Visiting the museum and a radish print

The pictures from this museum trip are from when Dash was one, he’s almost three now. This is such a cliche’ phrase but “I can’t believe how big he’s gotten”! Time really does somehow speed up when you have a little one around. I wanted to share some of these older pictures to incorporate some of my old blog and also because those cheeks are just too cute not to share.

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The weather is getting colder and I’m missing the bright summer sun. If you haven’t had a chance to go to the Strong Museum of Play in the summer, it has a beautiful garden out front. That alone is worth the trip (even without kids!), its a great place to take some pictures and sketch an afternoon away.

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I also wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be a vendor at a couple upcoming local shows in November. Mayday Underground Holiday Market (Nov 3rd - Nov 4th) and The RMSC Holiday Bazaar (Nov 16th - Nov 18th), I’ll have lots of new things with me, so I hope I see you guys there! If all goes to plan I’ll be posting some pictures of some of the new things I’ll have with me over the next few weeks.

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Strawberry Banana "Nice" Cream

My son Dash has some severe food allergies to dairy (casein and whey), peanuts and sesame seeds, so with Dash’s restrictions and my food sensitivities (lactose intolerant and gluten sensitive) its been a challenge finding summer time treats that are quick and easy. I miss ice cream like crazy, before I became lactose intolerant it was one of my favorite foods. If anyone knows of any non-dairy ice creams that are free of gluten, peanuts, sesame and processed in allergen free facilities PLEASE let me know! I have had lots of trouble finding something that meets all of these criteria.

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In the mean time, we have been enjoying banana “nice” cream. Surprisingly, the texture and flavor is pretty yummy and if you add goodies on top of it or mixed in, it feels more dessert like. Anyway, my son loves it (honestly he’ll eat anything with chocolate chips) and I’m happy with it too.

ingredients

  • 1 frozen pre-sliced banana

  • 1-5 tablespoons of non-dairy milk (we used almond milk)

  • 4 large frozen strawberries

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey

  • additional toppings/mix-ins : vegan chocolate chips, freeze dried strawberries, coconut flakes, hemp seeds

instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to your blender or food processor except the mix ins and non-dairy milk. Start by adding 1-2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk at a time. Depending on your blender or food processor you may need more, ours is pretty good at blending without much liquid if you move it around a bit. The key is to add as little liquid as possible so the mixture remains extremely thick. It may take a little bit of scraping down the sides but it won’t take long.

  • Add the mix-ins or toppings and enjoy!

sage painting and updating my website

I was sick of my old website so I've decided to rework some of my old content and start fresh. I'll be slowly incorporating some of the older posts from my old site, as well as adding in new fresh ideas and content for you guys. I've sort of always wanted to create a space where I could post about all the things that I love and that inspire me - art, food, photos, Dash and tid bits from my daily life.

In the past three years my life has changed so much and I'd like a place where I can keep some of those memories and share them with you. I want to write about being a mom, and a business owner; I want to share my artwork and creative projects as well as random things that I find fun and interesting. Mostly, I want a space for me, where I can share my thoughts and ideas. I know this will be very different from what I have traditionally posted about, but I'm excited none-the-less! 

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[Original Caption] : Sometimes I find that completing a small illustration refreshes my mind. When I'm working on a big project, taking the time to do something like this reenergizes me. 

Now, back to that big project...