Monday, January 19, 2009

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Confession

There is a silent war that is on going in my house. I'm actually not positive that the war has a fighter on the other side but I'm pretty sure. So... The husband, Joe, has really long hair. He wears it in a ponytail 24/7. In fact he uses 2-3 pony tail holders. I also like to put my hair in a ponytail.

Now, over time the "good" ponytail holders have slowly disappeared. There are only a few left and they're scattered around the house. All that's left are these crappy thin ones and even they are disappearing.

This has caused our silent battle. At all times Joe and I each have at least one of the good hair ties on our wrists. I HATE having them on my wrist. In fact, there is one on my wrist right now and I will sleep with it there. Do you know why? Do you know what happens if I go with comfort and act reasonably and just set the thing in the bathroom like any normal person would? Joe will take it.

The punk always gets up first and picks out all the good hair ties. Then I have to hunt and peck just to find one crappy one. Half way through the day I might find where he stashed one of the good ponytail holders and then I have to switch them out. He's a bastard, I tell you. He hides the good ones at his desk. He'll have them in his hair and on his wrist. The greedy little b****.

And YES, I know I could grab another pack next time I'm at Target. It crossed my mind when I was there today. But you know what? It's the principle of the thing. That just sounded good, I can't really think of a principle. I'm just lazy.

So, until I remember to get ponytail holders when I'm actually near where they are kept at the store, our war will continue.

Viva la Resistance!

Evidently my expert war mind games are bearing fruit. Joe mentioned a dream he had that I cut off his ponytail. HA!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

They grow up so fast

Ramsey moved out. She couldn't take our stifling ways. She packed up her most precious belongings and moved in with Nena (my mom) "forever". (According to Ramsey, "Forever means until you die.") Isaac has declared this awesome because she always interrupts him while he's on the phone.

Evidently they are 14 and 16, not 4 and 6.
So, she piled all her crap in the hallway and packed it into a bag. Like any child moving out she also attempted to pack stuff that wasn't hers. Actually, looking at this picture, that bag is mine. Anyway, after packing she had me drop her off at my moms, it was around lunch time.

Forever ended up lasting until 8:30 tonight when she decided to come back. She plans to return to Nena's tomorrow. I'm pretty sure she only came back because she knows I'm going to make cupcakes. She mentioned she would only be staying here that long.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

But Really

Why can't you eat a chocolate Santa bigger then your arm at 9:30 pm when you didn't eat dinner and should have been in bed 2 hours ago and are screaming your head off every 10 minutes?

Good night Ramsey.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Random

I would love to be in one of my kids mind for a hour. This thought pops into my head constantly. The one immediately following it is that I would never find my way back out. I know it's not just my kids but children's thoughts have no pattern that I'm able to understand.

Case #1

We are all in the car today on the way to Joe's work. We are discussing reindeer. In the middle of this discussion Ramsey asks, "Do you stand up on a unicycle?"

Where the hell did that come from? The previous conversation continued after a brief explanation to her question.

Case #2

We are again in the car driving to pick up hamster food. (Anyone who has read my blog before may possibly be thinking, 'Hmm, she's never mentioned a hamster.' Yah, Isaac had $20. Isaac now has a hamster named Comet.) Anyway, we're in the car talking about what hamsters eat when Isaac informs me that, "Leeches live everywhere. That includes Santee."

Ok. I've never seen one of these legendary leeches. Are they in our toilets? According to Isaac they can breathe under water but only on land for 11 minutes. I love when he pulls facts like that out of no where.

So, while I would love to ride their train of thought to see how it gets from A to Q, I'm not sure I'd survive the trip.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Won again

It's crossed my mind to ditch my blog all together since I'm such a lousy poster. Instead I may try to change the focus, it seems to have done that anyway, and not have as much food.

In that vein....

I won a contest over at The Savvy Source a copy of Mask Parade. I'm excited. I'm sure the kids will love. They love to pretend to be things.

