Friday, June 22, 2018

...Friday Favorites...Veganizing Pre-Packaged Mixes...

...sometimes at the grocery store I see a pre-packaged food that looks good...and I read the label only to find that it's not vegan...and sometimes I use that as a starting point to create a similar dish...
...but I saw this box and thought Scout would like these cookies...
...so I read the label and was surprised to find that the ingredients are vegan...even the chocolate chips...
...so basically I followed the directions ...just subbing vegan butter and flax seed goo for the eggs...
...there were two packets in the box...one just looked like brown sugar...
...so I mixed that with Earth Balance and my vegan egg until it was nice and creamy...
...and then dumped in the other packet which was the flour and chocolate chips...
...and mixed it all up...one of the best things about vegan cookie dough is that you can eat it raw...
...I used my medium sized scoop to form the cookies as I wanted them to be fairly large...
...they turned out perfectly...
...this box made one dozen of the big cookies...and they were delicious...

...so this experiment veganizing a pre-packaged mix was a success...

...what have you veganized lately?...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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

...breakfast was a smoothie and an apple...
...followed by a bagel and some almond meal (leftover from making almond milk) probiotic cream cheese...
...I made Nanny's Mexican Cornbread for dinner last night...and I love it leftover...
...so I added a muffin to one of my 'bowls'... beans, collards, sweet potato and salsa...and a perfectly ripe avocado...
...and then I didn't snack in the afternoon...as is my wont...
...because the Man and I spent the afternoon in the kitchen together making a delicious meal of eggplant parmesan...
...with it we had salad, noodles, marinara and French bread...and the kiddos were home for dinner...so it was really nice...
...and I can only take credit for the execution of this delicious cake...as the idea was all the Man's...it's a veganized lemon cake mix...
...filled with vanilla pudding....and topped with cream cheese icing...

...what did you eat yesterday?...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

...W.I.P. Wednesday...repairing sandals...

...I was just telling my sweet sissie a couple of days ago about these sandals that I'd gotten at the end of summer sale at Stuff-Mart in North Dakota...and you can tell how old they are because we moved from ND in 2012...

...and I only paid $1 for them...and I bought a black pair exactly like them...they are vegan...all materials man-made...I like them and wear them a lot in the summer...
...but Sunday when I was getting ready for Church one of the buckles broke...it just broke...I don't know why...it did not seem to be under any stress...but hey...$1 sandals...right?...

...and you can see the broken bits on the counter...

...but you know me and my "wear-it-out/or/use-it-up" attitude...
...I immediately thought of bobby pins as a fix...they are bendable metal...and just the right bronze colour to be fairly inconspicuous on the tan sandals...

...it was a really simple fix...first I straightened out a bobby pin and slipped it through the loop on the strap and also through the center loop of the tongue...this piece is actually called a 'pin terminal'...I know that because I looked it up...and yes I'm a geek like that...
...and then I bent another bobby pin into a square 'frame' and then looped the pin terminal around the center of that and crimped it with the pliers and cut off the excess...
...and here it is buckled...

...and my makeshift bobby-pin buckle works perfectly...and I was able to wear the sandals to Church after all...

...what have you mended lately?...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...I did two recipe posts today...one for the preliminary BLANCHING VEGAN BRAINS
...and a separate one for the VEGAN CERVELLES AU BEURRE NOIR...
...just using tofu for the brains again...they were delicious...and I'm glad that's the end of the section on brains...as it's pretty difficult to even read about brains...

...all of the particulars are over at The Vegan Version

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, June 18, 2018

...Over the Weekend...

...I already mentioned that...
...we celebrated Scout's Birthday with a few presents...
...and cake...
...opening the gifts is always fun...

….then Saturday morning we had our first community meal in the newly renovated Parish Hall...a Country Breakfast...
...the Man and the Church Council met at the Parish Hall at 5 AM to start cooking...
...I came over about 8...and had a nice vegan breakfast of grits and toast...and coffee...it was fun-food-fellowship at its finest...
...then I was invited by one of our local farmers to come over and pick blueberries...
...so many blueberries...
...it made picking them fast work...
...and in no time at all...I had picked 2 quarts...

...and then Sunday was Father's Day...
...Scout and I thought it was funny that our cards were kinda colour-coordinated...
...we started the morning with 'Nanny's Strawberry Cake' which I have veganized and made into muffins (really just the cake with no icing)...
...after Church...the Man opened some small gifts...
...and another of our parishioner/farmers gave us some cucumbers and zucchini from their garden...so we used some of them in our Father's Day Feast...
...prepping Kabobs...(or kabubbas...as we like to call them)...peppers and onions...
...pineapple and Teriyaki marinated tofu...
...sautéed fresh spinach...
...and dinner was served...we had a nice day celebrating...and hope you did too!

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

...20 Years...

...there was no dinner and a movie last night...well...there was dinner...because we went to a new local restaurant with Scout for his
20th BIRTHDAY!!!


...how AWESOME is that!...

...we had a great time...

...there was live music...
...and there was an entire VEGAN menu...always so nice...this is just a salad with VEGAN RANCH!

...it was awesome!
...and then...I didn't intend to order a burger at this rather fancy sit down dinner...but they had BEYOND BURGER...and this was my very first opportunity to try it...so I couldn't pass it up...I ordered the vegan burger...
...and it was just about as amazing as everyone says it is...we passed it around and everyone was astounded...

...no movie then...just music and conversation with the family...celebrating our young man!

~Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, June 15, 2018

...Frugal Fridays...Saving Lemon Zest...

...I buy a bag of organic lemons about every other week...and I keep them in wide mouth jars in the fridge...
...and usually before I juice them for my daily lemon water...I grate some of the zest from the outside...
...and then I pack it up and put it in the freezer...and then I have lemon zest on hand whenever I need it...

~Have a lovely day!