Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

...I thought I'd go ahead and post a regular W.I.P. Wednesday to catch you up on current projects...because Scout and I both took our 'Women's and Children's Hospital' Blankets with us to Nashville...
...Scout working on his blanket in the hotel...it's probably twice this long now...
...and I didn't take any photos of mine in progress...but long car rides are the best time for plain stockinette knitting...starting the border now..

...these blankets are 'due' at Monday's N.O.A.H. meeting...

...what projects do you take when you travel?...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

...Nashville...Day One...

...you know how people always say it's a small world...
...I think they may be right...

...seriously...within 2 minutes of walking into the hotel lobby in Nashville...I saw people who looked familiar...

...you know that weird moment when you recognize someone...and you have to think for a second about where you know them from...

...maybe it's more pronounced when you've never actually met the person 'in person'...

...but there was no mistaking that I immediately recognized Maria and her adorable girls from her blog...Little Things are Big...

...Maria and I have been following each other's blogs for over 10 years...so I feel like I know her pretty well...

...we had a nice long chat over tea...getting to know each other in person...

...I know I've said before how special this blogging community is and how much joy it brings me - It was just wonderful meeting Maria and her sweet family...

~Have a lovely day!

...ps...Maria ROCKS the selfie!

Monday, August 14, 2017

...From here to there...

...we stopped by Mom's for a quick visit and a dip in the pool (of course) on our way...
...to Tennessee...
...Nashville...to be exact...

...more to come...

~Have a lovely day!

Friday, August 11, 2017

...Friday Favorites...

...I'm sure that I don't need to say that the Foreman Grill is a favorite...
...or that fresh okra is a favorite...
...so of course...if I add those two things together...
...it's going to be a delicious favorite...

...I was actually a little bit skeptical...but it worked perfectly...with no oil...

...the okra is from 'our garden' (really one of our parishoner's gardens)...just tossed with some cornmeal...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

...Stevia...

...this was one of my birthday presents from The Man...

...it's a small collection of flavored stevia drops...y'all may already know that I've (almost) completely stopped eating refined sugar...

...and I've replaced it with stevia...I've been testing almost every variety out there...some of them have added ingredients (usually erythritol - which is an alcohol sugar...but sometimes dextrose or maltodextrin)...I like these Sweetleaf ones as they don't have any of that...
...I've been adding them to lots of things...I like this chocolate one in plain almond milk for a delicious chocolate drink (it's in there...but it's clear ... so it just looks like almond milk...but it tastes like chocolate)...and I like the caramel one in coffee...

...have you ever tried Stevia?...and do you like it?...and if so what's your favorite brand?...

...that was a lot of questions...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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

...Oh my goodness...we have been having so much fun...can you guess what's going on at our house...
...Scout and Our Girl are dogsitting this adorable puppy...
...her name is Maggie...
...and Jack is beside himself...he may be in love...
...she's a sweet little German Pointer...
...and they've been having so much fun playing together...
video
...Jack just turned 12 years old...but here he is acting like a puppy...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...we made a delicious onion sauce in the kitchen with Julia this week...Vegan Sauce Soubise...
...Scout especially liked this slightly sweet and creamy sauce flavored with onion...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, August 07, 2017

...Over the Weekend...

...It's Blackberry Season around here...
...and this is where I picked my blackberries last year...
...the farmer across the road from us put in a nice new fence...(and good for him - I don't want to make it all about me)...and there will probably be blackberries here again in the future...but definitely not this year...
...and on the other side of the Church...across from the graveyard...I found another smaller stand of blackberries...
...nice and plump...
...seriously...almost as big and sweet and juicy as tame ones...

...so we got up nice and early...before it got too hot and buggy...and picked us a bunch of blackberries...
...and then had some for brekkie...
...with some vegan probiotic yogurt...and a sprinkling of chia seeds...
...I do love blackberries and free food is always nice...

...do you have blackberries free for the picking where you live?...

~Have a lovely day!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

...The Chicken Rescue...

