Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party

Bead Soup

It's Bead Soup Swap time! This is my second year joining. I have disguised the Bead Soup collections as colorful outer space modules due to the fact that it is a surprise to my partner in waiting. 

Bead Soup

Let me tell you Lori Anderson, who is our gracious hostess with the mostess really knows how to pick swap partners! Big high five to Lori!! I love my partner Catie.

Bead Soup

I went a little overboard with my Bead Soups this year making 5 in all. I have so many beads that I wanted to use, I could not stop. So needless to say, she is getting a full pot! I hope she knows she does not have to use them all, just the ones that sing to her heart. You see Catie is a lampworker. I got together the beads I thought might inspire her and some extra beads. I can't wait to see what she makes!


Let me tell you about my lovely partner Catie- she loves Buddha, meditation, yoga and all the colors I love, like purple, green, light blue. She is a very wonderful, kind and giving woman! She spends her days as a nurse and a consultant for a Hospice Company. The most important job in the world is helping others pass away peacefully. She has even taken a class in End of Life Care Practitioner Training through the Metta Institute.( A Buddhist program) How cool!
Bead Soup

I hope Catie enjoys the Bead Soups I made especially for her. 

Bead Soup ready to ship out

This Bead Soup Pot will get to Catie all in one piece and quickly.

A big thanks goes out to Lori for everything she does to organize the Bead Soup Blog Party!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Birthday Acts of Kindness / Flying Lessons Blog Circle / Kindness Mission

It was my Birthday so I went on a mission! Last year I heard of this woman who gave Acts of Kindness away for her Birthday. What a great idea so I tried it out. I gathered up my jewelry pieces, some candy and made lunches in red sacks. I found this great tag for the bags that said,"You are the recipient of a RAOK (random act of kindness) "Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."- Mother Teresa" 
I posted on FB my mission and asked everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday to give as well. Most agreed they would. Oh yeah, spreading the Kindness!

Before I could give these things away I had to give to my most wonderful Mom who gave birth to me. Without her I would not even be alive to have a Birthday. I baked her peanut butter cookies and we went to a mixed media meetup group to visit and make art together. I also gave away some of my jewelry to my fellow artists there, they loved it! We had fun!

I gave a homeless man one of the lunch bags I made plus some water and a granola bar. Then when I was driving down the road I saw a homeless couple fighting. I pulled over and gave them two bags and water. The woman was happy but the man wasn't. I kept on my mission to find more people to give to and found a homeless man who was shaking, he had an emergency bracelet on and a country accent. I gave him two bags, two waters and granola bars. He read the paper I stapled on the bag about kindness. We talked a bit and he said he needed some juice. I told him there was apple sauce in the bag and water. He asked if there was money in the bag but I said no I'm sorry not this time. I felt so bad because I had a $10 bill in my wallet but I was supposed to deposit it into my bank account so a check would clear. I really wanted to give it to him. So, I prayed for him instead. I drove around a bit more but couldn't find anyone else. It was time to go to a Library to donate some books and attend a baby book reading group with Ruby ( our baby she's almost 4 months old now). She loved it! She was really looking at the other babies and toddlers. The teacher was so great! I met some Mom's and babies. There was a Mom and daughter sitting outside the library after the class so I gave them each a bag with candy and jewelry, waters and granola bars. The daughter was so excited and opened it up fast. She ate the chocolate, opened the tootsie roll pop and licked it then threw it in the bag and got another chocolate out to eat. Her Mom and I just laughed, then her Mom put the pop back in the wrapper. I chatted with her Mom a bit about making jewelry and my mission to give out gifts. She had never heard of Birthday Acts of Kindness but said she was turning 30 this year and was going to try it. 

