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Lemon Blueberry Almost Paleo Microwave Mug Cake

October 4, 2015

I invented this mug cake after looking at a bunch of other recipes that were not quite what I wanted.¬† A friend of mine loves lemon cake and I wanted to make her something “healthy” but still a treat! (Today I made it with 3 heaping spoonfuls of lemonade mix, 1 T of water, no lemon juice, no stevia).

So, this is the almost paleo microwave mug cake I made up last night. Andrew & I ate one a few days ago to test it out and I brought one to Leann for her EXCELLENT birthday ūüéā:)
I’ve made it twice since then, too.

It is VERY tart!

Lemon Blueberry Mug Cake
1 T melted butter
2 t lemonade mix (I used one with sugar, but you could sub a packet of sugar-free?)
1 T lemon juice
Pinch salt
1 packet stevia
1 egg
1 T coconut flour
Big pinch baking soda

Mix all of that in big, microwavable mug.
Take a small handful of blueberries (I used frozen) and toss with 1 t coconut flour in small separate bowl. Stir into batter in mug.

I microwaved it 3 minutes–the center top was a tiny bit sticky-looking at the end of that time. If you use non-frozen blueberries it will likely take less time



August 22, 2010

So, I made scones last week.¬† This is a recipe I’ve adapted from several others over the years.¬† I LOVE scones.¬† I really need to make them more often, but, well, I guess that might not be the best diet.¬† At least these are half whole grain and have slightly less fat, especially if you use nonfat yogurt.¬† Yummy for breakfast with jam!

Grace’s Hybrid Scones

1.5 – 1.75 cup flour

1 t baking powder

1 t baking soda

2 T sugar

0.5 t salt

4 T butter

0.33 c dried cranberries/cherries/blueberries

1 c oatmeal

2 eggs

0.5 c yogurt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Mix all the first 5 dry ingredients (start with the smaller amount of flour).¬† Cut in the butter.¬† Stir in the dried fruit & oats with a fork.¬† Mix the yogurt & eggs in a separate bowl or cup, then blend it quickly into the dry ingredients.¬† Add up to a half cup of flour if the dough is too sticky.¬† When it is right, it shouldn’t really stick to the bowl very much.

Spray oil on a cookie sheet.¬† Pat the dough into a circle about 9″ in diameter on the pan.¬† Cut into 8 wedges and separate the wedges slightly by pushing them away from the center of the dough circle.¬† Bake 12-15 minutes.

More of my report from guild retreat

April 6, 2009


(I posted much of this on Ravelry already, in response to Annie’s question, but didn’t want to “waste” the effort…added a bit more).

There wasn‚Äôt much in the way of sleeping, but I spun 3 skeins of yarn and worked a bit on a knitting project, ate lots (including Nadine‚Äôs truffles and Cyndi‚Äôs chocolate cake¬†), got to chat with lots of people, sold a few t-shirts, got lots of swag! I started putting it all on my blog, but, it turns out I have other things to work on today‚Ķ! ūüôā


kid mohair yarn;  Bearlin Acres Farm roving

kid mohair yarn; Bearlin Acres Farm roving



The kid mohair handspun was the second thing I worked on at retreat. ¬†I got the roving as a doorprize last year but hadn’t spun it yet. ¬†I really liked the kid mohair! ¬†The roving was donated by in Moab, Utah. ¬†It came from Cunnington Farms.

The Bearlin Acres Farm roving is grey lambswool from a leicester longwool cross sheep.  I will tell you more later, when I actually spin it!

I sat between Nancy and Alane, so I chatted most with them. Nice to see Laurie and Linda and Linda. Hadn‚Äôt met Debbie Rapp before, but I bought some roving from her‚Äďshe had cute little needle felted sheep, etc that she was selling, too. I got to briefly meet Sam, but she was there when we were having lots of doorprizes and not so much moving around. And I was plying some yarn and trying to not get myself all tangled up. lol.

As usual, Mitzi did a great job organizing the whole thing and keeping everyone focussed on what is important. Deb Powell and Patricia¬†got us WONDERFUL things by their begging skills. My favorite things I brought home were a sock kit from Miss Babs (lovely, hand-painted superwash wool yarn and the adorable 9‚ÄĚ sock circular that I am so enamored of) and some silk caps (donated by Janet Anderson, one of the Lewisburg ladies, which I tried to start spinning last night on my spindle from Jim at‚ÄďI got all tangled up in the silk after I attenuated the layer of cap! Hope my skills improve!) and several bags of wool and some alpaca that I have hardly even begun to take a really good look at yet.

Someone taught Maria to spin and she won TWO spindles!   We are all scary enablers! I am a big fan of little sculpey-whorl spindles for beginners, since they are practically free, very colorful, fairly easy to make, can be different sizes/weights…

Returning triumphant from Guild retreat!

