This year has started out crazy with lots of changes.
How is yours starting out?
Speaking of changes if you haven't already heard there is a new vegan cooking show premiering tonight on main stream cable! How to Live to 100 airing at 8p.m.ET and 5p.m. PST on The Cooking Channel. I've already set up my DVR.
Check out who the chef is and a little bit about him here.
It started raining pretty good out last night and it continues so I think I may just whip up this immune building delicious meal that I found at melomeals a while back to warm me up and has become one of our favorites. It's inexpensive to make and very flavorful. It's a great recipe if you are starting to add greens such as chard or kale into your diet because the flavors of the spices and coconut milk are what stand out.
A note on the recipe. I don't always have cumin seeds on hand so I just add more cumin and if you don't want to use any oil just add the spices when you are sautéing the onion.
It's almost the end of one year and the beginning of a new one!
Crazy how time goes by so fast.
I thought I would sit down for a few while I'm waiting for a batch of Brutti Ma Buoni(ugly but good) cookies that are baking. I used to love these pre vegan days and I am so excited that I found a way to make them vegan.
A bit of a reflection thinking back at the things good and not so good that have happened this year.
One huge highlight, for me anyways, was eating at The Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco. It was one of the most delicious meals I've had and spending those few days together away from home with my husband and son were great!
One thing I've worked on this past year was how I deal with stress. I've realized that stress doesn't do anyone any good so when my husband lost his job I tried to keep as positive as I could and I do believe it helped. Putting out good thoughts, visions or vibes for good things to happen I believe does work. This next year I will continue to work on positive thinking and being happy.
I have a good feeling about this coming year.
Tonight we will be celebrating New Years Eve at home along with another family.
I hope you all have a very safe and happy New Years!
Remember to enjoy your time with family and friends because that's what this time of year is truly about.
Our tree this year. We always buy a Grand Fir because it smells amazing!!!
Tamales for Christmas. Red Chile Seitan, Sweet Potato Black Bean and a Red Chile Tofu(instead of seitain). The recipes are taken from Viva Vegan. These are a bit time consuming to make but who wouldn't want a homemade tamale!
Personally I think there is nothing more sweet than homemade gifts made with love and from the heart. Vegan baked goods are always great to give out not only because most everyone enjoys a great tasty treat but they can also see and taste how delicious vegan goods taste. These cookies above are Russian Tea Cakes recipe from Manifest Vegan. These are gluten free but you couldn't tell.
There were a few changes I made to the recipe. I used flaxseed instead of xanthum gum and pecans instead of almonds.
Caramels. I make these only one time a year because they are time consuming especially the cutting and wrapping part but everyone loves them!
One of my girlfriends made me this delicious granola and put it in this cool vintage mason jar. I have a love for jars. Two of my favorite things!
This paper wreath is made from old music sheets. Cute right? Pretty easy to make just takes a little time or a lot of time like it did me because I was watching one of my all time favorite movies Summertime with Katherine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi. I've been waiting for that movie to come back on and what a great early Christmas present. Oh and then Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck was on too! I'm a classic movie junkie. I grew up watching them and I just love how intense the acting is. Okay I'm losing track but you all have your favorites too right? You can make these different sizes. How cute to add a small one to a package.
I save wine corks and I'm always looking for things to make using them. I've made cork coasters that I gave out last year. This year ornaments!
Give as a set or adorn on a package.
May you all have a safe Christmas Eve and a very Merry Christmas.
There is a beautiful quote that I would like to share with you.
"To all who act on your compassion: may it rebound on you tenfold. To all whose compassion is yet masked by the husk of tradition: may your heart be unhindered and your eyes be unblocked. To all the anonymous victims of our appetites: may your cries be the alarm that wakes us up. Your liberation lies in our awakening." -Colleen Patrick Goudreau
There are so many things I have to be thankful for and one of them is ....
It's that time of year again when our kitchens are smelling of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin!
So comforting and warm these smells are.
Yesterday I made an attempt to make a Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread that I added some chocolate chips to. The end result was fabulous!
Keaton came home from school and had a piece. He said he didn't know it was gluten free.
I must admit that the texture is really light and moist without the any grainy texture that you can
find a lot with gluten free baked goods due to some of the flours used.
Before I post a recipe I'll need to make this again to fine tune the measurements.
Well Thanksgiving is just next week and some of us are still trying to figure out what we are making.
We are going to my in-laws house so it won't be an all vegan meal. Maybe one day.
Here is a wonderful video by Colleen Patrick-Gourdreau that talks about celebrating a compassionate Thanksgiving. She has such a way with words. This is a great video to share with family and friends.
Happy Saturday! Good news for us.....Dave starts his new job on Monday!!!! What a relief. We are pretty lucky he was only out of work for less than 3 weeks. Being that I'm not working we are very happy!
I was on the lookout for a baked gf vegan donut recipe and found a very tasty one.
Look at the cake like texture.
The recipe is found on Epicurious and is a Plain Cake Donut from Babycakes cookbook by Erin McKenna.
Just click on the Plain Cake Donut link above and it will take you to the recipe. I did make a couple of adjustments. I don't like using garbanzo flour in my baking so I subbed it out for sorghum flour and added a dash of nutmeg and about 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon to bring more of a fall flavor to the donut. These taste the best eaten the same day but will keep for at least 2 days in a plastic container or bag.
Enjoy your weekend!