Saturday, August 26, 2017

August MiniMoFo: Outdoor Eats

Hi everyone! Zach and I went on a roadtrip to St. Louis, Missouri, so we could be in the path of totality for the solar eclipse. The day before the eclipse, we had both lunch and dinner outside, so it was perfect for August’s MiniMoFo!

We arrived in St. Louis around lunchtime on Sunday, so we stopped at the all-vegan Seedz Cafe.

I ordered the rice & beans, and Zach got the last BBQ black bean burger. It was such a good lunch, but so filling that I could only eat half, so I had the leftovers for dinner the next night. Zach enjoyed his burger, but he said it was a bit spicy; I tried a bite & it was good.

Rice & beans, with a spicy, cheesy sauce, as well as salsa and avocado and greens.

BBQ black bean burger, with tortilla chips and salad.

For dinner, we went to the Bike Stop Cafe in St. Charles; the menu is mostly vegetarian.

I ordered the vegan hummus sandwich (“Hummina-Hummina” as it’s called on the menu, haha!), and it was really good. It was served with veggie straws.

On Monday, we watched the eclipse in a field at Cliff Cave Park. It was a really hot day, and at the beginning of the eclipse, in between taking peeks through the telescope, I hid under my umbrella to keep out of the sun. Once it got nearer totality, however, it started to cool off so I didn't need the umbrella anymore. The shadows began to look all weird, and then it got darker until it looked like sunset all around us; at the moment of totality, we could look directly at the eclipse. It was so neat, and everyone in the park was cheering, and then just like that, it was done. The sunlight returned; we looked through the telescope a bit more as the eclipse tapered off, and then we packed up. It was such an incredible experience, and I’m so glad we went!

Bonus outdoor eats: Today we went to the Bethlehem VegFest, and I got the buffalo chik’n & mac-n-cheese bowl from Freakin’ Vegan. The buffalo chik’n was a bit spicy, but it was so, so good!

Here’s Buttons sharing the bed with Leela and Daisy...

Peace. :)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Harvests and More

Hi everyone! This week has been a bit chaotic with getting some house repairs done, but I’ve still managed to cook some good meals, prepare more pickles, and harvest more veggies... 

Over the weekend, our neighbor gave us a bag of tomatoes from his garden, so I made another big batch of the spinach tomato linguine

And then on Wednesday night, I made one of my favorite recipes, the veganized orange chik’n from Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food, because I had some tofu I needed to use up. 

On Thursday, I made two jars of pickles and steamed some snow peas (store-bought due to the bunnies eating my snow pea sprouts) to add to the veganized orange
chik’n leftovers, which made it even better! 

And then I harvested all of my carrots; they turned out a bit short and chubby, so I think I need to dig even deeper next year when I’m preparing the soil for them. So, these 13, plus the one that Zach pulled earlier, for a total of 14 carrots. And of course the cherry tomatoes keep coming... 

Today I made a final jar of pickles with the last of the harvested cucumbers. I’ve pulled up all my cucumber plants since they were dying, so my grand total for cucumbers this year was 95!

Here’s a sunshine-y Cringer… 

P.S. Tonight I went to a solidarity with Charlottesville rally here in Phoenixville; there was an incredible turnout. I made this sign for it... 

Peace. :)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Spinach Tomato Linguine & Garden Veggies

Hi everyone! One of our neighbors gave us some veggies he grew, so this week I’ve been enjoying them. 

I made a chocolate zucchini cake, added cucumber slices to a salad, and made one of my favorite pasta dishes (spinach tomato linguine) using the tomatoes. I have the recipe written down on an index card, but it looks like it originated from here, and I continue to modify it. This time, I left out the green onions (and obviously the feta cheese, which isn’t even on my written-down version, haha). I sautéed the frozen spinach first, in canola oil, then added the tomatoes. And finally I used garlic salt instead of both salt and garlic salt. It’s so simple, but so, so good! And the leftovers are great as well. 

I’ll definitely make this again soon because my cherry tomatoes have started to come in, and if this harvest is anything like last year’s, I’m going to have a lot of cherry tomatoes on hand soon! 

And yesterday Zach pulled up one of the carrots! 

As much as I’ve been enjoying my cucumbers, I’m glad that the cucumber harvest has started to slow down a bit. In addition to the ones pictured with the other veggies above, there were only five others I picked since my last post.


The seeds I planted for the broccoli, cauliflower, and snow peas have sprouted, but there’s no sign of the kale, yet.

Here’s another of my wolf sketches…

Look at that little face!

Sometimes when Leela naps, she’ll hold up a curled front paw as if she’s saying “YES!” I often imagine her dramatically thinking, “Victory!” (which always makes me laugh).

Peace. :)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Spaghetti & Meatballs & More

Hi everyone! This week I tried the new Lightlife veggie meatballs...

...and I think these are officially my favorite vegan meatballs! They were really good! 

In garden news, my cucumber harvest total is at 80! This week, I pulled up half of the cucumber plants to make room for some broccoli. Last year's broccoli didn't do well in the heat, so I'm hoping that planting it later will help. I also planted snow pea, kale, and cauliflower seeds, so we'll see how that goes. Oh, and I checked, but the carrots aren't ready to be harvested yet, so I still need to wait a bit more for them. The cherry tomatoes should be ready soon, though!

Here's Daisy guarding one of the cucumbers...

And here's another sharpie & colored pencil sketch...

P.S. Buttons got the all-clear at her follow-up appointment on Monday; they had to lightly sedate her in order to get a good look in her mouth since she was being incredibly squirmy, but they said everything looks fine!

Peace. :)