Monday, June 29, 2009

Healthy Flaxseed Bran Muffin Recipe

This is the second time making these for the children. I had one delicious bite, but it's not on my diet plan. This was adapted from a Bob's Red Mill recipe. These muffins go fast.


1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour (I substitute 1/2 cup almond flour for wheat)
3/4 cup Flaxseed Meal
3/4 cup Oat Bran Cereal
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt or less
2 peeled and shredded Apples
1/2 cup brown bananas
1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes
3/4 cup Milk(I used coconut milk)
2 beaten Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla

Mix the first seven ingredients well in one bowl, and the remaining in another. Combine wet and dry until dry is moistened, spoon into cupcake pans and bake for about 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees. I accidentally cooked them at 425 degrees(forgot to change it) for 10 minutes, and they came out fine.

Note: These are very moist; a little chopped nuts would really round out the muffin - moist and crunchy. My children don't like nuts in their muffins, so I leave them out.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Make Your Own Platform Sofa

There were no directions with this image that I found online, but it looks very simple. The base is probably made from pine formed into boxes and stained. The cushions are foam wrapped with fabric. I've seen large foam pieces at sewing stores, and Walmart carries thick foam mattresses which can be customized. I just saw the decorative bamboo stalks in the corner at Target. A clever frugal furniture idea for a small place.

Here is another one with no instructions, but easy to make because of it's boxy design. This one is from HGTV and is actually a platform bed made to look like a sofa, or daybed. It can do double duty, and all you need is a standard mattress and cushions.

An interesting idea for the back of a sofa, a repurposed headboard. The least expensive way to make a platform would be to simply reuse the box spring on the floor without the rails(metal frame), and cover it with fabric, staple gunning it to the wood frame. If you take the original box spring fabric off, you may be able to stain the wood, and cover the rest with fabric. Two headboards drilled onto the long edge of a twin box spring could make an interesting sofa back. Add a mattress, cushions, and fitted sheets, and you've got a sofa. Image source.

Here's another design which can be altered by placing the headboard at the long side of the mattress for a sofa back. Simply construct a rectangular box which could be covered with foam padding, stapled to the wood, and then covered with a fabric. Little boxy arms be added in the same manner, all nailed to the platform. This could be free standing as well as a corner sofa. Image source(beam bed). Those legs are actually beams, and the headboard may be made from same.

This platform sofa uses over sized pillows.

Not a platform sofa, but I really liked the colors and style - good for inspiration.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Easy Wrap Skirt Tutorial for Children and Adults

I keep seeing people wearing these now! I wore these in the 70's and early 80's, and I am so happy to see them back. These can be customized for children or adults. This particular wrap skirt does not have a hole along the waist band to pass through an extra long string. You can add this if you want the skirt to wrap around more(wider length) to ensure it doesn't flip open with the wind. I wear a slip with mine for modesty. If you do have it wrap around more(one time and 3/4), you need this hole to run the string through to ensure the skirt doesn't fall down along the waist. All mine wrap around this way - about one time and 3/4.

You can also make them reversible.

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