April 4, 2009

. . . even though I didn’t have to really fight for any of the stuff. ¬†LOL!


goodies from my goodie bag

goodies from my goodie bag

The goodie bags were great! ¬†Some of the stuff in them (there were also a LOT of catalogs and business cards and little papery things that I separated out and haven’t looked completely through yet–I will get the list of the donors soon, some of these I’m not sure where they came from): ¬†ShiBui needle case, ¬†3 little samples of raw wool from Wool Growers, 2 patterns from Spincraft/Connie Delaney, a dvd video called “Katherine’s Farm” from Rural Route Videos, a cute calculator in a little case from Figheadh Yarnworks, a little fluff of Finn roving from firefly fields, a little fluff of cormo & bamboo roving from Stony Mountain Fibers, ¬†some orange & white organic 20.5 micron top and a coupon from eXtreme, a raw wool sample from Tranquil Morning Farm, ¬†2 Silly Milly polymer clay buttons (one is a cardinal–WV’s state bird!) from Clay Squared to Infinity, some cool colored superfine merino/tencel from Chameleon Colorworks, a ruler/needlesizer/magnifier from KnitPicks, a pretty sample of handdyed merino/bamboo roving from Miss Babs, shawl pins and wooden buttons from Holywood Knits, ¬† stitch markers from Designs by Tami and Hullion Artworks, polymer button from Zecca, a teeny bit of malabrigo yarn from Simply Socks Yarn Co.

I knitted.  I got door prizes.  I ate.  I talked. I knit.  I slept a little bit.  I sold a few t-shirts and baglets.

Will write more about the rest of my prizes and trades and the yarn I spun later!

River Cities Fiber Clan Guild Retreat!!

March 9, 2009

Yay! Mitzi has scheduled our retreat!!! April 3-4 at Asbury Woods (Salt Rock?, WV). Goodie bags for the first 30 people who sign up. Details to follow.

If you live around here and want in on this, check out the yahoo group for more info about our Guild in general and also to sign up for the retreat.  This year the theme is Fiber Fiesta again, which is good because nearly everyone likes Mexican-type food, which we made our main theme last year.  Lots of chips and make  your own burritos/tacos/rice.  And treats like cake.  Of course.

Last year I had so much fun! ¬†We had a ton of yummy food and even more yummy fiber goodies. ¬†Stayed up late Friday spinning (seriously, I have to get up and stretch more often this time) and eating and we had door prizes and lots of good fellowship. ¬†Been in negotiations with DH about going–he doesn’t mind, but April is iffy with Blackstone Raids and the Yeager Scholars trip… I started reading Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat to my kids tonight and the girl’s parents are never home. ¬†My younger son kept saying how awful that was and how he knows that I would rather be with them than away on vacation for 5 weeks. ¬†That is true, I said, but I am going to take TWO days and go about 12 miles away for this Fiber retreat next month and you will stay with Daddy and you’ll be fine. ¬†He’ll spoil you for the weekend.

I told Mitzi I’d donate a batik t-shirt. ¬†I’ll bring my basketful of “stock” and the recipient can chose one so they can get the right color/animal/size.

A friend of mine (Aimee) bought me a Shetland fleece (greys &¬†browns, she said, I haven’t seen it yet) at a fiber retreat on Saturday (Hawk’s Nest, Fiber Network).¬† This morning I washed up the last I had in a box from handsandnotions etsy shop–rambo/cormo with a little “free sample” of Targhee.¬† I LOVE the targhee so far (and it isn’t even dry yet)–I might need to see if I can get more of it.

And I started on the process for the Sunny batik shirts. ¬†I painted/dyed the yellow parts on two kids white shirts and used the blue glue to outline the sun on a yellow shirt. ¬†When the dye and glue are dry, I will (soy)wax over the suns and dye the shirts in a bath–haven’t decided black or cobalt blue, yet. ¬†Whichever one will also be the color for the special order llama shirt I’m doing. ¬†She couldn’t decide which color. ¬†I’m leaning toward the black/dark grey…but haven’t definitely decided.

There was an article in the Ashland Independent about our Guild, too.

Bitsy, Boots & Ida dinner theatre at my church for Valentine’s day

February 9, 2009

As covered in the HD

New comedy to make premiere Friday night

February 08, 2009 @ 08:45 PM

HUNTINGTON — Guess who is coming to dinner again?

When First United Methodist Church was looking for another Jon Joy play for its 2009 dinner theater, Joy couldn’t resist continuing the wacky adventures of Bitsy and Boots, two aunts who put the fun in dysfunctional.

