Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wrapping Up 2015

Hello everyone, and best wishes for a happy new year! Last week, I tried the Vegan Horseradish Macaroni and Cheese from My cat loves Daiya!, with some changes [regular mustard, no horseradish (didn't have any), Daiya instead of Chao, and a bunch of whole wheat angel hair spaghetti] since I was trying to work with what I had on hand and use up some ingredients. It turned out really well; I was especially happy because the spaghetti hadn't tasted good in anything else, but it worked perfectly in this dish! 

I enjoyed some of the leftovers with Morningstar hickory bbq riblets, which was a great combination. I'll definitely get the riblets again; they were delicious! 

Random chocolate & mint goodness – here are the yummy Sjaaks' mint mills that I ordered from Vegan Essentials. Zach tried one, too, and liked it. I'll be sure to order these again next year for Christmas! 

And the new recipe I tried yesterday was the Vegan Chicken Pot Pie with a Flaky Phyllo Crust from Luminous Vegans. Here, the phyllo dough was the ingredient that I was trying to use up, and it was a bit more fragile than the first time I'd worked with it, so it broke apart at the one end, leaving the ends too short to fold completely over. So, I just layered the broken ends and another sheet on top for the crust instead.

It turned out good, not great, but I had some of the leftovers tonight and it was better. I think next time I just need to add a bit more salt and pepper (I always add too little when a recipe says “add to taste”).

Peace. :)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas 2015

Hello everyone & happy holidays! We had a great Christmas yesterday, very nice & relaxing. We visited Zach's family in the morning, and his mom made crescent rolls with vegan butter & cinnamon, which was an awesome combination, as well as onion soup potatoes! One of my gifts from Zach's family was a donation to Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue, so that was neat!

Next we headed to my parents' house. Alena made vegan chicken noodle soup, which was so good! 

For the main meal, we had corn & mac (also made by Alena); carrots and a Field Roast celebration roast with a baste of olive oil, orange juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon (by me); and roasted potatoes (made by my mom). 

For dessert, we had apple pie (also made by my mom) and cinnamon apple chamomile tea (from my aunt). 

And after dessert, we headed home to spend the rest of Christmas with the kitties.

P.S. Earlier this week, Zach & I tried out the mint chocolate coconut milk by So Delicious. It was absolutely amazing & will definitely become a traditional holiday drink for us! 

Peace. :)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Chocolate Mint Goodness

Hello everyone! The delicious vegan goodies I've enjoyed recently have been lovely combinations of chocolate & mint. The first was the double fudge peppermint brownie from Vegan Treats, which was absolutely incredible! 

Next were the chocolate peppermint drops from Bridge Street Chocolates! I've been pacing myself with these because they are so good! 

And finally, I ordered Sjaaks' Dark Chocolate Mint Mills from Vegan Essentials, so I'm looking forward to having them soon!

Peace. :)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Neat's Breakfast Mix

Hello everyone! This week I tried Neat's Breakfast Mix, using it to make patties, which I had with leftover roasted potatoes, and then with carrots & vegan ranch dressing. 

The patties tasted alright with some ketchup, but I wasn't really a fan. I think I just need to try to make my own from scratch sometime! 

Since it's a short post, here are some pics of sleepy kitties Leela, Buttons, and Cringer...

Leela loves this little nook in the bedroom.

Buttons' favorite spot as always.

Cringer loves the bed!

Daisy, meanwhile, stays vigilant in case Santa shows up early...

Peace. :)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Firebird Festival and Amy's Butternut Squash Soup

Hello everyone! Just a quick post tonight since we just got back from the Firebird Festival! I took lots of pictures (and videos), so I'm looking forward to sorting through them all tomorrow; here are a few... 

So, as for a new food, earlier this week, I tried out Amy's butternut squash soup – it was pretty good, the mix of spices was perfect, but the soup itself was a bit thinner than I would have liked. 

Peace. :)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

My aunt hosted Thanksgiving this year, so Alena and I planned lots of delicious vegan food to bring along! I made onion potatoes, a Tofurky roast with butternut squash, and French onion dip with Tofutti sour cream. 

