Sunday, February 19, 2012

Healthy and delicious Blueberry Muffins

I was in the mood for muffins this evening. Warm, blueberry muffins right out of the oven. Mmm. But I also wanted something that I could grab in the morning along with a piece of fruit that would keep me going. I think I came up with a good combo, and boy do they taste good. They look pretty too.

Aren't they pretty? I promise they taste even better than they look. So without further ado, the recipe, which I adapted from

1 egg
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup coconut oil (or any other type of oil)
1 1/2 cups flour mixture (I used wheat, white, and oat in equal part)
1/4 cup (about) wheat germ
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup blueberries

Heat oven to 400F

Grease muffin tins well (this recipe made 9 for me)

Beat egg. Add yogurt and stir to combine. Add oil. (Note: if using coconut oil, and it's solid, melt it first before adding.) Add the rest of the ingredients, except blueberries and stir until just combined. Add blueberries. If frozen, do not thaw first. Divide mixture between muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until done. Enjoy!

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

New notecards

So, in the last month and a half, I've been to San Diego to visit my husband, painted my living room, co-directed a play, and got a new job.  It's been very busy.  But I'm back and have a ton of new projects to show you. Today, a thank you card I created to give to everyone who helped with the aforementioned play. I needed something that looked nice, but was still easy to assemble as I had to make 20 of them, and I'm pretty pleased with what I came up with.  (I use mainly Close To My Heart supplies.  If you like what you see, feel free to check out my friend Elizabeth's blog where you can order anything you like.)

Here is (mostly) what you will need:
3 colors of card stock (I used Colonial White, Bamboo, and Desert Sand)
Ink: I used Desert Sand and Outdoor Denim (not pictured)
Stamps (flower for background and sentiment)
Bone folder
Paper Cutter (not pictured)

Cut paper:
White cards, cut to 4"x12", scored down the middle to create a finished card of 4"x6"

Bamboo cut into two sizes, 2"x4" and 3/4"x2.5"
Desert sand cut to 1"x2.75"

Ink all edges with Desert Sand ink if desired.  I prefer inking edges as I think it adds more depth and visual interest, but if you prefer not to, or if it's way too tedious, then feel free to skip that part.  Stamp your chosen sentiment (here I used the Thank You from CTMH's 'Say It In Style' Stamp Set) on the smaller of the two Bamboo pieces in Outdoor Denim.  I apologize for the bad picture quality.

Randomly stamp the flower (I used the flower from the stamp set that comes with the Dreamin' Workshop On The Go, now retired unfortunately) in Outdoor Denim on about 2/3 of the card.

Assemble pieces. Adhere the larger piece of Bamboo paper to the left-hand side of the card. Adhere the smaller piece of Bamboo paper with the sentiment on it to the piece of Desert sand paper. Adhere the layered sentiment to the card where it looks pleasing to your eye.

And there you have it! A simple, attractive card for any occasion.  Let me know what you think, and if you make this, link a picture!