Veggie Bean Wonder Waffles!! (Vegan and Gluten Free)

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Guess what guys ….I got myself a sick vintage waffle/ griddle iron. I couldn't be more thrilled!!! I found this thing at the local recycled goods store the other day, along with a very beautiful old white pyrex mixing bowl. It was one of my best thrift store scores! (Checking out the inventory and the condition of all the old things that day, I would say an old lady had just died and all her perfectly keep, mint condition kitchen stuff had just been donated.  But it's cool, cause I get the feeling that she was at least 90, with a big loving family, and was happy until the day she died. And I am sure she would be pleased that I have taken over the waffle maker. Thanks old lady!)

 And now I am pretty sure that  everything I make for the next week will be cooked on said waffle/griddle. I am serious, I already have a list of things to try and cook on it; cookies, biscuits, granola bars, potatoes, fruit, some type of pasta situations…. the list of possibilities is endless and I bet that at least 1/2 of these things will be totally awesome and amazing.

But first thing first. I need to make dinner.

So waffles for dinner!! 

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Note. These waffles are completely 100% fantastic for any meal you want to make them for. They consist of nothing more then beans, a shit ton of veggies, and just a bit of cornmeal. But don't let that fool you because they are super packed full of so much flavor, have a really soft tender inside, with a nice crispy outside and are so super pretty. They are wonderful! The stuff. First, we got a big old pile of shredded up veggies which include; carrot, beet, sweet potato, onion, parsnip, celeriac, and a little bit of kale.  A we got a bowl of rinsed and strained white beans, a little bit of cornmeal and salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 

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The makings of something amazing!Before you do anything. get your waffle iron out and preheat it. 

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While thats going on, take you beans,  add 3/4 cup water and puree until smooth with whatever blending device want to like to use. (I used my hand blender…less to clean)Now collect all the shredded veggies and dump into a big bowl with the bean puree, the spices and the cornmeal. Mix until combined. The batter should be thick, but not dry. If its seems to wet, add more corn meal, or too dry, add a little more water.

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Note how my batter turned a magical pink… I love beets, they make everything pretty! And check out that bowl!When your waffle iron is preheated, oil it if needed (if your not sure, add a little oil just to really make sure your waffles don't stick) and take appropriate size spoonfuls of the batter and stick on iron. Close it and wait…..My iron has a little light that turns on when the waffles are done cooking, so I waited patiently (ok iI did open it a few time) until light tuned on and removed the perfectly cooked waffles.

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Did I mention how awesome my new/old vintage iron is?

SO AWESOME!!

I made a little gaucamole and gave the mister and little bowl of plain Greek yogurt with lemon juice, but feel free to top, drizzle, or dump whatever you want onto these beauties… 

Happy waffle Wednesday!!!

-C

Veggie Bean Wonder Waffles

Makes 8-10 waffles (in my iron) feeds 2-3 peeps

  • 1 small carrot shredded
  • 1 small parsnip shredded
  • 1/2 a small celeriac root
  • 1 small beet shredded
  • 2 kale leaves chopped into tiny bits
  • 1/2 an onion, shredded
  • 1/2 a small sweet potato shredded
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups(or 1 can) cooked, rinsed and strained white beans
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • oil for iron(if needed)

Note on veggies… I used what I had in the fridge and shredded, it came to about 3 cups. If you don't have these specific veggies or only want to use a few.. go for it. Just make sure to have 3 cups of whatever veggies you use.

Take you beans and blend them up with whatever device you would like to use. Once creamy, add to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Stir until combined.

Once the waffle iron is preheated, oil it( if needed) and place the recommended amount of batter right on it there. Close and cook until golden brown and waffly.

Serve on a plate with topping of your choice, A few suggestions.. Guacamole, salsa, hummus, mustard, greek yogurt… anything that tastes good to you.

Eat as breakfast, lunch or dinner...