Joy, who graduated from Marshall University in 2004 with a master’s in English, said he couldn’t resist writing more about “Bitsy and Boots,” after First United Methodist Church did the original play last winter for its dinner theater.

Not unlike Tyler Perry’s endless well with Madea, Joy said the two aunts are ripe for comedic writing.

“Even when I did it last year those characters were really special, and I realized I could really do a lot more with them,” Joy said. “We were talking about a sequel even during rehearsals last year, and there may be more to come.”

The new comedy, “Bitsy, Boots… and Ida,” makes its premiere at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday night at First United Methodist Church, 1124 5th Ave.

Dinner for the show starts at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and the show costs $22; $8 for children under 12, or (space permitting) you can see the show only for $5.

Seating is limited so reservations are required. Child care is available.

Produced and directed by Jerry Morse, “Bitsy, Boots… and Ida” stars Jane Morse and Loretta Hetzer (both returning to reprise their title roles from a year ago) and Rebecca Payne as Ida, Joy as Tommy, Melissa Langham as Kat and Zach Davis as Max.

In the first play, Tommy had brought his fiancee to meet his quirky aunts, and the craziness of family issues and small-town drama ensued.

In the sequel, the play picks up after Tommy proposed to Kat and wedding preparations are being made.

“They’re getting married and coming back home to do it, and they have a cousin named Ida who presumably is just staying for a couple days but she won’t leave,” Joy said. “She is very demanding and a bit condescending and gets on everybody’s nerves so they’re all trying to get rid of her before the wedding.”

Joy said everyone will identify with characters like Ida and the dysfunctional, happy mess that is wedding planning.

“I think it was Bernie Mac talking saying that every family has that one member and if you can’t think of who it is, it’s you,” Joy said.

Joy has written nearly 20 plays. He has had one printed in The New York Times, performed at Columbus’ Fringe Festival, FestivALL Charleston and Marshall University’s New Works Festival, and next month is having one of his plays, “The Princess of Rome, Ohio,” performed in New York City.

Joy said he’s glad to be able to contribute to such a good cause as the First United Methodist Dinner Theater, which has, during the past 16 years, raised more than $35,000 to support community and mission projects and to aid in national and international relief efforts.

“That is what I love about it,” Joy said. “The money is going to a good cause, and I can kind of do my thing and create this new piece and now it is something more than just a typical production. The money is going to a more important cause, and we can make everybody laugh at the same time.”

Director Jerry Morse said the play is a labor of love for the church, which will have between 40 and 60 volunteers nightly to help with the show, and to help serve and clean up after the crowd.

Morse said it is a major effort to put together the dinner which includes: Prime rib au jus or glazed Cornish hen, tossed salad, baked potato, green beans or pearl onions, dilly rolls and assorted Valentine desserts.

“The meal has always been a drawing card because it’s hard to find a full prime rib dinner for that price without the show in town,” Morse said. “And the play is always good. It’s family entertainment and a good way to get a lot of people involved at the church.”

Call 304-522-0357 or 740-867-8576 for more information or to make a reservation.

If you go

WHAT: A brand new comedy, “Bitsy, Boots… and Ida” by Jonathan Joy.

WHERE: The First United Methodist Church, 1124 Fifth Ave., in Huntington.

WHEN: Performance dates are Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m.

HOW MUCH: Dinner and a show is $22; $8 for children under 12; and show only (space permitting) is $5. Child care is also available upon request.

WHAT’S FOR DINNER: Prime Rib au Jus or Glazed Cornish Hen, tossed salad, baked potato, green beans or pearl onions, dilly rolls and assorted Valentine desserts.

FOR THE CAUSE: Proceeds from the show go to church missions.

DID YOU KNOW? Marshall graduate Jon Joy has written nearly 20 plays. He has had a play printed in The New York Times, read the last one at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, as Joy was one of 10 winners of the David Mamet Writing Contest, performed at FestivALL Charleston and at Marshall University’s New Works Festival.

MAKE RESERVATIONS: Call 304-522-0357 or 740-867-8576 for more information or to make a reservation.

Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman

January 22, 2009

Two cool writers who talk about food and health in a way I can stand!

Mark Bittman was just on NPR

Mark Bittman: Eating Right Can Save The Planet


I liked the interview, and since I am in some sort of posting frenzy (I think it has been brought on by Facebook, as I was “forced” to join over the weekend by my old high school friend Julie), I thought I would link to his book here. ¬†I guess I also ought to go READ it and also Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food. ¬†I LOVE his becoming-famous “Eat Food. ¬†Not too much. ¬†Mostly Plants.” and other common sense type “rules” about not eating things that your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. ¬†He spoke at Bates College and also on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

While I’m at it, I want to encourage YOU to use GoodSearch to donate teeny amounts of money to charity when you use it as ¬†your search engine. ¬†I ¬†have mine set to benefit “Christian Associates in Huntington, WV”, which is a food & clothing bank from the Episcopal Church across the street from my own church, where we make lots of donations and send teenagers and others to help out.

