Archive | October, 2011

Vegan MoFo: Last day!

31 Oct

The last day of Vegan MoFo is so bittersweet!  I’m so glad I stuck with it for the entire month and got my feet wet in regular blogging again.  I had a lot of fun, but I didn’t do nearly as much as I had planned to.  I didn’t even get around to reviewing local restaurants.  This just means I’ll have plenty to keep me around and posting.

I discovered so many great blogs and bloggers.  I have a long list of recipes to try.  And I have a renewed sense of positivity at seeing the huge amount of vegan bloggers who participated.  Living in a place pretty much devoid of veganism cuts you off a bit from the big picture and can feel a bit lonely.  The vast online vegan presence is just so motivating,  I feel all warm & fuzzy just knowing you are all out there!

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Time to announce the winner of Friday’s Free Pin grab bag giveaway…

I put everyone’s name in the pumpkin and Silas was happy to chose one.  The winner is…. Sarah!  Congrats!  I love that my vegan kid drew the name of another vegan kid.  I’ll be emailing you to get your info, Sarah.  Thanks for entering everyone!

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My lunch is cooking and I’m starving so I think I’ll so a little roundup of the things I am currently drooling over:

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Vegan Zombies eat… grains?

30 Oct

Must have…. graaaiinnnsssss!

Vegan Parrots do not like when their brother turns into a Zombie.

But they do like Lollipops.

(gone are the days of “LA! LA! pops!  already)

And Zombies, by association to Lollipops only.

Or maybe he forgot Soccer Zombie Brother was even there?

Tweet, tweet.

Vegan MoFo: Traditional Halloween Spider Crackers

29 Oct

Every Halloween,  since Shae was 5, we make the same little spider crackers.  I’ve tried to convince Shae that we should create something new this year, but he says no, spider cracker are Tradition.  He’s a huge fan of holiday traditions.  So, that’s that.

We brought them to school when he was little and the kids always squealed over them.  The teachers were happy to see a healthy snack amidst all of the chocolate.  Win, win.

Well, this year, Shae was just too exhausted from a long week of school  and 3 hour daily soccer practices, but Silas was pumped.   Making a spider?  Whhaaaa?  EATING a spider?  What the what?!

I usually use pretzel sticks for the little spider legs, but I forgot we didn’t have those until Silas was already determined to create a spider.  We had to think fast.  Fortunately we had some licorice leftover from a movie day.

Mysteriously enough, Shae was not too tired to sneak licorice from us.

Interesting.

First we chopped the licorice into 8 tiny spider legs.

Licorice for legs! Pretzel sticks are even better.

Some peanut butter between two crackers, holding the legs in place.  And a few drops to hold on chocolate chips (or raisins!) as eyes and our spider is complete!

pretend I'm creepy, okay?

What, other bloggers don’t have a 3 year old with a Lightning McQueen camera doing their food photography?

Mama's little food photographer.

Silas needed to double check me for accuracy before eating.  Slowly counting all the legs and eyes.  Repeatedly.  Once he was happy with my work he shouted “Eight legs!  Two eyes” many, many times.

Good counting buddy, but this camera’s heavy and Mama just wants to see you eat the blasted spider.

"Eight legs! Two eyes!"

The flying test.  This is necessary to check all food for eat-ability in Silas Land.  The outdated squish test was less cute, and much more messy.

A properly constructed spider cracker can fly.

Yep, it flies.  Now let’s lick it.  Always with the licking.

Yum, peanut butter!

Success!  Chomp, chomp.

nom nom.

I’m still pining over the pretzel sticks are cuter method, but both boys seemed quite pleased with the addition of candy.  Obviously.

P.S. It’s not to late to enter yesterday’s Free Pin giveaway!  I’ll draw a winner on Monday.

Free Pin Friday! teeny tiny tantrums Giveaway

28 Oct

It’s the last friday of Vegan MoFo 2011!  That also means the last Free Pin Friday for awhile.  Today I will be giving a mystery grab bag containing 4 teeny tiny tantrums pins from  my etsy shop.

First off, check out this super-cute kid wearing the pin his mom won in an earlier Free Pin Friday giveaway.  Awwwwww, right?

 

I heart Vegans

Deer plant eater

Vegan Kids Rule!

Just go browse my shop and then click back here to comment about which pin you like best.

