Monday, 27 April 2015

PB Honey Snack Cake (Cake #14)


Finally, a new cake! I've been meaning to try this peanut butter cake recipe for the past week and today my coolest friend (Sue!) was coming to visit and I had promised her cake. After a morning of trying to get a cranky baby to nap, I opened my fridge to find I had no milk or eggs for said cake, gah! So I had to improvise big time, but the results were great! I used applesauce instead of eggs and almond milk instead of regular milk. Then I decided to switch out the sugar for honey to make it more Iris friendly, so I guess you can say this is sugar free and vegan too. But let's not focus on that because no one gets excited about sugar-less vegan cake generally.

Anyway here's the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey + more for drizzle
  • 1/2 peanut butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup oil
Make It!
1) Mix the dry ingredients. Mix the wet. Mix together.
2) Spread into a loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.
3) Once it's cooled a bit drizzle more honey on top.


I liked this one! It was really good with tea. And since it's not iced (and has no sugar) I was cool with Iris having a small piece with us too. I should mention that this doesn't taste like a sugar free cake, I swear!

Happy baking :)

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Our Weekly Veggie Box


Before we moved into our house, Dave and I had BIG PLANS to have this incredible garden in our soon-to-be backyard this summer. It would have taken up the whole yard. It would have had raised garden beds with rotating crops. And a large composter. And a small garden for Iris to dig in. Dave was so into this concept he spent weeks researching, taking notes and talking about gardening, much to the slight annoyance of the rest of the family (we love you Dave!).

But then we moved. And reality set in. Unpacking and setting up the house will probably take all summer. We are definitely not going to get to this garden thing this year. So we were a bit bummed but decided to look into a CSA box instead.

After asking around we decided to go with OrganicsLive. Which I'm not sure I would describe as a CSA box but we liked the flexibility they offered (you can pick what you want in your box and can pause your order whenever you want). How it works is pretty much every Friday I get an email telling me what produce is available for the week and I get to pick 10 or 11 types of items. And on Tuesday it gets delivered to my door. At this time of the year most of the stuff isn't local, but it is always organic and sustainably produced. We get the "small" box and it's about the size of a computer paper box. It runs us $37 (everything included) for the week.


What I love about this is that we get different things every week (I've heard with traditional CSA boxes you kinda get the same stuff most weeks) and every day is like a Chopped episode where I am forced to figure out what to do with purple kale, baby bok choi, and leftover cornflakes. It's both great and frustrating depending on my mood.

Hopefully next year we'll be able to have our own garden but for now, having organic produce delivered to our door is pretty darn awesome.

You can read more about OrganicsLive HERE

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

365 Photos (Week 11)


Ok let's just overlook the fact I missed about a month with the packing and moving, because I am still loving this project.

82. This girl flaps her arms wildly when she sees swings now so we had to stop. Also: teeth! Also: bonnet!
83. Jimmy's Mini Donuts, which happens to be a 15 minute walk from our new house (!!) why has no one told me about this place?!
84. My Oma had this couch for about 40 years and now we have it! She had it covered in blankets and arm rest covers the whole time (as Oma's do) so it's in pristine condition
85. Radishes from our veggie box.
86. Slowly working on the living room, it's coming out much more vintage-y than we planned, but loving it!
87. A bunch of wood in our backyard, it's all too old and pretty to get rid of though
88. At my uncle's surprise birthday; Iris was a bit overwhelmed by all the smoked meat and people I think ;)

Monday, 20 April 2015

On Repeat

Do you ever hear a song for the first time and it gives you a total eargasm? (It's a thing!) The other day I heard Elastic Heart by Sia for the first time and it was like whoa. And then I watched the video and was like whoa whoa whoa. So amazing! Needless to say I'm obsessed and have made Iris listen to it an annoying amount of times while we cook and play with bubbles. Have a listen...

Monday, 13 April 2015

The House: Before

 I'm back! So I live in a house now, yay! I no longer have to share laundry, or listen to conversations the people who live above us are having! It's weird how you get used to living with ambient noise though, sleeping at night in a house is so quiet and strange.  Anyway I thought I'd share some "before" pictures as I can now see that I won't have any "after" photos to show for quite some time (unpacking and decorating with a very mobile baby just ain't happening!). These photos I took while the previous owner was still living there.


The Kitchen
The Plan: paint everything white, eventually renovate it to open up the walls, add more storage and larger appliances (we currently have an apartment size stove, figures!), perhaps make this table, add a hutch for more storage, lots of plants.


Backyard
The Plan: Fence off the driveway so Gus can roam free, plant a small vegetable garden, maybe a few flowers, thrift some patio furniture. 


Iris' Bedroom
The Plan: Paint it white, pretty much keep it as similar as possible to her old room so she's not totally weirded out. 


Our Bedroom
The Plan: paint it white, make a headboard, thrift a wardrobe, hang some plants



Craft Room (heck yes!)
The Plan: Paint the paneling (you guessed it) white, add some inspiration boards, hang some garland from the unfinished ceiling, add a large table and chairs


Laundry Room
The Plan: erm....nothing really. It's the laundry room.


Basement/Den/Playroom
The Plan: eventually we want to move the TV down here and make this room a cozy den/playroom combo, plus I really want a hammock down here. Also needs a rug or something for the floor.

(Not pictured, the 3rd bedroom which we are pretty much just using as a storage room at the moment, nothing to see there! Also the living room, I forgot to take before pictures of that)

Well there you have it! Not too shabby right?! The previous owner was a total champ (he knew we were first time home buyers) and left us so much stuff like a BBQ, lawn mower, rakes, shovels, new smoke detecters, and even had the furnace checked for us before he left. So awesome!

We have a lot of work to do on this baby, but I'm pumped to keep working away on it when I can. Right now that's not a lot of the time but it'll get there eventually. Wish us luck!
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