Monday, April 2, 2018
All Sorts of Updates ~ LONG Post Ahead!
So as you can imagine, I'm WAY BEHIND on posting! Here's the official warning...this will be a VERY LONG POST! Possibly the longest post I have had to date!
There is a possibility I will be obtaining a few more vegan cookbooks over the next month so I better get up to snuff on that soon, eh? Here is one from my last shipment. Sweet Potato Soul from Jenne Clairborne. I have thumbed thru it and already KNOW I need to try many of the recipes inside! The photos are lovely!
It seems like this next dish is something I had forever ago! It was literally something I threw together...an accidentally vegan rice and quinoa packet...I threw in corn, black beans, green chilis, tomato, and garlic. It was YUMMY.
I'm in the process of joining Zontas International on the local level and they have monthly lunch or dinners paired with their meetings. They have been GREAT with veggie options.
Here is a cheap, quick, easy, and breakfast I have out at a local restaurant. Oatmeal with Blueberries, Pecans, and (sometimes) Brown Sugar!
Oddly, this past weekend, we took a day trip back to Buffalo and the Pizza Plant and I grabbed another Vegan Pizza! Oops! I probably won't have it again for months or even a year! The trip we took for our birthdays we did share an app...the vegan curry nachos! The boys didn't even mind the vegan cheese!
In our day trips, we have been lucky to hit up a few places in Ohio a couple of times...and Buffalo area...twice. Plus, Erie. I've been VERY fortunate to have a couple of nice grocery hauls mixed in.
More on that in this post and future posts - for sure!
These are called Chai Paratha. They are the size of a big pancake but are sweet, savory, and contain chai spices.
I read a website that said they are good for breakfast or with tea. I did have them with tea once. The other time I had them I ate them as a dessert with a Mango Chutney I made.
They were totally yummy and I wish I had more!
After I gave everything a good cleaning, I made these Raw Vegan Crackers. I wasn't overly thrilled with the taste so I won't post it here until I have a better attempt after some tweaking. They were a bit too salty for my liking. As you can see I used several spices, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Chia Seeds, Flax Meal, etc.
As for a furkid update - things have been ok. I've been working with Riley's ongoing ear infections but that's nothing new. I was finally able to get Cricket over to my parents for a playdate with Lexi. Paco keep truckin' along, too! I wouldn't be shocked if we had to adjust his meds again over the next couple of months for his ITP. Charlie is aging by the day but still his feral self. Age-wise we are thinking that he's about 18, Riley 16 or 17, Paco almost 7, and Cricket - about 5.
With Paco's ITP (Immune Issue) he rarely leaves the house unless he's going to the vet.
Cricket is still the leader of the pack. Riley and Paco are followers. When we lost Suzie to cancer there was a hole that is for sure. When we got Cricket the flow was better because of her alpha-ness! I know you can't tell by the pictures but I assure you that this little 6-pound wonder is a spitfire!
This first one is a Black Bean Soup. Because I waited a while to post it - I'm afraid I misplaced the recipe! YIKES! Sorry! It was tasty! And as you can see I used some homemade Cashew Sour Cream to mix in, too!
The 'red' is smoked paprika! I can't get enough of Smoked Paprika these days!
A couple weekends ago I went with my parents to an RV Show at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood, NY, and while we were there we stopped in to a few places. One place we can't pass up when we are there is the one Kitchen Store. It seems like we always find something. The blue edges you see in this photo is a pasta maker type bowl. It's supposed to 'nuke' your pasta quicker. That is yet to be determined but it makes a nifty bowl, regardless!
I guess you can also see the dish here, too! So far I have found that it doesn't really cut the pasta time but it could be because I have a low watt microwave.
The dish is pretty sturdy/heavy-duty and of a good size. I like that there are little ledges/handles on the sides, too!
I made a Garlic Dill Alfredo Sauce for these noodles. It's a Pumpkin Seed base that I used here, too! It was pretty good. Of course, I topped it with Smoked Paprika!
I almost forgot to post a few selfies. I'm a horrible selfie person. This first one is from the RV Show at the mall. I saw this hat and thought I would try it on. I regret not buying it. It went well with the jacket I was wearing, too! As you can see - I don't wear make-up. Yesterday, while I was at Walmart I noticed a "Wet & Wild" brand section that was clearly marked "Cruelty-Free" and "Vegan" in several places. Not only on the individually packaged items but on the signs above each product. I thought for the heck of it I would grab some. It was CHEAP! Probably the cheapest I saw in 3 isles of make-up! I bought some foundation, concealer, and mascara. I know I won't wear it often but when I do I know it will be vegan!
Here's another selfie I took back on International Women's Day. I even wore purple to celebrate!
I feel that ever since I decided to go back to wearing my glasses it's added about 10 years on me! I need to get my hair done, again! YIKES! I actually like this shirt I bought at Label Shopper several months ago! I think it was only $7. I wear it for work a lot and will probably wear it to some upcoming Zonta Meetings. And speaking of meetings...I have a League of Women Voters Board Meeting today! There are lots of things in the works and I will share more details about those projects soon!
My parents watch her about 3 times a week and they sent me this photo on my birthday!
Her hair is getting thicker. She can pull herself up and stand but hasn't walked on her own, yet. She hates wearing shoes. I think I have taught her how to say "Nom Noms" and "Nom, Nom, Nom" when she eats!
I can't wait to take her rolling skating and ice skating! I'm a terrible bowler but I can't wait to go with her. My parents and I are already making plans for camping and fair week!
She's a fan of Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars but REALLY doesn't like Taylor Swift (I can't say as I blame her).
She already likes animals.
And I think her and I not only have an understanding of each other but we also get a kick out of each other, too!
My sister, her DH, and Trinnie are going on vacation later this month. My parents and I were trying to go, too, but it didn't work out. They are going to Charleston, South Carolina for about a week and a half. As much as I wanted to go, I can't take that much time off from work and leave Paco for that long. Dale said he would stay home but the planning process wasn't in our favor - nor were the prices!
I ended up really liking it and the mint helped with the aftertaste, too! The photo doesn't really do it justice.
My mom and I are already planning on taking my juicer to camp this summer! So I hope to have more to report on the juicing front, soon, too!
We went to Amy's Place for brunch! It's been YEARS since I have been there! They have LOTS of vegan options including what you see here!
It's Lentils and Broccoli, Rye Toast with Vegan Butter, Breakfast Potatoes, and Seasoned Tofu! I added a little Ketchup and Frank's Hot Sauce and it was pretty amazing! It made me wonder why I don't make Lentils on a lazy Sunday and use them throughout the week! I need to start doing that! I'll stop right there since this post was LONG enough but I have LOTS on tap so make sure you check back often!