Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Each year, October 31, for a good many years, we've established a tradition...

Caramel apples, popcorn, and a good movie - this year it was The Lorax.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bike Ride

Daniel is such a good daddy!  He takes time every chance he gets to spend one-on-one time with each of the girls, independently.  Their "dates" vary considerably because of their ages and personalities...

Syd loves the outdoors just like her daddy; ali loves shopping just like her mommy!

It was Syd's turn just recently...

A bike ride to get a free Slurpy from 7-Eleven...

Special time with daddy, building memories that last forever!

Friday, October 26, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  inspired by soulemama

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I've been wanting a vegan oatmeal cookie that is crispy on the outside and chewy goodness on the inside.  I've got it!  And I have no reservations giving this cookie 5 out of 5 stars!


1 cup oil (I used canola)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 tbls water
2 tbls vinegar
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I use fresh ground)
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups oats
1 cup raisins (lightly rolled in flour)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)


Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Cream together sugars and oil.  Add vanilla, water, and vinegar; mix well.

Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon if desired.  Mix well and then add oats and raisins, which have been rolled lightly in flour.  Mix well, adding nuts now, if you choose.

Roll dough in small balls, about the size of a golf ball.  Once formed, flatten the cookie ball between your palms to form a [sort of] disc - you must do this for the cookies to become "normal" cookies.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes (10 was plenty for us).


  • To use white/all purpose flour, cut the water to 2 tbls.  
  • Cookies are too tender to remove from cookie sheet right away - your best bet is to have two pans going.  Allow to sit for about 5 minutes then remove to cooling rack (or if you're like me, the counter).   
  • These cookies are yummy after they cool just a bit, but the next morning they are FABULOUS!

Friday, October 19, 2012

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  inspired by soulemama

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ali-ism; Alphabetical Order?

The girls and I were out at the property yesterday.

The woman whom we're buying the place from just lost her father last month, so on the way home it was normal conversation of where he might be buried.  It went something like this:

Ali:  I bet Miss Gerri's dad is buried in that cemetary (pointing to one on the left)

Syd:  Just look for a large mound of dirt...

Me:  Girls that's a big cemetary, I doubt you're going to see it - and even if you do that doesn't mean it's Miss Gerri's dad's plot.

Ali:  It wouldn't be too hard to find, they're buried alphabetically (she's 17 and she was serious!)

Needless to say, I had a difficult time driving the rest of the way home because I was laughing so hard!

Friday, October 12, 2012

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. (inspired by soulemama)

she's 11, the car is a stick - and she did phenomenal...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Good, Quick Granola

Most of the time I don't even try granola recipes because they are so time consuming.  I don't have two hours to babysit the oven stirring over and over.

But I found another granola recipe later last night that doesn't take forever to make so I made some - at 10:30.  Yeah, I'm kind of like that....

Pretty tasty!  Especially for the time spent on it!  Also seems to be liked by the entire family - a lot!  I made mine with the ingredients I happen to have on hand, but you could add more or different ingredients and it would still taste great!  Just a good, quick recipe...

  • oats
  • slivered almonds
  • walnuts
  • pumpkin seeds
  • flax
  • wheat germ
  • coconut
  • cinnamon

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Chick Pea Salad Sandwich

Each week I make up a batch of chickpea salad.  We use this mixture for sandwiches, snack with crackers (and a time or two with celery).  I came across the idea as I was looking for recipes to replace the egg and chicken salad I would typically make.  I don't remember where I found the original inspiration, but here is my own variation.

1 bag chickpeas, cooked
1 small onion, diced
1 small bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/2 cup olives, chopped
1/2 cup mayo (we use Veganaise)
1-2 Tbls mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Cook chickpeas according to package directions.  You can use four cans drained and rinsed well if you'd rather.  Dice all vegetables add mayo and mustard and start smashing*.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Mixture tastes better if it's allowed to meld overnight in the fridge, but it can be eaten right away.

*When smashing the chickpeas take care in doing so as they will go to chick pea mush quite quickly.  I always mash to the point where there are still some whole chickpeas, but not a lot.  It will look much like your egg salad when you're done.  That's the texture you're going for.
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