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I bumped into my stained glass instructor, of many years ago, Mrs. Rachel Bissette, at a garage sale.  Rachel is a talented stained glass artist, a good, dedicated teacher, and a beautiful human being. Not only has she been a good instructor, with loads of patience, good advice, and humor, but she would also make sure the class have plenty of glass scraps to work with, always an extra soldering iron or anything else that’s needed (and we always needed something), coffee and cookies, and… class trips to glass factories,  which is the equivalent of Disney World for a kid. Not less.

After we had our laughs, and brought up shared memories, I made up my mind to go back to her class next Fall. I got that stained glass itch again…

Meanwhile, here are some of my stained glass creations. Nothing grand, but certainly fun. I gave some as gifts, and did not have the sense to photograph beforehand.

Enjoy.

Bzzzz

Bzzzz

Put on your dancing shoes

Put on your dancing shoes

The very hungry caterpillar

The very hungry caterpillar

Fall Leaf

Fall Leaf

Tiny Fairy

Tiny Fairy

Coffee Jar covered with mosaic

Coffee Jar covered with mosaic

Colored Feathered Bird

A lighted Chanukia, for Chanukah

and… a  lit Chanukia

Mr. Owl

Mr. Owl

Mosaic at my (then) kitchen window

Mosaic at my (then) kitchen window

Sea Scene- given as a gift to my neighbor

Window Sea Scene- given as a gift to my neighbor

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It may be a busy summer, even for updating my blog, but it’s never too busy for food making (almost). This time, I decided to make some time, and post an easy peasy recipe.

While due to my Paleo nutrition I keep most nuts to a minimum (I usually stick to macadamia nuts), my kids are not whole Paleo. The transition is slow. They would still take sandwiches to school (summer camp) for lunch, along with some veggie snacks or fruit.  To spoil them a bit, and to get them off of peanut butter, I have decided to make hazelnut butter/spread.

an all natural roaster hazelnut chocolate butter, diy

a wee scoop of hazelnut-chocolate butter on celery

Without further ado, I would like to introduce … The Hazelnut Chocolate Spread.

you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of raw hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsp 100% cacao powder (or more)
  • 4-5 pitted dates

how to:

1. Heat oven to 350°f.

2. Spread the hazelnuts on a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes. Check on them occasionally, and make sure they’re not burning.  Wiggle the baking sheet if needed.

3. Transfer the roasted hazelnuts onto a clean towel, even if they’re still a bit hot. Wrap them and rub them, until most of the skins come off. These will produce a creamier butter. Oh- of course not all skins will come off 🙂

roasted hazelnuts, skins removed

roasted hazelnuts, skins removed

4. Place the hazelnuts and the rest of the ingredients in the food processor, and process in pulses (watch out, you don’t want to over heat the machine), until you get a nice, smooth, creamy consistency. All you need is patience.

on the way to becoming a hazelnut chocolate butter

roasted hazelnuts + chocolate powder + dates + sea salt

an all natural roaster hazelnut chocolate butter, diy

roasted hazelnuts n’ chocolate butter half way through

an all natural roaster hazelnut chocolate butter, diy

roasted hazelnuts butter- done!

5. Transfer to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Place in the refrigerator.

notes:

Just like any kind of sauce, salsa, or smoothie, nut butter recipes are always open to suggestions, trials, and imagination. Explore and add: vanilla extract, chilli powder, maple syrup, honey, another kind of nut, more chocolate powder, coconut shreds, and cinnamon.

You can also play around with the consistency. Go for crunchy if you like (less process in the machine).

Ta- Dam

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I am so proud of myself, that I needed to brag. I just never knew that making an almond milk could be so easy.

sweet almond milk, home made

sweet almond milk, homemade

Lately I have been trying to find new kinds of “milk” besides cow’s milk, as the latter felt too heavy.

The almond milk  that’s found in the stores isn’t just almonds, but has other additives. So, in my search, I found a great site, full of  explanations about the different milks (cow, soy, nut) and a recipe for homemade almond milk. Guess what? It worked, and it’s so EZ, Not to mention- white and sweet.

I made mine with less dates- thus less sweet, and didn’t use cheesecloth or a “nut milk bag”, but a regular strainer/sieve.

without further ado, turn to choosing raw.

Cheers !

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Water Bottle Sling from cargo pants and karate belt

My kids are off to summer camp. We got a loooong packing list, and among other things, we were told the following:

“Every child goes on tiyul (=hike, trek) for at least one overnight. For these tiyulim (hikes, treks), it is essential that your child pack a water canteen with a shoulder strap that can be easily carried while hiking.”

A quick search revealed a variety of prices for the water carrier, but I also found many tutorials for making them, and so… I finally used this great tutorial by Betz White to make the water bottle sling shown above from old cargo pants. Here are some more results:

a girly water bottle sling (pinkish)

a man's water bottle sling (no pink)

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*PLARN= plastic yarn

So, I’ve never really crochet(ed) before, but being a plastic-bag collector as I am, and following the beautiful bags and baskets that one talented Israeli artist, Arbel Eger, is creating, made me try to crochet my very own little basket. I looked online for some simple instructions, and they are out there, in cyberspace.

Here’s the first result:

my first basket crochet made of plastic bags

first plarn crochet

I was very happy and excited with what seemed to look like an actual basket, and even gave it as a gift. My friend looked pleased (she either liked it, or she was really kind to me), and she’ll be using it to collect her own plastic bags from now on.

Encouraged, I have decided to ride again on the waves of success, and created yet another basket to be given as a gift. This time I used more colors, and here it is:

crocheting basket from plarn, again

another crocheted basket

I am now hooked :). be prepared for some more photos.

For instructions on how to make PLARN, here a link to Arbel’s blog. It’s in Hebrew, but the great photo tutorial explains it all, loud and clear.

Any questions? remarks? I’d be happy to address them.

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I’m sure that I’m not the only one that hates it when a good cork is tossed away.

I love wine and I love corks! So I collect them.

corks corks corks

some quick cork facts:

  • cork oak tree grows in coastal regions of the Mediterranean.
  • cork trees survive harsh conditions.
  • average life expectancy of a cork tree would be 120 to 200 years.
  • natural cork is actually obtained from the bark of the tree.
  • In ancient times, cork bark was used to form sandal soles, food storage vessels, and floats for fishing nets.
  • Seventeenth century, one French monk, Dom Perignon, is credited with being the first to recognize the ability of cork to contain sparkling wines. The rest- is history.

Cork oak with bark of lower trunk removed (Ian Francis, Australia).

Corks uses nowadays:

cork collage

cork designs by Martin Margiela

cork floor

cork floor (from corkfloor.com)

And here are some things the kids made at our Trash 2 Art club, and anyone can make:

heat resistent cork trivet

heat-resistant cork trivet

Erel's trivet

Yahel's cork art- ancient dog?

cork trivet

Standing cork trivet

and there’s plenty more to do with corks. maybe we’ll wait for next winter. meanwhile- collecting more of them.

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not only is it green, but it’s totally original and your very own, not to mention: kids had tons of fun making’em, and no need to spend money…

the first photo is of my own two gift boxes, cordially filled w/goodies and given to the kids’ karate teachers (they deserve the best):

holiday giftbox

got milk? make a gift box

how?  EZ:

so here’s the deal: once more we’ll save those milk/juice cartons and redesign them.

milk carton, cut

milk carton, painted

and here are some awesome gift boxes made by my Trash2Art club kids:

made from shipping box

orange juice box

chinese illustrastion? dreidle?

chinese illustration? dreidle?

bow tie gift box

box with yarn; with cool little buttons

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