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Friday, September 13, 2019

Lots of Random Goodness

Hi everyone! In writing news, I’ve been doing some major reworkings on one of my stories – making edits, changing the perspective around, filling in details that I’d neglected to include, and cutting a lot of minutiae. I submitted the new (now shorter) version of the excerpt I’d gotten feedback on, so I’m looking forward to the writers group next week. Today’s blog post will be a bit random because there’s lots of nice things I have to share since my last post, so let’s get started with the deer I saw on a walk… 



One of my favorite recent Phoenixville pictures, taken from the high bridge…


And a quick apple sketch… 



We visited a friend in Allentown last Saturday, so of course we hopped on over to Bethlehem for some goodies from Vegan Treats! I got the soft-serve swirl of pumpkin spice and cheesecake, and it was lovely! 


My praying mantis friend is still hanging around the garden… 


And I’m starting to harvest some pole beans, which is exciting!


On Sunday, Zach and I met up with my family at the Polish-American Festival at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown. I hadn’t been there in a long time, so it was nice to go back again… 



We had lunch before the festival and there wasn’t much in the way of vegan food while we were there, so on the way home, we grabbed dinner at Wegmans… 


The raspberry white chocolate cheesecake I got from Vegan Treats was so good!



I made some spaghetti with spinach, tomatoes, and Gardein beefless ground…



I bought some fall goodies – cookies and Halloween candy – at Giant… 



Though my most exciting find was the Morningstar Farms popcorn chik’n! I knew to keep an eye out thanks to Sarah, and I was thrilled when I finally saw it! 


And some goodies from Kimberton… 


Of course I made myself some tater tots and popcorn chik’n with ketchup! The popcorn chik’n is really good and super fun! 


The little bunny is still hanging out in our yard; he kept me company while I worked on my garden on Tuesday… 


For a nice treat on Wednesday, I blended together the So Delicious vanilla ice cream and some Justin’s peanut butter cups to veganize what used to be my favorite thing to get at Dairy Queen – the Reese’s peanut butter cup blizzard! I liked my vegan version of it! 


I’ve finally pickled the last of my cucumbers… 


And here’s another cool picture taken in Phoenixville… 


To close today’s post, here’s sweet Rogue… 


Peace. :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Rice Salad with Avocado Dressing (Giant Food)

The new recipe I tried this week was the rice salad with avocado dressing that my aunt had clipped out for me (the recipe can be found online here). I was especially excited for the dressing, since I’ve been enjoying avocados recently, and this one was absolutely perfect when I cut it in half! 


I made some changes to the recipe, though: I was able to grill the zucchini on the panini press/grill but not the corn, so I boiled it instead. I left out the red onion because I’m not a fan of raw onion, and I used just a bit of dried cilantro as a garnish instead of fresh. The dish worked out with these modifications but it took me longer than the recipes estimate of 35 minutes, and the end product was just OK. I probably won’t make it again, but if I did, I’d leave out the red wine vinegar (it made the dressing taste a bit odd) and add more salt. 


Served with tortilla chips and salsa.

And here’s what I had for a quick and easy dinner tonight… 

Gardein fishless filets, golden wax beans, and tater tots with ketchup

Here’s the Sharpie sketch that I did yesterday of a cross-looking kitty… 


And the one I did today, of the mini automaton my D&D character is going to be working on building hehe… 


I went to a writers group last night, and I was a little nervous; while it was my third time attending, it was the first time that I’d submitted something to the group to critique. It was a 4,000-word excerpt from a story I wrote for National Novel Writing Month; the first person narration shifts between five characters. I knew I needed to do a better job making each characters voice more distinct and unique, and this was reinforced in the feedback I got. (Especially since what I’d shared only included the perspective of the first two characters, and they both sounded a bit too similar to the people reading it, haha!) But yeah, everyone provided really helpful feedback, and they all seemed to have enjoyed reading it. I marked up my copy with all the comments, suggestions, and questions that came up, and three people gave me their copies with recommended edits and other notes. So that was pretty cool, and now I have lots of things to think about and rework!

