Look what happened now...
Ready, Set, Jet!
I found that picture and admit it has noting to do with the post...But I just thought it was a nice edit. And spoiler: This post, much like that picture, are much ado about nothing...
We are experiencing odd weather, or so it seems to me...but it may soon be snowing and storming, so who knows. (Shrugs and slips on sweater over tank top and shorts.)
But anyway, have you been reading much lately? I found a few book reviews I left "in progress" and never finished. They should be up later this week, if the book gods allow it.
I have so many new projects I want to show you, but as if yet they are still "Hush - Hush" and I also don't want to jinx them. When it comes to money, work and love, I'm all about superstitions, lol, go figure.
I'm also back to juicing. After all the celebrations I've been to lately its really needed. Between the holidays, new babies, housewarmings, and engagement parties you would think the pandemic was over! Well maybe not, but we are partying like it's over. Please pass the vegan pasta....
I've also been working on my Vegan Candy Game...These include almond butter and coconut.
With only a few simple ingredients and no refined sugar they are a super snack. I will add the recipes to the tab soon. I just want to experiment with a few more ingredients.
Now I'm off for a hike before the weather turns. I need to burn that candy off and find something interesting to talk about for the next blog post, lol.
I hope you have a great weekend!
As we continue to celebrate 2022, I'm cooking up a storm! I had non-vegan friends from out of state come for a visit last week. I wanted to cook dishes that would be both hearty and comforting for them and wanted to share some of my findings with you.
I bought Garden beefles tips and went to their website for ideas on how to make these work. What is pictured about is my version of a recipe found on their website. I used what I had on hand and jump it. IT WAS A HUGE HIT! I only have the quick photo because it was eaten almost before I could say "Vegan!" lol
This is based on a recipe I found on the Gardien website.
I made minor changes, using what I had on hand.
It was a big hit with my family and also the non-vegan company. I highly recommend this simple recipe.
Quick Book Review - Thursday Edition:
The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman
The book is about people who have gone missing in the wilderness in America/Canada. The central story revolves around the disappearance of Jacob Gray, and his father's quest to find him.
The narration was good/okay overall, but it got boring at times, so much so that I was left wondering why I was even reading this book? Luckily, it wasn't long, and I finished in a single afternoon.
I read different topics/genres, and the subject matter intrigued me, but it was more push to finish versus "I can't put it down."
My Last Minute Thoughts:
More reviews out soon~
This healthy and delicious salsa recipe comes together in just 20 minutes. It will keep in the refrigerator for several days, so you can double recipe to enjoy with your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes or as a snack with your favorite tortilla chips.
See notes at bottom of recipe.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, diced small
1 medium green bell pepper, diced small
1 medium jalapeno, *seeded and finely chopped
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
½ t. dried Mexican oregano
¼ t. smoked paprika
¼ - ½ t. crushed red pepper flakes
¼ c. water
2½ T. fresh lime juice
2-3 T. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
*Leave the seeds if you want a very spicy salsa, otherwise remove
*Southwestern dished use cilantro while most Tex-Mex dishes do not.
And this is the year the story changes..
I can feel the need to change things up. Soon it will be time to end this chapter and begin the next one, but now we admire the fiery sunsets. The colours are so intense they hurt your eyes, but still we drink in the beauty of each fleeting sunset, knowing each could be our last.
Do you feel the energy changing too?
Hope you are having a fantastic day!
Travel is such a bother right now, but luckily my trusty iPhone decided to unearth some memories today and found some lost footage of a visit to Inverness and Culloden. I made a very short video, enjoy!
How are you feeling about 2022? I know it's too soon to tell, but here's to hoping it's a better year.
I just hopped over to Goodreads and saw my yearly book stats. I will share some of them below. I often don't review books on the Goodread site, but write a quick non-spoiler review here or vice versa. If you are wondering about any book on my list, just leave me a comment and I will give you the skinny on it.
I seem to like books in the 300-500 page range, over that and I feel kinda trapped by the book...unless it's really, really good. I did read a small 33 page one this year that ended way too soon.
This year I read about:
I read for knowledge, entertainment, escapism, and to understand other people's outlook on the world. What are your favorite types of books? What makes them the best?
I will be posting more in the coming months as I am working a bit less.
Hopefully, we can meet up here and discuss books, food, and other fun topics!
The secret ingredient in this soup is APPLES.
Back in September, we went apple picking. It was so much fun! I made a short video here:
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
3 c. butternut squash, cubed
3 large firm apples, cubed
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 T. fresh ginger, minced
1½ t. ground cinnamon
½ t. ground nutmeg
½ t. ground cloves
½ t. allspice
2 T. coconut oil, melted
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
4-5 c. vegetable broth, preferably organic, divided
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