Monday, June 10, 2013

raw cashew cheesecake

raw cheesecake
we are celebrating colden's teacher's birthday today and made our favorite raw cashew "cheese"cake. it is super easy, and always enjoyed. (plus, i always make it differently and it always turns out delicious.) the original recipe is here, but this time i used: 2 c. cashews, juice of 3 lemons, 1/3 c. honey, 2-4 tbsp vanilla, 4-6 tbsp coconut oil. or something like that. so, i barely followed the recipe at all, i guess. i put berries on the bottom of a silicon muffin tin, followed by the cashew cream, and popped it in the freezer. yum! happy birthday!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

more summer fires

we have wood to burn from our neighbor who had to cut down her apple tree, and from a big tree we bought that lived in downtown portland. there is something especially lovely in burning some locally-grown portland trees. with all of our log beds we also have plenty of bark falling off all over. we're collecting it for our summer fire pile (along with plenty of cardboard, feedbags, and spent popsicle sticks).

Friday, June 7, 2013

this moment

a b chalk

Thursday, June 6, 2013

this place

gonzy's eater
the cedar trees in our yard host this little bird house and feeder. i just noticed the little squirrel table and chair says, "gonzy's eater" on it. my neighbor has told me stories about when gonzy and his wife lived in this house, and filled the yard with garden. we keep on planting too.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

stone crafts

strawberry stones
azalia and i are collaborating on some fun stone projects. marc suggested i save them for a special solstice gift, and i thought that was a wonderful idea. but i do have a hard time keeping presents a secret, just like my five-year old.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

making medicine

lemon balm
our patch of lemon balm has grown quite well this year. we've been harvesting it and drying it for tea-making. so, i figured it was about time to make some tincture! i just did the "folk" method, which involves; cutting up the plant and packing it tightly in your jar, covering it with alcohol (everclear in this case), and letting it sit for a bit. my herbal medicine making book said fifteen days, but i remember my teacher saying four to six weeks. i think i'll try to let it infuse as long as possible. it should be especially potent from little helping hands.
lemon balm tincture

Monday, June 3, 2013


we had a poster board kicking around, so we got out our magazine stash and began cutting and gluing away! we do love a good mess.