As I was juicing beets for the very first time not too long ago, I was admiring the blood-red juice pouring from the spout thinking, I better put on my apron because I bet this juice STAINS!
Then another thought hit me: Hey, I bet this would make a great, all-natural dye for frosting!
I saved a little beet juice and used 1/2 tsp. to make this pretty pink frosting. You can’t taste the beet juice at all!! And my kids will verify this. 🙂 (I used about 3 cups powdered sugar, a tablespoon of butter, some vanilla and a little milk)
Since this was such a success, I can’t wait to try out other natural dyes like carrot and spinach. I bet even some darkly colored, bottled juice in the health food section would work, too. With the holiday season approaching, this would be a great way to keep out added chemicals while still enjoying some not-so-healthy treats.
And since I don’t want to have to juice a beet every time I want a teensy bit of food coloring, I saved some and froze it as an ice cube.
Really, I thought, could #2 pencils be all that different? YES, yes they are!
I’ve been buying the cheap pencils–officeWorks, but the lead seemed to break easily, even when sharpening in an electric sharpener. My kids complained about the eraser, too, and that also would just break off.
Well, I felt the first real heart prickles when I started following Rocks in my Dryer and participating in her weekly Works for me Wednesday segment. She also posted about Compassion and her own personal experience. Though my heart had been pricked, our family had just moved to AZ and finances were tighter than ever! So, I tucked away all of Shannon’s posts about Compassion deep in the recesses of my heart.
So, here is our Compassion child from Kenya. He is far more than just a picture on our fridge. He has a name ~ Livingstone.
For over six months now, he’s been a part of our family, and he has changed us for the better!
So, I bought my first rhubarb stalk ever with the intention of juicing it along with my harvest of apples. That is until I tasted it!
Good thing I was right in front of my kitchen sink.
Since I didn’t want to let an entire stalk of rhubarb go to waste and because I was a little curious as to how one did go about consuming it, I searched the web. I found this great site devoted to nothing but RHUBARB–Rhubarb Central.
And that is where I found this delicious muffin recipe. My kids and hubby loved them. Aren’t they pretty, too? [Read more…]