Saturday, February 18, 2017

Strawberries & Cream Bread Pudding (Isa Does It)

Hello everyone! Yesterday I made the Strawberries & Cream Bread Pudding from Isa Does It, another recipe with red in it for February's MiniMoFo. 

I tried some of it last night -- and decided it was good enough to stand on its own without the optional glaze -- and had more this morning for breakfast!

Here's Buttons and Daisy sharing the sunshine...

Peace. :)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Banana-Berry Scones (Isa Does It)

Hi everyone! The MiniMoFo theme for February is "red," so I'm trying red recipes this month. Yesterday, I made the Banana-Berry Scones from Isa Does It. I made them a bit too big (next time I'll make them smaller; the recipe says it should make 12 scones) but they turned out so, so good! I think I might also try using a bit more raspberries and mashing them with the bananas, instead of just putting them on top of the scones.

On Tuesday, I went to a protest here in Phoenixville. It was focused on immigrant rights, so I used my Refugees Are Welcome Here / #NoBanNoWall sign again. There were maybe 25 of us, but it was a good group overall; we stood on a small sidewalk at a busy intersection in town holding our signs. We got a lot of honks and waves in support, lots of thumbs-up & peace signs. Of course, there were also people driving by who shook their heads at us, gave thumbs-down, and flipped us off. But they were much fewer in number.

Here's Leela in her favorite place to nap -- between my dresser and a heating vent. 

Peace. :)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Spiced Nuts (Fresh & Fast Vegan Pleasures)

Hi everyone! The new recipe I tried this week was the spiced nuts from Fresh & Fast Vegan Pleasures by Amanda Grant. (The ingredients list awkwardly included the mixed nuts line twice, with one of the repetitions calling Brazil nuts "Bazil notes" lol.) Unfortunately, the finished product was disappointing. The amount of soy sauce the recipe called for was excessive (1 T would have been enough); it covered up any hint of the chili powder, so the nuts weren't spicy at all. Well, I had to get the first recipe fail of the year out of the way sooner or later!

In other news, I've gone to my second protest! On Sunday, January 29, Zach went with me to the Philadelphia International Airport for Protest Refugee Deportations at PHL! It was another great experience; I'm so glad I went. Here are the pictures of my sign (front & back); I re-used my signs from my first protest by flipping them, duct-taping them together, and writing on the blank sides.

"No hate, no fear; refugees are welcome here!"

"No ban, no wall; sanctuary for all!"

Here are the cuddly sisters Daisy & Cringer. I found them snuggled like this when I got back from a walk earlier this week. 

Peace. :)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Lentil Sloppy Joes (Food52 Vegan)

Hi everyone! Continuing with MiniMoFo's January theme of “new,” I tried another new recipe from another new cookbook. On Wednesday, I made the Lentil Sloppy Joes from Food52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw; Zach & I enjoyed them on hamburger buns, with waffle fries on the side.

The leftovers came in handy for a quick late dinner on Thursday; my mom and I spent the day in Philadelphia at the Resistance in Philly: Fighting for Our Lives rally & march protesting Trump & the GOP who were staying at the Loews Hotel. The rally had a lot of great speakers, and then we marched, and wow, was it a crowd; the energy was absolutely amazing! I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, it was amazing and I am so glad that I went! 

[“If we don't get no justice, they don't get no”] Peace. :)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Orzo Pilaf (Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen)

Hi everyone! The new recipe I tried this week was the orzo pilaf (with peas, onions, and roasted red peppers) from The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein. It was really good & so easy to make; Zach enjoyed it, too. I already made it a second time this week; I know it won't be long before I return to this recipe yet again!

Also, we were in the area after visiting a friend on Sunday, so we stopped at Vegan Treats on the way home, and I got this cute brownie chunk cheesecake. (I always try to pick something new that I haven't tried before.) It was quite tasty! 

Here's a sleepy Cringer... 

Peace. :)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Homemade Meatballs

Hi everyone! I finally made homemade vegan meatballs! The new recipe I tried this week was the “Meaty Balls” from Vegan Vittles by Jo Stepaniak.

They were really easy to make and definitely tasty! Zach gave them a try, but he wasn't as much of a fan (but to be fair, he pointed out that he didn't like non-vegan meatballs, either). 


Here's a photoset of Daisy being cuddle-squished by Cringer; Daisy didn't seem to mind too much. 

Peace. :)