Kitchen Amazing

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Alright so there are a few things I want to talk about this morning, both having to do with pinterest!  In case you didn’t know, I am now on pinterest (probably the last person to join ever).  You can find me here!

In case you were not familiar with our little farm-house; we live in just that.  A cute and slightly neglected white farm-house from the early 1930’s.  August and I are both people who love historical houses.  But we don’t own this one.  We’re just renting…for now.  From the beautiful vintage molding which frames every door, to the old-fashioned door knobs (some of which are crystal) to the high 9 foot ceilings, we fell in love with it and knew it would accommodate our family.  Two adults, three chill’uns.  Now the kitchen is another story.  It’s not horrible, but it’s old and outdated…I’m thinking 1960’s or 1970’s was its last update.  Old oak cabinetry with greasy western looking handles.  Some drawers are falling apart and the appliances….OH the appliances.  Ugly black and white electric stove (lame) and ancient refrigerator.  No vintage charm.  Just old.  So I was pleasantly inspired by this pinterest post which led to a quick google search.

afbf270f2532f4971c7df6e34ca140f4Now this is what I’m talking about!  If you don’t really know me you should soon know that I LOVE that light blue/minty green color.  I am drawn to its soothing and happy hues!  It’s light enough to make it easy with blending other colors (oranges, pinks, purples, even greens…not to mention it’s the perfect accent color for all the neutral shades…browns, whites, grays..).  I just love it.  Stainless steel appliances are nice but a bit trendy…a little too trendy for  me.  EVERYONE is using them for their kitchen appliances.  While I admit I would readily take one in place of what I have now…there’s just no individual character to them.  A little company called “Big Chill” is where you can find these babies….in several colors!  What a fun way to update and bring character into your kitchen!  I think I’d wake up happy every morning coming into a kitchen with such happy appliances.  I am in the kitchen all day every day.  From cleaning, washing, to feeding hungry mouths-cooking IS my day job.  I take pride in providing wholesome (literally) organic meals to bring health and stability to my family.  I cherish them.  So why not make my day job a fun day job?!  So just wishing…and dreaming…and waiting…BUT someday i will have these!! 🙂 (or at least I hope).

Now the other thing I wanted to write about.  August is an amazing cook!  The Napotniks are food critics to no end.  Not bad critics….they are constantly seeking ways to improve the meals they eat and to share those creations with each other.  They all take pride in being able to cook something themselves from scratch and then being able to talk about the subtle flavors each piece exudes…and how it pairs to wine or chocolate.  🙂

So this morning I came across a pin of a meal using Pillsbury dough, in essence highly genetically modified (altered in a lab somewhere) wheat and highly processed.  Lots of preservatives (i.e chemicals).  August saw the photo and was inspired to make these!

DSCN4210Now I don’t want to come across as bragging….organic ingredients can be expensive.  But in their defense, would you rather spend that expense on wholesome food with few ingredients or on a hospital bill later because your body can only take so much attack from chemicalized food?

Here’s the recipe!  Try them!

Four organic (aluminum free) tortillas quartered.

10 eggs

1/3 cup of spelt flour (for binding)

1/4 cup of milk

jalapenos, onions, salt and pepper to your liking

nitrate free bacon

sharp british cheese! (added emphasis on british for fun)

Directions:

Beat all ingredients together.

Place each quartered tortilla in a cupcake tin.

Fill “tortilla bowl” with egg mixture.

Bake at 350 for 22 minutes.

Make sure your pans are buttered “real good!”

Serve immediately topped with salsa, black beans and sour cream.

Oh man so good!

And there ya have it!  Two morning inspirations!

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Banana Spelt Bread

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Looking pretty tasty huh?

We have been eating waffles in an effort to cut back on our grocery bill and also, because they are quick and easy to make.  A friendly meal for a busy mom with hungry children and not a lot of time to cook.

So, today I guess I snapped and went overboard on the baking side of things.  It put something warm in our tummies and made my hard-working husband so happy he came  home bearing gifts of chocolate.  Not kidding!  I should bake like this more often!  Ever heard that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?  There’s proof!

