New Year, New You – Resolution #4

Did you know that a resoulution does not have to be something hard or something you feel you need to fix, it can be something fun.  Let’s have some fun with this month’s resolution.  This month lets start a journal.  It is not a Diary type journal that many of us kept as children, but instead a more reflective, creative or organized journal.  

     
I had started a Crochet Journal a while back to keep track of all the crochet alongs I wanted to partake in but never added my completed projects or continued adding projects.  Michelle of the blog Gifted Goodies not only takes photos of the completed projects, she also adds notes, yarn samples, and the yarn band when available.  All awesome ideas and an inspiration to me to revamp my journal.

In addition to this journal,  I am playing around with a more creative journal.  I searched Pinterest and they have many resources for Journaling Prompts.  Some prompts are for art journals, or for telling your life story, prayer journals, travel journals, etc. 


Just start where you are!  Don’t stress about making it perfect.  Don’t over think this – remember this is to be your fun resolution.  So grab some supplies …


whether you start with a blank page and find journaling prompts to inspire you,


or find a book that provides prompts –


just start where you are and enjoy the journey.  Here is a sample of one of my pages.


Hope you enjoy this months resoulution.  No matter what form your journal or journals take: art, food journal, excercise tracker, motivational quotes, poetry, life, travels, etc.  Enjoy your journey!

Margareta

                        

Toasted Coconut Almond Rice Crispy Treats

Yesterday I posted about finding inspiration on Pinterest.  The recipe for these Crispy Treats were found there and were posted by Beaming Baker.  You can click here to link to her original post.

I changed the recipe a bit and added some chocolate chips.  This recipe came together so easily and is gluten free, dairy free and vegan.

Ingredients:

Dry Mixture 

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut shreds or flakes

1/3 cup sliced almonds

3 cups vegan gluten free brown rice crisp cereal

Wet Mixture

1/3 cup natural almond butter

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions 

Line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper.

Bring a small skillet to medium heat and add the coconut to toast.  Stir often and in about 3-5 minutes coconut will start to tan.  Remove from heat and add to a large mixing bowl.  Add in the almonds and crispy cereal and stir until well combined.

In a small saucepan over medium low heat add the almond butter and the syrup.  Wisk together until well blended and warm until mixture starts to bubble.  Add to the dry ingredient mixture.  Stir and fold until well combined.  Add the chocolate chips if desired and stir to incorporate.

Pour into the prepared pan and flatten out into an even tightly packed layer using a spatula.

Chill in the freezer for 30-40 minutes.  Remove and slice into 16 squares.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer for up to one week.  I packaged mine in snack bags so they are ready to pack in lunches.

Here they are – ready to go.


Enjoy!

Margareta


Weekly Menu for the Week of April 10 – April 14

It seems that I have resorted back to planning menus one week at a time.  Though I do still make a monthly Costco run, I find it easier to plan one week at a time.  Lately I seem to be in a menu planning rut.  I don’t seem to have to many fabulous recipes in mind to make, so this week I spent some time on Pinterest.  

I love Pinterest for inspirations on crafting, decorating, even camping.  I am sure you all have Pinterst boards as well.  I have pinned several new ideas to my “Recipes to Try Board” so this week – lets give a few a try!

Monday: Crockpot Bacon, Mushroom Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Salad (How can anything containing Bacon not be good! Can’t wait to try this one)

Tuesday:  Baked Beef Tacos

Wednesday:  Hamburgers and French Fries (I have a dinner meeting so I am keeping it simple for the boys)

Thursday:  Slowcooker Beef on Rice

Friday:  Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce and green salad

I hope these menus give you some inspiration.  If you try them, please share with me!  

Where do you get your menu inspirations?

Have a GREAT week – 

Margareta

Menu for the Week of April 3 – April 7

Hello my lovelies!  Can you believe it is April 1st today?  Where you pranked or tricked today?  If you were, then I hope it was all in good fun.  

Here is the menu for the week which got a resounding thumbs up from my son.  I hope you enjoy it as much as he will.  

Monday:  Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Tuesday:  Cashew Chicken

Wednesday: Meatballs Subs and Salad

Thursday:  Pizza

Friday: Sloppy Joes and French Fries

Today was our Costco run so I really don’t need to buy to much at the market tomorrow.  

