Friday, July 23, 2021

...7.23...Friday Favorites...

...I guess this favorite thing could be titled..."How Nice People Are"...

...when I started the Yoga Sweater project...I was searching Ravelry for a pattern (of course)...and I came across this one by Sirdar...
...but it had this note...

Out of print. This pattern was available for free

...and there was no link...but I went to their website...and clicked on the Contact Us link...and asked them if it was still available...

...and they very sweetly offered to send me a photocopy...How nice is that?...
...I went ahead and started the Yoga Wrap Sweater though...'cause I'm too impatient to wait on overseas mail...haha...

...it came in the mail yesterday...as I'm almost finished with the Yoga Sweater...but this one is enough different that I may make it as well...longer sleeves and more ribbing...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

...7.22...What I Ate in a Day...as a Vegan...


..."Daddy's Breakfast"...Cheerios and banana...and almond milk...
...later I had a snack...a slice of a spice cake that I added raisins and walnuts to...
...lunch was a tomato sandwich with a huge slice of tomato...it covers the entire slice of bread...
...then I had a few afternoon snacks...a couple of them pretty healthy...I made some Brussels sprouts...just wanted some...haha...I know it's an odd snack...
...and one of these fizzy drinks...I think this is the last one...
...a cucumber and tomato...
...and some brownie bites...and tea...
...then for dinner...we had beans, Foreman grilled broccoli and sweet potato...and some fresh corn...cut off the cob...the Man had his on the cob...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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

...I accomplished a good bit on the Yoga Sweater...I finished the right half of the front...still without the ties...haha...
...and I'm up to the underarm decreases on the first sleeve...that funny border at the bottom will be turned under to make the pretty picot edge on the 3/4 length sleeves...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

...7.20... Tuesdays with Julia...

...I just made a Vegan Fish sauce...Vegan Fumet de Poisson an Vin Blanc...in preparation for a Vegan Lobster dish I want to make this coming weekend...
...it was really simple...and now it's in the fridge ready to go...and all of the particulars are over at The Vegan Version...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, July 19, 2021

...7.19...Over the Weekend...

...it was community breakfast day again...over 200 people this time...so another success...
...I had a plate of vegan grits...of course...also coffee and juice...
...I did a small shopping trip...
...of note...Vegan refried beans...and some Asian noodles...I also got some stir fry veggies for that...and the Man's Blueberry bagels...
...and a few non-food items...we've finally used up our huge 80 pack of TP from Sysco...haha...
...and one of our sweet parishoners brought us our first bag of big homegrown tomatoes of the season...
...we sliced up the ripest one for lunch...when that big one gets ripe we'll only need one slice to cover the whole sandwich...that's the best!...
...I cleaned Our Airman's aquarium...Sissie will be happy to know that the green water problem has resolved itself...hopefully not just for the time being either...haha...
...and finally...we've been having nice hot typical southern summer days...so I washed all of the bedding and hung it out to dry...and it'd been out for 15 minutes or so...and the Man (who has an app on his phone) shouted..."Rain starting in 10 minutes"...haha

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

...7.17...Dinner and a Movie...

...Dinner on my TV tray...was a delicious plate of vegetables...most of them garden fresh...corn on the cob...so sweet and tender...green beans...beets...and rounded out with vegan cornbread and a little bit of Vidalia onion...

...and the Movie was Last Weekend...

...I don't remember the last time we watched an actual movie...but it's been weeks and weeks...so I chose this one...and you could tell that the Man did not enjoy it...it was just a movie (a drama, I guess) about some people...a sort of dysfunctional family gathering for a last weekend at the lake over Labor Day weekend...and their interactions with each other and friends and 'the help'....there were some sad parts...but I didn't really feel sad when the movie was over...and it's definitely NOT something I'd watch with children...but I'd recommend it...the Man would not...haha...

...what have you been watching lately?...

~Have a lovely weekend!...

Friday, July 16, 2021

...7.16...Friday Favorites...Fresh Garden Veg...

...I know I say this every single year...
...we are so blessed with garden goodness around here...
...I froze three quarts of blueberries after again eating our fill...
...and there was this bag of green beans picked and delivered the same morning...
...and broken...
...and into the pot before noon...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

...7.15...What I Ate in a Day...as a Vegan...

