Saturday, December 11, 2010

Beautiful cold....

Saturday. What a wonderful day it has the potential to be. Most of mine are filled with less than desirable things to do, but today was an exception. :)

Today was filled with cooking, sewing, exercising, walking the dog, watching Newsies, looking at the christmas tree, reading, writing...ah. what a wonderful day. Perfectly restful.

And what I made today:

Amazingly rich pumpkin soup. (vegan) :)
A surprise one person pumpkin pie for my beloved father.
Black bean soup...a little on the bland side. (Really wishing I could get green chiles in the Balkans.) *sigh*
Oh yeah, I made some amazing stuff yesterday as well....which I ate today.

The best veggie burgers ever! Broccoli, peanut butter, soy sauce, carrots, and a bunch of other stuff...they were delicious, vegan, and baked. healthy and scrumptious...don't question it.
Lemon, orange, carrot, banana, apple, poppyseed muffins were better than I anticipated. My muffin skills are not what you might call excellent so I was impressed. Both of the above foods are now stowed away in my freezer for what I get the urge...perfect for the busy week ahead. :D

Overall this was an amazing weekend....
I'll keep you informed about the sewing. I'm making a skirt but the result of today was utterly disastrous so...
hopefully I will have the joy of reporting differently in a few days.
We'll see.


Thursday, December 9, 2010


Rain. Rain. Rain. The beautiful mysterious sound of rain.
Why is it that rain intrigues us so?
What makes our minds go someplace else when the rain falls?
There is a storm raging around me, but peace within.

Anyway. New recipe:

Absolutely delicious dinner/ lunch option for any adventurous eater out there..

1/2 Squash/pumpkin...about two cups once it's cooked.
4 cups baby spinach (any leafy green will work!)
dried fruit, I recommend cranberries, but whatever floats your boat
nuts, my faves are toasted almonds, walnuts, and peanuts (for this particular dish)
chopped green apple

Now that you've got your basic ingredients. Create. I microwaved my squash, placed it atop the greens then decorated the dish with the colorful toppings.

For the best part: dressing! or you could call it sauce.

Random side note: this whole dish is vegan friendly. :)

4-5 garlic cloves
2 tbs water
4 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tbs all natural (homemade is the bomb) peanut butter
a few squirts of both lemon juice and soy sauce
1/2 tsp ginger. I used ground but fresh would be even better...
next time.
1 tbs honey

Microwave the garlic and water in a small dish for 2 minutes. Don't freak out because the garlic will make weird noises in the microwave. (The end result is worth the absurdity.) Once the garlic is soft yet crispy to the touch add everything else. Mix well...oula! 

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.