Thursday, October 23, 2014

...Vegan Hickory Nut Tea...

...with all this chilly rainy weather we've been having I was looking for a nice warm drink...

...and I saw this over at A Joyful Chaos...

...and thought it sounded yummy!...

...she says...

"Personally I think it's better than hot chocolate, but maybe that's only because it takes more effort and it was a once a year treat."

...not sure I'll make it more than once a year...but it sure was fun to make it this time...
...first of all...I didn't have any hickory nuts...but a quick internet search told me that pecans are a type of hickory...I did not know that...

The pecan (/pɪˈkɑːn/, /pɪˈkæn/, /ˈpiːkæn/, or /ˈpiːkɑːn/; Carya illinoinensis) is a species of hickory native to Mexico and south central and southeastern United States.[1][2]...wikipedia
...so I toasted some pecans...
...and chopped them up...
...put them in a pot with a cup of water...
...and simmered...
...until reduced by half...
...then I strained it through my reusable coffee filter...
...it was s deep rich caramel colour...
...put it back in the pot...
...added some brown sugar...
...and some unsweetened sunflower milk...it worked well in this recipe...
...poured it into a cute frosty mug...
...and took a sip...it was really so...so good...nutty and rich and deep...really so good...and different...we loved it!

Vegan Hickory Nut Tea

1/2 cup finely chopped hickory nuts (toasted)
1 cup water

Simmer until water has been reduced to about 1/2 cup and it has a nice golden brown color.

Add:

2-3 cups vegan milk - I used unsweetened sunflower milk
Brown sugar to desired sweetness

Heat until hot, but not simmering.

Serve.

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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

...my neighbor's baby blanket so far...the shower is on November 15th...so I'm monogamously knitting the blanket...hoping to have it finished in time...
...and...for the first time in a very very long time...I managed to drop a stitch...weird I know...and it was right where the seed stitch border changed to stockinette...I don't know how it happened...

...but I do know how to fix it...
...I thought about just doing some sort of duplicate stitch and then weaving in the ends...but...I wanted the blanket to be perfect...so I picked out all the stitches above the dropped on...
...all the way back down to the seed stitch border...and one of those stitches was dropped as well...and that meant a backward single crochet to make the bump come off to the front...
...and then it's just a matter of chain stitching all the way back to the top...pulling each one of the 'ladder rungs' through the stitch below...
...and in the end...you can't even tell a stitch was ever dropped...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

...master bath - change of plans...

...well...the deck is still not finished...but coming inside...
...we took up the carpet...eeeuuuuwww...carpet in a bathroom is just not a good idea...
...but we found the neatest tile underneath......I would really have liked to keep this tile...so much...
...but...they had of course GLUED the icky carpet to the tile...also NOT a good idea...
...so...even though we liked the 'retro' blush coloured bathroom...
...and we had already started replacing the drywall...
...in the end...we just decided to tear out everything and start over...
...the toilet and sink would have had to be replaced anyway and would have been very difficult to match...
...so here we are...down to the studs...with much more work ahead...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, October 20, 2014

...Corn Maze 2014...

...it's that time of year again...

...we took the youth group to the Corn Maze...

...and just like previous years...it rained... >
...but we kept a fire going...
...and everyone lined up at dusk...
...the 'scarers' ran around making people...well...scared...
...but they were really nice young men and women...this one even shared our campfire for a bit...

...previous years were pretty much the same...but the kids love it:

2012
2013

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

...deck progress...

...well...needless to say the one hour a day I intended to spend on painting the deck just hasn't happened...and it's not for lack of trying/wanting...the weather has been really dreary...and then we'd get a clear day but we'd be too busy to paint...so finally this weekend...we managed to get all of the 'ladder work' done...the bottom joist and the bottom few inches of the rails are all done now....

...so here's to small accomplishments...hopefully tomorrow I can get another hour or so of painting in...

~Have a lovely day!

Friday, October 17, 2014

...leftover almond meal...

...so what to do with all the leftover almond meal...one of my favorite things is this beet and chickpea dip...
...in the post about Vegan Almond Coffee Creamer...I told y'all about using the leftover almond meal in baked goods...
...and then I got a couple of email questions asking how I did that...

...well...first I chunk it up and dehydrate it...
...and I'm left with these hard little pellets of almond meal...
...so I put them in the coffee grinder and grind them into flour...if I had more I'd use the Vitamix...but usually it will fit in the coffee grinder...

...if it's sweet like in the coffee creamer...I'll use it in...say...chocolate chip cookies...just measure it as flour...
...but if it's not sweet I'll usually add it to something savory...In this recipe I used it instead of the almonds...
...and although I usually like my hummus creamy smooth...in this recipe...I like to leave a little bit of texture and not completely liquefy the beets...
...it's such a pretty rosy colour...
...and really really delicious!...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

...Vegan Cassoulet over at The Vegan Version...

...well...I finally wrote up the post about the Vegan Cassoulet ...it's really long...but also really delicious...and totally worth all the time and trouble...

...so hop over to The Vegan Version and check it out...

~Have a lovely day!