Chocolate Banana Ice Milk

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate Banana Ice-cream

Love ice-cream, but can’t eat dairy?  Or don’t like dairy?  Try this delicious Chocolate Banana Ice Milk!

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of freezing this, it makes a wonderful smoothie!  Also, you can leave the cocoa powder out and make a lovely banana ice-cream.

This is a standard Internet recipe that’s been modified to be sugar free as well.  If you prefer to put in sugar just remember that 1/32 tsp. white powdered stevia = 1 tbsp. sugar.  The scoop found in the small bottles of NOW brand of white powdered stevia is approximately 1/32 tsp.

Banana Chocolate Ice Milk
Makes 4 cups

7 large frozen ripe, sweet bananas
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa (Dutch process)
1/2 c. almond milk/coconut milk combo (or one or the other)
1/8 tsp. stevia extract powder
1/4 c. ground pecans or other nuts (optional)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract/vanilla powder

Put bananas in microwave to thaw just enough to peel off the skin. Do NOT thaw the entire way. This takes about 1 minute on a 1200 watt microwave. I just go in 30 second increments until I can pull the skin off.

Throw in blender or food processor with rest of ingredients and blend for 1-2 minutes. If you want you can blend the pecans too, or you can just add the ground nuts to the finished product. I chose to do half and half.

Put ice milk in the freezer to freeze for about 1 hour in a metal mixing bowl.  You want it slushy but not rock hard.   Pull it out and smash it up by beating it with a mixer till smooth again.  It will turn light and loft up a bit.  Put in freezer again and repeat.  The third time scoop the ice milk into an airtight container you want it permanently stored in.  Put it in the freezer to freeze solid for good…well, until you decide to eat it!

If you have an ice-cream freezer you can use that instead of doing the above.


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In my studio…

WIP African Dream - 1

This week I am going to work more on my sewing/craft room.  It is one of two rooms in my house taken over with my fiber activities, and scrapbooking.  The video I posted the link to on Friday says it all.  It needs to be reorganized and the space better utilized.

I watched the video again with a critical eye to my space usage and organization.  While storage is good, the organization is not so great.  Lots of empty spaces in there, and unfinished projects scattered around the room.  Time to corral all them and decide what I want to finish and what I want to toss.

I’m thinking of trying to fit my rug hooking supplies in there as well as everything else.  That is going to require some major purging and re-arranging.  But I think, with some serious purging and judicious relocation of boxes, I might be able to dedicate the tall storage pantry to my wool stash.

Aside from that, I am working on finishing African Dream this week.

I also need to send wall hanging information to the SCC (Saskatchewan Craft Council) for the ArtNow pieces I’ll be taking up to them for exhibit and sale.  Plus I need to find some boxes to pack them in.  I’ve about given up for the long narrow pieces.  I think they will be going in triangular tubes.

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Weekly Review

Hi everyone.  This week has been a mixed bag.  I hooked more on African Dream.  I am excited to almost be finished.

I also prepared Sprouts, Dancing Tree, and Blue-eyed Grass for exhibit and sale.  Hubby was off to buy supplies for packing them yesterday but had no luck.  However he was given the name of another outfit in town that might have a greater variety of box sizes to help me.  I’m glad I started the process early.  With Hubby taking our only car to work every day, it makes it difficult to run errands.

And, last but not least, I produced this 20 minute video of my craft room/sewing room. It is a tour showing some organization ideas for people to consider when developing their own home studios.  It is not a professional video.  It was all shot at one time.  I do not know how to edit a video on this computer, and my attempts to use QuickTime did not proceed well at all.  I gave up.  If anyone knows of an easy to learn video editing software that is free or next to it, please let me know.  I’m operating on a Mac currently, but plan on switching back to a PC platform this fall sometime.

Depending on the reaction to my sewing room video I will decide if I want to go to the effort of cleaning up my rug hooking studio and doing a video of it.  To be truthful, my rug hooking area is so small at 8′ x 14′ that I hardly think it’s worth a video.  But my online followers might want to know where I work and what I use.  Besides, it will just be a shorter video!🙂

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  See you next week!🙂

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WIP Thursday

WIP African Dream - 1

Getting there!  Almost finished hooking African Dream.

I didn’t attend Crafting this week, so no work on the knit cellular baby blanket.

I have been up in my sewing room, looking over a variety of unfinished projects, trying to decide what to work on next.  It’s time to either do some of them or pass them on.  Has anyone else felt this way?

I’m currently trying to make a video of my sewing room to show some organizational ideas but I’ve been having technical difficulties filming with my iPhone.  Must get the light working so people can see inside the closet!  I’ve also been having difficulties editing it on my MacBook Pro.  QuickTime doesn’t do what I want it to do, even though the toolbar says it can.  Hmm…time to check out QuickTime tutorials on YouTube.

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Inspiration Wednesday

I’ve put my plaids up for sale on Facebook on my JLT Studios page.  If you’re in the market for cheap plaids, let me know.  I’ve marked the swatches all to $1 CAD each, or $5 CAD/10 swatches.  Shipping will be added to that.  I’m moving them out of here!

I had a video I was going to post, but due to my lack of camera skills, it did not turn out very well.  So, while I figure things out, here are some miscellaneous things I like…







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Black Bean Sweet Potato Wraps

Black Bean Wrap

I used to make this recipe in my gluten free, dairy free, sugar free days.  I’d swap out the wheat tortilla for a rice tortilla. Or not use any tortilla at all and just mound it on a bed of mixed greens on my plate.  I was careful to read salsa labels, as most have sugar in them. I’ve only found one brand without sugar, and I can’t remember the name, but the label has a windmill on it.  It’s more expensive than the other brands, but to my mind tastes better.

Black Bean Sweet Potato Wraps

1 ½ cups brown rice
½ cup wild rice
pinch sea salt
1 large sweet potato
3 cups cooked black beans
1 large avocado
mixed greens

Cook rice in 4 cups boiling water for 45 minutes.

Peel, dice and cook yam in boiling water for 20 minutes. Mash.

Lay wrap on plate and put a small amount of rice in the middle, some black beans, some sweet potato, some mashed avocado, some salsa and some mixed greens. Fold in one end and wrap.


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In my studio…


This week I am preparing for the upcoming Art Now, Saskatchewan Fine Art & Craft Fair.  I’m a tad early, but I do need to  purchase shipping supplies for my rugs, make sure everything is tagged properly, and the certificates of authenticity are filled out.

Looking forward to a couple lovely drives to Saskatoon come mid-September to deliver and, possibly, pickup.  Thanks to our new vehicle being so cheap on gas, it’s cheaper to drive them there and back than it is to actually ship them!

I will also continue working on African Dream.  I am very close to finishing the hooking.

Plus the knit baby blanket.

I’ve finished and passed both Gale courses, and would like to start working on a website now.  So I’ll be seeing what I can do about that.

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