I hope to have new and interesting things to post about soon.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Nature's Express

On Sunday the family went out and had lunch at our new local Nature's Express. Here's the menu.
Joe had a Pesto Burger and I had a regular burger. They were really good. They use awesome buns. The kids had "Chicken" Tenders. Ramsey tried to hoard them and not share with Isaac. They were the best I've ever had. The french fries were fresh but not really my favorite. My vanilla shake more then made up for the fries. This really is a great place to eat. We sat inside their cafe next door and had sample of their vegan soft serve.

I can't wait to go there again. I want to try the bbq "chicken" sandwich.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Winning Streak

I've been having a run of luck lately. First, I won the lovely Amey's contest for a Peppermint Ritter Sport. That was unbelievably exciting. I've been craving one of them since last Christmas. They are very hard to come across. My luck continued when I found 6 more, now all gone, at a local Cost Plus. In the past they never carried them Thanks again Amey!
Next up I won a gift basket at the new Henry's in my neighborhood. It had a bunch of organic baby shampoo, diaper cream, lotion, wash cloths. My kids are a bit out of that stage but both my sister and sister-in-law are pregnant. It'll make a nice addition to a baby shower gift.
And the one I just found out about today... The VegNews Gift Pack. "You'll receive a one-year subscription to VegNews Magazine, our signature oversized tote bag, a fair-trade cotton t-shirt, six jumbo vegan cookies, and the current Veggie Award edition." I have to admit I'm most excited about the cookies and maybe the bag for grocery shopping.

I hope my luck keeps running. Or that my refrigerator keeps running at least, that would be lucky. It is only 3 years old but having issues.
I hope some of my current luck rubs off on all of you.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Politics and Preschoolers

We spend many of our Wednesdays at the park with our friends. All of us moms chatting away with one eye on our munchkins playing. The major topic of conversation this week was of course the election. As week sat talking we could hear a conversation from the children that peaked our interest.

I'm not positive how their conversation started but my guess is because Sophia (3) was wearing a voting sticker. We only heard the end of their conversation. Bella (7) and Sophia (3) were talking with Ramsey about how they went with mom, Denise, to vote. Ramsey then informed them that she had voted also, for Obama.

I always find it amusing to hear the kids talking with each other without adult influence. This was just so cool to hear. They were so interested and invested.

Ramsey is thrilled with the Obama win. Oh, and so are we.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Esme's Sauce and Pickle Update

Tonight I made pasta with broccoli and Esme's Sauce. This sauce sounded delicious and it being quick and easy made it a no brainer for me to hit on a lazy night. After I had everything mixed up, I was a little worried because it smelled so strong. But once I mixed it in with my pasta and the broccoli it totally mellowed. This is very tasty. The husband gave it a thumbs up.

And on to the pickles. The cucumbers and carrots were finished fermenting in about 4 days. At that point they tasted what I thought they should. I found the pickles to be a bit to salty for me, just a tiny bit. But the carrots and garlic we perfect. When you open the jars you can just smell the garlic. It is mouth watering. So far, all my taste testers have liked how things turned out, even if a tiny bit salty.

Next up is kraut.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

My new Harsch Fermenting Crock

I'm not trying to make any of my friends jealous, it's just an added bonus. ;)
I've wanted one of these crocks for about three years but I couldn't justify the price. I happened across one on Craigslist for $75 and snapped it up. I just picked it up today and the lady threw in a jumbo cabbage shredder.

Right now I have some cucumbers, carrots, and garlic just starting out. It smells so good. The crock is a 7.5 liter which is about 2 gallons. That's going to be a lot of kraut. I'm so excited!