Fiber Fiesta retreat was great!

April 8, 2008

The River Cities Fiber Guild anniversary retreat at Asbury Woods was this past weekend and I got to go and had lots of fun!  There were, I believe, 28 of us and I sat and spun and knitted and talked and ate and spun and knitted and ate and talked from 4:15 Friday afternoon until 1 am and then got up again and did it more from around 8 am until I had to go home around 2:30 pm Saturday.


We had spectacular goody bags full of catalogs and fiber samples and yarn samples and buttons and knitting patterns. ¬†We had even more prizes in the form of door prizes (I got some mohair, silk cap, silk yarn, wool yarn, more buttons, a KnowKnit project bag…). ¬†Sat between Judy (from Good News Llamas) and Nadine (see her blog Crafts, Life & Times of Nadine) who was spinning on Mitzi’s (also Good News Llamas) borrowed wheel. ¬†Nadine is ridiculously good at spinning for someone who just learned to drop spindle after Christmas. ¬†I didn’t win any of the raffle prizes, but Judy won a personalized Golding spindle with sheep painted on it.


I also managed to show off the sheep & llama batik shirts (a couple of the other ladies were wearing theirs that I’d made for them, too) and sold one, bartered another for some merino/silk fiber, got another couple ladies who think they must have them… ūüôā


In my goody bag was a sample of Chameleon Colorworks Optim fiber which says it is mechanically stretched merino that is silk-like and machine washable. ¬†It was intriguing. ¬†I spun up my little sample and traded with 3 other people to get theirs…so now I have close to 4 oz to play with to see if I must afford to buy more.


I spent much of my time at the retreat carding and spinning more of the Mary wool. ¬†Yesterday I finished spinning up all of it that was washed. ¬†So, today I am washing another batch. ¬†Now I ought to go to bed, because I still have a bunch more items to finish up for Oklahoma for a contract. ¬†And the taxes to do. ¬†And Evan & Christopher home for spring break and Evan with a fever so we are limited in what I want to drag them around to. ¬†Maybe Spiderwick at the cheap movie tomorrow…



ORFoB and writing…

March 8, 2008

Christopher in MadCap¬†showWe went to the¬†Ohio River Festival of Books¬†today (sorry I didn’t post about it before, in case YOU wanted to go, too!) and saw¬†Madcap Puppets, even though it was snowing. ¬†A little snow wouldn’t make us miss this puppet show. ¬†They are so cool!¬†¬†But, while we were there, ¬†we also went to listen to¬†Shutta Crum¬†(who wrote “Fox and Fluff” and “A Family for Old Mill Farm” and “The Bravest of the Brave”) tell stories and also talk ABOUT writing. ¬†And we listened to¬†Debbie Dadey¬†(who co-wrote all of the Bailey School Books) talk about writing. ¬†I came away half wanting to write a book and half being scared to death of the very thought of 300 rejection letters and 200 post-its on a manuscript. ¬†Anyhow, Andrew thought that even if I don’t WRITE a book right now, I ought to make a note of my book thoughts. ¬†So I wrote them all down at home. ¬†Of course, I have ideas about writing about spinning or knitting or weaving (with my new, freakish interest in weaving, too, like I needed to add another hobby!) or cooking or insects… Do you know any children’s books about spinning yarn?? ¬†I have read several about knitting…¬†Christopher got picked to help the puppeteers with one of the stories…he is playing an evil little boy who takes advantage of a magic guy in the river and gets his comeuppance. ¬†He seemed to really enjoy it.¬†


February 22, 2008

I was poking around and found this recipe on Mother Earth News¬†but I am too impatient to wait that long (like, all day!) for bread. ¬† I made it once, nearly following the recipe, but forgot it rising all night when I oughtn’t have waited quite that long. ¬†It was very flat. ¬†And it didn’t take as long to brown–so it was a little over-browned for my tastes. ¬†But it did taste pretty good.¬†So then I remade it with pretty much my regular bread recipe, and mixed it up in my bread maker and when it was partway through the second rise I dumped it into a big heavy pyrex bowl and oiled it and covered it with a big heavy ceramic plate and let it rise again. ¬†Then I baked it mostly as directed (covered for 30 minutes in a HOT over, I used around 450 instead of 475, then uncovered it for another 5-10 minutes to brown). ¬†Pretty good crust! ¬†Nice and moist. ¬†Can’t decide if it is worth repeating…¬†