Friday, September 22, 2017

{Recipe}Sticky Sesame Cauliflower-Vegan & Oil Free

This is a recipe I tried from Connoisseurus Veg but I adapted it to make it oil free.  It's so good, tastes like Chinese take out without all of the grease! Sometimes I forget I'm eating cauliflower (and I love cauliflower!).

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower: Vegan & Oil Free

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups dairy free milk (I used almond milk)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 large head of cauliflower, broken into florets
1/2 cup soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tsp fresh grated ginger (I used the paste)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp siracha
1 TBS corn starch
1/4 cup cold water
toasted sesame seeds

To make:
1) Preheat oven to 450F (this is a crucial step so make sure you do this!).  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2) Combine milk,salt, flour and baking powder in a small bowl.  Dip cauliflower florets into the batter, shaking off excess.  Arrange in single layer on baking sheet.
3) Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven.
4) While cauliflower cooks, combine soy sauce, maple syrup, rice vinegar, siracha, ginger and garlic in a small sauce pan.  Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, allow to simmer for 10 minutes.  Combine corn starch and cold water in a small container(shaker jar works well) until corn starch has all dissolved.   Add to soy sauce mixture and stir to blend.  Remove from heat.
5) Remove cauliflower from oven and flip each piece over.  Return to oven and bake 5 -10 minutes more.
6) Remove from oven and pour sauce over florets.  Return to oven and bake 3-5 minutes more, just until sauce become sticky and coats florets.
7)Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds to serve.  Optional scallions are nice too. This is delicious over rice!
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

{Wordless Wednesday} Favorite Thing

I love these wood earrings from Woodkeeps. This is not a sponsored by them, I just really like them. I even saved the box and little wooden tag that came with them. The look was inspired by Joanna Gaines from HGTV's Fixer Upper show. She wears wooden hoops on the show sometimes and I love her style. I found these on etsy and I've gifted a pair to my sister too. They come in a few styles and wood stains.  They are a great neutral and so light in the ears!Pin It

Monday, September 18, 2017

Outdoor Pizza Oven Night

We've started a new tradition at my in-law's house...pizza night!
 They have a little pizza oven for outside that's been getting a lot of use.
 It's fun to make your own pizza with all of the topping choices.
 The oven is small so it cooks one pizza at a time for best results (we were experimenting with two here).
 While you're waiting for your turn you can visit the fairy garden.
Or play with one of their cute pups.
 There's my Cucumber Citrus Salad in amongst the toppings.
My finished pizza with fresh basil,tomatoes, green peppers, onion and fresh rosemary!! I like to use the thin flat breads for my crust. Yum!
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Friday, September 15, 2017

This & That Wrapping Up August

It's time to wrap up my summer photos and see what's on my camera roll.
 Beautiful sunsets.
 A little pool time with my book club book.
 Parents' getaway!
 Stopping in Gettysburg for some coffee...
and some history.
 Pizza and wine date night.
 Adventures in babysitting.
Catching a rainbow!
 Sushi!
 On our way to pick up Miss High School from her summer program.
 College visits...
 Burrito bowls at book club.
 Discovering a Starbucks at a local supermarket.
 Much needed hair cut and color.
We sold our kitchen table and chairs!! How was your August?

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

{Project 52} Weeks 24 - 32

I'm still keeping up with this year's Project 52, here are the latest shots in my portfolio.
 24|52 Floral 
Cape May, New Jersey
 25|52 Sunset
Cape May, New Jersey
 26|52 From Above
Brooklyn, New York
 27|52 Night Life
New York City
 28|52 Water
Bushkill Falls, Pennsylvania
 29|52 Summer
Lucketts, Virginia
 30|52 Patterns
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
 31|52 Through
Senior session
32|52 Blurry

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New Rug in the Master Bath

Sometimes a little retail therapy can refresh a tired out room.  Our master bath rug was looking pretty worn and sad. I found this cushy grey and black number at TJ Maxx and I love it! The pj pants are new too (Old Navy).Pin It

Monday, September 11, 2017

September's Daily Goodie Box

It's always a nice surprise to open the mailbox and see a Daily Goodie Box in there!
This month's variety of products was really great. Let's get into the box!
Trolli- Sour Brite Crawlers
http://www.weirdlyawesome.com/
I'm sort of out of the candy loop these days (unless we're counting chocolate but that's a food group, right?) so it's fun to see what the kids are eating. Their website says it best - "Sour Brite Worms should be treated as glowing deities as they wriggle their way into your taste center".

