<![CDATA[Tina T. Ames- Simple Living Queen, Artist & Instructor - Blog]]>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:17:13 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Inspiration Thursday. . .]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:07:23 GMThttp://tinatames.com/blog/inspiration-thursday5716700]]><![CDATA[How to Freeze Raw Onions]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:31:22 GMThttp://tinatames.com/blog/how-to-freeze-raw-onions
Do you have a ton of onions that will go bad? Did you hit a good sale, have a bumper crop this year or have extra from your CSA? Did you know it is super easy to freeze onions? Check out any frozen section in the grocery store and see that many buy this way.  Once frozen they lose a little structure and become softer - but perfect to add to soups, stews, sauces, chili, etc.  Here is how easy it is. . . 
Remove the outer flaky skin. Me being the artist I save and use to put in handmade paper - but you can put in your composter.  Rinse. 
Toss in the freezer if you want for 30 minutes. Totally optional but it helps when cutting for no tears - seriously it works! Don't leave too long. . . 
Dice into  1/2 inch or so chunks. 
Toss the raw onions into heavy freezer bag. Thin bags are not recommended because the onion odor may permeate into other foods in freezer. . .like ice cream(yuck). Try to get as much air out as you can before closing. Stick in freezer and use as needed. Easy Peasy! When you need to use and they are clumped together - just knock on counter to loosen and take what you need. 
<![CDATA[Vegan Gingerbread Cookies with Maple Frosting- healthy enough to eat for breakfast!!!]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:51:53 GMThttp://tinatames.com/blog/vegan-gingerbread-cookies-with-maple-frosting-healthy-enough-to-eat-for-breakfast Picture
 I made these gingerbread cookies for a healthier treat option. With the edition of Blackstrap molasses(rich in Iron and Vitamin B12), coconut oil, maple syrup and low sugar - I think you can eat these for a breakfast option treat too! Add any flour you need and substitute any molasses for your taste.  Easy to make too. . . 

Wet ingredients - 
  • Flax egg - 1 tablespoon ground flax seed and 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil - melted
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/2 blackstrap molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Dry Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ginger spice 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon spice
  • 1 teaspoon cloves spice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg spice

Mix wet and dry ingredients separately. I whisk dry ingredients to sift through everything well. 
Add dry and wet ingredients together. Beat very well by hand or put in mixer on medium for 2 minutes.  Refrigerate for at least one hour (can be overnight). 
Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface. Another option if you aren't into cutouts is to roll in balls- then sugar. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes. One minute longer if you like them crisper. I like them softer. Cool on rack. Top with frosting when cool (optional) . 
The frosting is super easy and can be varied in many ways. I mixed two cups confectioners sugar, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 1 tablespoon almond milk. You can use water too. For flavor you can use peanut butter, powdered sugar and milk/water for another flavor option. OR just add any milk to the sugar. Mix until smooth and frost.  Frost and let dry before storing. YUM!  ​<div id="amzn-assoc-ad-296de28f-7dd2-4b89-ba65-8f5237349d27"></div><script async src="//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US&adInstanceId=296de28f-7dd2-4b89-ba65-8f5237349d27"></script>
<![CDATA[Let there be PEACE on earth. . .]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:47:19 GMThttp://tinatames.com/blog/let-there-be-peace-on-earth]]><![CDATA[What to do with that extra cabbage in the fridge!]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:47:50 GMThttp://tinatames.com/blog/what-to-do-with-that-extra-cabbage-in-the-fridgeIt is a snowy December day outside, no plans for lunch and you have some good cabbage leftover in the fridge that has been there for over a month. Cabbage keeps well if stored in cold. You might have to take off some of the outer leaves - but don't waste this great fresh vegetable! I am not a fan of the creamy coleslaw most people make but love it with a vinegarette. I like to make a chopped salad with it with whatever I happen to have on hand to add. Here is what I made for lunch today (and leftovers to eat all week). . .
First I took the cabbage out of the fridge that was stored in a paper first/ then plastic bag to keep.  I chopped it thinly off the head and then chopped more into pieces. You don't need to use a lot off the cabbage head - it goes a long way. Save the remaining head and put back in the fridge. You can cover exposed cut area of head with paper towel to store better then put inside bag.  Tie up bag tightly before placing back in fridge.
I then added what I had on hand. In my case it was garbanzo beans, banana peppers and chipotle dressing. You can add whatever you want. How pretty it would be to add dried cranberries/craisins and mix with a balsamic vinaigrette. Maybe I will do that for Christmas since I will have cabbage still fresh then! I added poppy seeds and a little thyme too. You can use whatever herbs and spice you want - or just let the dressing be the lone star.   
That is it! Use as a salad or do what I did for lunch and use for topping a sandwich. Tons of leftovers too! YUM 
<![CDATA[Upcoming this summer. . .]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:41:59 GMThttp://tinatames.com/blog/upcoming-this-summerMy July 2018 teaching schedule so far is exciting - first two classes for Georgia O'keeffe week at Wiawaka on Lake George https://wiawaka.wordpress.com/georgia-okeeffe-week/ then Mandala creating class at Lily Dale July 20th :). Can't wait!!!
<![CDATA[FREE Holiday Baking Book!!]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:44:46 GMThttp://tinatames.com/blog/free-holiday-baking-book