Saturday, October 15, 2016

MiniMoFo #3: Welcoming Fall

Hello everyone! For the third MiniMoFo challenge, I made Coconut Pumpkin Bread, another recipe from House Vegan: Fall FoMo No More. It turned out really well; coconut and pumpkin are such a perfect combination! This is sure to become a traditional fall recipe for me!

I realized the other day that I haven't shared any of my sketches here recently, so here's the fall-themed art I did on Tuesday night when I went out with Zach and some of his soccer friends. The "tablecloths" were brown paper and they provided colored pencils in a jar on the table, so I decided to art the night away...





And now for some major cuteness...

As fall settles in and the nights grow colder, cuddles are certainly called for, so Cringer has been diligently working on softening Buttons up to the idea. One night she was bold and pressed her nose into Buttons' side, but that didn't last long (I tried to get a picture but Buttons moved before I could). So, on Wednesday night, Cringer settled for just resting her head on the corner of the purple blanket...

...but by Thursday night, something clicked, and they finally they settled in, side by side!

Daisy, on the other paw, works on getting close to Leela during the day. This endeavor is going to be more of a challenge because Leela really only likes to cuddle humans, not fellow kitties. But Daisy can be patient...

P.S. Less than one week left to sign up for Vegan MoFo! I signed up last night; have you?

Peace. :)

Friday, October 7, 2016

MiniMoFo #2: Foodie Crush

Hello everyone! For the second MiniMoFo challenge, I picked Hannah Teson of House Vegan. Last year, I had the opportunity to test some of her delicious recipes for House Vegan: Fall FoMo No More. Last night, I made Chickpeas and Dumplings, a recipe from her book! 

It was a fun dinner to prepare (especially the dumplings!), and it makes a very filling meal. (Zach thought it was good, too.) Also, the leftovers are great; I had some for my lunch today! So, be sure to check out Hannah's blog and book -- she is awesome and her recipes are always so creative!

Here's Daisy, Cringer, and Buttons sharing an open window to excitedly sniff the fall air yesterday...

...and Leela, all tuckered out and ready for bedtime cuddles last night...

Peace. :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MiniMoFo #1: Signature Dish

Hi everyone! For this prompt, I decided to make one of my favorite easy meals: vegetable orzo. 

It's something I made a lot when I first went vegan, and there's been at least three potlucks that I can remember making some variation of this as my contribution. I hadn't had vegetable orzo in a while, though, so it was fun and nostalgic to prepare it for this challenge. 

Just cook the orzo in vegetable broth, add the frozen veggies (in this case: broccoli, carrot, cauliflower) to steam for a few minutes at the end, and mix in a chopped-up Boca chick'n patty. Nice & simple!

Daisy, being a little creeper, asks, "Is there any for me?"

Check out the first MiniMoFo round-up here and the prompt for the second challenge here!

Peace. :)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Peaches & Cream Popsicles

Hello everyone! I know I promised a post about Phoenixville's VegFest, but believe it or not, I haven't finished all my goodies from it yet -- I still have to try the blueberry chocolate bark that Zach & I bought from Bridge Street Chocolates. So, once we get to that, I'll put the post together. But I will say that it was an amazing day, and I'm already looking forward to next year!

On to the main event: I put together a nice & simple recipe this week! I had the idea to make peaches & cream popsicles, so I looked up "peaches and cream" recipes online, saw this one, and used its measurements for vanilla and confectioner's sugar. 

1 can coconut milk
2 tsps vanilla
2 tsps confectioner's sugar
1 peach, cut into small pieces*

Whisk together the first three ingredients. Add half of peach pieces to ice pop molds. Pour in half of milk mixture. Add remaining peach pieces. Top off with remaining milk mixture (I had some left over). Freeze & enjoy!

*The peach pieces I used had been frozen, but feel free to use fresh!

Here's Buttons napping in the sunshine on the first day of fall...

Peace. :)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Asparagus Nut Stir-Fry

Hello everyone! I tried another recipe from my random cookbook this week (did a search online and found the original here, obviously use a vegan "chicken" broth). I'm not sure why, but I wasn't expecting this to be that great, but it turned out amazing! I will definitely make this again; it was so good & I've been loving the leftovers, too!

Served with a cheesy biscuit and garden cherry tomatoes.

Here's a photoset of Cringer sprawling out on the stairs...

"Um, excuse me, I was sleeping..."

P.S. I am so excited for Phoenixville's first-ever VegFest tomorrow! I am going to get there early to help set up (and then help with break-down at the end). There are some great vendors lined up and lots of restaurants with regular vegan menu items (some places are only doing specials, but that's cool; hopefully they will get added to the menu if there's a good response). I'm just so excited, and I will be sure to make a post about how it goes!

P.P.S. You've heard about Vegan MoFo, but have you heard about Mini MoFo?

Peace. :)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tropical Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Hi everyone! The new recipe I tried this week was one from my random recipe collection: tropical grilled sweet potatoes (recipe can be found online here). It was OK, but it's not one I'll make again. Still, it was fun to try something new, and now I've made space for a better recipe to take its spot!

Served with brown rice & pineapple.

Here's a sequence of Daisy in a patch of sunshine this morning...

Peace. :)