Friday, April 19, 2019

...Frugal Friday...or what my Mom got me for Christmas...

...this is what my Mom got me for Christmas...which is actually a very useful gift for me as I often buy some of the more difficulte to find vegan food from Amazon...so don't think I wasn't thrilled with the gift...I was...
...and this is what I bought with the gift card...not vegan food...haha...

...my old sewing machine is kindof on it's last legs...and it is really old...and has sewn miles and miles of Lutheran World Relief quilts...and all kinds of other general sewing as well...

...and I well remember buying it...I was a sophomore in college...and saved and saved for it...$120...a lot of money back then...and it has been well loved and well used...but as my sweet sissie told me on the phone..."things do sometimes just wear out and can't be fixed..."

...and speaking of my sweet sissie...she recommended the Singer Heavy Duty sewing machine...because she got one to sew sturdy covers for her boat...
...so I got it out of the box and set it all up...easy peasie...(I follow instructions well)...
...and for the first project...these old slippers are in bad need of some new soles...you may remember that they got new soles once before...sewn with my old sewing machine...
...I just roughly cut out some pieces from an old vinyl tablecloth in the stash...and the new "heavy duty" sewing machine sewed right through it...
...all done...
...neatly trimmed...
...and back on my feet...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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

...we are still in Lent...but we don't have a meal during Holy Week...so this is just a regular ol' vegan day of eats...
...breakfast was tofu, tea, and toast...
...then I whipped up some of my tofu pudding...it's the filling for the amazing tofu pie...just without the crust...it's a really yummy pudding...
...lunch was a bowl of leftover beans with some leftover cornbread...some Foreman grilled veggies...and cucumber and tomato...and tea...of course...
...in the afternoon...I thought about making some microwave chips...but decided to make some crinkle cut fries instead...
...just baked in the oven...so yummy...I love potatoes as a snack...do you?...
...and then for dinner...I wanted vegan nachos...so I prepped a bunch of veggies...
...and assembled the nachos...
...easy and delicious...

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

~have a lovely day!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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

...I've made quite a bit of progress on my remake of my old worsted weight cotton socks...
...I'm Kitchener-ing the toe together...
...I'm pretty happy with how the foot portion turned out...and I did the toe in red also to save on the multi-coloured yarn...
...I think next time I use a different colour of yarn for the heel...I'll use the top colour for the little triangle of decreases...maybe that's why most different coloured heels are short row heels...because it wouldn't make any difference because that little triangle wouldn't be there...
...so...now it's time to pick up the stitches from the provisional cast-on...
...and I'm going to just do a knit2-purl2 ribbed cuff...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...just in time for spring...we made Vegan Artichauts Printaniers...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, April 15, 2019

...Over the Weekend...

...we drove up to the mountains early...
...to Mom's...
...had sammies for lunch...
...and played with our grand-niece...that's Mom tossing the oversized frisbee...Scout remembers playing with it when he was little...it's a lot of fun...
...we played with an oversized ball too...

...y'all have already seen dinner...
...we had vegan pancakes and sausage for breakfast...
...perfect light and fluffy pancakes...
...and Mom got little yellow tomatoes just for me...

...then we had to head back home to be ready for Church on Sunday...
...but Mom sent us home with some goodies...the tomatoes...and gingersnaps and some accidentally vegan vanilla wafers...which are incredibably difficult to find...
...I did a very small shopping trip...we just didn't need that much...
...I roasted some of the cauliflower I bought...
...and tried one of the mangos...
...decided they were all ripe...
...so I cut those up for the freezer...
...and all of the avocados were ripe as well...
...so I used my handy-dandy avocado slicer and cut those all up...
...and they were ready for the freezer too...
...and finally...there was a gorgeous sunset...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

...NO Dinner and a Movie...

...there was no movie...because we made a trip up to Mom's...so that Scout could tell his Grandmas good-bye before he leaves for the Air Force next week...OH MY!...
...there was dinner...of course...the Man cooked on the grill at Mom's and made this delicious tofu marinade...I think it's brown sugar, Earth Balance, a little bit of mustard, salt pepper and minced green onion...and then cooked on the grill...
...it was so delicious...and Mom made her famous mashed potatoes, and coleslaw to go with it...and I had a little bit of plain salad as well...

...so still tell me what you've been watching...so I can choose a movie for next weekend...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your weekend!

Friday, April 12, 2019

...Vegan Chick'n Pot Pie...

...this is the recipe they were using for the pot pies for the Lenten supper at Church...it's pretty simple and pretty easily veganized...
...I rehydrated some Soy Curls...
...squeezed all the water out and then soaked them again in a mixture of Vegan Chick'n Bouillon and Marmite...
...I used Jill McKeever's Vegan Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe...pretty simple and easy too...
...although the stick blender in the pot did not work very well...
...I transfered it to the blender's cup and it worked perfectly...creamy and delicous vegan soup for all your casserole needs...
...poured that over the Soy Curls and blanched mixed veg...
...then I decided on a more traditional pie crust topping instead of the poured over one from the recipe...I still used Earth Balance and some vegan buttermilk made from almond milk and a little bit of cider vinegar...
...rolled that out between the layers of a big opened up ziploc bag that I keep just for this purpose...
...then peeled that off over the pie...
...and left it kindof rustic looking...
...and baked until golden...it was delcious...
...I know y'all are wondering how I clean and dry my pie crust helper thingy...I just wash it in warm soapy water and then hang it up to dry before I roll it up and put it away in the cupboard...

~Have a lovely day!