Saturday, April 30, 2011

Gluten Free for Misty

 To all those gluten -free peeps out there and for my friend Misty who is home recovering from surgery. I hope someone bakes these for you!


Gluten-Free Strawberry Cupcakes

1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 large eggs
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries (plus more for topping the frosting)
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.  Line a cupcake pan with 8 or 9 foil or paper liners.  Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together coconut flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda.  If the coconut flour has a few stubborn lumps in it, make sure to whisk them out.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, agave, and vanilla extract.  Add the wet ingredients, all at once, to the dry ingredients and whisk together.  You can do this by hand or with a handheld mixture.  Whisk until all ingredients are well combined.  You’ll feel the mixture begin to thicken as you stir.
Fold in the strawberries.
Scoop batter into lined cupcake pan.  Fill papers to two-thirds full.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs.  Remove from oven.  Allow cupcakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.  Once completely cool, frost with cream cheese frosting.
Cupcakes will keep, in an airtight container in the fridge for up 2 or 3 days.
Cream Cheese Frosting
makes:  enough to smear 8 or 9 cupcakes.  If you’d like to pipe this frosting, I suggest doubling the recipe.
1/3 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons agave nectar
dash of pure vanilla extract
In a large bowl, whip heavy cream into stiff peaks using a whisk or a handheld mixer.  In a separate large bowl, whip the cream cheese, agave, and vanilla together until smooth and pliable.  Using a rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.  Fold until evenly combined.
Spread onto cooled cupcakes or place in a piping bag to pipe over cupcakes.  Sprinkle with small diced strawberries.
Frosting will keep, in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 or 3 days.

Heidi Merrick Home

Heidi Merrick Home

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Vimeo

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Video


Thanks Nancy for sharing this with me......check it out. Very important!

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When you live in the desert you quickly find out that it's all about finding stuff. Then it's about using the stuff you find and not just throwing it away. We are all about upcycled art here. So in the spirit of desert zenness(is that a word?) I have continued my rock art obsession and now I am on to spray painting bottles. Now I know what you are thinking.......spray paint is not the most environmentally friendly medium. I apologize for that and can only say that I have figured out a very fast and contained way of applying it.(It involves a cardboard box!) 

Inspiration is everywhere out here.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond



The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond

I am going to attempt this recipe this weekend. I think we all should and then report back.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Real Good Guy

While most people are at home celebrating Easter today and the beautiful springtime weather that is hopefully unfolding around you, I am thinking about my Dad. He passed away seven years ago today. It is funny how time has a way of softening pain and letting you remember events in your life that were meaningful and happy. I can't say life with Dad was always joyful, now that would be funny, even he would be laughing about that. No, my dad was just a good guy with lots of interesting experiences and who just happened to be my biggest fan. In terms of fan clubs, my life has never been the same since he died. So today I am dedicating my blog to him and including just a few photos of things I believe he would put on his top ten list. I heard so much about all of these things over the years, mostly while driving hundreds of miles across the country on one family trip or another or moving from one place to another. All of which impacted me. My Dad taught me a great deal and instilled a love of many things such as; HORSES.....everything about them, geography, maps in particular,(he knew the names of all the many counties in Ohio), NYC, Broadway musicals, the seashore, books, reading, writing, history, that I could do anything I wanted, being happy was important, being kind
was even more important and being patient well that too. He taught me courage, perseverance, strength, and to laugh at myself whenever possible.
 I am grateful that time has given me the chance to love him even more. Thanks Dad.





 Dad use to ride his bike up and down the coast of Sandy Hook beach and collect driftwood to make "sculptures"!
 The most amazing horse ever......Secretariat


" Fight the team across the field tell them Ohio's here...."
Macaroni and cheese. I believe it is part of my DNA.
Did you know that Ohio has 88 counties? My dad knew them all!
Please check out the other links I have included in memory of
Kenneth William McKinley.



