Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean shared the recipe for this crumble a few weeks ago on her blog. I bookmarked it knowing I had to make it soon. I modified the recipe for 1 person because I knew I would be topping it with Greek yogurt for breakfast (or dessert) for myself. #selfish. The original recipe is for 4-6 people, though, if you're interested in making more.
Let's get to it!
Preheat your oven to 350°. For the filling, combine all of the following in an oven safe bowl or ramekin: 1 peeled, cored, and finely chopped pear; 1 tbsp of sugar; 1 tbsp of brown sugar; 1/8 tsp of cinnamon; 1/4 tbsp of flour; 1/4 peeled and finely chopped ginger; 1/8 tsp of vanilla; and a pinch of salt.
In a separate bowl, combine all of the following to make the topping: 1/4 c of flour, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1/8 cup of rolled oats.* Add 1/8 cup of burnt butter to the mixture just until well combined. You want it to be crumbly.
(*I forgot to grab walnuts at the grocery store, but I'll definitely be adding them to the topping next time).
Top the pear mixture with the oat topping and bake for 35-40 minutes. Finally, allow your crumble to cool for 15 min. or so.
Top with vanilla Greek yogurt (or ice cream!) and a pinch of cinnamon. You loyal readers know I'm looking to lighten my desserts. ;) This crumble is amazing! I wasn't sure I'd like the ginger, but I really did! I'll be adding this recipe to my Greek yogurt recipes for fall.
Other Greek yogurt recipes inspired by Tracy: shortbread strawberry crumble and cinnamon peaches with cookies.
Have any Greek yogurt, dessert recipes you'd like to share? Leave your recipes or links in the comments. :)
If you try a recipe I share, be sure to let me know! Use the hashtag: #greekyogurt52ways.
**This year I'm making Greek yogurt 52 ways. Read about why I'm doing this project right here and read about the health benefits of Greek yogurt right here. See all of the ways I've incorporated Greek yogurt into my dessert or breakfast so far here. I recently completed a 52 sandwiches project. Read more about that project here.**
Monday, November 23, 2015
I finally made time to work in my pocket memory (project life) book this morning and was able to catch up with August.
As I've mentioned over and over and over relentlessly ;) I document my family's year with 1 traditional 12x12" book and 2- 8 1/2x11" books- one 8 1/2x11" book for our summer months and another for December Daily (coming up quick!). The last time I blogged about my pocket memory book, I mentioned that I recapped our summer months (June, July, and part of August) in my 12x12" book as I'm back to working in there after completing our summer book. (See part 1 of our summer book here and part 2 of it here). I still had the rest of August to complete after those layouts.
I shared a couple of my favorite pictures from my girls' first day of school this week. I added a Design H pocket protector for extra pockets and inserts.
I love this school themed paper I picked up a couple of years ago in Target's clearance section (I don't know the name of the company or designer). It's my go-to paper for school themed layouts. I journaled a bit on this spread, but kept it private as it includes names of teachers.
Above, on the left, is the back of the Design H page protector and a sheet Addy colored for kindergarten.
Above is week #34 on the right. I excluded the inserts so you could see what the entire layout looks like. My soon to be sister-in-law Jenna gave me a kit which included the wood veneers. She has several kits in her etsy shop. (LOVE!) I included a couple of pictures and the recipe for Greek yogurt 52 ways #23 Ina Garten's orange banana smoothie* in this layout.
(*This morning for breakfast I added a handful of spinach to this smoothie to make it a "green smoothie." It was not the prettiest color! :/ Still technically "green" though with all that spinach. It was delicious, too).
Above is the last spread for August. That picture of Juli with the watermelon is one of my all time favorites of her. Finally, I included a couple of pictures and the recipe for Greek yogurt 52 ways #24 yellow summer squash bread- my family couldn't get enough of this bread when I was baking it with yellow squash from our garden.
And there you have it! August is in the books. :)
Here's a list of supplies and embellishments not already mentioned:
Project Life Design A; Heidi Grace rubber stamps; black and white weekly cards from I'm A Paper Nerd; Kraft core cards; Martha Stewart labels (from Staple's); Project Life grid cards; Pilot razor point black pen; A Beautiful Mess ledger cards; flair badge from The Crafty Pickle; paper clips from Target; black ink stamp set from Close to My Heart
Related: Memory Keeping: 2015, December Daily 2014, 10 Tips for Catching Up with Project Life
Friday, November 20, 2015
All the heart eye emojis for Friday (especially a Friday before Thanksgiving break! :)
I have 5+ links to share with you:
1. I tried this on my girls' hair this week: The Romantic Triple Twist Ponytail by Rebecca Stice. So pretty. Another from A Beautiful Mess- 3 Stove Simmers to Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays! by Elsie Larson. I'm trying that pinecone, cinnamon, and apple simmer this week.
2. I mentioned that I'm trying to resist listening to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. Almost there. I can make it. ;) In the meantime, I'm gathering ideas for our activity advent calendar. We watch Elf every year. Here's 10 Must Watch Christmas Movies To Share With Your Families! by Sumaiya Kabir and 26 Easy Christmas Candy Recipes You Should Try Making! by Felix Hoi. My sister-in-law Sarah made those penguins from olives and cream cheese one year. So cute! I'm hoping Jasmine will consider making those Christmas trees with pretzel sticks and chocolate. She's the chocolatier around here.