GinnyBakes - Chocolate Chip Cookies
https://www.ginnybakes.com/shop/mini-cookies/chocolate-chip-love-mini/
I've seen these cookies in the larger size but the minis were new to me. The combination of high quality organic ingredients and dark chocolate plus the fact that they are gluten free make them a great choice for you or your child's lunchbox!

Butterfields - Hard Candy
https://www.butterfieldscandies.com/
Butterfields has been around since 1924 and is still making their "buds" the old fashioned way.  The candies are made in copper kettles in North Carolina are are dairy free, gluten free and made with pure cane sugar. They have only 12 calories per bud so you can indulge your sweet tooth and not feel guilty about it.
Lovebug Probiotic-Here's the Skinny
Miss High School has been singing the praises of probiotics to me for awhile so I was pretty excited to see these Lovebug Probiotics in the Daily Goodie Box. Here's The Skinny repopulates your microbiome with beneficial bacteria to help. What does that mean exactly?  It can streamline digestive function, quell sensitive stomachs, improve energy level and elevate mood.  Sounds good to me!

GURU - Organic Energy Drinks
https://www.guruenergy.com/en/13-products
GURU brand is the world's first all natural energy drink.  The company was founded in 1999 in Montreal by four college friends.  They believe that energy could not come at the expense of health. Love that!

Paleo Powder - Seasoning
https://www.paleopowderseasoning.com/
How do you make a seasoning blend Paleo?  Paleo Powder does not contain any unhealthy ingredients like sugar or disruptive ingredients like silicon dioxide (to prevent clumping) and are produced in a facility where there is no chance of wheat, milk, soy or other non-Paleo contamination.  These blends sound suitable for most diets and can be used to season many foods. I will definitely be trying it on roasted veggies!


Nellie's Baby Laundry Soda
https://www.nelliesallnatural.com/shop/nellies-baby-laundry-soda/#.WUmTGSN95FR
I love the idea of this all natural baby laundry soda. One spoonful does a whole load and Nellie's formula is derived from plant and mineral based ingredients, is non-allergenic and gentle on baby's skin.  It's also fragrance free and leaves no residue on clothing.  I can't wait to gift this to a new mama!

Crown Maple  - Maple Sugar 
https://www.crownmaple.com/crown-maple-shop/crown-maple-sugar
I became a fan of Crown Maple company when I got to sample their rich maple syrup in a previous box.   The maple sugar is just as yummy and I put it to good use in some pumpkin bread this weekend.  It's a healthy alternative to granulated sweeteners and is full of natural antioxidants.

Rufus Teague - Made Some Sauce

https://rufusteague.com/
With flavors like Whiskey Maple, Honey Sweet and Blazin' Hot, Rufus Teague Made Some Sauce products sound delicious and creative.  The award winning bbq sauce is still made the same way as it was when Rufus first started out and he says" good sauce makes bad barbecue good and good barbecue better".

I hope you enjoyed this month's unboxing. You can get your own FREE Daily Goodie Box by signing up here.  No credit card is ever needed!  They also give away a lot of boxes on their Facebook page, so check it out!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

{Recipe} Easy Black Bean-Lentil Burgers

Happy Meatless Friday! Is that a thing? It is in my house but that's every day around here.  
These easy bean burgers are great for a week night dinner because they go together so quickly with simple ingredients. I cook up the whole batch and then reheat them through the week (they are good cold crumbled over a salad or in a wrap too).
 Black Bean-Lentil Burgers (Vegan)
Ingredients:
1 15 oz can brown lentils
1 15 oz can black beans(I have pinto beans pictured but I used black beans)
1/2 cup green onions,chopped
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
2 TBS ground flax seed
2/3 cup bread crumbs (I used Panko)
2 TBS barbecue sauce
*recipe from here.
 To make:
Add lentils, beans, green onion and spices to a food processor and process until mixed. leaving some chunks.
 Add mixture to a bowl and add flax seed, bread crumbs and barbecue sauce. Stir well to combine.
 Form into patties and bake on parchment lined baking sheet at 400F for 30-35 minutes until firm.
 They hold their shape beautifully!
I had mine on a whole wheat bun with spinach, red onion and some Chao cheese (so good!). I also made my Effortless Oil Free Baked Fries to go with them. Who wants burgers?
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

{Get Organized} Another Kitchen Drawer

After I completed our linen closet makeover, I had some leftover organizers and decided to tackle another drawer in my kitchen.  
I had previously organized it but it wasn't staying neat so obviously it wasn't working for us.  
 I did a little rearranging and moving some things to the adjacent drawer. I used my Dollar Tree organizers because things tend to stay neater when they have a designated place to return to.
Here are the two drawers now side by side.  I did this about two months ago and the drawers are staying neat and organized. Yay!
My other kitchen organizing projects:
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