Archive: Nov 2013

The Perfect Pin Cushion

So I was mentioning that I have more time to sew these days.Here’s what I discovered today: a cork pot mat makes for the best pin cushion. Perfect! Happy sewing everyone!

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Pumpkin Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies (Vegan/Gluten-Free/Nut-Free)

Thanksgiving is mere days or even hours away and perhaps you have to bring a dessert to your family’s gathering.  You don’t want to do a pie (besides your Aunt Joanne already makes the world’s best pies), you want something different, but you have someone with a dairy allergy and an egg allergy…someone who can’t do nuts and another who is gluten-free.

Pumpkin Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies to the rescue!
I tasted these delicious little bites at the Market District yesterday and grabbed the recipe to try and home.  Perfectly simple to make in about 15 minutes, these no-bake cookies taste like a sweet pumpkin cookie batter.
Pumpkin Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
(altered from a Market District recipe)

1 1/2 cups gluten-free quick oats (or regular if GF is not necessary)
1 cup oat flour (*take gluten-free oats and grind in a blender or food processor to make oat flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup almond (or your choice) milk
2 tablespoons coconut or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well to fully incorporate.
In a separate medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, milk, oil and vanilla extract, stirring well to combine.
Add the pumpkin mixture to the oatmeal mixture and stir well:
Combine very well and then begin to form into small 1-2 teaspoon bites:
Serve immediately or refrigerate and enjoy later:
Makes 4 dozen.
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Life is sweet,
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Pockets with a Difference, Part 1

For a long time I’ve been wanting to write posts about different types of pockets. I’m therefore going to say that this is the first in a series.This week’s pocket is one I got from Vogue 8065 which I’ve made many times as you see in the composite belo…

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Healthy Meal Plan Friday: Busy Mom’s Menu

Trying to get into a new routine of working part-time outside the home is an exciting challenge…with an emphasis on the “challenge” part of providing a healthful, crowd-pleasing meal.

Last week, when I found myself twice prepping items for the slow cooker around 9pm, so they could be tossed into the slow cooker first thing in the morning before I left for work at 7:45, it hit me:  how would I feel if I was working full-time?
Full-time working moms of the world, I stand in awe.
For all of you who work full-time, come home, feed your family, and then reset to do it all over the next day, you amaze me.  
Here are some meals, all of which can either be made in the slow cooker, prepped almost fully the night prior or made quickly when you get home in the evening.
Here’s Next Week’s Healthy Meal Plan:
Life is sweet,
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Cranberry Pecan Baked Oatmeal (Vegan/Gluten-Free)

Big things are happening in the Sweet Pea home…drumroll please…I started a new job this week!  Yes, after many years of being a full-time mom and blogger, I’ve begun working part-time at a wonderful new job.What does this mean?  My full l…

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Healthy Weekly Meal Plan: Candy Detox

Need a little healthy food as you detox from all the candy?Here’s a Healthy Meal Plan for next week:Meatless Monday:  Greek Quinoa, Hummus, ClementinesSouthwest Grilled Shrimp with an Avocado Mash, Mango Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken,…

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