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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Easiest Ever Non- Dairy Fudge

Vegan fudge
So this fudge is pretty much a non-recipe.

You need:
1 can sweetened condensed coconut milk (I used Nature's Charm)
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips*)
pinch of sea salt
1tsp vanilla extract
1 8x8 pan, "buttered" with coconut oil
1 jar of maraschino cherries (I used Tillen brand Merry Cherries)

Heat the milk in a heavy sauce pan on medium heat, stir in the chocolate chips and pinch of sea salt. Stir until the chips are melted and everything is well mixed. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Spoon into 8x8 pan. Dot the top with the cherries and cover and chill until set.

*Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips are prepared on the same equipment they make their milk chocolate on so there may be a trace of milk in them. There are good completely vegan chips available. I used the Guittard because I love the flavor of them.

So I whipped this up, and handed the pan off to my children because apparently you never get too old to "slick the pot" and TG said "This is really good chocolate!" Since she's the chocolate fiend in the family, that is a great endorsement. She wound up sitting there with a bag of open potato chips scraping out the last of the fudge from the pan.

Last night, my husband tried a piece and declared it was delicious.
I said "TG saw me make it."
"Well, that might be dangerous." he responded.
From the back corner of the living room we hear her say happily "Yup."

I suspect she's going to make a batch with potato chips on top.

Disclaimer- I got the Nature's Charm Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk for free to review. I was not compensated or asked to provide a recipe or review on Don't Eat the Paste. I'm sharing the recipe because it's really, really good and I wanted to.

Friday, January 29, 2016

2016 Valentine Mandala to color!

Valentine mandala with a blank version to color
This took such a long time to draw, but it was so satisfying. I was thinking of those readers who really love the intricate mandalas to color the entire time, so this is my Valentine to all of you with the cramped hands and clipboards and super sharp pencils. I hope you like it!

To download this hearts mandala to color, click on the image below for a larger version.

Small JPG version:
Hearts mandala to print and color- available in jpg and transparent PNG format

Large transparent PNG version:
Hearts mandala to print and color- available in jpg and transparent PNG format

Want more heart mandalas? Free to print and color!

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mr. Rogers cross stitch pattern

Be the kind of person Mister Rogers always knew you could be- cross stitch pattern

So I was thinking about Mister Rogers lessons of kindness and encouragement to be yourself, and decided this would make a good cross stitch design. I did the design, made my computer stitched version (I haven't stitched it yet in real life) and posted that version to my Facebook page. A lot of people liked it.

Here's the pattern for that- it stitches up to 9 inches wide and 7 inches tall on 14 count, takes only 4 colors of thread, and can be framed in a standard 8x10 frame. Click for a larger version, print on landscape mode.
Be the kind of person Mister Rogers always knew you could be- cross stitch pattern

My son saw me working on it, and suggested I do a Steve Rogers (Captain America) version, TG saw it, and gave it her approval. I didn't change the text, but added a bit of stars and stripes and a captain insignia. 
Be the kind of person Mister Rogers always knew you could be- cross stitch pattern (Captain America)

Here's the digitally stitched version of that one. 
Be the kind of person Mister Rogers always knew you could be- cross stitch pattern (Captain America)


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Printable Valentine Rose Box

Rose and heart printable from Don't Eat the Paste
I hope you enjoy these printable rose and heart gift boxes! One of them is all colored and ready to go, the other one is blank and ready to color.

Print the boxes on card stock, cut out, score folds, fold, glue!

Colored version:
Printable rose gift box from Don't Eat the Paste

Printable box to color- 
Printable rose gift box to color from Don't Eat the Paste

If you want a bit of a giggle, there's been a running conversation between my husband and I about if I should have a Super Soaker or not- and that conversation inspired me to make a wishlist at Amazon of things my husband doesn't want me to have- 


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