I've had my creative food moments, too! ;) See our chocolate covered marshmallow reindeer here. See more muffin tin meal ideas here.
3. I made Tracy Benjamin's Soyrizo Tacos this week (without kale because my family would not have been happy about that). We enjoy breakfast for dinner almost weekly. I added egg to the soyrizo and topped our tacos with shredded cheese, salsa, and sour cream. We also had tater tots on the side. I'm doing this again next week! Yum.
4. How many cozy activities can I fit into my life this winter?? (Maybe I'll write a winter manifesto like my fall manifesto- which is going well, by the way). I'm taking ideas from Sarah Von Bargen's How to Hygge (or 29 Ways to Actually Enjoy Winter).
5. I'm taking notes from this article: Do’s and Don’ts for Setting Healthy Boundaries by Paula Durlofsky. I struggle in this area.
And 2 more because I can't help myself when it comes to productivity and routines: both by Mentor Palokaj- 11 Ways To Be Hyper Productive and 10 Morning Habits of Successful People That You Should Learn.
I hope you have an excellent weekend! :)
See more Five on Friday posts here.
"winter's day" photo by Ginny // cc
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
I meant to post this picture yesterday for Workspace Wednesday! (It's a good thing you weren't holding me to that whole "See you tomorrow" thing. ;)
I'm working on my 2015 memory book. I'm still in August. Wish me luck! :)
See more Workspace Wednesday posts here.
I'm working on my 2015 memory book. I'm still in August. Wish me luck! :)
See more Workspace Wednesday posts here.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
I said, "See you Monday!" but what I meant was "See you Tuesday!" ;) If you're not sick of me and my random posting, yet, thank you for sticking around!
How's November treating you? Are you getting busy with the holiday season approaching? Yep. Me, too!
This is what November has been like for me. Currently: I'm...
blogging sporadically- at best. :/
catching up with my memory book/project life book. I printed some pictures last week and I am preparing to make a mess on my dining table. I have to be comfortable with that mess sitting there for a while as I catch up. It doesn't bother anybody else as much as it bothers me. I need to take my own advice: 10 Tips for Catching Up with Project Life.
finished with My Sister's Keeper. I finished reading it last week. It was sad as I expected. It was also touching, thought-provoking, and profound. I enjoy the depth of Jodi Picoult's characters and the intricacy of her plots.
beginning to read Little Women. I picked it up at the library yesterday (I went with Jasmine). For this past Five on Friday, I mentioned that Little Women is on this list of 10 Fantastic Suggestions You Can Add To Your Christmas Reading List. Emily Myrin, the writer of that list, shared that "While it [Little Women] isn’t strictly a Christmas book, there are many significant Christmas scenes in the novel and many people associate the novel with Christmas time." I had said it didn't feel like a summer read when I started reading it a few months ago. I'm ready for it now. And I'm looking forward to watching the movie.
listening to my same ole podcasts (Your Move with Andy Stanley and The Jess Lively Show) and resisting the urge to listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. ;)
happy I got to have coffee with my friend Denise this morning. I feel more energized after chatting with her. (My advice: schedule a friend date today. ;)
also happy I got to see my good friend Kerri recently. We've been friends for 20 years. I've known her since 7th grade!
embracing this colder weather. I live in southern California so it isn't terribly cold yet, but for us flip-flip people, it's getting there. ;)
loving quiet evenings with Jesse watching a movie or TV. We've been watching Parks and Recreation lately. I watched all but the final season. He hadn't watched it at all, so I'm rewatching it and it's his first go around. He likes it. I've forgotten so much. It's hilarious.
looking forward to Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes, here I come. (It'll be nice to see family, too, I think. Just kidding- OF COURSE it'll be nice to see family! :)
needing to get to the store to buy sweet potatoes- they're my favorite, seasonal vegetable. (This is how I prepare them).
braiding my girls' hair every morning. Making their hairy fancy has become a hobby for me! I'm looking to try this soon.
drinking this green smoothie every day. I really like it!
wearing flannel. I wish I could wear flannel all year round.
hating that I have less and less time these days! There's always so much to do.
working on 30 Days of Thankful, which has been more difficult than I realized- not because I'm not thankful, but because I hardly have time to journal what I'm thankful for. I may tweak this project to work for me.
planning to stick to a cleaning routine this coming year. It'll be one of my major goals for the year. I was inspired by this list and my friend Denise. :)
laughing about this article I read years ago. I mentioned it to a friend the other day and had to go searching for it to send the link to her. I'm glad I found it!
super excited to use my new planner for 2016. Jesse bought it for my birthday (per my request). I got it a few weeks ago, but I'm not opening it 'til my birthday next month. I haven't spent this much on a planner before... we'll see what I think after using it.
feeling comforted by this thought: "Things take the time they take. Don't worry." - Mary Oliver. (via @brandeye8)
Hope you're having a good one! See you tomorrow (don't hold me to it though. ;)
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Photo by Loren Kerns // cc