Monday, August 26, 2013

My new venture!

I've started up a small business! I'm so excited about it! I just saved my new business cards in Word so that I can print them tomorrow morning (our printer is ridiculously loud!). I've had SO many people messaging me with questions and orders! I'm so blessed!
  So, if you don't know this about me already, I'll fill you in. I'm a "crafter". I craft  A LOT! I love to sew, cook, bake, make cards, and a lot of stuff. Since the birth of my baby girl last October, I had to give up my craft room so that she would have a place to live. It was more of musical "chairs" since we ended up moving our son into what was my craft room so that our new baby could have his old room. And just like musical chairs... I lost my spot. So, until we build a new house or move into something a little bigger, I now get a little space in my husbands office. Maybe it's not as little as I'm portraying it to be though. My husband made enough room for me to put my table and my little chest of drawers that is filled with my fabric. Since I was getting downsized from a whole bedroom to a now 5'x5' space, I had to choose what craft I was going to stick with for a while. I chose to sew. The kids will always need clothes taken in or repaired or made, and my husband will too. I had to choose the one "craft" that would be more useful. I guess now, I've made the best of it!
  If you're interested to see my new site I made on facebook for my small business, here you go:

I am learning as I go. I am especially excited though because my husband took me shopping for supplies the other day! I got some sales order tablets, a small organizer to hold my sales tablet (which also has a little spot to hold my business cards I'm printing off tomorrow!), an expandable file for filled orders, some thumb tacks, some pens, and blank business cards. It totally made me feel like I was going back to school! I remember getting a super fun/excited feeling every year before school started. I would get super organized and figure out what pens go where in my new back pack and what paper would go where in my Lisa Frank binder. Ah... good times. Unfortunately, the feeling would pass as soon as I would get home on that first day of school with a bunch of homework. Oh well. This time (now that I'm older) the feeling doesn't pass. I'm so excited because I'm doing what I really enjoy!
Well, I better get to bed... the benadryl is putting me to sleep, but at least my nose is clear : )

Here's a couple of pics of the shoes I've made:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Lemon-Zucchini Loaf with lemon glaze

I've been doing my best to cut out a lot of the excess fat out our diets for the past few months. We've been doing great so far, except when it comes to sweets. I LOVE sweets. I'm sure i'm permanently addicted to sugar. However, thanks to Pinterest, I came across a pin of baking substitutions. One that I've been experimenting with lately is substituting oil with yogurt. After a week of trying to get the proportion correct, and a few mushy/delicious failures, I finally made a recipe that works!!

For the original recipe (which i'm sure is delicious), look here.

Here's my recipe for it:

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 
3 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup non-fat yogurt
2/3 cup sugar or sweetener
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon 
1 cup grated zucchini 

The directions are the same as the original recipe. So, if you'd like to make it this way, open the link.
I put the lemon glaze on while it was cooling and when it was FINALLY done cooling, I sliced myself a piece and it was DELICIOUS!!!! 

If you cut it in 12 slices, it amounts to about 115 calories per slice. So... PERFECT!!! And if you want to cut out even more calories, leave off the lemon glaze. It's amazing how many calories are in powdered sugar. Maybe next time i'll leave off the glaze, but for now, i'm totally enjoying the deliciousness that is my lower calorie sweet bread.