I'll update with a photo of my finished product. and yes, I did rip the picture off another website.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Apple Picking

I organized a group to go apple picking on Thursday up in Julian. We had a pretty good turn out and it was a beautiful day.
Here is my nephew, Race, poke, poke, poking the apple seconds with that flag. Thankfully we were about to use those to make cider. Doesn't he have the greatest hair?
Me and Ramsey making apple cider. She wasn't tall enough to reach.
And Isaac drinking the fruits of our labor.
We had a great time with all our old friends and made a few new friends. We will defiantly make this an annual tradition.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Let's play a game

The game is called 'Guess that dish'. I'm almost positive....well, pretty sure anyway that I made this from Vegan Express. Fine! It's a freaking guess. But it's a good picture, right?
I'm kidding, it is from Vegan Express. But I really don't remember the title of the recipe and I'm honestly to tired and lazy to get up and look. It was a fried tofu with broccoli over rice noodles and peanut sauce. The adults liked it well enough but not the children.

I can't even take credit for the picture. Joe took it with "our" (his) camera.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Key Lime PIe

I don't care what anyone else has to say, Purely Decadent is the best vegan ice cream. I love it. That said....
This flavor of theirs, Key Lime Pie, was absolutely disgusting. I was so shocked that they could have made this taste so horrible. The nice people at the store traded me for another flavor I like.

I am not a fan of peach candy because I think it tastes like a cross of flowers/perfume and soap. This Key Lime Pie ice cream taste exactly like that. It wasn't even tart enough to cut that horrid overly floral taste. I made a friend taste this also and she thought it was awful.

I am absolutely NOT giving up on Purely Decadent but I have to admit to being a touch leery of their fruit flavors. I guess I'll have to stick with the Key Lime Pie Tofutti Cuties to scratch the key lime ice cream itch.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A-rock Obama

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Politics and a four year old. As soon as the camera was shut off she asked me, "Is Bush dead now?"

Yesterday, Isaac drew a picture of himself shooting a canon at George W. Bush. In the back ground one person is clapping and one person has hearts all around and is in love with Isaac.

I should have asked their opinion on the Bail Out. lol

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Happy 4th Birthday, one month late

Ramsey celebrated her 4th birthday on September 1st. Since she loves to play tea party with her Yaya, we decided to throw her a fancy tea party. Girls only. The girl only part is a whole other story of her bitching.
Her is Ramsey still in her p.j.'s just starting to dress up.
And here she is checking out the goings on sans pants.
Now she is gussied up.
This really isn't the full spread for the kids but I liked this picture best. They had mini bagels with vegan cream cheese, pb&j, tofurky sandwiches, shortbread, scones, vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, mini veggies, and fruit salad. They were drinking ice tea mixed with apple juice.
The adult sandwiches were tomato basil with vegan cream cheese blended with balsamic vinaigrette, mock egg, and cucumber. The desserts were the same as the kids.
The kids dug into the cupcakes right away but then evened things out snacking on sandwiches and fruit. I don't think any of them touched the veggies.
And here is Ramsey and some of her friends exploring her loot. I made her the chefs hat.
She really did seem to have a great time, even without boys, and the grown ups had a great time chatting and snacking. Happy Birthday Ramsey.

Monday, September 29, 2008

America's Favorite Animal Shelter

Care 2 is holding a contest where people vote for their favorite animal shelter or rescue group. The group with the most votes wins $10,000. The four next highest groups get $5,000. And Adopt-a-pet.com is awarding $1,000 to a shelter at random each week.

I don't think I've ever posted anything like this before but it only takes a second to vote.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Grrrrr

So, we have two weddings coming up this month. One is the husband's cousin, Megan. The other is one of my brothers, Neil. I've had this green fabric sitting around since last year that was supposed to be Ramsey's last Christmas dress. She ended up talking Daddy into buying this other dress and the fabric was left unused. I decided I'd make her a skirt for the wedding.

Ramsey doesn't have any dressy tops and I thought I'd try my hand at inventing something for her. I thought that a black velvet would be nice and match the skirt. I started cutting out the skirt. I was preparing to sew it when Ramsey came in ready for me to measure her for the shirt. I put the skirt fabric down and started on the shirt.

Taking the shirt fabric out of the bag the store put it in was a surprise. When not in the lights of the store the fabric isn't very black. It almost looks purple. I decided to take a chance with it. There are still kinks to work out but it wasn't so bad. While I was sewing Ramsey was playing with the left over fabric and scraps.

