My name is Jaimey and I live in Salt Lake City, UT. I love to play in nature, go on adventures, and keep myself as healthy as possible. To stay mentally and physically healthy, I play with my dog, fly fish, cook, craft, and spend time in the wild. I cook mostly vegan and love the challenge of finding creative alternatives to animal products. I like to make up my own things, so most of my sewing and cooking that I blog about are new pieces of art.
I am such a breakfast girl, but don't always have time in the mornings make a good breakfast. Today I decided to prepare my breakfasts for the week. These pancake muffins are super easy, delicious and fluffy!
This is what you will need:
1 1/2 cups flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 2 Tbs. sugar 1 eggless egg 1 1/2 cups soy milk If you want to spruce them up a little, add 1 ripe mashed banana and 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips Greased muffin pan freezer baggies for storage
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients, then mix in the wet. Fold in the mashed banana and chocolate chips. Don't over-mix.
Grease your pan.
Scoop in the batter so the muffin tins are about 3/4 full.
Place in 350F oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until you slide a toothpick in and it comes out clean.
Carefully take the muffins out of their baking pan and let them cool.
While mine were cooling, I had to do a taste test. :)
Yep. they're good!
Put two muffins per bag, or how many you want for breakfast.
Place those small bags in a large freezer safe Ziplock bag and put in the freezer. When you want to grab one out for breakfast, throw them in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until they are warm and enjoy!
Today I went up American Fork Canyon to get some peace and quiet. The peace ended with a frantic mom yelling for her son to get out of the canyon road, but it was really nice up until then. :) Do you remember when you were a kid and the days seemed to never end? Well today is one of those days. These days don't come often enough!
While I was laying in my hammock eating homemade truffle popcorn with Dorothy, I wrote this in my journal.
"As I'm laying in my hammock secured to two trees, I can feel the mountain breeze gently pull the stress out of me.
I'm swaying back and forth feeling the tension release with every swing.
Off in the distance, birds are dancing in the tree tops. The river is gracefully dancing. The leaves are singing a song to me.
Makes me think of the quote by John Muir: "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. For natures peace will...."
A little boy just ran into the road and a frantic mom is screaming and running after him. She let him go on his own for about ten minutes and when she went to look for him she found him playing in the road. She is yelling at him while he slowly walks behind her with his head hung low.
I am super distracted now so I'm going to tat."
Take some time to relax in nature. There's nothing quite like it! What a perfect day. Once I got home from the canyon, Matt and I had veggie burgers with spicy sweet potato fries and sweet sun tea.
We ate out on the back patio. What a beautiful evening!
I love sweet sun tea. It's a perfect refreshing drink in the summer and is so easy to make.
You will need: Glass container for brewing tea 6 cups filtered water 3 tea bags (black tea) 3-4 stems of fresh mint 1/2 cup simple syrup Lemon for garnishing your cup Gather stems of fresh mint leaves. You can get mint at the grocery store also or opt out of the mint.
Washed and pull off the broken leaves.
Fill up the glass container with fresh filtered water, and add the mint and tea bags. Set outside for the remainder of the day. Make sure it gets a lot of sunlight.
This is what it looks like after nine hours of brewing in the sun.
Bring the tea inside. Take out all but one mint stem and all the tea bags.
Make the simple syrup. 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup sugar Cook on medium high heat for about 3 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Stir continuously to prevent burning. Add the simple syrup. Add lemon slices and ice to your drinking glass. If you add the lemon to the brewing tea, it will make the tea bitter.
Pour the sun tea and enjoy!
If you want your tea to be stronger, put it in the fridge over night and skip the ice. I couldn't wait to drink it, so I had to add the ice. The tea turned out perfect, and is not bitter. Have fun and enjoy!
After going to Victoria to have High Tea with my aunt, I have been craving a tea party. My eight year-old neighbor is always looking for something fun to do, so I invited her over for a tea party.
She was really excited, but pulled a face when she asked if we were going to have tea. The second she said that, I thought, Oooh MaryJane's Mint Julip ChillOver.
You will need:
1 teaspoon MaryJanes ChillOver powder
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup Sugar
2 drops Peppermint extract
Bring the water, lemon juice, and sugar to a boil. Make sure the sugar is melted and keep stirring.
Bring the stove down to medium heat and add the ChillOver powder (ChillOver powder sets up like gelatin but is cruelty free). Let this cook for about three minutes.
Take off the heat, stir in two drops peppermint essential oil.
Pour into cute tea cups and let chill for about two hours.
Garnish with a peppermint leaf. Josie didn't want to eat the leaf, but thought it was really pretty. :)
I found this recipe in
on page 108.
For the food I made cute PB&Js, sliced fruit, chocolate chips and baked wheat thins.
You probably know how to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but I made these ones extra special for cute Josie. I spread on peanut butter with homemade strawberry jam mixed with lemon curd. It was a delicious mix.
Use a cookie cutter to shape your sandwich.
Put it on a cute tea plate. I garnished with grapes.
Not sure if you can tell, but this one is a dress.
Josie had so much fun!
This adorable eight year-old loved the Mint Julep in place of tea, devoured the pb&j, mangos, and chocolate chips. :)
It was a fun weekend cooking up MaryJane's ChillOvers
and crafting a beautiful bench.
I recently purchased MaryJane Butters ChillOver powder since she makes it look so
good in her books. Her ChillOver Powder is like gelatin, but is cruelty free and made with a variety of sea vegetables. Thank
goodness for her persistence in perfecting the ChillOver powder because
it makes amazing desserts!
This is my ChillOver tea party. I set it up in my Longaberger sewing basket. :) It's made with ChillOver powder and Izze Sparkling juice. The
carbination stays in the ChillOver tickling your tongue when you put it in your mouth. It's amazing! It set up in tea cups. Makes for a perfect "Chilled" tea party on a hot day. It was a
If you want to purchase some of her ChillOver Powder for yourself, click here.
This is another ChillOver chocolate dessert I made this weekend. My family said they want me to make it for every birthday and family party.
I think they liked it ;)
My beautiful, sweet mom is in the pink.
I also made an adorable bench during the weekend with the help of my dad and his shop.
(This is a photo of the worlds best dad and cutest nephew)