I didn't get a photo of it, but my dad made a batch of vegan cream of broccoli soup, and we also had crescent rolls.

My dinner plate (photo by Alena).

For dessert, I had a slice of apple pie (there was also pumpkin bread), made by my mom and Alena. 

Oh, and this year I sponsored two turkeys, Mordecai & Hershel, at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary...

Peace. :)

Friday, November 20, 2015

BBQ Jackfruit

Hello everyone! This week I tried out the Upton's Naturals Bar-B-Que Jackfruit that I'd ordered from Vegan Essentials. 

It was good, though not as great as I was expecting, haha. Here's how I had it...

over rice with broccoli and carrots (OK)

mixed in with rice, broccoli, and carrots in a burrito (better)

over mashed potatoes (best)

In other news, I am on a roll with NaNoWriMo, having written 2,000+ words each day, so I am currently at a word count of 42,011!

Here's Cringer staring intently at her shadow, Daisy looking silly in the middle of licking her lips...

...Leela all lined up with the sunshine, and Buttons on her favorite perch.

Peace. :)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies

Hi everyone! Super quick post tonight since today was a fun but busy day (Zach, Alena, and I visited Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue)! Here are the yummy cookies I made on Thursday. I used this recipe from House Vegan but left them as cookies instead of making them into cookie sandwiches. Delicious, and I think I might try adding cranberries the next time I make them. I always think of raisins in oatmeal cookies, but cranberries seem like they would be more fun with the pumpkin. 

P.S. Here is something I did to motivate myself for my NaNoWriMo writing, using some leftover Halloween candy – I have one after I've finished my writing for the day... hehehe! 

Peace. :)

Friday, November 6, 2015

Vegan Salami & Cheese Bagel Sandwich

Hello everyone! Recently I had a random dream where I was making myself a vegan salami & cheese sandwich on a bagel. I didn't think there were any vegan versions of salami, but sure enough, when I went to Wegmans that night, what did I find...

To recreate this simple sandwich, I melted two Daiya cheddar cheese slices in the microwave on half of the bagel and then added four slices of salami (it was a bit thinner than I would have preferred) and the top of the bagel. It worked for a quick lunch, but it certainly wasn't as exciting as the dream made it out to be, haha! 

Hope everyone had a good Halloween; here were our treats for trick-or-treaters...

Peace. :)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fall Foods

Hello everyone! Halloween is just a couple days away, and I can hardly wait! Here's some of the fall foods I've enjoyed this month...

First up is "best snack ever" aka pretzel sticks with melted chocolate chips...

Next is the Simple Baked Sweet Potatoes from The Raw Project (I added cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice as the seasonings)...

Here's the awesome food from when I visited my sister Alena in Philadelphia. We went to Blackbird Pizzeria for lunch...

Alena had a slice of pepperoni pizza.

I had a slice of veggie supreme pizza.

We also decided to share a seitan "chicken" parm...

...and a seitan cheesesteak.

(Of course, we couldn't finish everything, so here were my leftovers.)

I bought a kitchen sink cookie (chocolate chips, potato chips, pretzels, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, and oats) on our way out, which we shared later at Alena's place with tea.

We passed this adorable mural (on the side of the building for an animal rescue).

And I got a free copy of Slingshot from Wooden Shoe Books, which I read on the train ride home.


When I got home, I made sure to harvest my little garden before the frost.

Next up is the Greek Lemon Soy Curls and Potatoes from The "V" Word (I left out the olives and parsley)...

And here's something new I tried, but wasn't too fond of; it was too sweet, more like a pumpkin pie puree...

Yesterday I made mashed sweet potatoes (with ½ T vegan butter, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice), a sprinkle of sugar, and some cranberries on top)...

...And baked Halloween cookies... I used the following cookie cutters, but the cookies expanded a bit too much while baking, so they morphed but are still delicious, haha!

Once Halloween is over, it will be that most magical time of the year, the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! It will be my 6th time participating, and I'll be sure to keep you updated on my progress throughout the month.

Here's Cringer and Daisy, being silly...

...And Buttons and Leela briefly sharing the sunshine until Leela decides, "nah, nevermind"...

Peace. :)