Two Vegan Boys Weblog

A journey of cooking vegan food for my family.

Archive for the month “November, 2009”

Happy Birthday…..

…to me. I will be spending the day with my lovely family. I will update tomorrow. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Tofurky Day!!!!

Award-winning chili….

Hi there. Last night I made chili. So good. I actually used the recipe from Scratch-sniff’s blog. She won second place in the Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-off. It was delicious. I did break a rule when it comes to making Texas chili. I added beans to mine. Hey, I like beans and I wanted some in mine. I served it with some sweet cornbread. Such goodness on a cool night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I am glad we are not doing much for driving. I was reading an article that said Thanksgiving is the most dangerous road travel holiday. That is some crazy statistics. It is more dangerous than New Year’s Eve. I never would have guessed. Tonite I am making some homemade bread, mashed potatoes, gravy and I will be throwing the Tofurky in the oven tomorrow morning to take to our friend’s home. I think it will be fun.

I hope you each have a wonderful week and a very happy Thanksgiving day.

peas and love….
Krys and the boys

Playing with pie….

Last night I made a portabello mushroom pot pie. It had portabellos, button mushrooms, carrots, onion, celery, tvp, fresh sage, fresh thyme and a vegetable broth gravy. I made a funny face on the top crust for the boys. Arthur loved the pie. He said “what’s his name?” We told him it is “Paulie the pot pie”. He said “oooh, I want to try some.” Which of course we loved. We are fortunate that our boys we eat almost everything, but when I am not sure if they will, I try to do something fun with the dinner, whether it be making a silly face on a pot pie, or letting Arthur help with dinner, or using fun shaped pasta. Something to make it interesting. When Josh saw the pie he said it was awesome. The face and the taste. We are very silly in our home and since I love to cook, I try to make eating your vegetables fun.

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Yesterday morning I did my weekly baking. I made apricot bread and blueberry banana muffins. The apricot bread is a recipe from “How It All Vegan”. It is delicious. I love dried apricots. The muffin recipe is from “La Dolce Vegan”. Simple and tasty.

What are your Thanksgiving plans? We are going to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving. She has her hands full with three new children she adopted so myself and another friend are cooking her a big dinner. I will miss seeing my family but it is nice to help another person. I am cooking a big Thanksgiving dinner on “Black Friday” for Josh and the boys. While everyone is out going crazy shopping we will be indoors eating and watching movies and going to the playground if weather permits. Here is our menu for Thanksgiving:

tofurky
gravy
mashed potatoes
chipotle lime sweet potatoes
mockloaf
green bean casserole
biscuits
corn
pecan pie
pumpkin pie
cranberry sauce

Speaking of Tofurky. I went a little crazy with the Tofurky this year. I bought three. The local coop had them on sale for $8.99 which is the best price in town. Since Tofurky is once a year. I wanted to have one for Christmas as well. I am taking one to my friend’s home and there will most likely be leftoevers which is fine by me. I “heart” Tofurky.

I read an article last week on Yahoo news about clotheslines. The article said that some states have problems with people having clotheslines in their yard. So much that 5 states have actually banned having a clothesline. I thought this was not cool. Not cool at all. I think a person should be allowed to have a clothesline in their backyard. People who hang their clothes out to dry instead of using a dryer save an average of $83 a month on their electric bill. In the South it is so warm that the clothes will dry within an hour. And we do not get rain that often. I think that they should be allowed, but some politics seem to disagree.

Our dinner coop starts next week. I am super excited. There are 4 families involved so that means that we will get three vegan meals delivered to us each week. Terrific! We are doing a one month trial run to see how it works out and if anyone has any problems or needs to drop out of the coop. It is a great group of families so I hope it works. I am making the ancho chile lentil soup from V-con. I will be serving it with a salad and homemade baguettes. The meals the other mums have listed sound so tasty. And it is also nice to cut back on the grocery bill. Yippee!

Well I am off to make a big crockpot full of chili. It is chilly and rainy today. It will be a nice, warm and hearty meal to go with some cornbread.

Hope you have a lovely Tuesday.

peas and love….
Krys and the boys

Weekend update…..

Well the weekend came and went quickly as usual. Saturday the boys and I hit the local Goodwill. We were going to go to Arthur’s Campfire Kids meeting but Adam was still tired and it was muddy and damp outside. I scored at the thrift store. I got a set of wooden salad bowls and a matching serving bowl. A retro bright orange frog planter and macrame plant hanger as well. I got two very large plastic containers with lids to store cereal. I got some 60’s style coffee mugs, a whiskey glass for Josh, a snowman sock kite and, a dress and a nice shirt. Not to bad of a haul.