Then came time for the skirt. I grabbed my piece of fabric and got to it. I found it odd that I kept having to make adjustments on the hem. It wasn't straight. When it was finally finished I called Ramsey in to model.
This is a bad picture but that puffy skirt was supposed to be knee length and puffy. Not ankle length. Ramsey had switched up my fabric piles and I didn't know it.

So, I have a skirt that's to long and wonky. A shirt that's not really black and still not right. I guess Ramsey will have to squeeze into her Easter dress.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Lazy Pie

Me and the husband were dying for something sweet the other night. Being the fair parents we are, we waited for the kids to go to bed to whip something up. I just tossed ingredients in a bowl until it looked like a pie crust should. Inside is some apples and cinnamon.
This was neither the best pie crust I ever had or the juiciest apples. However, it was not the worst and it killed the craving. I've never done a lattice crust and was playing around on the one. I think it would be easier on a full sized pie.

We will be going apple picking in two weeks. Expect some more pie or desserts along that line.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Adam and Eve

I awoke to lowered voices...


Ramsey- Isaac have a piece of chocolate.

Isaac- No, we aren't supposed to. You have to ask mom first.

Ramsey- No, I had three. I just sneak it.


Who has visions of my future life parenting a teenage Ramsey? Looks good, no?



I promise she was not just trying to be a 'good sister' by offering him candy. She was planning ahead by offering him some. She would rather them both go down together then go down alone. I offer a warning to Ramsey's future party buddies (Sophia, Elizabeth, Quora, Maggie, Athena) if she gets caught she will rat you out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Who got a shiver up their spine? Admit it, that creeped you out. No, I'm not currently knitting up Christmas stockings or stock piling wrapping paper. But there is one thing I wanted to make that has to be put aside well in advance.

Homemade Vanilla
Easy, pretty, and impressive to gift receivers. (Any of my friends who receive this gift need to stop reading and ignore that "easy" part)

Most store bought vanilla beans are very pricey and at 3 beans for $5 you use them like there made of gold. I purchase my vanilla beans from a store front on ebay, Vanilla Products USA. They sell organic and not, grade A and B, several varieties and different weights. To give you an idea, I have a pound of grade B for $13. That is a lot of beans.

So, it was no hardship at all to split open two beans for each of these pretty bottles. Some people cover with vodka and some with Rum. I'm a Rum fan, just ask my friends. ;) I put these lovelies away in one of my cupboards and when I think of it I swirl them around a bit.

When the holidays arrive I will have a pretty, yummy, and useful gift.

Happy NOT Holidays.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Stock in Earth Balance

With all the tester cookies that I've made I feel like I should own stock in Earth balance. These chocolate chip cookies are a traditional . They are exactly what you think of when you hear the name. Better then a bakery cookie but the same enormous size and crowd pleasing abilities.
These shortbread are my favorite! The recipe is spot on and to die for. Tender, flaky, buttery. I can't rave about them enough.
Graham crackers just the way you expect them to be. Not as easy to make as Isa's recipe but very good crackers.
These gems are far better then their store bought counter parts. They look tiny but you get a lot of bang for you buck. We could only eat a few each.
White Russian's. I've never had the drink and soft cookies aren't really my fav. These were good but I wouldn't rave.
I do love coconut. These crispy coconut cookies were very good and extra nice with ice cream.
Thus ends our tester cookie tour. I hope you enjoyed the ride.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The good. The bad. The ugly.

Ok, so really it's just the good and the ugly. But the other sounds better, right?

I came across Rocks N' Rolls at Whole Foods being sampled one day. That's obviously how they suck you in because I found myself carrying a bag home. I finished said bag, with help, in one day. I also totally tore up my mouth with all that crunching but that's off topic.

The problem with Rocks N' Rolls for me is that I don't go to Whole Foods very often. They are $4 a bag. And most of all, I like to make my own stuff. These three points have caused me to try and recreate this recipe for the past two months.

