Tuesday, November 12, 2013

We've Moved!

Maintaining two separate blogs got to be a little much, so I've moved The Creative Lion over to Emma Enthused.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Nut Free Paleo: Trail Mix

Trail mix is one of my favorite standby snacks.  It's nutritious, full of energy, and mighty tasty.  Crafting a nut-free, (mostly) paleo version has been high on my list.

Here I've used one of my favorite combinations -pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, and dried apples, and added some other nutritious goodies.  Of course, you can make it however you want, but I mixed (about equal) parts dried cranberries, dried apples, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts (not paleo) and allergy-free chocolate chips (also not paleo).

What's your favorite snack?

Note: all of the seeds shown here carry a label indicating possible cross-contamination.  People with very serious nut allergies may need to look elsewhere for their seed supplies.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Creating My Fears Away

It's safe to say that being diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies was not part of my five-year plan.  Avoiding gluten and other foods to make my tummy and skin happier was one thing, but coming to terms with the fact that I would definitely get knocked off first during the hunger games is another.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chinese Takeout Favor Boxes Tutorial

I knew my graduation party had to have lots of DIY.  One of the first things that was decided upon was that the favors would be m and m "confetti" cookies packaged in bright orange takeout boxes.  Assembling those cute little boxes of goodness turned out to be very easy and very fun.

You start with some cookies.  Actually lots of cookies.  Love is best expressed with a pile of baked goods, right?

Put those cookies (as many as you can fit -five was my magic number) in a sandwich bag.  And assemble your materials (don't forget scissors and double sided tape)!  I used white and orange ribbons for around the box and a big, funky bow for the top. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Preppy Polka Dot Picnic Graduation Party

I graduated college.  It was kind of a big deal.  So we threw a party.  A confetti/polka dot theme indoor picnic.  It was casual, delicious, and full of good fun and food company.  Just the way I like it.  And there were tulips.  Long live tulips.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sneak Peek: Preppy Polka Dot Picnic Graduation Party

What's going on here today: an indoor picnic to celebrate my graduation.  It's low-key, and mostly homemade.  Just the way I like it.  Stay tuned for more pictures tomorrow :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Picture Recipe: Frozen Bananas

Three exciting things happened this past week:

1. I graduated college
2. I am now able to eat Bananas, Almonds, and Lemon
3. Arrested Development is coming back for its third season

To celebrate, I decided to make some frozen chocolate-covered bananas (with various toppings).  Enjoy this picture tutorial so that you can make your own.  Tuning into Arrested Development, frozen banana in hand, prepared to do your own chicken dance?  Perfect, right?

You need the following to make yourself as cool as me ;)

-2 bananas
-.5-.75 oz. chocolate per banana quarter ( went ahead and melted 4 full ounces)
- 2 tbs. butter (per 4 ounces chocolate)
- toppings (walnuts, jimmies, candy bits, peanut butter chips, etc.)
- skewers for each frozen banana