You made Avocado….WHAT?!?!

So last weekend i bought a giant bunch of beautiful beets at the farmers market. i came home, admired them, then i realized i had NEVER made anything EVER using beets. I was beside myself. I know that my parents used to make pickled beets, and picked eggs, and just plain boiled beets, but none of these options appealed to me. Finally last night I remembered that a friend of mine raved about her beet curry, and how even her kiddos loved it. I figured it was worth a shot. Let me just say this is not a recipe for those who like an easy in and out sort of recipe (like me!) between the peeling, grating, peeling (onions this time) and chopping (tomatoes) and the dirty dishes and beet juice that just seemed to get all over everything, I was in the kitchen all night. Anyway, the point of sharing this is that I got the genius idea to reserve some of that lovely beet purply-red color and I will be using it to naturally dye some Easter eggs! Once I find out more info, I may even save it for food coloring throughout the year. I’m curious if freezing would be a good method of preserving it, as I don’t do much food coloring normally. I know that I will use some for Easter eggs, some I will use as a natural dye for babies homemade finger paint, but I’m sure I will have some left over even after that. Hopefully I can update you soon on this endeavor.

Anyway, the purpose of today’s blog is to share with you a new yummy recipe that I found on Pinterest and have been hesitant to try. Avocado Brownies. This is not a new concept, I have seen avocado sweet potato brownie recipes several times and various versions of avocado brownies, but I really liked the “layout” of this one, as it was closely related to a regular brownie recipe and I wouldn’t have to veer that far out of my comfort zone. This is the recipe I found on Pinterest originally, but my modifications were as follows: I wasn’t totally comfortable with a whole cup of sugar, so I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup stevia for baking. I also didn’t have avocado oil so I used 2 tbsp. almond oil and 1 tbsp coconut oil. It turned out VERY nicely. I also didn’t use the icing. I just wanted a nice plain brownie that I really felt I could fool people (including myself) with. If I could have done anything different, it would have been to more thoroughly mash the avocado in step 1. I get the occasional speck of green every now and then, which I don’t mind, but it takes away from the illusion, so if you are giving them to particularly persnickety kids or husbands, they may only buy until the first green sighting. Anyway, pictures! You’ll have to forgive me, as we had already dipped in before I thought to take any, and it was dark out, so I didn’t even have good lighting. But alas, I share with you the ooey gooey chocolatey yumminess.:)

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Don’t you just love our zig-zaggy cuts? Lol. Clearly convention was just tossed out the window with this one.
Oh! I almost forgot, these would be GREAT fun for St. Patrick’s day! And the green chunks would probably even be acceptable by the family. 🙂
Have a good weekend!

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A home remedy, a recipe and a cleaner

So earlier in the week I started feeling rather yucky, sinuses, sore throat, headache, body ache, etc. it was more than just allergies, but not enough to be diagnosed as a cold either. I’m not one to pop a bunch of pills, so I made up a very nice “tea” that I drank probably 3-4 times a day for two days, and here I am on day four, almost 100% better. My tea is far from spectacular, but since it helped, I wanted to share.

1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 tbsp. local honey (organic and raw are bonus options, but local is a must)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1-2 tsp. Black pepper (I’m guesstimating, as I just gave a few good shakes of the pepper shaker.)

Two lemon slices, or about 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
2-4 drops of clove oil (it’s an essential oil with many great properties and uses, one of which, is for numbing– goodbye sore throat!)

Mix everything together in a mug/teacup and drink while warm, or as hot as you can manage it without scalding yourself.

That’s it! 🙂

I will also say that I had a ridiculous craving for boiled cabbage. Upon review, I discovered that cabbage is loaded with vitamin C! Even more so than oranges. Funny how the body gets you to give it what it needs, isn’t it?

Now for the toddler recipe- I have several that I will share, but this is one of my favorites. Mostly because of the shock value, but also because I love making really yummy things that are actually good for you, and thereby good for your wee ones as well. I really enjoy this recipe because I actually tricked a friend into eating it once. Her reaction when I told her what it was, “that’s disgusting! …….But it’s good”…..ahhh, success! I first came across the recipe here
I’ve tweaked it a little, but by all means, I want to give credit to the awesome edible harmony site!

Beneficial Chocolate Pudding/icing

1 avocado, halved, pitted and scooped
2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
4 dates
1 tbsp. honey
2 tsp vanilla
Dash of salt
If you want to use it as frosting, add 1 tbsp coconut oil

Toss everything into a food processor or blender and pulse until mixed well, then let it mix on high about 2 minutes. You want to make sure the dates are thoroughly pulverized. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator. You can also freeze and make yummy pudding pops, but make them small, since they melt kind of fast.

Lastly, I want to share my absolutely favorite site for homemade cleaners. Namely my everyday counter/all purpose cleaner. Natures Nurture
This was my first resource when I originally went “green” and I tell as many people that I can about her, so why not spread the love in the World Wide Web, right?

Anyway, that’s all for today, enjoy your weekend! (Mine includes laundry, shopping, and general housework, how about yours?)

I’ll add some pretty pictures later, but I think everything is fairly simple, so pictures will just be a bonus.

