Thursday, June 23, 2016

...W.I.A.Y. ...

Breakfast - Vegan Cheese Toast and a pear...and coffee with a LOT of Cashew Cream...
Lunch - Vegan Spanish Rice - really just brown rice and salsa and a Huge Salad with Sweet Mustard Dressing
Dinner - Vegan Frittata, Salad, Veggie Broth, Mixed Veg

...now it's your turn to inspire me with what you ate yesterday...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

...W.I.P. Wednesday...

...as I mentioned before...our Youth Group is selling handmade dishcloths as a fundraiser...

...and some of our 'youth' (only the girls so far) have been coming to N.O.A.H. ...our prayer shawl ministry group...and have learned to crochet...
...so the first one that I made is just a single crochet square...
...actually single crochet, chain 1 is the pattern across 35 stitches on the foundation chain...it makes a nice waffle-y pattern...
...I just sized it by a boughten (N.D. word) dishcloth...
...then I got out the knitting needles my sweet sissie had given me for Christmas...

...and cast on for a round dishcloth...it's just 10 little short row wedges over the first 10 of 20 cast on stitches...
...and the little open holes left by the short row turns make a pretty sort of sand dollar effect on the round dishcloth...
...and for the third dishcloth in this little 'set'...a simple stockinette stitch square combining both knit and crochet...just stockinette stitch 32 sts x 44 rows on the same size 10 needles...
...then cast off and single crochet all around...
...and then a scallop stitch around that...
...Youth Dishcloth #1...
...Youth Dishcloth #2...
...Youth Dishcloth #3...
...folded and stacked as a set...
...wrapped and ready for sale...

...what's in your basket?...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

...Vegan Chocolate Pound Cake...

...as promised...a dedicated post about Scout's delicious 18th Birthday Cake...

....If I'm making a 'shaped' cake of any sort...I always prefer a nice dense (but still moist) pound cake...they just hold their shape so much better...
...and I wanted two fairly large numbers for this most special of birthday numbers...so I made two pound cakes...each in a 9 x 13 pan...
...I sketched out paper patterns for the numbers...I'm sure you could do this freehand...but I wanted to use as much cake as possible...HA!...
...placed the patterns on the cakes...
...and just trimmed around them...the insides of the 8's were a bit tricky...but I just used a spoon to get that cake out...
...I put all of the leftover cut off pieces in a bag in the freezer...maybe I'll make some cake pops or something like that with them later...
...then I did a really messy crumb coat...as dark chocolate really shows through white icing...
...and then finished with a second coat...these two large cakes used a lot of icing...so you'll need two recipes worth...
...and then I wanted to do some haphazard squiggles of colour all around the edges...Blue and Gold...

...but it turns out that I'm not all that good at the haphazard effect...I'm much better piping 'nice' designs rather than messy ones...HA!...
...and once I'd gone down the messy squiggle decorating path...it was sort of hard to change...I guess I could have scraped it all off and started over...but the Man assured me that it was 'fine'...
...so we went with it as it was...
...and added 18 mismatched blue and gold candles as well...

Vegan Chocolate Pound Cake

Ingredients

Wet (Whisk all together):

3/4 cup non dairy milk
1/2 cup cashew cream
2 tbsp non dairy yogurt
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp melted Earth Balance

Dry(Whisk all together):

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder...I always use this delicious Baking Cocoa from Equal Exchange
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined. The batter will be thick. Place batter in a parchment lined 9 x 13 pan...
Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick from near the center comes out clean...
Cool for 5 to 10 minutes...then remove from the pan and let it sit on the cooling rack to cool completely before carving into shapes...

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. Vegan Cream Cheese...any brand...or make your own...
1/4 cup Earth Balance, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pkg. powdered sugar (about 4 cups)

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended.
Add sugar gradually, beating after each addition until blended.

...this cake is so rich and delicious...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, June 20, 2016

...Happy Father's Day...

...Scout and I sneaked around Saturday evening and got everything ready...but seriously we didn't think that we'd get to it first thing on Sunday morning...but we were ready just on the off chance that everyone was ready with time to spare...
...but that really wasn't likely as there was a breakfast (like the Mother's Day one)...at the Church...
...for me...yummy vegan grits...and fruit...so nice that they made the grits vegan...
...the Youth were selling handmade dishcloths as a fundraiser...more to come on that...
...then after Church a little family celebration...
...awww...sweet...
...just a lot of little things...a smaller and handier level and crowbar...he already has larger versions of both...a polka dot tie - (Scout's idea...I think he gave his Papa a SpongeBob tie when he was little...but Pastor's don't really wear a lot of ties)... a DAD frame...we couldn't find one that said PAPA...we'll put one of his graduation photos in that...some raspberry jam...the Man actually uses that as an ice cream topping...and some office supplies for the home office...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

...Adult...

Scout is

18 !!!



...and so...technically an ADULT!!!...when/how did that happen...wasn't I just carrying him around yesterday...

...no...a lot has happened since the days of babyhood...and we now have a more or less fully functioning adult...

...which was...after all...the goal...

...right on the heels of his graduation...he turned 18...
...a big smile as he opened his 'big' pressie...we had his car detailed...
...and then after a nice Chinese meal...we just had a simple little family celebration at home with cake and a few more presents and cards...sorry I totally should have gotten a photo at the restaurant...but we were so caught up in the moment having fun that it totally slipped my mind until we were in the car on the way home...and then I (half) jokingly threatened to turn around and go back and 'pose' for a photo...HA!...and I do mean HALF-Jokingly...
...off-key singing followed by candles...
...I'll do another complete post about the delicious chocolate pound cake birthday cake...

~Have a lovely weekend...

Friday, June 17, 2016

...What's Blooming...

...I've always been partial to wildflowers...and it seems so many of my childhood memories are linked to them...
...picking dandelions and rubbing them on our cousin's chins...querying if they liked butter...and then dipping our heads to look under their chin to see if any pollen was stuck there...no idea where we learned that...
...daisies especially....remind me of lazy, hot summer days...chanting he loves me - he loves me not...also with my cousins...knowing nothing of love...and we carried bouquets of daisies at my sweet sissie's wedding...
...clover flowers too...the bane of the allergic...but they have such a sweet fragrance...and the horses loved them...I can remember lying on my back in the pasture with Penny's muzzle right next to my ear...contentedly munching on sweet smelling clover...such were the carefree days of my early teenage summers...and one should never take lightly the bond between a teenage girl and her horse...

...so thankful now to be living in the country...and seeing sweet and nostalgic flowers all summer long...

...what's blooming at your house?...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

...W.I.A.Y. ...

Breakfast - Scrambled Tofu and Toast

...I just never get tired of this breakfast...and a sprinkle of kala namak (black salt) and pepper makes it oh so good...
Lunch - spinach salad with granny smith apple, walnut and vegan feta - orange

...another case of me using up something that the boys are not particularly fond of...fresh spinach...
...Bok Choy soup...
...seriously just broth and Bok Choy...so good...and so simple...
...and now that 'summer' is here and people are giving me squash...
...I made a delicious Zucchini Pilaf...
...and some crispy baked tofu...

Dinner - Bok Choy Soup, Baked Tofu, Zucchini/Mushroom Rice Pilaf

...Inspire me with something yummy you ate!

...and have a lovely day!