Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Amish Country

1.  Carriage Ride with Buddy the Horse.

2.  My lovely Mom and Sister

 3.  Shopping!!!  Sadly my search for a vintage wooden dollhouse must continue...
 4.  Pretty view 
 5.  A ceiling made of old doors.  Pretty neat.  Saw this in a restaurant.  
 6.  The Berlin Wall in Amish country.  Who would have guessed?  ;)  
7.  Amish doll and quilt

 8. Amish Dresses
 9.  Amish pantry.  I'm so jealous.  I want a pantry!!  
 10.  Old Amish house
 11.  Lots of cats and kittens running around Amish country.  Pretty sure they don't bother to spay and neuter them.  We saw several females in heat!  
12.  Petting zoo. We bought food for them and I got attacked!  Goats jumping up on me and putting their hooves on my shoulders.  It was strange.  
13.  Meet Evil Goat.  Evil Goat was persistent in his quest for my bag of food.  He jumped on me multiple times, trampled my flip flop clad foot (painful!)  and even head butted me. I couldn't get away from him quick enough!  Lol.  

14.  Another cute but feral kitten.  :)  

Overall it was a fun, although too short, visit to Amish country.  It was my Mom's first time.  I think I'll have to take her back this fall and possibly spend the entire weekend.  Although we would starve.  Amish country is NOT vegan friendly!!!  ;)  

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pocket Bib and Burp Cloth Set

Meet my newest baby bib and burp cloth set!  I went with a pocket style on this one.  I love how it turned out!  



I think the fabric is part of the reason I'm so infatuated.  It's my favorite shade of yellow.  :)  


The bit of lace gives it that extra something.  This my be my favorite so far.  :)  


I will be out of town this weekend for a fun reunion with my family (my sister is visiting from Japan)!  We're heading to Amish country.  It's sure to be a blast and I will be back next week with fun pictures to share!  

Love you guys!  



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vegan Pumpkin Pie


Last weekend I made this yummy pumpkin pie.  For those of you who'd like to give vegan baking a whirl, this is for you!  It comes together very quickly...and then all you have to do is enjoy the delicious scent wafting through your home!  :)  
This recipe is from The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick- Goudreau.


I didn't have the pecan halves to decorate the top of my pie but it was still very tasty!  




Ingredients:
  • 1 pie crust
  • 16 pecan halves
  • 12 ounces (340 g) silken tofu (firm)
  • 2 cups (400 g) pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup (170 g) pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (32 g) cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


                                     Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Prepare your pie crust or remove a store-bought crust from the freezer/refrigerator. (Thaw the crust if you are using frozen.)

Spread the pecans on a cookie sheet. Toast for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the smell of nuts fills the kitchen. Set aside for garnish.
In a food processor, blend together the tofu, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves until the mixture is completely smooth and creamy. You may have to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times.  Pour the filling into the baked crust, and smooth the top with a spatula.
Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned and the outermost inch (2.5 cm) of the filling is set. Don't worry if the center is still soft; it continues to firm up as the pie cools.
Transfer the pie to a wire rack. Gently press the 16 toasted pecan halves into the filling in 2 concentric circles (or any design you like). Cool to room temperature and then chill until set, 1 to 2 hours. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Crafting + Thrifting = One Happy Girl!

Hey there!  I've been MIA for far too long.  Sometimes life (and by life I mean work) gets in the way!  I'm sure you know how it is.  :)  

Last night I made this little doll.  Something different from my usual crafty endeavors.  She was fun to make.  It was interesting to watch her personality emerge as I embroidered her face.  :)  



I've been working with embroidery a lot lately.  I recently became licensed to sell the things I make using Sublime Stitching embroidery patterns.  Yay!  Here's one of their patterns...part of a pin-up girl series.  I'm stitching this beauty on a dishtowel!  


I found this adorable little case for organizing embroidery floss.  I love love love it.  Sure beats my old method of throwing them all in a bag and ending up with a giant tangled mass of floss!


I scored some awesome finds at the thrift store this week.  I've actually had my eye on this set of pots for months now!  I finally broke down and got them.  So retro-licious!  


I absolutely could not resist this cutie.  It's so unique!  


For some reason I've been longing for autumn.  Maybe it's the horrible steamy weather we've had lately?  Whatever the reason, I just had to bake a vegan pumpkin pie!!  :)  Yum.  


I've been frequenting the Farmer's Market weekly and treating myself to lovely bouquets.  There's this one lady who sells the most delightful flower arrangements.  Not only are they beautiful they also last an entire week!  


A few weeks ago I found this festive little owl candle at the thrift store.  Of course, he had to come live with me.  ;)  


More thrifty finds...dishtowels, embroidery hoop, holiday cards and a folding rack.  


I saved the best for last!  I've been wanting one of these mod plant stands for years!  I've never been lucky enough to stumble across one until now.  If you consider "stumbling" to mean actively scouring the internet until you track down what seems to be the only one in existence and then paying WAY too much for it!  Whatever.  It's my baby now!!!  ;)


How have you been?  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Day To Call My Own

Ever have a day that you think wont amount to much?  Either you feel too lazy or you just have too much going on to be productive?  Well that's exactly the kind of day that I thought I would be facing. However, the universe intervened and I have had a simply amazing day!  Nothing exciting happened...just a beautiful, peaceful, sort of day filled with things that I love doing.  :)  

I finally tackled a project that has been on my list for weeks:  the front porch.  It looked sadly neglected and was covered in leaves and other tree debris.  The chairs had COBWEBS on them...just goes to show how much I sit outside lately.  Lol.  So I got out my trusty broom and got busy!  I rearranged the porch furniture and brought out some potted plants for some visual interest.
Now I might actually use my porch again (but only if the mosquitoes leave me be...those things HURT)!  



I also had time to work in my garden and flowerbeds.  This is one of my favorite spots in the yard.  This little bed is under a huge pine tree.  I love the colorful plants and the little bird baths!  I need to remember to put some water out for the birds.  I saw some robins in the yard staring at me and their beaks were hanging open.  Is that the bird version of panting?  


This morning I met a friend for coffee and crafting.  I finished a cute set of camping themed pillowcases today!  I just love Sublime Stitching patterns.  So festive and fun!


The friend I just mentioned made me the most comfortable knitted socks ever!  I love everything about these socks from the bold color to the incredible softness.  Thanks J!  :)  


Well I sure hope you all had a great holiday!  
Peace.