This would obviously be the ugly picture. Turned out real well, eh? I'm only posting the really bad and the good. I didn't bother with the in between mediocre batches.

I had another visit to Whole Foods on Tuesday and snatched up another bag. Early I was comparing these cookies to a smoother, more airy, biscotti. I've finally decided they are more similar to animal crackers in sweetness and flavor and digestive biscuits in texture.

Here is the good. This is my best batch so far. They are very close to what I was going for. I was going to make another attempt but my friend and husband said they liked this version better then the store bought. We were taste testing them side by side.

I hope to work on more flavors but we'll see. Here's the recipe if you're interested.

Vanilla-Lemon Crunchies

1 cup flour
4 tlb sugar (could easily be cut back to 3 or maybe even 2)
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 tlb canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon extract
1/4 tsp molasses
2 tlb water

Preheat your oven to 375'. Mix together the dry ingredients. Pour in the wet ingredients. This will be a dry dough. Everything should be wet and but just clump together if pressed.

Mush teaspoon sized amounts into a circle or oblong shape. Bake on a lined sheet for about 10 minutes. They should get a bit golden.

The cookies are mostly crunchy with a bit of moisture in the middle. If you like them completely dry I'd lower the temp down to 350' and leave them in a few minutes longer. Keep your eye out.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Libby

In the past I've posted pictures of our out going cat Miso. Miso discovered early on in his stay here that he could squeeze himself under the small gap of our screen door. The husband and I argued about letting him go outside. Me against, him for. It came about that Miso would sit and stare at the door knob for hours until he was let out. I let go of my protests and decided it was mean to keep him inside. Thus we had our first indoor/outdoor cat.

Fast forward to Miso being the king of our neighborhood. He united neighbors and neighbor cats alike. We figured he had a gang or something. There were always 3 or 4 of him and his friends laying in the sun spots. He would also go visiting into neighbors houses.

As of three weeks ago, Miso decided that he liked one of the neighbors better. He hasn't come back to our house. We were sad and the kids were really bummed. Kids being kids decided they wanted a new furry friend. We had them wait a bit and then started looking.
Here is our new friend, adopted from Friends of Cats. Her name is Libby. Well, actually someone with to much time on their hands named her Lady Liberty. Most likely the same person who obviously liked cats more then children. I figured Libby sounds similar enough and so far she comes for that name.

We were put in a room with no less then 20 cats and left to our own devices. This plan of action didn't really work for me. We asked a helper to come back in and point out good choices for a family with kids. As the choices were presented, Libby was digging my cell phone out of my purse, rolling around on Ramsey's hat, and head butting Isaac in the back for some petting. She made our choice for us.

She is a sweet little thing with a very loud meow. She is also a big jumper. The picture above is Isaac asleep in his top bunk. She had no problems getting up there to snuggle down with him. We are very happy with our new companion.

And if anyone is worried, the gap under the screen has been blocked.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Still tired

I'm tired. Very tired. The husband has been taking a class two evenings a week. He's been teaching a class 1 day a week. That's a lot of extra alone time with my 'angels'. We've been busy, very busy. And I've been tired, very tired.

I nearly fell asleep driving yesterday, with the kids in the car. I'm not sleepy but I am exhausted. My very wonderful friend Jill, who is home alone with two kids this week, came over and brought me fruit and ice cream. I could have kissed her and very nearly cried. This act of kindness managed to help me stay away from the store for an extra 2 days.

Still no food posts. I cook, some. I read, a lot. Some day soon, when I'm not in danger of falling asleep standing up, I hope to get back into the swing of blogging.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

No food

I have been cooking, of course, but I have no food posts for you. I'm busy. I'm tired. And honestly the new freakin' camera and computer are throwing me off my game.

In the past 2 weeks we've been camping, swimming, and spent most days outside. Ramsey is working on her teenage attitude. Isaac has started teaching himself to swim. Joe is teaching a class AND taking a class leaving me alone with the children three nights a week. Yippe. I've polished off 4 books (amazingly not food related) and am in the middle of 3 more.

