I know you’re all wondering…

If peanut butter actually gets gum out of hair.

Guess what?! I wasn’t. The thought literally Never. Crossed. My. Mind.

But yay! Enter a small four year old girl and a piece of purple gum to put the question to the test.

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Look at her little face. Sad because she doesn’t get to chew her gum anymore.

Here we go. So grab some Chunky (or whatever is on hand I’m sure it will work fine) and smoosh it in there.

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Now let that mess work itself out for a bit. I waited 10 minutes while I filled the tub. Then I busted out the fine tooth combed and carefully combed it piece by piece.

Voila!

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It worked like a charm! Now to get the peanut butter out…

Hummus – OMG!

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Lets talk hummus. I LOVE Hummus, my kids love hummus, even the bearded yeti I live with loves hummus. I hate paying for hummus… It’s chick peas!

But alas my recipe trials have so far tastes like blah… Until today!

I wondered onto http://www.inspiredtaste.net and found this recipe.

1 can chick peas (mine was 19 oz)
1 large lemon juiced
1/4 cup tahini
1 large garlic clove
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons water

I did blend the lemon juice and the tahini first but I have a bamix not a food processer so I just jammed the rest in there and blended until it looked smooth.

Hot damn! That is some good hummus.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

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I hate the thought of all the criggity in seasoning packages. I just don’t trust ’em!

So I have been making my own Taco Seasoning for a few years and tweak the recipe every time I make it.

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Throw the following in a shakeable container.

1/4 cup chili powder
1/8 cup ground cumin
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp ground pepper
2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (my kids are little so too spicy isn’t good)

Shake and pour into container.

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Fry ground beef or turkey or whatevs and season. I buy club packs of ground extra lean beef and freeze in packs of four. I added 3 tbsp of the mixture and 1/2 cup of water to the fried beef after you’ve taken out the grease.

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Yums!!!

Pinterest Trial #7 – Greatest Waffle Recipe EVER!

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Here’s another Pinterest trial!

I was lurking around the Pinterest world for a waffle recipe and came across a really nice (not overnight) one on Lemon-sugar.com.

It wasn’t Rainbow but it would work for me!

Lemon Sugar Waffles

I made the recipe and followed the directions exactly. Then I separated into ramekins making sure I had more purple than red and proceeded to spoon it onto the waffle maker.

The result?

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Pretty adorable AND the girls all loved it. Served with real whipped cream and fruit skewers.

Pinterest Trial WIN!

Pinterest Trial #6 – 2 Ingredient Pancakes

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I tried another recipe from Pinterest and this one was a FAIL.

Ingredients? 1 banana, 2 eggs. Mix and fry like pancake. Problem? Won’t flip until the sugar in the bananas burns. Yuck!

Solution? Lazy man French toast!

Scramble above solution and add cinnamon then fry like scrambled eggs.

Husband ate them before I could get a picture. Will post one in the future.

Delicious Zucchini Muffins

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My favorite recipe book for any type of baked muffin is Company’s Coming Muffins and More. Easy peasy zucchini squeezy!

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1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (I didn’t have whole wheat so I used all white)
1.5 tsp baking powder
0.5 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
0.5 tsp allspice (I used nutmeg)
1 tsp salt

1 egg
0.25 cup cooking oil (I used grape seed)
0.5 cup white sugar (I used brown)
1 cup grated zucchini
0.5 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract (I added this just because)

Mix top ingredients together and make a well. In a separate bowl mix wet ingredients together. Add to dry ingredients in the well.

This batter is stiff and doesn’t seem right but it is – don’t worry!

Bake at 400 for 15 mins for regular size muffins.

Yum-o! Kids have already eaten three each.

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

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I know it’s been awhile but things are finally settling back into a routine!

So much so that I can start scratch cooking again. Mmmmm.

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So bought a package of white mushrooms and sliced creminis. I used about half of each pack. Slice and dice those bad boys up with an onion and throw them in the soup pot with a big blob of salted butter.

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When all the butter is melted and it starts to look a little brown (not crunchy fried though) add in 2 tbl spoons of flour (or whatever you want to use to thicken) then mix well as the thickener toasts.

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When it’s starting to stick to the bottom a bit pour in a splash of soup base of your choice.

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Let it all thicken and be delicious. Time to add the spices. I use my hand so about a heaping teaspoon of garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning. Grind some salt and pepper to taste. Next is the creaminess! Add in the remainder of you stock and cream. (I used a little in my coffee earlier but you should use it all).

