Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gluten Free/Vegan Cupcakes, from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World

Gluten Free/Vegan Cupcake Ingredients, from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World

Along with crafts, family and being a DIY-er, I also happen to be gluten-free and vegan. It is my 1 year anniversary in May 2011, and I have found some great recipes along the way.

Photo is from my sorority's 7th Annual Pink Carnation Tea Party, and I baked GF Bread from a mix for 2 kinds of sandwiches (1 with hummus, 1 with Nutella + Strawberries) and my Chocolate Mint Cupcakes. This year, we raised $600.00 for Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul, MN through raffle, and I donated a 12x12 scrapbook.

I love these cupcakes! Very rich, dense and heavenly.

1 cup soy milk or almond milk
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract (or if you want to change the flavor, use 2 tsp mint or whatever flavor you want)
1/4 tsp almond
1/4 cup tapioca flour
2 tsp flaxseed
1/3 cup unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup quinoa flou
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Mix wet ingredients, then add tapioca flour and flax seed for 1 minute of mixing until tapioca is dissolved.

3. Mix remainder of dry ingredients for 2 minutes. Don't have to worry about over mixing because there is no gluten :)4. Fill cupcakes 3/4 full--will not rise as much as regular cupcakes.

5. Bake 20-23 minutes, until toothpick comes out of center clean.

Chocolate Ganache

4 oz chocolate chip
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/3 cup soy/rice/almond milk

Bring to a boil, stir. Remove from heat, continue to stir. Drizzle it on :)

(It can also be rolled in cocoa powder for truffles. Also tastes yummy on its own).

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring-pisration 2011

Dreaming of spring in Minnesota...and going outside on my porch.

Pretty Porch...wish it was mine!

Spring Inspiration from Martha Stewart

Numbered Pots...yesterday was April 16th, and we had snow. I used my Cricut, some vinyl and my Alphalicious Cartridge to make some numbers to cute up my pots.

Stenciling on Burlap...not sure what this will turn into yet!

My sisters and I on my Christmas porch a couple years back...

...I have a good foundation to build on...I also have a bunch of mason jar lanterns that I would like to hang, possibly from a suspended ladder over the table.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bachman's Spring Idea Home Highlights

First house of four of the 1920's Bachman's Idea Home Tour for 2011 in Richfield, Minnesota.

Easter Planter

Front Porch

-Tin Bathtub turned into coffee table and planter.
-Colored glass bottles for ceiling fixture
-Candle Trays as bulb planters
-Bedsheets transformed into curtains, with burlap
-Birdbath turned into a side table

Main Living Area

-Salvaged round stained-glass window turned into coffee table
-Book pages as wallpaper over fireplace

Dining Room


Repurposed drawers on the wall-love it!