Enjoy the menu and enjoy your week.  Until next time…

Margareta

Triple Chocolate Brownies – Gluten Free with a Secret Ingredient

I have been gluten free for about 2 years now and always get super excited when I find a really good gluten free recipe.

The recipe for these brownies did not disappoint!  My son ate 2 and my hubby at 1 1/2.  They are not aware of the secret ingredient or else they would not have even tried them.  I took some to work and my coworkers loved them!

I came across the recipe on the You Tube Channel: Clean & Delicious.  Dani has some great tips for clean eating.  Click here to access her page and find out more about Dani and her other delicious recipes.

Here is her recipe for the Triple Chocolate Brownies:

Ingredients:

3/4 cup flour ( I used all purpose gluten free flour)

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup sifted coca powder

15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (this is the secret ingredient)

3/4 cup water

3/4 cup maple syrup

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

3/4 cup chocolate chips

a bit of oil to grease the pan (I used cooking spray)

Chocolate Icing:

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.  Coat an 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder and sifted cocoa powder.

In a blender combine the black beans, water, maple syrup and vanilla extract.  Blend until everything is well combined and the beans are broken down.  This will be very liquidy.

Pour the bean mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until everything is combined.  Stir in the nuts and chocolate chips.

Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean.

Once the brownies have cooled completely, prepare your icing.  Simply combine all the icing ingredients and stir until combined.  At first I thought it was to dry, but keep mixing and have faith.  It will come together nicely.

Spread the icing over the cooled brownies and cut into squares.  Mine made 16.  These are so thick and dense they are almost like fudge!!!!

Margareta

 

 

Menu for the Week of March 27 – March 31

Hello All!  I am a little late posting my menu for the week.  I kind of messed up before my little trip away to Idyllwild.  I misplanned and we were running low on groceries last week.  I should have planned for 2 weeks to cover the week after my trip, but oops – life happens – so no formal menu was planned and we were just winging it.  

This week I do have a menu plan, hoever, it is only for one week. This coming weekend we will do our Costco shopping so I can get back on my 2 week program.

I know you are anxious to see what I will be cooking – so here goes….

Monday: Old Settler Beans – this recipe was posted on my fellow bloggers page (It’s A T-Sweets Day) and they were delicious!  Click here for the link to her recipe.

Tuesday: Chicken and White Bean Enchilladas

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Italian Beef Hoagies

Thursday: Slow Cooker Chilli

Friday: Asparagus Lemon Risotto

Hope you have a great week.  Remember if you try any of these recipes to let me know what you think.

Until next time – Auf Wiedersehen!

Margareta

Idyllwild California – Craft and Gab Trip 2017 (aka: Stitch and Bitch)

I am back from my weekend getaway to the Creekstone Inn in Idyllwild California.  This is the 9th year for this Craft and Gab retreat.  My Mom and I have gone for the past 5 years.  At first we had more crafters, now more gabbers, but great ladies and great fun always!  

We are a group of around 12-15 ladies and rent out the entire bed and breakfast.  Each room comes with its own bathroom and has a different theme.  My Mom and I have been staying in the Fall Theme room which is beautiful.  There is a full kitchen and we share in the meal prep and clean up.


We usually hang out in the common area where there are multiple couches and a fire place.  This year the weather was warm and we never needed the fire place.  Here are some photos of us crafting, gabbing, reading or just hanging out.




Here is a selfie of Mom and I!


I worked on my Little Box of Crochet.  It was the perfect craft to take as everythong you need is included in the box.  I put the mug cozy to the test right away. Isn’t it lovely?


This weekend was also my Birthday. My Mom treated me to a fabulous lunch and the retreat ladies sang Happy Birthday and presented me a very large chocolate cake. (Thank you Joe’d for the cake – so sorry you couldn’t make it.  You were missed!) Being the tricky bunch that they are, the candles kept relighting themselves.  This old girl was running out of breath and finally just snuffed them out with my fingers – ha ha! I also received the best smelling soap I think I have ever smelled from 2 very special ladies. (Thank you Teddi and Ashley)




It was a wonderful getaway! We are all looking forward to next year!!!!

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time –

Margareta