Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas

Gluten-free and vegan corn tortillas.  An easy recipe to make with kids. - thesimplehive.com

 

Here at the hive, we encourage kids to help in the kitchen.  From a home educator point of view, cooking helps kids gain confidence while practicing life skills.  From a busy mom point of view, cooking with kids gears them up for cooking my meals and serving me breakfast in bed.

I can dream.

The older kids have figured out my motives, but Baby Honeybee is still young enough to think it’s all kinds of fun to be in the kitchen.  Do not tell her of my plans, please.

In my defense, the people who live in this house think they must eat everyday.  We I spend much of my day in the kitchen.  When the opportunity arises to have a helper, I grab it!

This is one of those times.  Corn tortillas are so easy a child can make them, so she did!

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Graduation Gifts for a Cool Guy

So, the teenage boy here at the hive is graduating from high school this month. On any given day I have mixed emotions about it, but mostly, I’m not okay.

My baaaabbbbyyy!

It’s probably a good thing I have the girls who still need me. Baby Honeybee will be the last to leave the hive at which point, I’ll be a complete mess. You won’t want to even know me then.

Because Teen Boy Bee is a cool dude who loves music, I’ve been trying to figure out what to get him for a graduation gift.  Since he will be pursuing a degree in Audio Technology, I’ve been thinking about a new bass guitar and amp. Shhh.  Don’t tell him.  I’ve been told that this is the best lightweight bass amp.

Sweet, eh?

I looks like a winner to me!

Do you have any great graduation gift idea for guys?  I love alliterations!  Also, if you have any tips for coping with an empty nest, or hive in this case, let me know.  I’ll need several years to practice.

Gluten-Free Vegan Recipe for Veggie Burgers & Meatballs

Versatile recipe for #glutenfree and #vegan veggie burgers and meatballs. - thesimplehive.com

After IKEA announced its new vegan meatballs, I began craving meatballs.  Obsessively craving is a more accurate description.

Well played, IKEA.

Because of this craving and the fact that the nearest IKEA is more than an hour from home, I rummaged through my pantry and freezer to see if I could satisfy the obsession.  What I ended up with was the most delicious veggie burger in existence.

Makes sense in my head.

To clarify, I did make some of the mixture into meatballs using a small scoop and baking them until firm.  They were a nice addition to top of some gluten-free spaghetti.  But I just couldn’t leave well enough alone and thought, what if?

That question usually leads me down a long and winding road, sometimes leading to success and sometimes leading to a new lesson learned.  This time it led me to an easy and delicious veggie burger.  If all roads were this easy to travel, my life would be less interesting.

Let me give you a little nutrient breakdown so you can fully appreciate this humble little burger.  With this knowledge you can feel good about what you are using as fuel for the amazingly complicated machine that is your body.

The chick peas and green peas pack a protein punch while providing iron, calcium and vitamins A and C.

Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, so sneak it in whenever possible.  It is high in vitamins A, B6, C and K and minerals such as manganese, calcium, copper, potassium and magnesium.  Fiber and protein are some more benefits of kale, so eat up Buttercup!

Sorry I called you Buttercup.

Ground psyllium husks acts as a binder to keep the form of the patty while providing fiber.  Fiber helps control blood sugar, promotes cardiovascular health and helps provide a feeling of fullness, thereby aiding weight loss.  It also helps to keep your skin healthy, did ya know?  It helps move yeast and fungus from the body so they don’t have a chance to be excreted through the skin, triggering acne or rashes.  Fiber also helps keep things moving along ifyouknowwhatImean.

Flax meal also acts as a binder while providing a healthy dose of Omega-3 fatty acids and lignans.  It also is a good source of fiber.  Again with the fiber!

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cinnamon bun popcorn

Cinnamon Bun Popcorn #glutenfree - The Simple Hive

Sometimes my sweet tooth gets the best of me. When it softly whispers that it wants something, I usually give in. Nobody wants an irate sweet tooth. At that point, I don’t think it can even be called sweet.

Our family deals with multiple food allergies. Pre-packaged foods are not a convenience on which we can rely. So, when our sweet teeth begin getting rowdy, we must make our own concoctions.

Today, that concoction is in the form of crunchy caramel goodness.

Since the youngest man-child and I are running in a 5k this evening, I figured the family could us a little treat afterwards.  It takes energy to cheer on the runners from the sidelines, right?

Thanks to Our Best Bites, our tummies and teeth are happy.  My thighs might be angry with me, but we can’t win them all.

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Vegan Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

#glutenfree and #vegan recipe for healthy and delicious triple chocolate cookies.  Only 5 ingredients! - thesimplehive.com

As simple as this recipe is, I can’t believe it’s so delicious!  I had to eat two just to be sure I wasn’t mistaken.  Maybe I should eat another just to be completely sure of its deliciousness.  I do what I can to ensure honest evaluations.  I’m here for you!

This recipe happened because the girls and I needed a little chocolate to push through our day.  Homeschooling can be hard, folks!

This was a perfect way to integrate life skills into our day.  The recipe is so simple, even a five-year old can do it and she did!  I have found that my little picky eater is more likely to eat the foods she helps make.  Get the kids in the kitchen and make these healthy chocolate cookies.

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Inspirational Gifts by Apefit

Inspirational gift bags by Apefit.  Beautiful messages for 30 days of #encouragement. - thesimplehive.com

I have to brag a little.  I have some of the kindest, most beautiful friends in my life.  It’s true.  I hope it’s true for you as well.

I try to find beauty and goodness in my daily life, but some days it’s hard.  Some days are trying and the only solution is to cover them in chocolate sauce to make them good.

