Ok, so this time my Five Things Friday post really is being posted on Saturday. My clock just hit 12:08 AM…This is what happens when I get so excited house hunting I forget to start my post writing! That’s right we are looking to buy a house. Something quaint and cottage with land and trees surrounding it, not street lights and neighbors separated by only a driveway.
Today the Five Things are Five things I have made this week.
Yes! Finally! I found some donut (or doughnut) pans at HomeGoods and scooped them up at a fantastically low price of $3 each. I bought one regular donut pan and one twist long john pan…I have dreams of getting one more of both! For my first Vegan Baked Donut trial I used Chocolate Covered Katie’s “healthy” Kirspy Kreme Baked Doughnut recipe…I will be posting a more detailed post about these beauties soon!
2. Snack Time.
I’m all about simple and quick snacks, and when they are healthful and yummy all the better! This came about when I was craving Ants on a Stick (Log? however you want to say it). You remember that snack from our childhood…or at least mine! Typically it involves smothering the channel of a celery stalk with peanut butter then topping with a neat row of raisins. This day, my celery was a little on the small side, very narrow…so I mixed raisins into my peanut butter and used it like a dip! I loved how easy (and less messy) this was and still tasted delicious. I have a feeling I will be making a tray with raisin and peanut butter dip at my next party! Uh, I wonder if I could add raisins to my peanuts the next time I make peanut butter!?!?! New idea…to me anyway! Yes, that is my copy of Whole Grain Vegan Baking sitting next to my snack. I was paging through it while chomping on celery, I can’t wait to start making the amazing foods in this book!
3. My Mom’s Yumzetti.
This is my childhood. My mom hates cooking, so she loved all in one pot meals. Yumzetti in our house meant egg noodles, one can of tomato soup and one can of cream of mushroom soup and a punch of peas and a pound of hamburger cooked in the microwave then added to the finished dish. I loved this dish growing up. A few years ago I made it vegetarian by using Morning Star crumbles, this time I veganized and healthified (yes this is a word in my house) it! Instead of canned soups I made my own using cashews and portobella mushrooms and a can of tomato sauce and tomato paste and instead of “fake” meat I used steamed crumbled tempeh with a little soy sauce. It was yummy and totally filled the craving I had for my mom’s cooking. This recipe may make it onto the blog…but I didn’t really write things down so who knows!
I’m finally back at my bead table creating shiny, sparkly, pretty pieces of jewelry. I’m loving it! I made these earrings for myself, then loved them so much a made one more pair to sell…Coming to my etsy shop soon!
5. Mendal’s Knobs.
Drawer/Door Knobs that is. She is awesome, I know I have said that before. But really she is so creative and original! This woman has created some truly cool retro looking Star shaped knobs using ice/candy molds and epoxy and star sprinkles (yes edible sprinkles) I will hopefully remember to come back and post a picture…I can’t believe I didn’t snap one this evening when she unveiled them! She made these for her mom’s kitchen, which is yellow, green, blue and red…and her mom’s favorite shape is a Star. She is such a sweet daughter right?
So that is this weeks 5 things! There were other things made In The CatHouse this week…and maybe some will show up as a post before next weeks 5 things. I really need to start a few more themed posts to increase my blogging…maybe a Wednesday post? We shall see!
Okay! So Clearly this themed post thing is working to help me post. I have three draft posts waiting to be finished/edited/photos. I also have some posts I want to write but I forgot to take pictures of the food or project and now feel like the post would be pointless…in some cases it’s an excuse to remake them!
Well now, on to this weeks Five Things! Since I went on a mini vacation over the weekend, the 5 things are beach/vacation related. This is going to be a simple list of things I experienced this week, more like a journal entry to help me remember our 2013 beach visit.
1. Dolphins. I saw two of them barely 10 yards from the beach. One much smaller, I watched the mother and calf swim in the shallows near the beach while two others stayed farther out. It was beautiful and serine.
2. Sand. How can I love the feel of it between my toes so much, but hate the feel of it anywhere else! Also how do you get that pretty, lovely, sand out of the carpet in our new car!
3. Antique Malls. I love antiquing, but I wasn’t really impressed with the 2 antique shops and 2 antique malls we visited at our beach destination. Most of the booths and both shops had new items and handcrafted beach themed items. While I have no problem with this stuff, I don’t understand why it is in an antique shop…it seems better suited to a gift shop or farmers market. I was still able to find another wine glass for my set and a few vintage earrings for my collection.
4. Continental Breakfast. I am not one to complain about the lack of vegan cuisine at restaurant or even vegan establishments, but I truly wish that hotels would add more vegan items to their breakfast. Our options were fruit, regular oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, dry cereal (don’t know what its fortified with), and if were willing to risk it the white hard bagels that are most likely egg and dairy free. Since my sister Miranda and I are attempting to go refined sugar free for a month, we would have been left with only plain oatmeal and fruit…now I know there are millions of hungry people in the world, I should not complain about my lack of options when there is perfectly edible food to be had…but I just can’t help but to feel left out during breakfast at hotels. Which is why this time we packed whole wheat bagels and Trader Joe’s This is Not a Tub of Cream Cheese vegan spread along with fresh kiwis and Trader Joe’s almond milk cartons and a few coconut and almond milk yogurts from Wholefoods. We were “the vegans in the room” at breakfast, making others look on with curiosity as we toasted our delicious bagels and cut up our bright green kiwi and poured our almondy creamy milk. So, yes, I wish hotels offered more non-animal product breakfast items, but by packing food myself, I ended up having a great time at breakfast. I felt satisfied and like I was setting an example or planting a seed simply by being in the room and eating my vegan foods. It is the first time since going vegan that I didn’t complain or feel annoyed or negative at breakfast in a hotel (I stay at a hotel at least once a month), instead we had a very positive and enjoyable meal. I had a very Colleen Patrick-Goudreau moment.
5. Nissan Cube. I love our new car. Last December Mendal and I bought a certified pre-owned 2011 Nissan Cube at a local Nissan dealership and we are in love with it! We have always had to rent cars for long trips because our other car is a small Hyundai Accent, Pugsley, without cruise. Now we have a spacious Cube, tons of room on the inside and cute little package on the outside. The day after we bought the Cube we drove all the way to Springfield, IL to see Mendal’s Mom. It was over a 16 hour drive due to stops for food and rest stops. We every hour depended our love for our little Cube and in the months since it has only grown. Now that we have taken her on our first family beach vacation she is truly part of the family. Some how though, she still doesn’t have a name. Pugsley was named when the Accent flipped over to 100,000 miles. We don’t want to wait that long for the Cube…she needs a name ASAP. Despite remaining nameless she made our 5+ hour road trip to the beach very nice, even with all over our clothes, beach chairs, giant beach umbrellas, and coolers of food. The four of us were comfortable and safe thanks to our Nissan Cube (and Mendal’s driving)!
So there you have it, five things from our 2013 family vacation! I had a great time with Mendal (my awesomely, loving and understanding partner), Miranda (my sweet and fun sister, I love seeing the beach/ocean through your eyes), and Patrick (Miranda’s adorable boyfriend who makes every outing that much more interesting and fun). This was our second summer vacation including Patrick and he has been a perfect addition to our family! 🙂
Note to anyone confused by the posting date. I am writing this at 10:30pm on Friday August 2nd. I truly need to start posting in the mornings, but as a hazzard of working 3rd shift this IS my morning as I wake up at 10pm on work days. For some reason my wordpress account has me in a different time zone and I don’t know how to fix it…any direction would be fantastic!