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Now all you do is wait. Letting it simmer down on low is hard but worth it, trust me.

Serve it up with some biscuits or just a spoon.

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Even my little dollies like it.

Have a super day!

Granny Square Kobo Vox Cover

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I love my Kobo but I’m really nervous that I’m going to wreck it. Luckily for me I can whip up something in crochet that can solve that problem.

Here’s the front.

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Here’s the back.

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And here’s the pattern for you to enjoy!

Materials
Size 4.5 mm hook
3 colours of red heart super saver

Front

Row 1
In colour 1 (I chose red)
Ch 5. Sl st to first ch to form a circle.

Row 2
Ch 5, *dc 3 times in circle, ch 2. Repeat from * two more times. Dc 2 times in circle then sl st in 3rd ch of first ch 5 space. Bind off.

Row 3
Change to colour 2 (I chose white)
Ch 5, *dc 3 times in next ch 2 space, ch 2, dc 3 times in same ch 2 space. Ch 2. Repeat from * 2 more times. Dc 3 times in next ch 2 space, ch 2, Dc 2 times in same ch 2 space then sl st in 3rd ch of first ch 5 space. Bind off.

Row 4
Change to colour 3 (I chose blue) in a non corner ch 2 space.
Ch 5, *dc 3 times in next ch 2 corner space, ch 2, dc 3 times in same ch 2 space. Ch 2, dc 3 times in next ch 2 space, ch 2. Repeat from * 2 more times. Dc 3 times in next ch 2 corner space, ch 2, dc 3 times in same corner space, ch 2, dc 2 times in next ch 2 space then sl st in 3rd ch of first ch 5 space. Bind off.

Row 5
Change to colour 2 in ch 2 space right before a corner.
Ch 5, *dc 3 times in next ch 2 corner space, ch 2, dc 3 times in same ch 2 space. Ch 2, dc 3 times in next ch 2 space, ch 2, dc 3 times in next ch 2 space, ch 2. Repeat from * 2 more times. Dc 3 times in next ch 2 corner space, ch 2, dc 3 times in same corner space, ch 2, dc 3 times in next ch2 space, ch 2, dc 2 times in next ch 2 space then sl st in 3rd ch of first ch 5 space. Bind off.

Row 6
In colour 1, sc in each stitch around. In each corner work 2 sc for turn. Bind off.

Row 7
Repeat row 6 using colour 2.

Row 8
Repeat row 6 using colour 3.

On top of cover work the following in colour 3.

Row 9
Attach in corner. Ch 3, *dc in next two sts, ch 2. Repeat from * 4 times. Dc in next 3 sts. Turn.

Row 10
Ch 4, *dec 3 times in next ch 2 space, ch 2. Repeat from * 4 times. Ch 2. Bind off.

On bottom of work repeat row 9 & 10 in same colour.

Back

In colour 3 Ch 29.

Row 1
In second chain from hook sc. Sc in each ch across. Turn (28 sts)

Row 2
Ch 1 sc in each sc across. (28 sts)

Repeat until you have worked 45 rows total. Bind off.

Using colour 1, crab stitch (reverse sc) around to sew both pieces together leaving top open to put in kobo. Bind off.

Tie in ends and you are ready to protect your equipment.

Can also be made into a cute little purse if you add a strap.

If anyone makes this pattern please email me pictures. I would love to here some feedback.

On Vacation

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Today we spent the day at the beach and we met a great man named James. James the plumber. He taught us the importance of a really big hole.

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Now that may seem weird but when a big hole is dug in the ocean small children will inevitably be drawn to it.

Not only were my children completely exhausted and ready for bed without comment BUT so was my husband.

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Alas , but in comes the tide to ruin my their fun.

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Best part of the day? Falling asleep on the beach in a hole that was dug before the large hole was started.

Worst part of the day? Forgetting to put on sunscreen!!!

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I wouldn’t eat that chicken!

We ended up heading to the Washington Avenue Grill and it was delicious!

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I had the salmon because the thought of eating chicken made me a little nervous.

Tomorrow we are going to visit the Sweet Georgia Yarn Studio. I’m submitting my first pattern for proposal to them and would like to use this chance to see the colours up close and personal. Not to buy yarn… No… Not at all… Ahem.

What has everyone else been up to this summer?

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