Recipe: Vegan Pesto

Vegan Pesto | Tiffany Lane HandmadeI absolutely love pesto! It’s definitely in my top 5 for sauces and condiments, right up there with mustard. Yes…mustard. But that’s a topic for another day.

Back to the pesto. It goes with almost anything. Burgers, pizza, pasta. Yes, I do eat these on occasion. And I consider them more gourmet with pesto, which by default makes them healthier. Right?

But really, I put this stuff on almost everything. Eggs. Avocados. Toast with eggs and avocados. As a veggie dip. In wraps and sandwiches. On tacos. With roasted eggplant. Or any roasted vegetable really. And even with just a spoon sometimes.

So this pesto I’m talking about. It’s awesome.  And hubby approved. Which means it’s actually awesome, not just Tiffany awesome. He even said about the last batch I made that it must have crack in it because he couldn’t get enough.

Funny thing about this recipe, though. It’s more of a ratio built around your preference.  I normally eye ball everything then blend it all up in the food processor.  Easy as pie. Or should that be pesto?

Oh, and it’s vegan. Simply because I don’t feel the need to add tons of cheese to everything I eat (not because I’m vegan…because I’m not). But don’t be deterred, you dairy eating folk.  What it lacks in cheese, it completely makes up for in pure deliciousness. Remember, it’s (carnivorous/dairy loving) hubby approved.

If you’re anything like me, and I hope you are, you’ve probably got most, if not all, of these ingredients in your kitchen already. Greens, check. Nuts, check. Olive oil, check. Fresh garlic and lemon, check. Salt and pepper, check.

Traditional pesto is made with basil and pine nuts, but in true Tiffany fashion, I’ve got to mix it up and make everything my own. So, I use whatever greens I’ve got on hand (normally kale or arugula, sometimes basil), and whatever nuts I’m feeling that day (usually cashews, since they’re creamy like pine nuts, but not as ridiculously expensive, and many times I also use almonds or walnuts). And more than just using fresh lemon juice, I also add in the zest, because why not?

Like I said, just throw it all in the food processor, let it whirl, give it a taste, add a little more of this or that to round it out, and you’re good to go.

Vegan Pesto | Tiffany Lane Handmade

But this wouldn’t be a true recipe if I didn’t list it out all pretty with some sort of directions, would it?

VEGAN PESTO

Ingredients
greens (basil, kale, arugula, or anything else you like)
nuts (pine nuts, cashews, pecans, walnuts, almonds, or anything else you like)
olive oil
fresh lemon, juice and zest
fresh garlic cloves
salt

pepper

Preparation

Throw it all in the food processor (maybe start with half and half, greens to nuts, 1 garlic clove, half the lemon juice and zest, a dash of salt and pepper, then add in the olive oil until you get a nice consistency), let it whirl, give it a taste, add a little more of this or that to round it out, and you’re good to go.

What are you gonna put your pesto on?

Vegan Pesto | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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Earth Week 2014!

Earth Week 2014 | Tiffany Lane HandmadeEarth Week 2014 is upon us and we’re already a day in!

At my day job, I’m part of the Green Team for our office and we’re celebrating by reminding people to be good stewards of the earth and raffling off “green” prizes like small succulent plants, reusable water bottles, reusable tote bags and reusable food storage containers.  Tomorrow and Thursday, we’re also showing the movie Walle during lunchtime.  Lots of fun things!

Off the clock, this week (like every week) I’m being green by limiting my driving and carpooling when possible, composting, recycling, eating organic, using non-toxic products, buying in bulk to reduce packaging and waste, and so much more.  But while Earth Week is a good reminder for us to be living “green”, I want to stress that we shouldn’t wait all year until Earth Week, we should be green everyday!

How do you celebrate earth day (everyday)?

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Hiking Adventures: Cucamonga Peak


Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Nature. My paradise on earth.

I just can’t get enough of it and was getting an itch to explore, so last weekend hubs and I took the dog and set out.

We took the Ice House Canyon Trail up to the saddle and continued up to Cucamonga Peak. While the trek up was quite the climb, 4300′ elevation gain in about 6 miles (12 miles round trip), reaching the 8859′ peak was well worth the burn.

The beautiful weather I’m sure added to the crowds in the first section on this April Sunday afternoon, but once we headed up to the peak from the saddle, we were in near solitude much of the way. A leisurely nap awaited us at the top, a midst the amazing views.

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Cucamonga Peak Hike | Tiffany Lane Handmade

We plan to hike the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks and build up to some higher ones!

READER FEEDBACK: What peaks have you hiked?

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Liebster Award Nominee!

Liebster Award | Tiffany Lane Handmade

A big thanks to Nat of  Vim & Vintage for nominating me and this labor of love I call my blog. Every once in a while I need a little pick me up reminding me why I do it. Please check out Nat’s post to get to know her a little more, then stick around and see what she’s got to offer!

Without further ado, below are my answers to Nat’s questions, followed by my list of nominated blogs.

1. Why did you start blogging?

Blogging for me started as a way to market and support my stationery business. As the stationery business became more of a hobby, the blog morphed into a journal of sorts, following my crafting and culinary adventures.

2. Name 3 words to describe you.

Active. Outdoorsy. Practical.

3. How do you keep your creativity alive?

This is quite a challenge for me. You’d think I’d have a lot of pent up creativity from my desk job, but it’s almost the opposite. By the end of the day and week, I’m mentally exhausted, fresh out of ideas and creative drive. I really have to push myself to get into creative mode, but once I’m there, it’s all good. Browsing Pinterest and reading through some of my favorite craft and foodie blogs gets my creative juices flowing!

