Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A doll for a birthday girl........

Since Kate is sharing her amazingly fabulous nightstand-turned-kitchen on her blog this week, I thought I'd share our gift for the little birthday girl! This sweet little doll was for my two year old neice, and she was well-recieved and has been well-loved since. She's called the "baggy doll" from Maricristin Sealey's book Making Waldorf Dolls. She made with a soft cotton velour I had floating around in my stash and stuffed with bamboo stuffing (sooooooo divinely soft!). E thought she needed a little blanket to wrap up in so we stitched that together at the last minute from soft tshirt knits. This is the only picture I took (on my phone) before we gifted her, but I had to share. I just love how little waldorf dolls come alive as you put them together. Yesterday Kate and I started our Christmas doll projects, so fun! I can't wait to share!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bountiful Baskets......

Maybe you're all tired of these posts, but I just think it's so fun to see all the fruits and veggies in one place! Maybe I'll start doing this with my grocery shopping each week, what fun! This week was a good selection.....green peppers, bananas, a red onion, celery, lettuce, radishes, honeydew, tomatoes, pears, parsnips, oranges, potatoes, asian pears, and apples. Perfect for a pre-Thanksgiving weekend! Tonight we had the celery, parsnips, and peppers in a stir-fry along with other veggies I had in the fridge.

Things have been busy around here this week, but I've been getting to a lot of those projects I mentioned in my last post. Hopefully I can get everything done in time! :) But if not, they'll be next year projects, right?

I thought I'd share a little picture of my favorite new shoes! I had to wait a bit of a long time in line to pick up my basket, so I had a little fun with my phone.........

Monday, November 15, 2010

projects.....

As usual, with the upcoming holidays, there are about 50 projects floating around in my head! Kate and I were just talking about this last night, we can't help ourselves, this time of year creates some sort of creating compulsion! Realistically, I know that as Christmas gets closer and closer, some of these ideas will get put on the "maybe-next-year" list. But hey, a crafty girl can dream of getting it all done.....right?

The box of goodies you see arrived in the mail just the other day from Weir, can you guess what one of my big Christmas projects is going to be? Wish me luck!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Coconut Banana Puffs (aka Primal Doughnuts!)

Okay, so who doesn’t love a crispy yet soft, gooey, sweet, fried-in-horrible-hydrogenated-oil doughnut? Actually, the thought of them makes me feel a little sick these days, but these little puffs…….way better! They’re just sweet enough, with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla and they have that crispy outer shell that’s to die for. Seriously, primal eating seems to call for doughnuts since we’re all about the healthy fats! Make these, you’ll thank me!

Coconut Banana Puffs (aka Primal Doughnuts!)
½ of a ripe banana
1 egg
1 Tablespoon honey
4 Tablespoons coconut flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon real vanilla
Dash of salt
Coconut Oil for frying

The star of this show is the coconut flour, which gives the doughnuts a soft muffin-like inside. Mmmm.
Mash the banana and beat with it the egg and coconut flour. Add the baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, and salt. Form the dough into little balls about 1 ½ inch in diameter and slightly squish them, giving them two somewhat flat sides.
Heat about one inch of coconut oil on medium low until a drop of water splashed in sizzles. Drop the balls of dough in one at a time and watch for the bottoms to turn golden brown, gently flip them over.
They should puff up in the center, giving them a crispy outer shell with a soft, moist center. Wait for them to cool just long enough that you can pick them up with your fingers without burning yourself, and bite into a little piece of primal heaven! Enjoy!

Monday, November 8, 2010

a girl and her doll......

