Sunday, August 19, 2012

Our house in SF in the 50's

My sister and I visited San Francisco, to find the house that she remembers living in, I was just an infant, so I have no memory of it, only stories. It is one block from the beach and just a few blocks from the Zoo.
The steps are just as she remembered.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Vegan Taco Bake.

Found the Taco Bake recipe on Pinterest, replaced the cheese with homemade vegan cheese. It's delicious.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

White washed potting table.

Another project finished. I have been wanting to white wash this potting table for years. I am pleased at the result.
I bought this potting shed from a very good friend, who moved far far away. Her husband, Bob, built this for her. She didn't want to hall it across the country so I was next in line to have it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Home made Shea Butter soap. My first attempt at making soap, it turned out great. All ready for to hit the shelves, my shelves.
Just scroll down a few pictures and you can see the bars cut and ready to cure.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Oatmeal Parfait

This is just as yummy as it looks. Oatmeal with chia seeds. I layered it with a frozen banana and blackberries, soy vanilla yogurt and more oatmeal.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Vegan Oatmeal Patties

It's hard to think that this concoction is going to turn into delicious vegan oatmeal patties. But it certainly does.
After oatmeal mixture has cooled, I use a wide mouth canning ring and lid to form patties. Just spoon mixture into lid until you have desired amount. I wet the inside of the lid with a little water to keep mixture from sticking when I push it onto the pan.
Just push mixture out and make the next one. So simple.
See how perfect the patty is. Now, just pop them in the oven and cook.
So yummy, especially with my husbands homemade pickles.
Goes great with a bowl of Green Pea soup. If you would the recipes, please leave a comment and information, I will be happy to send them to you.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Carob Fudge

Believe me when I say, being a vegan doesn't get any better. This is some awesome fudge made with carob. I am not a fan of carob but let me tell you, this is so delicious. Did I mention it's quick and easy to make? Well, it is!
Not sure anyone really reads my blog so I am not going to post the recipe. If you would like it, just leave a comment with your information and I will be happy to share it with you.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Vegan Cupcakes

In the past, I have tried a few attempts at vegan cupcakes, and failed. I tried again and I am pretty sure I succeeded. I love a cake that is fluffy and moist along with light and fluffy frosting. These are perfect.
I probably will never know if they are as good as the ones sold in New York at Baby Cakes Bakery, but I know they are 100% better than the ones I made from her cookbook.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lentil Loaf

I must admit, I am having fun with the vegan style.

Thanks again Oh She Glows!
For recipe, go to:
(Sorry, I guess I forgot how to add a link)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Olive Oil Pasta with Pecans, Lentils and Red Peppers

1 serving (3oz) spaghetti (I used whole wheat)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, dry toasted ( I used Pecans)
1/2 cup + 1-2 tbsp medium heat salsa
1.5-2 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
2-2.5 tbsp nutritional yeast (gives it a creaminess)
1-1.5 tbsp ketchup
1/2 tsp garlic powder, or to taste
1/2 tsp dried basil (I used fresh)
1/4 tsp black pepper (I didn't have any)
1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste (I used Sea Salt)
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/4-1/2 cup chopped red pepper (optional)
1/2 cup spinach
1/3 cup cooked lentils

1.Cook 1 serving of pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, grab a small pot and turn heat to medium. Add chopped walnuts to dry pot and lightly toast for a few minutes, being careful not to burn.

2. After toasting the walnuts, add in the rest of the ingredients (except for the spinach), to taste. Be careful as the walnuts will sizzle and may splatter when you add in the salsa. Stir well and heat on medium-low for another 7-8 minutes.

3. Place spinach in a colander and rinse. When pasta is cooked, remove from heat and pour onto the colander (with the spinach in it) and rinse lightly. Drain and then add the spinach and pasta into the pot. Now pour the sauce into the pasta and spinach and stir well. Season to taste and adjust flavours if necessary. Makes 1 large serving or 2 small servings.