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DIY Marbled Watercolor Stained Glass

IMG_3084I don't know if I have bitched enough about it, but I only have one window in my living space. And as much as I love love love our little tiny loft, I am a person who needs the sun. So when I am home I spend a lot of time siting in front of the window.  Over the past few weeks I have been doing a lot of watercolor painting in front of that window and somehow  between drawings of carrots and  vintage fans, I ended up making these marbled window stained glass hoops. And I am glade I did because these little watercolor gems really do make a big impact on my one source of sunlight. Even when the day is kind of gray and gloomy, having these in the window make the light seem brighter and happy. 

We can all use a bright happy window.

IMG_2825So this project is really easy and fast. I recommend that if you are going to go to the trouble (it's really no trouble) of making one, you might as well make 2 or 5. I actually made a bunch (think Mothers day or Easter presents) and ended up only keeping a s couple. I am going to have to make a few more soon.

You will need-

  • Watercolors 
  • water
  • paintbrush
  • Sketch paper*
  • A pan or tray with a bit of water 
  • Embroidery Circles * (As many as you want to make)

*Notes

  • -I tried to use a few different types of paper and found that the sketch works the best. Watercolor paper was a bit to thick and printer paper just kept ripping.
  • -You can buy embroidery circles at any craft store and they usually have a good variety of sizes. Use the sizes that you like.

IMG_2830Take a piece(s) of paper a little bit bigger then the hoop you are working with and stick it into a pan or tray of water. Let it sit there for a few minutes until the paper is completely soaked.IMG_2832Take the wet paper and, oh so gently, crumple into a ball. This part can be a little tricky. You want to make as many creases as possible without ripping that paper. (I ripped a few pieces) I found that if I folded that paper a few time, then crumpled that it was less likely to rip.

IMG_2850Uncrumple the paper and lay it gently onto the inner part of the hoop. Now the fun part. Go to town with the watercolors. I used 2 colors per piece, but you could do 1 or 3, or more. When applying the color, use big gentle strokes and let the colors kind of meld together. Watch as all the crumple veins soak up the paint. Try using different dilutions of color. I applied some color on thinly and some on the thicker side. But really, you can't go wrong, just keep applying paint until you are happy. I stopped a few times and held it up to the window just to see what it looked like. When it looked good, I was done.

IMG_2844When you are happy with the colors, let the paper dry for a while on the hoop  until it is not longer super wet. I would say about an hour or so, but if you stick it near the heater, it might dry faster. (Just don't stick it in the oven while you are making bread like I did with one.. It just ended up setting on fire. Oops)

Once its pretty much dry, take the outer ring of the hoop and gently place around the inner hoop and tighten. Being super careful, trim the extra paper from the back of the hoop.IMG_3089

Place your pieces in a window and watch them glow.  Yow now have a happy window.

-C

Veggie Wraps

IMG_8049 I eat vegetables like I breath air… constantly and almost mindlessly.  Some people are addicted to sugar or coffee, but me, I am addicted to veggies. ( I am also extremely addicted to coffee) This is my truth, but I am ok with it.  

All week long I have been hearing about this big game going on this weekend, something to do with a ball and running up and down a field….not quite sure, but I think it might be a big deal to some people.(I know it's the Super Bowl, and I have heard about some deflated balls, but that's the extent of my knowledge)  I have also have been hearing a lot of party planning around this game, food planning, which is something that I do understand. So I wanted to bring a party snack to the mix, and because of my addiction, my mind goes straight to vegetable. I know that there is traditionally a lot of meat, cheese and hot sauce at these said parties, and that's totally cool, but I think everyone wants to have a least one awesome meatless cheese-less piece of food to snack on during half time.  So I give the people what they want. 

So simple, fast and easy to make. Tasty and healthy as can be. Grab and eat with you hands…. and nice to look at. We got the whole package here.   

IMG_7994Pretty much a little bit of everything that I have in my fridge….Shredded red cabbage, carrots, beets. Some sliced of red onion, tomato and red pepper. Hummus and a little mashed avocado

IMG_8029Yes, it may look like a mess, but that's just me trying to make five different things at once. But really, making  these wraps are simple simple. Just take rinsed and dried green or red leaf lettuce, smear on hummus and mashed avocado and pile on the veggies. Roll and stick with a toothpick to keep from unrolling. See…. simple.IMG_8044So many colors…… so much pretty. IMG_7385Wrapped and rolled...Sliced down the middle, just to see all the pretty inside.

