Sunday, January 14, 2018

'Cheesy' Buffalo Bean Dip (vegan)

'Cheesy' Buffalo Bean Dip
Yields: 2 cups

(8) 1/4cup servings
Calories: 70
Fat: 3g
Sodium: 240g
Protein: 4g
Fiber: 6g

This is a simple Bean Dip recipe with Buffalo and Cheese flavors that I came up with after weeks of failing to buy all of the proper ingredients to another dip I planned to try and then also using up the ingredients I had remembered to buy on other recipes thus creating a black hole of impossibility that the originally planned dip was ever going to happen.

There are several notes below on what specific ingredients I used and some alternative ideas. As illustrated in the previous paragraph, I do not do well being walled into a recipe, so I appreciate having options. Maybe you do, too. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 can White Beans
2 slices or 1/4 cup of shredded vegan cheese
1Tsp tahini
2Tsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
2Tsp vegan buffalo wing sauce*
Additional heat if desired: cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, or similar

Instructions:
1. Drain, rinse, drain beans. Pat dry.
2. Break cheese slices up into small piece.
3. Add all ingredients to your Ninja or other blender/processor.
4. Blend until desired smoothness. Add a tiny bit of water if needed if you are using dryer beans such as Cannellini. 
5. Taste and add additional heat if needed. To me the Cayenne cheese is quite spicy, so I did not want more heat.
6. Chill 1-2 hours before serving with crackers, chips, veggies, pita, etc.

I suspect this would store for several days in the fridge, but it never lasts that long in my house.

Recipe Notes:
- I used Navy Beans as I keep these on hand for their high fiber content.
- For the cheese, use what you like best. I used 1 slice of classic Chao and 1 slice of Tomato/Cayenne. The latter is a little spicy for me, so I didn't add any additional heat.
- I use Sweet Baby Ray's Buffalo Wing Wing Sauce. It's relatively mild and contains no dairy. Also very good on cauliflower!
- *Buffalo Sauce alternative: equal parts hot sauce and melted vegan butter with a drop of white vinegar and a dash of garlic powder. Also a drop or two of vegan Worchestershire if you have it!

If you try this let me know how you like it!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Patchwork Puppy Project - The Puppy Patches


Patchwork Puppy Project Links
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Also Available on Ravelry
Patchwork Puppy Project Quilt 1 Ebook

Also Available on Etsy
Patchwork Puppy Project Quilt 1
Build Your Own Bundle of 3, 5, or 10 Patches
Make My Dog Into a Patch (coming soon)
Make My Dog Into a Pattern (coming soon)

See WORKING LIST for what is to come or to request a breed!
All patches use #4 weight yarn and either a 3.50mm or a 4.00mm crochet hook

BUSY SEASON NOTE: There are more patches than this that have not been added to this page. Go to Ravelry or Etsy to find them! Will update this page when I have more time!


American Pitbull Terrier Patch
Size: 8 inches tall
Size: 7 inches tall
No. of Pages: 5
No. of Images: 14
Released: September 2017

$1.50


Basset Hound Patcb
Size: 5 inches tall
No. of Pages: 3
No. of Images: 10
Released: September 2017

$1.00


Bedlington Terrier
Size: 4 inches tall
No. of Pages: 3
No. of Images: 8
Released: September 2017

$1.00
Ravelry
Etsy


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Border Collie Patch
Size: 6.5 inches tall
No. of Pages: 5
No. of Images: 17
Released: August 2017

$1.50


Boxer
Size: 8 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 13
Released: September 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy


Boston Terrier
Size: 5 inches tall
No. of Pages: 3
No. of Images: 11
Released: August 2017

$1.00
Ravelry
Etsy


..........Bull Terrier
Size: 6 inches tall
No. of Pages: 3
No. of Images: 9
Released: August 2017

$1.00
Ravelry
Etsy


Chihuahua
Size: 5 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 12
Released: August 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy


Chow Chow
Size: 5 inches tall
No. of Pages: 3
No. of Images: 9
Released: August 2017

$1.00
Ravelry
Etsy


Cocker Spaniel
Size: 7 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 12
Released: August 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy

Dachshund
Size: 5 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 12
Released: August 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy


Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Size: 4 inches tall
No. of Pages: 3
No. of Images: 10
Released: August 2017