Another score was this morning. We all went for a walk in the neighborhood and a lady had in her driveway a sign saying “free”. She had some wicker furniture, dolls, statues, a hanging clay planter and a set of Golden Books encyclopedias. We grabbed the encyclopedias and the planter. Arthur loves books. He was looking at one on the way back home.
Friday night was pizza night as usual. It was nice to have the oven going since it was rainy and cold outside. I made a spinach, cheeze and Italian “sausage” pizza for the boys and a spinach, cheeze, garlic, carmelized onion and “Italian” sausage pizza for me and Josh. They were delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since we only eat dessert on the weekend. I asked what everyone wanted and the vote was cookies. I made the giagantoid peanut butter cookies from VWAV. I added chocolate chips. They are so good.

Yesterday, Arthur was super excited because we went and bought Christmas stockings. He picked them out for all of us. He, brother and Josh all have different snowman stockings and he picked out a reindeer stocking for me. He is very excited about Christmas time and told me that Santa needs to bring him a robot and a dinosaur and bring little brother Elmo and Sesame Street.

Well I am off to make a portobella pot pie. 

peas and love….

Krys and the bys

 

Fried goodness…..

The past two meals have been fried goodness. These are two dishes I haven’t made in a very long time. It was something we wanted and since we rarely eat fried food, we thought, why not? Wednesday night I made General Tso’s Tofu with broccoli. The recipe comes from vegweb. It is so good. The boys like the tofu and the sauce. They were a bit indifferent about the broccoli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night I made a favorite amongst most vegans, especially vegans from the South. You guessed it, chickpea cutlets. They are so good. I doubled the recipe and froze the left over cutlets. I served them with a brown gravy, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. Yum. Adam and Arthur loved them. The funny thing about the meal was Arthur. He loves potatoes, but will not eat mashed potatoes. Strange. He will eat cubed potatoes, baked or fried, but something about mashed he does not like. Maybe it is a texture aversion. Adam likes mashed potatoes and they both liked the veggies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today is Friday. Yippee! What are your weekend plans? Arthur has his Campfire Kids meeting. It is going to be at a local farm. It is not a dairy farm, it is a vegetable farm and has chickens and pigs. The Campfire Kids counselor is also going to show them how butter is made. Even though there are no cows there, she thought the kids might enjoy it. I know Arthur will enjoy running through the vegetable patch and seeing the chickens and baby piglets. I just have to tell him he can’t pull fresh vegetables out of the ground and eat them. It is really funny. He did that at the last veggie farm we visited. He loves greens and he said “ooohh look”. And pulled off some lettuce leaves and ate them. I love my little veggie boy.

It is supposed to rain all day today. I plan on making some Italian “sausages” for tonites pizza. The boys are having spinach and cheeze pizzas and Josh and I are having “sausage”. spinach and cheeze pizza. A friend of mine gave us some Malabar spinach from her garden. I had never eaten this type of spinach before. I am not a fan of it raw, but it is very tasty cooked. It is the strangest spinach I have ever seen, it grows upwards on a vine. And has giant leaves. She said she has a ton and I can have as much as I want. She is not a fan of it. I plan to use some next week for an Indian potato dish.

Sunday we hope to visit my grandmother if weather permits. We will not see her on Thanksgiving so I wanted to visit her before then if possible. She lives about an hour and a half away. She is an awesome lady.

Time is flying by. My birthday is in 9 days. I will be old. I would tell you, but you might pass out in shock of my age. Hee hee. It is strange, I am at odds about my birthday this year. It is also my 5 year cancer anniversary. 5 years ago, we found out I had cancer and lost our first pregnancy because of it. Cancer pretty much killed the embryo, our future child and tried to get me. Thankfully I beat it and the chances of children were slim to none. But we conquered those odds and I am so blessed to have my two little guys. So, I say to cancer “you can suck it”.

