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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Things get a little Trixie at Christmas on: November 12, 2013 04:02:52 PM
Sometimes when inspiration hits I just have to go with it and let the muse take over. This means that the house is a mess and the laundry is piling up. When I was thinking about decorating my tree this year with my Christmas elves, I thought it would be fun to have one who had fallen off her perch. And that's how Trixie was born.
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Have Yourself a Dr Who Christmas on: November 12, 2013 03:15:49 PM
A friend asked me to make my Dr Who Weeping Angel doll into a larger version that she could use as a tree topper. I  thought that was a fabulous idea! I can just see the tree decorated with red bow ties, Tardis, Dalek and Adipose ornaments all over it! Fun!







Instead of making her lower body of trapezoids all sewn together and stuffed, I attached her torso to a paper mache cone, and hot glued her dress around the bottom.
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Gluten free Taco Muffins on: October 21, 2013 02:00:50 PM
Getting 5 kids ready for school, sometimes means, we grab our breakfast and head out the door to the car. Sometimes you want a meal to go. And sometimes you want something that's savory. I think these muffins fit the bill.



Gluten Free Taco Muffins

1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup tapioca starch
1 cup organic corn meal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 eggs
1 cup salsa
1 14 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese, for sprinkling on top


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and prepare muffin tins with paper liners or non stick spray.
    In a large bowl, mix first 8 ingredients.
    Add in the eggs, salsa, black beans, and water and mix.
    Spoon batter into muffin cups filling to 3/4 full.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
14  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins on: October 20, 2013 08:28:15 PM

I love Fall. The weather gets cooler, the kids go back to school and i start preparing for the Holidays.
On our trip to Utah, the kids got to pick pumpkins from their Aunt Amy's pumpkin patch. One of those pumpkins was cut open that night and half of it was made into a delicious pumpkin soup. The other half came home in our ice chest.

This week, I put it into the microwave and cooked it until it was nice and soft. Usually I roast pumpkin in the oven, and it gets the additional caramelization which add so much more flavor to a dish. I didn't do it this time because we had early dinner appointment and I just had to get it done!

Today I pulled out the remaining pumpkin puree and made some pumpkin spice muffins.

Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

2 cups brown rice flour
1 cup tapioca starch
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 Tablespoons ground flax seed
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 1/4 cup almond milk


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare muffin tins with paper liners or nonstick spray.

    In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients and mix.

    In a small bowl combine the pumpkin puree, coconut oil, maple syrup and almond milk. Whisk.

    Add to the larger bowl of dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated.

    Fill muffin tins to 3/4 full.

    Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.





15  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Gluten Free Banana Muffins on: September 16, 2013 11:43:27 AM


Vegan Gluten Free Banana Muffins

2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
4 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 3 bananas, mashed
 2 cups almond milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin pans with cupcake papers or nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together first 7 ingredients. In a smaller bowl mix remaining ingredients and then pour into large bowl, and mix until well incorporated. Spoon approx. 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin cup. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

It's lovely if there's places where the brown sugar didn't fully incorporate into the muffin, because it creates pockets of caramel. So don't worry if your brown sugar is a bit clumpy.
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Gluten Free Pizza Muffins on: September 15, 2013 09:40:08 AM



Gluten Free Pizza Muffins
makes 20 muffins

2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon yeast
2 cups  grated mozzarella cheese + 1 cup for tops
2 large eggs
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup sun dried tomatoes
1 3/4 cups water


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    Prepare muffin tins with papers or nonstick spray
    Whisk together first 9 ingredients in a large bowl
    In a small bowl whisk together water, oil and eggs
    Add to the large bowl and mix well.
    Drop 1/4 cup scoops of batter into each cup of the muffin tins.
    Sprinkle the tops with the remaining mozzarella cheese
    Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

There is no need for sauce for these muffins, but if you'd like to add chopped olives, sausage or pepperoni that would be delicious!

17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Gluten Free Dairy Free Almond Joy Muffins on: September 14, 2013 06:12:18 PM

Almond Joy Muffins
makes 18 muffins

2 cups brown rice flour
1 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups almond milk
3/4 cups chocolate chips

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin tins by either lining with cupcake papers or spray with nonstick spray.

    Mix the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl, in a small bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, eggs, vanilla and almond milk.
    Add to the dry ingredients and stir until well blended, stir in the chocolate chips.
    Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each cup of the tin.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

 
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Peppermint~ A Christmas Elf on: September 14, 2013 06:02:40 PM
I have always have been fascinated with dolls with darker skin tones. When shading with the pencil, you actually have to work backwards and put in the highlights and then add all of those colors that the eye can see, but can only detect as colors when you are trained as an artist. I used blues and purples on Peppermint's face. He's made with the same pattern as the other elf dolls I've made recently.


His hair is a cap of crocheted yarn that has been combed out.


19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Weeping Angel on: September 12, 2013 05:10:48 PM
My family LOVE the Dr Who series. My husband watched when it first came out and then was pleased to discover that BBC started making episodes again. He was delighted to introduce our family to the Doctor. When I first started making dolls, it was to make characters from  the series for my children, because action figures were too expensive and not really for play. I feel as though I've come full circle making this doll.
It was a bit monotonous using the same fabric for the entire thing. It's not a very happy color. But I love how she turned out in the end. I have to tell myself every time I make a doll, to trust the process, because every one goes through an ugly stage.
 


For this doll I started off with a cone shape to which I added the torso. The head is similar to the 4 piece head in the poppet pattern. Her wings are quilted and then shaded with a graphite pencil. Her hair is tubes of fabric with pipe cleaners that have been inserted and twisted to resemble curls, and the hand tacked to the head. Her dress was put on and tacked in places to fix the folds in place. Then her arms were sewn to her body using a ladder stitch. She stands 9 inches tall.
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lebkuchen an elf on the shelf cloth doll on: September 04, 2013 02:20:25 PM
Lebkuchen is a traditional ginger cookie made in Germany. Named for the cookie because of her ginger hair, she is sure to bring some spice and sweetness to any house this Christmas!

 This doll is made from an original pattern with needle sculpted features that are then shaded with colored pencil and then painted with acrylic paints.

 Her hair is wefted between two pieced of paper on the sewing machine and then combed to make it fuzzy.

She sits 9" tall.
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