4. Who is your favorite band/artist?

Country music is always my fallback and anything with folk notes I tend to like, but recently I’ve been getting back into some rock and pop. I don’t really have one favorite, so here are some of my current favorites off the top of my head (I’m sure there are many more): Whiskey Myers, Lady  Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, Lorde, Kacey Musgraves, Phillip Phillips.

5. When did you realize what you wanted to do with your life? Is it still evolving?

Uh, I haven’t…still working on that one. I’m sure it will be a work in progress as long as I live.

6. Who is your hero?

Jesus.

7. Vanilla or Chocolate?

Depends on my mood.

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Wow, another challenging question.  I have ideas of where I might want to be, but I try not to “see myself” or plan too much for the future, because even the things I see myself doing a day from now always seem to change and I don’t want to put my life in a box. That being said, one of the big things in life I hope to have experienced 5 years from now is welcoming a kid or two into our family.

9. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?

Nature.

10. Ever met any celebrities? Who would you love to meet?

Never met her, but I respect who she is and would love to meet Taylor Swift. She would probably be a really fun person to hang out with.

11. What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone who wants to follow in your career path?

Well, if you mean blogging, this is definitely not a career for me, although that would  be nice. The only advice I can give is the same advice I’ve gotten from other bloggers: stay true to yourself.

Check out the awesome blogs below that I’m nominating:

Katie Noel

Kaysen Photography

Mon Voir

Dodeline Design

Scaling Back

Rawified

Plant.Eat.Create

Pretty & Fresh

Knick of Time Interiors

Fancy Nonsense

Crunchy Thrifty Healthy Cool

If you’ve been nominated, answer the 11 questions below and don’t forget to link back to me so I can find out more about you!  Then take some time to nominate 11 of your favorite new/emerging blogs by leaving a comment on their blog asking them to answer a set of questions you come up with.

1. Why do you blog?
2. What’s your favorite past time?
3. Do you have any pets? If so, tell me a little about them!
4. If you had the option of going to the desert, ocean, or mountains, which would you choose hands down and what time of year?
5. Is blogging your full time gig? If not, what is?
6. Sweet or savory?
7. Where did you grow up?
8. What is or would be number one on your bucket list?
9. What kind of music do you normally listen to?
10. Bright colors or neutral tones?

11. Tell us one thing about yourself your readers don’t already know.

Congrats! I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you a little better. Keep up all the hard work!

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DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

I love that this project is so easy and versatile. Grab a picture frame, revamp it or not, add some fabric or paper for the “photo” as a background, and write on the glass with dry erase marker.

Not that I don’t adore this photo of my brother and me from way back when…

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

…I just needed an old frame to give a nice makeover to.

So I gathered my supplies to freshen it up a bit. Frame, check. Paint, check. Paint brush, check. Cardboard, check.

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

Gave it a couple of coats of paint and some time to dry…

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

…then I wrote away.

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

Great for food and drink party menus or love notes to your family at home, you can do so much with this idea. You can change out the background for whatever mood you’re in, too!

The most simple thing you could do with this idea would be to draw silly things on your pictures at home, no frame revamping necessary! Mustaches, party hats, funny notes. This could get dangerous…

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Recipe: Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free)

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Remember these bad boys I made recently? Remember how I told you to experiment with yummy flavors? Well I did. And not that I made anything unique, but I did hit the yummy factor. This classic combo of lemon and poppyseeds comes together perfectly.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

While photographing, I’m pretty sure I ate at least three, and I also ate quite a few AS SOON AS they came out of the oven. I’ve definitely eaten more than I can count since I made them 30 minutes ago. But hey, they’re mini, don’t judge me. I dare you to make them right now and not eat at least 5 hot out of the oven. Switch that. Double dog dare.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

LEMON POPPYSEED MUFFINS (Gluten/Grain Free)

Makes 12 muffins or 44 mini muffins

Ingredients
3/4 cup coconut flour*
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
6 eggs
1 cup coconut milk (full fat, not light)*
1/2 cup  coconut oil,  melted (plus more for greasing the pan)*
1/2 cup raw honey
5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
zest from 2 medium lemons
2 tbsp poppyseeds

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350F and bring all ingredients as close to room temperature as possible.

In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt, set aside. In a medium bowl, beat eggs with coconut milk, coconut oil, honey, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until well combined. Fold in poppyseeds.

Spoon batter into greased muffin or mini muffin pans until full. Bake muffins for 25-30 minutes or 18-20 for mini muffins.  Allow to cool before stuffing your face.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. If there are any left to store.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free) | Tiffany Lane

*Tiffany Lane Handmade is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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Clothespin Crafts

Clothespins.  They’re practical and cute, and have taken the crafting world by storm.  There are so many ways to use them and dress ‘em up. Here are some of my favs from the web:

paper bunting with clothespins_oh craftsPaper Bunting with Clothespins via Oh Crafts

clothespin banner _ pure joy eventsClothespin Banner via Pure Joy Events

diy-clothespin-planter_shelternessClothespin Planter via Shelterness

stamped clothespins_ellenenohStamped Clothespins via Ellemenoh

clothespin frame _ morning creativityClothespin Frame via Morning Creativity

WHAT YOU THINK MATTERS: What other clothespin craft ideas do you love?

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