Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Konmari folding

Folded my two year old's clothes konmari style. This only happens once a laundry cycle if in in the mood. It looks so nice though and he has a much easier time pulling out what he wants to wear. It lasts longer than I thought it would before it gets dumped out. I never used to fold but I have to say, it's fun to do it this way.

Friday, June 19, 2015


Cherries from our tree out front. Not a big harvest ~ these are all of them that weren't grazed by birds or children ~ but it's been super fun to watch them ripen and the kids have loved going out front to pick cherries to eat. Yay for summer and fruit trees!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cupcakes - chocolate and vanilla

Dim kitchen picture but so be it. These actually turned really well. I feel like every time I want to make cupcakes, I'm looking for a new recipe. This time I think was a better success than last time so I'd like to be able to find these recipes again. Generally, I think I just prefer pie though. Cupcakes are just so sweet. And really The Boy just likes ice cream anyway. My kids keep wanting cupcakes for birthdays though. I think in their heads they really like them.

Chocolate Cupcakes are here.

Vanilla Cupcakes are here.

And I used this frosting.

It's so easy to make them from scratch. I really don't know why I keep thinking I want to use a box mix to simplify. It's really simple already - now that I don't have to keep hunting for a recipe.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I made another batch of granola today. It's so good!

3/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1/2 cup water (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Zest from two oranges

Heat on stove just until syrup mixes in well. Pour over :

7 cups oats
1 cup walnut halves
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Anything else you want to add

Mix together and dump onto rimmed cookie sheet. Bake at 250° for 2~3 hours, or until dry, stirring every 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and add dehydrated blueberries or raisins.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Laker's Tortilla Soup

This was so good. Really yummy and filling. And a broth based soup that V likes - hurrah! Also, the veggies can easily be chopped ahead of time and frozen for a do ahead meal.

Go here for the link, or use my notes below:

Food process with the slicer:
2 onions
1 bunch celery
2 big handfuls of baby carrots
1 poblano pepper
2 garlic cloves

Saute for 5 minutes with:
2 TB butter
1.5 tsp salt
1.5 tsp cumin
4 sprigs thyme

6 cups chicken stock
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder (or more to taste)
2 TB tomato paste (or more to taste)
1 lb raw boneless chicken cut in 1/2 inch cubes (or leftover cooked chicken)

Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add:
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 TB lime juice (or more to taste)

Serve with grated cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and tortilla chips if desired. For our family, this was 2.5 meals. So, so good.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Raw Paleo Truffles

Well, they don't look like much but they are soooo good!

My sister HOF sent me this recipe for Lemon Meltaways. It sounded like it might be delicious and on our current cleanse, we are off dairy, grains, and sugars including fruit (stevia is ok) - so I was really wanting a treat.

Anyway, they did not turn out for me. I think my lemon was really big because all I could taste was lemon juice and the texture was like eating coconut oil by the spoon. Bleh. So... I started experimenting - and I'm so happy with the results! Paleo fudge!

Basic Idea:
2 parts coconut butter
1 part coconut oil
vanilla extract
flavoring: lemon zest or cacao powder
texture (optional): nuts or unsweetened coconut

Lemon Truffle:
4 TB coconut butter
2 TB coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 teeny scoop stevia
zest of half a lemon
2 TB cashews
2 TB unsweetend coconut
Mash coconut butter and oil with a fork until well blended. Warm just barely on the stove, if needed, to get them to mix. Mix in bowl with vanilla, stevia and zest. In a ziploc bag, mash cashews and coconut. Mix into coconut mixture. Mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Cacao Truffles:
4 TB coconut butter
2 TB coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 teeny scoop stevia
2 tsp cacao (or more to taste)
slivered almonds
Mash coconut butter and oil with a fork until well blended. Warm just barely on the stove, if needed, to get them to mix. Mix in bowl with vanilla, stevia and cacao. Drop teaspoonfuls into slivered almonds and roll to coat. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Coconut mayonnaise (lacto-fermented)

Success! Mostly. It works great at room temperature. You have to use it all though or else it will harden to solid in the fridge. But still, super successful for a one time use mayo. So lest I forget...

2 egg yolks
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 TB warm water
2 TB lemon juice
2 cups melted coconut oil
1 TB whey
salt to taste

In warm, dry food processor, combine egg yolks, mustard, water and lemon juice. Add coconut oil thru the lid decanter. When all the oil has been combined turn off, salt to taste, then add whey. Let sit uncovered on the counter for 6-8 hours, then transfer to the fridge with a lid. Will last for 6-8 weeks since it's been lacto-fermented :)