Healthy Breakfast Scramble

I had something like this when Chris and I went to a little diner for breakfast during his Christmas holidays.  It was REALLY good.  It is hard to find breakfast options at most restaurants, especially diners, that are meatless.  I saw this on the menu I decided it was worth a try, and it was well worth it.

This morning I was hurting from my attempt at gardening yesterday so breakfast this morning had to be easy, or they were having Raisin Bran lol.

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This is… Painting! My Nightmare Before Christmas-Inspired Pictures

My mom shared this morning that my painting adventures have continued and I’ve found a way to make painting my own. I thought it would be appropriate to follow up by sharing my most recent painting endeavors.

For some time, I wanted to create a Nightmare Before Christmas/Alice in Wonderland theme in my bedroom. Right now, the only theme-related item is a stool my mom painted for me for Christmas.

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I love this stool and can’t wait to add more theme-related items into the room.

When searching the Internet for ideas to introduce this theme into the bedroom, I found several paintings and pictures that I loved! I decided it might be fun to try to recreate some of those pictures for myself – thus helping to introduce the theme and saving us some money along the way.

I started with smaller canvases from the dollar store – pictures of Jack and Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas for the two medium-sized canvases, and something Alice in Wonderland for the smaller canvas. I haven’t yet painted the smaller canvas (because I’m also working on a crochet project, which I will share more about this week) but wanted to share what I’ve done so far.

Like last week, I started by drawing Jack and Sally onto my canvases. You can see the smaller Alice in Wonderland-themed picture I’m planning to work on also. I’m hoping to finish it up tonight, if not one night this week.

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Once the sketches were done, I started painting a solid colour for Jack/Sally (I love purple so it was a no-brainer that I would be using purple as the main colour). I decided to use a watered-down silver for the background. I used a smaller brush for the purple. For the silver, I used a medium-sized brush for everything except for Jack and Sally’s mouths/stitches, which required a smaller brush. I slipped into the purple a couple times with the silver but it was easy to touch up with the purple once it was dry (and now I can’t even tell!).

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Once I was all done, I decided to add in some extra colours to brighten it up a bit – another shade of purple, yellow, and orange.

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I’m thinking about touching it up a bit more (and taming the lighter shade in Sally’s hair) but for now, this is the final product:

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So far, I’m enjoying painting. In the past, I used to always try to paint freehand. Now that I know I can sketch a picture and then paint it in, I’m creating things that I’m proud of. I’m sure it will become more fun as I learn new techniques from my mom.

Kim

Painting – Decorative Painting – Kim

I learned to paint a long time ago… well, I was given a few lessons from a friend who was a great decorative painter in exchange for dying her hair lol.  Her grandmother had just passed away and that was usually their thing, so I would have done it painting lessons or not.  I am so glad I didn’t pass on the lessons though.  It has opened my eyes to a whole other creative outlet.

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Peanut Butter Pie

I made the recipe below a few weeks ago.  I had to change a few things because I didn’t have exactly what the recipe called for.

Instead of Oreo crumbs, I used Graham cracker crumbs and I didn’t have any actual baker’s chocolate so I found a recipe for the Ganache made from cocoa. http://www.cakespy.com/blog/2014/12/13/how-to-make-ganache-with-cocoa-powder.html

I have to say it was absolutely delicious.  Sweet, but it’s chocolate and peanut butter, would you have it any other way?

While mine didn’t look as pretty as the one on the original website, it sure tasted great!

 

 

If you get a chance, try this recipe.  You will be very happy you did!

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, by Jasper

These are Kim’s favourite type of cookie to make at Christmas time! Maybe they will become your favourite too!!!

Abby Made Me Do It

(Jasper is 7. He loves to bake. He wanted to write a guest blog post. Here it is)

I made chocolate crinkle cookies today.

Once I make the batter I roll them up into a ball and then put them in powdered sugar then I put them on the baking sheet.

When they were finished getting cooked I tasted them and I think I made them very well.

They taste chocolatey. Their texture is soft. When I eat them they make me feel very happy. I like them very much. And you should make them too.

I got this recipe in a book called Kids Baking. It was a Christmas present. It was written by Abby Dodge, my Mom’s friend.Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar

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