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Friday, May 24, 2013

Berry Good Muffins

So I made some muffins today, because I had some fruit leftover from the fruit-sicles that I wanted to use up.  Really yummy muffins, and dairy-free too, for my allergy boy :)  My first batch I made with half strawberries and half cherries, and then the second batch was all cherries.  I'm going to try them again with blueberries next time, but all my blueberries got gobbled up by kidlets this time around.

So I took a little from here and a little from there, and here's the recipe I came up with, complete with nutrition facts…

Berry Good Muffins



Ingredients:

    1/2 c. unsweetened apple sauce
    3/4 c. sugar
    1 egg
    2 c. flour
    2 t. baking powder
    1/2 t. salt
    1/2 t. rice milk or other milk substitute
    1 t. vanilla
    1 1/2 c. chopped, fresh fruit (strawberries, cherries, blueberries)
    3 t. sugar
    1/2 t. cinnamon

Directions:
Whisk together apple sauce and sugar.
Add egg and rice milk and mix.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. 
Add flour mixture to wet ingredients.
Add vanilla.
Gently stir in fruit.
Spoon batter into greased muffin tins.
Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over muffins.
Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes.

Serving Size: makes one dozen muffins

Number of Servings: 12



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fruit-sicles

Why howdy and hello :)

Today I went and bought a variety of fruit while grocery shopping in order to make some fruit-sicles that my husband's wonderful Aunt Patti posted on Facebook a few weeks ago.  Just shared the first helping with the hubby and kiddos and they were a huge hit!  So, because it was my first attempt, I made two separate batches; one with the fruit blended up together, and one chopped up as the original recipe suggests.  Survey results were as follows: myself and my middle son preferred the blended variation, whereas my husband and other two kids liked the chunks of fruit.  Baby, of course, abstained from trying them this time.  His vote is still that mommy's milk is the best :) So it's up to you what your texture preference is as to what you decide to do with yours, but we did all agree on one thing…they were delicious!!!




Here's what you'll need:

Ingredients:
3 cups watermelon puree {seedless if possible}
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 peach or nectarine, diced small
handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree it in a blender until smooth. Set aside.

Set out about 1 dozen popsicle molds (amount needed will vary depending on size of molds). Fill each one with the chopped fresh fruit. Then pour in the watermelon puree until each mold is full to the top. Place a popsicle stick into each one. Place into your freezer and freeze for about 6 to 8 hours.

When ready to serve, run the popsicle molds under warm water for a few seconds and then pull each one out.




I halved the ingredients and did half of them completely pureed and the other half as directed.  I also added a quarter cup of sugar into each batch and blended it into the watermelon puree. My popsicle molds must have been slightly smaller also, so I got 14 fruit-sicles total, and they only took 5 hours to freeze for me.  

I'm pretty excited about these!!!  I'm planning on experimenting and making them again and again all summer!  I thought maybe peach-mango next, or cherry-vanilla {with vanilla yogurt}.  I even thought I might replace the watermelon puree with my favourite coconut drink and replace the rest of the ingredients with shredded coconut and banana blended together.  Anyway, just a few ideas for you all, but really, I don't think you can go wrong with these most delicious {and nutritious} fruit-sicles.  They're so yummy and a great base to enjoy as is or switch things up and do whatever you want with them!

Enjoy!


Update {May 24th, 2013}

Made another flavour of fruit-sicles today...


~ Coconut Banana Fruit-Sicles ~


Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. Foco Brand Roasted Coconut Juice
1/4 c. shredded coconut
2 medium bananas

Blend it up, pour into popsicle molds, freeze for 5 hours and enjoy!  


They are so good!!!  
The sheer anticipation was almost too much for my kids to take!!!



But as you can see, it was worth the wait!

Also, try these Berry Good Muffins to use up any leftover fruit-sicle fruit :)






Monday, May 20, 2013

Lately...

So, life has been pretty relaxed lately.  We've had ups and downs in the weather, and so we're feeling a little leery trusting it when it gets warm out, because it usually only lasts a few days.  My husband had a week off from school before starting his spring semester, so we took a little family vacation to Minneapolis, and when we got back, the snow fort in our front yard had been replaced by green grass {okay, more like brown with a few greenish spots, but we'll take it}, which was a fun surprise.  So the next day, this is what we did…








We got the kids a new t-ball set and soccer ball in Minneapolis, so they played in the yard while the trampoline got set up, and then...they had a ball jumping around for the rest of the afternoon.



