Poooootling past the local TIP during the Summer....
okay, it was a deliberately planned "Let's go home this way and OH look let's pop into the tip" kind of a trip out....
We stumbled upon this smelly Desk / Bureau.
Daughter is need of a such a thing. We have outgrown the cute little school desk that has served us so well till now (stifled Sob) and our bottoms no longer fit that tiny wooden chair.
We had a late warm day and decided to go for the project.
We tried EVERYthing to get all the varnish off. Nitromors is quite simply rubbish today, compared yesteryears when it was properly toxic and useful and DID the job.
We sandpapered til our hands were wrecked....
But we had to gloss it in the end. Not ideal (toxic smelly paint) but we are so impatient the pair of us.
I had a lovely grey/blue in the garage... and we set to.
Daughter chose to replace the handles (we had to, they were missing and/or not good enough to keep) with wooden round knobs that she decided to spray paint red. I was unsure of the colour choice but this was her project.
Stupidly, this object then had to be left outside - we couldn't move it! it was glossed. and all the tiny shitty flies and bugs attached themselves to the sticky paint like moths to a flame.
And then it rained.... so i tried to cover it with a large 'wheelbarrow liner bag' (gardeners will know what i am talking about) and i had to 'prop' it up so the bag didn't touch the wet gloss.... you can see i had made an entire HASH of getting this thing completed.
Well, fast forward about 4 days... and guess what?
It remained safe from the rain.
The Gloss dried(ish)
The flies wiped off - and left no fly fluid stains!
And my dad popped down to help me locate it.
We hadn't even measured if it fitted the space... YES! i know, i fly by the seat of pants.
It fitted - with a breath each side to spare.
And it looks awesome, hello!!??!! is that not fantastic?
My girl is 10yrs old - it's like her dream desk.
All those little pigeon holes! :)
So, i was lucky... this whole thing went horribly wrong at every stage.
And here it is, in locus, sitting pretty and everything about it is so right.
IF you have no idea what a 'Paleo' way of eating is, do not worry. the idea of these cookies is that they avoid Gluten & Wheat & Dairy & High Sugar. They are not a 'diet treat' as they still have calories and fat BUT they are a very nutritious version of cookie. If i am going to treat myself i like to have a 'maximal nutrition' mantra. I intend that, the food i eat, be as nutritious and nourishing as possible without becoming a bit of a bore about it all.
Second thing to note is: IF you do not already cook and eat in this way, then some of these ingredients might seem a little odd. Cooking in this way means cupboards full of non-standard baking ingredients. It also means a longer list of ingredients. And this is what people are talking about when they say ' A Way of Life' rather than a temporary 'Diet'.
(i am happy to share some AWESOME websites where you can read more, just say)
This recipe is adapted by me from many similar floating around the interweb...
Heat oven to 170/180C
1/2 cup (i love cooking by the American cup stystem) Coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup softened Almond Butter (Peanut Butter if you choose)
1 or 2 Tablespoon Soft Brown Sugar (it needs some sugar)
1 + 1/2 cups Almond Flour (i blitz my own almonds in a blender)
1/2 cup blitzed walnuts - so they are all broken down into a sand texture)
1/2 cup mixed seeds
- I also added Flaxseed as i had some
Sprinkle of cinnamon / mixed spice if you choose
1/4 tspoon bicarb soda
1/4 tspoon cream of tartar (baking powder if you have no allergies or choose to)
A scattering of chocolate chips (non dairy if u want but good quality)
I mixed all these together in a bowl, adding 1 ingredient at a time.
CHILL in fridge for 20mins - yes, do this part.
Then bake on a greased parchment paper on a biscuit tray.
I use an ice-cream scoop to get all my cookies the same size - flatten them a little before you bake them but keep them a bit chunky :)
Bake for 8 - 10 mins - then allow them to cool on a tray before devouring.
And, because i am seeking comfort today, i ate these with a big pot of Chai (sweet spiced tea)
and this is a high sugar kind of a blow out day for me!! The less sugar i consume, the less sugar i consume.... and this is the lifelong journey of health that i appear to find myself travelling down....
(some of you may know my 'other job' is a "Health & Happiness Coach")
I am headed more in this direction than i am in my Craft destination.
Anyway, i thought readers might want to share in this here too.....
The Road is not Endless... Whatever your destination. Be it weightloss / fatloss / fitness / work project / spiritual or emotional journey... wherever it is you are headed, the road can seem to lead on forever. But it is not endless. And it is not impossible. And is worth the journey. Whenever i feel overwhelmed by the enormity of a task, i have 3 things i do: 1. Acknowledge it. YES this road is long. I see that. 2. Share it. Text / phone / meet a friend and say it out loud "this road seems endless / i am scared i'll never get there / i am not good enough for this" And that friend loves you and knows you are more than good enough and they'll tell you that you are more than capable because they know that you are. 3. I take small moments away from the bigger picture and i find the joy in all the smallest moments of the journey. And those moments are where all the happiness thrives. The Road is not Endless. And you are more than Good Enough for the journey.
- my commitment to real homemade 'inspirational quote pictures -
- my own commitment to finding a peaceful, happy and health-full life -
- my commitment to sharing my journey and my voice with anyone who wants to hear -
Sooooo, i was perusing my friend Lupin's Blog and noticed she has squirrelled some MOTH fabric by Jessica Swift! (covert covert, if i lived any closer to Laura Howard we'd be in a fight over this before long)
Luckily i have found an online UK shop clever enough to have this in stock.
But, then i thought how much i had been collecting a Moth obsession for a while and it is theeeeese beauties i really go ga-ga over.
I know they freak some people out but the minute detail in these soft fabric babies are so delicate - like real moths, if you ever dare to look beyond their greediness for your clothes and actually find how amazing they are.
(maybe i shall start a collection for real? A "Cloth Moth Collection" if you please)
i think what is also so appealing is how these artists really use the amazing fabric scraps they find, to make the most of the moth details. That takes time and inspiration and large hoarding of STUFF :)