Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In my kitchen today: oatmeal-pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal-chocolate chip bars & baked granola bars

I spend A LOT of time in my kitchen. We are a family of 7, with 2 of us having special food needs, requiring me to make 90% of our food from scratch. 
When we started changing our eating habits, I was one stressed out Mama! First we were told sprouted grains were okay, then we needed to go gluten free(for the Husband)  Nothing made sense & I had so many recipes flop that I came to loathe any kind of cooking or baking!
As I've come to learn how different ingredients work together & I'm finding tried & true recipes that turn out delicious every time, my love of cooking & baking has returned.
"In my kitchen today" will be where I share some of these recipes.
We started out using sprouted grains, then found out Husband wasn't supposed to have any grains at all so a lot of the recipes will be using fresh ground whole wheat or spelt cause that is what every one else prefers.
Here are a few things that came from my kitchen today...

Chewy granola bars/baked
1 2/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup raw honey
1/4 cup sucanat or coconut sugar
1/3 cup fresh ground spelt flour
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cup dried fruit, nuts or chocolate chips(I use 1/2 cup of each)
 -grease baking pan & line with parchment paper. Grease parchment paper as well. Press dough evenly/firmly  into the pan. bake at 325' for 20-25 minutes.
-I double this recipe for our family.-Our favorite combo is dark chocolate chips, dried sweet cherries & pecan pieces.

Oatmeal-chocolate chip bars
1 cup butter
2 cup coconut sugar
1 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
4 1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal(NOT instant)
-spread dough on a greased cookie sheet & bake at 350' till tooth pick comes out clean.
-don't overbake, they will become dry.
-if you add M & M's, you've got "monster cookie bars"

Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies - these cookies are to die for!! My new favorite pumpkin cookies!
Oatmeal-pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

You can find the recipe here. I substituted a few of the ingredients. This is my version of the recipe.
2 1/2 cup fresh ground spelt
1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. sea salt
1 3/4 tsp. cinnamon 
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cup coconut sugar
2/3 cup cane sugar crystals
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup pumpkin, pureed
1 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup pecan pcs.
-cream together butter & sugar, add eggs & remaining ingredients. let sit for 15 minutes before placing by TBS onto cookie sheet. bake at 350' till just golden brown.

And there you have it. A few sweet treats for your Wednesday! Enjoy!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

living room redo

FYI: I haven't blogged in awhile except when I felt it was necessary to update on Andy's progress, and when I was doing that here, it just felt weird to blog about other things I guess.
I started a Facebook page(Andy's cancer journey-praying for a miracle) for those of you who want to continue following Andy's progress.

I decided this year, once school starts, I'm going to follow through with some of my Pinterest projects that I've been wanting to do for awhile now...1st on the list was adding some bling to my living room-I am in LOVE with how it all turned out! My sister, owner at Set Apart Design came over yesterday & helped me make it happen...without further ado!

I couldn't find a 4 inch dot stencil so I bought clear plastic sheets of stencil paper & made my own dot stencil. It cost me about 6.00 & took me about 20 minutes to make all the stencils.
The paint was a happy accident! I checked at Lowes for a metallic gold, found the perfect sample, only to be told that it's a 2-step process & the 1st step alone would cost me 50.00! 
So I called said designer sister with my dilemma & she had a simple solution, of course!
Headed to PatCatan's with a new idea, I took a gamble on about 4 different shades of metallic craft paints & went home to mix them up & see what the verdict was...It matched the Lowes paint sample almost perfectly & my total cost for paint & stencils was approximately 15.00!!!

It turned out even better than I had imagined!
The artwork was made from an old canvas that I had already, I spray painted it with white paint that I had as well & used more craft paint for the lettering. 
It's free hand & not perfect, but I love it & all it's imperfection-it was free!

The plate, wall art was another Pinterest idea that I've been collecting  plates for from thrift stores, closeout sales & a piece of our wedding china as well.

It's all very eclectic & husband's deer head even fits in somehow(we threatened to paint the antlers gold...insert evil laugh) but I wanted to sleep in my own bed last night(alive) so we refrained :)

I love my new space & the fact that it cost me next thing to nothing to change it up!

Thank you Nettie for helping me fulfill my vision & for helping me do it for pennies.

*Go on over & check out her site, on Facebook, at Set Apart Design! 
She is known for being able to make something beautiful, of almost nothing, & making it great!