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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Year of PICKLES!!!

This year has been awesome for my garden - it's the first year I grew cucumbers. I don't know why I never planted them before.  We have been inundated with cucumbers.  So, what does one do when they have a gazillion cucumbers on the counter??  Make pickles!!

Here are some pictures of my harvest along with the pickle recipe I've been using (YUM):

2014 Garden Update!

So, this is late, but I decided to post it anyway to see how the garden progressed...

GARDENING TIP:  Never, ever work in the garden when it's wet - that means NO pruning, NO harvesting, NO fertilizing, NO walking through the garden either!  Stay out of the garden after a rain or even when their is AM dew on the garden.  Why?  Because it's a great way to spread disease/bacteria to your entire garden and lose it all!  So, enjoy your coffee/breakfast and do some other chores first thing in the morning.  Let the sun dry things out before you go out there!

Garlic Herb Zucchini Noodles & Shrimp

This recipe was amazing!  It was definitely a hit in our household - we cannot wait to have it again!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Veggie Garden - Week 2

I'm a week late with this post - but here's an update on my garden's growth!

My cucumber plant's first bloom!

Basil + jalapeƱo pepper plant

2 varieties of hot pepper - Vaquero & Pinata

From L to R:  snacking pepper, eggplant, oregano, basil and beets (not up yet)

Tomatoes, jalapeƱos, chives & cukes

Lots & lots of eggplant, peppers & beefy boy tomato!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The veggie garden is well under way...

I finally finished planting my vegetable garden - now if Mother Nature would cooperate and give us a little rain.  Here are a few shots of some of the things I planted:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - a new family favorite!

Lisa, one of my gym buddies introduced me to this amazing recipe.  I fell in love immediately - brought some home to my husband and he loved it too!  It is seriously amazing, I've made it at least 5 times in the last month.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Review: Smiling Hara Tempeh

We have tried tempeh on numerous occasions and have never really enjoyed it.  In case you're not familiar with tempeh, it is fermented soybeans.  We've tried different brands, different recipes, different spices/seasonings and never really cared for it.  That was before we discovered Smiling Hara Tempeh!  It's a product of Asheville, North Carolina and boy is it different than all that commercially produced funky tasting tempeh you'll find at the grocery.  I've talked with Sarah at Smiling Hara in the past and she is awesome - I love supporting local companies that are providing us with awesome, healthy food choices.  You can find Smiling Hara at Whole Foods in the Southeast US, in the FREEZER section.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Fall!

I have not dropped off the face of the earth - I took a little leave of absence from my blogging to plan our wonderful wedding and marry the love of my life, Josh in Folly Beach, South Carolina.  It was absolutely perfect in every way - very intimate, nice weather, beautiful beach house - just what we were hoping for!  Here's a photo of us on our wedding day:

I have to admit, I've fallen off the plant-based wagon a bit and I've been eating fish occasionally and have also added eggs back into my diet.  I also was allowing some dairy (pasture-raised Organic butter, some cheeses, half & half, etc.) for a while there during the wedding and "honeymoon" time.  As of this week, I've cut out all dairy again and I feel SO much better.  It's amazing how different I feel in just a few days - less bloated, less congested, etc.  Last year, around the holidays, I was extremely diligent about eliminating dairy and I actually lost weight over the holidays!  I'm vowing to do the same this year - by avoiding all foods with dairy, it makes holiday parties and events so much easier by eliminating almost every opportunity to be bad.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls

Yet another fantastic Vegan & Gluten-free recipe for your sweet tooth from Texan Erin!

    For the balls:
  • ¾ cup (75 grams) walnuts
  • ¾ cup (67 grams) rolled or traditional oats (non-contaminated for GF)
  • 1 cup (180 grams) dates
  • ¾ cups (180 grams) raisins
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ - 1 cup (60 - 120 grams) oat bran or more oats
  • ½ - 1 cup (45 - 90 grams) rolled or traditional oats
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened but not melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey (agave for vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. In your food processor, grind the walnuts and oats until there are no more large chunks and then set aside. Add the dates and half of the raisins to the food processor and process until it's smooth, and then add the vanilla and cinnamon.
  2. Process until thoroughly combined and then add the oat and nut mixture. Pulse. At this point, you can start adding oat bran and more rolled oats.
  3. Add ¼ cup of each, pulse, see if you like the consistency, and if you want even more bran and oats, add more, a little at a time. You don't want them to get too dry.
  4. Roll tightly into balls. You'll have to squeeze them together to get them to stick, but it'll work.
  5. For the frosting, stir everything together and pipe onto the balls or just spoon a little bit over. These are already pretty sweet so you might not want it.

    *I actually made the frosting and preferred the balls without it, so I just ate them the way they were with a couple carob chips on top.   I also didn't blend in all the raisins as instructed in Step 1, I added some to the mix at the end before I rolled them into balls.  YUM!

Eggplant Coconut Curry

I modified this recipe slightly from this fabulous creation on