Sunday, 24 April 2016

Fruit Hybrid - Chocolate / Yogurt / Peanut Butter - Filled Fruit
A while ago I saw Robert Mahar's April fools video about a kiwi banana fruit hybrid posted on the Kin Community channel on youtube. I was disappointed when I realized that it was just an April fools prank, and felt very very stupid for having fallen for it - having graduated with a biochem degree, you'd think I would know better... (in my defence, ever since learning of the miracles of apple tree grafting, tell me anything about fruit and magic and I wouldn't question it...)
I wasn't ready to give up on the idea of a fruit being injected with something inside it though, and thought of this little idea to make a fruit hybrid of sorts - to confuse both the fruit of its own identity and the eater with a little surprise in each bite.

Yogurt Cheesecake

A 'cheesecake' made from cereal crumb (crust) and banana and yogurt filling.  Refrigerate or freeze it to get the texture/firmness you like! Click here for instructions.

Chia Mango Bubble Milk - DIY Bubble Tea Alternative
Click here for instructions.
I have to admit, bubble teas are a guilty pleasure of mine. As good as they taste though, they are filled with unnecessary calories, as they are often made with condensed milk, starchy tapioca, and flavor powders.  The other day I made a chia mango drink that reminds me a lot of bubble tea, and I think would be a great alternative when that bubble tea craving kicks in. The mango bits and expanded chia seeds remind me of the tapioca balls in bubble tea. The mango steeped in the almond milk imparts a natural but distinct and refreshing flavour that is altogether delicious! My husband loves this, which says a lot, since he is a picky someone who always squintingly doubts the tastiness of healthy alternatives...

Frozen Yogurt Drops
Click here for instructions!
This yummy bite sized snack helps to curb the munchies - you can eat a lot of these frozen yogurt drops without feeling guilty at all! Make them more fun by drawing hearts, footprints, etc, etc, onto them with yogurt of another color (just make sure to set the drops first in the freezer).

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sunday, 5 April 2015

DIY Desk Organization - Receipt Envelopes / Accordion Book

If you are plagued by the amount of random papers and receipts in your purse, here's the solution for you - an easy accordion booklet to keep and organize all the little bits and bobs of paper in your purse. 

For this DIY, I used 6 empty envelopes to make the inside and two pieces of cardboard (recycled from cereal box) and scrapbooking paper to make the cover.  

You can easily carry this along in your purse to hold anything from receipts, to coupons, to gift cards.  The possibilities are endless! 

Watch the video on how to make this here: 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

DIY File Organizer
Here's a lovely way to eliminate all the paper clutter on your desk and get organized, just in time for spring. I first saw this idea at my Chapters, but instead of paying the full price, I decided to make it out of recycled materials I already had on hand.
I recycled a cardboard box to make the frame of this accordion file, and covered it with scrapbooking paper. I recently fell in love with scrapbooking paper, after picking a couple of booklets of the paper on sale at Michaels.  If you don’t have any on hand, feel free to use my previous pattern printables or just plain paper.
I really like how the tabs turned out after cutting along the top row of triangles – they look like little mountains don't you think?
Watch the video on how to make this DIY here: