Saturday, July 13, 2024

...7.13...Dinner with Mom...

...we got up early and headed up the highway into the mountains...
...arrived at the childhood home...
...after watering all the flowers (it later rained making that unnecessary)...we got started making some dishes for the reunion...veg baked beans...
...cutting up peppers and onions for Nanny's (now Mom's) Mexican cornbread...
...and got those both into the oven...
...and out of the oven...the day of the reunion (today) is pretty hectic for Mom...so it was nice to get these done and ready...
...then we had a glorious meal of veggies from her garden...this is a mixture of green and greasy beans...(according to this article...an Appalachian treasure)...
...so this was dinner and no movie...cucumber and striped tomato...I cut my fresh corn off the cob...but you can see just the corner of Mom's ear...intact...snap peas...mixed green beans and new potatoes...and one of the vegan Mexican cornbreads...it was all so delicious and in such good company...not sure if my jaw is hurting from all the eating or all the talking...haha...

~Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, July 12, 2024

...7.12...Friday Update...

...with all the painting finished in the dinette it was time to put the curtain and blind back in place...so we got out the laser level...
...it's a handy and specific tool...it shines a perfectly level line of light...making it easy to drill your holes at exactly the same height...
...so just a matter a few screws and the curtains were back up...
...like most plastic things in the house...the electrical outlets had yellowed and when you put a nice new white plate cover over them you can really see the difference...
...so the Man rewired all of the outlets in the room...
... to add new white ones...
...much nicer...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, July 11, 2024

...7.11...Space Station Sighting...

...the International Space Station flew right directly over our house...

...it reminded us of standing on the deck in North Dakota with a very young Airman watching the same thing...
...it appeared from the northwest...and we caught sight of it once it moved beyond the wispy clouds...
...and then it tracked directly over the house...
...it's amazing how fast it goes...
...but you get to see it for a few minutes...
...there's been some drama on the space station this week...with some leaks and such...that would be scary for sure...
...and then it disappeared from sight as it faded into the city lights...

...have you ever seen the space station...you can go here Nasa site
...and choose your state to see when it will fly over you...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

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

...I got this pink insulated lunch bag from the freebie bin a while ago...it looks brand new...and it has a palm tree and a dentist's name printed on it...

...so I'm going to keep the palm tree and paint over the dentist's name...haha...I just sketched a little island under the palm and a few little waves lapping at the shore...
...and started painting...
...you can still see the dentist's name...and the woven material soaks up a lot of paint...so it will definitely take another coat...
...second coat...and I also filled in the palm tree (which was screen printed I'm sure) with the same paint I'm using for the island so they'll match perfectly...
...I thought about leaving the little wavelets with just one coat...sort of transparent like water...
...filling in the second coat...
...the name is no longer visible...
...and I painted a second coat on the waves as well...now it's a nice cohesive looking print...and I'm really happy with how it turned out...it'll be perfect for carrying our water bottles and maybe a snack or two when we go to the botanical gardens...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, July 09, 2024

...7.9...Tuesdays with Julia...

...we made a quick and simple Vegan Escalopes de Veau à l'Estragon...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, July 08, 2024

...7.8...Over the Weekend...

...we sat around chatting, catching upon the news and drinking coffee for a couple of hours...then decided to make brunch...and I successfully made a vegan waffle...no buckwheat this time...so it came out of the waffle maker cleanly...haha...
...and I had that with some Beyond Sausage...and then we sort of skipped lunch...
...and then I did just a normal weekly shop...
...strawberries were $1.99 and the corn was 4 for 1$...
...I know I've been mentioning the heat a lot lately...I'm not really complaining...it is July in the South...and everyone knows it's going to be hot...the actual temperature was 102° F and the heat index was reported as both 108° and 110°...so you don't really want to be doing too much outside...I rode my bike early in the morning...I actually rode to the local pharmacy and picked up a perscription...they don't get many bikes at their drive up window...haha...

...but this is my outdoor kitchen setup...there's sweet potato in the toaster oven and a pot of greens on the induction cooker...and no extra heat in my kitchen...we're trying to baby our 20 year old AC unit and hopefully at least get through this first summer without replacing it...so all of the heat we can keep out the house will help...
...I also baked some cookies...this is Jane Esselstyn's Be a Plant Based Woman Warrior Pepparkakor cookies...but I didn't have any molasses...
...so I just used brown sugar instead...and the batter was very light...
...they were fine...nice and crisp...but they were definitely missing that little bit of extra flavor...I'll definitey be getting molasses next time...
...and parchment paper...as I was somehow out of that too...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, July 06, 2024

...7.6...Dinner and a Movie...and Blogger Comments...

...to my sweet sissie Karen who blogs from her boat at McCraw Sails...Hey K...glad you got your mast safely back in place...the new rigging looks so purty...having just moved house a few months ago...I don't envy your two boat move...Love, T

...to karen from Pumpkin Sunrise...Hi Karen...awww...Frodo's little red white and blue collar is adorable...

...to Éphée from L'éphémère quotidienneté des repas et autres trucs de magie...Hi Éphée...your pesto pizza looks really good...what a good idea...I love your lake views...and it looks like your pup does too...

...to Penny from Snap That Penny...Hi Penny...it's so fun seeing your reno progress...how exciting that you're going to see the Stones...we've seen them live a couple of times...and both were pretty amazing...many years ago now...and also amazing that they are still touring...

...on the reading front...I have finished Bleak House...it's a really good book...and I'm almost finished with Hard Times...it's much shorter...it was required reading in one of my university Humanities classes...and I somehow ended up reading the entire book in one sitting late into the night...I don't remember now if I procrastinated (not likely...haha)...or if I was just that into it...(probably)...

...for dinner...
...we made copycat Taco Bell bean burritos...we also had a salad...it was a fun and easy meal...

...the movie was the next episode of McDonald and Dodds...another British crime drama...we had watched the first two seasons a while ago and then apparently forgot about it...so this was Season Three Episode One...it's good...some nice unexpected twists and the characters are likable...

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

~Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, July 05, 2024

...7.5...Friday Update...

...just more painting...
...all of the cutting in is done...
...and the rolling went pretty quickly...
...I love the colours so much...Harbor Fog and White Snow...
...it's really pretty...and the photos don't really capture it...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your weekend!

Thursday, July 04, 2024

...7.4...Delicious Vegan Food we ate on the Fourth of July...

Happy Independence Day!...
...well we started the Holiday off with a bit of a breakfast disaster...
...once again...arghhhh...I added buckwheat to my tried and true waffle recipe...and once again...it tore apart when I opened the lid once it had stopped steaming...
...not to worry...I didn't waste it...but I pulled it out in pieces...
...and ate it with a tofu/baco/violife cheddar omelette...and there was absolately nothing wrong with the way it tasted...but I think I won't try to make buckwheat waffles ever again...and the Man said I said that last time...haha...I just don't think they have enough gluten to hold together in the waffle iron...I'll have to stick to buckwheat pancakes...oh well...
...in the afternoon...we were touching up the paint here and there in the dinette...and I wanted to have Strawberry Shortcake for dessert...after our Hot Dog dinner...so I got out my old Betty Crocker Cookbook...and just veganized the recipe in it...

...the Man's Mom always made a yellow cake and topped it with strawberries and called it Strawberry Shortcake...it's delicious...but it's not the same thing...

...and...pay no attention to the calories listed for this recipe...575 calories per serving...YIKES!...
...cut up your strawberries and cover them with sugar and set aside...
...the recipe calls for vegetable shortening...but I'm using Violife plant based vegan butter instead...well chilled...
...barely mix it into a ragged dough...
...roll it out...and cut with a biscuit cutter...

...and then...another disaster...
...and then set your toaster oven on the back porch because you don't want to heat up the oven in the 102° F heat...and forget about it...you know...so that you burn the bottoms...oh well...I sliced off the bottoms and we'll have two tops...
...and then we had our 4th of July hot dog supper...with relish and cole slaw...and roasted potatoes on the side...and a Black Cherry soda to drink...it was really a junk filled vegan meat and sugar overload sort of a day...
...and then we assembled the strawberry shortcakes...I wish I'd gotten some blueberries so they could have been Red, White and Blue...
...and they were so delicious...even if they were a little too crispy (overdone)...

...what delicious food did you eat on the 4th?...

~Have a lovely day!