Here is a cute little Leela… 



Peace. :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Catching Up After Vegan MoFo

Hi everyone! I hope you are doing well! I’ve set a goal for myself to write at least 400 words each day, Monday to Friday. I decided that blog posts can count toward that, so if you don’t see a post from me, you can assume I’m working on some other writing haha! So, first up today: I realized I never shared my food pictures from Phoenixville VegFest, so let’s remedy that, shall we? Zach got a ham sandwich with coconut bacon, as well as some cheese fries…



I got the loaded pierogies from the Vegan Voyagers food truck (super fun!)…



And Alena got the cheesesteak from VBQ



Of course we stood in line for Vegan Treats; I got this cute chocolate cupcake with cream cheese filling (yum!)… 



And this funnel cake donut, which was amazing… 


In garden news, I’ve been making lots of pickles; here are the four jars I made in August… 



And here are some cute friends from the yard and garden…



On Saturday I went to the farmers market to pick up some apple cider from North Star Orchard for Zach, and I took this picture of one of my favorite murals in town… 


On Sunday, I went to Seed & Soil again, this time with my sister and her husband. For my drink, I got another watermelon lemonade, though I was curious about the cucumber mint limeade (new on the menu); perhaps I’ll have to try that next time! 


For food, I got the Beyond Italian sausage and also tried the garlic parmesan cauliflower wings (the other options are BBQ and buffalo). The sausage was so, so good, and I absolutely loved the pretzel roll it was served on! The cauliflower wings were really good, too; the garlic parmesan was a fun variation that I’d never had before! 



I also got to hang out some more with sweet Pola and Hobbs…



And finally, since other people have been sharing their fun grocery hauls, I figured I would share the goodies from my quick trip to Kimberton Whole Foods today… 



I’m hoping to get back into sketching this month, so some of those will hopefully make an appearance in future posts! I’ll still aim to try at least one new recipe a week, too; this week’s will be a rice salad with avocado dressing, a recipe my aunt clipped out for me!

Here is a silly Daisy, paused mid-groom… 



Peace. :)

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Vegan MoFo 2019: Wrap Up Day

Hi everyone! Today is the last day Vegan MoFo, and I’m following the prompt: “Wrap up day – what’s been your highlight of VeganMoFo? Make something inspired by a recipe from one of your fellow MoFo’ers!”

My highlight of Vegan MoFo: I really appreciated getting to share my love of the TV show Elementary with all of you! The series finale aired in the middle of August, so my “Elementary, My Dear Vegan” theme for MoFo was a wonderful way for me to process it coming to an end, as well as giving me a reason to rewatch old episodes and remember everything I love about this show! (There was enough food in the first and second seasons that that’s all I was able to get to this month, but maybe I’ll continue this theme in a future Vegan MoFo for seasons 3-7!) I enjoyed lots of great food this MoFo, but if I had to pick, my four favorites would be the pancakes, quiche, risotto, and baked ziti!

My inspired food: I didn
t get a chance to go to Aldi this month, but Sarah of Long Island Vegan had such good things to say about the dessert hummus, so I found this recipe to make some myself! It was simple to prepare and super delicious!

Served with gluten-free pretzels, which I first found out about thanks to Hillary of My cat loves Daiya!

I finished off the leftovers last night, so I think I’ll need to make another batch soon!

Here’s a sleepy Cringer, who I’m sure is reflecting how most of us feel right now after a month of blogging, haha! 


Peace. :)

Friday, August 30, 2019

Elementary, My Dear Vegan: Shepherd’s Pie

Hi everyone! Today is the last day of my Vegan MoFo theme “Elementary, My Dear Vegan,” and the food comes from S2E24 (“The Grand Experiment”) when Mycroft locates Sherrington at a restaurant.

Sherrington: How did you find me?
Mycroft: Best shepherd’s pie in the city. Or so you claimed whenever we found ourselves in New York.

I used this recipe from Rock My Vegan Socks, and it turned out really well!



Leftovers with some gravy!

See you tomorrow for the last day of Vegan MoFo when I’ll share something delicious I was inspired to try this month!

Here is the super-serious cuddler Rogue… 



Peace. :)