Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ang had her Lil girl Zoe

Well we finally will have a little girl running around here. Well in a couple years. Ang Congratulations on your new addition.

Ignore the date on the photo. I forgot to reset it!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Easter Party Pics

First thing of the day is on Easter Eggs Hunt. Which was more like an Easter egg grab because we were in a field. But they liked it. It only took 2 minutes for the eggs to be gone.
Bunny Tag ( But we had lazy bunnies) they hopped for like a minute but then they got lazy.

The day was very Chaotic. It must have been because it was a morning party or maybe all the kids have ADHA you take your pick. But we all had fun. I was trying to wear out the kids with all the running and jumping but I came home and crashed. I figured I would post a picture of them getting there food. Although it wasn't anything Veg oriented. I didn't even get to cook anything.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Jelly Filled Cupcakes- Veganomicon

Well I decided to make these for the PTO meeting. It was the kindergarten parents turn to provide food. I will say it was so boring sitting there through the meeting. But at least I tried another recipe. These are a good mix of spicy but sweet and have a nice texture. I could even eat these without the jelly middles. Actually the jelly middles sunk all the way to the bottom of the cupcakes which made eating them a little tricky. I missed the part when it said make them the night before because they are better after they set. The preserves stay in the cupcakes better after they set. But just a heads up. Try these. They are pretty good. You could probably put a number of other preserves in these as well. I think next time I will make a variety of flavors. I might make them for the trip to my grand parents on Easter.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Vegan Pancakes,Waffles, & Muffins

Yes I am finally cooking again. I know it has been a long time since I have posted. Food or other wise. My house has been a total cyclone of papers, magazines, clothing, and the list goes on and on. Half of that stuff sad to say was laying on my stove and counters while "J" put in our new living room floor. But I love our new floor. Which I will have to post pictures of later. But to the yummy food. Yes it is a breakfast post. I decided to make breakfast foods to freeze for "J" to use in the mornings. I like having quick foods for the morning so "J" can have breakfast when I'm not awake. But to look at the ingredients in the pot tarts, frozen waffles, pancakes, and muffins you purchase at the store is disgusting and scary all at the same time. I know maybe a little overly dramatic but come on can you find one thing at a regular grocery store that does not have High fructose corn syrup? It would be hard. plus at the additives alone are freaky. Anyways. So my solution is make them myself. So Monday thats what I spent my morning doing. The first thing I made was pancakes. " The worlds best vegan pancakes" off of a website. They had really good ratings. I made about 13 of them 7 plane and 6 blueberry. I did not care for them. They have oats in them and I don't care for there taste. (I like oats just not i this). "J" said they were ok but he just does not like to waste anything, The next recipe I made was Chocolate- Chocolate chip pancakes from Vegan With a Vengeance (PG35). The are the best pancakes I think I have ever had. The are really chocolaty and decadent. The cake itself does have a slightly bitter almost espresso taste but then the sweetness of the chips. Next time I think I might try adding a little instant coffee or espresso just for that pungent taste.

Waffles were next on my agenda. I used another recipe from VwaV. Oatmeal-Banana-Raisin Waffles.. (PG 38) are quit tasty and the unfreeze in about 4 seconds then pop them in the toaster and they come out crispy. "J" likes putting the veggie sausage and Vegan butter and having them as a sami in the morning. So he can drive and eat. I just like to add a little syrup. Last but not least of the breakfast foods that morning I made muffins. Another recipe from VwaV.
Carrot-Raisin Muffins (PG47). They are definitely full of carrots 2 cups actually. It really fills the batter. I was looking for something a little sweeter. I know she said that muffins are not supposed to be sweet like cupcakes but I was looking for a little more sweetness. "J" said he can taste the sweetness so maybe it is just me. They come out with a really good texture and rise really well.

For all the people smirking at me because I used a cookbook for this easy post...No Smirking... :) lol. The only thing I have to say is I bought them for a reason. To use the recipes. To take a look from a different side. So yes I almost always try the exact recipe as is in the book. I might change it after that but its nice to see what others take the time to come up with and appreciate that time taken. These people sale thousands if not millions of books and have been cooking so much longer then I have. So I must give them there props. And I don't mean this in a snide attitude type of way. Just that alot of people don't even try the written recipe then they come online and gripe about the taste after they add or take out 2 or 3 things. Then they say the author is crap. Thats not right. You should not give false reviews. I hope others who read your reviews are not put off by them and understand that being naive & rude is just that and nothing else.

Garden Prep

Well it is that time of the year again. I am collecting all of the stuff for my new garden which is going to be expanded this year. Call me weird but I am so excited. I am trying to do mostly organic this year. Although my bean seeds, leeks, and a few other I could not find in organic. I finally purchased a small green house the other day to start off my seedlings. I also purchased a small sprinkler system to make sure the garden gets watered as often as needed. (Lets face it we all get a little lazy ever so often). I have planted the seeds and now we just have to wait. For the rest of the garden "J" and I still need to test the soil and decide where everything is going. Thats the hard part for me. I'm not sure how I want everything set up. Last year we had small confined planter boxes that were way to small and didn't work very well. This year we are going to take up most of the back yard and I'm not sure if I want to do it in normal garden rows or in ground planter boxes. I will post when things finally start to happen. More pictures soon to come. O' Yeah and thats a baby Beltane sneaking into the picture. He is getting so Big.