Well I am off to eat some breakfast. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

My two little guys coloring together.  So cute.  I love it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

peas and love….
Krys and the boys

Warm soup for a chilly day…

Good morning. As usual Tuesday is “Soup Day”. And since it has actually gotten chilly here. It was perfect weather for soup. I made chickpea noodle soup. It is the recipe from V-con. Love it. I haven’t made it in a long time. It is so good and makes a ton. I served it with a homemade baguette. The bread recipe is from The Garden of Vegan. It is a simple yet delicious bread and makes two decent size loaves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday we went to the park with the boys and played. They had a blast. When we got back it was lunchtime. The fridge looked bare. So I threw together a quick pasta dish. I made a peanut sauce from The Garden of Vegan. It is quick and delicious. I had some leftover coconut milk in the freezer so I used it. I have used soy milk in the past when I did not have coconut milk and it tasted fine that way as well. I mixed the sauce with some spaghetti noodles and edamame. My friend gave me some cilantro from her garden so I threw that on top. Fast and easy meal. Speaking of fresh cilantro. Oh my goodness. I had never had cilantro fresh from the garden. I have always eaten the store bought stuff. There is a big difference. Night and day type of difference. The garden cilantro was heaven in my mouth. Josh liked it too. I know cilantro is cheap at the store, but after trying it fresh. I am tempted to grow my own. Wow is all I can say. Seriously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow. The month of November is almost gone. What are your plans? We will be over at a friend’s Thanksgiving day. The Friday after Thanksgiving aka “Black Friday”. I am cooking for Josh and the boys. We are going to have our own Thanksgiving. The menu is full of goodness. And everyone knows Thanksgiving leftovers are the best. Plus Josh will be off four days in a row and one of those days is my birthday, so I will get to celebrate it with my three guys. Arthur told his Daddy that Mommy needs a robot birthday cake. Arthur is so funny. He and Adam make me smile everyday.

Last night Josh asked Adam if he could say Arthur. And he did in his cute little baby voice. Arthur had the biggest smile on his face. We recorded it on video. I can’t believe my baby bear is already 13 months old. Such cuteness is everywhere with my two little guys.

Well I am off to eat breakfast with the boys and make handprint turkeys with Arthur. Hope you have a lovely Wednesday.

My happy bear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My little bookworm.  He loves to read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

peas and love….
Krys and the boys

 

 

 

 

Weekend update…..

Hello there. How was your weekend? Ours was nice. I did a lot of cooking and baking this past week. Arthur’s Campfire Kids group had a garage sale Friday and Saturday. They also had a mini bake sale at the garage sale. I baked coconut chocolate chip cookies and giant peanut butter oatmeal cookies for the bake sale. The recipes come from La Dolce Vegan and VWAV. They were a big hit. I also baked some chocolate zucchini bread and blueberry banana muffins for the mothers who woke up at the crack of dawn to work the garage sale. They thanked me and said it was a delicious treat for breakfast. It was the least I could do considering they were up super early running the garage sale. Apparently it was a success. Which is great for the kiddos.

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Last night we had a meeting for our vegan dinner coop. It sounds like it is going to be pretty good. I can’t wait to start cooking for it. We are going to give it a test run for a month to see how it works out and fits into everyones hectic schedule. I have already made a menu of the meals I will be cooking the first month. If it takes off like I think it will, all the families will get three homecooked vegan meals delivered to them once a week. Hello? That is freakin’ awesome. And it cuts down on the grocery bill.

Now onto the meals. Wednesday night I made a favorite in our home. I made African rolls. It is whole wheat tortillas with brown rice, mashed sweet potato, steamed kale and a spicy sauce on top. So good.

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Thursday night I had an avocado that needed to be used, so I searched vegweb.com and found a sesame avocado noodle recipe. It was simple and good. It was dish served chilled so it will be perfect for summer.

 

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Friday was a very long day so there was no pizza night. I know, very disappointing since every Friday is pizza night. I made nachos which were good and we had a batch of coconut chocolate chip cookies for dessert. But not to disappoint to much, Saturday night we had pizza. My friend gave me fresh spinach from her garden. I made spinach and cheeze pizza. The boys liked it as well.

 

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Well I am off to eat some breakfast and have some family time with Josh and the boys. Josh doesn’t go to work until 3 today.
Hope you have a lovely Monday.

Here is a silly picture of the boys. They are both upside down. They think it is super fun to hang upside down. They are so funny.

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peas and love….
Krys and the boys

 

 

Soup’s on…..

Good morning. How are you today? The week is almost done. Yippee! Josh is off this weekend which makes it even better.

Last night I made a delicious coconut curry butternut squash. It was heavenly and made quite a bit. The recipe comes from the site Not Eating Out in New York. It is a great website about a lady who decided not to eat out anymore. She shows how she saves money and how the food is healthy and delicious. Another bonus about this soup, it costs under $5 to make. Even better.

