Gluten Free Buckwheat Apple Pancakes

I whipped up a batch of these pancakes this morning for our breakfast.  They are gluten-free, dairy-free, and have applesauce instead of added sugar.  Served with my almond strawberry syrup, they were the perfect lazy weekend morning breakfast.   They are easy to make up quickly from scratch, especially since they only require 6 simpleContinue reading “Gluten Free Buckwheat Apple Pancakes”

Baby Elephant – Collage/Painting

Baby Elephant, newspaper collage, acrylic paint, and watercolor on paper, 9×12″, 2014.  This is the most recent nursery artwork that I completed only this week.  It is for a colleague who is expecting a boy in March.  I have been returning to my painting and collage roots as of lately.  Hopefully I can get someContinue reading “Baby Elephant – Collage/Painting”

Mango, Blood Orange & Avocado Salad

It has been so snowy, blustery, and plain old cold around here lately.  I have been dreaming of warmer climates and watching the weather of all my favorite warmer places –  Savannah, Key West, Ocracoke, and Greensboro.  Sigh.  It is a little torturous at times.  To beat the winter blues, I made this salad over theContinue reading “Mango, Blood Orange & Avocado Salad”

Berry Waffles w/ Almond Strawberry Syrup

This recipe builds off of my basic buttermilk waffle recipe from an earlier post.  I made this batch whole wheat, added berries, and topped them with a home made syrup from strawberries and almond butter.  These waffles are so light and fluffy, you won’t be able to eat just one! I learned how fast theseContinue reading “Berry Waffles w/ Almond Strawberry Syrup”

Cherry Blossom Painting

I’ve been working my tail off trying to wrap up some art projects around here.  I made a promise to myself to allow more time to make art in 2014 – we shall see how that promise holds up.  Some of the projects are for myself, while many are for others.  I do believe thatContinue reading “Cherry Blossom Painting”

{butter-free} Chewy Chia Brownies

I made these delectable treats yesterday afternoon – I had been reading about using chia seeds as a replacement in baking for butter due to their ability to gel.  I had never baked with chia seeds before and was, admittedly, a little nervous.  However, the results were pleasantly chewy and most of a 9×13″ panContinue reading “{butter-free} Chewy Chia Brownies”

DIY Musical Egg Shakers

Now, I know this might seem like a duh project, but it gave us cheap thrills and great giggles!  Greta and I made these DIY egg shakers before Christmas.  She goes to music class at school and comes home talking non-stop about “shaking eggs.”  So, one Saturday morning as she was trying to dance aroundContinue reading “DIY Musical Egg Shakers”

{Healthier} Orange Cranberry Bread

This recipe comes to you as a refreshing way to bake with the delicious tastes of winter, but without over doing it on fat, calories, and sugar.  The reduced sugar, tart cranberries, and swap of bananas for oil makes this bread all the more satisfying.     I just love the cranberry orange combination.  IContinue reading “{Healthier} Orange Cranberry Bread”

Sweet Yogurt with Saffron + New Year

For New Year’s Day our family dined on Indian inspired delicacies.  I whipped up my version of sweet yogurt with saffron as the dessert on this cold, snowy first day of 2014 in Iowa. Saffron is one of the main flavorings of this sweet and subtle dish.  Saffron, picture above, is the world’s most expensiveContinue reading “Sweet Yogurt with Saffron + New Year”