Tuesday, December 1, 2015

{Random} Wrapping Up October

Happy First Day of December! I can't believe we're already in December, can you? Here are a bunch of my Iphone pics from October to wrap up that month. #sobehind
 My first "no-wrapping" baby shower and gift.
 Testing out the selfie stick at my birthday dinner.
More birthday flowers!
 First real fire in the fireplace.
 Attempting to make candy apples for Miss High School's Sweet 16 but made these instead.
 College Girl's chalkboard wall in her apartment. (There's a tutorial on Pinterest).
 Beautiful fall days and walks.
 Working on the the mother/daughter tea invites.
Dinner in my car on a couple of busy nights. (Panera's Ancient Grains salad with avocado instead of chicken).
 What Miss High School woke up to her on birthday.
 And to these...(waiting to light the sparklers).
Out for Miss High School's birthday dinner.
At the mother/daughter tea.
Modeling at the tea.
Making LONG shadows.
 Even MORE birthday flowers.
Enjoying the leaves!
Putting our Halloween costumes together.
New boots.
Adding a little Disney magic to some treats.
Hanging out at my brother's housewarming party.
Off to homecoming!
Having a matcha-coconut latte with lots of cinnamon.
More pretty fall walks.
From last year's bucket list..got to do it again!
Another latte and some fall foliage.  I got a super fun milk frother for my birthday.
Delicious veggie lunch.
Putting together a little care package for College Girl.
Table side guac is always a good thing!
Scoping out the Target holiday decor.
How was your Thanksgiving?  Can you believe it's DECEMBER?
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Making Veggie Noodles: Veggetti vs Julienne Peeler

I love making veggie noodles and I'm all about easy preparation so I thought I'd share my two favorite gadgets for making them.  I use both the Veggetti Spiral Cutter (about $10) and a Julienne Peeler (about $5).
 For carrots I don't love the Veggetti. If you have really big carrots it is easier but it is still pretty hard to make noodles with it.
 I prefer the julienne peeler.  I like to use big carrots to make long strands and the julienne peeler makes quick work of that.
 Now for zucchini, the Veggetti works a little better. You need to use smaller, thinner zucchinis though, because the opening isn't large enough for those summer garden varieties. If you have them, they'll need to be cut to fit.
 I prefer the larger noodle size setting on the Veggetti for thicker strands.  You are left with a cone shaped piece near the end that I can never seem to get through the Veggetti (even with the pointy attachment).
I haven't had much luck using the attachment.  My wrist starts hurting after using the Veggetti for awhile.
 I usually end up using the julienne peeler because I think it's easier and faster.  If I had to pick one of them, it would be the julienne peeler (and it takes up less space!).
 I stop when I get to the seeds. Sometimes I'll slice up the excess and saute it for another dish.
 To make the veggie noodles: I saute them in some olive oil or coconut oil spray and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  You can use whatever floats your boat.
My favorite way to serve them is with some homemade marinara sauce and veggie meatballs. I really don't miss the pasta!  Have you ever made veggie noodles?  If so, what's your favorite tool to make them and favorite way to eat them?
I'm taking the rest of the week off to spend time with my family. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Monday, November 23, 2015

What I'm Making For Thanksgiving-Vegan Edition

Is everybody (USA peeps) ready for Thanksgiving?  I'm not hosting this year so I'm feeling much more relaxed than I did last year.  I'm still planning on making quite a few things and trying out some new vegan recipes since College Girl will home this year (one more day!). YAY!!
Let's start with dessert, shall we?  I've already made this Salted Date Caramel Chocolate Pie.  It's a frozen pie that keeps for weeks (according to the recipe) in the freezer. It's got an almond coconut crust, creamy date caramel filling and a chocolate mouse topping.  It sounds delicious!
I've also made this Vegan-GF Cornbread.  It's in the freezer and I'll take it out tomorrow to let it sit out and dry up a bit (I can toast it if it's not crispy enough) to make a vegan variation of this stuffing.
(But probably no fennel since I forgot to buy one, oops!)
I could easily eat that stuffing as my main course but I'm thinking of making this Puff Pastry Wrapped Lentil Loaf for the non-turkey eaters.  It's so pretty!
This Kick Ace Extra Sharp Raw Holiday Cheddar Cheese Ball is another new recipe that I made ahead of time and can't wait to try.
The ingredients magically whip up in the Vitamix to create a creamy, cheesy concoction reminiscent of those port wine cheese balls at every 70's get together.  It's chilling in the fridge and I can either make one large or two smaller cheese balls, rolling them in nuts and or spices closer to Thanksgiving.
I've made this I Can't Believe It's Vegan Gravy a few years in a row now and it's a winner so I'll be making it again this year.
We'll be pouring that gravy over the awesome mashed potatoes that Mr. Click makes every year. This photo is from 2013, but he makes at least 20 pounds every year so I don't need to update the photo.

I think that's everything and since I'll have a lot of helpers in the kitchen, I think we can pull it all off. What are you most looking forward to?  I seriously cannot wait to have all four of us here for a nice, long weekend!

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