...so the day started normally with vitamins and water...
...then I made a really bland looking breakfast...home fries and scrambled tofu...still delicious though...
...lunch was taco, hominy and cucumber and salsa...
...and then Éphée had posted about vegan quesadillas...so I was craving those
...but I just used some Violife cheddar in mine so they were super easy...
...and also delicious...
...still snacking on fresh blueberries...
...and in the afternoon...I made another blackberry cobbler...
...and it turned out perfectly...
...dinner was just a typical vegan dinner...baked tofu, sweet potato, macaroni and broccoli...
...and then before bed...I was hungry for some reason...so I made a banana, peanut butter milkshake with some added protein powder...
...it was yummy...and pretty in Mom's crystal pilsners...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

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

...I finished the left front of the yoga sweater...I'm still debating what to do about the ties...not sure I want it tied center back...and not sure I want the long ties necessary to tie it at the side....both ties long and be able to tie it either side...or just one tie long and always tie it on the left...or right...maybe add a buttonhole (now I'd have to add it to the end of the tab on the fronts)...and a button on the bottom band...so I'm pretty undecided about it...haha...
...and I've done a bit on the right front too...it's such an easy pattern...
...and then I spent some time on the Old Homeplace photo from the reunion...just using Paint...and my madd cut-n-paste skilz...haha...I have no way of knowing what was under the label...and that's a pretty steep hill and road-cart-path that I've pasted in there...but I'm pretty happy with it...and I'm going to have it printed for my albums...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

...7.13...Tuesdays with Julia...

...we made a delicious VEGAN PORC BRAISÉ AUX CHOUX ROUGES...which required about 5 hours of oven time...but was easy to do otherwise...
...it was really good...and I'm looking forward to the leftovers...haha...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, July 12, 2021

...7.12...Over the Weekend...

...so we started the weekend with some Reunion food prep...I made a double batch of Brownie Bites...
...it filled up my little muffin pan...
...so I packed those 24 little muffins up in a Tupperware to take to the reunion...
...but I had a little batter left over...so I made some regular sized muffins with it...
...not like cupcake thickness though...brownie thickenss...
...and packed those in a jar...just for snacking...
...packed a bag...a cooler of vegan food...a computer...and a watermelon...doesn't everyone...haha...
...and headed up to the mountains...you drive along fairly flatly for a while...and then in the distance you can see the purple-y-blue outlines of the mountains start to appear...
...geting larger with each passing mile...
...and clearer...
...it was an overcast day...and the top of this mountain is in the clouds...
...a small herd of deer ran across the driveway at Mom's...don't see it...wait just a sec and I'll zoom in...
...there she is...we later learned that they'd been seeing a young black bear in the woods too...we never saw a bear growing up...but we saw one once when we were visiting from North Dakota...
...I really did not do a very good job of taking photos this trip...I had brought the Just Egg for everyone to try...
...and I did take a photo of my breakfast...it was yummy...and Mom said she thought the Just Egg was pretty good...
...and the obligatory photo of Mills Knob from Mom's porch...she said...'it's so overgrown you may not be able to see it'...but it wasn't...everything just looks very lush and green...
...then I drove up the 'old road' over to Asheville...it was fun to see West Asheville again...right beside Moody's there's a biscuit restaurant and there was such a queue of people on this Saturday morning...so glad things are getting back to normal

...and then down the hill to Patton Avenue...
...at the reunion...a selfie (of sorts) with my sweet sissie...
...spent some time playing with my Grand-niece and nephew on the playground...they're getting so big...(isn't that what you're supposed to say at family reunions)...haha...
...and did just a little bit of food prep...I sliced the watermelon...
...Mom had brought a bunch more fruit...and some vegan sides so I'd be sure to have something to eat...so sweet...
...and then promptly at 1...everyone lined up and filled their plates...
...this is mine...my sweet sissie had brought vegan baked spaghetti...it was so delicious...Mom's vegan baked beans...and slaw...and some fruit...for dessert (which I did not photograph)...I had some watermelon and brownies...
...and then it was time for some music...that's my uncle playing the guitar...and a lot of people gathered round to sing...my sissie and I did not...because as my sweet BIL said...'we'd shut it down pretty quickly if we sang'...hahaha...
...so sissie and I perused the old photo albums...

...someone spends a lot of time labeling and organizing everything...but I kind of wish there was no label on this photo...it's of the old homeplace...the one Granddaddy always said was at the end of the road...where every house you passed the people got sweeter and sweeter and his was the last house...so sweet...
...and there was this really nice photo of Grandma and Grandaddy...I see something I've not seen before every time I look at these albums...(I tried to zoom in and see who was in the canoe but I couldn't make it out)...
...and sissie and I had a chuckle over this photo of Daddy holding his first grandchild...so sweet...

...and then all too soon it was time to pack up and leave...we came back Saturday evening to be ready for Church on Sunday...
...I was driving...so the Man called in an order for Mexican...
...so at least we didn't have to cook when we got home...

...and then Sunday afternoon...I just knitted and fell asleep in my chair...haha

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!