Posted in Uncategorized, Writing

Under the Weather but Overachieving

For the past week I have been feeling very under the weather, which thankfully, is unusual for me. At the same time, I was cramming a 3 week psych course in a week and a half, and have seriously neglected my writing and my cooking in the meantime. The cooking part was just because I was not well and did not feel like expending much cooking energy, the writing part was because the Psych class took up a good portion of my waking moments, including my Mama time moments whilst BG slept.

I am happy to report, that the bug is just about gone, the class is done and I am back to cooking up some delicious vegan goodies again. I cooked up another version (best one so far) of my crockpot applesauce (which I failed to post but will post this one) and an improved version of my squash sauce, which I plan to also use to make some sort of hummus in the future. Now that I have some free time again, I shall be getting at least those two recipes up sometime this week.

My next endeavors for my creativity are a couple of grants coming up from the Sustainable Arts Foundation (Thank you Yvonna for the heads up for it!). I intend to apply for two grants: one for my photography, and one for my poetry. I started my application for the photography grant today and I realized that it is a bit overwhelming. For starters, the written part of the application holds a lot of weight on the outcome of the decision, so I need to make that seem as bright and shiny and eye catching as I can, almost more so than the photograph part of my portfolio. I can enter up to 20 of my best photos, and that is also overwhelming to me, because I have a LOT of photos to sift through, from even just over the past year. For the writing grant, I can submit up to ten of my best poems, which there are a lot LESS of in number than my photos. I decided that 2016 will be my go-getter year, and I am well on my way by starting with these two grants.

Have any of you ever applied for/received a grant before? Any tips you would give me to help me along my way? Drop a comment below and let me know, and have a great day!

Posted in Crockpot recipes, Vegan Blog

Squash Sauce Macaroni

1 Acorn squash, chopped into small pieces (all but the skin is used)
2 cups of fresh baby carrots, cut into small pieces
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp celery seed
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
Blend squash and baby carrots in blender with about a cup of water until smooth .

Put into crockpot with a cup of frozen peas. Mix in cup of water, curry powder, celery seed and ground flaxseed and cook on high for 6 hours. Serve over favorite pasta (we used shells) and ENJOY! Nutritious, delicious and animal free!

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Kudos to Crockpots

KUDOS TO CROCKPOTS

I have my crockpot working overtime today. First, I am making a squash spaghetti sauce for dinner tonight (recipe to ensue later after it is done) and later on, I will be making more homemade apple sauce. We loved the batch that I made the other day so much that it is gone already, so I am going to make another variant batch when the spaghetti sauce is done.

If you don’t have one yet in your kitchen, I highly recommend that you get yourself a crockpot. My mom got me one a couple of Christmases ago and I don’t know how I have survived all of these years without one. I use my crockpot, A LOT, and I absolutely love the convenience of it. Whether you are a busy person that works a lot and doesn’t have a lot of time to cook a meal after you are done working, or if you are a busy Mama like me trying to think of new recipes to get your wee ones to try (and like), a crockpot is a handy kitchen commodity to have in your possession.

I have had a lot of fun coming up with new and creative recipes of my own to put my crockpot to good use. Half the fun of cooking is the experimental element, combined with creativity, a series of trial and error along the way. Luckily for me, most of my recipes so far have been more trial and less error.

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Week in Verses

(1) Out with the old,
in with the new!
Happy New year,
from me to you!

(2) Two years ago this day,
a bright light entered my world
as I gave birth to a beautiful baby,
a lovely little baby girl.

(3) Sitting here blindly staring at a blank screen,
trying to think of a verse, a thought, a scene;
But alas, writer’s block hits me on this day,
so I’ll just leave this empty thought and then be on my way!

(4) Blistering, biting, one degree,
snow covers the ground;
wind kicks up with delightful glee,
adding to the eerie winter sound.

(5) Insomnios, my nemesis, visited me last night;
in the form of a baby girl, who often puts up a fight.
She wakes and cries and doth protest,
with all of her baby might.

(6) The gray smoke rises, wafting from chimneys all around,
greeting the early morning light without a sound.
Oh to be that wafting smoke, rising above the trees-
to be above and see below, the pretty scenery.

(7) Last night Insomnios evaded me, and I got to catch some zzz’s;
Somnambula was by my side, walking with such ease.
She seemed quite bored not to have demons to keep at bay;
and I was able to sleep through the night until the break of day.