$1.00
Ravelry
Etsy


English Bulldog
Size: 4 inches tall
No. of Pages: 5
No. of Images: 12
Released: August 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy


French Bulldog Patcb
Size: 5 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 10
Released: August 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy


Husky Patch
Size: 8 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 12
Released: September 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy


Irish Setter
Size: 8 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 12
Released: September 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy



Irish Terrier
Size: 5 inches tall
No. of Pages: 3
No. of Images: 9
Released: September 2017

$1.00
Ravelry
Etsy



Labrador Retriever Patcb

Size: 8 inches tall


This Patch is being redesigned to
increase the size slightly.
Look for it in October


Maltese
Size: 4 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 12
Released: August 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy


Neapolitan Mastiff
Size: 8 inches tall
No. of Pages: 5
No. of Images: 12
Released: August 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy


Old English Sheepdog
Size: 8 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 11
Released: August 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy


Pekingese
Size: 4 inches tall
No. of Pages: 3
No. of Images: 9
Released: August 2017

$1.00
Ravelry
Etsy


Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Size: 4 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 9
Released: August 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy


Pomeranian
Size: 4 inches tall 
No. of Pages: 3.5 
No. of Images: 8 
Released: September 2017

$1.00
Ravelry
Etsy



Pug
Size: 5 inches tall
No. of Pages: 3
No. of Images: 8
Released: August 2017

$1.00
Ravelry
Etsy


Rat Terrier
Size: 5 inches tall
No. of Pages: 5
No. of Images: 14
Released: August 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy


Saint Bernard
Size: 9 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 12
Released: September 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy



Shar Pei
Size: 7 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 11
Released: August 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy


Shih Tzu Patcb
Size: 4 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 13
Released: September 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy 


Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Size: 6 inches tall
No. of Pages: 3
No. of Images: 10
Released: September 2017

$1.00
Ravelry
Etsy



West Highland White Terrier
Size: 4 inches tall
No. of Pages: 4
No. of Images: 8
Released: August 2017

$1.50
Ravelry
Etsy

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Patchwork Puppy Project - Assembly and Finishing

When you get all of your Squares and Fillers made, you will need to attach them together and add the Patchwork decoration!

Be sure to refer to your Layout to know what goes where!

Here is the joining method I recommend as well as the decorative stitching and a simple border!



Patchwork Puppy Project Links




Mattress Stitch Join
You may prefer a different tried-and-true join method, but I found the Mattress Stitch Join to work out best for this project. I really hope you will give it a try!

Advantages:
It uses very little yarn, so you can keep going and going for a while with less ends! 
It is a nice invisible join that didn't clash with my plans of decorative stitching!
It's really simple and fast, too!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Patchwork Puppy Project - The Fillers

Here are the patterns for the various fillers that make it possible to combine different size squares in one layout. Below each pattern are the requirements for each layout.






Materials: 
#4 Medium weight yarn
J/10 6.00mm crochet hook
Tapestry Needle (to sew ends)
Measuring Tape
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Stitches Used:
Ch - chain
Sc - single crochet
FO - finish off

Gauge: 2.5 st/inch , 3 row/inch

IMPORTANT:
If you have altered the number of rows of your squares to be square, then you will also need to alter the number of rows of some of these Fillers. It will be noted on affected patterns.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Patchwork Puppy Project - The Squares


A note on gauge:
It's not so important that your squares turn out to be exactly 8 x 8 or whatever. In theory, if you crochet looser or tighter than me then everything is off by the same proportion so it still all fits together anyway. For this particular type of layout, however, it is important that your squares are actually square, so you should always measure and add or take away rows to get a square Square. I have written this into the instructions to remind you - and you should repeat it for each square of whichever size that you make because even different colors of the same brand and type of yarn can vary in thickness.

Patchwork Puppy Project Links
The Planning (Materials Info)
The Layouts (What these squares are for!)


QUICK CHECK: Fold your square diagonally to check. If it makes a perfect triangle, then it is as tall as it is wide and that is what makes it square.


Materials: 
50/70/90 yards of  #4 Medium weight yarn
J/10 6.00mm crochet hook
Tapestry Needle (to sew ends)
Measuring Tape

Stitches Used:
Ch - chain
Sc - single crochet
FO - finish off

Gauge: 2.5 st/inch , 3 row/inch
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