Saturday, September 24, 2016

...another Birthday...

...and it's the Man who is another year older...the final birthday of the year for our little family...
...Scout lit the candles...reminding me of when he was little and we'd light them over and over again...just for the fun of blowing them out...
...the Man blew his out with gusto...and I barely managed to get a photo...
...the cake was followed by some presents...
...just a bunch of small things all in one big bag...

...oh...and we had a super nice Birthday Dinner at his favorite Trattoria...
...the cake is the VEGAN BISCUIT AU BEURRE...

...I'd not made it in a while...and it turned out perfectly...my best one yet I think...so buttery and rich and moist and good...
...and then iced with the Man's favorite Caramel Icing...I've blogged about it before...but not sure I've ever included the steps...

...first you cook together the margarine (we used Earth Balance), brown sugar, salt, and soy milk for a couple of minutes...
...then let that cool...
...and stir in the powdered sugar...
...and the pour it over the cake...I often do a bundt cake shape and it looks pretty with it sort of dripping over the sides...but I tried to keep it all on top of this simple sponge cake...
...it really is delicious...and I should probably make it more often than just on his birthday...dontchya think?...

Caramel Frosting:

2 Tbsp. vegan margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup soy milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

• Melt the margarine in a saucepan.
• Add the brown sugar, salt, and soy milk.
• Bring to a boil over low heat and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
• Remove from the heat and let cool.
• Add the powdered sugar and the vanilla.
• Beat with an electric handheld mixer for about 3 minutes, until smooth.

~Have a lovely day!

Friday, September 23, 2016

...more fun with homemade tortillas...

...y'all remember those cute little tortilla shaping pans my Mom gave me for my birthday...
...we put them to use with the homemade tortillas...we just smooshed a tortilla into the pan...
...and baked it for a few minutes...I'd say about 8-10...
...and this is what pops out of the pan...a perfectly shaped...free standing shell...
...that you can fill with whatever you want...
...we filled ours with salad and seasoned black beans...for a fun and yummy dinner...Thanks Mom!

~Wishing you a lovely weekend...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

...Happy Fall Y'all...

...we have a bunch of Water Oaks around the house...and the leaves are not changing yet...

...so I took my camera when I took Jack for a walk around the Church...where there are all kinds of trees...oak...hickory...maple and poplar...so there were lots of pretty and crunchy leaves to walk through and photograph for the new header...

...do you have any fall colours or weather yet?

~Wishing you a lovely first day of fall...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

...W.I.P. Wednesday...Knitted Knocker F.O. ...

...my first knitted knocker is finished...
...I didn't really like the cone shaped back of the pattern...so I set about just making a soft round circle...

...and now that I think about it...I'm probably just going to back future knockers with some nice soft T-shirt material...
...just a simple stockinette stitch flat circle...
...checked the fit...
...stitched the edges together...
...leaving a small opening...
...and stuffed it to a size 'C'...
...and wrapped and ready to go...

...what's in your work basket...?...I hope you'll add a knitted knocker or two...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...OK...I promise my next Julia post will be more interesting than this one...

...and that's setting a pretty low bar...
...this is just the boiled down cooking liquid from the Stewed Mushrooms...boiled (i.e., reduced) until it's almost a syrup...

...then I just put it in the freezer...not sure what I'm going to use it for...maybe some VEGAN POTAGE VELOUTÉ AUX CHAMPIGNONS...as that really was the best mushroom soup I've ever eaten...

...anywhoo...checking off another recipe...all of the particulars are over at The Vegan Version

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, September 19, 2016

...a weekend baby shower...

...we got the invitation to a Baby Shower at the Church over the weekend...
...so I quickly got out a skein of baby blue yarn...
...and cast on for one of my Super Simple One Hour Baby Hat...
...and finished it right up...
...they're always so tiny...that you can hardly imagine that they'll fit on a baby's head...
...then I headed over to the fellowship hall...which was neatly decorated in a nautical theme...Ahoy...It's a Boy...so cute...
...the Mama-to-be opened the little hat...
....and the B.A.B.Y. Blanket from the Prayer Shawl Ministry N.O.A.H. ...

...Baby Showers are always so much fun!

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

...Breakfast for Supper...

...we were going to do Pancake/Waffle Supper for movie night...but decided to do a full breakfast instead...
...and that was a great opportunity for me to try out the Vegan Egg that I'd gotten from Amazon last week...
...just mixed it up according to the package directions...2 Tbls. to 1/2 cup water...it looks a little bit too thick to me...but I didn't change it...

...it has a hint of a black salt smell at this point so I didn't add any...yet...
...got some Earth Balance sizzling in a cast iron pan...and poured the mixture in...
...it is rather amazingly egg-like at this point...shiny and bubbly...
...and it stirs and cooks up just like scrambled eggs...
...so I just cooked it until it was firm...
...and gave it a taste...I decided that it needed a little bit more Kala Namak (black salt) to be really egg-like...
...and served it with grits, toast and eggplant bacon...

...Oh...and the movie was the Netflix version of "The Little Prince"...a different re-telling of one of my favorite books of all time...it was good too...just different...

...what have you been watching...and eating?...

~Have a lovely day!