Monday, May 11, 2015

Sweet Potato Muffins with coconut flour ~ Not half bad!

This evening my 16-year-old step son, the pickiest eater west of the Rockies, said my muffins were "not half bad". This also means "half good", which is huge praise coming from him. The deal with the muffins? They were made with coconut flour that I discovered at the market ~ and sweetened with mashed sweet potato and maple. Not your ordinary sugary mini-cake muffins. No butter, no refined sugar, no wheat or grains.... and not half bad! 

Mix dry ingredients:
1-1/2 cup organic coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Beat together:
6 organic eggs
1 cup cooked and mashed organic sweet potato
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup unsweetened organic almond milk 
Toss in:
1 cup dried organic cranberries (could try raisins, chocolate chips, nuts)

Mix the dry ingredients with the wet, and let sit for 3 minutes so coconut flour can absorb the liquid. Scoop batter into greased muffin pan and bake for 30+ minutes at 350, till set.  Let muffins cool and store in fridge. Makes a dozen.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

I don't do windows. Décorview DOES!

When I remodeled a Sonoma family compound, I brought in one of Décorview's 
window treatment experts, Janeen, to show me how to achieve the look I wanted. 
See how the gorgeous Hunter Douglas window coverings completed the 
new look and functionality of this property... Read it here.

Check out how Décorview helped with my window covering solutions

Thursday, April 3, 2014

My first IKEA HACK-attack

I am not really a DIY type, at least not any more. When I was younger, you would find me crocheting sweaters without patterns, pouring molten silver into lost-wax jewelry casts, silk screening my own designs onto tees... if it could be "made", I was making it. Fast-forward to now and I don't even like to paint my own walls. But as I was searching for a vintage dresser in a yellowy-green, there was nothing to be found. Being the avid PINNER that I am, so many DIYers were creating and pinning IKEA hacks; taking an inexpensive and cheaply-produced Swedish article and transforming it into something different. So that is how this yellowy-green dresser found it's way into my guest room. I won't say I am particularly proud of my first IKEA hack. An antique piece would have so much more character. But it's bright, cute, and holds my guests' socks just fine.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Rachel's "Deconstructed S'mores"

My step daughter Rachel came up with this recipe and is making it for a teenage girls party tonight. I thought it was so ingenious I had to blog about it. She mixed together equal parts of little Teddie Grahams (plain and chocolate) miniature marshmallows, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. She will serve it in a large bowl and provide a ladle and little cups so guests can each have a cupful. Super easy and fun.
(Great idea, Rachel, even if it IS unhealthy!)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The well-dressed light bulb.

As an interior designer, I am regularly tasked with choosing light fixtures for green home design. As I search for the perfect energy-efficient lighting solutions for our clients, (which are mostly along the lines of zen modern and clean-lined) I can't help but marvel at a few unique fixtures along the way. Below are a handful of interesting fixtures that caught my eye... These may never be right for a client, but maybe I can find a space for one or two of them... somewhere?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Crispy. Tasty. Healthy. YES, PLEASE!

Lower your caloric intake this holiday season with this easy-to-make snack.

Jo’s Baked Zucchini Parmesan 

3 large zucchini, washed and sliced thin on the diagonal
2 whole wheat sliced bread heels, toasted and cooled
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
dash oregano
dash garlic salt
dash pepper
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 475°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
Beat one egg with milk in shallow bowl and drop zucchini slices into the liquid to coat. Make breadcrumbs by pulsing day-old or toasted whole wheat bread in blender or food processor- adding the cheese and herbs until fine bread crumbs form. Pour onto a large plate. Lightly bread the egg-covered zucchini slices and place on cookie sheet. Lightly spray top of zucchini slices with cooking spray and place into hot oven. Cook for 10 minutes, then turn the slices over and cook for another 10 minutes, watching to make sure the zucchini is crispy-browned, but does not burn. Serve with warmed organic tomato sauce for dipping. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Creativity is just a click away.

Social media has opened the door to uncovering creative finds that we may never have been exposed to. Through flickr, tumblrPinterestFacebook and others, we have a window into the world of painters, metalsmiths, quilters, sculptors... Below are some wonderful artists that I have discovered while clicking.

Featured artists from around the world:  Sabine Timm, Germany;  Louise van Terheijden, Netherlands;  Anja ZaharanskiGermany;  Szilvia Vihriala, Finland;  Alexandra Abraham, Great Britain;  Kit VincentCanada;  Pia Holm, Finland;  ElinUnited Kingdom;  Analya Cespedes, Chile;  Michele Fabbricatore, Italy.