Friday, June 23, 2017

...Vegan N'Ice Cream Cake...

...Scout requested an Ice Cream Cake for his birthday this year...

...and I've never had or made an Ice Cream Cake before...but thought it'd be pretty easy-peasie...

...so...of course I searched the interweb for instructions...

...first I looked at the actual Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake here...
...so this is the 'look' we're going for...

...and then I searched for a 'recipe'...and found one at the Brown-Eyed Baker...not vegan...but easily veganized with Banana N'Ice Cream...
...so I got started making N'Ice Cream...the chocolate version is the first layer...just bananas, cocoa and enough cashew cream...
...to make a nice soft serve textured ice cream...

...I put that in the bottom of my spring form pan (lined with wax paper) and froze it until it was solid...

...then I layered on fudge and crumbled Oreo Cookies...

...and froze that...

...see there are a lot of (not very difficult) steps to making a N'Ice Cream Cake...
...then I made the vanilla version...just bananas, vanilla, and enough cashew cream to make a nice soft serve textured ice cream...

...and layered that on top of the frozen, fudge and cookies...

...and put it back in the freezer again...
...this is what it looked like when everything was frozen and I removed the spring form pan ring...
...and then I needed something to put it on...as I didn't want to put it on my antique cake plate in the freezer...
...so I just traced a circle onto some cardboard and covered that with freezer paper and slid the 'cake' off onto that...

...and put it back in the freezer again...
...while I made some 'icing'...y'all have seen this before too...it's just the cream from the top of (multiple) cans of full fat coconut milk...mixed with vegan powdered sugar...
...and then I got the cake back out of the freezer and started icing it...
...just a layer of white all over...
...and then I mixed up colours to match the DQ photo above...
...and decorated the cake tyring to match the DQ photo as much as possible...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

...What I Ate Yesterday...

Breakfast - Oatmeal, Banana, Coffee with Vegan Creamer

...so that's not very exciting...
Snack - pumpkin waffles

...a little bit later...I was hungry...so I was rummaging in the freezer (I was actually looking for the end of a loaf of bread that I was sure I had put in there recently...because toast sounded good to me)...but...I found a ziplock baggie with these three little wedges of pumpkin waffles...not sure when the last time we had those was...because there was no date on the baggie...but it's been a while...they were still good though...
Lunch - Tofu and arugula Pita with veggies

...that was quick and easy...as I wasn't really that hungry after the waffle snack...
Dinner - Tofu and Veggies (the tofu is just baked...and the veggies are from the Foreman Grill...naturally)...and homemade bread...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

...I'll show you soon something that I was working on...(Scout's Birthday cake...it's an ice cream take...and it literally takes days to assemble...not difficult...but definitely time consuming)...

...but for this FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!!!

...I did update the blog header...and they mowed...raked and baled the hay in the field beside our house...such a sign that summer really is here...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

...Father's Day 2017...

...I totally meant to include these photos in yesterday's post...but missed them somehow...so this is the 'cards and presents' portion of the day that I mentioned yesterday...
...at Church the kids gave all of the Dads a fridge magnet that they had coloured...and the Man got one when he came in the door...but one of the sweet little girls came up to him shyly and asked if he wanted to trade for this one that she had made...soooo sweet!...these kids really love their pastor...
...so...in addition to taking Scout's Papa out to lunch...he also got him a nice cool (we hope) cotton shirt...sorry it's blurry...kind of an olive green/khaki stripe...and I'll take a photo of him wearing it...but you'll probably never see it...
...and a tin to keep his oatmeal in...

...have I mentioned before his penchant for eating oatmeal as a nighttime snack...and his insistence that the oats be Quaker Old Fashioned...
...Scout and Our Girl love to go antiquing...and this tin was one of their antiquing finds...it's a reproduction of the 1896 tin...and dated 1996...so it's 'old' by their standards...haha...but I thought it was interesting because it doesn't show the Quaker man in his hat...well it does show a Quaker man...but not the one I'm used to seeing...it's a full length image and he's wearing brown...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, June 19, 2017

...Over the Weekend...

...prior to this weekend...
...remember the cast iron griddle that Mom gave us...

...I scrubbed him really really well...
...so he was pretty much stripped down to bare metal...
...and then I re-seasoned him with some Crisco vegetable shortening...
...just put him in the oven for a bit...when he was nice and hot...I just slathered Crisco all over both sides...and put him back in the oven for about an hour...
...so he was shiny clean and ready for pancakes on Saturday morning...
...so we had yummy vegan pancakes...then I did the grocery shopping...and hurried home...

...because I had to get ready for the Hobo Supper...which is our annual Food Bank fundraiser at church...

...first I had to make Mom's Black Walnut Pound Cake for the cake auction...
...and then I had to make some vegan cornbread and vegan slaw...which is just cabbage, carrots and Vegan Mayo...
...but since I was going to be the only person eating this cornbread...and because my favorite part of cornbread is the crust...
...I decided to make a really thin...mostly crust...vegan cornbread...
...it was perfect...
...and my plate of vegan hobo food was delicious...
...there was a good crowd...we had the kid's cake walk...and then the auction of all the cakes and baskets...Mom's Black Walnut Pound Cake sold for $50...isn't that AWESOME!
...and then we celebrated Father's Day with the Man...it was a lot of fun...we had the Donuts for Dads Father's Day breakfast at Church...then we took him to his favorite Mexican Restaurant for lunch...then home for cards and presents...

~Have a lovely day!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

...Dinner and a Movie...

...my health food store was having a sale on Daiya Mac and Cheese...

...so....instead of $5.69 this box was $3.69...which is still pretty 'spendy'...(ND word)...
...but I'd been wanting to try it...so I splurged...

...I was expecting an envelope of powder...but it's a smooshy-already-prepared-cheese-sauce packet...
...but you proceed the normal way...by boiling the noodles...or noods as we call them...
...the directions warn against overcooking...
...and...notice the little ridges in the noodles...regular mac and cheese does not have those...
...anywhoo...squeeze the packet over the noodles...WOW...that's a bright yellow cheese sauce isn't it?...
...just stir it in...
...and you're done...
...served with grilled smoky tofu (of course), broccoli, fresh garden squash, salad, and bread...
...and the review...it was ok...I wasn't crazy about it...I've definitely made vegan cheese sauces from scratch that I liked better...so...it's really ok for a convenience food...but it's got a pretty 'processed' flavor and my boys weren't fans...

...and for the movie...it was my turn to choose...and I chose "Hello, my name is Doris"...it was cute and funny...and the Man was not a fan...must be a 'chick-flick'...haha...

...we'd appreciate a good movie recommendation from you...

~Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

...What I Ate Yesterday...

Breakfast - Vegan Sausage Muffin
...Chickpea Tuna...just garbanzo beans, mayo, nori granules, celery, pickles...it's so good...
Lunch - Chickpea Tuna Pita, Carrots, Tomato Soup - recipe here
Snack - orange - granola bar - tea
...peppers and onions...ready for the oven...
...I always try to make good use of the oven when it's on...but especially this time of year when we definitely want to limit the amount of time the oven is on...so...on the bottom rack I'm roasting some eggplant for some baba-ganoush...or just to add to some hummus...I made a crockpot full of garbanzos so I'll probably just make hummus...
...all ready...and the oven is off...
Dinner - Baked potato stuffed with peppers and onions, French bread, tofu, tomato and cucumber salad...

...so...that was a pretty typical vegan day...what did you eat yesterday?

~Have a lovely day!