IMG_7397These might be veggie wraps, but man, look at those sausage fingers…(hehehe)

Make for lunch, dinner, party, or snack. Eat them for breakfast, dessert or midnight nosh. Whenever, wherever…..YUMMY YUMMY YUM! 

Happy hump day! 

-C

Lettuce Wraps 

Ingredients

Use whatever you want… but this is what I included in mine

  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Shredded red cabbage
  • shredded  beets
  • shredded carrots
  •  thinly sliced tomato
  • thinly sliced red pepper
  • thinly sliced red onion
  • hummus
  • avocado

With each wrap, take a large lettuce leaf and cut out the crunchy rib.(you can slice it up thinly and add to wrap. Smear  leaf with hummus and smashed avocado, then layer on a bit of each of the veggies. Wrap or roll leaf in on the veggies and stick a toothpick in center to keep from unrolling. 

Place on a plate and eat or share… Extras are fantastic to have in the fridge!

Mountain Pillow

IMG_6343 Soft huggable mountains…..happy all over!

It started last month when I decided to make cool shaped pillows for all the little littles in family. (they all got fruit or veggies shapes…so cool. I wish I took some pictures)  I needed to make a bunch so I went a bought this humongo box of stuffing  thinking that I would end up using most of it and maybe have a little left over to make myself a pill or two. Oh man was I wrong. Those hug boxes could stuff a hundred pillows…the stuffers of stuffing really stuff those boxes stuffed!  Now I had this giant box of stuffing and a bunch of extra fabric so I just figured that I'd make everyone in my family a pillow.  I didn't want to make the any more food shapes but still wanted to do something fun and pretty and huggable. …and then it came to me,  A mountain! I mean, who wouldn't want to hug  a mountain? 

So I made all the adults in my family a mountain for Christmas. (I am so nice).  A couple of weeks went by, I had a little extra time and thought, "I should make a mountain pillow for me!"And if you are anything like me (super awesome), one mountain is just not enough and  you will make an entire mountain range of pillows…… Mountains all over!  

This pillow is so easy, no fuss, and can be made any size you like. I made mine on the smaller side, but if you have the fabric and the stuffing, why not go big? Do what feels right to you. 

And I have to add, these pillows are really great gifts… I am thinking maybe a lovely Valentines day mountain? Doesn't that sound fantastic?

What you will need:

  • Sewing machine.(you can hand sew but machine is much much faster)
  • Two pieces(or one piece folded in half) of fleece* for the mountain
  • One small piece of fleece in another color for the mountain top
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Stuffing

Note: You can use other fabrics, but fleece is more forgiving because it had a little stretch, plus it soft and cuddly.

IMG_6294To start, take you main color of fleece and cut into a mountainy triangle shape. You can go tall and skinny or short and fat….. any shape you want.  If you feel like you need to make a paper template and use that to cut, go for it, but I don't think you really need to.

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 Next, take the contrasting color fleece (the peak) and cut a large square.  Line up with the top of the mountain peak underneath.

IMG_6301Cut the piece for the peak in a jagged  up and down pattern. Place right side up onto the base  of the mountain and trim away excess fabric.

IMG_6312Using the zig zag stitch on your machine, sew the jagged edges of the mountain peak right side up onto the right side of the mountain. Go slowly, but don't worry about making  it perfect, just make sure to sew over all the jagged edges. 

IMG_6324Now turn the two pieces right sides facing in on each other. Change the stitch on you machine to a straight stitch and sew around the perimeter of the mountain, leaving a small hole in the bottom.

And make sure to check your seams!

IMG_6326Fold it right side out and stuff it. I started with little bits of the stuffing in each of the corners, then filled in the middle, it makes it easier to fill.

Once you are happy with your stuff job, thread a needle and hand sews the hole shut.IMG_6368

 A  soft, huggable, and oh so grand mountain. 

I know, so fantastic…one is just not enough. And if you have gone to the trouble of pulling out the sewing machine, you might as well make a bunch. Just do it!

Have fun making a mountain range! 

-C