sew grateful, update

Two grands came to visit and brought their parents along for the trip.  We had a marvelous time.  Hiking, laughing, Legos, soccer, bike riding, Ladder Ball, BBQ, reading books, collecting bugs, meeting the chickens and collecting eggs, rocking babies on the porch.

I sincerely hope you have grands to rock and ride bikes with.  How lucky are we??

I did not stitch a lick while they were visiting and the week after they went home, I moped.  Prior to them arriving, I spent time stitching and have 3 finished items to share

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Teresa from kitten stitcher/Shakespeare Peddler gently encouraged us to take our pictures with some of our finished samplers or pieces.  Maybe add the pictures to the back for future generations.  It doesn’t have to be formal, or fancy.  Add a swipe of lipstick if that makes you smile brighter.  Apron on or off, just take the picture!   https://www.kittenstitcher.com/

This piece is the Jane Pattison sampler by Kitten Stitcher.  I changed it into the Georgina Thomson family sampler.  It turned out lovely.  I am very pleased.

20190608_140748This is the “Coffee Saves Lives” sampler by Heartstring Samplery.  28 count linen and it hangs in between my kitchen and dining room.  Makes me happy to have her fully finished.

20190606_210115This next one is by Heart in Hand Design.  Tall Tree Sampler.  I finished it into a hanging piece.  I backed it with tie fabric from a no-longer-needed tie of Mr. Right.  I love how it turned out and the added tie fabric is a very nice way to use old tie fabric.

Today is a very warm day here in Washington state.  An ice cream kind of day.  Homemade, creamy, dreamy, vegan Chocolate ice cream kind of day!  That’s right.  No dairy, no eggs, no gluten…would you like to know the secret ingredient?  A baked Sweet Potato!

The recipe is from Brandi at The Vegan 8.  https://thevegan8.com/4-ingredient-vegan-chocolate-ice-cream/

I am not a fan of sweet potatoes.  Honestly, in this recipe, I will volunteer to be a banner waving fool to support the local sweet potato farmers!  This is AMAZING!

Here’s to a lovely beginning of a healthy summer!

Sitting on the front porch, licking ice cream off my fingers……

In this together, friends,

Chat soon.

 

 

clean plate club members

Submerged in the OLD list of “10 things you didn’t know about me”  was the statement,

I am not a fan of cauliflowercauliflower

Because I am a smarty pants and know it is ultra good for you, I buy one head a month, steam, smash, freeze then hide in spaghetti sauce, pasta sauce, taco filling etc.  No one is the wiser, I can’t taste it and we get the benefits here and there.

Benefits?  What benefits you ask?

reduces cancer risks, can even kill some cancer stem cells, improves detoxification, balances hormones, has impressive amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, and beta-carotene, fights inflammation, also has rich supplies of calcium and selenium and cauliflower keeps our immune systems running smoothly  

My new list of 10 things you didn’t know about me, NO LONGER contains the blurb about cauliflower.

Thanks to Sam Turnbull and her blog, you too, can whip up this beauty.

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Last night was life-changing.  I ate HALF A CAULIFLOWER!  Honestly, because I was a little bit of a piggie, I may have taken more than half.

Here’s the quick version:  take apart a cauliflower, mix up some oil, nutritional yeast, Roasted-Cauliflower-05garlic and chili powder, mix, bake at 450* until tender and toasty brown.

Serve with an AMAZING Maple Syrup Mustard dipping sauce (she gives you that dip recipe, along with several others.)  Zowie, is it simple…. maple syrup, mustard, lemon juice, garlic power….  blend.  done.

Say grace and then grab some napkins these will “sell” quickly.

Serve hot, warm or cold…dip those little puppies (no, not real puppies) in that amazing dipping sauce and before you know it….

enough chatter!

Here are two snapshots that will tell you everything you NEED to know.

 

Now, may I gently suggest you make these tonight?  You and your family are worthy of excellent nutrition.   Heck, you don’t even need to explain all the benefits.  Just bake them, serve with dipping sauce and put on a table everyone can reach.

Clean Plate Club members all around!

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

PS.    Dig deeper and learn oodles more benefits of cauliflower from Dr. Mercola.  https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/22/cauliflower-health-benefits.aspx

hitting the bars

Sadly, Mr. Right is still out-of-town on business, so I was hitting the bars pretty early today.

20180307_155743_resizedYesterday, I went to the store to buy goji berries and spied some gorgeous lavender tulips.  I bought myself flowers!  That doesn’t happen often and it feels extravagant.   (I am a very lucky & extremely grateful & fortunate girl……Mr. Right brings me fresh flowers once a week!)

HEY WAIT, BACK UP……..  fruit and cereal bars!  Jeepers, what bars did you think I was talking about?

These beauties have everything that I adore and pretty much everything that he abhors.  20180307_182457_resized

Goji berries, dried figs, dried cherries, pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds along with some other tasty ingredients make a cereal bar that I really love.

Cut, wrapped and stored air-tight in the refrigerator, I read these will keep well for a week.  Mine have never lasted that long.  I made some last night and 3 are already missing.  Our sweet dog has her own treats, so I guess it was me that devoured those?  curious.

These quick to put together, no-bake fruit cereal bars are from the book,  Vegan for One by Elleen Jaffe Jones with Beverly Lynn Bennett.

Let’s face it, finding recipes that are geared to one or two people are sometimes tricky to find.  Yes, we can all alter the size of recipes, however, it is so nice to find one already written for a smaller size batch.

Before you pack all those beautiful ingredients, you line the loaf pan or cake pan with parchment …………..then you can remove easily to cut evenly and you don’t have to wash the pan!  That is a beautiful thing in and of itself.  I smiled just typing that.

20180308_082251-1_resizedIf you would like the recipe, I promise to share,  or better yet trade recipes with you……just leave me a comment.

Until then, here are the ingredients that you will want to have on hand:  rolled oats, dried coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, crispy or puffed rice cereal, 1/4 cup chopped dried fruit (if you choose goji berries please soak them in hot water first), flaxseed or hemp seeds, nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt. (The recipe makes 6 bars in a loaf pan or 10 slimmer bars in a cake pan.)

My world is off kilter when Mr. Right has to go out-of-town.  During those days, I try and bake/cook things that are not his favorites.  I try very hard to bathe myself in Grace & Goodness.

Here’s to health & wellness in the form of amazing dried fruit and cereal bars! 20180308_082608-1_resized (1)

In this together friends,

Chat soon.

cook up some love

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Sunday night dinner just got all fancy.  Oh, and did I mention dairy free and vegan?

Vegan Creme Brulee.  Yes, vegan, really.  Seriously.  I cross my heart.  The best dairy free version I have ever, ever indulged in.

The pictures speak for themselves. 20180211_191849-1_resized

If you find yourself wanting to lick the computer screen, may I gently suggest the book, Fuss-Free Vegan by Sam Turnbull?

Or you could ask me to share the recipe.

Or you could stop by and share dessert!

Here is a gentle suggestion, make plans today to create, make and share a special meal including dessert for someone you love this week.

I promise you, nothing feels more special than to cook for that special someone or to have that someone cook something homemade just for you.

There is something downright decadent when your spoon cracks that caramelized crust and dips down into that silky smooth, creamy dreamy custard.  Oh, la la.

20180211_192128-1_resizedHappy Week of Love, people!

In this together,

Chat soon.