Wednesday, June 20, 2018

...W.I.P. Wednesday...repairing sandals...

...I was just telling my sweet sissie a couple of days ago about these sandals that I'd gotten at the end of summer sale at Stuff-Mart in North Dakota...and you can tell how old they are because we moved from ND in 2012...

...and I only paid $1 for them...and I bought a black pair exactly like them...they are vegan...all materials man-made...I like them and wear them a lot in the summer...
...but Sunday when I was getting ready for Church one of the buckles broke...it just broke...I don't know why...it did not seem to be under any stress...but hey...$1 sandals...right?...

...and you can see the broken bits on the counter...

...but you know me and my "wear-it-out/or/use-it-up" attitude...
...I immediately thought of bobby pins as a fix...they are bendable metal...and just the right bronze colour to be fairly inconspicuous on the tan sandals...

...it was a really simple fix...first I straightened out a bobby pin and slipped it through the loop on the strap and also through the center loop of the tongue...this piece is actually called a 'pin terminal'...I know that because I looked it up...and yes I'm a geek like that...
...and then I bent another bobby pin into a square 'frame' and then looped the pin terminal around the center of that and crimped it with the pliers and cut off the excess...
...and here it is buckled...

...and my makeshift bobby-pin buckle works perfectly...and I was able to wear the sandals to Church after all...

...what have you mended lately?...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...I did two recipe posts today...one for the preliminary BLANCHING VEGAN BRAINS
...and a separate one for the VEGAN CERVELLES AU BEURRE NOIR...
...just using tofu for the brains again...they were delicious...and I'm glad that's the end of the section on brains...as it's pretty difficult to even read about brains...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, June 18, 2018

...Over the Weekend...

...I already mentioned that...
...we celebrated Scout's Birthday with a few presents...
...and cake...
...opening the gifts is always fun...

….then Saturday morning we had our first community meal in the newly renovated Parish Hall...a Country Breakfast...
...the Man and the Church Council met at the Parish Hall at 5 AM to start cooking...
...I came over about 8...and had a nice vegan breakfast of grits and toast...and coffee...it was fun-food-fellowship at its finest...
...then I was invited by one of our local farmers to come over and pick blueberries...
...so many blueberries...
...it made picking them fast work...
...and in no time at all...I had picked 2 quarts...

...and then Sunday was Father's Day...
...Scout and I thought it was funny that our cards were kinda colour-coordinated...
...we started the morning with 'Nanny's Strawberry Cake' which I have veganized and made into muffins (really just the cake with no icing)...
...after Church...the Man opened some small gifts...
...and another of our parishioner/farmers gave us some cucumbers and zucchini from their garden...so we used some of them in our Father's Day Feast...
...prepping Kabobs...(or kabubbas...as we like to call them)...peppers and onions...
...pineapple and Teriyaki marinated tofu...
...sautéed fresh spinach...
...and dinner was served...we had a nice day celebrating...and hope you did too!

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

...20 Years...

...there was no dinner and a movie last night...well...there was dinner...because we went to a new local restaurant with Scout for his
20th BIRTHDAY!!!


...how AWESOME is that!...

...we had a great time...

...there was live music...
...and there was an entire VEGAN menu...always so nice...this is just a salad with VEGAN RANCH!

...it was awesome!
...and then...I didn't intend to order a burger at this rather fancy sit down dinner...but they had BEYOND BURGER...and this was my very first opportunity to try it...so I couldn't pass it up...I ordered the vegan burger...
...and it was just about as amazing as everyone says it is...we passed it around and everyone was astounded...

...no movie then...just music and conversation with the family...celebrating our young man!

~Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, June 15, 2018

...Frugal Fridays...Saving Lemon Zest...

...I buy a bag of organic lemons about every other week...and I keep them in wide mouth jars in the fridge...
...and usually before I juice them for my daily lemon water...I grate some of the zest from the outside...
...and then I pack it up and put it in the freezer...and then I have lemon zest on hand whenever I need it...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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

...first of all...for breakfast...while it was still dark...I had some cereal...bran flakes, purple corn flakes, raw rolled oats with some dried fruit on top...and almond milk...
...later...I took some of that pulp that I squeeze off of the pit of a mango...
...added some spinach, blueberries and cranberry juice...
...and made a big green smoothie...
...lunch featured tofu, a baked potato, a spinach salad with pear and walnut and a small bunch of grapes...just the fruit...no dressing...I love fruit with a salad...
...for a snack...I had a large chunk of the watermelon I'd gotten over the weekend...for some reason it split open before I cut it...
...dinner was a black bean stew, rice, peas and carrots and Tunisian bread...
...and an apple and some nuts for a snack...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

...How to Dye Khaki Socks with COFFEE...

...for this week's W.I.P. Wednesday...I needed some new khaki coloured socks...as my pair has worn rather thin...I've got plenty of white cotton socks...and I didn't want to buy any more socks...I just want to transform and use what I already have...

...so...naturally I thought of dyeing them...but I didn't want to buy dye either...

...and you know how coffee stains things...well...kindof a khaki colour...not dark brown like coffee...
...so I took the grounds leftover from making our morning coffee...and added some water in a pot...and got it steaming hot...so...I didn't even waste any coffee...
...then I got out a pair of white cotton socks...
...and dunked those into the coffee water...and just let them 'steep' until the water/coffee had cooled...
...and then I just rinsed them in cool water...
...and let them dry...and I think they will do very nicely as khaki coloured socks under my khaki trousers...

