Berry Crisp

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Not much to do here today since this city is covered in a foot and a half of snow…and that’s fine by me! I’m always cold, and my thermostat doesn’t want to go past 70, so what am I to do? Turn the oven on and bake of course! I wanted to make a cobbler, and was really hoping I would have frozen peaches in the freezer just so I could pretend I was a southern belle and call this recipe a Peach Cobbler. But I didn’t. This recipe would also be delicious with strawberries, but since my car is buried and the mayor declared a state of emergency, I didn’t think it was too necessary.

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Ingredients:

Filling

  • 1 cups blueberries
  • 1 cups mixed berries
  • 2 Tbsp (1/4 cup) sugar – I used raw
  • 2 Tbsp (1/4 cup) any flour – oat, rice, whole wheat, etc.
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice (or other acidic juice)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

*This recipe has a thicker crust and less filling; if you’d like more fruits and juices, double the filling recipe.

Topping

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the filling ingredients together.
  3. In a blender, mix the almonds, oats, and walnuts together.
  4. In a medium bowl, add the mixture from the blender along with all other topping ingredients.
  5. Scoop the filling into a casserole dish (9 x 5,  8 x 8, or whatever you have on hand – the smaller the dish, the deeper the filling layer will be) in one smooth layer.
  6. Add the topping in one smooth layer and bake for 35 minutes, uncovered. Enjoy!

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Sea Glass Crafts

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As I sit here, I’m watching HGTV’s Flip or Flop and it’s inspiring me to want to organize, decorate, and remodel. Justin and I will (hopefully) be moving soon to a house around the corner, so in the meantime, I will have to pour my creative energy into small, DIY projects which I can use to decorate our new house! This latest project was inspired by a local shop’s inventory, but for a very hefty price tag. One of the many benefits of living on the beach is the unlimited supply of sea glass that washes up on the shore. I have an extensive collection and keep it in a large vase in front of a window where the sun shines right through it. Also, our love of traveling has also added to my eclectic shell collection (which sits in a plastic bag in a dark cabinet…).

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This is just the first of many sea glass projects I have in store for myself. Just take a quick look on Pinterest and you’ll be inspired for days. Next, I’m looking to create a distressed wooden mermaid with a  sea glass tail, but that’s for a later date!  All you need is a picture frame with its glass window, a hot glue gun (or another sort of super glue), sea glass, and whatever else you have on hand.

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Barbados September '15
Barbados September ’15

Fitting the pieces together took the longest amount of time, but it was a beautiful feeling when it was finished. This is my idea of meditation : )

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