vegan strawberry + banana crumble

I personally love to celebrate the beginning of a new year with a healthy recipe post. Today will be no different! Here is a recipe for a delicious and healthy dessert for those of you who have a vegan sweet tooth.

Vegan Strawberry + Banana Crumble

For the strawberry jam:
2 cups strawberries, halved

2 tbsp pure maple syrup

For the oatmeal crumble:
1 cup oat flour

1 ½ cup large flake oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
½ tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup bananas, sliced
1 tbsp large flake oats
soy margarine, to grease

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease an 8×8 in. baking dish with soy margarine. Set aside.

2. In a small saucepan, add strawberries and maple syrup. Stir over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Mash the strawberries into a jam. Continue to stir and mash for another 5 minutes. Place in refrigerator to cool.

3. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Add applesauce, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.

4. Remove half a cup of the oats. Spread the rest of the mixture evenly into the baking dish.

5. Place sliced bananas on top of the oats. Top with the strawberry jam mixture. Then spread the remaining oat mixture on top. Sprinkle the last of the large flake oats.

6. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Emory

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hello 2015, goodbye 2014

Lotta Sanita 4Hello, friends and family! Happy New Year!

I am going to start off by apologizing. My intended “week off from blogging” has turned into nearly twelve days of no posts. That’s like The Twelve Days of Christmas, but instead of you all receiving gifts, you were given radio silence. Or internet silence, in this case. Don’t worry, though. I’m back, renewed, and am ready to knock your socks off! Let’s begin by recapping the entire year of 2014.

IMG_11.jpg oneMy first post of the year began with food, and the recipes continued to pour in over the next eleven months. I featured a dozen guest bloggers with various sweet and savory posts in my Blogger’s Dozen series. From cookies, to tarts, to pasta, to quesadillas, to hot chocolate, I had such a blast meeting and working with these amazing people, and expanding my audience to many new readers around from the world!

IMG_9.jpgPHOTO_15.jpgIMG_7.jpgHolly01Mum Guin 8IMG_3312 copyNext, I dedicated many posts to nature and our animals. I showed you our incredibly snowy Canadian days herehere, and here. I wrote six succulent posts since God apparently decided to finally bless me with a green thumb after twenty-eight years on this planet! This one was your most favoured, readers! Holly and Truman were never far from my mind or my keyboard. Nor were cats, horses, or other pets. I documented Holly’s health struggles which spanned the entire summer (thankfully, she is on the mend). Additionally, my big, beautiful St. Bernard, Dear Prudence, had to be put down in the spring. Between Pru and Holl, those were the most emotionally draining few months that I had ever experienced. However, whenever I felt down, I could always count on nature to fix my wounded soul.

PHOTO_1-1.jpgIMG_2.jpg122.jpgSo what did I have to be thankful for this past year? Well, the month of January meant a birthday celebration for my husband, and subsequently, many more parties followed! With one or more birthdays each month in my family, I only had time to blog about a few of them. We celebrated my oldest niece turning six with a beach party at our (then) future home, as well as my week-long winter bash. I also blogged about Valentine’s DaySt. Patrick’s Day, Canada Day/Independence Day, our fourth Wedding Anniversary, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Día de Muertos, and Christmas! Phew.

IMG_7.jpgIMG_1.jpgJ+J 521.jpgThe year was one of many ‘firsts’. It began with my first iPhone, then onto my first hand tattoo, regular freelance position for a magazine, pop-up shop, and paid for photo shoot. My favourite ‘first’ had to be the opening of my retail store, Potomac Trading Post, Ltd!

IMG.jpgIMG_1.jpg01.jpgJanuary also began with one of my favourite DIYs of the year; A Painted Teapot. What followed were popular posts such as a Sherlock Terrarium, Wood and Wire Succulent Holder, Address Stamp, Classic Pumpkin, Wednesday Addams Make-Up (a post that brought in over 700 views in under two days), Harvest Wreath, Reindeer Plates, and an American Plant Holder.

IMG_12.jpgBeFunky_6.jpgOver the last year, I gave insight into blog organization, good antique shopping, tattoos, small home living, choosing an ad photo, and finding a dream home.

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During this past year, readers witnessed a big change in our residence(s). We began our search for an acreage in January 2014, but I didn’t let any of you know until March. Being guarded doesn’t always go hand in hand with blogging, and it’s something that I’ve have to work on over the last two years. (Fun fact: when I first began blogging on tumblr, I didn’t reveal our first names, where we lived, or even our faces! I was simply known as *e* and readers only ever saw the back of my head.) I posted about our search for the perfect home many times over the next few months. We were finally on the right track by May, and both listed and sold our beautiful house, Little Green, by June. We ended up buying an empty lot in a provincial park, and have chronicled our adventures ever since! The final reveal will be coming within a matter of weeks. :-)))

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 9.24.14 PM8.jpghr_Nightcrawler_65.jpgScreen Shot 2014-08-31 at 8.36.07 PMFinally, we travelled lots but always stayed close to home, moved twice, watched many great films, ate amazing food, laughed, cried, were inspired, and learned invaluable lessons. I would say that the best part of my year was nearly each and every day, and seeing how much I grew into being a woman who knew exactly who and what she wanted out of life. Self-realization is a tricky thing, and I feel as if this year was my year for it to happen.