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I also made some peanut butter banana granola bars. They were very good, a hit with the whole family. I wanted to make some kind of snack for Josh while he is at work. Something nutritious but delicious as well. I came up with these little bars.

PB Banana Granola Bars

1 1/2c granola

1 1/2c flour

1/4c brown sugar

1/2t baking powder

3/4c margarine, melted

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/4c peanut butter

1/2c chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F. In a mixing bowl combine granola, flour, sugar and baking powder. Stir in the margarine, making sure all is combined. In a small bowl, combine bananas and peanut butter. Microwave for a minute or two if necessary to soften the pb. In a lightly sprayed 9X9 baking dish. Pour half of the granola mix in the bottom of the pan. Spread evenly in bottom and press down with your fingers. Pour pb/banana mix on top. If using chocolate chips, sprinkle them on top of the pb mixture. Take the rest of the granola mix and sprinkle it evenly over the top of the pb and bananas. Making sure the pb mix is covered. Gently press down with your fingers. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool, then cut into bars. Enjoy!

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I also made pumpkin bread. I used the recipe from VWAV. It is for muffins and I just baked it longer and made bread. It is so good.

Smurfette and I were going to volunteer at a organic family farm this weekend. In exchange for your volunteer time you get a big box of produce from the farm which would have been awesome. Unfortunately they have temporarily stopped the Saturday volunteering. The only other days are Wednesday and Friday. Since Josh works those mornings and children under 12 are not allowed, I can’t go. Lame. Hopefully they will bring back the Saturday volunteering sooner than later.

Some friends have started a dinner coop that I am really excited about. Originally it was going to be vegetarian and vegan and it fell through. Now it is going to be a strict vegan dinner coop. I think it will be great to try other families vegan meals. The plus side is delicious and nutritious vegan meals will be delivered to my door twice a week. That means less cooking for me. And I am looking forward to cooking a meal for the other families for them to enjoy. It should be fun.

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Well I am off to eat some breakfast and have a spot of tea. Hope you have a lovely day.

peas and love….
Krys and the boys

How was your weekend? Our’s was slow. I did some cooking and baking as usual. First with the food. A friend of mine brought over some fresh spinach from her garden. How awesome is that? I made a lasagna recipe from vegweb. It was delicious. The recipe is called “Cheesy Lasagna”. It calls for nooch in the dish. It was so good. We didn’t miss any other type of cheeze it it. And it made a ton. I also made some pretzels for Josh from the cookbook “The Joy of Vegan Baking”. I love soft pretzels. I seasoned them with cinnamon sugar, some with sea salt and the others with garlic. Delicious dipped in a spicy mustard. I also made gingerbread scones from the same cookbook. They are so tasty. I added dried cranberries. Yum! I love this time of year. Pumpkin season, cranberry season. It is oh so good.

You will have to excuse the mediocre pictures.  The food was delicious.  The pictures, crappy.

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Lasagna

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Gingerbread scones

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In our city we have what is called “Freecycle”. I check the website often. It is similar to craigslist, but it is people giving away free items or stating what they need. I checked Saturday morning and a daycare/eco-school was having a garage sale and they said that after the garage sale, come by and get the leftovers for free. Josh was working and had our vehicle. I called him and asked him to go over there on his lunchbreak to see what goodies they had. Score! He came home with a new sandbox with a cover, a brand new bike rack still in the box to hang the bikes on in our spare room since we do not have a garage. We got a board game for Arthur, a cute sweatshirt for Adam, some records, a Marx brothers movie poster framed for the boys room, some picture frames to put the boys pictures in, some speakers to hook up to the dvd player so we will have more of a surround sound effect in our living room and some random art pictures. One was a giant nicely framed painting of sunflowers, not really our theme but it looked like a Van Goh. I told Josh we would call it a Van Doh! As in Homer Simpson and I would hang it in our spare office room for the random art gallery wall. The other was a pretty cool water color painting of an old village. It reminded me of a South American village.

Today we took Zeke to the vet for his shots. He is such a good boy. He gave everyone he saw kisses. He is the best birthday present ever. I had to order his heartworm meds today. Geez. That stuff is ridiculously priced. Well worth it, but wow. I mean it is costly. I ordered it from the discounted pet med store, but still. Ugh.
I am off to make some grilled cheeze sammiches for dinner. Yum. Josh is working late, so it is me and the little guys. I am also making some pumpkin spice bread per Josh’s request. Such an easy request since it is delicious.
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Hope you have a lovely evening.

peas and love….
Krys and the boys

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