Happy Samhain!

31 10 2010

What a wonderful day!  Last night I went to a party with some friends and had a little more than I should have to drink – but really, Magic Hat beer and homemade Sangria, can  you blame me?  Today I spent my morning/afternoon preserving the last of my harvest.  I made another batch of sauce, froze the last of my peppers and green tomatoes and cleaned out my fridge/freezer.  I smudged my home, ridding it of all negative energy, and now I’m waiting for my bread to rise so I can fill my home with the scent of baking bread and cinnamon!  Tonight my friends and I will be congregating on my front porch to pass out candy and scary books to kids then moving the festivities indoors for some brews, tarot and good times!  I hope you enjoy this blessed day I certainly will be!  Happy Samhain!  Blessed Be!

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Coffee Break Muffins and my Kitchen

25 10 2010

I worked all day today, then had to go grocery shopping, make dinner and take a shower.  I also had to squeeze in time to bake muffins so we’d have something to eat for breakfast this week.  Enter Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard.  Using their lovely creation In the Garden of Vegan I found their recipe for Coffee Break Muffins.  I suggest you buy their book and make these muffins.  They are fantastic!  And light!  And just a hint of sweet!  However, other than the applesauce, I’m going to go out on a limb and say they don’t have much in the way of nutritional value.  But that’s okay, that’s what a coffee break is for, right?  I’ve also included some pix of my kitchen.  I LOVE my kitchen.  Even if it is small….and don’t worry.  I actually do have a refrigerator – we just keep it in the hallway; thus giving the illusion our kitchen is bigger than it actually is…





All is Right With the World.

20 10 2010

So, yesterday we got our stove fixed!  Thank Goddess!  It appears I tripped the fuse… Hmmm…., while I’m thrilled beyond words that my stove is back and functional and I can resume preparing delisciousness in my kitchen, it saddens me that my oven/house finds the oven and 2 burners running at the same time to much to handle.  Last night I made fried green tomatoes, pan seared seitan and mashed potatoes.  I had to do everything in shifts for fear of tripping the circuit again.  Of course, it wasn’t until after I had wiped my plate clean did I remember to take photos – at which time there was no point.  I swear I’ll get better at this….

In other news, my wonderful friend Willow bought me a gift certificate to Cinnaholic!  A vegan cinnamon roll shop out of Berkley, CA.  I can’t wait to use it!  If you have a minute and even if you don’t, find time! – check out their website http://www.cinnaholic.com. I have no idea what I want to order, the possibilities are mind blowing!





I’m Beside Myself!

16 10 2010

I came home from work last night with only one thing on my mind – TOFU!  I was going to make garlic bread, and some pan seared tofu with garlic, basil and olive oil tossed with some pasta – some nice starchy carbs for a cool autumn evening.  I turned on the oven, got the water boiling, heated up the oil and tossed in the tofu.  And then my stove died.  Yes.  You read that right, the stove died.  Nothing.  The water never boiled, the tofu barely got warm – thankfully the oven heated up enough to make the garlic bread edible.  Jason came into the kitchen and decided to check and make sure our gas was still on making a joke about not paying the utilities.  He comes back from the bathroom declaring we still had hot water.  I then informed him we had an electric stove….  Hopefully we can get this matter up resolved quickly.  Tonight we are ordering Chinese food.  Tomorrow we are pulling an all nighter at the Capitol Theater participating in the 12 Hours of Terror (10pm – 10am).  Thankfully I’ve got my copy of In the Garden of Vegan which has an entire chapter on college dorm room cooking – which considering all we’ve got is a microwave, a George Foreman Grill, a rice cooker and a toaster, we’ll be making full use of that.

In the meantime, shameless self promotion!  I’m going to show you a few of the pieces I’ve been working on for the upcoming Halloween show next weekend.  Enjoy!





Cinnamon Rolls and Fall

14 10 2010

Hello!  Autumn is in full swing where I’m from and I’m enjoying every minute of it!  I spent most of my morning yesterday cleaning up my garden, cutting down/back plants, taking in the last of the harvest and getting it ready for winter.  Its definitely a sad time, but a good time as well.  Winter will be here soon, no more fresh tomatoes from the garden…. but that just gives me time to plan for next year!  And preserve what I’ve collected from this year.  I made kale chips, dried a mess of tomatoes, and even made some bouquets of fall wildflowers for some friends.  It was a good day.

Sunday, I got up early and made a batch of vegan cinnamon rolls for Jason and myself.  They were definitely some work, but totally worth it.

http://earthvegan.blogspot.com/2009/04/vegan-cinnamon-rolls-with-cream-cheese.html

This is where I got the recipe from.  I made extra frosting because, well admit it, who doesn’t love cream cheese frosting?  I didn’t have any nuts, so we made them without and they were just as tasty.  Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a photo until I was almost done, but I thought a pic of a half eaten cinnamon roll would convey just how tasty they really are.

This week I also made up a mess of beans and rice to nosh on while at work.  Very simple recipe using just things I had at home.  I actually used some potato, mushrooms, tomato, onion, garlic and a can of black beans.  Mix that together with some salt and pepper, chili powder, cumin and whatever else you enjoy and serve over rice.  I don’t drain my beans, but if you chose o drain them, make sure to add 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup of water.

Life is good, my garden has been harvested, my pantry is full to get me through winter.  Now I just have to get my fingers busy for all the craft shows I have coming up.  I don’t foresee any free time much before next year 🙂