Try this delicious recipe for yourself.  If you don’t have spelt you can substitute any whole wheat flour.  Even rice flour or almond flour.  On a cold day such as this one I’m sure you won’t mind the oven heating things up a bit.  I welcomed it actually.

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Banana Nut Spelt Bread

1.5 cups banana mashed

1/4 cup oil

1/2 cup honey

2 eggs

1tsp vanilla

2 cups whole wheat

1tsp salt

1tsp baking soda

1/2 cups walnuts

 

So preheat your oven to 350 degrees and mix those ingredients together!

Bake for 35-40 or until a fork comes out clean!

Cheers!

TheArtBakery

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I have always loved creating things with my  hands.  I’ve always been a tangible learner which is why (I think) I did poorly in math…I couldn’t touch numbers….except maybe in kindergarten with an abacus!  My shop is very primitive right now…but I have a few things listed for sale!  Check out TheArtbakery and enjoy!  I’m working on editing photos….my sweet husband bought me adobe photoshop and I’m slowly becoming familiar with it and updating the photos for each listing.  Bear with me!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/theartbakery

Feel free to pass that URL around!  A lot of my listings are custom.  I am your artist monkey….commission me to paint or draw anything!

Cheers!

Some much needed love {for the blog that is}

So, I haven’t been extremely faithful about keeping up with the blog.  Mostly because we haven’t had internet (except on August’s phone and try writing a post on that thing!).  August just bought us internet…and a new laptop, a surprise for my birthday!!  I couldn’t be more excited.  I’ve been playing with photoshop sometimes for too late into the night.  Here’s just a few shots of my babes…that is if I can remember how to upload a picture on to wordpress. 🙂DSCN3828

Leo is a thumb sucker…err…more like an index and middle finger sucker.  He always sucks his fingers with one hand and pets his hand with the other free hand.  So cute!  He is such a self-soother.  Here he’s sitting in his high chair in the living room…yes the living room because that night was a movie night.  August was sleeping so we enjoyed some movie time, Leo in his high chair.  Dinner served and everything!

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Anya is the spunky one.  She’s the hardest to photograph because she is ALWAYS on the move.  She is three now.  She’s always been a talker but I am constantly amazed by her vocab retension and application.  Sometimes she says things that take me completely off guard!  She also easily converses with her big sister, Grace, who is now four!  Grace is now sharing some of her own thoughts with me.  Instead of simple sentences like, “Mommy, more juice please!”  She’s talking to me on a much more mature level.  Just yesterday I held up a photograph of a haircut I’m hoping to get (very short) and I asked her (and in case you didn’t know my hair is very long…25-30 inches long), “Grace, what if mommy cut her hair like this?”  She very distinctly replied…and with a bit of a worried expression on her face, “No mommy, I want you to stay the way God made you!”  I was shocked!  And flattered!!  Such a sweet girl of mine.  It pleases me to no end that she is starting to realize that God is at the center of all things in our lives (or at least He needs to be!).  God made mommy the way she is.  Therefore, mommy has no need to change.  Shouldn’t we all take this to heart?  God made each and every one of us unique.  Are we happy?  Mostly not!  You’d be hardpressed to find a woman completely satisfied with herself!  What if we all believed firmly in our hearts, this is how God has made me?  How happy I am to be who I am!  So, I had a little sunday school lesson from my four year old and I couldn’t be more inspired.

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This is our little “Apple.”  Named by Grace.  She was rescued about 2 and a half months ago.  I heard a poor kitty  meowing in our barn.  I discovered it was a kitten, abandoned with no mother.  Another of it’s sibblings I tried to rescue but was too late.  When I discovered Apple, I was determined to be more successful.  I nursed her back to health and over a long period of time gradually tamed her.  She was completely wild and now she is the exact opposite.  In fact, I have a hard time keeping her from getting into our house and sneaking through my legs as I’m holding babies and keys while trying to get eveyone in.  Haha.  She is such a sweetie.  If you know anyone looking for a kitty companion let me know…I’m trying to place her.

So there you have it.  A small update.  Keep informed!