Posted in Crockpot recipes, Vegan Blog

Applesauce Ritual

It’s our ritual every morning for me to crush up BG’s daily vitamin and mix it in some applesauce for her. Yesterday, I decided to try my hand at some homemade applesauce in my crockpot, which was really easy to make (I find most things are easy to make in a crockpot!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

6-7 apples, cored, peeled and cut into small chunks
about 12 oz. of sweet cider (I used Blossoms sweet cider from Tops)
3 tbsp. of sugar
generous amount of cinnamon
not so generous amount of Allspice

Mix ingredients into crockpot. While I am a big fan of cinnamon and generous with it, you don’t want to put too much Allspice-it is quite powerful of a spice and you don’t want to overpower the taste of the apples. I did just a couple sprinkles of it. Cook on low heat for 8 hours and cool. BAM! Applesauce! Nutritious, delicious and animal free!

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Winter and homemade applesauce

It looks like winter has finally decided to make an appearance! It dipped down to about 0F degrees last night, and the chilly temps look like they are here to stay.

I hope that 2016 is finding you all in good health and spirits. My 2016 is going well so far. I’m proud to say that my toddler and I (Baby Girl…aka BG from here on out, as I am not going to give away my family member’s names to the whole world) have been officially transitioned into veganism, and have been meat, egg and dairy free since New Year’s Eve. I can honestly say, that I feel healthier now than I ever have in my whole life. I have probably eaten more fruits and veggies in the past week than I ever have in any other given week in my lifetime.

I appreciate the support from fellow vegans, and I appreciate the outpour of concern for mine and BG’s health and well being. I appreciate the concern that this diet won’t be “healthy” for us and I have to say, RELAX people! I am a very smart, intelligent and determined woman. When I get it in my mind to do something, I DO it! I do my research to make myself informed. Google is my best friend, and I always check at least a few sources of any topic that I am inquiring about.

How can a diet full of healthy food not be healthy? How can cutting out fat and cholesterol from our diet not be healthy? Anything that you need for nutrients is in all of the plants, seed, nuts and grains out there. You only need to do your research and educate yourself. In this day and age of technology, there is absolutely no excuse to remain ignorant about things.

I can honestly say that after I watched videos of slaughterhouses, I will never eat another burger again! After seeing videos of mother cows crying because their calf was taken away so that humans can steal her milk to consume, I will never have another glass of dairy milk again. I will not further contribute to the 6 BILLION animals that are executed for consumption each YEAR! Yes, folks, that’s in ONE year! Do the math on how many animals have been slaughtered since meat started to be a business!

My favorite ventures of veganhood is the fun of making up delicious, nutritious and animal free recipes. I can honestly say that a couple things I have tried were not very successful, but I have posted the things that I have tried and liked so far. Right now, I am working on some crockpot applesauce and will post the recipe later on when it’s done cooking.

Got any of your own vegan treats? Drop a comment below so that you can share!

Posted in bread, Vegan Blog

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Bread

Who doesn’t like easy (and vegan) when it comes to baked goodies?

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin
1 box Baker’s Choice pumkin Square mix (or equivalent)
¼ cup olive oil
Dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg (to taste)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease (I used olive oil) and flour a bread pan. Mix the ingredients (there are two separate packets in the square mix, toss them right in together!) Bake for about 80 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a plate to finish cooling. Enjoy! It’s like pumpkin pie, but in a bread!

Posted in Crockpot recipes, Vegan Blog

Veggie Stroghanof

Today, my beautiful little toddler turns two. To celebrate her first vegan birthday meal, I made a veggie soup in my crockpot, to serve over rice.

The ingredients are:

1 small can tomato soup
1 can black beans
1 small can mushroom pieces
3 potatoes
1 cup baby carrots
1 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. vegetable bouillon
1 cup water
1 cup of fresh baby spinach leaves

Pre-boil carrots and potatoes for about 25 minutes. Add carrots and potatoes, to crockpot with all other ingredients except baby spinach. Cook on high for 4 hours. Put spinach in during last half hour of cooking. Serve over white rice and voila! A hearty, healthy, and filling vegan meal. (It was delicious, by the way, and I am STUFFED! I plan to use the leftovers on some type of pasta tomorrow.)