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Sunday
Apr242011

Saturday fail, Saturday saved

Were you expecting beautiful kitchen back splash photos today?  Were you expecting to see that we at least got 1 wall tiled in the kitchen?

I was.

Here is the current state of the back splash.

FAIL.

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We had good intentions but it just wasn’t our day.

Home Depot = 3

Lowes = 1

Phone calls to Lowes + Home Depot + another tool store = 6

In order to cut glass tile, you need a wet saw.  We have a wet saw [thanks to the uncle] but we needed a “wet diamond blade” to cut the glass.  It seemed simple enough.  The first diamond blade was horrible.  It chipped the glass in the same way that the first blade did.  On our third trip to HD that blade was returned and I ventured to Lowes, because they said they had a DeWalt wet diamond blade that was much better quality.  $48 later, I had the DeWalt blade and was ready to go.

We needed a 7” blade to fit the wet saw, and the blade we bought said 7”.  No brainer, right?  Wrong!  The blade was actually 7 1/8” and it didn’t fit in the wet saw.  Apparently they make that wet saw so only a few brands at HD fit into it.  Clever.  Real clever. 

So now what?  Deal with the crappy blade?  Well, the crappy blade causes you to have to sand the edges of glass.  It’s not dangerous really, but it causes the edges to have a frosted look, instead of a nice, clear, polished look.  It’s doable to get the edges smooth, but this blade also rips the backing off of the tile, that holds the color.

Okay, enough with the nitty gritty.  It’s Easter, and the weekend, and you don’t need to read about wet saw blades.

I’m about to call and see how much it costs to rent a wet saw, so we can get a better blade on it to make the cuts. 

Do you think we’ll have any tiles up by tomorrow?  Your guess is as good as mine!

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So what saved Saturday?

This amazing pumpkin buckwheat bake.  The texture was like no other buckwheat bake.  It was like cake.  Thick, pumpkin cake!

Recipe soon!

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What else saved Saturday?

The Easter/Passover/House goodies from my mom + dad! 

Can you believe my dad did all the shopping?  My mom’s been a bit under the weather, so dad gave it a go this year.  I was in shock as I opened each gift.  Someone has been paying attention to the blog!! 

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Crofters jams are just about the only I buy.  Chia seeds + coconut are obvious staples in this house.  I’ve only cooked with red quinoa once, but have really wanted to start using it again.  The white is always cheaper!  I’ve never even seen amaranth flour, but am excited to test it out, along with the quinoa flour.  Also, mango butter from TJ’s!  For some odd reason, there are no TJ’s in Colorado, so this little jar will be well loved.

Ohio maple syrup!!  How did he know I was out?

Almond scented Kiss My Face soap!  If you’re never smelled almond soap, it’s amazing.  Sort of like almond extract, but not quite as potent.  One of my favorites for sure.

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Sprouted pasta, that I’ve been meaning to try, but it’s never on sale!!  A bunch of Malley’s dark chocolate, dawn dish wands [can’t find them here + it’s my favorite dish wand], a bamboo spoon [perfect for oat stirring!!], and mini egg cartons filled with gum [a childhood favorite]. 

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Holidays in our house, were always about family.  Filled with love + food + traditions.  Whether we were eating Matzah, or hunting for our Easter eggs, the love was felt, and that is what I remember most.  So whether this is Easter, Greek Easter, Passover, another holiday, or just Sunday, enjoy yourselves and dish out some LOVE!

Now if you’ll excuse me, someone is hungry…

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And that someone is me!

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Ashley

Saturday
Apr232011

slip n’ slide

I’ve always loved the combination of strawberries + banana.

Milkshakes?  Yup

Smoothies?  Yup

Yogurt?  Yup

I just love it.

Buckwheat bake?

Yup!

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If you want your buckwheat bake to release from the baking dish, make sure it is well greased before baking and then once it’s done, run a knife along the edge.  Then flip over onto the plate + turn right side up.  Works every time!

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I used fresh strawberries.  My first container since last summer!  I’ve been waiting and they’re juuuust slowly starting to come into season.  Last spring, I wrote a post devoted to talking about conventional vs. organic strawberries.  It’s really worth your time in reading.

For me, it’s organic strawberries, or no strawberries.  Seeing as the price is usually quite high, I definitely ate less strawberries last year, and only bought them on sale.  But to me, it was well worth it!

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I would have preferred almond butter on this bake, but I’m out!  I haven’t had time to make a new batch lately.

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However the peanut butter was delicious.  So creamy + smooth.

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As I was shooting, the peanut butter started to slip.

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And slide.

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No problem there.  Nothing better than completely melted peanut butter, topped on breakfast!

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Strawberry Banana Buckwheat Bake

  • 1/4c raw buckwheat flour [grind raw buckwheat groats in your blender until powdery]

  • 1T raw buckwheat groats

  • 1/4c nut milk

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/4t baking powder

  • 2t honey or maple syrup

  • 6 small/medium strawberries, quartered

  • 1/2 banana, mashed

  • 1/2 banana, sliced

  • 1/2t cinnamon

  • 1.5t vanilla extract

  • 1T chia seeds



  1. Preheat your oven to 350*

  2. Grease a 4-5” oven safe dish. [can also use 2-3 muffin tins – cook time will be shorter]

  3. In a separate bowl, mash banana, until very wet and whisk in the egg + milk.

  4. Mix in buckwheat flour, groats, honey, cinnamon, vanilla + chia seeds, until well combined.

  5. Stir in the baking powder.

  6. Stir in the strawberries.

  7. Pour into greased dish + even out.

  8. Bake for ~30min.  Test with a toothpick to ensure it’s done.

  9. Top with sliced banana + anything else you like.


*I have subbed a flax egg for a real egg and it does work, although the texture + taste are a bit different.

*You can also use oat flour instead of buckwheat flour, by grinding rolled, steel cut, or whole oat groats.  Use 5T instead of 1/4 flour + 1T groats.

*This recipe is just barely sweet.  Buckwheat is much more bland in flavor than oat flour.  If you like things sweeter, add more to the mix or add when it’s done baking.

*”Toasted buckwheat” or “kasha” is not the same as raw buckwheat groats.  Raw groats are light tan/yellow/green in color and have a very mild flavor.  Toasted, or kasha, has a very toasted/burnt flavor, that I do not recommend for this recipe.

It was very moist on the inside, which a nice thick crunchy crust.  The texture is a little muffin-like, a little breakfast bread-like and a lot delicious.

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In other news…

We have window trim!!!  It still needs to be painted, but I am in love with it.

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It’s very simple + similar to the style of trim that was originally in the house.  I wanted to keep some of the 1940’s charm throughout the house and the trim was the perfect way to make that happen.

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My uncle has also been working on the 3rd bedroom closet.  If you remember, we were extending it out, so we can fit the washer + dryer on the left half of it.  We’re going to stack the units and then use the other 1/2 to store excess clothes.  The w/d used to be located in the kitchen, which was no bueno.

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I also organized the 2nd bedroom.  You can actually walk in now and access the packed boxes and closet!  It’s hard to tell here, but this is so much more organized than a few days ago.

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See!

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And in other news…

We got a fun package from my parents today!

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Loaded with Easer + house warming goodies.  I’ll be sharing the details soon!  My dad did the shopping + the wrapping + I am quite impressed. :)

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Time to get my sleep on.  Busy day tomorrow, installing backsplash!!  Hopefully we don’t screw it up! :)

Ashley