Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Cards Using Ribbon

Today the weather was finally decent enough to go outside. It was so nice to be out in the sun. We went on a nature hike and then took Harper to an Easter egg hunt at a local church. It was more of an Easter egg grab because they just scattered all the eggs out on the ground, but she still had fun.
The card below is so easy and fun to make. All you do is cut out an egg shape from light cardboard. Then you hot glue strips of ribbon in rows onto it. Finish off by cutting the hanging ends of ribbon off and sticking the egg to a card.
Here's another card that uses ribbon, but this time it's just a divider between the two types of paper. The rabbit was a stamp that I cut out.

This recipe makes super yummy cookies and even better dough. Maybe I'll figure out an egg free cookie dough edition of it. Anyway, the cookies are worth baking the dough for. They are slightly crunchy with a gooey inside. Yummy! I used huge chunks of chocolate and three types of nuts to make them.

Nuts About Chocolate Chips Cookies
makes 3 dozen
3 cups oatmeal
2 cups almonds
¾ cup peanut butter
¼ cup coconut oil
 2 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp baking soda
¾ cup coconut pulp from making coconut milk (or you can blend ¾ coconut flakes very finely)
1 tsp baking powder
1 ½ cups pitted dates
3/4 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
½ cup chocolate chips

 Blend the almonds and oatmeal into flour. In a large mixing bowl, mix the almond flour, oat flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugars. Set aside. Blend or process the dates with the coconut pulp, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla, and coconut oil. Stir this in with the dry ingredients. Once it’s well mixed, add the chocolate chips. Scoop out into 2 tbsp big balls onto a baking stone. Flatten slightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Allow them to sit on the stone for a few minutes after taking them out of the oven, and then transfer them to a cooling rack for 10 minutes. They taste delicious warm, but even better cooled. They get crispier the longer they sit out.

I was just looking back at my past posts, and I realized that today is the one year anniversary of my blog. I cannot believe the year has passed by so quickly! It's been so much fun sharing craft ideas and recipes. I can't wait to see what the next year of posts has in store.

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