I hope to get back on my game soon but I'm not stupid enough to promise. Here's a little video clip of Isaac's first time sans floaties.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I have my new computer mostly figured out now. Pictures are still giving me a bit of problem but I'll brave forward.

I can only hear about how awesome a recipe is for so long before I have to cave and try it. This is how it was with the Blackened Tofu from edbv. I can totally see what all the hype is about. I loved the crust that the tofu got and the seasoning was spot on. Even the kids liked it.
I bought The Nutritional Yeast Cookbook because it was on sale for like $4. Who could pass that up. The first recipe we tried was the Melty White Cheese. I served it over macaroni and Ramsey was the only one who would eat it. I didn't even bother with a picture.

I was a little afraid with that kick off but found another promising looking recipe. I crossed my fingers and made Pasta with Sweet Onions & Pine Nuts. This was much better. Joe and I both enjoyed it and the kids were cool unless they got a chunk of onion. The dish itself looks pretty bland and would be a bit more eye catching, and healthy, with some broccoli or other veg. I'll make this again.
Last up is a slight variation on Lolo's Baked Vegan Donuts. We had a friend in town who is as crazy over lemon as I am. I made her lemon donuts as a treat. I left out the nutmeg and cinnamon and used lemon juice instead of soy milk. They turned out great and were frosted with left over lemon cream cheese frosting.

Hopefully, I'm back on track now and can figure out this new photo software.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Busy, busy, busy

We've been having a crazy busy week. I apologize for the lack of posts. I have a new computer and I'm learning all it's bells and whistles. I'm also still transferring stuff over from the old one and that includes pictures.

Right now, it is 10:21 at night and our house is 90 degrees. It's making sleep a wee bit difficult.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

You still won't believe it's Vegan!

Alright, this is going to sound like bragging because it totally is. Honestly, I think more then half the people who read this blog know me in person. The little bit of bragging here isn't going to come as a shock.

On to the bragging. Isn't this picture awesome! Yah, I wish it didn't have the stuff in the background but COME ON! It's awesome.

The awesome picture is of Chickpea Socca from You Won't Believe It's Vegan. It was a very beautiful dish and super filling. The recipe was slightly labor intensive but that had a bit more to do with the timing then the actual work. The layers are of a white bean puree, sauteed greens, marinara, the chickpea socca and topped with caramelized leeks. This is super impressive for company.
Ok, so this is not an awesome picture but it was a fun day. We had a girls day with my mom, friend Denise, her two girls, me and Ramsey. We made the Crispy Wonton Packages and they were wonderful. Even the kids liked them. I really thought that there would be to many but we managed to polish them all off.

We also made a few dessert wontons. Growing up my mom would make these but I have no idea if they are her recipe. You mix together equal parts sugar, shredded coconut, and walnuts. Fill the wontons and fry like normal. They are to die for even if you aren't a coconut fan.
The Baked Samosas recipe was a very pleasant surprise. I was to lazy to make the traditional samosa dough and figured these samosas wrapped up in a tortilla would be good enough. They were much better then good enough.

Once the tortillas were brushed with oil and baked, they were perfectly crispy. The filling wasn't to bland but not overly spiced to where the kids didn't like it. I had the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Also shown is the Cashew Rice without the cashews, I only had raw not roasted. We all liked the rice, even Ramsey who is a rice snob.
So far, You Won't Believe It's Vegan has not let me down.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Sweet Tooth

I wanted to try out another batch of cookies and found a great excuse to make one of the recipes. On Thursdays we often do a little bit of science, and a lot of eating, with a friend of mine and her two girls. Both big kids are the same age and both little ones.

Bella decided that she wanted to know more about teeth. Denise and I got together some pictures, explanations and worksheets the night before. Today, while me and the kids were waiting for Bella and them to come over, I had a mini brilliant plan. Below are my efforts.
The kids were very impressed with the cookie tooth cake. Us adults thought the frosting might ruin the chocolate chip cookie for us but we were wrong. The frosting was awesome and we all loved it. Here is a picture of the unfrosted cookie cake.
An apricot foldover tease. These were way to easy to just keeping popping.
And some almond cookies.

