Tuesday, July 17, 2018

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...we made a creamy and delicious flavored vegan butter...called Beurre Bercy...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, July 16, 2018

...Over the Weekend...

...there was no dinner and a movie Friday night...
...because...Friday morning bright and early...we drove through the clouds into the mountains...for another quick family visit...
...we got to Mom's in time for a picnic lunch...
...we had Our Girl with us this time too...
...my vegan picnic...
...followed by a plate of fruit...
...then there was some refreshing pool time...and I had left my camera on the deck...so there were all kinds of rather goofy action shots...this one with the legs sticking out of the water reminded me of Scout's Pool Birthday Cake...many years ago now...
...and the slide is just about as much fun as it always was...
...and here's one with a lot less action...haha...
...on a rather sad note...Mom and I headed over to the SDA store for some vegan goodies...but sadly it has gone the way of so many small shops...and has closed it's doors for the last time...
...then we did a little bit of sight-seeing with Our Girl...
...because she had never been to 'Looking Glass Falls'...it's so beautiful...
...then Saturday morning we headed back over to Asheville for a Family Reunion...this one is always mid-July...

...we had Jack with us...and since it was so hot we just tied him up outside the Community Center...he had lots of visitors though...
...my sweet Mama was this years reunion organizer/planner...
...it went the way all reunions go...everyone lined up for the covered dish dinner...
...my sweet Mama had also made sure I had plenty of vegan food...yep...fried green tomatoes...fried squash...green beans...coleslaw...corn...a roll...and sweet tea...of course...
...everyone had a good time eating and visiting...
...there's a trove of old photo albums from each year's reunion...it was so much fun looking through those...I'll share a few blasts from the past...
...all the cousining going on each year was a highlight for us kids...
...me and my sweet cousin Lori...and skinny eyebrows were a thing...I remember that top too...it had a butterfly on the front that matched the scarf around my neck...70s clothes are just so cool...
...I love this photo of my parents...my Mom is looking beautiful as always...and just look how sweetly Daddy is looking at her...
...me with a very very tiny Scout...with Granddaddy and Uncle Curt...
...and one of my sweet Grandma from that same year...

...anywhoo...all too soon it was time to pack up and head home...
...and what do you think was waiting on our doorstep when we got home...well Callie was there missing us...but there was also another bag of garden fresh veggies...
...and fresh corn already shucked...we are so blessed...
...my kitchen window has tomatoes two deep now...
...we grilled some tofu...
...and enjoyed a beautiful sunset...and called it a night...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Friday, July 13, 2018

...Friday Favorites...

...coming home to this every time I turn around...
...we are so blessed...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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

...breakfast was a green smoothie...
...mid-morning snack was cantaloupe...
...lunch was garbanzo bean "tuna" salad...just smashed beans with homemade vegan mayo and sweet relish...oh...and some nori granules for a bit of the flavor of the sea...
...with some carrot and cucumber...
...afternoon snack...cucumber tomato and carrot...
...we're having a kid-friendly 'meal' before Vacation Bible School each evening...and last night's menu was corn dogs...I have made vegan corn dogs before...but they are a bit of trouble...

...so I gathered the ingredients for some vegan corndog muffins...

2⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup yellow cornmeal
1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon aluminum free baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 flax egg - 1 tablespoon ground flax seed and 3 tablespoons of water - let sit until gloopy...
1 cup vegan buttermilk - added 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of almond milk...
...cut 2 veggie dogs into 8 piecese
...fill 16 mini muffin cups half full with the batter...
...gently press a piece of veggie dog into each muffin cup...
...bake until golden...I had 4 muffin cups with just muffins...
...and you'll have a plate full of these adorable little veggie corn dog muffins...
...they were really good and fun to eat...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

...W I.P. Wednesday...beautiful blue yarn...

...y'all have seen this yarn before...
...of course I posted about this lovely yarn when my super sweet sissie sent it to me for my birthday...back in 2014
...I got it out the other day...because I have FINALLY found the perfect little summer sweater that I want to make with it...
...so I've cast on almost 300 stitches (YIKES!) for Purl Soho's Circular Yoke Summer Shirt...it calls for her Cattail Silk...but of course I'm not going to be wearing around any dead worm casings...and I think this cotton/linen blend is the perfect weight for this little shell...

...you saw a glimpse of the W.I.P. in my lap in the car on the drive back from the mountains last week...

...it's a lot of stitches so it's pretty slow going...

...and in other news...VBS is going really well...
...my finished Storytelling room decorations...they actually change a little bit with each story...but they all involve water
...and I'm the River Raft Storytelling Guide...goofiest photo ever...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...I made some more vegan caramel...and then turned it into caramel syrup...

...I love it in coffee...so I'll be making it on a fairly regular basis...

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

~Have a lovely day!