Monday, January 15, 2018

Red Maca chocolate Protein Balls

These Simple Red Maca Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls make the perfect snack They're packed with protein and taste similar to  (No Bake) Preacher cookies!

These are really easy to make and you can really change up the recipe however you like. i used ground pecans, oats, peanut coconut butter, hemp hearts, shredded coconut, cocoa, red maca and raw honey. Mix all your ingredients together in a large bowl.   

This Red Maca powder by The Organique Co. is considered an Incan superfood. The Maca root is native to Peru and sometimes called Peruvian Ginseng. It's super nutritious and is a great source of several important vitamins and minerals. Red Maca root  is thought to help with energy, balance mood, alleviate menopausal symptoms and more. Maca root has a nice nutty flavor with a hint of butterscotch and work great in these protein balls. 

Chill for about 30 min. in fridge, then coat your hands with a little coconut oil and roll into balls about the size of a large gumball.  You can then roll each ball in a little cocoa powder and red maca.

Chocolate Protein Balls Ingredients: -

1/2 cup nut butter (i used coconut peanut butter.)
1 cup whole oats
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2- 3/4 cup almonds, pecans, other nuts or seeds. (ground or chopped small)
1/3 cup raw honey
2 Tbsp hemp hearts, flax seeds or chia seeds etc
1 Tbsp Red Maca Powder
coconut oil (for coating fingers.)

Mix ingredients together really well in a large bowl. i coated my hands in coconut oil, and kneaded/mixed them by hand. Then let them chill for about 30 min in the fridge. Now, coat your hands again in coconut oil and roll them into little balls (large gumball size).  Roll in a little maca  and cocoa  powder. Store them in the fridge in an airtight container.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Latest addiction- Woven Dishcloths

i'm not sure how i got so behind with this blog, but now that winter is here i am in full hibernation mode.  So i'm going to try to play a bit of catch up.  November and December were super busy, i had a couple craft shows, we took a trip to Michigan and i always go a little crazy preparing for the holidays.  It's when my sales are the best, so i bust butt to get as much work made/sold as possible. i've been working in the glass shop regularly up until xmas, and still haven't quite recovered from all that. This week we've been recovering from the stomach bug that hit over the weekend and the kids just went back to school ( from a weather extended break) today.

Anyhow, i picked up a new hobby (addiction) and wanted to share.

While up in Michigan visiting family, my MIL showed me how to use a 10" square bias loom to make a continuous weave dishcloth. My MIL in an amazing weaver, and my FIL makes all their looms from hand. They have an etsy shop where you can find the looms and other weaving materials. 

i ended up making dishcloths all the way home in the car, while the husband drove.  i knew they would make fantastic gifts, and wanted to have a nice selection for a craft show i was participating in Dec.

Fast forward, hibernation mode. This has been me, since xmas. Doctor who marathon, and weaving dishcloths.  They are so easy and fun to make, and really make a nice sturdy dishcloth.

i add a simple crocheted border to them, and once washed they tighten up nicely.  This is quite similar to the old pot holder looms i did as a child, but because it's continuous weave, you are weaving the top and bottom simultaneously and so they really go quite quickly.

i can not stress how much i love to make these. It's the perfect activity on a cold winter day, sitting by the fire and binge watching my favorite netflix show. :) 

i've been putting them together in sets to sell at the Floyd Artisan market this spring, along with my glasswork. i used a little raffia, applesauce cinnamon ornaments and mini pinecones to decorate the sets. i currently have 14 sets of 3 made up and that doesn't include the ones i've already sold and gifted. i'm really enjoying these, and i know once garden season starts i won't want to sit around and make them so i'm taking advantage of my need to hibernate while i can.

i'm making these using  a 10" mini loom, 100% cotton yarn (peaches & cream, sugar & cream) a crochet hook and a large tapesty  needle (for weaving in the ends).

My dish cloths are available for $5 each or $12 for a set of 3.  i'm hoping to have them at the Floyd Artisan market this spring and i'll have some available online as well.  i'm also going to put together a tutorial for how i make these, for those interested.

 i just wanted to pop in and let you know what i've been up to!  i've working through a few back posts, and then will try to get back to posting regularly. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A little bit of Holiday Spirit

Another back post here, but i wanted to get a couple of Dec posts up. i had a hard time getting into the spirit this year. We traveled up to Michigan for Thanksgiving, but spend Yule at home alone. Which is typically my favorite way to spend it, but for some reason this year it felt a little lonely.

i had a craft show that was scheduled for Dec. 10th, but was cancelled at the last minute and then rescheduled for the 17th. It really screwed up my month, which i had already mentally planned out. i was planning to do all my holiday stuff just as soon as the show was done.  So, i didn't do nearly as much decorating, planning or baking as i usually do because i was still trying to make work to sell at the show up until the 18th.

