Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Word Lite -- easy on yer brain

I am so behind! The Rose Cottage is nearly complete--we literally only need about 4 more things to get wrapped up and we'll be done!--but anyone who looked here would never know it!

So, here is one of my infamous whirlwind photo heavy, sparing text, catch-up posts, to continue the saga of how to build an art studio in your neighbors' back yard:

STEP 24:
Call Rock Roofing (they did our house a few months ago) and have them come back in the fog and use the same super-coolio red shingles on Rose Cottage as we put on our house:

Have Andrew from Salamander Construction come back and start putting up your redwood board siding.  He was very patient with cutting the top of each board just a weetle different at the top for the crazy swoopy roof!

STEP 26: Mask the heck out of the place before the insulation blowers arrive!
STEP 27: Wait for it to be the second worst snow storm of the year to have your insulators drive over the mountains to get to your job. Then have them Blow in this stinky, but highly effective, stuff, just before you leave for the weekend.   Exciting day!  

This is taken after our return--you weren't allowed in for 48 hours!
 This stuff is hard as a rock though! And it's a vapor barrier.

STEP 28: Call Rick's Rain Gutters to put up some nice
 galvanized half pipe gutters and downspouts. They look really old school--and they match our house, too!

STEP 29:   SHEETROCK!   Oh, yeah! Lookin' like a room!

STEP 30: Plaster.  


These guys were fast and awesome and I LOVE plaster.  I love the roughness and the look. It just seems "real" in a world where so much is pre-fabricated.  Smearing mud on your walls--can't get much more old school than that.
Wheeeelll, I'm no where near caught up, but I'm going to give myself carpal tunnel if I keep clicking away much longer! Hope you are enjoying this!  I know someone is looking at it because the Google tells me so.  Feel free to leave a comment.  I'm pretty sure it's fairly safe to do so.  (Is that enough qualifiers?)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Darling Claire's Pea/Coco-nut Power Pods

     On yet another tangent--neither fiber nor travel related--here is a great (not to mention vegan and gluten free) no-bake cookie recipe I have been making.  I got the basic recipe from my good friend Claire Darling.  You can fudge the amounts one way and another and it will (probably) work just fine, but this is what I used on my second batch and they worked great. More coconut oil makes them sturdier, but I like them a little squooshier.  I imagine you could obviously use any kind of nut butter/ nut combination that sounds good or that you have handy.

Quite a few people have requested the recipe, so I thought I would just post it so it will "always" be handy if anyone wants it!


Toast  3/4 c.  EACH raw filberts (a.k.a. Hazelnuts to folks outside of the PNW) and almonds for a few minutes in your toaster oven (a.k.a. easy oven for my Canadian cousins) or under your broiler.  Let  them cool before trying to chop them up.

Chop 1 c. of them very fine into a flour consistency. Chop the other 1/2 c. coarse like the chunks in chunky peanut butter.  I used my coffee grinder, but you can use a food processor.  Or you can buy nut flour in a natural food store and use that.

Warm to melting on medium low heat in a medium saucepan:
3/4 c. Coconut Oil
3/4 c. honey
1 c. unsweetened nut butter (I'm sure you can use regular old Peter Pan,  but I imagine they will be quite sweet)
1/2 tsp salt (if your nut butter is unsalted)(or if you just love salt)

2 C. quick oats (if you use regular or steel cut you may want to whirl them through your food processor or coffee grinder real quick like)

Stir the oats in well and let them warm up and cook a bit for about 3-4 minutes.

Then Add:
Your pre-made 1 c. nut flour and 1/2. c. chopped nuts
1 1/2 cups UNsweetened dried  coconut flakes 

As Claire said, "Basically you just want to glomb all that goo together."

I put mine into mini muffin tins lined with mini muffin tin papers, which made them very handy for sharing, not to mention super cute, but you can also just drop spoonfuls of the stuff onto parchment paper.

Let 'em cool. Eat 'em.

If you live in a hot climate and you don't over air-condition your house, you will probably need to keep them in the fridge or the coconut oil (which is what makes them solid) will be too soft and melty to hold  them together.

These are kid approved, and a really great for between meal snacks for picky or A.D.D eaters who might not get quite enough at regular meals.

P.S. I have dreams of rolling them into little balls and dipping them in melted chocolate. Let me know if you try that!  I would also love to hear about any other adaptations.

P.P.S. That's Grandma Hisrich's cake plate I have them on there.