Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Somehow I always have something to talk about. Even when I don't.

 If you're looking for a really good, completely sugar-free dessert, I've got it right here and it came from one of my besties, Betsy.  Okay first, put a can of coconut milk into the fridge for a few hours to chill.  Once it's good and cold, pour it into your mixing bowl, and put it into the freezer for about 20 minutes. While that's in there, dump some fresh or frozen berries (like raspberries...mmmm) into some little bowls.  (Yes I adore these bowls and use them constantly.  Are you guys getting sick of seeing them?) Then put some raw almonds into a food processor and chop them until they are a fine crumble.  Sprinkle some over the fruit, and pop into a warm oven.  Heat until the fruit is warm and juicy. 
 Your coconut cream should be ready to whip.  Add a tsp or two of vanilla or almond extract, and whip until it's the consistency of whipped cream.  I wanted something chocolatey, so I added a TBSP or two (can't remember) of unsweetened cocoa powder.  (Remember this is supposed to be sugar free so don't expect it to taste like a brownie.  Cause it won't.  It will just give you something naturally good for you and slightly sweet for a treat.)  You wouldn't have to put in the cocoa.  If you don't it lacks the bite of unsweetened cocoa, but it's up to you.  I liked it both ways but I'm not a very picky person.  (I like mineral water too, which also has a bite.)  Put a generous dollop over your warm fruit and nut concoction and enjoy. (Refrigerate any leftover coconut cream- it'll stay the same consistency for a while, but if you need to, you can re-whip it just before serving it again.) 
 And now... just a few snowy day pictures.  I realized I hadn't posted any pictures of myself lately... what's up with that?  I want you guys to know who you're talking to, so I try and make sure to make regular appearances.  You know? It drives me crazy when I can't visualize who I'm reading.  I need to connect!  (giggle)
  I'm ready for this snow to leave now.  Everything shuts down when it snows here because it's usually got ice underneath from all of our natural moisture here in the Pacific NW, and can be dangerous.  But I've got places to go and things to do and people to see!  Ha!  Plus I have a really FUN and exciting hair apt coming up next week and this snow had better be gone or I'll just plain cry.  LMM needs her hair done!!
 Then again... I sure do enjoy being home with my babies. 

Need a little sunshine in your life?  Today, I dragged in this old barn wood in from my garage, and painted on it.  I originally planned to use this chippy old lumber for my family established signs, but it wasn't smooth enough so it's been sitting in the garage waiting... until today when I splashed some cheery golden paint between some stencils (why didn't I think of that before?) and hand-painted the top part.  I don't know if I'm going to keep or sell it, but thought I'd give you guys a chance at it first if you want it.

It's big, (over 3 feet long) so it's going to be a pretty hefty shipping fee, probably about $20, but I'm planning to price it at $75.00 (same price as my family est signs) if I list it.  (Unless nobody wants it, and if that's the case.... it'll look darling above my bed someday!)  If you want it, claim it at, first come, first serve. (SOLD)

Do you have snow where you're at too?  I hope you all have a sunshiney day today!


Melissa said...

Yum! And that sign is so darn cute! I'm not much of a yellow person but it's mega cute.

Little For A Little While said...

What a cute sign! You are so creative. And will you spill the beans as to wear you got those adorable little bowls? I want some :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I got the bowls at TJ Maxx! I love them so much. :)

Alisa said...

I had those bowls in my cart recently when I was in TJMaxx and decided to put them back. What was I thinking???

Katie said...

No snow here, just cold and windy! And I love that you posted a sugar free treat. I'm doing no sugar until June 26th (which will be 6 months) and I love having more choices!

Alicia said...

well...that was easy! SoLD!! yeah!! i love it. gotta love old barnwood. and your snow pics are lovely. everything looks prettier in the snow, don't you think? :)

Little For A Little While said...

Thanks Sasha! And sorry that I misspelled where. That bugs me. Now off to TJ Maxx tomorrow. Cross your fingers for me ;)

Abby said...

I seriously have leftover coconut milk in my fridge I needed to find something to do with! I cant wait to try this!

Barbara said...

Always good to have a few good for you snacks up our sleeves, thanks it sure looks good. I had those yellow bowls all tied up with ribbon ready to buy but when I went to check out, the line was crazy long seeing I was on my lunch break rats!

Kelly said...

I would have loved this sign; this is the song my husband always sang to me as newlyweds!

Tami said...

I am sure it is due to human nature that we seem to always want what we can't have but your snow is looking really good to this desert dwelling mama. I'd like to trade my swimsuit for your mittens and frosty eyelashes. :-)

Farmgirl Paints said...

can't wait to try this! it's gonna be so good!!! adorable sign. i'm wanting a whole bunch of barn wood. know of an old barn anywhere??

Kelly said...

A very cute sign, and absolutely no signs of snow here. While we had a chilly morning, it's supposed to be a whopping 71 this weekend in eastern NC. Did you steal our winter? All I'm asking for is 1 snow day!

Jensamom23 said...

That sign is too cute and I will be makin that dessert soon. Yum!!! I am still envious of your snow.

Julie said...

Just starting to snow here in southern lower Michigan. Tomorrow they weatherman is forcasting 3-6 inches by the time the snow is done early Saturday morning. Very pretty indeed but brrrr!

Blissful Blooms said...

Yum! Yep, gonna have to try that one. I've never bought coconut milk before!
You're beautiful!
And you're so stinkin' talented! Love the way you're able to just pull an old board out of your garage and make it beautiful! It turned out so cheerful!

Jennifer said...

Love your blog! I'm stuck home today with 2 of my kids and no car! I am going to make this coconut yummyness today. Thanks for the idea.

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