Awake My Soul

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There’s a part of me that has been in a deep hibernation. I’ve not been able to stir it, to bring it up from the dark depth of my soul. Yet I can feel it, tossing and turning; reminding me of what I’d laid to rest years back. It breaths deeply, forcefully and a spark between it and my conscious has been aroused. My heart feels the collision of awareness between the two.

I’ll wait, patiently. Letting it whisper its presence coming to light. Reveling in the surges as they course through my veins…

Waiting

 

In the darkness, illuminated by a night light,

In the silence, made noisy from the steady stream of passing cars, 

I wait patiently.

I’m waiting for a jolt of the day drifting away,

Waiting for the quietness of soft snores and steady breath,

Waiting patiently and then smiling as I know you’re off to the land of nod,

Off on an adventure only your wild imagination could create,

And I close my eyes and I listen and I wait.

Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Is there anything better than Browned Butter? That nutty, savory, rich flavor makes me want to turn every plain old regular butter recipe into a browned butter recipe.

Ingredients for 2 dozen cookies:

1/2 C. Butter

1/2 C. Sugar

1/4C. Brown Sugar, packed

2 eggs (my eggs are fresh from the chicken to the kitchen and are slightly smaller than store bought)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla

2 C. all purpose flour

1 C. chocolate chips

Kosher Salt for sprinkling over dough

What to Do:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Brown butter on stove top, in heavy sauce pan, over medium heat for about 10 min or until browned. Careful not to burn it, stir frequently!

2. Allow butter to cool in a large mixing bowl, speed up the process by letting your cupkeiki stir it around. Then cream sugars with butter. Add eggs (or egg if you have a mega large one), vanilla, baking soda, salt, flour. Mix well, then add chocolate chips.

***at this point I came to the conclusion that the dough was too dry, and added a healthy splash (close to 2Tbs. milk to the mix which really helped.

3. Roll dough into golf ball sized balls, place about an inch or so apart, sprinkle tops with kosher salt and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

4. Enjoy with milk!

Cashew-Almond Nut Butter

  

I love almond butter…wait…I love making almond butter, not buying because that stuff is crazy expensive…compared to buying whole almonds and making 3 1/2 batches.

What to do with that half batch bit was the big question this morning. Go for a small amount or make two kinds or….what?!?!

Well, I’ve always wanted to try cashew butter, and had considered making two butters just because I didn’t know what else to do, and then it hit me; combine those awesome nuts together and make something amazing. 

Now, I hate to brag, but well done me! Cashew butter is amazing, sweet and creamy. The almonds lend in their hearty texture and flavor.

  

 

There’s, unlike my usual almond butter, no added oil. With patience the oils in the nuts make everything turn out just right! 

  First, roast the nuts in a 350F oven for 10 min. Let cool.

Then, add them to the food processor, and crush them up. 

Like most things in life, and cooking/baking, things happen in stages. First you get the crumbled look. After that is the floury look. Then the clumped and dry. Follow this up with a mixture that is starting to stick together and finally, after about 15-20 minutes you get a smooth creamy texture that begs to be eaten straight out of the bowl. It all looks a little like this: 

   

         

Sensory Play, Colored Rice



This sensory play diy just made our day! So far my cupkeiki and her buddy have been enjoying mixing, scooping, dumping, sprinkling, and shaking. I added words my cupkeiki wanted onto construction paper with glue and she put rice over the glue! 





Here’s my recipe: 

This recipe is for one color

1/2 C. Rice

1.5 tsp. vinegar 

10-12 drops neon food coloring

Place rice in a sandwich bag, add vinegar and food coloring, close bag (ziplock). Mix well, until desired color and consistency. Lay out on wax paper to dry. I put my colors on top of my boiler for two hours. Then let them go crazy! 

Morning Inspirations

Most every morning I’m up by 5:30, making lunch, and sending the manimal off for his day. I’ve found the time between after he goes and before my cupkeiki wakes to be quite productive. I can blog, plan dinner, work on construction stuff, sneak in a workout and it makes me feel great. Don’t get me wrong, 9:00 am rolls around and I’m searching for a huge pick me up because for whatever reason my brains says “hey you, yeah you, we’ve been up for a while and you know I’m kind of feeling sleepy again…” I don’t feel guilty for this feeling, it’s natural, or at least that’s what I’m going to tell my self… but that’s off topic, because there’s actually a purpose besides a caffeine and tea addiction rant (yes tea, not coffee. Coffee is gross, seriously) for this post.

That purpose is this: I find inspiration for my daily activities from other sites and this morning I came across these three blogs that got me going “Oooooohhhhhhh” so check them out!

1st. I made a tree branch Christmas tree, and now I have these cute white and glitter gold painted branches that I want to re-purpose into something cute, so I came across this idea from “Oh the lovely things”:http://www.ohthelovelythings.com/2014/07/diy-dip-dyed-wall-hanging-guest-post-by.html?showComment=1426603718462#c317959863028292542

I’m guessing my cupkeiki would love a little dye project too!

2nd. I’m craving chocolate and these, Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies  from Gringalicious, have my mouth watering! http://gringalicious.com/browned-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

After yesterday’s 80 degree weather (80 degrees in March, in Colorado, is crazy!!) today is cooler and rain/snow forecasted, so baking sounds perfect for me and my cupkeiki!

3rd. I have always wanted to make my own pillow covers but feel slightly intimidated by the idea for whatever reason. These DIY envelope pillow covers from, Becoming Martha, seem fun and I envision some cute graphic made using my cricut happening! http://becomingmartha.com/easy-envelope-pillow-cover-drop-cloth/

Add a touch of Spring to your home with easy drop cloth envelope pillows!

I’m sure my cupkeiki would love picking what sort of image or saying she would want on a pillow!

I don’t know if anyone reading has caught on to this, but my day is planned around doing crafty things, with my cupkeiki. From baking/cooking to making fun things I do what I can to involve her in everything I’m doing. She has her own time, where she does what she wants (go outside, read a book, draw, do her own crafts, play…with or without me) because to me having individual time is important. It allows her to explore, be imaginative, problem solve and become confident in her own abilities and skills. Finding projects that help her grow and think are important and worth sharing!