Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dessert Hummus

So, every year my family gets together the Sunday before Christmas for our annual Christmas Home Evening. It's been a tradition for years. We have dinner, then we read the birth of Jesus Christ from the bible. The kids dress up as shepherds, Mary and Joseph and use a doll as baby Jesus and reinact the story. Then we sing Christmas songs about Jesus and then the fun Christmas songs. After the program we all pile in my brother-in-laws truck and drive around the neighborhood caroling. Along the way, we stop and leave a few Secret Santa gifts. The kids look forward to this night every year. I love that they get so excited to give to others. It's such a warm, fuzzy feeling!

So, to get to the point of my post, I made a dessert hummus that seemed to be a big hit at the party. I wanted to share it with you all. I know not everyone is a fan, but if you like hummus, I think you'll love this.

Dessert Hummus

1 1/2 c. chickpeas (1 can, drained) 250 g.
1/8 t. + 1/16 t. salt
tiny bit over 1/8 t. baking soda
2 t. vanilla
* 1/4 c. nut butter
* up to 1/4 c. nondairy milk (start w/ 1 T., add more as needed)
2/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. chocolate chips
2-3 T. oats

Add all ingredients (except chocolate chips) to a blender and blend until smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips. Serve with graham crackers.

* I used peanut butter instead of nut butter, because I didn't have any on hand. It did taste a lot like peanut butter cookie dough, but it was still yummy.

* It's okay to use regular milk if you don't want to go to the store just for nondairy milk that you'll never use again!

In Transition

Well hello! So, I know it's been months since I posted, but we've been in transition here. We recently moved so I've been busy unpacking and getting our little family settled in our new place. I haven't done much crafting, obviously, but I'm anxious to get back into it. I have so many projects I want to do, but very little time, and very, very little space. I'm afraid I might have to wait until Spring when it warms up and I can use the garage as my work space. My mom and I did a little Christmas project the other day that I would be happy to share, but it wasn't much :) I always forget to take before pics, because I'm so anxious to get to the project, but I have an after pic. If you saw how this wreath looked before, the after pic would blow your socks off. This wreath was frumpy and sad looking. My mom has probably had it for decades, it totally came from the pink/mauvy 90's. So bad! So, we took all the pink berry sprigs off of the wreath and layed them on a garbage bag on the grass and spray painted our little hearts out. My mom chose silver for Christmas. Then we added a red bow to the bottom, and whala! I think it's gorgeous. Perfect for the Holidays.