Time for a revamp

So I feel, after some “friend pressure”, that I should add another category of topics to my blog (not that I have much here, but I digress). Healthy baby food options. I am the proud mum to a 1 yr old slightly tomboyish little girl who, like her beloved mum (that’s me!) enjoys food. And not always the healthiest ones. What a dull world it would be if we all just absolutely adored Brussels sprouts, am I right? (I would like to interject here by saying that I do in fact love Brussels sprouts, I mean- they’re miniature cabbages! Anything in “mini” form is okay by me. Much preferred actually) Any-whoo, I, like many moms, do not like to feel that we are depriving our children of those yummy delicious treats that our non-health based friends kids are enjoying! Oh how I hate the judgmental glances and poorly hidden insults by some people! Yes, my child is a year old and has NOT had a doughnut, or hole of said doughnut, a cheeseburger, nuggets of any sort, cake from a grocery store or bakery, etc., etc., ad nauseum. Therefore, I will be featuring a health-based foodie recipe for the munchkins in our lives on a regular basis, as well as provide information regarding children’s health in general. I’m not going to turn into strictly child based though! I’m FAR too “something shiney!” for that kind of nonsense. This just adds something to the mix!

a charity, some wool, and a good idea

Earlier this month a friend of mine announced that she would be holding an auction online to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society 5k run that she is doing next month and asked if anyone had anything they would like to donate. My heart said: but ofcourse!! my brain said: are you nuts? HOW are you going to find time to do this one?? But, where there is a will, there is a way, and by Jove I knitted up a matching hat and scarf set! Using some bulky wool that I picked up a couple of years ago at my LYS when I was asked to make a bunch of cowls for a friend, which I did, but I had a LOT left over as she only wanted so many of each color. I used the pattern for the shroom hat on Knitty.com and then after much trial and error I did up a scarf using the same k,p,yo, that the shroom pattern used, and I am happy to say that it came out much better than I expected (mind you this has nothing to do with my lack of faith in the pattern, more so my lack of confidence in my knitting). I was just thrilled that I was actually able to not muss something up to the point that it was even worthy of being donated for such a worthy cause, and dare I say…perfect? For the first time (I think ever) in my two years on this knitting journey, I didn’t miss a stitch, drop a stitch or miss my count throughout not one, but TWO projects! This is a thing of total bliss for me. And to top it all off, I am also, for the first time properly blocking something! I am positively thrilled beyond belief by these, albeit viewed by most as miniscule, accomplishments. It’s things like this that allow me to put back on my rose-colored glasses, if only for a day, and live a day on the absolute bliss that comes from creating something, and creating it ideally perfect. Aside from dd, whom I am honored that something so amazingly perfect calls me “mom”, this is a first for me. And today is a good day. Happy journeys to you, whatever they may be, and may you have a journey so ideal that you get to put on your rose-colored glasses too!

My favorite quote of all time

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish based on it’s ability to fly, it will live its life believing it is stupid.

 

~ Albert Einstein ( I love that man)

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I can’t believe I made it! (Or, I can’t believe I’m a cliche)

First of all, before about 5 minutes ago, I had absolutely no idea how to blog, so I’m surprised I have managed thus far without incident. Second of all, if you are reading this, can I just say wow, I’m honored, and thank you. I’m a 30-something stay at home mom of the most beautiful and charming 9 month old in my neighborhood (and yes, she’s the ONLY 9 month old in the neighborhood, I’m not lost in outerspace here, I think my kid is amazing and everything, but I know that no one will ever think as highly of her as I do…..that’s what being a mom is all about, after all). Hrmm, well, I have two cats, Meeko and Puchak (pronounced Pooh-chuk….hey, I was young and wanted a “different” name. It’s kind of like dying your hair black freshman year, except my beloved kitty has to bare the scars) and I knit (quite nicely) and dabble in crochet (no need to question my proficiency in crochet….I’m not very good) I am also working on turning our household into being more green and self sufficient, much to my hubby’s chagrin. But he goes along and lets me do what I do, after all, I have the attention span of a knat at times, and I’m sure he’s banking on that being the case with this as well. Poor disillusioned soul. But, to be fair, I have lived 30+ years of my life NOT being so green and self sustaining, so I’m not about to judge anyone living “normal”. My whole family does it, when I visit them back east (I was transplanted to the south several years ago) we live more “normal” than the green-crunchiness that I aim for at home and I really don’t mind (too much). I am an avid bibliophile, and I strongly believe that the best thing we can arm ourselves with is an arsenal of knowledge. This sometimes mean stepping out of our safety zones and considering all sides for what they truly are, but this is something that I rather enjoy. I have found myself boucing around all sides of an issue (from politics to laundry detergent) until I finally feel that I know each side, down to it’s very core, and then I feel that I am able to make a truly sound decision. Aside from this I am surprisingly a very spur of the moment kind of person and would just as rather go on a last minute road trip or unplanned picnic instead of sticking to the monotony that is the life of a SAHM (“stay at home mom” in case you were wondering…I always hate having to Google those internet jargon acronyms.). what else is there about me…hmm, idk (i think we all know that one-ha) in my previous life I have worked in many positions, I’ll start with the farthest back- newspaper delivery (I was 9), Hostess at a Bob Evans through highschool, a short two month stint at mcdonalds, Phone girl at a Domino’s Pizza, Preschool teacher (my favorite age was the two year olds) for 7 years, then I was a professional student a couple years (don’t worry, I was working and going through school much of the other years as well), two weeks of that I tried working at Bath and Body Works–we’ll just say retail wasn’t my thing, then I worked for a temp agency and my first “gig” hired me on full time (because of my awesomeness) and since it was a position in Human Resources (my area of study in school) I thought I would beat the system and just go straight into the field. hahaha….ahh, youth. A few life lessons and years later, I went to work front desk and billing at a dialysis clinic, and I haven’t held a “professional” job since. I tried two weeks working at a Target, I quickly learned that going backwards to a retail position was NOT something I could handle. But the people there were lovely. Well goodness, there you go, give me a blog and I will chat your ear off apparently. Enough about the “me” of things, what this blog is for is to basically chronicle and share the things that I do, learn and/or love and hope that it helps someone else out. That’s it. Carry on with your life in general now, and thank you for stopping by!

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