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Took me longer than I would have liked, but my new site is up. I will no longer be updating this blog, so to keep tabs on what I’m up to, head on over to my new site!

Under Construction

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I am indeed still alive. Now that I no longer have the job that was sucking the creativity out of me, it is time to get back to doing what I love to do. So for the next few weeks, I’m going to do some site redesigning, possibly a name change and other exciting stuff. 

Piggy Biscuits

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My youngest brother recently bought three pigs, and the other day he was telling me that he wished that he had treats to give them when he goes in the pen. It is much easier to handle them if they want to come to you, and a happy pig is a good thing.

So yesterday I made him some cookie type biscuits for his pigs. He had been joking when he suggested that I make him some, so he was pretty surprised that I actually did. Am I a good sister or what?

These treats are also great for dogs. I know Raider didn’t mind being a guinea pig. I chose this recipe because we had some bananas that were just weird. They never really ripened and were not edible at all. But since pigs don’t really care if their bananas are ripe or not, it was a perfect way to not waste them. I was going to make them into fun shapes, but then I just went with a 2″ cookie cutter.

Peanut Butter and Banana Piggy Biscuits (adapted from allrecipes.com)

Ingredients:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c peanut butter
  • 1 ½ c mashed banana
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 c whole wheat flour
Directions:
Preheat oven to 300° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease. Stir together eggs, peanut butter, banana and honey in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. Mix in the flour until combined. Turn dough out on very lightly floured surface and roll to ¼” thick. Cut into desired shaped with a cookie cutter and place on prepared baking sheet.
Bake biscuits until dried, about 30 min, depending on size. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Makes about 40, depending on size of the cookie cutter.
 

If your dog is allergic to wheat, I’m pretty sure other types of flour could be used.

 

Mexico Quilt

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We have a fundraiser for the Mexico trip coming up and I was thinking of making a small quilted wall hanging for the auction we will doing. The women in Chiapas make amazing fabrics and I thought it would be fun to try to capture the color and patterns of their work.

Photo found at Americazoom

Photo found at art for housewives.

In addition to weaving, they also do machine and hand embroidery that is just as amazing.

Hand embroidered eyeglass cases found at Mexico Cooks

Embroidered tunic found at takaramo

I found a random square pattern generator on the internet that is a lot of fun to play with. It allows you to save patterns you like, and it randomly made one that looked like flowers. Flowers are a common element in their embroidery, and I felt it also captured the feeling of their weaving.

I don’t know if I will do quite that many blocks since I only have a month to work on it, and I don’t want to make it too complicated. We have a lot of scraps of fabric around, so I think I will just use those and make each flower a bit different.

The Butterfly Circus

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So rather than a whole ten things, I’m going to do just one. I stumbled on a short film called The Butterfly Circus. It is one of the most amazing and inspiring short films that I have ever seen.

Here is the synopsis from their website- “The Butterfly Circus is a touching tale of a circus that travels across America during the Great Depression. It stars Nick Vujicic as Will—dubbed “the Limbless Man” by the cruel showman at a fairground sideshow, it is only when he joins the Butterfly Circus that he realizes his true potential.”

Apparently it is going to be made into a feature length film, which I would definitely go see in theaters (something I rarely do nowadays.) It is 20 minutes long, but is really worth watching, so I hope you do.

Macarons

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I think I have mostly recovered from my sugar induced coma to write this post. I don’t think I’m going to need to eat macarons for a long, long time. I now more fully appreciate my mom’s dislike of strawberries, way too much of a good thing in one sitting can ruin it for life.

But on to the real reason you are reading this, the macarons. Ours didn’t turn out perfectly, they didn’t have a foot and they had some air bubbles (in the case of the chocolate). Who cares as long as they taste good?

for recipe, click here.>

Macaronage

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Yesterday K and I tried our hand at macarons. I am still recovering from my sugar over dose, and as such really don’t want write about it today. (Soo many macarons…) I’ll just give you a sneak peak of tomorrow’s post.

 

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