Cemetery 02I hope that you are all excited to take this journey into the year 2015 with me! My blogging resolution is to gain 5,000 followers! What will yours be?

<3

Emory

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Hello 2014, Goodbye 2013

IMG_HSB_1.jpgNow that it’s officially 2014, I feel like I can breathe a little easier. As each year draws to a close, I can’t help but feel as if something major is coming to an end. It’s an unsettling feeling for me, and so when the new year rolls around, it brings much alleviation.

Like every year, 2013 brought many new changes. These are some of them:

PHOTO_1.jpg 10.31.53 PM1. The birth of Hello Scarlett Blog occurred in June. This was my first post.

1400740_739212962760511_911879269_o2. My daily dose of laughter came from Timmy Alvarez’s YouTube channel. Here is one of my favourite videos from Timmy Fell Down The Well.

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 10.29.13 AM3. My weekly dose of love and laughter? ‘Girls‘. I cannot wait for Season 3!

on-the-road-dvd-cover-924. The movie that I completely fell in love with was ‘On the Road‘. Consequently, I found a new celebrity crush in Garrett Hedlund.

youth-in-revolt-poster-big5. However, my favourite scene from any movie this year was Michael Cera doing what he does best.

country-god-or-the-girl6. The CD that I had on repeat was K’naan’s ‘Country, God or the Girl‘. 

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 10.10.13 AM7. HSB can also be found on YouTube! It all began with this Reclaimed Shelf DIY video.

1.jpg8. As for real births, my niece came into this world on 09/09/13. You can visit her birth announcement here.

DSCN55149. For some reason, with a birth usually comes a death. My Baba passed away only 6 days after Emelia was born. Since then, I often mention her in my posts. You can read a bit about the passing of this great woman here.

DSCN496810. As you can see, the blog had many ups and downs over the last 6 months. My most successful DIYs were probably the ‘Lace Flower Pots‘, ‘Bathroom Reno‘, ‘Chicken Wire Cupboard‘, ‘Photography Backdrop Stand‘, ‘Tree Branches‘, and ‘Snow Globe‘. 

IMG_10.jpg11. Last month, I was chosen to be featured on one of my favourite blogs! This was a new experience, and one that I hope to repeat often. Starting this year, I am going to be having my own monthly feature. You will have to keep reading HSB daily in order to see when and what it will be.

HW_IMG_1-1.jpg12. As for Geoff and my little pet family, I only grew to love them more with each new day, week, and month. I could write a whole blog post about the many things that we did as a family, but I don’t want to bore all of you! I can only hope that 2014 will bring about more love, and maybe some changes as well.

PHOTO.jpg13. Last but not least, I am so utterly grateful for this new blogging community that I have been introduced to through HSB and WordPress! I love how warm and enthusiastic other bloggers are, and have made so many more friends since I started blogging here in June.

Huzzah to all of you!! Happy New Year and Happy 2014!!

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New Years Eve DIY – A Simple Cocktail Display

BeFunky_IMG.jpgIMG_2.jpg IMG_3.jpgIMG_4.jpg IMG_5.jpgIMG_6.jpg IMG_7.jpgIMG_8.jpgThe idea for a beautiful cocktail display actually came from this Restyled Cart that Elsie Larson posted last year (on my birthday!). Since then, I have been adamant on the idea of displaying our collection of alcohol and glassware in a unique and creative way.

We actually had a similar vintage cart to Elsie’s, and so I immediately turned ours into a similar little mini bar. However, after about two months we desperately needed the space back in our kitchen and so my cocktail cart went away. That is, until I had a brainwave to move our bar sky-high. After removing our cupboard doors, I wallpapered the interior of our new cocktail space. Then, I filled it with our best glassware, an apple dish full of sugar, and hung one of my favourite bottle openers. If you are planning on throwing a shindig for New Years, then a trendy cocktail display is definitely a must-have!

Have a safe and happy New Year!! See you in 2014!!! :-)))

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Hello, Christmas

Photo_1 BeFunky_Card_2.jpg IMG_5.jpgThis post will be short and sweet, sort of like my family.

Have a Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Christmas! I hope that your day is so very wonderful!!

xoxoxoxoxoxox

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of two (one earthside and one with the angels), and an animal rescuer. This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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  • Ok, this is directed to all you green thumbs out there. How often should I be watering this guy? I’ve recently jumped from keeping succulents to now house plants, and I don’t seem to be doing very well with the latter. He is in a window facing south west. I was watering him once a week and his leaves were falling out. Then I tried three times a week, and the tips of his leaves turned brown. Do I change the plant pot? Fertilize? Water less? I’m at a loss. Help! 🌿 @omgkersh is leaving us today for another four weeks. Looks like it’s just you and me, kid. P.S. You’re a pretty fun partner, so I’m kind of ok with that. P.P.S. We decided yesterday to cover up these floors rather than trying to save them. So I will only grace you with their beautiful state for a few weeks longer.
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