Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Paco and Heidi had been rescued from abuse in Alabama and had made their way to a humane society. However they were at a kill shelter. When pure bred dogs are taken to a kill shelter the shelter calls around to rescues of the coresponding breed so that the dogs can be saved. The DRNA agreed to take them but the only foster home that had room was all the way in Pennsylvania. A series of volunteers drove Paco and Heidi as many miles as they could to the next volunteer who would meet them and continue their journey to Pennsylvania.
The second I saw their picture I emailed Paco and Heidi's foster mom back and said that I would be there the next day to get them. It was the last day of classes for my junior year and I left immediately from school with a friend. It took us about 2 hours to get to their foster mom house. As soon as they saw us they ran and jumped into our laps. I knew at that second I was going to love these dogs more than any one person should and I was right. I have had them for 2 years and they amaze me and make me love them more every day.
I may be somewhat biased but is this not the cutest dog you have ever seen?
Friday, June 5, 2009
1/2 cup zucchini
1/2 cup squash
1/4 cup carrots
1/4 cup onions
1 egg (in addition to the egg called for by the bisquick recipe)
Shred all vegetables and put in strainer to let excess water drain off. While vegetables are draining follow directions on bisquick box to make 4 pancakes. Add pancake batter to vegetables and mix well. Next add 1 egg and combine wit mixture. Heat a small amount of oil in pan or on griddle. Drop about 2 tablespoons of batter onto a skillet and cook about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
I usually serve these with a green salad with a tangy dressing. The dressing with the veggie cakes just seems to compliment each other. I have also made these by adding or substituting other vegetables like mushrooms and green peppers. These are super simple and so good!
Tomorrow I am going to a Fleatique in my hometown. There will be 3 miles of vendors selling crafts, antiques, baked goods, books, as well as families having yard sales. I'm like a little kid on Christmas because I am so excited to go!
If anybody is in the area and would like to check it out here is the link...
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Deconstructed Stuffed Peppers
1-2 green peppers (depending if you eat a whole or half)
1 bag instant rice (I use brown but use whatever you have)
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 cup water
4 green onions
1 1/2 cup TVP (or for all you meat eaters, 1 1/2 cup ground meat)
Cook the rice according to directions and set aside. Next cut green peppers in half and roast in the over at 425 for 15 minutes or until soft. If the pepper is really thick or tough I will boil it for a few minutes prior to roasting. While pepper is roasting put tomatoes, water, half the chopped onions and cooked TVP in a pan. Once the mixture comes to a boil and starts to thicken add the rice.
Place half or a whole green pepper in a bowl and top with the tomato, rice, tvp mixture and voila deconstructed stuffed pepper.
I realize this isnt an exact stuffed pepper like most people are used to. However it takes about 20 minutes to make as opposed to the typical hour it takes just to stuff the peppers. I hope you enjoy!
And what beverage pairs best with sushi? Well a venti white chocolate mocha with soy of course.
And of course I haven't taken any pictures of the garden. One day. One day. But until then I will keep you in suspence. Due to the yucky weather and sleep deprevation I don't see today being the day that garden pictures are going to happen. Paco the sweet little, calm chihuahua that he is has been terrified of the severe storms we have been having at night so me being the softy that I am has let him sleep in bed instead of his crate. By sleep in bed I mean pace all night, shake, and lick my face. Hopefully tonight it will not storm and I will have my sweet, calm, chihuahua who loves to sleep through the night back.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Speaking of reading a book, Jason and I have decided that we are going to cancel our satelite! This is a good thing because we are now going to save about 80 dollars a month! We don't really watch TV that often and if we do its usually a netflix or a redbox movie. Im pretty excited to save more money!
I have also found a recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent. You mix equal parts of borax and baking soda and use one scoop per load of dishes. Since using this I have found that some dishes don't get completely cleaned. I don't know if its because I didn't rinse the dishes well enough or if its the dishwashing detergent so I may pick up a box of store brand detergent and mix a 3 part ratio for the recipe- 1 cup borax, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup detergent.
Nothing else exciting has happened lately so I will now bore you with tonights dinner menu. At least once a week I try to make a vegan dinner. In a perfect world I would be a vegan and never eat any animal products. In reality I am but a mere vegetarian. But one day a week I pretend..
Roasted Brussel sprouts, Vegetable Orzo, and Curried mashed cauliflower (instead of using all of the butter, cream, and milk in this recipe I use soy milk and soy yogurt). Eating vegan one night has so many benefits, its healthier, cheaper, and (not to be preachy) its a compassionate act that is easy to do!