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Thursday, December 7, 2017

December MiniMoFo

Hi everyone! The theme for December’s MiniMoFo is “Festive baking!” – I took a short-cut and went to Vegan Treats, hehe! I got the chocolate chip cheesecake-on-a-stick, shaped and decorated to look like a Christmas tree, which was good…


And the cookies and cream cake with a reindeer design; this one was even better and definitely my favorite of the two… 



Colder weather means more kitty cuddles; Daisy is a very patient sister and lets Cringer use her as a pillow… 



And Leela continues to lay claim to the warm corner by the heating vent… 



Today I got a photo of the three of them all in a line in the bedroom… 



Peace. :)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Hummus

Hi everyone! The new recipe I tried this week was for hummus. I had some with pretzels yesterday for a snack, and it was really good!


Earlier this week, I visited the firebird (the festival is on December 9th) and took some photos; here are a few of them… 





Here are Daisy and Cringer among some of the many boxes we leave out for them…



And for a sign that winter is on its way, here’s Leela, back in her corner by the heater, keeping nice & warm…



Peace. :)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Lazy Mac and Thanksgiving

Hi everyone! My posts this month keep getting lazier and lazier; I guess I’m just really embracing the November MiniMoFo theme! For a quick lunch on Wednesday, I tried the Upton’s Naturals Ch’eesy Bacon Mac. I really liked the sauce, but the noodles themselves could have been better; they were a bit too chewy for me but were still OK overall.


And here was my Thanksgiving dinner last night…

Onion potatoes, corn & mac, green beans, crescent roll, Tofurky, and butternut squash

This morning, I found the sisters sharing the cat tower; Daisy was being rambunctious on the lower level, and Cringer wasn’t quite sure what was going on…



And here’s a goofy photo of Leela that I caught with hilariously perfect timing; if you look closely, you can see the tiniest little blep…



Peace. :)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Simple Smoky Gravy (VegNews)

Hi everyone! This week I tried the simple smoky gravy from “The Thanksgiving Cookbook,” which was a bonus pullout in the most recent VegNews. My only change was to use all-purpose flour instead of oat flour. It turned out really well; I had a big ladle of it with some mashed potatoes. 


Here are the kitties...


Leela under the bed

Daisy in the sunshine

Cringer being her goofy self

Today marks one month without Buttons. Everything I’ve tried to type here turns rambly and sad, so instead, I’ll share an old sketch. Buttons didn’t get the memo about holding still as a model; she kept rolling around dramatically and then got up before I could finish it, but I still like how it turned out, and I like remembering her so happy & carefree...



Peace. :)

Friday, November 10, 2017

November MiniMoFo

Hi everyone! After cooking something new pretty much every day of Vegan MoFo, trying only three new recipes in the past week counts as “lazy” to me.

Last Friday night, I made pumpkin cookies for an early holiday party with Zach’s family. They turned out really well; here’s some of the leftovers since I forgot to take a pic right after I made them. I couldn’t find the recipe online to link to here; my copy of the recipe looks like it was scanned from a cookbook. The ingredients were brown sugar, pumpkin, oil, vanilla, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and raisins. 



On Wednesday, I made the sweet potato cheese sauce from My cat loves Daiya! It turned out really well; my only change was using soy milk instead of canned light coconut milk. 



And then last night, I made pumpkin applesauce (inspired by Tracy’s Living Cookbook). I peeled & chopped five Granny Smith apples, boiling them in a little more than 3/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. I turned it down to simmer, added ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, and stirred it every now and then. I added ½ cup canned pumpkin and ½ tsp vanilla near the end. It turned out pretty well.

 

So those are my “lazy” (and quite orange) new foods I’ve tried since MoFo ended. I’ve also been keeping busy with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), motivating myself, of course, with Victory Smarties.

Here are the kitties this morning…


Leela

Daisy

Cringer

Peace. :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes (Steamy Kitchen)

Hi everyone, and Happy Halloween! "Halloween" is of course the prompt for today, the last day of Vegan MoFo, so I made pumpkin mashed potatoes, veganizing this recipe (use vegan butter; canola oil & soymilk in place of the heavy cream; and vegan Worcestershire sauce). 


I had been a bit skeptical about this dish at first, but it was actually pretty good!



Here's my Inktober sketch; it looks super scary lol…



And here's the kitty crew saying they hope you don't get too frightened on this spooky night…





And a throwback photo of Buttons from around Halloween 2014…



Peace. :)