Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Make Your Own Nutella!

Happy Wednesday, friends! I want to share something with you that I just made. And it’s delicious.

So most of you are probably familiar with Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread), but did you know how easy it is to make your own?

Tonight I made a version using chocolate and almonds (yummm) but this recipe works with hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, or peanuts. You can even play around with other nuts or combinations if you want!

Here’s what you need:
16 ounces (2 cups) roasted nuts (I used lightly salted because I like that salty sweet combination.)
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Grind the nuts in a food processor until smooth, about 5 minutes. Use a spatula to scoop down the sides as needed.

Add in cocoa powder and sugar. Blend until smooth.

Transfer to a jar and store in a cool place for up to a month… (it doesn’t last a month before getting eaten in my house.)

You could also tie up your jar with a pretty ribbon and give someone the gift of delicious homemade chocolate nut butter! Voila!

Possible additions or variations include cinnamon, honey, mixed nuts, and more.

Let me know of any combos you try!

Crocheted Flowers: How to

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen some pictures I posted of the flowers I just learned how to crochet:

If you are friends with my lovely friend Courtney, you may have seen some pictures she posted of the flowered headband and scarf set I made her:
(Isn't she beautiful, everybody?)

I recently learned how to make these flowers using some great video tutorials by Mom of 5 Daughters.

The tutorial is split into three parts, and you will need to know some basic crocheting, including chain, single crochet, and double crochet.

If you don't know those, there are great tutorials on youtube for basic crocheting too. In fact, I taught myself to crochet a few years ago using youtube videos.

So without further ado, how to crochet flowers:

part one
part two
part three
Let me know if you give these a try, I'd love to see some pictures of your creations!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Free Hand-Outs

This morning I was feeling really resentful of people who I think "have everything handed to them."
If you’re like me, someone immediately popped into your head at that phrase. I think of some that I know who have that great job that they got through that family member, or that somehow managed to find an incredible deal on their car/house/etc.

I then began thinking about everything in my life that isn’t “going my way” at the moment, and comparing myself to those people.

Just as quickly as the train of thought started, I was hit with a conviction;

Everything I have has been handed to me.

It is only by the grace of God that I am sitting in this chair, breathing air, and writing a blog.

It is by the grace of God that I have a warm place to sleep at night, a job to go to in the day, and family to come home to.

I have done nothing to deserve these things.

When I compare these blessings to the ones that others have received, it does not diminish the blessings, but it takes my eyes off of my God who gave them to me.

Every day I am given free hand-outs from God.
Now the question is how I can use them every day for His glory.
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.
James 1:17