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My name is Samantha and I like to create sweet art and handcrafted treasures. I like monsters and robots and making stuff out of salvaged and recycled timber and fabrics. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

More Hooky and a little Cooky...

Time hurtles at a frantic pace at the moment and I feel as though I'm getting pulled this way and that with little achieved at the end of each day.  I managed to finish off another little cardigan a week or so ago that I just need to's just the most adorable little pattern and worked up so easily and quickly...I might even make one for myself!  I made it from a sweet little multicoloured bamboo blend and finished it off with a little vintage button from my horde.

See that sweet little top Xanadu is wearing.  That fabric is a delight and is from my 'I just might have a little girl oneday' pile.  I've made so many little tops for friends and customers over the last few years and every now and then I'd pop enough fabric away of something special just in case.  I still pinch myself everyday and everyday it still surprises me that she's here!

Now, I don't ever post recipes because well, I just don't but I simply have to share my favourite little treat with anyone that should happen to stumble upon this post.  They are easy, quick, healthy and most importantly of all absolutely delicious!  I can never stop at one, or two and a batch in the fridge disappears around here within a day or two.  My boys adore these balls which taste exactly like delicious truffles without all the fat.  Without further ado....

Cacao Date Balls (or Power Balls as we like to call them)
1/2 cup cashews, 1/2 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pepitos, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup sultanas, 1 cup of fresh dates (I usually need more but one cup is a good start), 2 generous tablespoons of raw cacao powder (you can use cocoa or carob but the flavour from cacao is second to none), a drizzle of vanilla.  Whizz everything together in a food processor to form a smooth thick paste.  It will come together in a lumpy clump when it's good to go so you may need to add more dates to get the right consistency.  I whizz for a bit longer then to get my nuts and seeds quite tiny and the whole mix quite smooth.  Roll into little balls (I use my melon baller to get the right quantity, if you do this too, wet it first so the mix doesn't stick) and roll in coconut (littlest boys favourite job).  Put them in the fridge for a bit to chill and harden up then eat with coffee or hot chocolate or on their own!


  1. Awww... I just got all teary about your "one day I might have a girl" pile x Such a sweet little cardigan and yummy sounding recipe - I'm going to have to give that a go.

  2. Time positively stands still for me. I wish it would rush on. The cardy is gorgeous on little X. She is wonderful!
    I often make that recipe which I got from you a while a go. It's been great during pregnancy.

  3. Bamboo is such a lovely yarn to work with. Love that crochet top. Gorgeous. Love the fabric in the top too... infact I think I have some of that in my stash!

  4. Gorgeous bubby...and cardi and top...and yummy sounding power balls!

  5. I love the cardi Sam and yes you should make one for yourself!! I am about to finish the blanket and I am on card duty too :) Should check that pattern should I ?! :) NOw a MASSIVE THANK YOU for sharing your delicious recipe!
    *People* believe me this is a true gift, these treats are awesome!! Now I need a blender :) Happy week lovely Sam xx

  6. I was just going through the bag of baby clothes to see what I had and what shall I find? but they little dress you made for my Busy. I suspect there will be many more if I do indeed shave another girl come spring!

  7. The coco balls are very attractive to eat. Really impressive eatable item i never seen.
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  8. Just discovered your lovely blog through Melinda's blog- Moose & Bird.
    This recipe sounds delicious. and i have all the ingredients in the cupboard already with is always a good start.


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