Sprinkles on Sprinkles

Sprinkles

Yesterday, before my creative and relaxing evening painting with Studio Vino at Brix Taphouse and Brewery in Greeley, I got to play in some mud! We poured concrete footings on our site in Loveland and while I do love doing concrete work (yes you read that right), I also really love a good chocolate and rainbow sprinkled doughnut afterward!

Homegrown Paint and Sip!

Studio Vino Night 2

I have always wanted to try a paint and sip class, and last night I got that opportunity with my friend, Sarah! After my cupkeiki was born, my manimal signed me up for a painting class, as a way to take a short break from new mamahood, sickness (I went through a scary postpartum) and give him and her a little father and daughter time-swimming in the baby pool and sipping on fresh coconut milk (fresh as in, straight from the nut! Aaahhh the tropical life in Hawaii was good!!) I loved my painting class. There were three students, and one great instructor and we worked for six weeks on techniques and in the end made a final piece that reflected what we learned and loved. Sadly, a fellow classmate and wonderful friend died last month, from colon cancer. Last night, while I painted I thought of him and the joy he took in painting and it made me smile to have such a fond memory.

The painting class was through a local company, Studio Vino, in Loveland. The class was held at Brix Taphouse and Brewery, a trendy little spot in downtown Greeley. I was actually surprised at how many craft breweries were in the area. Brix had a great atmosphere for painting, and getting together. The instructor of the evenings painting lesson was fun and helpful and really made the experience enjoyable! In all, it was a fun night, a little creative mamacation and I walked away with a fun painting to hang up, because the best art is sometimes the art you create!

Studio Vino Night 1

If you have never tried a paint and sip, I highly recommend it. There are lots of places that offer the fun experience, and I’ll add a link to Studio Vino, in case you’re in the area and want to check them out!!

Studio Vino-Paint & Sip in Loveland, Colorado

 

P.S., special thanks to my mama, for the excellent Christmas gift!!

Date Syrup

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I like trying new things, when I’m DIYing in the kitchen. Today I wanted to use up some medjool dates that were starting to call out from the cupboard to be used…after months of sitting…

Folks who are looking to avoid refined sugar and are into Paleo and Vegan friendly sweeteners are using dates as snacks and in their baking and cooking recipes. The reason? Dates are naturally occurring, and require no processing. They are high in fiber, potassium and vitamin B6. However, just because dates are a natural alternative, doesn’t mean we should load up on them. The important thing to remind ourselves to do, is limit all sugar in general.

I used 7 medjool dates, pitted
1 C. Hot water
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

I didn’t really let the dates soak, because I’m impatient and also not sure of the purpose. Instead of soaking I put everything in my food processor, and processed for a minute. Then I transferred everything over to a small heavy sauce pan, and heated to a boil over med heat, stirring constantly, for about 5 min, turned off the heat and using an immersion blender; blended it the rest of the way – to a thicker and smooth, less grainy texture. Next time I might just start in the sauce pan and skip the processor altogether.