We've had a good weekend of birthday bliss, stretched out over 3 days! On Saturday we took E to the store with some of her very special, much pondered over, birthday money. (Thanks Grandma W!) She is definitely a natural "saver!" She loves the idea of having a little bank full of possibilities, but at the same time she wanted something special to play with. She's been contemplating a more expensive purchase, but her thrifty nature couldn't bear to part with all her money at once. When she saw this girl at the store, it was love at first sight! She made up her mind instantly and quickly calculated that this doll would cost her much less and she would still have her little bank nearly full, and have more left over for accessories! (What girl doesn't love accessories!) She named her Susan, and later that night Auntie Kate gifted her with a beautiful handmade little dress to match the one we made this summer! It was designed for another doll, but fits Susan just fine (it's maybe a little short, but we think she'd like to wear some cute bloomers under it!). Now we have a happy birthday girl and her doll, and she even told me I could play with her while she's at school today......I might just go dress her up a few times!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

bountiful baskets.......

Here's our exciting Bountiful Baskets selection for the week.......Persimmons, apples, asian pears, anjou pears, green beans, black grapes, chard, bananas, potatoes, brussel sprouts, grape tomatoes, and cauliflower! Yum! I had a helper this morning, my newly 8 year old was out of bed early and eager to go and collect our basket. I don't know if it was as exciting as she had hoped, but the food looks great. Now we're off to research persimmons.....I don't even know how to tell when they're ripe! I've never bought them before!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday to our sweet little "E," who is definitely not so little anymore! I can't believe she's already 8 years old! I love this age! She's old enough to have intelligent conversations and do fun activities with me, but still young enough to play with playdough and make up imaginary scenarios with her little brother. I wish I could just pause time for a little bit right now......but since that's not an option, we're celebrating as much as we can! Today we have an afterschool party for 7 girls and then special dinner with just us and then tomorrow Pirate Island with all the fam! Could it get any better? :)

I think so, especially when she melts my heart by requesting all her favorite mama-made foods, and they're so delicious! Brown rice pudding for breakfast this morning. (Sorry no pics, we ate it all up and practically licked our bowls, it was so yummy! I had mine with bananas and cranberries.) Sushi for lunch today.....
I've had homemade chicken broth simmering all night for her favorite chicken veggie soup......
Cupcakes to decorate with her friends........
And pizza dough mixing away in anticipation of 8 little pairs of hands making their own pizzas. The party is a "Chef" theme......thanks to the inspiration of some great friends!
And of course, what would a chef party be without some new mama-made aprons? I've been sewing like crazy for the past 2 days making 8 little aprons......7 for girls and 1 super cool dinosaur apron for my boy! Wish me luck with all this merry-making!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween Highlights.....

As I said before, we had a great weekend of Halloween celebrating! The school had a carnival the weekend before, so we spread the festivities over the entire week. Here the kids are headed down to mainstreet to trick or treat at local businesses. This was Saturday afternoon and it was a huge event! The sidewalks were packed and we only made it down one block and back up again before we headed home. It was fun to see all the costumes, but wall to wall trick-or-treaters was a little much!
This Hermione costume was so much fun to put together. She has the cutest little pleated skirt and v-neck sweater on under her robe (which is a BYU graduation gown I found at the thrift store and hemmed). The Hogwarts crest I printed off the computer, colored in, and then laminated and pinned it to the gown. It held up really well and is going to be a great dress-up robe, the kids love playing Harry Potter!
The pumpkin we carved was huge! It weighed in at 45 lbs! Dad and the kids scraped it out and carved, I was in charge of sorting seeds. (It had a ton of seeds!)
He ended up with a great spooky/goofy face!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Bountiful Baskets......

Once again, I have to share my bountiful basket pick up for this past weekend. It was so yummy! I love the surprise of not knowing what we're going to get, and this was a fun selection of fruits and veggies, for only $15. This time I weighed it when I got home and it was a total of 25 lbs. Pretty good price per pound! (The pumpkin wasn't part of it, he just likes to be in photos!) We got black grapes, lettuce, pineapple, green beans, yellow squash, sweet potatoes, pears, apples, bananas, tomatoes, blackberries, and cucumbers. Yum!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween!

We had a fabulous Halloween weekend, lots of celebrating and treats! I have more pictures still on my camera, but I just had to share this one of my little Hermione Granger and her friend Dinosaur. Aren't they great?