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Daily Happenings: 10/19 – 10/25

October 26, 2014

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Unless otherwise stated, I greet my main shrines twice a day when home and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion.

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Daily Happenings: 10/12 – 10/18

October 20, 2014

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Unless otherwise stated, I greet my main shrines twice a day when home and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion.

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Sweet potato brownie in a mug

October 16, 2014
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So I saw a recipe for sweet potato brownies.  It intrigued me.  Yet I didn’t want to make a whole pan of it.  So I adjusted and tweaked.  Then tweaked some more.

sweet potato brownie

NOTES : I used leftover (from making pancakes) canned sweet potato which has had the liquid drained off.

2 tablespoons mashed sweet potato
1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
dash salt
cinnamon — to taste
1 tablespoon chocolate chips — optional
1 tablespoon oil
3 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon nut butter — optional

(I mash the sweet potato in the mug)

Mix dry ingredients including chocolate chips if using.

Except for the nut butter, add in all the wet ingredients (including sweet potato if not already in the cup). Stir well making sure everything has been incorporated.

Add nut butter to top of batter. It may sink and that’s ok. Microwave for 90 seconds. (Microwaves vary but this seems to be the average time.) Top should be dry and cakey looking.

Eat while warm.  There is no flavor from the sweet potato that I noticed. Only the yummy flavor of chocolate that seems…deepened some how.”

 

No Sew Fleece Wrap

October 14, 2014

I made this wrap a couple of years ago.

My wrap laid out on our bed.

My wrap laid out on our bed.

Evidently the original post on someone else’s blog has poofed.  So I’m recreating the tutorial here as these make great gifts and are easy to make.  As long as you get the fleece on sale, relatively cheap too.  I originally blogged about this wrap here.

Fleece Wrap Diagram

Fleece Wrap Diagram

The original directions called for 1.5 yards.  My fabric was a bit longer than that (65″ and some change) but you could do whatever length you desire.  I like mine to cover my butt.  Fold it lengthwise in half to find the midway point which gets marked with a pin.  Or  fold it in half again to find the absolute center.  The red line on the diagram is where you cut.  An optional design feature is adding fringe to the front and back  areas (which is the top and the bottom on the diagram).  Completely unnecessary but does give it a bit of flair.

Let me know if I left anything out!

Daily Happenings: 10/5 – 10/11

October 11, 2014

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Unless otherwise stated, I greet my main shrines twice a day when home and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion.

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Daily Happenings: Sept 28th – October 4th

October 5, 2014

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Unless otherwise stated, I greet my main shrines twice a day when home and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion. Read more…

Recipe: Sweet Potato Pancakes

October 5, 2014
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The first time I had sweet potato pancakes was at the Cracker Barrel with my ex-sweetie.  One of the seemingly-rare times since the break-up that we were able to get together and catch up on what is happening in each other’s life.  Next time I went back to the restaurant, they were no longer serving them.  I was so upset and vowed to find a recipe so that I could make them at home.  My son and I have tried many variations and finally settled on the one below.  We don’t get to have them nearly as often as we would like ’cause Hubby doesn’t like the flavor of sweet potatoes.  My mind just boggles at that.

NOTES :  You can add 1/4 cup of brown sugar to this but I leave it out. For convenience, I used canned (and drained) sweet potatoes.  These pancakes can be frozen and reheated in the microwave or toaster.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs — beaten
2 cups milk
15 ounces sweet potato — mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons oil

Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In another bowl, mix together wet ingredients. Then add to the dry ingredients.

Heat griddle on low heat. Allow plenty of time for griddle to heat to a good cooking temperature. Add a ladle of batter to the griddle, flip when holes appear in the surface of the batter. Cook for another couple of minutes or until center springs back when touched.

Serve with choice of condiments.

 

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