Tuesday, July 26, 2016

...makin' fakin' bacon...

...when I saw this recipe over at VeggieSouls...I knew I had to try it out...

...I often make Vegan BLTs with bacon bits...and that's fine...but this is oh so much better...
...a few simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand...the only thing I didn't already have is the rice paper...but even my small country grocery store had it in the Asian section...
...just whisk together the marinade ingredients...
...cut the rice paper into strips and soak them...just for a few seconds...enough to be pliable but not enough that they fall apart...
...then just dip it into the marinade to coat well...I used two strips of rice paper...they will sort of get 'glued' together but you can do just one strip for a crispier vacon...
...I wanted mine to get crispy all over so I put it on a pan with a rack...but you could put it on parchment paper if you wanted a chewier vacon...
...and then just baked until it was crispy...
...and oh my goodness...does this stuff smell good...
...and my vine ripened tomatoes were just calling out for some vacon...
...isn't it purdy?...
...I broke some pieces into sandwich sized lengths...and stacked them with some lettuce and homegrown (not by me) tomato on toast slathered with Nayonnaise...
...just about my favorite sandwich ever...

...what's your favorite veggie bacon...(vacon)?...this is now mine...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, July 25, 2016

...a new fence...

...our parish is so good to us here...they have decided to add a fenced area to our super awesome shady backyard...just for Jack to be able to have a little bit of freedome...

...how nice is that...
...so a group of guys got together and got started with holes and posts...
...and Scout (and yep...he has blue hair) went out to help...they seemed to appreciate that a lot...

...I'll post a fence update soon...and maybe a little video of Jack's first romp there...

~Have a lovely day!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

...Small Batch Blueberrry Jam...

...when we picked the blueberries the Man said that he wanted some blueberry jam...it's always been his favorite...
...but I didn't want to 'waste' my fresh blueberries on jam...I said we could just buy frozen ones for that...but then I thought better of it...because who deserves fresh blueberry jam more than the Man?...right?...
...just 4 cups of fresh blueberries...and a cup of sugar - we used beet sugar...
...mashed up a bit with a potato masher...
...added a tablespoon of lemon juice...
...and simmered for about a half an hour...
...until nice and thick...
...then into a sterilized jar...
...sealed and labeled...
...but I don't really know why I bothered with that...I could have just put it into a bowl...
...because it's not going to last very long...
...so very delicious...English Muffin recipe here...

...what's your favorite jam?

~Have a lovely day!

Super Easy Small Batch Blueberry Jam

4 cups of fresh blueberries
1 cup of sugar - we used beet sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Put all ingredients into a small saucepan and mash together with a potato masher...then simmer for about a half an hour... until nice and thick...easie-peasie

Friday, July 22, 2016

...frog friend...

...it's the time of year for cicadas...or locally more commonly known as 'jar flies'...not sure if it's because kids catch them and put them in jars...or because they vibrate and 'jar'...or because they jar people's nerves with their constant vibrations...HA!...

...but we did notice the lack of them in WV...
...but that wasn't the sound we heard last night...go here to listen to them in the distance...but this one was chirping right on our front door...and Jack was going crazy...we called them tree frogs when I was growing up...

...Have you ever been awakened by a tree frog on your front door?...

~wishing you a lovely start to your weekend!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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

Breakfast - just a big ole bowl of grits...with lots of Earth Balance of course...
Lunch - using up some of all that fresh veg - new potatoes, fried okra, cucumber, and a big slice of tomato...oh...and corn on the cob...
...then the Man made a delicious Mediterranean dish for dinner...served over fried polenta...it was so good...not sure what all is in there...olives, green peppers, pearl onions, tomatoes...he's very secretive about his cooking ...
Dinner - Boca chick'n with Mediterranean Sauce over Polenta, and a salad...

...now go ahead and inspire me with your meals...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

...W.I.P. Wednesday...just veg...

...as for Work In Progress this week...I do actually have another dish cloth for the youth on my needles...but mostly we've just been trying to keep up with all the wonderful veg that we've been gifted...
...this lovely fellow is called an Crenshaw melon...I thought it was interesting that "The melons were bred by crossing casaba melons with Persian melons"...
...and the fellow who gave it to us said that they only grow here during election years...no idea what that means...I searched for an answer but didn't find any...so let me know if you know...
...but it is so very delicious...juicy and sweet...we'll make short work of it I'm sure...
...and then we had another big bag of corn to deal with...Silver Queen this time...
...so several pints of that went into the freezer right beside the beautiful golden yellow we froze last week...

...are you managing to keep up with all your fresh veg this season...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

...Blueberries for Breakfast...

...I know it's Tuesday...and I should be cooking with Julia...but, for one thing, it's too hot...and for another thing...with all this veg I just don't have time...
...so keeping cool...and having a big bucket of blueberries...I ground up some fresh flax seeds...I often buy them already ground...
...but they are so much better (nuttier) freshly ground...
...so for brekkie...this morning...I just threw a big handful of fresh berries on top of a big bowl of homemade soy yogurt...
...nice and cool and refreshing...
...and then sprinkled on some freshly ground flax seed...

...do you prefer hot or cool breakfasts when it's hot outside?...

~Have a lovely day!