Be sure to leave your email so I can contact you if you win!

Contest open to anyone, anywhere.

 

Vegan MoFo: pies on my mind

28 Oct

While posting about my cookbook desires, I fell in lust with this Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie  from Vegan Pies in the Sky.   I had to have it right away.  I actually stopped mid-typing and made it on the spot.  So fast & easy!  A few hours later, we enjoyed it for dessert.  It was just as delicious as I assumed.  I attempted a coconut whipped cream but I didn’t let the coconut milk get cold enough and that was  flop.  Next time!  It was fine without any whipped topping at all.

Vegan MoFo: Cookbook Wishlist

27 Oct

I’m on the layoff diet, not for food, but for shopping.  Vegan MoFo is not helping this at all!   I’m drooling over all the amazing food porn I’m seeing from new cookbooks!  So many!  Remember the days when we all waited half a year for the next vegan cookbook to come out?  Now have so many options, it’s dangerous.  We have to sift through the tried and true vegan chefs that we all love and the ones who scam recipes off everyone, eat honey, but still peddle veganism.

Vegan MoFo has been the best advertisement for the good cookbooks.  All the amazing food porn and glowing reviews have just cemented my already forming wishlist.  I’m just going to drool publicly, today.

First off, Vegan Pie in the Sky!  Any book written by Isa & Terry is a book I need to own.  I was a little wimpy at first about making pie, because it’s apparently not for the lazy, but after looking at all of this Pumpkin Cheesecake, this Strawberry Balsamic Pie, and thiiissssssssss Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie.

I may have just stopped typing right here and made that chocolate pie.  If that isn’t totally crazy. (I’ll blog about it tomorrow.)

A good friend of mine that I’ve known since high school went vegan completely out of the blue a little over a year ago.  Her husband used to hunt!  I’m not even kidding.  He’s nearly veg himself, as well as their little boy.  I love stories like this!  Well, they made a pilgrimage to Portland a few months ago, and she bought Vegan Diner and has not stopped bragging about it since then.  She’s obsessed.  I’m not surprised, it is by Julie Hasson after all.  MoFo blogs have me super excited to make this roast, and this cobbler!!

I’m a huge, huge fan of my crockpot and am always looking for new ways to use it.  It works out so well for me to be able to throw food in it in the mornings and not go crazy on nights we’re out late with Shae’s soccer stuff!  I’ve heard such great things about Kathy Hester’s The Vegan Slow Cooker.   I think I’m going to give myself a little preview by trying out this Chick’n Seitan recipe this week.  Just look at this Pumpkin and White Bean Lasagna!

I could go on and on with this list, but these are definitely the first three cookbooks I’ll be buying when the Layoff Shopping Diet ends!

Vegan MoFo: Great Grandma Cat’s enchiladas

26 Oct

We’re in a use what we have stage right now, the good thing is that our pantry is huge and always somehow manages to be full.  The bad news is that we are kind of used to eating on cravings and we get real whiny when we can’t.   Today I was thinking of one of our favorite meals, a veganized version of Matt’s sweet grandma’s enchiladas.   We miss them (and her!) dearly.

We’re out of a few of the major ingredients, so I simplified it up a bit and made due with what we have!  That meant black beans & brown rice.

Enchiladas topped with jalepenos, sour cream, and extra sauce. Sauteed Kate hiding in the background.

This was totally worth using the last of our Daiya stash up!

Just out of the oven, melty daiya goodness.

And a bunch of Kale sauteed on the side.  Funny enough, Shae got majorly excited over the Kale since we haven’t had it in a week or so.  He ate nearly half himself!

yum!

Shae named his grandmas very literally.  Matt’s mom is Grandma Dog because she has shelties, and her mom was Great Grandma Cat because she had 2 fat, old grey cats that she loved dearly.   She was struck with alzheimers pretty quick, so when we needed to make these, it was a real hunt to find the recipe.  Luckily, Grandma Cat contributed her Enchilada Casserole recipe to her church cookbook back in 1984!  So happy to have found that.  And amused too.  Wow, were the 80’s an ugly time.

Let this be a PSA to you, organize your family recipes!  Get them from family members while you can!  So important to be able to pass them down.

Grandma Cat's church cookbook from 1984

 

Matt did the photography today, that’s why it looks so delicious!