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FriDIY: Cupcake Onesies

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(posted by Emily) 
This is a fun little project I've been waiting to share. My good friend Angela is having a baby boy in March, and I wanted to put together a fun, homemade gift for her baby shower. I started in on these bad boys in January, but had to wait to gift them before I shared on the blog--didn't want to spoil the surprise! 

I started by picking up materials--fabric from Joann's (about an eighth of a yard of each color I wanted) and onesies and socks from WalMart in a variety of sizes. 

I chose boy-friendly designs, and started by figuring out which onesie would get which fabric applique. A very special helper was determined to participate in the process:

I printed each of the designs, to serve as pattern pieces and visuals for each applique, and laid those on top of the onesies along with the fabrics I had picked for the design.





The process would have been much easier if I had purchased Wonder Under (fusible webbing) instead of plain interfacing for the backing on th…

Well-Read Travels

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(posted by Emily)

One of our favorite parts of our trips is the the opportunity to read. Rick and I both love to read, but aren't very good about making time to do so in our day to day routine. Luckily, most of our vacations involve time to relax and lots of public transportation--aka, lots of time for new books!

After reading this article by Anthony Bourdain (yes, we are obsessed with his shows), we decided to adopt one of his suggestions during our travels--read a work of fiction set in the place you are visiting. We tried it out on our SE Asia trip and really enjoyed it!

While on the trip, we read books about Thailand, since we were spending the most time there:

The Beachby Alex Garland


Both Rick and I read this one before we got to Koh Samui--it only took me about two days to finish! It's a bit older, and has inspired a lot of young people to visit Thailand. Very engaging, and reminded me a lot of Lord of the Flies. It's been made into a film as well.

The Sonchai Jitpleechea…

Recipe Rejuvenation

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(posted by Emily)
It's that time of year again..... The time where I don't really have a lot of great food ideas, and the lunches and dinners we are eating get a little repetitive. So, it's time to get back on Pinterest and revisit a few great recipes we haven't made in a while! Most of these make enough for leftovers, too, which is awesome!

Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas

Brazilian Beans and Rice

Vegan Lasagna

Curried Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

Falafel Bowls(adapted from this recipe)



Jennie's White Beans and Greens Soup

Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Mango and Avocado Summer Rolls

Rainbow Gumbo

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(posted by Emily) 
Fat Tuesdaywasthisweek,andincelebrationofMardiGras,hereisaneasyvegangumbo tohaveanytimeofyear!
Rainbow Gumbo
3/4 c flour (I used Bob's Red Mill GF AP) 3/4 c olive oil 2 large onions, diced 2 bell peppers diced 4 celery ribs, diced 4 carrots, diced (I used purple and orange carrots) 1 small head of cauliflower, stems removed and cut into small pieces  8-10 okra, sliced 2 cans red beans, drained and rinsed 
4 tomatoes, diced 2 bay leaves sprig (or 2) of fresh thyme 4 teaspoons Herbes de Provence 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika salt and pepper 8 cups (64 oz) veggie broth Brown rice, to add to your bowl
**Disclaimer--I know this recipe calls for a lot of chopping, but it's totally worth it. That's the most labor intensive part, I promise!**

Begin by mixing the flour and oil in a sauté or frying pan to create your roux. Heat over medium high heat, and stir constantly until the mixture has turned caramel brown in color. This may take 15-20 minutes, and the mixture may…

Haikus from Houston

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(posted by Emily)
We went to Houston For a long weekend visit Time for relaxing
Rick likes to read books He's so much fun to play with The kids love to read

Saturday meant beer Saint Arnold's is so much fun Awesome picnic lunch


The kids played Sorry And Mister Rick got tackled Good root beer for all





Sniffles in the air Time for relaxing at home More games of Sorry