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Laundry room update

No I’m not ashalaundry room beforemed to post a picture of my ugly basement laundry room. Like many of us, the laundry is located in the room where things go to die (a.k.a. storage area) of your home and it is probably not a room that is high on your redecorating project hit list.
Well last week we had a blast of winter temperatures of -40+ Celsius, for imperial people who is -43.6, which is way too cold for any outdoor activities, and as they say idle hands = an idle mind.
Being in a rental we do have restrictions on what we are and are not allowed to do. We can paint but will have to repaint when we leave to have it in the same condition as we found it. So I have found ways to add the updates that are no so permanent. This laundry room was updated with a little bit of contact paper, art work and some heavy-duty cleaning.  Now it is a much more fun environment to be in. I would love to hear what you think.

Laundry room after

Laundry room after

Vegan doughnut recipe

Also known as beaver tails or elephant ears. You can also use this recipe as an Egg Free and Dairy Free bread recipe when you use a vegan margarine to grease your pans. A standard bread recipe in my kitchen that I use as a base for bread, buns, pizza pockets and sweet or savory monkey bread. In this adaption I will be showing you how this recipe can also be transformed into a dessert.
This recipe makes 3 loafs – 40 buns or a tonne of desserts *Adjust accordingly*
1/3 cup oil plus additional oil for frying
1 tbsp salt
6-7 cups flour (you can use a 3 Cup white and 3 whole wheat and add white to mix to firm up)
3 Cup warm water
1 ½ TBSP yeast
1/4 C sugar
One bowl – warm water, yeast, sugar and set aside for a few minutes to poof. I poof whether I am using a quick rise or traditional yeast.
Big Bowl- salt, oil, flour and add in water mix.
Mix with wooden spoon or hand adding flour until everything is mixed in and its no longer sticky. – You don’t have to knead for hours with this
Put it to bed (place in a warm area – I use a heating pad) and wait until doubled in size. about an hour or so.
This is where you can make the bread or dessert choice. If making bread punch down and form into loaves and place in greased pans and set aside until doubled again. Preheat oven to 375 and bake for 25 min. Remove from pan and cool on racks.
If you are making a dessert, heat your oil until you can dip a wooden spoon into the oil and bubbles form around it. Punch down your dough and rip off lemon sized portions, stretch it out with your hands and place in hot oil. Fry until golden brown, flip and repeat. Take it out of the oil and drain on a piece of paper towel.
Now you can get creative with your toppings. I personally like a dusting of icing sugar, but they can be drizzled with fudge sauce or maybe a little honey or better yet, some fresh coconut butter. Yum! I can post the recipe I use to make home-made coconut butter if your interested.Vegan dessert

 

Tooth Fairy Pillow

tooth fairy pillowA quick and easy project for your little ones milestone of loosing their first or tenth tooth. This little magic pillow is made from fleece and felt scraps, some iron on tape, glitter (because fairy magic won’t work without glitter.) and a little stuffing.

The little tooth pocket holds a toonie perfectly and the door hanger doesn’t require the tooth fairy to risk waking the little one for the big exchange.

The kids also love that the Tooth Fairy has also included a certificate for the teeth lost so far with dates and locations. My children love it, hope you do to.

Top Hat ornaments

Let’s start this new blog with some Christmas decoration inspiration. Every year we pick a new ornament for friend gift exchange and this year we were inspired by reading the classic Alice in Wonderland. The kids love all of the colorful characters and it’s a story that never gets old. This ornament is based on the shape of the crazy top hat the Mad Hatter wears, but with using supplies that I had on hand I modified the embellishments . This is a great way to use up all those extra bits and baubles. See other Christmas ornaments here: http://tampster1.blogspot.ca/search/label/Christmas#.UqiaNP2A1y0

red felt hat ornament

Blue Tophat red felt hat ornament

Purple Top Hat

Purple Top Hat

green top hat ornament

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