This place, as in this blog I mean, is in need of a serious makeover. I’m really tired of staring at those ugly white walls… sure, there are a lot of pretty pictures to look at, but still, the decor lacks, big time. It needs a good paint job, some curtains and nice furniture, as well as a few decorative elements.

Guess I’m gonna have to start working on that. Unfortunately, web design isn’t my forte… I will need to hire me some external help for that. Hmpft! That’s quite the headache for me. Guess that’s why I’ve been putting it off for so long now!

Oh, how I wish it was just as easy as heading out to one of my favourite stores, which you must all be familiar with by now, and buy a couple of pieces of furniture, a few frames and other nick-nacks.

It might have taken me a while to complete, but finally, I give you the third and final chapter in my dining room / kitchen prop storage project.

The task at hand was rather easy this time, just a few frames to hang on the wall, to add the finishing touch. Hey, that shouldn’t be too hard, now, should it?

Still, there were instructions in the package.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

This time it says shows that do get the job done, you need to be female AND work standing at a table.

Males attempting to do this with the frame on their lap while sitting on a computer chair need not apply…

Phew, thank goodness! I happen to be female and I also happen to have access to a table. 😉 

Alright, let’s get busy. This time, my daughter was there to help, so all four frames were up in no time!

So, what do you all think?

Not bad, hey?


As soon as we were done, we both headed out to see not one, but 2 movies!

But before we did that, I filled my tummy up on this beautiful Vanilla Almond Hazelnut Butter, which I decided to spread thickly on a slice of High Protein Whole Grain Date and Walnut Bread and topped it all with a few slices of banana. Man was that good!

Seriously, I got inspired to try making my own nut butter after reading Leanne at Healthful Pursuit and Nora at Natural Noshing‘s entries on the subject.

BEST MOVE EVER, I am telling you! Never again will I be having store bought nut butter. Never! This thing is pure decadence. So easy to make too! All you need is a good food processor, a great deal of patience and, well, some nuts!

And check out the results! So creamy and rich, and beautiful and light.

And the taste? OH MY, YUMMEDY YUMNESS!

The addition of vanilla really adds a little touch or sweetness to the butter, as well as a depth I had never yet had the pleasure of tasting in any of the store bought stuff before. Also, I love the hint of hazelnut, as well as the added texture that the flax brings to the concoction.

There is one major problem with this nut butter. I was already known for eating the stuff right out of the jar, with a spoon, or even worse, with my fingers! To me, there’s nothing like dipping your [clean] finger in a jar of creamy, gooey nut butter and licking it until it’s clean again!

Well, you see, this particular nut butter seems to have made my condition worse! For real! It’s calling me from inside the cupboards, I swear!

So just make sure you make a large batch…

Vanilla Hazelnut Almond Butter
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Vanilla Almond Hazelnut Butter

Servings: 48 ±3 cups

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300F
  • Spread the nuts out onto a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, moving them around occasionally
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes
  • Place the almonds, hazelnuts, flax seed meal and vanilla extract into the bowl of your food processor and process until nice and creamy, scraping the bowl as needed. This should take between 15-20 minutes. You might think it will never happen, but be patient! IT WILL!

Notes

Adapted from Healthful Pursuit
Author: Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

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Paired with the Date Walnut Bread, this is just heaven on earth!

Sliced real thin and toasted,  the bread  can easily be made into delicious sweet crackers

I had a little fun with the macro lens!