This site is about my life in the art studio. It includes drawings, paintings, knitting and cross stitch and fun art techniques. I will also include recipes and yoga and book reviews. This is a lifestyle blog with intentional and simple living ideas.
It’s been a hot and humid few days. My air conditioner works but it takes forever for it to cool the house down. So there are times, I don’t have it on because that would be an expensive electric bill!
What’s the next best thing to have to cool down from a humid day? It is ice cream!
Dairy free ice cream is very expensive. It also leaves my stomach is a little pain and feeling uncomfortable. So I decided to try making a FRUIT ICE CREAM.
OMG it is so simple!
Fruit Ice Cream Recipe
4 cups frozen mixed berries-use any fruit combination you want
1 cup coconut milk or any milk of your choice
1/2 tbsp powdered stevia or more to taste, also can use honey or maple syrup
Use a food processor. Place the frozen berries in the processor, along with the milk and sugar. Process until it is smooth. I had to make small portions because my processor wouldn’t work with it completely full.
Then place the smooth fruit mixture in a metal pan(bread pan), cover with cling wrap and freeze.
set it out for 5-10 minutes to soften before you want to eat it.
This afternoon, lunch was planned. Lately, my stomach has been picky. I have to eat gluten free dairy free and soy free. Having digestive issues, rheumatoid arthritis and lipedema, this is the best diet to keep inflammation under control.
Portobello Mushroom Pizza
Vegan parmesan cheese
Set toaster oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the stems and scrap out the black veins of the mushroom. Use a spoon or something blunt.
Put some olive oil on the mushroom where the stem was.
Bake in toaster oven for 3 minutes.
Flip the mushrooms over.
Add tomato sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it, mine was done in 15 minutes.
I served it with potatoes fried in olive oil. You can make a salad or have it with spaghetti. I was craving potatoes!
This was a great recipe. It turned out delicious. It was like I was in Paris France again.
2 large eggs
¾ cup milk , dairy-free use almond, cashew or coconut milk.
½ cup water
1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon xanthan gum (leave out if your flour already has it)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons melted butter , for dairy-free use Smart Balance butter
Beat the eggs, add rest of the ingredients.
I had to use a mixer to get the batter smooth.
Drop 1/4 cup of batter into the heated pan. Cook for 1 minute. Flip and cook for 30 seconds to a minute.
Add fruit to the crepe.
Why the oranges in the photo? Because I was originally going to make crepes with oranges and squeeze some for the juice. After inspecting they were not good to eat. So strawberries and bananas were the next choice.
Let’s just face it, we all need a break and a relaxation night. I worked from home. (by the way, I have a second job) and I was exhausted. This night, nothing seemed to satisfy my taste buds. So my idea of feeding my stomach was simple and sweet.
This is the easiest snack to make. This can be for breakfast, lunch, snack and for this night, dinner.
Rice Cake with Peanut Butter and Strawberries and Bananas
Gluten Free Rice Cakes
Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter
Spread the peanut butter on the rice cakes, layer bananas on it. Use the remaining banana for a side snack along with strawberries. It can be made in 5 minutes!
For the drink: Almond Chocolate Milk
Why we Need to Rest
It is vital for mental health
improves concentration and memory
healthier immune system
make you happier
help your creativity
Ways to Rest
take deep breaths
Practice sleep hygiene-scheduled sleep routine, unplug electronics, dim lights
This is the latest I have been working on. The reason I started embroidery was because I needed something simple and fun to do while I have been extremely busy with work and I needed a break from the Paris Rue cross stitch.
I am working on another one and will post when it is finished.