As I was driving down the street I saw this cool art car. I had to turn around and leave a bag on that car! As I was leaving it and taking a picture the woman who owned and created this masterpiece walked up. I talked to her and her girlfriend for a while about Sacramento and the art scene here. They were so happy to see a happy artist here because they were not having a good time in the art scene so far. I gave them two more bags with candy and jewelry. I told them about the cool tiled house down the street because it has dragons all over, like their car. They said they would check it out, I took pics of them and I went on down the road. 

A friend of mine wanted me to check on something for her at our Buddhist center. This was great because I let Ruby see the Buddha's and we both got a little blessing. While there I ended up running into an Artist friend of mine and giving him a bag of candy. He was happy to see Ruby for the first time. 
I took three bags with me into The Co-Op, gave two to the women in the herbal section who are so kind to me. They said it would help them get through the day. I gave one bag to the best cashier ever. She also makes great clothes and bags. She said oh there's all kinds of goodies in here with a big smile. I talked to a woman who told me all of her children's names and stories of their births and a family with five children, while waiting patiently for my lunch to be made. I left a bag on the car who parked way too close.  Usually I would have got upset that I had to put Ruby in from the other side but I wished them love and went on my way.

I left a cute note for my husband in the snack shelf. Chocolate eyes! I left a bag for his Mom who's visiting us at the moment. I left a bag in my daughters room as well.

 I went to another store and gave two bags to the cashier and bagger. They were so happy to get a gift and thought it was a great way to spend the day. I left a box of red liquorish on the Redbox box with a note saying, "Take this and enjoy your movie." I gave my daughters dance teachers each a bag. One had her bracelet on immediately with a big smile. I gave two to the Mom's of the dance girls. They said I never get presents and were so happy. It does make you feel happy to give Acts of Kindness. All day I tried to be patient and let others go first, I helped others as much as possible. I was a bit upset with myself for not being able to help this bind woman cross the street because I was in the car with the sleeping baby and it would have taken me too long to get to her, but I did the best I could. Overall it was a great way to spend my Birthday. I came home to a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my husband. I ate some ice cream, watched a movie and my favorite show New Girl ( it was her Birthday episode how cool!) and went to bed. 

Keep on spreading Kindness everywhere you go!



This is a blog circle with my lovely Flying Sisters...

Ginger Deverell -
Laly Mille -
Sandy King -
Naz Laila -
Kristen Fairgrieve -
Lulu Bea (Alaina McGinley) -
Karrlin Bain -
Kathie Gadd -
Chandra Merod- You Are Here!
Lisa Ullrich -

And this will be featured on Kelly Rae Roberts blog for The Kindness Mission 

Thursday, January 16, 2014


      Happy New Year 2014! It's been a fun filled last 6 months or longer since I've posted here.
I will try to post more this year. My word of the year is "Prosperity"
 What's yours?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Gluten free SATURDAYS! Who want's pizza for dinner tonight!?

 It's Saturday night if you can't go out to eat because you are gluten free and have no restaurants around you, who serve gluten free foods, you can make a delicious pizza at home!

I love making my own pizza anyway because I can put whatever toppings I like and as much or as little cheese as I want. I do love white sauce on my pizza but haven't come up with a good one yet. 

I use a pizza crust from my favorite cookbook " the Gluten Free Almond Flour cookbook" by Elana Amsterdam
Check out the video here! In this video she has a fan of her cookbook showing you how she makes the pizza crust. 
I agree with most of what she say's in the video but I add kosher salt and half the amount called for in the recipe. I also use olive oil instead of grapeseed oil because my husband say's it's bad for you and wont eat it. I usually double the recipe because it is so good we can eat a large pizza in one night.

