November 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

My reply to that rather snarky comment meant to belittle?

Don’t worry. I have potatoes.

…Say what?

I’ll say it again. Potatoes.

They grow in the dirt, you consume them in a myriad of ways, (one of them being the fast food industry, most likely. Your Mother-in-law’s casserole could be another…) and are seemingly humble little tubers.

But did you know they are very useful raw?

One of the most functional and interesting tips I found was for burns. (Thus the awkward, confusing title. In case no one gets my humor.) Put a raw slice on the burned area and it will draw the heat out. (You don’t want to do this for a major burn, fyi.) You can make a pultice for a larger area by finely dicing the potatoe and mixing just enough water to get a pasty consistency. Neat, huh?

Another was to reduce puffiness under the eyes. The high potassium content of raw potatoes deminishes dark circles. Just slap on a couple slices directly under the eyes, lay back for 20 minutes, and let them work their magic!

You can read about other ways to use the here, here, and here.


I’m traveling tomorrow to visit my big sister for Thanksgiving, and I have yet to pack.

I blame it on genetics. Which my sister did not inherit. Not that she’s weird or anything, because saying that wouldn’t be nice.

She just packs on time like a regular person. (Okay, isn’t she seriously crazy though?!? I mean, being on time and everything, like, really?!?)

We are going to have fun, her husband is going to think I’m weirder than ever (but of course accept me for me, right? 😉 ), I’ll just laugh, and try to act civilized around the two Thanksgiving  guests that neither I nor my sister and her hubby have ever met. It will be a blast. 🙂

I pray you and yours have a lovely, memorable week, whether together or apart.


Happy Thanksgiving!




Apple-Butter Crumb Bars {My Recipe}

September 29, 2012 § 1 Comment

One week ago, my mother came home bearing 3 bushels of apples. That’s one-hundred and twenty pounds, my friends. Needless to say, we’ve been racking our brains to come up with ways to use them all! Lots of canning and baking have been going on around the house this week.

I came up with this recipe because I could not find anything that was similar enough to what I had in mind. I’m rather pleased with how it turned out!

Apple-butter Crumb Bars

Ingredients for Filling:

6-8 cups peeled, cored, and sliced apples (I used Jonathan)

1 pint (2 cups) apple butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup stevia in the raw

1/2-1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons flour

Ingredients for Crumbs/Crust:

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup stevia in the raw

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

1 egg (I used 1 TBSP ground flaxseed and 3 TBSP water)


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F (190*C).

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients for the apple filling; set aside.

In separate bowl, stir together sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Use a fork, pastry cutter, or simply your [clean] hands to blend in the butter and egg. *If using flax, mix dry flax-seed in with flour mixture; add water with butter.* Dough will be crumbly.

Pat a little less than half the dough into a greased 9×13″ pan. Spoon apple filling into pan; top with the rest of the crumble dough.

Bake until just browning, about 50 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!

I think these would be really cute if you made them individually in little ramekins or muffin tins. If you make these, I would love to hear how they turned out, and what variations you made! 🙂

~Hannah B

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Frappuccino {Recipe}

September 27, 2012 § 5 Comments

I love anything to do with pumpkins. I make pumpkin smoothies, eat pumpkin seeds, cheer in fall, and anything else that supports them. Though I’ve never made a Jack O’ Lantern… Anyways.

This recipe. To die for*.

I have been following Katie’s blog for about a year now, and I’ve made many of her recipes, with great results! She’s vegan, so none of her recipes call for animal products, (which is great for me; I’m allergic to dairy!) but they are easily adaptable, if adaptation is even necessary!

I made this recipe twice in three days. I had it for lunch both times. I am not [too] ashamed of that fact, considering this version is very very healthy!

*If you love pumpkin like me, that is. 😉

Happy Thursday!

~Hannah B

Make it Yourself Mondays ~ All About Apples

September 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

“One rotten apple spoils the barrel.” “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” “Apple of discord,” “Apple pie order,” ~ I’m sure you’ve heard some of these sayings.

Apples are in a vast amount of idioms and sayings, and the root meaning of them can be quite interesting! I spent much of my Saturday peeling, coring, and slicing and entire bushel of apples! (Don’t worry; I still have two more bushel ready and waiting! (; ) With apples on my brain, (and hands and face and toes and…) I decided that today’s post would feature these delicious little conceptions. To my surprise, I found many ideas I had not even thought of! Ranging from cutesy to chic, here are crafts, recipes, and home décor that even Martha Stewart (I’m sure) would be overjoyed to have in her own home!

Each picture will take you to the home site of each craft; there you can learn how to make them.

I made this applesauce, it’s so easy and sooo delicious! For every 8 small apples, use 1/4c. water.

I’ve always favored Granny Smith apples, the tartness really appeals to me. Do you have a favorite?

I’m really excited about next week’s Make-it-Yourself Monday projects! 😀

~Hannah B

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