Romania: Floarea-soarelui

Did you know that Romania is one of the largest European producers of Sunflowers? It’s true! Sunflowers are not only beautiful they are very tasty. The seeds can be enjoyed raw, toasted or ground. You can also enjoy the oil the same way that you would olive or almond oil. Sunflower oil is even used in cosmetics, paints, soap and lubricants!

Sunbutter

I have mentioned before that Martin is severely allergic to nuts so we’ve never made no-bake cookies before since just about all call for peanut butter. We don’t have peanut butter in our house (obviously) but we do have sunbutter! Sunbutter is a non-nut spread that is just like a nut spread, it uses sunflower seeds and oil and it’s delicious! So we adapted a peanut butter recipe to make it nut free, featuring the sunflower as the main ingredient!

Sunbutter No-Bake Cookie Balls

  • 1/2 C Sunbutter
  • 1/4 C Honey
  • 1 1/2 C Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/3 C Chocolate Chips
  1. Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl.

2. Scoop and press the mixture into ping pong ball sized balls.

3. Enjoy 🙂

Sunflower Craft

This craft is a great way to add a touch of summer to any room. I joined Martin in making this one, you will need…

  • Coffee filters (2 per flower)
  • Food coloring, Yellow and Orange
  • Spray bottle with vinegar or diluted vinegar

Squirt some food yellow and orange food coloring into separate bowls.

Fold the coffee filters in quarters and cut into a petal shape on the outside edge. When you open the filter it should look like a flower.

Dip one end in yellow dye, turn it around and barely touch the orange. Spray the coffee filter so that the colors mix where they meet.

Allow the flowers to dry (the more vinegar you use the faster it dries but the stinkier this craft is), I dried ours overnight.

Once dry, unfold the coffee filters.

Glue two flowers together off setting them for a layered effect. Cut out a small brown circle for the center of the flower, and glue in place. Let the glue dry and you are all done!

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