Thanks Oh She Glows!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Crocheted Soap Pouch

Quick and easy crocheted soap pouch. Made out of 100% cotton.
By putting a bar of soap inside, it can be used to exfoliate the skin or you could just keep a bar of soap in it and hang it in the shower.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Home Made Bath Soap.

Last year, my son and daughter in law, took me to several Apple Farms, in Southern California. Each farm had their own gift shop. While roaming around one of them, I noticed a bar of soap, I picked it up and ran my fingers over the edge. I was amazed at how soft and soothing it felt. It had a wonderful aroma too, it was lavender. It contained goat milk and Shea butter. I knew, if I did my homework, I could make this. So began my journey.....
I have been searching and reading, for the past year, how to make soap. I was so intimidated with the ingredient "Lye". I gathered as much information as possible and talked to a few people that have made their own soap. Okay, I can do this.
In the meantime, before I decided to make my own, I ordered several bars of Shea Butter soap, from an online distributor. I was amazed, after several showers using the soap, how soft my skin had become. I didn't need lotion. Before, I would shower and then lather my arms, legs and face with lotion. So, I have discovered, for myself, the Shea Butter leaves my skin feeling so soft, not dry at all.
The most important information I can give you,if you want to make your own soap, and remember, this was my first attempt, I am not an expert, is, do your homework, especially if your using Lye. You can burn and ruin your whole batch. There are plenty of websites that will help you with the recipes, instructions etc.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent.

There is nothing more gratifying than making something homemade, not to mention the money one saves. I was able to make 14.5 lbs. of laundry detergent for $11.65. The great part about it all is, it's all natural, no added chemicals or fillers and I will only have to use 1-2 tbs. per load. Think how long this is going to last. I shouldn't have to buy detergent for a good 6 months.
Oh the aroma should smell how fresh and clean my kitchen smells, since that is where I mixed this together.
I can't wait to do there is a plus right there. Who likes to do chores like that?

1 4lb box of Borax
1 4lb box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1 Box of Arm & Hammer Super Wash
3 bars of Fels-Naptha...found it at Wal Mart

Grate Fels with kitchen grater, I used my food processer. Mix all ingredients together in a large bucket and enjoy. Use 1-2 tbs per load.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Quinoa Salad

Pronounced keen-wa, quinoa is considered by some as one of the world's most perfect food. It is often referred to as "mother grain." High in nutrients and high in protein, it is gluten free, easily digested, and an excellent first food for infants. Quick and easy to prepare. Just be sure to wash quinoa well prior to cooking in order to remove the bitter coating on the grain.

1 1/2 cup quinoa
2 1/2 cup water
Add to cooled quinoa
1/2 cup diced green onion
2 oz sliced olives
1 1/2 cup diced tomato
1 1/2 cup English Cucumber diced
1 1/2 cup red, green and yellow
bell pepper

2-3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 garlic powder
1 tsp salt to taste

Rinse quinoa if manufacturer did not.
Bring water to boil. Add quinoa
Cover and simmer 15 min until water is absorbed.
Remove from heat and cool. Add remaining ingredients
to cooled quinoa. Chill
Mix together dressing ingredients thoroughly.
Toss over salad.
Allow salad to marinate for 30 minutes in refrigerator before serving.

TIP: Serve with whole grain bread and hummus for a great meal!

Be sure to leave your comments and let me know what you think!!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas

This Christmas Season has come upon us so fast. It took a while for me to get into the spirit of it all. It's been a little difficult this year, since I won't get to share it with all four of our children and grandchildren, but, I managed to keep pushing myself and do a little everyday. After a week or two, it hit me. I even decorated my curtain rod, in my kitchen.
I was all set to hit the stores and fight the crowds, today, and look for a table runner. To my delight, I received this in the mail today. Cecelia, a very special friend, miss her so much, made this for me. Perfect timing and perfect on my table.
Thank you SO much, Cecelia, for always thinking of me.