Then there are days like today, when an encouraging gift from a beautiful friend arrive in my mailbox.

Inspirational gift bags by Apefit.  Happy thoughts for 30 days of #encouragement. - thesimplehive.com

It’s perfect, isn’t it!

She makes these in several themes.  The organza drawstring bag is filled with little inspirational quotes.  It’s like a bag of calorie-free fortune cookies!

Inspirational gift bags by Apefit.  A month supply of #encouragement. - thesimplehive.com

This is a random handful straight from the bag.

Days like today, gratitude is all over the place.

Visit her shop to see all the different themed bags and spread a little love around.  See her monkey around on a Yoga Trapeze and check out her website to get your daily dose of beautiful sunsets.

Mother’s day is quickly approaching.  If you have a mother in your life, make her breakfast and give her one of these bags and she’ll probably cry a little.

Be sweet and make your mother cry.

I love the twisted sentiment of that.  I need to go into the bumper sticker business!

Yoga Trapeze yoga swing

I love yoga.  I love yoga.  I love yoga.  I almost typed “I love Yoda.”  That’s a totally different love, and a little weird, but one I will not deny.  I just want to put him in a baby sling and carry him around all day while he dispenses sage advice.  He might not appreciate being treated like an infant.  Maybe a piggyback is more his speed.  That post is for another day.

Today, I’m feeling the love of yoga.

I have been practicing it on and off for over 20 years.  Lately, it’s more off than on.  Whenever I start up after a hiatus, I always look back and wonder why on earth I ever put it on hold.  Nothing feels better than beginning and ending the day with core-strengthening and muscle-lengthening stretches.  It makes all the chaos of the world manageable, invites deep sleep and helps define a time for prayer, so that I can go about my life in a state of rest and reassurance.  Why not do something that awesome everyday?

Because life gets in the way sometimes, that’s why.  It shouldn’t get in the way of being healthy since ignoring your health will shorten and diminish your quality of life.  I’m guilty of putting my health on the back burner.  You?

For me,  yoga happens at home when I can fit it in between teaching, cleaning, cooking, sewing, gardening and blogging, among other obligations.  I enjoy yoga mat simplicity, but I sometimes feel I’m missing out on some deep stretching and strengthening.

Enter the Yoga Trapeze!

yoga trapeze yoga swing

 

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Teen Girl Spa Party

Spa Party for a Teen Girl - the simple hive

Two months ago, I was temporarily insane and agreed to letting my teen-aged daughter have a slumber party for her birthday.  Not only did I agree to the sleepover, but told her I would make all the party favors and goodies.  The goal was for the party to be fun, but also budget-friendly.  She agreed to help, so we plunged head-first into party-planning mode.

First, we needed a theme.  We decided on a spa party, or as I like to call it, a spaaaahhhh party.  I’m cool like that.

After searching for invitations and finding nothing ready-made that she liked, she decided to make her own.  As a friend said, “That apple didn’t fall far from the tree.”  Using blank notecards, pre-cut tags and a rubber stamp, she created a very spa-like invitation with a little bling, of course.

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Easy Marinated Feta Recipe

Simple marinated feta - the simple hive

One of the easiest and most delicious condiments in this wonderful world of ours is marinated feta.  There.  I said it.  It’s on the internet.  It must be true.

I love marinated feta on salads, but my favorite way to have it is on sandwiches.  I had the best sandwich of my entire live a couple of months ago at a local cafe and it rocked my world.  I have been recreating it and I will share it with you as soon as I have perfected the flavors.  One component of this life-altering sandwich was this marinated feta.

The recipe is simple.  I don’t think it can be called a recipe, but I don’t know what else to call it.  Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Simple Marinated Feta

Ingredients:

1 bottle of Italian dressing (or homemade)

1 block of feta cheese

2 bay leaves

Directions:

Crumble the feta.

Easy marinated feta - the simple hive

Place the feta in a mason jar, wedging the bay leaves down along the side of the jar.

Pour the Italian dressing over the top and cover it with a lid.

Easy marinated feta - the simple hive

Shake.

Simple marinated feta - the simple hive

Refrigerate the jar and it will last for weeks, maybe longer.  Ours is usually eaten before then.

That’s all there is to it!  You can get as fancy as you want with the Italian dressing.  Make it from scratch if you want.  I went with a bottle of store-bought dressing  I had in my pantry since we keep it simple here at the hive, but I have also used homemade dressing with fantastic results.  Go with your heart on this!

Sushi Dishcloth – Free Crochet Pattern

Free Sushi Dishcloth Crochet Pattern by The Simple Hive.

For years, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that I need a clone.  In a perfectly cloned life, I’m showering my family with love and affection and the other woman house cleaning. So, if anyone reading this is in need of a test subject, I’m your gal!

My problem isn’t unique.  Moms all over the world have to balance out the wants and needs of their families while keeping themselves in balance because if Momma’s not happy, nobody’s happy.

In order to keep my balance and find rest for myself, I must sometimes force it.  One way I keep my balance, literally, is through yoga.  Another way to give my body rest when I’ve been running for everyone else, is to crochet.  It forces me off my feet and my perpetually busy mind is calmed through the repetitive motion of hooking yarn.

One of my favorite things to crochet are dishcloths.  Quirky, I know, but follow me.  I have my reasons.

  • They work up quickly and can be finished in one sitting, thereby providing immediate gratification.  Results, people!
  • They are functional.  Everyone must was dishes.
  • And in the case of this sushi dishcloth, they are kitschy and cute!

Work up a few dishcloths with this free crochet pattern and give a little sushi love.  Who doesn’t love kitschy kitchen crochet thingys?

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