Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pumpkin Oat Pancakes


Looking for a simple pancake recipe that is quick to make and delicious?? These pumpkin oat pancakes are nut-free, gluten-free, and full of yummy!



Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (I finely ground rolled oats in the food processor)
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • butter or coconut oil or other preferred fat
  • pinch of salt (optional)



Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, oat flour, maple syrup, and salt (if using). In a pan over medium heat, melt a little fat. Drop batter into hot pan in silver dollar amounts (about a tablespoon). Flip when sides of batter look dry. Both sides of pancake should be golden brown. Yields approximately a dozen pancakes. Serve immediately or let cool completely on wire rack and store in airtight container with parchment paper or wax paper in between layers to prevent sticking and freeze for quick and easy meals or snacks later!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Reversible Bucket Hat: Brown Vintage Floral and White Polka Dot Red


Spring is here! Spring is here! Everything is in bloom! Hello daffodils! Hello magnolias! Hello crocus field! Hello cherry blossoms!


Along with spring comes the much welcomed rays of sunshine. Time for bucket hat season! LOVE this reversible bucket hat I made for Little Miss E a couple months ago (when I was dreaming of spring). She decides if she wants "dots" or "flowers" to be on the outside. So many more fabric patterns waiting to be turned into bucket hats!


Tutorial and Pattern: Oliver + S Reversible Bucket Hat Free Sewing Pattern

Have fun sewing!

P.S. - Add on straps to tie off or Velcro so hat doesn't fly away in the wind. Will need to make slits using the buttonhole function on the sewing machine to thread the straps the straps through when the hat is "outside-in" or "inside-out."

P.P.S. - Made the "medium" size from the tutorial to finish at 20" hat circumference. May try the "small" size to finish at 90" hat circumference for a more snug fit if not adding a chin strap.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Doll Mei Tai



Children learn by modeling behavior of those around them. Babywearing is something we have done nearly everyday for the past two years and it is part of Little Miss E's routine with her babies as well. When she wants to mop the floors with me, she brings me a scarf and baby and says, "UP!" When her babies "fall down" (when she throws her babies), she picks them up and says, "baby wah wah, need milkie, UP!" We use scarves and do versions of front wrap cross carry, torso carries, and rebozos with her babies. For Christmas I made her a doll mei tai.




Get creative! Little Miss E's is reversible with a forest animal-theme brown cotton flannel on one side and forest animal quilter's cotton on the other side. The ties are a sunshine yellow chevron quilter's cotton. I used two pieces of orange felt for the headrest.




A mei tai is a pretty simple doll carrier to piece together without much instruction but here are a few tutorials for inspiration:



Monday, March 30, 2015

Homemade Play Dough & Fruit Bars



Water, salt, flour, vegetable oil (we used avocado oil, coconut oil, or olive oil because that's what we had on hand), cream of tartar, and food coloring - that's all you need to make your own play dough!


This play dough supposedly lasts for 6 months! Pliable, non-sticky texture. Initially we made four colors with two batches but the batches are pretty big so you could divide it up even more. If you knead in the food coloring after making the dough instead of adding it to the salt water mixture like instructed in the recipe, you can make more individual colors. I started with a whole batch of apple green and then divided it in half and kneaded in more blue food coloring. Did the same process with the yellow to orange. Have fun!


We used this recipe:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  • Saucepan
  • 1 cup flour
Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm. Remove from heat and add flour. Stir, then knead until smooth. The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand. Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.



SNACK TIME!!

Latest snack recipe: One Lovely Life's Apricot Cherry Snack Bars. Note, because I was missing the majority of the ingredients, I ended up with "Cranberry Raisin Sunflower Seed Snack Bars." They were delicious. Great recipe for someone looking for a vegan, gluten-free, no-added-sugars, and nut-free recipe (or just a delicious homemade snack!). 

Ingredients I used:
  • ⅔ cup dates, pits removed
  • ⅔ cup dried cranberries, unsweetened
  • ⅔ cup raisins, unsweetened
  • 1 cup unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds 
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp bittersweet chocolate chips 
Instructions (from the original recipe along with my comments in parentheses!):

  1. Place everything except chocolate chips in a food processor. Pulse or blend until the mixture comes together (I advise you to pulse because I pulsed then blended and overheated my food processor resulting in me dumping out the coarse mixture and eating it by the spoonfuls while waiting for my food processor to work again). This will probably take a few minutes--the mixture might look sandy or dry at first, but keep going. It will all eventually lump together (It really does! Just when you think, "this totally didn't work for me" it will lump together, really).
  2. Add chocolate chips and pulse a few times to combine (I'd give it a few minutes to cool off too if your mixture got warm like mine did, otherwise you end up with melted chocolate and a mess - still delicious but a mess). 
  3. Use your hands to pat the mixture out into an 8x8" baking dish lined with parchment paper. Depending on how thick you like your bars, this may not fill the whole baking dish. I like mine on the thicker side, so I didn't quite fill the whole dish. (I just rolled the mixture between two sheets of parchment paper)
  4. Store covered in the refrigerator and slice into 12 bars or 16 squares as desired (I ended up with 30ish irregular shaped pieces surrounding little squares due to rolling it out to 1/4 inch).

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Last Day of February Snow Bonnet Blue


Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Tickled by snowflakes

It may be the last day of February, but seems like we're just getting winter started (minus a few days that were really really cold, snow has been minimal this year). 

"Mama, tree hug! Mama, tree kiss!" Yes, she did kiss the tree.
The perfect day to add this snugly snow bonnet to her hat collection! 

Her daddy's eyes.

Outer: blue floral corduroy 100% cotton.
Lining: faux shearling fur (acrylic and polyester). Didn't find organic sherpa 100% cotton like the pattern suggested.

Love the bunny ear ties! Little Miss E wasn't interested in tying them so we did a half knot and tucked the ears into her snow suit.

Inspired by Purl Soho:
The Purl Bee Winter Baby Bonnet Instructions
The Purl Bee Winter Baby Bonnet Pattern