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And breathe……

Monday…. oh Monday…

Usually Mondays are like any other day, I’m just a tinge more groggy.  But this Monday was different.  Be it that this was the first Monday we’ve had in three weeks.  Snow Day, then MLK day.  And it just so happens that our school’s auction is this Saturday.  Cruch time.  

Every year, I face this week in a mild panic/crunch mode/we’re going to play games all week because Mrs. Matheny has too many projects to juggle. And so each year, I try and start auction projects earlier and earlier.  I started in October for Pete’s sake this year, and my goal was to have them all done before Christmas break.  Cough…. that goal didn’t really come to pass.

Anyway, my head has been buried deep in my pile of projects and I’m just about to surface.  Most of them are coming out better than expected!!  But this morning, I got a gentle reminder that things can get crazy when you least expect it.

Although, I should be expecting it by this point.

Last year, one week before the auction, with three loads to fire, our kiln’s temperature gauge just up and died!!! 

This year, a project melted!!

So I had to stop, stop and breathe.  There are much bigger problems in the world.  Worst thing that would happen is that the first graders would have one less project.  Worst thing.  No one died, no one would get hurt.  Its not that big of a deal. 

And really it wasn’t. I’m making a bigger mockery of it than it sounds… although it is fun to get very dramatic in my writing.  

ImageYikes!!!  Simple mistake really, but it was not something anyone was hoping to see this close to a deadline. 

Thank God for my amazing husband, who on his day off ran out to the clay store to pick up some new plates for me.  So tonight, with some good music and a bowl of chocolate chips, I set to work to redo these projects!!

 

Here are some more pictures of some non-melted finished projects.

I am really looking forward to Saturday night, to officially be done with this years projects.  And to enjoy them in all their lime-light.  

And to start planning for next year.

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5th and 6th grade ceramics

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Kindergarten collaged wall art

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3rd and 4th grade Ceramics

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3rd and 4th grade collage wall art Image

3rd and 4th grade ceramicsImage

7th and 8th grade collage wall art

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1st grade outdoor Scrabble Board

*complete with tiles made on a 3D printer!!!

 

 

 

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Coconut Curry Brownies

Today we had our second snow day of 2014.  Its coming down hard for Portland.  We usually don’t get snow, let alone 9-10.” I know this is pretty wimpy to admit, but I’ve got cabin fever.  I don’t sit still well.  So instead of staying at home today, I walked to get coffee.  Up hill, both ways.  Seriously!

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I had to take a #Sochi #Selfie in all this snow!  Happy Olympics people!

I walked to Blue Moon to get a trusty Americano which they never seem to disappoint.  And then on the way home, I got side tracked and walked my way to Whole Foods. I love that store.  I seriously could spend all day there.  I was looking for a treat and found this unusual beauty.  Coconut Curry Chocolates.  

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Seriously this was one of the most amazing flavor experiences I’ve had in a long time.  Euphoric! Go get yourself some. So I was inspired.  And I thought I could try and make myself some brownies based on this amazing bar.

So I did.  Here you go.

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  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup flax seed
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350.  If bananas are not super ripe yet, you can place in the blender to ripen.  In a blender, combine eggs, applesauce, bananas, water, coconut flakes, flax seed, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and dates.  Puree until smooth.  If it gets sticky for the blade, add a little bit more water or coconut milk.

2. Pour mix into a large bowl.  Stir in almond flour, vanilla, ginger, curry, baking soda and chocolate chips.  Pour into a greased 9”x13” pan.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Nutrition facts (without chocolate chips):

  • 108 calories
  • 16 carbs
  • 5 fat
  • 4 protein

 

Jesus of the Bible

The more I get to know the Jesus of the bible, the more I stand in awe. Growing up, I knew two Jesuses. One who was full of holy anger, who I dare not sin against for fear of fire and damnation. And the other Jesus was a warm teddy bear, who loved to hug and cuddle and protect me. But these two Jesuses were not the same, let alone friends.
But now, as I actually read the bible and spend time studying it, I find our that neither of these Jesuses exist. The one, true Jesus, the one who made me and you and everyone in between, he is not like those individuals I thought I knew when I was young.
No, the real Jesus is both. He has holy anger because like a parent who only wants what is best for their child is angered when we disobey. Like a parent who has set out a wonderful path, with the foresight of what is needed and what is best. And like a parent, openly forgives and gives grace limitlessly when we stumble because even though we messed up his grace and love teaches us more about him that just his anger. His anger is expressed in him fighting for his children against the dark evils and principalities that exist all around us. His anger is him fighting for our righteousness.
I’ve come to realize that “sins” were not rules meant to be broken, but guidelines set out by the all-seeing, all-knowing one who wants he best for us. Because I’ve always seen myself as the center of the universe I had a hard time understanding this. But you’d think that just as a parent gets wiser the more children they have, out God who planned and formed each and everyone of us would know a thing or two.
The more I come to know this Jesus of the bible, the more I realize that he was not a zealous religious person that we so often make him out to be. He was not exclusive to those who had it together. He does not give me permission to put myself up on a pedestal to view others from above. But this Jesus, he was a homeless, street hippie who loved thiefs, prostitutes, the lame, the broken, the lost, the found, the I-know-I’m-found, the heathens, the religious, the Gentiles and Jews. This Jesus is so much more than a police-officer-in-the-sky or a sweet ole grandpa. He is a radical, a lover, a fighter and a friend. This Jesus is my God.

Fluffy Biscuits

Oh no I didn’t…..
Fluffy biscuitsYes, I did.

I just made some pretty freakin’ awesome paleo biscuits!  Seriously.  I’ve been looking for the perfect recipe, and either they don’t turn out… or I don’t have the right ingredients at the time.

Tonight, I made some excellent Spicy Paleo Beef Stew (coming out soon in the new cookbook), and I really felt like they needed some fluffy biscuits with it.  So I put on my scientific, experimental, Bill-Nye-The-Science-Guy lab coat and messed around in the kitchen.  And this, my friends, is what I came  up with.  These puppies are soft, a bit flaky, but definitely fluffy, eggy, and capital D-licious.

Fluffy Biscuits

  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • butter
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Separate the egg whites from the yolks  Put the whites in a mixing bowl with the cream of tarter and beat on high until it forms very stiff foam.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks until creamy.  Mix in about a cup of the egg white foam, and gently fold into the yolks.  Add about a ⅓ cup of the almond flour at a time until it is all well incorporated. Gently fold in the remaining egg white foam.
  3. Place a muffin tin in the oven for a minute to warm it up. Pull it out and run a stick of butter in each part of the tin.  Scoop the batter equally into all 12 compartments.  Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Have you experimented with different biscuit/bread recipes? Share your experiences below in a comment.  Good, bad and ugly!!!

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