Saturday, August 6, 2016

New Mini Pedicure Scrapbooking Kit FREEBIE!

I made a new kit out of necessity and now it is your to enjoy!  :)  My daughter and I went for pedicures for her birthday.  It was such a great time.  I hope this little kit will be of some use for you!


You can download it here!  Personal Use ONLY!  :)  Thanks!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pixel Scrapper June Challenge - Yesteryear Mini Kit



I had so much fun making the artwork for this one.  I started with some papers, then made some old things, then went back to making papers again.  The colors were beautiful and muted for this challenge.  I hope you like them.  Enjoy!  :)

You can find the papers here and the elements here.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Just Beachy Collab!


I participated in a digital scrapbooking collaboration at Pixel Scrapper,  You can get this for free here.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

More Digital Scrapbooking Freebies! Aquarium Kit and Every day Life - Books Kit PU ONLY

I've got a few new freebies for you!

The kids and I went to the Baltimore Aquarium.  I was inspired and came up with the designs below!


You can download this kit here.

Enjoy this freebie too, Everyday Life - Books!


You can download it here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Scrapbooking THAILAND Freebie!

After years of neglect on this blog, I'm reemerging so I can share one of my passions: scrapbooking.  I've been doing scrapbooking for over 15 years.  I started out scrapbooking on paper but I have transitioned over to completely digital scrapbooking in the last 7 or so years.

Most of the time I just use whatever freebies I can find but I wasn't able to find a lot of scrapbooking elements and papers to properly document my Thailand travels so I decided to create my own.  Thailand is a very vibrant country and I went with very saturated colors to reflect that.

I hope you are able to enjoy this freebie.   Please feel free to leave me a link to what you create with it!  You can download this kit for personal use only here at dropbox.

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Also, here is a link to a new collab project I'm working on with Pixel Scrapper!  You can download the elements/papers individually here.



Sunday, July 28, 2013

Homemade Vegan Gnocchi Recipe

Today we made pinkish gnocchi with our pink and purple potatoes. It's hard to beat fresh gnocchi with fresh garden potatoes.  I use this gnocchi recipe omitting the oil, halving the salt, using only 100% whole wheat flour, and doing my own pasta/pesto sauces. (I don't pan fry either, they are great straight from the water.) The result is so yummy!

Try it.  It's crazy fantastic (and healthy).

Pink Gnocchi (though, full disclosure, I did enhance it.  The pink didn't pick up in my pictures.)

Oh, and check out what our neighbors caught nosing through their trash.  We learn quickly here that it's best to keep the trash inside.  



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Purple Potatoes and Beets



Sack of purple and pink potatoes, beets, and cucumbers fresh out of the garden.

The girls and I processed the beets tonight. We washed, peeled, and cut off the greens to eat later (we put the greens in smoothies).  Then we grated all the beets and froze them for later.  We'll use those for smoothies and burgers.  We love these beet burgers here.




If you asked me two years ago whether or not my family would be beet eaters, I'd of said, "NO WAY!"   But thanks to Dr. Greger's videos as motivation, we've found ways to incorporate them into our diet.  If you don't already know the advantages of beets or purple potatoes check out this video by Dr. Greger about purple potatoes.... and this one about how eating beets can actually help you run faster.  

Friday, July 12, 2013

Quadruple Berry Low Sugar Freezer Jam

I learned through Dr. Greger that berries lose their antioxidant value significantly through cooking. For example, fresh or frozen strawberries have two times the number of antioxidants than those in traditional jam.  It's a shame, because we have actual proof that strawberries can slow down and in some cases reverse esophageal cancer.  JUST berries!  Who knows what they could do for other cancers?  That's a power I do not want to dilute!  (If you want to hear more about that, you'll have to check out this video by Dr. Greger.)

So how do I preserve the berries' antioxidants but still get the jam I love?  Freezer jam, right?   But most jam recipes require you to use a lot of sugar in order to ensure it will jell (some have as high of a ratio as 1 to 1).  We all know sugar to be cancer promoting and is something we should eat in moderation.  Well, thanks to Pomona's pectin we can enjoy jam with all the antioxidants but without a ton of excess sugar.  Pomona's works best in low sugar jam recipes.  The more sugar in the mixture the LESS likely it will jell!  How encouraging!  Besides, berries are basically sugar themselves just with all the protective fiber and nutrients intact.  They should be the star.

I ordered a 1/2 pound bag of it.  I think the bag is going to last me for a REALLY long time based on how much I used and how much jam I made.  I'm talking at least 5 years worth (if not more) and it keeps indefinitely.  (The lesson here is do NOT be discouraged by the price!)

To get started, I didn't have to cook the berries at all.  I just washed them and mashed them.  That's it.  Then I boiled some water per the recipe.  I put the boiling water in a blender with some pectin and whizzed it until it dissolved.  I added the pectin to the fruit and sugar mixture.  Then I added some calcium water (all easy to make and details come with Pomona's pectin.)  Voila!  Done.  It's thick right then and there.  I scooped the jam into my jars with 1/2" of expansion space.  It was that simple.

Full disclosure though, the first batch I made, I used a ratio of 4 cups of berries and 2 cups of sugar, the upper limit on the amount of sugar that could be used per Pomona's Recipe.  To be honest, it was a little runny.  It was also very sweet.  I was able to save it by making and adding in some additional pectin.  No big deal in the end but I decided to have another go of it.

The second time I used a ratio of 4 cups of berries to 1 cup of sugar.  The result was out of this world.  It was sweet but not so sweet that the flavor of the berries didn't pop through...   but it wasn't bland either. It jelled really well so there was no need for additional pectin.  I couldn't wait to enjoy it so I ate toast for lunch. It was the best I've ever had.

I can't say enough about Pomona's nor about freezer jam.

Quadruple Berry Jam :  blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries.

Thank you, Pomona's!  and Ali for the encouragement!