Vol. 46, pg 1, Ohio History

Vol. 46, pg 1, Ohio History

Kenneth William McKinley (1913 - 2004) - Find A Grave Memorial

Kenneth William McKinley (1913 - 2004) - Find A Grave Memorial

Friday, April 22, 2011

KarmaTube: Milky Way Time-Lapse Video Wows The Web

KarmaTube: Milky Way Time-Lapse Video Wows The Web

ModCloth Blog



ModCloth Blog

Reasons to Love Earth

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures"
-Thornton Wilder

Today is Earth Day. I feel a deep connection to this particular celebration because I was around for the very first Earth Day in 1970. I took the train to Philadelphia with friends to attend the rally that took place in Fairmount Park. Senator Edmund Muskie was the keynote speaker and Ralph Nader and Allen Ginsburg were among the others that spoke that  day.Over 20 million people across the country celebrated Earth Day.I remember the feeling of being apart of something really important and also feeling very optimistic that I could make a difference in the world. I was 16 years old.The events that took place during that time were very influential in my life. The war in Viet Nam impacted our generation and left a mark that is not easily erased.
I feel good that as a teacher I had the opportunity to expose children to ideas that hopefully would follow them throughout their lives. The idea that this is our home and we are responsible for it's care. That we do not have the right to hurt any living thing and that all life has a purpose. That taking the time to see, smell, touch, absorb all of the beauty around you will give you joy and happiness.That in the end, we are just visitors here and we need to be kind.
 I don't have enough time or space to list all of the reasons I am happy to be alive and appreciate this beautiful planet.Take some time today to make your own mental list. Plant a flower, watch the clouds, hold your face to the sun and say thank you Earth for all you give. Happy Earth Day!
 I think this little bird may have inspired a fashion trend! Such a sweet baby.


 How I LOVE Ginkgo leaves. I think every student I ever taught probably does too!
 I had to include Kermy. This photo is titled "Dad".....brought a tear to my eye.



 Why not find a rock and paint a message to give to a friend?

Earth Week | The History of the First Earth Day and the 1970 Earth Week Committee of Philadelphia

Earth Week | The History of the First Earth Day and the 1970 Earth Week Committee of Philadelphia

Listen to this playlist: twinley's Playlist


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

JUNK CAMP

JUNK CAMP


 I just had to include this photo! What an inspired way to use old books!! So cool!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Roost dainty glasses, set of 6

Roost dainty glasses, set of 6

Happy Birthday to Me


What is it about birthdays that turn a mature, sensible woman into an emotional mess of a little girl? I don't know and I'm not going to try to figure it out anymore. I know that growing up birthdays were a big deal thanks to my mom who loved to party.This was her time to shine and she would go all out with pink, pink, pink stuff everywhere. The table would be set in formal fashion with linen and flowers, place cards and china. The girlfriends would all arrive with fancy crinoline dresses in a variety of pastel shades and the more presents the merrier.We would eat pink cake with strawberries, pink ice cream and drink pink punch. We would of course play the usual birthday games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Simon Says and maybe end with a bubble blowing session in the backyard giggling our fool heads off. By the time I finished opening all my presents and licking the last of the icing off my cake, I would collapse into complete exhaustion dreaming party dreams and wondering what it would be like next year!
Once you reach a certain age, it seems that the consensus is that turning another year older, for lack of a better word, sucks. That nobody wants to be reminded that they are aging, gracefully or not. So somewhere along the line making a fuss about your birthday is just not socially accepted. Well I'm here to tell you that I don't buy into that thinking. I refuse to bitch and moan about my age on my birthday. I am well aware of just   how old I am in fact my body reminds me everyday with age spots and achy bones and sore muscles and sagging whatevers. So that's something one gets to look forward to on a day to day basis. BUT NOT ON YOUR BIRTHDAY. I am celebrating today, I am happy to be alive, I mean think of the alternative.....I'm not ready for that yet! So there may not be a formally set dinner table filled with pastel crinoline dressed girls or even a pink birthday cake with roses piped on it but there is a list a mile long of gifts I have in this life of many years and those my friends can not be bought at any mall.So.....











Yes, this is how I choose to view myself today.........SUPER E.



"Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened."  ~Jennifer Yane