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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Post-MoFo Post

Hi everyone! Well, Vegan MoFo has come and gone, but I am still in the blogging everyday mode. Not sure how long it will last, of course, but let's roll with it!

Tonight I made a simple dinner to use up the last of the Morningstar steak strips that I'd gotten for my Philly cheesesteak and the small red potatoes that came with the yellow and purple potatoes I used in the multicolor meal. It was quite yummy!



Also, here are two fun things that I bought as holiday treats to try out...




And finally, here are some cute pictures from today; first Cringer and Leela were hanging out on the bed, and later Daisy and Buttons were sharing the sunshine on the floor...






Peace. :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Mix

Hi everyone! The last day of Vegan MoFo is here; how did it go so fast? Today's prompt is: Food Gifts – Do you like to give food as a gift? Or receive? Show/tell us! I don't usually give food as a gift, but I decided to test out a recipe that sounded perfect for a holiday food gift: the peanut butter hot chocolate mix from House Vegan: Fall FoMo No More. It's super simple to make, and Zach and I gave it a try tonight. I used almond milk and Zach used coconut milk; we both thought it was delicious!



Thanks to everyone who read and commented; I hope you all had a wonderful Vegan Month of Food!


Here's Daisy doing her part to donate cat hair to Zach's hoodie...



Peace. :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Kapusta i Lazanki

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is: Holiday Test Run – It’s always good to practice – show off your hits and misses. I've been thinking about making some dishes for a mini-Wigilia, so I decided to test a recipe -- kapusta i lazanki (cabbage and noodles) -- for my dinner tonight. I followed this recipe and halved it, using vegan substitutions (vegan butter & sour cream, fusilli instead of egg noodles). Since I used red cabbage, everything turned a purple-pink color, hehe! Taste-wise, it was good but not great. I kinda wish there had been more mushrooms; the mushrooms were really good in this! If I do make it again, I think I'll decrease the cabbage and increase the mushrooms so there's a better balance.



Here's Cringer being a sleepy cutie...



Peace. :)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Sugar Cookies

Hi everyone! Today begins Vegan MoFo's Holidays theme with the prompt: Holiday Bake Day! – What are you planning on baking over the winter holidays? Do you make cake, or cookies? Or something savory? I decided to make holiday sugar cookies tonight and test out eight different shapes to see which ones work best. 

1st tray, unbaked

1st tray, baked

2nd tray, unbaked

2nd tray, baked

My favorite shape is the Christmas tree, followed by the star and the gingerbread person, so if I do make cookies again, those will be the shapes I'll use.





(The snowflake shape looked like an asterisk to me, and the snow person was OK, but I feel like it's one that would need icing on it to emphasize what it's supposed to be? Same for the wreath shape; it doesn't really work since it's not hollowed out in the middle. The candy cane shape turned out a bit too thick, and the "biscuit" shape wasn't all too holiday-y.)


Here's Buttons and Leela in the sunshine...



Peace. :)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Broccoli

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is: Changed Opinion – Was there a food you used to hate, and now don’t? When I was little, I used to hate broccoli, and now, it's one of my favorite foods. My sister and I always used to split an order of chicken with broccoli when we went out to a Chinese restaurant as a family, but I really only enjoyed the chicken (the broccoli was tolerable with the sauce, but I still wasn't a fan). But then, years later when I went vegan, I began to love broccoli and appreciate it so much more! Today my family stopped by to visit and we all went out to Sutao Cafe. My first plate had lots of broccoli -- fried broccoli, as well as broccoli in the vegetable fried rice and in the mixed vegetables -- and it was amazing!

Things change!

Here's Daisy and Cringer cuddling in the sunshine on a comforter on the floor...




Peace. :)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Cookbooks

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is: Cookbooks – Show us your favorite cookbooks! I don't have too many cookbooks, but the ones I have, I really like. My favorite is Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia C. Simpson; I posted about it here during last year's Vegan MoFo. I've tried lots of yummy recipes from it, but my overall favorite is the veganized orange chik'n


I love my random cookbook; it's a re-purposed photo album (the sleeves hold recipes I've found online as well as ones my mom has cut out from magazines/newspapers and mailed to me).




I've been trying more recipes from Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and they've turned out really well, like the Omaha Yakisoba from earlier this month and the marbled banana bread. I especially love this cookbook for how beautiful the photography is!
 


And today, my brother-in-law Ben gave me a new cookbook (Vegan: 60 Vegetable-Driven Recipes for Any Kitchen by Gena Hamshaw). I've already paged through it and found the recipes I want to try first: peach crumble coffee cake, butternut squash mac and cheese, lentil sloppy joes, and double-chocolate brownies!


Here's Leela: another morning, another meditation...



Peace. :)