It was a lot of fun, and by the end of it all, 3 out of 4 kids were still smiling…not bad eh?

And it's a good thing we got that one spring day in, because the next day there was a foot of snow on the trampoline, and there's only been a few warm days since!

Today, for instance, was a rainy day, so we enjoyed our time inside making puppets…





Precious moments and spending time together are the best parts about being a mother :)



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Child Slippers - Featured Project by Bladaac

I had so much fun doing my first project feature on wondrlanding's Sherpa Boots, that I figured it was about time I do another one!  Today I am honoured to share with you all a project by another one of my wonderful testers, known as bladaac on Ravelry.  Here's what she had to say:

Lise-Anne: Tell us about yourself…


Ilze: My name is Ilze.  I am from Gatineau, Qu├ębec.  I have been in Canada for 6 years now.  I lived in Latvia most of my life - a small country on the Baltic sea.  I am a stay at home mom with two boys.  It is a full time job, that includes playing, teaching, cleaning, cooking…And I am trying to enjoy it while it lasts!


Lise-Anne: I hear ya, and I feel exactly the same.  My kids are growing up so fast too!  It seems like every time I blink they're learning new things and moving up a size in their wardrobe.  So Ilze, how long have you been knitting, and how did you get started? Tell us where your knitting inspirations comes from…


Ilze: I have been knitting since childhood, but more seriously only over the past few years after I got pregnant. I do not remember when I learned knitting though. I used to ''help'' my grandmother to knit socks by slipping all the stitches from one needle to other. At school all girls had lessons where we were taught how to cook, knit, crochet, and sew (while boys were taught metal and wood working).

My knitting inspiration comes from various sources. I always get inspired by looking at the projects of others! My family are also very good at giving me ideas of what they would like and how they think it should look. 

Ilze's - Child Slippers
Lise-Anne: Aren't families a great source of inspiration!  So tell me, what did you like about knitting this project or pattern in particular? 

Ilze: The slippers were a fun little project. It is always a pleasure to knit a well presented pattern. I like projects where I am able to change some little things, or add something extra - like the little flowers for these Child Slippers. I made two more pairs with car buttons for my boys.

Lise-Anne: What other Pick n’ Knit Patterns have you knit and which is your favourite?

Ilze: I have also made Pleated Flats. I like them all!!! They were my first felting projects, but certainly not the last!

Lise-Anne: What are some other patterns or projects that you’ve enjoyed knitting or are currently working on?

Ilze: Knitting is a time when I relax. I try to choose projects that I know I will enjoy. Lately I am into colour work. Right now I am working on a pair of traditional Latvian mittens that will be a gift for my sister. 

Ilze's - Pleated Flats
Lise-Anne: They are so beautiful!  You are very talented Ilze, great job!  Besides knitting, are there any other things you do for fun? Anything else you’d like to share?

Ilze: There are too many things I like to do! After receiving my very first spinning wheel all I want to do is - spin, play around with the texture of the yarn, experiment...

I am also planning to go back to back-strap weaving, which I haven't done in years. 
I love to cook, put together puzzles and play board games. Plus all things having to do with fibre. There are definitely not enough hours in a day!!! 

Lise-Anne: I agree completely!  But I'm afraid to say that if there were more hours in a day, we'd still find a way to fill them up and feel like we needed more time, haha.  Well Ilze, thank you so so much for being willing to answer my questions and sharing your beautiful talent and pictures with us!

Ilze: Thank you for featuring me on your blog. I am very honoured to answer your questions!  


It was so much fun doing this little project feature with Ilze!  Here's some more of her beautiful projects:




Ilze's Latvian mittens project - Kosa Mittens


Ilze's own design - Trapped in a Cuff

I was especially excited to find out that Ilze was a tester for a good friend of mine, Jenny Wiebe (jennyvangy on Ravelry), during the editing process for her Grow Old With Me Cardigan (as seen below).  Beautiful Ilze!  I especially love the artistic liberty you took in adding the argyle print!  It's so appealing and I absolutely love it!!! To see more of Jenny's designs as well as a great read, visit her amazing blog: 

Ilze's - Grow Old With Me










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