Monday, March 25, 2019

...Over the weekend...

...ready for another ramble through the weekend...
...we had vegan probiotic biscuits for breakfast...
...so yummy...still adjusting to cooking for 2...
...the crocheted basket for my heavy winter clothes grew quite a bit...
...I intended to be completely finished with it before the weekend was over...but that didn't happen...
...it is using up a bunch of yarn though...so that's good...I sorted by these colours...red - red-ish/black/white - white-ish...
...it's almost done...and it's pretty sturdy...
...collards were Instant-Pot-ed...
...and so were garbanzos...in muffin cups here for freezing...and I froze some aqua faba as well...I needed some for tomorrow's recipe with Julia...
...all those plants were watered...every other week or so...I put them all in the bathtub and let them soak up as much water as they can...
...Jack got a bath...he's not very happy about it while he's in the water...but seems to feel really good after it's over...I brushed his teeth too...he had to have three little ones removed the last time he was at the vet...he'll be 14 this summer...
...he's shivering here...and so...so sweet...
...I made another Guinness Stout cake...gingerbread this time...subbing EnerG for the eggs...and sorghum syrup for the molasses as that's what I had on hand...I may make the chocolate one again too...I have a few more Guinnesses to get rid of...haha...
...and finally...we saw this guy on a spring walk in the woods...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

...Dinner and a Movie...

...dinner was nothing special...grilled tofu...we've been having wonderful crisp windy spring days...perfect for grilling...

...I added the BBQ sauce after...served with potato salad, Brussels sprouts, and a half of a plain bagel that was in the fridge and I just wanted to use it up...

...the 'movie' was more of Victoria...I think the Man is going to be glad when it's finished...

...what have you been watching lately?...

~Have a lovely day!

Friday, March 22, 2019

...Friday Favorites...Spring Cleaning...

...I love spring cleaning...do you?
...I emptied out my refrigerator to give it a good clean...completely empty...and this really only happens once a year...
...but I love when it's done...and everything is back in place nice and clean and bright and organized...so.worth.it...
...and back in the fall I showed you my drawers that I had thinned and straightened...and I meant to get back to it sooner than I did...but no time like the present...right...

...I sorted through all of my t-shirts and gave away about half of them...so now they all fit in one drawer along with my workout clothes...
...so now I have a completely empty bottom drawer...not sure yet what I'll put in there...long sleeved shirts or shorts or handknits...

...and then finally...I've got to tackle that closet...(right Mom?...you saw it)...it's overstuffed...I know I've got things in there I haven't worn in 5 years...and all of my winter/ski clothes are on the top shelf taking up a lot of room..

...so I thought I'd stash-bust me a big ole crocheted basket...
...and I thought this old moving box would be the perfect size...and I'll put handles in my basket like this box so it will be easy to move...
...I'm using 4 stands of yarn...just whatever I've got...this one is black/red/white...and I just join a new ball of one of those colours when I run out...it uses up a lot of yarn...and I have a lot to use up...so this is a win-win...I use up yarn that's just hanging around without a purpose...and I get a nice big basket to store my winter clothes in...
...it's going really quickly too...I'm hoping to be finished by the weekend so I can start organizing the closet...

...have you started spring cleaning yet?

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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

...another day of vegan eats...
...a breakfast of peanut butter and Homemade Vegan Bee Free Honee on whole wheat toast...this is something I used to have all the time when I was in high school...and now rarely ever have...it was really good though...
...that didn't keep me full for very long...so I had a bowl of bran flakes with oatmeal and a chopped Gala apple on top with some almond milk...
...staying hydrated with some fruit water...
...this one is lemon-lime...so refreshing...
...the Man and I met for lunch at our favorite little trattoria...and I ordered a wrap...we rarely go here for lunch and the menu is different...this is a veggie and eggplant wrap and it comes with pesto...which is not vegan...so I ordered it with basil leaves instead of pesto...and they happily obliged...
...after lunch we went to the chocolate shop and the ice cream shop...they have a strawberry sorbet that is vegan...
...I made my usual afternoon plate of veggies...
...and for dinner one of my bowls...green beans, carrots, sauerkraut, black beans and rice topped with salsa and nooch...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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

...the first sock is finished...and I'm pretty pleased with it...
...just Kitchener-ing the toe together...and then I'll cast on for sock #2...

...what's in your workbasket?...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...I'm inordinately fond of Brussels Sprouts...and we made a delicious creamed version...
...it was super easy to make and quite delicious...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, March 18, 2019

...Over the Weekend...

...this is rambling disjointed post for sure...
...I made another batch of croutons...
...the Man and I tried two of Annie's soups...tomato...
...it seems darker and saltier than Campbells...
...I had Ritz crackers in mine...of course...
...the Man tried the Hearty Corn...and he didn't like it...it's peppery and sweet...I added some black beans to it and ate the leftovers...
...in the afternoon...I got out my darning egg...
...because one of my favorite summer shirts has sprouted several small holes...
...I just stretched it over the egg...wrong side out...
...and carefully stitched them closed...
...this is the right side...
...and finished...there are some puckered places...but I'm going to wear it for sure...
...later in the afternoon...my new office chair arrived...

...I used to have my computer in a cabinet in the guest room...but I'm moving it into Scout's old bedroom...and I needed a proper chair...
...got out all the pieces and read the "constructions"...or instructions as the case may be...
...it was simple to put together and came with the only tool you needed...
...all done...
...then on Sunday - St. Patrick's Day...after Church...I made a vegan version of the Guinness Chocolate Bundt Cake...I adapted Foodtastic Mom's Recipe...

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar - we used bone char free vegan sugar...
¾ cup dutch-process cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup full-fat buttermilk - we used vegan probiotic yogurt...
1 cup Guinness
½ cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs - we used EnerG Egg replacer...
1 teaspoon vanilla

...it turned out perfectly...moist and the texture was like gingerbread...I definitely recommend it...and it doesn't taste like Guinness...
...the Newlyweds were coming for dinner...so I folded some fancy napkins...using the book that Amy gave me for Christmas...
...vegan St. Patti's Day fare...
...remember back when I dyed a pair of white socks khaki coloured with coffee...well...I got a hole in the heel...so after dinner...I darned that with some white cotton yarn...
...and then put them back into a pot of coffee coloured water to dye the patch...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!