Thursday, April 17, 2014

dyeing eggs

 Rowan and I spent the morning making egg dye out of beets, blueberries and turmeric. Everytime an egg actually changed from white to red or blue or yellow Rowan was in awe. He loved the whole thing, and has been talking about our eggs and the Easter bunny all day. I have to say that our eggs did not come out the beautiful, rich colors you see on Pinterest, but I guess it doesn't really matter.

The process was very simple. For the beets and blueberries I added the fruit to about a cup and a half of water and let boil for 30 minutes until the water gets syrupy. For the Turmeric, I just heated about 1/4 cup of seasoning to water and heated it up so that it can dissolve a bit. I added vinegar to the beets. We soaked and resoaked the eggs for about a minute each.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Basket

This is the first year I am making a little Easter basket for Rowan. Rather than fill it with candy, I decided to go to Etsy to find some little handmade gifts that I can feel good about. Oh, and of course what Easter basket is complete without a Peter Rabbit book. Plus I am going to reuse some of my printables from last year for wrapping.

Also, we are going to try some natural egg dyeing this week and will definitely post there results.

Wooden Cup and Ball Game by Applenamos.
Easter wrapping DIY and printable HERE.
Memory Matching Game by Little Side Kick

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

healthy (gluten-free) banana pancakes

This recipe has been a lifesaver for my picky eating 3 year old. I get so tired of switching between peanut butter and jelly and granola each morning. He loves these, and I know he is getting a really healthy meal out of it. It is a such a simple mix of bananas, eggs, oats and almond butter, plus so naturally sweet that he doesn't even ask for syrup. I also make a bunch at a time and store in the refrigerator for the next day. You can also add blueberries, strawberries or dark chocolate chips for extra yumminess.

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

2 bananas
2 eggs
2 tablespoons almond butter
1/4 cup gluten-free quick cook oats
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of sea salt
coconut oil (for frying)

Combine bananas, eggs and almond butter in a medium size bowl. With the back of a fork mash together until mostly smooth, lumpiness is ok. Add remaining ingredients and mix.

Heat up a frying pan to medium heat and add a small amount of coconut oil. Pour a small pancake into the pan. Let it cook until small bubbles form on the pancake, letting you know that it is ready to flip. Flip the pancake and let it cook for a minute until done. The pancake will be less firm than a traditional pancake, so flipping should be done with care.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

natural cold and flu remedy: elderberry syrup

It was a super rainy afternoon, so I got Rowan in the kitchen, and we made Elderberry Syrup. This recipe was really easy, and Rowan was able to help with the measuring and pouring.

My good friend and herbalist, Renee Dixon gave us this recipe to me last winter when we were all getting colds. I know we are bound to get hit a few times this season, so I am excited to have this on hand. Oh, and it tastes delicious. Rowan easily took a teaspoon. 

Also, find some good info on the benefits of Elderberry for colds and flu here.

Elderberry Syrup

1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried Elderberry
5 cloves
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 cinnamon stick
2 cups of water
1 cup honey

Add Elderberries, cloves, ginger, cinnamon stick and water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer until reduced by 1/2 for about 20-30 minutes. Pour mixture through a strainer into a medium bowl. Add honey and stir to combine. Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

vegan hot chocolate with coconut milk

Here is a cozy drink for when you are up late tonight wrapping presents. I made it with coconut milk, but you can certainly substitute with whole or low fat milk.

Vegan Hot Chocolate with Coconut Milk

2 cups Coconut Milk
3 Tablespoons Sugar
3 Tablespoons Cocoa powder
1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract

Heat up coconut milk to just below boiling. Add all of the remaining ingredients and stir until heated through. Serve hot.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

things to do this holiday break

Here are some fun things I plan to try with Rowan over this holiday break.

Bake these Carrot Oatmeal Cookies to leave for Santa. 101 Cookbook recipes have not failed me yet.

Make this adorable Lego Snowglobe from Minieco. Rowan is sooo into Lego. I am sure he will love it.

Have fun with this Crayon Snowflake Art  project via Classic Play.

and we did this indoor snowman craft a lot last winter and Rowan still talks about it.

The weather has been unseasonable warm and the snow is melting away. Hopefully we can get outside and have some fun too. What are you going to be up to?

Happy Holidays!

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