We had our first and so far only snow the first week of Dec.  It only last a few days and then melted, but the kids got a couple days off of school which is always a bonus.

This was pretty much the extent of my holiday display. Tomtes,  gnomes, toadstools and a winter scene with pretty lights.  The lighted clothes pins are perfect for displaying holiday cards.

Our Yule tree is a really small potted tree that i bought last year. We named him Stanley ( yes, the tree) and decorated him with pinecones and bows. He wasn't big enough to hold up Kenan's icicle ornaments so i hung them in the window instead.

i didn't make any of the cookies i usually make. No gingerbread or sugar cookies. i did however, make lots of these shortbread trees which are a new favorite. They are so easy. 3 ingredient shortbread with cream cheese icing.  Seriously, they are the best thing ever.

Another easy cookie i made were these shortbread thumbprint cookies. Again, i used the 3 ingredient shortbread recipe, but added a little almond flavoring to both the dough and the glaze.  So amazingly simple, yet delicious. This is a great way to use up all that raspberry and blackberry jam i make every year. :) 

i made pecan tassies for the first time, just as something different. 

One of my favorite things that i started this year was a treat station. i'd seen something similar on pinterest and wanted to recreate it. If i'd had all the correct props ( a kitchen cart/trolley) i totally would have made it Harry Potter themed. :)  i kept this corner stocked with hot cocoa packets, candies and cookies.

 This was really the extent of my holiday preparations.   December was busy as always, both kids had winter concerts, i had a craft show and spent much more time in the glass shop and less time baking and decorating.  The holidays were simple and sweet.  December always goes by way too fast for me and i'm looking forward to sinking into a slower routine at the first of the year.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Foraging Mushrooms and Growing them at home.

 Earlier this spring i posted about plugging mushroom logs. We love mushrooms, enjoy foraging but wanted to try our hand at growing our own. Plugging the logs is really quite easy, and then all you have to do is water occasionally and wait.

 We really were not expecting to see any mushrooms until this coming spring, and were totally surprised when i spotted this log that had been plugged with blue oyster loaded with mushrooms!

The log was covered with beautiful clusters! These are the 'warm blue' Oysters. Which must have been confused by our weird weather. 

We also had a few of the 'cold blue' oyster mushrooms come up randomly. 

The first log that kenan plugged when he took a  mushroom workshop  over a year ago has produced a mushroom here and there. Not a big flush, but still nice to get a few. We plugged several more shiitake logs this spring, so i'm looking forward to getting a real harvest. We really enjoy the flavor of the shiitake.

Even though we are working to farm our own mushrooms, i still love to forage. This fall there was a beautiful crop of Shaggy manes that came up on the edge of our land.  These are a delicate mushroom and don't keep well. So you don't want to pick them unless you plan to eat them immediately. They are very delicious though and are a new favorite.

i can't wait to see how the mushroom logs do this spring and fall, when we should really start seeing some mushrooms! i can't remember all the varieties we plugged, but it was a bunch!   i'm already looking forward to morel season as well, i really enjoy my time in the woods mushroom hunting. It's so much fun to find them.  i'll update more with our mushroom plugging progress as soon as we start seeing more mushrooms coming up. All of the plugs we bought came from Mushroom Mountain and we are super happy with all of them. If your interested in growing mushrooms, check out their site for supplies and information to get you started!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Presto Photo Review and giveaway!

i recently had the opportunity to order a custom canvas print from Presto Photo.   Presto Photo is the place where you can share your life and the wonderful journeys that color your living. They are an online community designed for photographers (professional and novice), scrapbookers, teachers, moms, dads, travel enthusiasts and designers. They offer a variety of products including photo books, calendars, wall art, greeting cards and more! There are lots of sizes and styles, as well as different options for customizing your photo to make it extra special.

Creating a custom print is very easy. You can upload your photo from your PC,  Facebook or Instagram. Pick the size, and type of print you would like. The website is very easy to navigate, and there is an option for live help if you run into trouble. i decided to surprise my husband, by making a canvas print of a photo of one of his glass art orbs.

Presto Photo offers a nice variety of wall art. They have canvas, acrylic and metal printing. i chose the canvas, and was given more options with different prices. You can choose different weights of canvas, or go with the less expensive faux canvas.

The ordering process was very quick and easy! i used coupon PRESTOWALLART during checkout to save 20% on my order. After submitting my order, i received an email letting me know my order had been received and then another when it shipped out. Shipping was quick and i'm super pleased with it. 

The print looks perfect, the colors are vivid and bright. The canvas is stapled to a wooden frame, with hardware for hanging. It's absolutely gorgeous! 

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