Month: July 2014

Sweet Potato Apple Dog Biscuits (Week 36)

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treatsThis week I decided to treat my sweet pup Griffin to some creativity in the kitchen. I used a found recipe for some healthy and tasty dog biscuits, making a few ingredient substitutions along the way.

This week’s creative project: Sweet Potato Apple Dog Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 3/4c cooked plain sweet potatoes, mashed
  • 3 tbsp chicken or beef broth (or water)
  • 2c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2c fine yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4c mint, finely chopped (I didn’t have mint, so I used sweet basil and lavender)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, grated (I used Golden Delicious and Gala)

Directions: Preheat 325 oven. In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes and broth. Add cornmeal, flour, herbs, and apples and stir until combined. Knead dough until it holds together. Roll into small flat balls (or roll to 1/4in and use cutter shapes). Bake until dried and slightly browned on bottoms, 35-40mins. Turn off oven, leave oven door ajar to let treats cool and dry out in oven for 1-2 hours. Store in airtight container up to a week.

Yields 3-4 dozen.

Tiny Gardens (Week 35)

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downloadI decided I needed a little greenery in my bathroom. So I built a small succulent garden.

This week’s creative project: Succulent Garden

After picking out my choice plants, I began a too-long search in a few shops for the perfect container. Then I remembered something I had stored in my china cabinet. Even better, this ceramic casserole dish was hand-thrown by my sister, a talented potter! I’m SO happy to be putting more of her work on display in my home…and it was the perfect size for my new succulent medley.

 

Some tips for a happy succulent:

  • Succulents like dry soil, so choose a cactus soil that contains sand.
  • Also, include some rocks under soil for added drainage.
  • With watering…don’t over-do it. My grandmother’s trick is she forgets about her succulents 😉 I’m trying the same method, and it’s working.

Nail Fun (Week 34)

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nailsToday while visiting family, my aunt shared with me her new-found interest–adhesive decorative nails (by Jamberry). I decided to give it a go and chose a fun, vintage floral pattern. I don’t typically wear nail polish because I can’t keep it from chipping.

This week’s creative project: Decorative nails

These adhesives, however, are easy to apply (just peel, heat slightly with hair dryer, and rub on then file) and can last up to 3 weeks. It was fun to see my aunt excited about this, and I enjoyed spending some time together as she showed me how to apply them.

 

Hibiscus Fruit Tea (Week 33)

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downloadIn solidarity with some loved ones, I’ve chosen to take a break from sugar. In the heat of July, I’ve been missing sweet, summery, chilled drinks. In addition, being pregnant, I’ve also been missing sweet, summery, chilled drinks that include alcohol 🙂

I decided to throw together some favorite flavors to quench that thirst while respecting my exclusions.

This week’s creative project: Hibiscus Fruit Tea

Ingredients:

  • Hibiscus fruit tea bag(s), depending on quantity
  • Boiling water, see tea box for amount
  • Fresh fruit, sliced (I used oranges, but grapes, apples would be a great sangria-esque addition)
  • Fruit juice (I used organic orange, black cherry, and cranberry juices that contain no added sugar)
  • Mint leaves (optional)

Directions: Boil water and add to tea bag. Once cooled, combine remaining ingredients. Add a splash of sparkling water for a bit of cocktail fizz. Enjoy.