Kids of the King

My life as a kid of the King


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Sweet Potato Brownies! Recipe Review!

Yummy…. I love finding recipes on Pinterest! I pinned a recipe for Sweet Potato Brownies a while ago and made them for the first time last week. We were having a graduation celebration for a bunch of our church youth. It was a great time and a bit emotional for some…. (me). We had a tea and dessert theme so I brought brownies!

REVIEW:

  • Is it easy to make/prepare? Pretty simple, a few extra steps than normal.
  • How long does it take? A bit long – I had to boil the sweet potatoes then puree them and it took a bit longer to cook in my oven that stated on recipe.
  • Is it Kid friendly?Are brownies EVER NOT??
  • Are the ingredients easy to find? I didnt have some items in my cupboard – but I substituted and it was fine. It was very forgiving that way!
  • How does it Taste? AMAZING! Can’t wait to do it again! This is my new brownie recipe! No need for icing!

Here is the original recipe – I made some changes (because of what I had on hand) and I really didnt measure so this proves that this is a very forgiving recipe!!

Photo and recipe courstesy of: http://thecopycatcook.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/sweet-potato-brownies/

Gooey Sweet Potato Brownies
From Making Love in the Kitchen

3 ounces (or about one bar) unsweetened chocolate (*I uses semi sweet chocolate chips*)
1 tbsp coconut oil
½ cup sweet potato puree
3 tbsp raw honey
½ cup coconut sugar (*I used brown sugar*)
¼ cup cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup apple sauce (*I only had a berry/apple sauce – so I used that!*)
¼ cup water
¾ cup brown rice flour (*I used regular brown flour*)
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8×8-inch square pan with coconut oil and powder with flour.

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil over low heat.

Combine sweet potato, coconut sugar, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla and applesauce in the food processor. Add the chocolate/oil mix and combine until smooth – it should be creamy, not too dry. Mix in the flour, baking powder and sea salt and process again. Add water if needed for desired consistency.

Pour batter into the pan, smooth it out with a spatula and bake it for 35 – 40 minutes. Insert a toothpick to make sure they are cooked through; they should be firm when you press down.

Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.


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Pinterest Challenge – Day 1!

I am a pinterest junkie!!(Check out my boards HERE) I could look and re-pin all the day long! But honestly – how many of us actually DO the ideas we pin? Well I am challenging myself and YOU other pinners to do one of your pins everyday for the next week!

Here is what I did last night from my “Yummy…” board!

Cheesy Quinoa Bites – And they were REALLY GOOD! Even cold the next day, they were a great snack!

Cheesy Quinoa Bites
Makes ~28 bites

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 stalks green onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Mix together quinoa, carrot, egg, green onion, garlic, cilantro, cheese, flour, salt and pepper.
3.  Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each). 
4.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.

I got the recipe from

http://www.soveryblessed.com/2012/01/cheesy-quinoa-bites.html

I changed a few things – I think it is pretty flexible to whatever you have in the cupboard or fridge!

I think that most of my pins for the challenge will be food – BUT WHO CARES! We gotta eat right?

Now all I have to do is wait for little Miss Beans to get home and we are going to do some pinterest recipe BAKING! YUM! I will share (the recipe – not the treat) with you all tomorrow!


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Awesome tips!

her new leaf

I am still obsessed with Instagram – are you? I think it’s a great way to capture small, every-day moments that you might otherwise forget. I love looking back over my photos and remembering when I took them! Here are a few tips for how to make your Instagrams shine.

Use your phone’s camera app to take your photo, then import into Instagram. The built-in camera app has way more capability than the Instagram camera, including zoom, focus, and exposure.

Bonus tip – ever had a photo turn out poorly because your subject was backlit and appeared too dark? On the iPhone, touch and hold your finger on your subject to lock the focus and exposure.

When you bring your photos in from the camera app, you will have the ability to zoom in on your subject – use it! Cut out anything unimportant in the background and showcase the…

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Quick dying tip!

Just a quick tip! If you want to dye your own wool rovings or pure wool yarns – this is the time to pick up CHEAP dyes!! Check out your local shops for their discounted Easter stuff! The color tablets from the DIY egg dying kits are ideal for wool dying!! They come with all sorts of other stickers and stuff – which can always be used somewhere! I just picked some up for 75% off – I hope there is some more when it hits 90% off!

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Braids Braids Braids!!!

I have ALOT of hair!! Seriously ALOT! I love it! I don’t want to cut it at all! I want it to be longer in fact! But it can cause many bad hair days for sure! I wanted to share some really cute braids that I have found online and have been using in my own hair.

Waterfall Braid:

Fishtale Braid:

I havn’t tried the boho braid yet – looking forward to it though!

Boho Braid Tutorial:

 

There are soooo many really cool hair tutorials out there! Have fun!


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Coffee or Tea? Dying tutorial.

The other day I thought I would try dying some wool with some really old coffee beans and some tea that I didnt like! So I googled it and figured out it is just like any other dye! But I will share with you!(I also dyed other wool using some BLUE food colouring – you will see in the pictures)

First Step:

 Get some warm water and add some vinegar. Put your wool in and let it soak for a while.

Second Step:

Make the dye bath. So take what ever it is, Coffee (from the coffee pot is the easiest) or Tea (steeped and strained) and add some vinegar (Vinegar acts as an acid so help animal fibres absorb colour). You may need to add some more hot water depending on the strength of the colour or amount of wool you are planning to dye.

Third Step: 

 Add the wool from the vinegar bath (try not to bring all the waterover by gently squeezing some out) and heat on the stove. Make sure your wool is covered. *Do NOT let your pot come to a boil – it can cause felting to the wool).

Fourth Step:

When the wool is at the desired shade (it may lighten once rinsed) take out, rinse in similar temp water slowly making cooler and spin in a salad spinner. *Some may wish to add a bit of soap for a soap rinse as well*

Fifth Step:

 

Lay out to dry in the sun. You will know it is dry when it is not cool to the touch.

NOTES and TIPS:

I noticed that the tea and coffee did not turn out as dark as I had hoped. I think that will differ from different types and strengths.

All the colour did not absorb like other dyes do, so that was not a sign of it being finished. I think I left it for 30 mins.

I found dying with onion skins MUCH easier… with a darker colour. BUT it didnt smell as nice 🙂

I dont know if I will do this type much. Although I think it will look AMAZING carded with my onion skin dyed wool and natural brown wool!!

 


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Beach Themed Necklace and Earring Holder

I have so many beautiful necklaces and earrings but I rarely wear them! So I have been trying to think of something to hang my MANY necklaces on, so they do not get tangled and forgotten. My bathroom is kinda “beachy” and I really wanted something to tie in with that. Whenever I go to the beach (and there are LOTS of beaches around here) with my kids, we always come home with a bucket of shells and driftwood.  Soooo I went outside to our latest driftwood score (which is still sitting by my front door!) and found exactly what I was looking for!!!

What I did:

I took the drift wood and hammered a picture hanger on the back. Then I took some tarnished hooks, and a few different sized tarnished nail (I didnt want them to have a “new” look) and screwed and nailed them to the front of the wood. I had to make sure I spaced them well so there was room for my jewellry and it wouldnt be totally uneven. It was sooo easy and quick! And I am SOOO HAPPY with how it turned out!!

Here are some pics of other necklace and earring holder ideas!

 

The rake is my FAVOURITE – I can’t wait to make one for our bedroom!