i first came across my breakfast blog when the author, maggie, posted a cute diy project using one of our catalogs. when i checked out her blog, i was immediately drawn to her unique style of writing and quirky, likeable personality. and she happens to post some really yummy recipes that are right up my alley – organic, vegetarian, healthy and still delicious.
here is one of the recipes i came across on her blog recently that i’m dying to try. i’m getting hungry just thinking about it:
toast the bread and spread with raw sun dried tomato garlic sauce. cook one large farm fresh egg sunny side up in an infused garlic olive oil and dress with black pepper. slice avocado and add on as desired. sprinkle with sea salt and more pepper, and voila! breakfast :)
1/2 cup vegan butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
egg replacer for 2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk* mixed with 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
*make vegan buttermilk by placing one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. add enough milk (soy or replacement milk of choice) to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line and let stand for 5 minutes.
preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy (about 5 minutes.) while that is mixing, sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, ginger, cloves and pepper in a medium sized bowl.
add “eggs” to the butter and sugar and mix thoroughly. alternate adding the flour and milk mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour. mix thoroughly again. now add in the pumpkin puree and mix until smooth.
bake 23-25 minutes. let cool completely and frost with your favorite buttercream frosting! makes approximately 22 cupcakes.
today we had the extra special treat of a farmers market right outside our office doors! fresh fruit, veggies and other produce from local farms and live music in the background as you shop. this will happen again september 8th and 22nd, how exciting! here are some photos from today- not the sunniest day but still nice :)
last week i was passing by the area where our graphic designers and office coordinator sit…and something was different. their office chairs had been replaced by large exercise balls! hmmm…what’s this all about guys?
“we got them to strengthen our cores! exercise balls are the new thing.”
so have you noticed a change? do they work?
“yes! when you wake up you feel like you did crunches the day before.”
“it keeps you moving throughout the day so you get a little workout. and we have a mid afternoon workout session.”
“plus they keep you from getting sleepy sitting at your desk!”
what do other people think about your balls?
“they’re jealous! everyone wants them now.”
“the bouncing is good for your mental state too…you feel like a little kid!”
next to one of the urban buildings there is a row of lavender bushes. now that we’ve moved i pass them on the way to and from our new building and each time, i breathe in their wonderful scent. scent is one of the most powerful triggers of memory for me and every time i smell lavender i am taken back to the south of france where i was fortunate enough to spend some time during my childhood.
the heat of the sun bearing down on my shoulders, the dust from dirt roads kicking up around my bare feet, and fields of the brightest purple lavender as far as the eye can see.
take me back.
speaking of lavender…have you ever had lavender lemonade? it’s delicious.
to make it from scratch you just need water, lemons and sugar. bring to a simmer in a saucepan and throw in five or six fresh pieces of lavender. if you’re using dried lavender, put it in a tea ball. let sit for a bit and then cool, and add a sprig of lavender for garnish.
for more specific instructions check out this recipe. (last 2 images from there as well).
one of our fp girls sent me these photos of a place called greensgrow in fishtown, philadelphia – a nursery/market that sells fresh, locally grown produce. they also have a CSA (community supported agriculture) program in which you can buy a “share” in a farms’ season and each week get a box of produce and fruit produced on the farm.
check out their website, too- they post lots of recipes to give you ideas for what to do with all your fresh fruits and veggies! YUM.
this idea is so brilliant… don’t you hate when you have an iced coffee (or whatever you drink) on a hot day and the ice cubes immediately melt and you’re left with a watered down drink? i do. i saw this on tastespotting from the blog zoom yummy – ice cubes made from coffee!
and check out how pretty these look:
these are rasberry iced tea with a mint leaf inside them!
not only is this great for the aforementioned reason but i think it would be fun to come up with different flavors and combinations, like water with lemon ice cubes or iced tea with mango juice cubes… you get the idea :)