipped out yet. I had blanched and skinned a bunch of almonds to make almond meal, so I used the food processor to make the almond meal.

There is a site that lists Almond Butter Blondies as a good use for failed almond butter. That is, you grind and grind them but it never becomes butter. The recipe calls for 2/3 cup coconut flakes, so I tried to substitute the flour.

They are delicious, but too dry, not chewy as they are supposed to be. The coconut flour ebook that came with the flour did say to use more eggs when substituting them in a recipe.

The honey was good, thanks to my brother the beekeeper.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

This is what a can of tuna should look like.

I'm not kidding, I just thought I'd share what a good can of tuna looks like. Back in the day, even Starkist and Chicken of the Sea looked like this. Yes, chunk light tuna actually had identifiable chunks in it, and the can was actually full of meat and not a lot of water with floating flakes.

I first found this at Whole Foods, but now I order it from Amazon. 

I remember breaking up with Charlie Tuna back in 2011. For a couple of years I didn't eat tuna at all. I still remember the Charlie watch (and towels)  I had, fondly, but the tuna, not so much. Crown Prince is da man! 

I'm so out of it I didn't know I was a winner!

My entry in the Naughty or Nice Challenge back in July was a winner in the naughty category! I'm so out of it I JUST found out today!

Here's my post:

And here's my winner tag!

Here's the card:

I'm so chuffed I might actually finish a card this weekend!  I really lost my steam after I sent my last box to Operation Write Home. I really need to get my mojo back or stop spending money on stamps.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Coconut mini muffins, an adventure with too much coconut flour.

I read a recipe for a cross between donuts and bagels that intrigued me. They were made with coconut flour and sweetened with raisins. The most interesting thing about this recipe is that they were cooked in a mini-donut machine.

I have, so far, avoided buying one of the little donut/cupcake/mini-pie bakers, because honestly my garage is FULL of seldom used, single purpose small kitchen appliances. Enough is enough, right?

But, I was intrigued  by the the "Donagles" on this page. This is Jennifer Priest's website and this is a page on Paleo diet friendly snacks for kids.

Disclaimer: I am not following a Paleo diet, or any other kind of diet, for that matter.

So, off to Amazon I went to get some coconut flour. If I had been paying attention I would have seen that the recipe called for 1/3 of a cup of coconut flour and I was ordering a 3 pound bag. So this big bag of coconut flour comes in and darned if it doesn't say on the bag that it should be kept in the freezer, or at the very least in the refrigerator. Of course the bag it came in was not resealable.

The artwork on this bag suggests that the company is related to "Nuts About Florida". Or at the very least they use the same graphic artist.  So, into mason jars went the flour, until I ran out of mason jars, that is. The rest went into another zip top bag and into the freezer. Did I mention that this is best used in a few short months? Yikes!

I made some changes to the printed recipe, of course. I used dairy milk (I don't have issues with dairy, thank you very much). I also had a mason jar full of flax seeds and no flax flour (flax meal?) so I just put the flax seeds in the Vitamix with the other liquid ingredients and let 'er rip.  When I got to the part about sifting the coconut flour I said "Oh hell no" and just put it in the Vitamix, too. As a matter of fact, the only thing that didn't get the blender treatment was the raisins and the walnuts.

This recipe is the perfect size for a mini-muffin pan. I baked them at exactly twice the time recommended for the mini-donut cooker and they came out great!

The only thing is, they taste exactly like bran muffins to me. They do not have a bagel texture at all. If you are avoiding grains, this is a great recipe. For me, it was just a delicious experiment.

Now I have to cook other stuff with coconut flour and see if I can pass this off to my coworkers. They might suspect something is a little off about these, due to the "rough" texture. If cooking these for others, I will top them off with some cinnamon sugar to give that first sweet bite.

Any suggestions for my next coconut flour experiment?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Shake your tail feathers!

Yup, variations on a theme! I love the back of this cute chicken!

I wanted to use the sentiment "I Miss Your Face" but after searching my stash, apparently I don't own that set. I tried to put one together from an alphabet stamp set and I really need a lot more practice with it to get the letters lined up correctly. Or even in a pleasingly crooked fashion.

These are 2 more for my last Operation Write Home box which will go out at the end of this week.