Monday, March 30, 2009
Made a batch of these last night! Yum! I got this recipe from Kashi.com years ago and since then, they've taken it off the website. These are great for breakfast on the go or as a healthy snack and can easily be changed up to suit what's in the fridge/cabinet - I've made them with all zucchini or all carrot if I don't have the other. These freeze well too! The veggies aren't quite so obvious if you shred them finer so you might want to if you're passing these off to picky kids. =) You could use a different cereal if you don't have access to the one called for. I've used Kashi Good Friends mainly, but most any healthy cereal should work just as well.
It's really easy to veganize too. Just sub brown rice syrup (or other sweetener) for the honey and use a vegan cereal. =)
Kashi Veggie Brownies
Makes 12 servings
1 cup grated zucchini
1 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon honey (I used agave nectar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup GoLEAN Original Cereal pieces*
3/4 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 cup cocoa or carob powder (unsweetened)
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts if desired (optional)
Non-stick cooking spray
Directions: Combine zucchini, carrots, banana, applesauce, honey and vanilla in a large bowl. In another large bowl mix until uniform, the flour, Kashi, turbinado sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the vegetable mixture and mix until well combined. (Add nuts if desired and mix well.) The batter will be very stiff. Spray a 9 X 12-inch baking dish with non-stick spray. Evenly press the batter into the pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
*Kashi GoLEAN pieces are made by putting Kashi GoLEAN in a blender or food processor until mixture is the consistency of finely chopped nuts. A coffee grinder works well if you don't have a blender or food processor.
Serving Size 1 brownie
Serving Per Container 12
Calories From Fat 35
*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Amount/Serving %DV* Amount/Serving %DV* --------------------------------------------------
Total Fat 4g 6%
Total Carb 30g 10%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 270mg 11%
Vitamin A 50%
Vitamin C 4%
Sunday, March 29, 2009
But what a heck of a deal! Everything I bought was 59-75% off! Full bags of alpaca (10 skeins) for $20?! The two variegated bags are Araucania Yarns Atacama 100% alpaca, hand-dyed in Chile. Beautiful and so soft! One in shades a green and the other in deep blue with silver and charcoal (gorgeous colorway!). Then, I added two bags of Zitron Kokon (silk/cotton/microfiber) in turquoise and dark brown with a hint of steel (such a cool color!) for some not-so-chilly weather use. And last, but not least, a bag of Ella Rae Classic 100% wool in a beautiful fuchsia. So, I started my first sweater last week and thankfully, I'm enjoying it because I now have my next 5 sweaters covered. haha I love being able to get a deal like this so I can buy by the bag and not have to worry about running out and not being able to get the same dye lot to finish a project... or possibly even the same yarn since I travel so much. Do the math. The per skein price is usually a better deal by the bag as well so most often that 10th (and sometimes 9th) skein is actually free! I'd rather have an extra skein or two to use for a smaller project down the road than stress about having enough so it's all good. =) I already even have patterns in mind for most of this. Hmm, I think I need to knit faster... =)
Check out LittleKnits for some awesome sales!
FYI - If you happen to have a question for them, call. Trust me. No one ever responded to my emails. Ever. And I tried two of the email addys listed on their site. So call... or pm them through Ravelry if you want a response. Oh, and the shipping's a little slow. Took just over a week for my order to ship, plus 4 days delivery time. You've been warned. =) Otherwise, this is a great shop with amazing sales! Well worth the wait.
(Sorry for the crappiness of the photo. I'd normally take this outside since my mother's house is unnaturally dark, but right now, it's SNOWING! So deal with it. =) Better pics to follow.)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I've given up waiting on my yarn order from Little Knits and began working on a sweater from some of my stash yarn. (It took 10 days for them to ship it and it'll be another 4 days in shipping time - slow, but great sale prices! Totally worth the wait. FYI - don't bother with emailing them ever. Go through Ravelry or call if you want a response.) Monday, I knit up the swatch and (yay) got gauge my first try. So off I went on my very first adult-sized sweater. =D This is a great project for knit nights and lunches since it's so simple. I'm loving this whole top-down raglan style (in part because I loathe seaming). This will be a perfect neutral cardigan to take along on the road - great for thise chilly offices! I foresee more of these in my future...
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
On the yarny front... I'm still knitting away on my twisty socks. Absolutely loving them! Nearly finished with the first. I went to meet up with some knitters today at a cool coffee shop down the street and found I was one needle short! Switched my sock from a larger bag into a small one and somehow dropped one of my new bamboo needles. One of the ladies came to my rescue so I could knit and amazingly, when I came home, I found the errant needle on the floor of my bedroom... untouched. Yay! I'd feared the worst, what with my zoo running around here (including a little dog who loves to chew!) and no supervision. haha Thought I'd find it chewed into toothpicks. SO happy. I'll be a lot more careful from here out when I move projects around. haha
This afternoon, I headed down to a thrift shop in town to check out their $1 room. (Yes, I'm cheap, er, frugal.) =) Found 5 sweaters at $1 apiece! One is all cotton. I've washed that one and am waiting for it to dry so I can frog it and knit it up into a vest and ??? It's a sort of odd pale green/khaki so I plan to overdye it once it's knit up. It's a long-sleeve turtleneck - lots of yarn to be had! I plan to make one of the wool sweaters into a felted bag/purse. The others' fate is yet to be determined beyond frogging.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Goofy little dog. He wasn't even out there all that long. Don't worry. I did thoroughly check out his mouth. Didn't find any real damage, thank goodness. My whole idea for an enclosure in the beginning involved chicken wire and on a much smaller scale... for the cats. This was my mother's idea. This way, she could put in a dog door and never get off her butt (and away from her precious television) to let the dogs in/out. It was also a way for her to build this stupid thing and make me pay for it. Not that she asked me anything, just did it while I was out of town and it was too late. I absolutely hate this enclosure. It's way too small of a space for the dogs and when I'm out of town, I know she's not letting the dogs out into the rest of the yard to stretch their legs. And apparently picking up poop is below her as well so it gets pretty nasty during the 3 weeks I'm gone. Reilly just flat out refuses to poop out there. Frankly, I don't blame him. That's one of the reasons I'm switching to 2-week stints when things pick back up so I can keep an eye on them better. The plan is to be back out west by this time next year. Just gotta hold out and save up.
Monday, March 09, 2009
On a side note, I've realized I really don't like cooking/baking when my mom is here. She works nights and I've found myself spending lots of time in the kitchen after 10pm. I think maybe that has something to do with the fact that she tends to hover with an amazed look on her face that someone is actually using the room for something other than watching tv...
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Not quite convinced I love it yet. The needles are a bit crazy. Maybe if they were all shorter cables? Ah, well. It was free to make and for now, it works and doesn't take much space.