There wasn't much going in the garden this week, mainly because we were a little busy preparing for an extra special GreenEyes celebration weekend. He turned two last week!
G-ma came down to celebrate on Friday. Then Saturday, we had a few good friends over for some debauchery... a.k.a. some slip n' slidin' and barbequein'. I'd include pictures here but I promised no posting of pictures without permission and I don't have permission, go figure!! I'll just have to settle for my husband's grillin' pic... *sigh*.
Despite all the chaos, we did manage to get a little done in the garden. Nick picked a giant tub of green beans. This was only from the first bit I planted. I planted about 4 times that so we will be expecting an onslaught in a few more weeks. Needless to say we can't eat them all so I got busy preserving them today.
In other garden news, we have our first ripe big boy tomato!! It's the first of the big tomatoes to ripen so we are thrilled!!!
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.
I had the most amazing vegan soup at Revolutionary Soup the other week. I haven't stopped thinking about how delicious it was... and that was two weeks ago. I wondered if I could come up with something similar on my own. I scoured the web and found some delicious looking recipes but none of them were quite right. I ended up having to play around quite a bit.
While experimenting, I tried versions with lite coconut milk. I figured if it worked, I'd then work on finding a lower fat alternative but it really didn't add much at all to the dish. I ended up omitting it all together. By contrast, the curry powder was absolutely critical. It added incredible depth to the soup. I used Tandoori seasoning (my favorite curry powder blend by Penzey's).
I was able to reduce the fat in this dish quite a bit by using PB2 in lieu of full fat peanut butter. Powdered peanut butter has all of the flavor of peanut butter but 85% less fat. You can find it at the link I provided or…
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.
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.