Black Spruce Hound

A Wisconsin Girl in the Woods, Knitting, Crafting, and Cooking. Also: Ugly Dresses.

November 24, 2014

Playing in the Fog

It was a warm weekend, well above freezing. It was dee-lish-us.

Of course it meant spending time outside, a thing I was most grateful for, even if it revolved around throwing firewood into the basement. The dog joined us, but was not helpful with the firewood.

The fog wasn't bad in the morning, but by the afternoon it had thickened and when we left the house, it was...dense.

Today is the last warm day before the temperatures dip back down below freezing. I shall enjoy it while I can. 

I've been skipping a post a week for awhile now, as I'm sure you have better things to occupy your time than listening to me talk about firewood and the annoyance of driving a truck that needs new front shocks (it's like bobbing around in a life raft), but I'll be skipping this week's Wednesday post again in lieu of Thanksgiving. I shall be in the kitchen, up to my elbows in pastry. 

I'll be back here for Photo Friday, which will probably be a picture of pie, because PIE. 

November 21, 2014

Photo Friday: Stone Bridge and Water

The pictures are much less exciting than they sound. 

I'm still in Camera Card Cleanup Mode, and am finally getting down to where it's manageable. I found these, taken back in July, and thought they'd make a good average Photo Friday.

I took these pictures one afternoon when the husband and I were driving around out in the woods. We've driven over this bridge a hundred times, and I finally thought to stop and snap a few pictures.

One of the pics I took has ended up in the Etsy shop as a quote print:

I hope everyone has a delightful weekend, as I'm sure mine will be. There's one early Thanksgiving to attend, and it's supposed to be above freezing.


See you later!

November 17, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

Every winter I step up my exercise/not-eating-like-a-pig routine. I'm just not as active in the winter, plus all those frigging holidays (pie! pie! COOKIES!) really mess with me because I have the self-control of a gnat. 

I have been mildly obsessed with smoothie bowls for a few months now. In past years I would generally have a smoothie after exercising in the morning, but then I stumbled upon the world of smoothie bowls. A smoothie. In a bowl. With crunchy stuff added on top, so you're actually eating something, as opposed to drinking your breakfast. 

Not that there's anything wrong with that, per se, but drinking your meals just feels restrictive after awhile. 

I have no set recipe when I make a smoothie bowl. There are three basics - it always has almond milk (because I don't like cow's milk), yogurt, and a banana. Sometimes I add berries and spinach, sometimes just peanut butter, sometimes oatmeal, etc.

Now I realize that this might seem like "diet food," or something as equally unappetizing, but I find smoothie bowls delicious. And they are convenient, as you can really cram a lot of nutrients and fruit into one meal. The chocolate peanut butter bowl is one of my favorites, and here's how I make it.

Step One - get thee a blender. I use a little $10 personal blender, but anything works.

Step Two - the good stuff. I add about 1/3 cup of milk in the bottom and add the banana. Then about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. About 1/3 cup of yogurt, a handful of oats, and either a tablespoon of honey to sweeten it, or about 3 drops of liquid stevia. 

(Side note here - powdered stevia is horrifying. Just...awful. The liquid is better and has minimal aftertaste. It's relatively expensive, but a drop or two is all that is needed for most things.)

Step Three - blend away. 

Step Four - top with the good stuff. I like a big handful of unsalted peanuts in this particular bowl. 

And then devour the damn thing. It's like a peanut buttery, chocolatey soup. Yum. 

In case anyone is wondering, yes, the smoothie bowls are filling. I think adding the crunchy stuff on top really helps, and you are not limited to nuts. You can top a bowl with anything - seeds, nuts, granola, head cheese, whatever.

So go forth and blend.

See you later!

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