...there are lots of natural (free) dyes out there...just think of something that leaves a stain...and you can put that 'stain' to good use...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...we made a Vegan Sauce Brune...
...it's a pretty simple brown sauce...it just takes a lot of time...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, June 11, 2018

...Over the Weekend...

...first of all...let me catch you up...our internet was out so I couldn't post "Dinner and a Movie" on Saturday...more about that in a bit...
...but Friday afternoon...the Man came home with contacts...

...he had been to the Ophthalmologist on Wednesday...but he didn't say anything to me about the new options available...he's always (and by 'always' I mean since he was 8 and first started wearing glasses) had a prescription for which contacts were not available...but now they are...

...now...obviously...I've seen the Man without glasses...but not really for any extended period of time...and I was so surprised when he walked in the door from the car without his glasses on...

...he still has to have reading glasses - actually 2 different ones...1 pair for like sit down in a chair and read and another pair for the pulpit...
...I definitely pushed the Easy Button for dinner on Friday evening...
...I just toasted some leftover Tunisian Bread and got some vegan lasagna out of the freezer and opened a can of marinara to pour over that...sprinkled with nooch...and made a salad...so dinner took about 5 minutes to prepare...

...without the internet we did not have our usual streaming options...but we did have Season 8 of Doc Martin on dvd from Netflix...so we watched a couple of episodes of that...

...the cable guy called early Saturday to say that he'd be there to repair the downed line at about 2 PM...
...so I went ahead and did the shopping...I got a lot less than last week
...and since the technician didn't arrive right at 2...I proceeded with some food prep...
...I mixed some brown and wild rice...with a little bit of marmite, Ms. Dash, and veg bouillon in the Instant Pot...it was quick and easy and delicious...
...I froze it in muffin tins for individual portions later...
...I had bought a pound of organic red grapes...and over the two day weekend I ate the entire bowl of grapes...crazy I know...but every time I walked by...I grabbed a handful and ate them...and pretty soon they were all gone...
...I cut up the pineapple and put it in a resealable bowl...prepared this way...it will disappear pretty quickly too...
...then I took all of the fibrous leftover bits...including the center part and blended it all up in the Vitamix and strained it for some delicious fresh pineapple juice...
...and I prepared the Mango...I'll probably eat the cubed bits on top of cereal for breakfast...and the smooshed bit from about the pit I'll add to some I already have in the freezer for smoothies...
...so then the technician arrived to fix the cable...

...you can see the line almost touching the driveway in this photo...a rather large tractor-trailer had come to the house behind ours on Friday and had snagged the wire and pulled it loose...so no cable for us...and quite the driveway hazard for them...when it got dark last night I went out and pinned a white sheet to the wire so that if anyone came down the driveway in the dark they would see it...
...he climbed up the ladder and fixed the wire...and we had internet again...YAY!...
...we got our first fresh garden delivery of the year...
...yellow squash and cucumbers...only out of the garden for about 20 minutes the 'farmer' said...
...so I immediately sliced up a still warm cucumber and devoured it...
...and then Sunday was also such a busy day...

...we had a celebratory meal to rededicate the Parish Hall after the renovations...

...the contractors who had worked on the project had been invited to come and celebrate with us...so it was fun meeting a lot of them...as everyone queued up for the meal...
...there were several displays of the work in progress around the room...
...I love this one decoupaged into an old window from the Parish Hall...
...and a newer tech slide show of the work in progress was playing on the screen...
...I had brought my own vegan ham...but the green beans and rolls were vegan...and the sweet tea too...
...it was packed with people...but with the new layout and the glass doors it doesn't feel at all crowded...
...celebratory cakes...
...not vegan...but they were pretty...
…after church...we had a VBS meeting and then the kids met to make tie-dyed t-shirts to wear at camp...
...it was messy and a lot of fun...
...some of the kids just did a few squirts of dye and they were off playing on the playground...and others were so intent on their design...
...my finished tie-dyed tee...wrapped and ready for it's requisite 8 hour wait...I won't be finishing this project until in the morning...
...later we lit the grill...and played with Jack...but it's very hot and humid...so we were mostly just running in and out...
...I put a package of poblano chiles and tofu on the grill when it got ready...
...grilled it all up to perfection...
...put the peppers in a papger bag for a bit...
...then when they had cooled and shriveled...
...then we peeled and seeded them...
...they were not too hot...really delicious...
…after dinner the coals were still barely hot...so I gathered the ingredients for vegan s'mores...
...and we toasted some vegan marshmallows on the grill...
...and smooshed them with some vegan chocolate chips and graham crackers...
...what a delicious end to a delicious day...
...OK...now the weekend is over...and Scout is on his way to his internship early this morning...so I got the t-shirt packet out and started rinsing in cold water...
...rinsed really well...
...this is the first time that you get to see your pattern...
...after a solo run through the washing machine cool cycle...I hung it on the line to dry...

...how was your weekend?...

~Have a lovely day!

***UPDATE***
...and now it's all dry...this is the front...
...and this is the back...

...I think the back is prettier than the front...

...but overall...I'm really happy with how it turned out...and I can't wait to see all the kid's creations when they leave for camp next Monday...

...have you ever tie-dyed anything?...