I need a big glass of soy milk.

Foxy Poxy

Here's Foxy Poxy and her spotted brother. I wish I could show you her back but she won't let me take a picture. (My children are both some how 10 times more modest then I am. Go figure.) She has about 5 times as many pox on her back as he has on his whole body. In any case, both pox monsters are on the mend. We should be past our contagious stage tomorrow as everything has scabbed over. So, we are really looking forward to our weekend.

I have learned something of interest during a 2 am bath of Ramsey's. I bought the kids bath crayons to distract them during oatmeal baths. I was dead tired and just started writing random letters on the bath tub. Evidently Ramsey can read both uppercase and lowercase letters. Out of order, not just memorized. I had no idea she knew that. Then we were in the car yesterday and she points to a sign and tells Isaac it says zoo. She was right.

So, not only do I feel stupid for not knowing she could do this. A touch smug that my kid is smart. But validated that my laid back approach to homeschooling is working out all right.
And just to tease, here is a picture of a recent batch of tester cookies. They are thin and crispy peanut butter cookies and they are wonderful. I'm not a giant pb cookie fan but I loved these.
More cookies coming soon.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Atomic TuNo Salad

In our pre-gan days tuna sandwiches were about the only thing that Joe could make. Or at least make well. I was thinking about it the other day and had to veganize his recipe.
Joe's Atomic TuNo Salad

1 can garbanzo beans
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/4-1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped (or more)
Veganaise to taste
balsamic vinaigrette (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Mash you beans with a fork or potato masher. Add the remain vegetables and mix together. We end up using about a 1/2 a cup of Veganaise but it's personal preference. I also add a splash of balsamic vinaigrette because I like the tang. (In the pre-gan days we were Miracle Whip fans. I plain on testing vegan versions of Miracle Whip in the future)

We like our Atomic TuNo on toasted sourdough bread with lettuce and tomato. Try it out.

I actually have an excuse for my delay in posting this week. The kids have chicken pox. I'll try to get a good picture out of them tomorrow.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Compare and Contrast

This really isn't a fair test of comparing the old camera with the new. The pictures from the new camera are of the kids and the old camera are of the food. I had to find a way to squeeze in some pictures of my monsters some how.

Isaac is the proud recipient of my old camera. He is in love with it and I'm pretty sure he knows more about its functions then I ever did. His favorite thing to do is to set the timer and be in the picture of what ever it is. It's a lot of fun for me and Joe to go through and see what he's taken pictures of. It's neat to see what has caught his interest and at the some times odd perspective the picture is taken at.
We spent the morning down in Little Italy and Ramsey hammed a balloon out of the folks at a camera shop. I don't think it's possible for her to look any more like Joe.
Back to the old camera. Booo. The old cameras pictures are almost completely gone. The next three meals are all from The Candle Cafe Cookbook. These Tex-Mex Tostadas were my favorite of the three. The tortillas were baked until crispy and I found that much easier then frying. I loved not having to keep an eye on them. The salsa was good but not out of this world. The seitan and it's seasonings were great. There is also beans between the bottom two tortillas. I'll be making this again.
This recipe for Mini Potato Latkes makes an insane amount. There are still some hanging out in my freezer. I cooked these on my electric pancake pan but I know they would be much better cooked in a skillet with a bit more oil. Still they were pretty good. I'm not super good judge because I can't recall ever having had latkes before.
This sandwich is not much to look at. The bread is homemade and the title is Tuscan White Bean Pate Sandwiches with Arugula and Tomato. That's a mouth full and so was the sandwich. Obviously I used lettuce and not arugula, the store was out. In spite of that the sandwich was still very good. The bitterness of the arugula really would have rounded everything out. I'll try again.

I just checked my file and there is only one more old camera picture left. Next I'll have to get some cute new plates to show case my food on.