...this frightened little girl appeared over at the Church 2 days ago...
...and when we saw her still hanging around we got worried that she was lost and unable to find her way home...and that she might be in danger if she continued to hang around with no protection...

...so we called a couple in our parish...known for taking in all manner of strays...
...and they came to the Church right away...and quickly corralled the frightened little girl...

...and I'm happy she's off to a safe place...

...have you rescued anyone lately?...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

...A(nother) smoothie FAIL...

...instead of a full-blown W.I.A.Y. post...I thought I'd just share a recent fail...

...I had a smoothie fail a couple of weeks ago...

...the only thing I can think of was that I put grapefruit into it...

...now I actually like grapefruit...and can eat one of the nice Ruby Red ones just like an orange...I peel and eat the sections...

...and since Maureen clued me into the deliciousness of Blueberries and Grapefruit...I often have that...or I just slice it down the middle and sprinkle it with sugar like Mom did when we were little...

...but I added a grapefruit to a regular smoothie mix and got a pretty horrible tasting smoothie...and I told the kiddos to remind me never to put grapefruit into a smoothie again...
...anywhoo...I gathered some smoothie ingredients...all nice nutrient rich things that I usually put into smoothies...except that one right there in the middle...

...that's right...nooch...
...and blended them all up...that's kale stems standing up in the middle and they're in the greenish bag on the stovetop above...I save them from the leaves...and usually put them into smoothies...but I sometimes cook them into other things as well...I just hate for them to go to waste and they're nice and mild...cooked or raw...
...and then I tasted the smoothie...and it just wasn't that good...

...so in addition to no grapefruit...I'm adding nutritional yeast to my list of things that don't belong in smoothies...

...what are your favorite smoothie additions...and what do you avoid?...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

...Birthday continuation...

...as my birthday always seems to span days (sometimes weeks)...I got a pretty little package in the mail from my sweet sissie...
...and inside...the card that we pass back and forth each year...and another sweet one too...
...and this adorably soft and stretchy tee-shirt...in my favorite colour...it even matches the purse I'm carrying right now...

...and I think it will go nicely with the white skirt that Scout and Our Girl got for my birthday too...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...August is usually our hottest month here...so we made VEGAN SALADE DE BOEUF À LA PARISIENNE...a nice cool summer salad...
...it's a pretty composed salad...
...basically a French potato salad with some cold vegan beef strips...
...the challenge is getting some of everything in each bite...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, July 31, 2017

...Over the Weekend...

...my birthday was celebrated...
...and carrot cake was made...(Scout's idea I'm sure )...
...I can't say for sure about the recipe...but based on a printout I happened to see...I think it was this one from Love & Lemons...I'll try and confirm that for you...
...and the 'icing' is not the one from the recipe...
...and it's kind of a funny story...it's my vegan whipped cream topping...which is just the coconut cream from the top of a can of full fat coconut milk mixed with powdered sugar...
...and as we only had one can of coconut milk...that was all the cream they had for topping the cake...but it wound up being the perfect amount for this moist and delicious cake...

...wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

...one more day...one more year...

...my birthday started off...as it often does...with a flower delivery...

...and I must say that the florist really outdid himself this year...this is just about the most spectacular bouquet of flowers I've ever seen...
...it smells heavenly...especially these variegated roses...so pretty...
...then after my boys spoiled me all day long...and took me to a favorite Mexican restaurant (betchya didn't see that one coming...Wink)...

...it was time to open some pressies...

...a pretty white ruffled-y skirt from Scout and Our Girl...so sweet...and totally something I would have chosen for myself...
...and then the Man's present...was so well wrapped...ahem!...that I needed a little help opening it...HA!...
...he was taking the photos...and he didn't get a very good one of the trio of antique prints that he got from England...and had framed locally...
...and finally...my BIG present...a configurable ladder...I'd been wanting one since we borrowed one from a friend in WV...it converts from a straight ladder to a step ladder that two people can stand on...very handy for when you need another hand aat the top of a ladder...and then it can also be used at all different heights even on stairs...

...so another day passes ...and another year...

~Have a lovely day!