Here is the recipe:

1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon salt (half this if you don't eat salt very often)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon oil
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Set aside a large baking sheet. Cut two pieces of parchment paper (very important to keep these flattened out with no wrinkles especially when rolling the dough out otherwise it cracks) 
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, then in the middle of this pour oil and egg mix a little alone then mix with the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. If you want to add herbs, garlic or onion powders feel free it's to your taste, I usually add it to the tomato sauce instead.
Roll dough into a ball then place between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll out into 1/8th inch thick (or if you like it thicker make it 1/4 inch) in the shape you like your pizza. I've done square, rectangle and round whatever fits your pan. It's okay if it is flatter on the outsides because I go back in and make an edge pushing the crust up towards the middle in the shape I like. The transfer the bottom parchment paper to the baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden. (very important to bake it before adding toppings, i've forgotten to bake it and I got a big pile of mush.) Remove from oven and add toppings while still warm.

This is the fun part you can add whatever toppings you like! We usually do mushrooms, broccoli and cheese. This one above was our summer delight pizza with a layer of colby cheese, tomato sauce I handmade with onion, garlic, thyme, oregano and basil, red bell pepper, zucchini, olives, broccoli and another layer of cheese on top. Yummy!
So have a great dinner and enjoy!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Prismatic Lotus

 Just playing with the prismatic technique with the lotus and twinkling H2O's!

 "The lotus perfectly embodies the spiritual path, rising up through the murkiness of worldly experience until it reaches the surface of the spiritual realm and becomes, vibrant and pure, free from all attachment."

Saturday, August 10, 2013

What's Cooking Saturdays? (Gluten Free!)

almond crust pizza
yummy toppings

Are you working on being gluten free? Do you miss eating pizza? I did when I started my gluten free life. I discovered a lovely recipe for this almond crust pizza above from Elana's Pantry. I bought her book see here... just look at that cake on the cover!

I don't do well with the gluten flour mixes they have out there with the potato starch and tapioca flour, too many carbs. So, I was delighted to find Elana's blog and cookbook on almond flour recipe's! She has done a lot of research and work developing these. I thank her so much :) !! And because I don't eat sugar either her book is right up my alley as she uses agave nectar as a sweetener. She gives you a lot of info on ingredients and where to get them in her book. 

chocolate filled cookies
Keep an eye out for my upcoming posts " What's Cooking Saturday's" to see some of the lovely cooking I'm doing at my house. I like to use recipe's but I always alter them a bit to my tastes. 

chocolate cream pie

Here are some muffin's I made that are delicious! On the left side is a recipe I found in Vegetarian Times magazine 12 years ago. It's the best vegan muffin recipe I've found. The base is peanut butter ( I use almond now) and banana. I add whatever flavors we are in the mood for chocolate chip, blueberry etc. I took out the wheat flour and added almond flour. Yummy! The muffin on the right is a delicious pumpkin spice coconut flour one from "The Primal Blueprint Cookbook by Mark Sisson" My husband loves this guy he's got a blog see it here... Marks Daily Apple

For the first recipe of this series that will post on Saturday's is...

 My very own chocolate chip oatmeal cookies! When I was a child my Grandma would bake these cookies and put them in the cookie jar. I loved them so much I would eat them even if they were super old with white marks on the chocolate chips. It has been a long struggle to create a recipe that worked but I finally did! 
Here it is...

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/4 cup ground rolled oats ( I use gluten free Bob's Redmill grind them up in a cuisinart)
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup softened butter ( vegan use a butter substitute)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 T almond extract
1 egg ( if you want it vegan use oil and water instead)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 cup chocolate chips (  I use grain sweetened ones from Sunspire)

Set the oven to 350 degrees

Grind up the oats in a cuisinart to a fine flour. Mix the dry ingredients, oatmeal, flours, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. 
Cream together the eggs, agave, almond extract, oil and butter in a small bowl. 
Mix together with as few strokes as possible the dry and wet ingredients, then fold in chocolate chips.

You can drop a Tablespoon full of the dough on a cookie sheet or use an ice cream scoop and flatten them down. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Let them cool for a few minutes if you can stand it otherwise dig in! I can never wait but they fall apart if you eat them hot. Enjoy :) 

Come back next Saturday for the next recipe! 

Have a lovely healthy day!